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Monument to the Cat God


In recent weeks, Oketra's Monument has proven itself to be an incredible engine in Amonkhet Standard, and appears well-positioned to continue its performance in Hour of Devastation Standard. Whenever we see a new value-engine arise in Standard, it’s worth exploring what that engine can do in Modern. This week, GiantKiller4 has started to look at what Oketra's Monument can do in Modern, and the list they’ve ended up on is super exciting:

Oketra's Monument
This deck does a number of very interesting things, but the overarching objective is largely the same as its Standard counterpart. Oketra's Monument lets you start chaining together cheap White value creatures to flood the board with tokens and bury your opponent in incidental value. The key here is that you don’t have to rely on an inefficient engine like Bygone Bishop once you expand the cardpool to Modern. Instead, you can lean on engines like Squadron Hawk, particularly in combination with something like Mistveil Plains, to ensure that you have a steady stream of White creatures to cast.

In addition, you now have access to all the most efficient wu interactive creatures in Spell Queller and Reflector Mage. You even have Wall of Omens to help stall out the ground against aggressive decks, as well as Dusk // Dawn to help reset the board and generate more value as the game goes long.

The real interesting piece of this deck is the new value engine that you get access to in Modern. There are two key pieces: Sky Hussar and Whitemane Lion. Sky Hussar is a pretty straightforward engine; once you have enough tokens, it’s an uncounterable way to draw extra cards in more attrition-oriented matchups. Whitemane Lion, on the other hand, does a little bit of everything. If you need to re-buy Spell Queller, you can do that. If you need to recast Reflector Mage, you can do that. You can also just keep picking up Whitemane Lion with its own trigger to generate tokens off of Oketra's Monument and bury your opponent in value.

This is a relatively budget-friendly deck that has a lot of different angles it can play from. Reflector Mage is very good in the format, as is the ability to go very wide against the likes of Death's Shadow. You can play a relatively fair game with White value creatures and efficient removal, or you can go really big with Oketra's Monument and Whitemane Lion. There’s a lot of room to explore, and I can’t wait to find out if this is a style of deck that can keep up in a format as fast as Modern.

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