At this point, we all know about the Elk in the room, Oko. This single 3 mana Planeswalker has taken over pretty much every Magic format, making food and turning your creatures into Elks. The early landscape of the most recent Mythic Championship appears to be Oko decks representing 69% of the meta. With all these factors, we can hope that with the Ban & Restricted announcement on November 18, Oko gets banned.
While we wait for the next B&R, below are some non-Oko decks I have featured on my channel which are fun, semi-competitive alternatives to the Jersey Shore Trickster.
The goal of this deck is to exploit enter the battlefield abilities to draw cards and gain life. You are able to stack a bunch of ETB creatures under a Lumbering Battlement to create a big beater. It can then either be blinked to recycle the ETB effects, or, if you can chain three battlements together, it creates an infinite loop. Once the loop is established, you can either draw your entire deck, gain a bunch of life or mill out your opponent with Overwhelmed Apprentice.
Up next is a bit of a combo deck. For those unaware, the term Cheerios in Magic refers to an old deck archetype that looked to exploit 0 costing artifacts. What we are trying to do with this deck is fill our graveyard with a bunch X costing creatures in stonecoil serpant, Chamber Sentry and ugin’s conjurant, along with combo pieces Cruel Celebrant and Corpse Knight. From there we can Command the Dreadhorde back all the creatures, having them all deal damage as they enter and leave the battlefield. Midnight Reaper can be used to refill our hand, with celebrant offsetting the life loss.
This is more of an aggressive slanted midrange list in Grixis colors. The core of the deck is built around taking advantage of both of the plus abilities on The Royal Scions. We can fill our graveyard for Dreadhorde Arcanist, then use the +2/0 ability to give arcanist 3 power to flashblack more expensive spells. Dreadhorde Butcher is also an early aggressive threat that can take advantage of the bonus power, trample and first strike that The Royal Scions can provide. The rest of the deck is jam-packed with removal and disruption to control the opponents board as our 2 drop creatures help carry us to victory.