Good evening Magic Malevolents! Happy Halloween and Happy Samhain to you all. So, Oko has been thrashing Standard lately, to the point where there is talk that this card will be banned in the next installment of B&R from Wizards. That is too bad. Yes, he is OP, but unlike [[Field of the Dead]], there are more answers to his shenanigans. Javier Dominguez proved that at the last Mythic Championship with his Gruul deck, a dark horse can take down titans. Now, I am going to jump on the Oko bandwagon (dun dun DUUUUUUUUN!). My thing about the Simic/Sultai food builds is a lack of control. This deck does not break new grounds by any stretch, but it does give us options.
DECK TIME: [[Gilded Goose]] ramps us up, [[Growth Spiral]] gives us draw and ramp, [[Paradise Druid]] gives us a body and a mana source for when we are screwed, and [[Brazen Borrower]] gives us a flyer plus bounce, totally cool card to have here. [[Hydroid Krasis]] is a must, big time flyer with life gain, sign me up! [[Wicked Wolf]] gives us access to some removal while [[Frilled Mystic]] gives us a body and counterspell access as well. [[Nissa, Who Shakes the World]] and [[Oko, Thief of Crowns]] are our power players here. Just mean nasty planeswalkers that can turn lands into creatures, create food tokens, make 3/3 elks out of big old nasty things, and creature swapping (more on that in the sideboard). Sideboard gives us more options: [[Disdainful Stroke]] for big nasty things, [[Replicate]] for creating more nasties or countering a trigger-heavy deck, [[Return to Nature]] for artifact and Cavalcade decks, and [[Dazzling Lights]]? You may be saying: "Damn man! What the hell?" Hear me out: cast that sucker on a [[Doom Whisperer]], use Oko's -5, and voila! This would be a mainboard card if it were not so situational.
ADVANTAGES: 1) I feel that this deck has more flexibility with the counterspell access than some of the more mainstream Oko decks 2) It is more aggressive than some of the Oko decks out there and 3) this deck is relatively straightforward to operate, so intermediate players will have no issue whatsoever.
DISADVANTAGES: 1) Expensive, I mean this is a dream paper deck for me, not worth almost half a mortgage payment! 2) There are more moving parts with this deck than other Oko decks, so while it should be no problem for intermediate players to pilot, beginners could struggle and 3) Mill hoses this deck, it can hold its own against Mono R and more aggressive decks, but Mill kills this sucker.
Overall, Oko is OP, but he doesn't deserve a ban. It's not FotD. This deck is a nice alternative to a few of the pro decks out there. Until next time, may all your draws be God-like and may all your spells hit the board.
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