Oko, Thief of Crowns may have been banned in Standard, but the Planeswalker continues to make waves in formats with larger card pools.
Grand Prix Bologna
Nearly 1,600 players descended on the MagicFest in Bologna to battle in a Legacy Grand Prix. Rumors of the eternal format’s death have been greatly exaggerated as the community came out in droves to play with some of the oldest cards in Magic.
Of course, as has been the trend in 2019, cards from the most recent year made a splash. Four of the Top 8 decks ran Oko – including two copies in the deck piloted by Andrea Mengucci to his first Grand Prix Top 8 – and Arcum’s Astrolabe, Collector Ouphe, Force of Negation, Plague Engineer, and Teferi, Time Raveler all made an appearance in the finals. Tristan Pozl had not dropped a match with his Sultai Green Sun’s Zenith deck all weekend, until the last match. There he ran into Marc Vogt and his Bant Miracles, where Oko making Elks and sending them to the bottom of the library with Terminus proved to be too powerful.
Marc Vogt, Winner, GP Bologna
2 Ice-Fang Coatl 3 Snapcaster Mage 2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor 3 Oko, Thief of Crowns 1 Teferi, Time Raveler 4 Arcum's Astrolabe 4 Brainstorm 1 Counterspell 1 Entreat the Angels 2 Force of Negation 4 Force of Will 4 Ponder 4 Swords to Plowshares 3 Terminus 2 Veil of Summer 4 Flooded Strand 4 Misty Rainforest 2 Mystic Sanctuary 1 Polluted Delta 1 Snow-Covered Forest 5 Snow-Covered Island 1 Snow-Covered Plains 1 Tropical Island 1 Tundra Sideboard 1 Carpet of Flowers 1 Celestial Purge 1 Containment Priest 1 Flusterstorm 1 Monastery Mentor 2 Pyroblast 1 Red Elemental Blast 1 Rest in Peace 2 Return to Nature 1 Surgical Extraction 1 Terminus 1 Veil of Summer 1 Volcanic Island