White-Black Tokens has been around Modern forever, ever since its creation. In fact, W/B Tokens has been a deck going all the way back to the time of Bitterblossom in Standard, when players first learned that protecting planeswalkers with tokens every turn was a pretty good idea even if you weren't jamming your deck full of Faeries.

It's come a long way since then—Bitterblossom was once banned in Modern but now isn't even a four-of in this token deck—but honestly White-Black Tokens is alive and well. And adding Hidden Stockpile certainly doesn't hurt.

Michael Siembor took this to the Top 8 of a recent SCG Classic, and I have to say I think this is the best version of Orzhov Tokens we've seen in a while. Most of what you see here has come to be expected—a smattering of discard, token makers and token buffers, but the truth is that what goes on underneath the hood of this deck, so to speak, is what makes the difference between a "playable" W/B Tokens list and a list that's a threat to win tournaments (sadly Siembor lost in the semis, but the point stands).

Siembor's list has some choices I really like. For years, the biggest problem with these Token decks is that they have bad topdecks and no card selection. A Thoughtseize drawn late is disaster for a deck running on synergy and not pure power, and with nothing like Serum Visions or even Faithless Looting to help smooth out the draws, the deck has had trouble staying relevant.

Its troubles in that area aren't gone, but Siembor did a lot of work patching them with Hidden Stockpile. The card does everything you want—it makes tokens and it even scries to help you get rid of those late-game clunkers!

Stockpile doesn't itself change the way the deck runs or anything, but it is a nice versatile piece of the engine that provides some valuable percentages in matchups where Tokens could struggle before, especially in long, grindy matches. That's exactly where Secure the Wastes comes in, another innocuous addition but one that provides way more late-game power while still being a reasonable play in the midgame.

In all, this version of Tokens seems well set up against the field, and the great thing about white and black is that the color combination offers all the sideboard options you could want (mine here, as always, leans generic). But if you want to deal with combo feel free to play more Lost Legacy and the like. With the best removal, graveyard hate, second-best artifact hate and more, the sideboard options here are almost as appealing as the main deck, especially considering that the discard makes any sideboard plan look better. The one thing I'd like to see that isn't here is Collective Brutality. It's only got a little synergy with the deck, but it's an all-around star where you're almost always happy discarding to escalate it because you're getting a card's worth of value out of it anyway.

Orzhov Tokens is better situated right now than you might think, and if this strategy is up your alley I highly suggest giving this version a try.

Thanks for reading,

Corbin Hosler