Oko, Thief of Crowns: A Blessing to Magic?
Oko, Thief of Crowns has taken over the news pages when it comes to Magic: The Gathering. Why is this and is the game still playable? Lets take a look at the standard meta, and if he will be banned.
Will Oko be banned in standard? Should he have been banned along with Field of the Dead? Only time will tell if not banning him was a mistake.
When looking at standard there is no doubt that a Green/Blue decks have taken over the meta-game. One might often ask themselves is this a bad thing? The answer is an unequivocal yes.
Oko should be banned not only because a lack of diversity is bad for the meta-game, but it also makes the game less accessible to new players. This is mostly because it turns creatures into Elks. However, one should not underestimate the importance of deck diversity, as a high quality card game will support a variety of playstyles, even if they are not the most optimal ones.
Oko, Thief of Crowns is the latest in game design mistakes that Wizards of the Coast has made in their card design. Is this a bad thing? No it is not. As taking risks are essential to success and the regular ban review cycles mean that problem cards can be easily removed if necessary.
This allows Wizards of the Coast to continue to attempt to make cards for other formats without worrying if they will break standard in the process.
Is Oko ruining your fun? Or did I completely miss the mark on this one? Let me know below in the comments.
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