Love him or hate him, this week's Planeswalker Duel Deck stars a well-known trickster of the MTG universe. Make sure you're caught up on the intro and series before you keep reading!

Oko, Thief of Crowns is almost universally acknowledged as That F***ing Card the Best Planeswalker Ever. Between its cost, its loyalty, its + abilities, and its tendency to easily dominate the board, Oko is very good. So good, in fact, that the DCI kindly asked the UG burglar to not attend Standard, Modern, Pioneer, Brawl, or Historic events.

I wish it was a little more balanced as a card, because I think Oko himself is pretty interesting. Here's what we know about him, sourced somewhat from Wikipedia and the Eldraine book:

  1. Oko is a Shapeshifter Fae
  2. Oko is a mean-spirited prankster
  3. Oko clearly loves transforming stuff
  4. Oko is most definitely an Elk devotee
  5. Oko can persuade others to do his bidding

That's plenty of lore for us to craft a story for Oko via deck building:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Oko, Thief of Crowns by Andy Hurst

'Oko, Thief of Crowns' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Andy Hurst

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Freeform (Casual)

Market Price: $23.96

Cards

Kessig Prowler // Sinuous Predator

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.25

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{4}{G}: Transform Kessig Prowler.

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Entourage of Trest

Color Identity:G

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When Entourage of Trest enters the battlefield, you become the monarch.
Entourage of Trest can block an additional creature each combat as long as you're the monarch.

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Kenrith's Transformation

Color Identity:G

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Enchant creature
When Kenrith's Transformation enters the battlefield, draw a card.
Enchanted creature loses all abilities and is a green Elk creature with base power and toughness 3/3. (It loses all other card types and creature types.)

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Simic Guildgate

Color Identity:G,U

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Simic Guildgate enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {G} or {U}.

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Domesticated Hydra

Color Identity:G

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{X}{G}{G}{G}: Monstrosity X. (If this creature isn't monstrous, put X +1/+1 counters on it and it becomes monstrous.)
As long as Domesticated Hydra is monstrous, it has trample.

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Duskwatch Recruiter // Krallenhorde Howler

Color Identity:G

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{2}{G}: Look at the top three cards of your library. You may reveal a creature card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.
At the beginning of each upkeep, if no spells were cast last turn, transform Duskwatch Recruiter.

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Snakeform

Color Identity:G,U

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Until end of turn, target creature loses all abilities and becomes a green Snake with base power and toughness 1/1.
Draw a card.

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Faerie Trickery

Color Identity:U

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Counter target non-Faerie spell. If that spell is countered this way, exile it instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.

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Simic Growth Chamber

Color Identity:G,U

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Simic Growth Chamber enters the battlefield tapped.
When Simic Growth Chamber enters the battlefield, return a land you control to its owner's hand.
{T}: Add {G}{U}.

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Beanstalk Giant // Fertile Footsteps

Color Identity:G

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Enchanted Carriage

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When Enchanted Carriage enters the battlefield, create two 1/1 white Mouse creature tokens.
Crew 2 (Tap any number of creatures you control with total power 2 or more: This Vehicle becomes an artifact creature until end of turn.)

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Frogify

Color Identity:U

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Enchant creature
Enchanted creature loses all abilities and is a blue Frog creature with base power and toughness 1/1. (It loses all other card types and creature types.)

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Woodland Stream

Color Identity:G,U

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Woodland Stream enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {G} or {U}.

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Stolen by the Fae

Color Identity:U

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Return target creature with mana value X to its owner's hand. You create X 1/1 blue Faerie creature tokens with flying.

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Turn into a Pumpkin

Color Identity:U

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Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand. Draw a card.
Adamant — If at least three blue mana was spent to cast this spell, create a Food token. (It's an artifact with "{2}, {T}, Sacrifice this artifact: You gain 3 life.")

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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Oko, Thief of Crowns

Color Identity:G,U

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+2: Create a Food token. (It's an artifact with "{2}, {T}, Sacrifice this artifact: You gain 3 life.")
+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.

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Saddled Rimestag

Color Identity:G

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Saddled Rimestag gets +2/+2 as long as you had another creature enter the battlefield under your control this turn.

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Animating Faerie // Bring to Life

Color Identity:U

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Somberwald Stag

Color Identity:G

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When Somberwald Stag enters the battlefield, you may have it fight target creature you don't control.

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Flitterstep Eidolon

Color Identity:U

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Bestow {5}{U} (If you cast this card for its bestow cost, it's an Aura spell with enchant creature. It becomes a creature again if it's not attached to a creature.)
Flitterstep Eidolon can't be blocked.
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and can't be blocked.

