I’m Playing Green White (And I don’t hate it)

Here’s a little bit about me (Tristan), I’m a control player at heart, I didn’t know it for a while and used to oust those who packed 4x counterspell and 4x doom blade into a deck but now I am one of them. I have been playing control for 5-6 years and have been loving it no plans on stopping and we just had Gearhulk and now we have Teferi so there is no time like the present to be a control player.

With Guilds of Ravnica opening up standard I decided to come out of my control player shell and branch out into a deck I wasn’t comfortable with. I want to be good with other kinds of decks and see the other side of the mountain err… forest and plains.¬† So I decided on G/W tokens to be the best way to try something new. So here is how its going.


I started my GW journey by just copying some list that placed well to get a feel for how the deck runs.

I went 2-1 at Saturday Showdown losing my first match (also my first time playing the deck) but winning my back two matches after getting an understanding on how the deck went.

After my first run with the deck I found a few things that I did like about the deck and a few I didn’t. The first thing I did was cut all 4 of the Venerated Loxodon, I still see the card as 3x and 4x in most lists but I really don’t like it. Maybe I’m not playing it right, but I always felt like tapping my creatures down wasn’t worth the 4/4 and all the +1/+1 counters. I also felt like I was super weak to flyers, I had no game vs Rekindeling Phoenix or Bolas or any other pesky flyers and often died to them very quickly so in place of the Loxodon I put in 2x Lyra Dawnbringer and 2x Shalai, Voice of Plenty.

Next saturday I played the deck again to another 2-1 finish. This time I realized I was having a bunch of problems keeping cards in my hand past turn 7-8 and if I did have cards it would be Emmara that I effectively can’t cast because I already have one on the battlefield. So I cut 2 of the Emmara and a plains and added two Karn, Scion of Urza and an Arch of Orazca.

Here is my current list

GW Tokens

Lands (22)

7x Plains

6x Forests

4x Temple Garden

4x Sunpetal Grove

1x Arch of Orazca

Creatures (12)

2x Emmara, Soul of the Accord

4x Thorn Lieutenant

2x Shalai, Voice of Plenty

2x Trostani Discordant

2x Lyra Dawnbringer

Instants/Sorcery (12)

4x Saproling Migration

4x March of the Multitudes

4x Flower Flourish

Enchantments (12)

4x History of Benalia

4x Conclave Tribunal

4x Legions Landing

Artifacts: (0)

Planeswalkers: (2)

2x Karn Scion of Urza

Sideboard: (15)

1x Dawn of Hope

2x Adanto Vanguard

2x Nullhide Ferrox

2x Kraul Harpooner

2x Knight of Autumn

2x Ixilans Binding

2x Sheild mare

2x The Immortal Sun


I’m not 100% on this list by any means. Venerated Loxodon being a major cut from the deck I have thought about bringing back in. I could be playing the card wrong but I don’t really like tapping my creatures on my turn unless I’m attacking with them and it is a Vanilla 4/4 otherwise. Thorn Lieutenant as a 4 of seems excessive its what works right now and has been my replacement for Loxodon. I am very weak to Deafening clarion pre-board but that is to be expected anyway, Steel leaf champion is the card I’m most worried about as most of my deck can’t even block it.


I have plans to continue playing GW for a while and will post more notes and improvements


That’s all for now! Thanks for reading!