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Eating Well in Pioneer with Temur Food


Let's face it, Oko, Thief of Crowns is annoying but really good at winning games of Magic. The absurd stats on the Throne of Eldraine planeswalker have been making waves in every single format he is legal in, up to an including Vintage, and Pioneer is no different.

Oko, Thief of Crowns

However, while Oko and his Simic Food shell were too much for Standard, they need a little help if they're going to step themselves up to the Pioneer plate. Thankfully, help isn't far away. Oko's style of "powerful on rate with excellent board presence" has been a hallmark of good Standard cards for the last few years and there are quite a few looking to join Oko on the battlefield and take down some games of Pioneer.

Heart of Kiran
Chandra, Torch of Defiance

The raw power in all of these cards is exceedingly high, allowing you both card advantage as well as the ability to turn the corner very quickly and kill your opponent out of nowhere. There's no fancy combos or cute synergies here - just raw stats and power. And if you're looking to win? That's exactly what you want in a new format.

Time Stamps

Match 1 - 00:06:23

Match 2 - 00:26:00

Match 3 - 00:52:30

Match 4 - 01:06:35

Match 5 - 01:23:36

Raw power.

While I would make a few ill advised changes to the deck (going lighter on removal; played against creature decks in 8 of 9 rounds), I'd still go 6-3 in the PTQ as well as 4-1 in this league and 5-0 in the league before it. There's a huge amount of power here, but making sure you tune the deck properly to the metagame is going to be very important. Your ability to sideboard and tune your deck is great so make sure you're using it properly!

Llanowar Elves
Questing Beast

The most important thing to know when playing this deck is that getting on the board is everything. Almost all of your cards snowball amazingly, as you keep adding unique threatening element after unique threatening element until your opponent eventually succumbs. Always try to prioritize making good tempo plays over everything else. If your opening hand isn't capable of this, don't be afraid to send it back. A good curve on 5 or 6 cards is much better than a stumbly 7.

Otherwise enjoy the raw power while you can!

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