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Bellowing Elk

Color Identity:G

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As long as you had another creature enter the battlefield under your control this turn, Bellowing Elk has trample and indestructible.

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Omnibian

Color Identity:G,U

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{T}: Target creature becomes a Frog with base power and toughness 3/3 until end of turn.

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Persuasion

Color Identity:U

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Enchant creature (Target a creature as you cast this. This card enters the battlefield attached to that creature.)
You control enchanted creature.

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Return to Nature

Color Identity:G

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Choose one —
• Destroy target artifact.
• Destroy target enchantment.
• Exile target card from a graveyard.

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Stampeding Elk Herd

Color Identity:G

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Formidable — Whenever Stampeding Elk Herd attacks, if creatures you control have total power 8 or greater, creatures you control gain trample until end of turn.

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Pongify

Color Identity:U

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Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated. Its controller creates a 3/3 green Ape creature token.

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Rain of Thorns

Color Identity:G

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Choose one or more —
• Destroy target artifact.
• Destroy target enchantment.
• Destroy target land.

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Windstorm

Color Identity:G

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Windstorm deals X damage to each creature with flying.

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Hypnotic Sprite // Mesmeric Glare

Color Identity:U

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Gang of Elk

Color Identity:G

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Whenever Gang of Elk becomes blocked, it gets +2/+2 until end of turn for each creature blocking it.

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Highland Game

Color Identity:G

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When Highland Game dies, you gain 2 life.

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Soul Seizer // Ghastly Haunting

Color Identity:U

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Flying
When Soul Seizer deals combat damage to a player, you may transform it. If you do, attach it to target creature that player controls.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Primal Plasma

Color Identity:U

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As Primal Plasma enters the battlefield, it becomes your choice of a 3/3 creature, a 2/2 creature with flying, or a 1/6 creature with defender.

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Coral Trickster

Color Identity:U

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Morph {U} (You may cast this card face down as a 2/2 creature for {3}. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
When Coral Trickster is turned face up, you may tap or untap target permanent.

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Cytoshape

Color Identity:G,U

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Choose a nonlegendary creature on the battlefield. Target creature becomes a copy of that creature until end of turn.

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Peer Pressure

Color Identity:U

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Choose a creature type. If you control more creatures of that type than each other player, you gain control of all creatures of that type. (This effect lasts indefinitely.)

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Ovinomancer

Color Identity:U

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When Ovinomancer enters the battlefield, sacrifice it unless you return three basic lands you control to their owner's hand.
{T}, Return Ovinomancer to its owner's hand: Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated. That creature's controller creates a 0/1 green Sheep creature token.

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Blighted Cataract

Color Identity:U

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{T}: Add {C}.
{5}{U}, {T}, Sacrifice Blighted Cataract: Draw two cards.

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Heal the Scars

Color Identity:G

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Regenerate target creature. You gain life equal to that creature's toughness.

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The Game Plan

Oko's looking to play out some Elk, then either transform the opponent's creatures into worse creatures or persuade them to play for Oko's squad instead. And if there's not much to transform on the opponent's battlefield, the home team has stuff to transform, too!

Between the various DFC's, as well as Animating Faerie's adventure option on some food, all kinds of permanents in this deck can become something else. The removal here isn't fantastic, as we might expect from a UG deck, but Persuasion is still an incredible effect after all these years, and if Oko itself ever shows up, it makes the game so much harder to lose.

Our creatures that transform offer some pretty sweet benefits, including the Soul Seizer that snatches an opponent's guy, and a couple real big Elk in Gang of Elk and Stampeding Elk Herd prove that they are in fact the Most Dangerous Game.

The Rares

When you think about it, this is basically the original Oko. Okay, okay, it deals in Frogs instead of Elk, but it still transforms stuff! For a little while! Bonus points if you turn Oko'd Elks into Frogs and then you get to learn about Layers. (When you figure it out, please drop some knowledge on me.)

Another transformer. Instant-speed can ruin expectations for an opponent who thought their creature was getting through before becoming the hunting lodge centerpiece.

Step 1: Cast Peer Pressure. Step 2: Name "Elk." Step 3: Profit!

Stolen by the Fae

I wanted to include an Eldraine rare, and Stolen by the Fae seems like a good flavor pairing with Oko (a Fae), the Thief of Crowns.

Unsung Hero

Listen, when you've got yourself a Thief of Crowns prowling around, you need a crown to steal! Hopefully, in most games Entourage of Trest will come down, make you the Monarch, and hold the fort so that you never lose it. But Oko is not one to trifle over some petty larceny if necessary. I like to think he'd say that something taken is sweeter than something earned.