Deck Tech: Craig Wescoe's B/W Tokens
It's a known fact that high-level archmage Craig Wescoe loves attacking with white creatures. Both of his Pro Tour Top 8 performances were achieved with White Weenie decks (fourth at Pro Tour San Diego 2010, eighth at 2011 World Championships), making Craig the go-to guy for any and all white aggro technology.
Craig Wescoe sticking with the tried and true.
Wescoe’s expertise with the archetype has given him the insight to change the traditional U/W Humans aggro deck into a token-heavy build for today's event. It retains the ability to quickly curve into a huge army with Champion of the Parish, Gather the Townsfolk and Honor of the Pure while also letting him shore up a White Weenie weakness against decks that clog the ground with an aerial attack of Doomed Traveler, Lingering Souls and Midnight Haunting. The mass of tokens make Hero of Bladehold, Intangible Virtue and Vault of the Archangel huge weapons for the deck, turning the little tokens into unraceable beaters that end the game in a hurry.
"I played U/W Humans yesterday but I wanted to switch it up. This is a combination of Black-White Tokens and Humans based on some lists I found online," Wescoe said. "I think it's the best Lingering Souls aggro deck, but it’s still weak to Elesh Norn and Ratchet Bomb."
That's why Wescoe included a small removal suite in the maindeck, plus Stony Silence after sideboarding, giving him a way around the problem permanents. And to be fair, Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite is pretty brutal for any deck playing little creatures. The sideboard also contains Angelic Destiny to add to the air force against opposing ground decks, while Elspeth Tirel gives the deck a nice transition when it has to take the control role due to the planeswalker's ability to both make tokens and clear the opponent's board.
There’s a lot to work with here despite the recent shortcomings of more traditional U/W Humans decks. Junk Tokens decks have found some success in the interim, and it's possible that this version's capability for nut draws puts it back in the spotlight. Check out Craig's list below and share your thoughts!