Oko, Thief of Crowns

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Oko, Thief of Crowns

Legendary Planeswalker — Oko

+2: Create a Food token.

+1: Target artifact or creature loses all abilities and becomes a green Elk creature with base power and toughness 3/3.

-5: Exchange control of target artifact or creature you control and target creature an opponent controls with power 3 or less.

Tryptic on Mana Crypt is bad

2 months ago

The concept of Supply and Demand doesn't apply, because Wizards has near 100% control over both. Maybe there was a brief window of community-controlled EDH, but from the moment Wizards created Commander they have had the power to ban cards AND the ability to print them. It's all artificial scarcity in the first place.

The problem here is entirely in your statement, "This gives players to the same great cards from 10-15-20 years ago..." Sol Ring and Mana Crypt are not great cards, they are pure shit. Just like how Oko, Thief of Crowns is shit, and Tundra is shit. Powerful does not equal good, and Players like powerful cards whether they're good or not, is the problem. If you got rid of the reserved list today, which Wizards seems to be actually considering, and unbanned Ancestral Recall in Commander, players would get hyped for it but you would be teaching players to eat shit and like it.

The design space isn't infinite, but it isn't small either. It's easy to remove early, badly designed cards and add newer, more fair versions of them; Wizards does this all the time. The problem with this is that you don't know what the replacement COULD be as long as the crappy old version is around. What other mana sources could Wizards cook up if LITERALLY EVERY EDH DECK ON EARTH had to dump Sol Ring and Mana Crypt? That's 1-2 cards per deck in an entire format, which could be filled with something more fun to play, and the total monetary value of the system wouldn't decrease by much.

The problem is, Wizards have dug themselves into an awful hole by handing Rings and Crypts out like candy and stupidly expensive candy, respectively. Their shortsightedness has made it so they can't ban these cards without a huge backlash, so they're permanently stuck with this bad design in the Commander format.

Arzais on Omnath, A Song of Creation and Chaos

2 months ago

Might I recommend swapping Oko, Thief of Crowns or Maelstrom Wanderer for Sunder? Sunder does a few things very good in this deck other than slow your opponents down. The first is replenishes your hand for those sweet sweet landfall plays especially since the deck runs only 35 lands. The second is it works exceptionally well with Cultivator Colossus! Additionally works fantastic with Patron of the Moon as 4to16characters had mentioned.

vishnarg on If you could make it …

2 months ago

If it were up to WOTC obviously it would be Invoke Prejudice

I had to think about this a lot, and I'm not sure this is my final answer, but I think we can all agree if Eldraine never included Oko, Thief of Crowns, nobody would be any worse off.

TristanTaylorsVoice on BUG

4 months ago

What about maining Collector Ouphe over Scavenging Ooze and Snapcaster? Also at least 1 Oko, Thief of Crowns had got to be good here too, perhaps over Regrowth or Thoughtseize

Deck looks like a pretty solid midrange shell overall, has game against shops, bazaar and blue decks

DemonDragonJ on Would You Like to See …

5 months ago

Recently, someone asked Mark Rosewater about the possibility of having a set with no planeswalker cards, and Rosewater asked the users how they felt about that. Much to my disappointment, the majority of users said that they liked planeswalkers and would not wish to see a set without them.

I started playing this game before planeswalkers were a card type, so I imagine that the users who wish to continually see planeswalkers started playing the game more recently, and, thus, have never known a time when planeswalkers were not a card type. I, myself, am fond of planeswalkers, as I think that they are an interesting card type that adds new dimensions to the game, but I frankly think that WotC is giving them far too much attention from a story and marketing perspective, and, from a gameplay perspective, they have unquestionably made a tremendous impact upon the game; in fact, I would argue that they have warped the game and forever altered its course. The earliest planeswalkers were not too powerful, but then Jace, the Mind Sculptor was printed, and he had a tremendous effect on the game. I wish that I could say that WotC has learned its lesson about making planeswalkers too powerful, but they printed Oko, Thief of Crowns recently, so I am not entirely certain about that.

Again, I wish to emphasize that I think that planeswalkers are very awesome and fascinating cards, but I feel that they are simply receiving too much attention, and that WotC should use them more sparingly, to make them seem more unique and impressive. I recall that Mark Rosewater said that, when planeswalkers were initially introduced as a card type, WotC planned to use them only on occasion, but they were so popular that WotC decided to make them a regular feature in sets, which I believe was a mistake. If WotC could have planeswalkers in sets only on occasion, I would be very pleased.

What does everyone else say about this? Would you like to see a set with no planeswalker cards?

Niko9 on Good Cards That You Just …

5 months ago

You know, I still wonder how Oko, Thief of Crowns would play out if his second ability was a -1. With that one little change he would go from being able to elk at will to absolutely needing protection from an elk, which is also kinda fun flavor. Like, he could change you into something that's a threat to him. That's interesting. As is though, uggh, I feel like all of his numbers just don't make sense.

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