LEGENDARY BEGINNINGS
Wisdom of Ancients - Spellsword Tokens
Frank Lepore
October 7, 2016

Recently I pulled back the curtain on a deck I really love – the Sorcerer Control deck – but I like to keep a constant rotation of decks, and there have been a handful that brought me quite a lot of success this past season as I climbed the ladder. One such deck is the Spellsword Tokens deck, which we’re exploring today.

Legends has a handful of cards that are able to deal with multiple creatures at the same time (often known as “sweepers”), and these are often played in limited numbers in the decks that do utilize them. The Tokens deck aims to exploit that fact by producing multiple creatures with each card that it plays, and using other creatures to buff those initial creatures even further. Let’s take a look.

While our last offering had 11 legendary cards, this one only has nine. Sure, that isn’t a sizable difference, but I think you’ll notice that the more competitive decks we begin to see will hover around these numbers. One of the biggest threats in this particular deck is our three Descendant of Alkosh. Let’s be real, for one magicka this is the best creature you can be casting short of Ungolim, the Listener. The only problem with Descendant is that she dies to a significant amount of cheap removal (Firebolt, Execute, Murkwater Witch, etc.). That’s not really the point though; all creatures die to some amount of removal, and the value you get out of Descendant of Alkosh for one magicka can be huge.

The deck plays two of the best removal spells in the game right now: Piercing Javelin, and the Spellsword exclusive, Edict of Azura. It also has access to arguably the best support card in the game, Divine Fervor. This is a card that works overtime in a deck like this. As we mentioned, one of the main strategies we try to exploit is creating more than one creature with many of our cards. As such, we have 16 cards in our deck that put more than one creature into play when you play them. In addition to Divine Fervor, we also have cards like Bruma Profiteer and Fifth Legion Trainer to make our 1/1 tokens slightly more formidable.

Unlike the previous deck we looked at, the Tokens deck ends up curving out at seven magicka, which is relatively low. That being said, we do have four seven-drop creatures, which are all extremely powerful. Here’s an interesting thought, though: Bone Colossus is a 5/5 for seven magicka that fills a lane with 1/1 (essentially 2/2, thanks to Bone Colussus’ special Summon ability) skeletons. Renowned Legate is a 5/5 for seven magicka that makes a single 1/1. Aside from the number of bodies these creatures produce, the relevant difference between the two is that the Renowned Legate also gains us a health for each friendly creature – but is that enough to run one Legate over a third Bone Colossus? I’m not sure.

One thing to keep in mind when you see a decklist somewhere is that the creator might have actually made certain card choices that are suboptimal based on their own card availability. If the deck’s creator simply didn’t have a third Bone Colossus, a Renowned Legate is probably fine. Always keep an open mind when evaluating decklists and look for ways to improve them on your own; never assume a deck is in its most perfect form.

Keep an eye out for more decks in future installments.