Simic Theorycraft Decks – Throne of Eldraine Standard

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Simic has been, and is still potentially one of the most powerful color combinations in Standard. It can generate a tonne of mana, draw a lot of cards, and can even steal your opponent’s permanents. This creates for some linear strategies that your opponents cannot keep up with unless they deal damage to you fast enough, or disrupt your game plan along every step. Even then, it is still not easy for them.

We have the most powerful suite of cards available to us even before Throne of Eldraine that is good enough on its own.

  • Risen Reef: This card does not even need other elementals to make it good. It is combined with cards like Leafkin Druid and sometimes Cavalier of Thorns.
  • Hydroid Krasis: The problem with this card lies in the fact that you still get to draw cards and gain life even if the creature dies or is countered. Towards the end game, your opponents will be looking at a huge flying creature that cannot even be chump blocked.
  • Nissa, Who Shakes the World: This is still the best Planeswalker we have – it can go in most decks that has green in its colors. It can defend itself, and when you do end up untapping with it, you can do some absurd things.

Throne of Eldraine even opens up a lot of options in Simic. In fact, we just got a pretty good planeswalker.

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Oko, Thief of Crowns does a lot of things for a 3 mana planeswalker. Food Token synergies, making your opponent’s creatures less useful and even stealing them (preferably swapping with the mere Food Token). As we said above, this card does everything a Simic (or its three color variants like Sultai or Bant) deck wants it to do and may be home to many decks similar to Teferi, Time Raveler.

Simic Ramp

Let’s start with the most “basic” build – Simic Ramp / Midrange. The deck is already mostly standardized due to the concentration of powerful cards in these colors. Llanowar Elves is replaced by Gilded Goose, which we won’t say is better or worse but serves a similar function. This gives the deck a mild Food synergy also, along with Oko, Thief of Crowns. There are various finishers we can include as well, such as Agent of Treachery and Mass Manipulation.

4 Gilded Goose (ELD) 160
4 Leafkin Druid (M20) 178
4 Paradise Druid (WAR) 171
3 Brazen Borrower (ELD) 39
4 Wicked Wolf (ELD) 181
4 Voracious Hydra (M20) 200
4 Hydroid Krasis (RNA) 183
4 Oko, Thief of Crowns (ELD) 197
4 Nissa, Who Shakes the World (WAR) 169
4 Temple of Mystery (M20) 255
4 Breeding Pool (RNA) 246
3 Castle Garenbrig (ELD) 240
4 Island (XLN) 265
10 Forest (XLN) 277

3 Veil of Summer (M20) 198
2 Shifting Ceratops (M20) 194
1 Brazen Borrower (ELD) 39
2 Aether Gust (M20) 42
3 Lovestruck Beast (ELD) 165
2 Agent of Treachery (M20) 43
2 Disdainful Stroke (GRN) 37

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4 Oko, Thief of Crowns (ELD) 197
8 Island (XLN) 265
7 Forest (XLN) 277
4 Gilded Goose (ELD) 160
2 Mass Manipulation (RNA) 42
3 Wicked Wolf (ELD) 181
4 Breeding Pool (RNA) 246
3 Shifting Ceratops (M20) 194
3 Nissa, Who Shakes the World (WAR) 169
3 Questing Beast (ELD) 171
4 Paradise Druid (WAR) 171
4 Hydroid Krasis (RNA) 183
3 Voracious Hydra (M20) 200
3 Temple of Mystery (M20) 255
3 The Great Henge (ELD) 161
2 Castle Garenbrig (ELD) 240

3 Veil of Summer (M20) 198
2 Negate (RIX) 44
1 Shifting Ceratops (M20) 194
2 Thrashing Brontodon (RIX) 148
2 Agent of Treachery (M20) 43
3 Ashiok, Dream Render (WAR) 228
2 Tamiyo, Collector of Tales (WAR) 220

This is a Simic Ramp deck used in Fandom Legends Caster Cup 2 that took place on September 29, 2019.

