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Steve RubinSteve Rubin came out on top in Madrid, Spain with his Green-White Tokens deck at Magic: The Gathering‘s Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad event. With a 3-1 victory over Italian player Andrea Mengucci’s Bant Company deck, Rubin earned himself a $40,000 check for first place and the Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad championship trophy. Persistence as a pro has paid off for Rubin in a big way this weekend, as this was his first championship in the Pro Tour.

 

Taking a look at Rubin’s championship-winning deck, I have to say this is a great build.

Planeswalker (8)

Gideon, Ally of ZendikarNissa, Voice of Zendikar

Creature (16)

Archangel AvacynHangarback WalkerSylvan AdvocateThraben Inspector

Instant (6)

Dromoka’s CommandSecure the Wastes

Enchantment (5)

Evolutionary LeapOath of NissaStasis Snare

Land (25)

Canopy VistaForestFortified VillagePlainsWestvale Abbey

60 Cards

Sideboard (15)

Evolutionary Leap 1 Secure the WastesLambholt Pacifist 1 Linvala, the PreserverSigarda, Heron’s Grace 2 Clip WingsDeclaration in Stone 1 Quarantine FieldTragic Arrogance

 

Nissa and Plant Tokens

Every token card produced becomes a pressing threat when their numbers grow.

The deck’s concept is very straightforward, revolving around a strategy of making as many tokens as possible to gum up the battlefield with potential attackers and blockers left and right. Once amassed, Rubin starts swarming and overwhelming his opponent with his army of tokens. Combined with various ways to provide anthem effects (widespread, power boosts for multiple creatures), Rubin’s tokens can gradually turn into mini-powerhouses. If not dealt with in a timely manner, the tokens will break through for lots of damage.

In addition, the deck comes equipped with plenty of tricks to keep the token army alive, with a full set of cards like Archangel Avacyn acting as pseudo-protector while also offering another means for offense and defense.

Archangel Avacyn

This card has been hovering around $50 (give or take) for a reason. Versatile and powerful.

Finally, the deck’s real ace lies in a land called Westvale Abbey.

Westvale Abbey

If you manage to summon this demon prince, you are probably in a good spot to win the game in one fell swoop.

In a deck all about making lots of tokens, there is bound to be plenty of sacrifice fodder to use this land’s third effect to call up the demon prince. As a 9/7 flying, lifelink, indestructible legendary creature with haste, needless to say this card can quickly end matches.

This is the green-white player in me talking, but I have to commend Rubin for making such a cool deck. Rubin deserves major props for putting together a deck concept that looks loads of fun to play and packs a wallop. I look forward to seeing what Rubin does in future Pro Tours. Hopefully, he sticks with another green-white deck concept.

Rubin Wins It All

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