Faithless Looting #2: The Good, the Bad, and the Tokens

Last week I offered a prize to anyone who submitted an interesting Slivers deck for Modern Silverblack. Imagine my surprise when I found out no one wants free stuff! Either the stuff up for grabs isn’t appealing, or the contest was too narrow. I’m guessing (and hoping) it is the latter, so this week I am going to broaden the scope a little bit. I’m also going to ask you, the readers:

What kind of weekly contest would most appeal to you?

Let me know in the comments.

Today I’m going to talk about my favorite Modern deck, BW Tokens, so the contest this week will fit the theme.

Faithless Contest #2: Rules

1. Design me a fun, innovative, or powerful Orzhov brew on a budget.

2. Post it in the comments below.

3. Submissions due before Monday, August 18.


  • I will look at the land base to determine how “Orzhov” your deck is.
  • “Budget” means different things in different formats; use your best judgement.
  • I’m talking about Modern today, but you can brew in any format you like.
  • Decks with [c]Edge of the Divinity[/c] are discouraged, but if you must submit them, I will try to treat them fairly.

I will highlight the most interesting decks in next week’s article, and may play some on video for the YouTube channel. One lucky winner will get two items, randomly selected, from my current LootCrate stash. Check out the videos at the bottom of this post to see what’s available.

Based on submissions from last week (hint: there were none); your chances of winning just by submitting a deck seem very high.

Faithless Deck #2: BW Tokens (Modern)

This is my favorite Modern deck and the one I’ve had the most success with. It’s an aggro deck when you need it, a control deck when it has to be, and has the best sideboard colors in the format. What’s not to love?

The decklist was originally inspired by George_W_Fish’s list highlighted on the mothership. I took that list and, cheapskate that I am, put together the most budget version I could afford at the time. I’ve made a few alterations over time: [c]Distress[/c] came out and [c]Castigate[/c] came in, and the sideboard got much better as I learned the format.

Here is the list as I play it today.

[d title=”BW Tokens (Modern)”]
6 Plains
1 Swamp
4 Temple of Silence
4 Isolated Chapel
4 Orzhov Guildgate
4 Evolving Wilds

3 Tidehollow Sculler
2 Soul Warden

4 Lingering Souls
4 Raise the Alarm
4 Spectral Procession
4 Midnight Haunting

2 Intangible Virtue
4 Honor of the Pure

4 Tragic Slip
4 Castigate

Lords of Innistrad
2 Sorin, Lord of Innistrad

2 Burrenton Forge-Tender
2 Memoricide
2 Patrician’s Scorn
3 Stony Silence
2 Zealous Persecution
1 Soul Warden
3 Rest in Peace

Why do I love this deck? First off, it’s mean: exiling your opponent’s hand with Sculler and Castigate is a great feeling, and it stops a lot of the nasty things they might do to you that you don’t want them to do. It also helps counteract some of the fragility of the “tokens”, letting you exile board sweepers like [c]Pyroclasm[/c] and [c]Whipflare[/c].

The second reason I love it is that it is resilient. All you need is one of your enchantments on the table after a wipe: rip a Procession or Lingering Souls and you’re back to having three or four 2/2 flyers on the table.

Third and finally, BW sideboards are amazing. Okay, so White does most of the heavy lifting, but I like to think those [c]Memoricide[/c] will ruin some combo-player’s day somewhere down the line.

As for being on a budget, the deck runs under $100 in paper; and just over $50 online. That’s almost as cheap as a decent Modern deck can get, but you could shave some off by cutting Sorin if it’s still too spendy for you. As far as Planeswalkers go, he’s affordable, but that doesn’t mean he’s cheap.

Of the matches I’ve played on video with this deck, my win rate is 80%. That’s probably more or less accurate looking at total matches; if I had to guess, I would say it’s slightly higher. Just keep in mind I don’t play in competitive events, just in the practice room. Want to see the deck in action? Check it out.


And if you’re looking for the LOOT, here are the videos showing off the stuff I have up for grabs. Until next time, stay cheap!