Food is one of the new mechanics featured in Throne of Eldraine. Permanents and spells generate Food tokens, which can be sacrificed for three life, or hang around to be used for other purposes.
It’s a good deckbuilding exercise to push a new mechanic as far as it can go. In doing so, you might find some untapped potential, or generate ideas for how to splice a new theme into existing shells. Let’s see where our culinary adventures might take us.
Biting Off As Much Food as You Can Chew
Oko, Thief of Crowns
Magic’s newest planeswalker is unique and highly difficult to evaluate. But I have a hunch that he might just be the strongest new card for Eldraine Standard. Coming down early and ticking up to six loyalty is just so hard for an opponent to manage with creatures. The prospect of attacking the high-loyalty planeswalker will feel hopeless; and the prospect of attacking you will feel hopeless with the Food buffering your life total. That’s not to mention that these tokens can become 3/3 haste attackers with Oko’s +1 ability, and that he generates an endless stream of fodder for your other Food-themed cards.
Gilded Goose looks to be the only one-drop mana accelerant available in Eldraine Standard. But it does much more than simply enabling a turn 2 Oko. Gilded Goose also has a relevant late-game ability in generating Food, and leaves something useful behind after the traditional “Bolt-the-Bird” exchange.
As a standalone, Wicked Wolf comes down and picks off a small creature. If you have some Food lying around, it can take on larger creatures, as well as sticking around as a large, unkillable threat. Move over Ravenous Chupacabra, there’s a new alpha dog in town!
Feasting Troll King
Feasting Troll King is the single biggest payoff for Food. When cast from your hand, you get an enormous creature and you re-up on Food for the purposes of Gilded Goose, Wicked Wolf, or whatever else might need them. If it winds up in your graveyard–either through natural or unnatural causes–three Food tokens brings him straight back to the battlefield. Note that you can use his own Food tokens for this purpose, or ones that you find elsewhere.
Trail of Crumbs
Trail of Crumbs is very slow, but represents the engine card for a dedicated Food deck. It only takes one of these to make sure that you’ll never run out of gas in the tank. The combination of massive card advantage and massive lifegain can really cover all your bases.
Dinner Time, Throne of Eldraine Standard
4 Temple of Mystery 4 Breeding Pool 10 Forest (347) 6 Island (335) 4 Gilded Goose 4 Leafkin Druid 4 Risen Reef 2 Wicked Wolf 2 Cavalier of Thorns 2 Feasting Troll King 2 Hydroid Krasis 3 Once Upon a Time 2 Trail of Crumbs 4 Golden Egg 4 Oko, Thief of Crowns 2 Nissa, Who Shakes the World 1 Flood of Tears
The Food theme can be rounded out by a shell of the best blue and green cards that Standard has to offer. The Elemental package feels almost automatic in a deck like this due to the standalone power of Risen Reef and Leafkin Druid. Cavalier of Thorns is a nice top-end card that boosts your mana and can even mill a Feasting Troll King.
However, with the color combination’s lack of removal and comeback potential, you really want something that can drop the hammer. Flood of Tears is a power finisher that’s right at home in a deck that gets ahead on mana, and can even give you extra value from recasting your Golden Eggs and Risen Reefs.
Is this deck the real deal? Or am I a glutton for punishment? At the least, it should be a great way to get a feel for the Food mechanic, and to try out a flagship planeswalker from Throne of Eldraine. Bon appetit!