BDM as a Spider Token!
Posted by Brian David-Marshall | Magic

I love making spider tokens and now I can say that with multiple meanings. I had a chance to participate in Rashad Tokens: Series 2 and pose in hat for the spider token — one of nearly two dozen token creatures that almost exclusively feature the inimitable Rashad Miller. As part of my participation I get to spoil my token here for the first time.

The tokens will be available for free at all Grand Prix Rashad attends once they get made. The “getting made” part is the tricky piece and you can help Rashad make them happen by supporting his Kickstarter campaign. You can help just by sharing this link or you can reach into your Cabal Coffers to make donation as little as $1.

Personally I will need at least 100 spider tokens, some 75 zombies, as many as 50 wolves, and at least two dozen insects to use with my Sidisi, Brood Tyrant Commander deck. Those are just current high water marks for each type of token my deck can make but it probably not really enough. I also need some Essence of the Wild tokens for when I flashback Spider Spawning with a copy of the big dumb green avatar in play.

I am sure the list will change once Magic Origins arrives but here is my most current list for the deck. Get your spider tokens while you can!

Sidisi, Brood Tyrant — Commander

1 Hedron Crab
1 Joraga Treespeaker
1 Coiling Oracle
1 Deranged Assistant
1 Millikin
1 Riftsweeper
1 Sakura-Tribe Elder
1 Sylvan Caryatid
1 Sylvan Ranger
1 Borderland Ranger
1 Civic Wayfinder
1 Eternal Witness
1 Nyx Weaver
1 Nighthowler
1 Somberwald Sage
1 Splinterfright
1 Trygon Predator
1 Wood Elves
1 Yavimaya Granger
1 Brooding Saurian
1 Master Biomancer
1 Oracle of Mul Daya
1 Wonder
1 Acidic Slime
1 Genesis
1 Kessig Cagebreakers
1 Sphinx of Lost Truths
1 Sultai Soothsayer
1 Deadeye Navigator
1 Duplicant
1 Essence of the Wild
1 Prime Speaker Zegana
1 Progenitor Mimic
1 Shoreline Ranger
1 Soul of New Phyrexia
1 Tasigur, the Golden Fang
1 Twisted Abomination
1 Deathbringer Regent
1 Hornet Queen
1 Jungle Weaver
1 Krosan Tusker
1 Craterhoof Behemoth
1 Necropolis Fiend
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Memory’s Journey
1 Mulch
1 Oversold Cemetery
1 Regrowth
1 Beastmaster Ascension
1 Forbidden Alchemy
1 Gnaw to the Bone
1 Runic Repetition
1 Sultai Ascendancy
1 Parallel Lives
1 Doubling Season
1 Shamanic Revelation
1 Spider Spawning
1 Treasure Cruise
1 Empty the Pits
1 Bayou
1 Breeding Pool
1 Command Tower
1 Dimir Aqueduct
1 Evolving Wilds
1 Flooded Grove
1 Flooded Strand
5 Forest
1 Gaea’s Cradle
1 Hinterland Harbor
1 Island
1 Jungle Hollow
1 Llanowar Wastes
1 Mana Confluence
1 Mosswort Bridge
1 Opulent Palace
1 Overgrown Tomb
1 Polluted Delta
1 River of Tears
1 Scalding Tarn
1 Simic Growth Chamber
3 Swamp
1 Temple of Mystery
1 Temple of the False God
1 Thornwood Falls
1 Tropical Island
1 Underground Sea
1 Verdant Catacombs
1 Vesuva
1 Watery Grave
1 Windswept Heath
1 Wooded Foothills
1 Woodland Cemetery

The point of this deck was to recreate my favorite win condition from Innistrad draft — making nigh-infinite spiders by looping Spider Spawning, Runic Repetition, and Memory’s Journey. Sidisi, Brood Tyrant is a perfect tool for the deck giving you a constantly available way to stock your graveyard and make zombies in the process. Normally I don’t play cards like Demonic Tutor and Deadeye Navigator but the deck started out as an exercise to see if it was possible to kill someone in Commander with spider tokens and all the gloves were off assuming that the deck was starting out inherently underpowered. It is currently an exercise in trying to reign the deck in from just killing everyone single digit turns into the game

Cards like Splinterfirght, Nyx Weaver, Hedron Crab, Deranged Assistant and the lowly Millikin all shine in this deck which features some 45 creatures and plenty of card that care about the graveyard. Wonder has been a delightful source of frustration for opponents thus far, Gnaw to the Bone has gained me hundreds of life in a single game, and Oversold Cemetery might be one of the best cards in the whole deck. As for win conditions you have Beastmaster Ascension and Craterhoof Behemoth to completely overwhelm your opposition with your ragtag army of wolves, zombies, insects, and incredibly handsome spider tokens.


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