4 Gilded Goose (ELD) 160
4 Paradise Druid (WAR) 171
2 Once Upon a Time (ELD) 169
11 Forest (XLN) 277
4 Wicked Wolf (ELD) 181
4 Nissa, Who Shakes the World (WAR) 169
2 Voracious Hydra (M20) 200
4 Breeding Pool (RNA) 246
4 Temple of Mystery (M20) 255
4 Oko, Thief of Crowns (ELD) 197
3 Hydroid Krasis (RNA) 183
2 Castle Garenbrig (ELD) 240
4 Island (XLN) 265
4 Tamiyo, Collector of Tales (WAR) 220
4 Leafkin Druid (M20) 178

3 Aether Gust (M20) 42
3 Negate (RIX) 44
2 Veil of Summer (M20) 198
1 Voracious Hydra (M20) 200
2 Agent of Treachery (M20) 43
2 Shifting Ceratops (M20) 194
2 Return to Nature (WAR) 175

This is a Simic Ramp deck used in Fandom Legends Caster Cup 2 that took place on September 29, 2019.

4 Gilded Goose (ELD) 160
4 Leafkin Druid (M20) 178
4 Paradise Druid (WAR) 171
3 Brazen Borrower (ELD) 39
3 Wicked Wolf (ELD) 181
4 Voracious Hydra (M20) 200
4 Hydroid Krasis (RNA) 183
4 Oko, Thief of Crowns (ELD) 197
4 Nissa, Who Shakes the World (WAR) 169
4 Temple of Mystery (M20) 255
4 Breeding Pool (RNA) 246
2 Castle Garenbrig (ELD) 240
4 Island (XLN) 265
11 Forest (XLN) 277
1 Questing Beast (ELD) 171

2 Veil of Summer (M20) 198
4 Shifting Ceratops (M20) 194
3 Aether Gust (M20) 42
2 Negate (RIX) 44
2 Mass Manipulation (RNA) 42
2 Tamiyo, Collector of Tales (WAR) 220

Simic Food

Similar to the ramp deck above, but the main difference is the inclusion of Feasting Troll King. There are options to go more all-in such as including Witch’s Oven and Tamiyo, Collector of Tales to put it into the graveyard. Regardless, the deck’s shell is still mostly the same. In addition, Wicked Wolf is a great card that can act like a Ravenous Chupacabra and will make life tricky for your opponents.

4 Breeding Pool (RNA) 246
3 Castle Garenbrig (ELD) 240
3 Stonecoil Serpent (ELD) 235
4 Gilded Goose (ELD) 160
1 Crashing Drawbridge (ELD) 217
4 Fae of Wishes (ELD) 44
4 Emry, Lurker of the Loch (ELD) 43
10 Forest (XLN) 277
7 Island (XLN) 265
4 Feasting Troll King (ELD) 152
1 Meteor Golem (M19) 241
4 Oko, Thief of Crowns (ELD) 197
4 Once Upon a Time (ELD) 169
3 Witch's Oven (ELD) 237
4 Golden Egg (ELD) 220

2 Veil of Summer (M20) 198
1 Witch's Oven (ELD) 237
1 Trail of Crumbs (ELD) 179
1 Ashiok, Dream Render (WAR) 228
3 Mystical Dispute (ELD) 58
1 Natural End (M20) 183
3 Wicked Wolf (ELD) 181
1 Flood of Tears (M20) 59
1 Ugin, the Ineffable (WAR) 2
1 The Great Henge (ELD) 161
8 Forest (XLN) 277
4 Gilded Goose (ELD) 160
4 Once Upon a Time (ELD) 169
5 Island (XLN) 265
4 Wicked Wolf (ELD) 181
2 Golden Egg (ELD) 220
1 Trail of Crumbs (ELD) 179
4 Feasting Troll King (ELD) 152
1 Paradise Druid (WAR) 171
4 Castle Garenbrig (ELD) 240
4 Hydroid Krasis (RNA) 183
4 Oko, Thief of Crowns (ELD) 197
4 Breeding Pool (RNA) 246
4 Temple of Mystery (M20) 255
3 Nissa, Who Shakes the World (WAR) 169
4 Arboreal Grazer (WAR) 149

