Deck Tech: Token Titans with Cedric Phillips
It’s no secret that Lingering+Souls has become one of Magic’s most successful cards in the last few months, quickly rising from its mostly obscure roots as a Dark Ascension uncommon to its current place in the constructed spotlight. We’ve watched as Jon Finkel and Jelger Wiegersma took their Esper Spirits decks to the Top 8 of Pro Tour Honolulu in February, Tom Martell taking down the Legacy title in Grand Prix in Indianapolis by incorporating Lingering+Souls into the classic U/W Stoneblade deck, and a host of other Esper decks claiming a large piece of the Standard metagame over recent weeks.
Cedric Phillips’ deck plays the full complement of Lingering+Souls, but is surprisingly not Esper. Instead, his deck—built by master deck designer Conley Woods—jams the powerful spirit-maker into a G/ W/B Ramp shell. Similar to Conley’s winning deck from Grand Prix Orlando, the deck contains a high concentration of titans with three copies each of Primeval+Titan and Grave+Titan. Instead of messing around with Inkmoth+Nexus and Kessig Wolf Run, the plan is to get there with tokens powered by Gavony+Township and Vault+of+the+Archangel.
Cedric Phillips is enjoying the magic of a Conley Woods creation.
Considering Lingering+Souls is already a centerpiece of the deck, it seems natural for more token makers to be included, and the deck doesn’t disappoint. Sorin%2C+Lord+of+Innistrad and Garruk+Relentless provide even more power against both aggro and control, giving the deck a Township Tokens-like angle to attack from, or buying time to get to its game-ending titans and Elesh+Norn%2C+Grand+Cenobite, which is another card that has really taken off over recent months. Day+of+Judgment, Go for the Throat and Oblivion+Ring provide even more support for the deck to get its act together, and gives the deck a Rock-like feel.
In fact, Cedric said that the deck “Is pretty good against everything. It’s basically The Rock, but you get to play Lingering+Souls, which is just insane.” It also helps that the deck has a nice little draw of Rampant+Growth or Sphere+of+the+Suns into Solemn+Simulacrum into a titan. That alone is good enough to beat many decks, and the deck’s ability to support that plan with a large, lifelinking token army that can take down the control decks means we might have a new deck to beat on our hands. It even gets a lot of help against U/W Delver decks after sideboard, bringing in Curse of Death’s Hold, Ratchet+Bomb, Batterskull and Liliana+of+the+Veil, allowing it to run the Delver deck out of counterspells by dropping bomb after bomb.
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