A little after 5:00pm Pacific Time, @magicesports issued the following tweet:
There will be no B&R changes prior to #MythicChampionshipVI
The next B&R Announcement will be November 18th, 2019
— Magic Esports (@MagicEsports) October 29, 2019
Leading up to the special October 21st Banned and Restricted List update, there was much discussion about what should be removed from Standard. While Field of the Dead was an obvious choice, many players opined that Oko, Thief of Crowns, should also be added to the banned list. At three mana, Oko has two plus abilities that can put him out of range of most early attacks. Oko even has a +2 ability that puts him out of range of a specific hate card in Fry.
The ability to accelerate into Oko thanks to Gilded Goose, and then follow the planeswalker up with Nissa, Who Shakes the World, gives base green decks a difficult to disrupt line of play. This paired with cards like Once Upon a Time and Wicked Wolf has led to Standard being dominated by these cards. It is not just that green is everywhere, it is that Oko is extremely hard to remove from the battlefield.
Out of 128 decks to make Day Two of the October 26-27 Arena Mythic Championship Qualifier Weekend, 78 – almost 61% – were running Oko and Nissa. All but one player in the Magic Pro League Ruby Division is running Oko in their Eldraine split. There has been a number of very vocal players sounding off that something should be done for the sake of Standard.
This statement might not silence those voices, but it does let the world know that Mythic Championship Richmond is likely to be centered on Oko, Thief of Crowns. This comes on the heels of the Modern Mythic Championship Barcelona, where Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis, played the boogeyman. With the next announcement coming on Nov. 18, 2019, it remains to be seen if there will be a shakeup before Mythic Championship VII in December.