Budget Token Empire
Sav0s_Aren has brought us another powerful budget deck: Budget Token Empire. This token deck includes the latest great common and rare cards from Moons of Elsweyr. A budget deck costs under 10,000 soul gems when crafted and runs only must-have cards, not niche ones. These must-have cards, like Divine Fervor, are useful for a number of decks and add so much value to your collection. Below, we have underlined the steps you can take to get all of the cards in this deck for free, as well as replacements you can make in the meantime.
Budget Token Empire – Collection Requirements and Replacements
You can craft the missing cards or complete these steps to get the deck for as few gems as possible.
- Buy and complete the story expansion The Fall of the Dark Brotherhood for 3,000 gold. See also How to build your Legends card collection. This expansion is recommended for players who like to play aggro decks.
- Spend 500 gold to buy the Khamira’s Rebellion premade theme deck (to get a second copy of Divine Fervor).
- Spend 1,000 gold to buy the Empire Conquest premade theme deck (to get a third copy of Divine Fervor).
- Buy the Forgotten Hero Collection for 1,500 gold (to acquire three copies of Bleakcoast Troll; or see my comments below).
- Spend 1,000 gold to buy the Pact Assault premade theme deck (to get Shadowfen Priest).
- Craft one copy of Apprentice Necromancer, the monthly reward card for June 2019.
- The rest of the deck consists of commons and rares from Core, HoS, HoM, Alliance War and Moons of Elsweyr.
You may replace Bleakcoast Troll with Hive Defenders or the mix of Pit Lion, Bishop of the Hour and Golden Saint from the Empire Conquest deck. Alternatively, you may also use any additional copies of Shadowfen Priest you already own.
If you don’t own all the 2-cost cards, you may replace Awakened Dreamer, Cleric of Kyne, Inspiring Soldier or Suran Pawnbroker with Slinking Jackal or Suthay Bootlegger from the Khamira’s Rebellion theme deck. Suthay Bootlegger allows one of your creatures to ignore a guard when he is played. The jackal has a high attack but dies to most things, so you should replace him first with any of the other listed 2-cost cards.
Budget Token Empire – The Gameplan
For the uninitiated, token decks like to flood the board with lots of creatures to swarm and overwhelm their opponent. Willpower makes this play style possible with cards like Scouting Patrol and Marked Man which create tokens when they are played.
Perhaps the most significant enabler of token strategies is Divine Fervor, a card that represents a significant amount of immediate damage and creates a huge obstacle for your opponent in dealing with your board. On the same token, both the Alliance War and Moons of Elsweyr expansions have provided additional enablers in Empire Oathman and Mercenary Captain.
With Budget Token Empire, you need to build a wide board and follow it up with the enablers which buff your creatures. Your small tokens are complemented by beefier threats like Young Mammoth, Bleakcoast Troll, and Cliff Racer. You should aim to close out games by turn 6 or 7.
Budget Token Empire – Notable Inclusions
If you earned a copy of Apprentice Necromancer by reaching rank 9 in the month of June, you can put it to good use here. In a token deck, the necromancer can revive a Marked Man from your discard pile to put 4/6 in stats across three bodies on the board. This does not include any additional buffs from your token enablers and puts a lot of pressure on your opponent.
Empire Recruiter helps your token strategy by placing additional tokens on the board when he pilfers. Hiding him behind guards and combining him with beefier bodies to deal with your opponent’s guards is a viable strategy to build your board while keeping field lane under control.
Awakened Dreamer is a card that can snowball. You will find a lot of 4-attack creatures in the deck to buff with your token enablers to trigger Awakened Dreamer.
Spoils of War and Eastmarch Crusader allow you to extend your resources and draw more cards. Eastmarch Crusader requires you to have broken one of your opponent’s runes. Spoils of War incentivizes token chip damage to leverage the empower mechanic and reduce its cost.
Upgrades to the Deck
Token decks usually have trouble dealing with big guards. To bypass guards, you need to include cards to silence or pseudo-silence them. The most effective way to do this in Empire is with Penitus Oculatus Agent or Shadowfen Priest. If you can include an additional copy of shadowfen, it will be a strong addition to the deck, and let you remove your opponent’s supports. You may swap them for one copy of Strategic Deployment, Young Mammoth or Bleakcoast Troll.
If you would like to go for additional legendaries, then Dawnbreaker is a great choice, as it can win you games with the extra burst alone. It can also banish an Undead when fighting for board.
Here is the full, non-budget version of the deck with additional extensions, to provide you with an idea of where you can take the deck.
We hope you enjoy the Budget Token Empire deck as much as we do! Good luck on the ladder!