I've got a deck I'm currently testing that utilizes Dragon Fodder
, a blue card draw spell (haven't quite settled on which yet), and Empty the Warrens
, alongside a bunch of red mana pumping, some Brightstone Ritual
s, and some Distant Melody[c]s to basically draw half my deck in one shot, spit out a stupid number of goblin tokens, and then either swing or spit out [c]Goblin War Strike
s for the victory.
What scares me about this deck is that it's actually winning. My decks never do that.
What scares me even more is the fact that it can pull a victory straight out of the proverbial jaws of defeat, leaving my opponents confused and bruised. That, in and of itself, isn't bad. It's just what I want my decks to do, and it's a great example of why I think this format is a blast to play. The thing that I'm nervous about is the possibility that the deck can be tuned to the point of being out and out broken.
So, what I want help with is coming up with a totally broken configuration for this deck so that we can test whether or not this is a potentially dangerous archetype.
More broadly, I think it's worth examining token generation spells. I think those types of spells as signatures, especially when paired against any sort of card draw spell (even an otherwise useless cantrip can be quite powerful as a signature, I'm noticing) might dominate, especially since they counteract the inherent disadvantage the creatures have in this format while providing creeping card advantage (note that Dragon Fodder always makes two tokens, and Empty the Warrens
spits the little buggers out like they're going out of style. Unless the opponent has a Wrath effect as a sig, this is already too fast for burn and straight white or black removal to keep up with).
This type of deck (we should come up with a cool, memorable name for it. Token-draw is descriptive, but doesn't have much pizzazz) is, I think, worth testing out a bit alongside the Discard, Lobotomize, and Land Destruction decks that people have pondered. It could be one of the defining archetypes of the whole format... possibly to the point of becoming horrifically broken.