4 Shifting Ceratops (M20) 194
2 Aether Gust (M20) 42
2 Negate (RIX) 44
2 Questing Beast (ELD) 171
1 Thrashing Brontodon (RIX) 148
1 Return to Nature (WAR) 175
3 Veil of Summer (M20) 198

This deck is based on using the Food token synergy to do all sorts of things – for instance, putting cards into your graveyard to recur things with Emry, Lurker of the Loch as well as bringing back Feasting Troll King.

Source: Jonathan Blank (@theblankmuse)

4 Merfolk Secretkeeper (ELD) 53
4 Wall of Lost Thoughts (RNA) 59
4 Giant Opportunity (ELD) 159
4 Oko, Thief of Crowns (CELD) 271
3 Tamiyo, Collector of Tales (WAR) 220
4 Feasting Troll King (CELD) 368
4 Gilded Goose (ELD) 160
4 Witch's Oven (ELD) 237
4 Golden Egg (ELD) 220
4 Emry, Lurker of the Loch (CELD) 342
5 Island (M20) 265
5 Forest (M20) 277
4 Castle Garenbrig (ELD) 240
4 Breeding Pool (RNA) 246
4 Temple of Mystery (M20) 255

Simic Flash

Simic Flash is a deck you either love or hate, and the deck has become more of a force to be reckoned with. Brazen Borrower will be a card that will belong to many blue decks for the foreseeable future and is a perfect fit for this deck. Wildborn Preserver can also become quickly out of hand, and can act as a late-game mana sink. Cards like Opt and Once Upon a Time are also decent inclusions if card selection is valued. Unfortunately, once a budget-friendly option for players, these cards have made the deck more expensive to craft.

What better way to test the new cards than to try an alternate win condition? This deck is originally by AliEldrazi, creator unique brews and such as ones based around Golos, Tireless Pilgrim. Leyline of Anticipation is a really interesting inclusion as it allows you to resolve Happily Ever After at end of your opponent’s turn, and if you have a Teferi, Time Raveler on your side then it’s game over (provided you meet the conditions).

4 Breeding Pool (RNA) 246
1 Castle Ardenvale (ELD) 238
2 Castle Vantress (ELD) 242
1 Chemister's Insight (GRN) 32
2 Drawn from Dreams (M20) 56
4 Fabled Passage (ELD) 244
4 Fae of Wishes (ELD) 44
2 Forest (ELD) 266
2 Growth Spiral (RNA) 178
4 Hallowed Fountain (RNA) 251
3 Happily Ever After (ELD) 16
4 Island (ELD) 254
4 Leyline of Anticipation (M20) 64
3 Narset, Parter of Veils (WAR) 61
2 Plains (ELD) 250
3 Planewide Celebration (WAR) 172
4 Teferi, Time Raveler (WAR) 221
4 Temple Garden (GRN) 258
2 Time Wipe (WAR) 223
4 Wilderness Reclamation (RNA) 149

1 Absorb (RNA) 151
1 Devious Cover-Up (GRN) 35
1 Dovin's Veto (WAR) 193
1 Happily Ever After (ELD) 16
1 Jace, Wielder of Mysteries (WAR) 54
1 Mass Manipulation (RNA) 42
1 Once and Future (ELD) 168
1 Planar Cleansing (M20) 33
1 Planewide Celebration (WAR) 172
1 Precognitive Perception (RNA) 45
1 Prison Realm (WAR) 26
1 Root Snare (RNA) 137
1 Tamiyo, Collector of Tales (WAR) 220
1 Time Wipe (WAR) 223
1 Veil of Summer (M20) 198
4 Spectral Sailor (M20) 76
4 Breeding Pool (RNA) 246
4 Brineborn Cutthroat (M20) 50
4 Brazen Borrower (ELD) 39
3 Quench (RNA) 48
4 Sinister Sabotage (GRN) 54
4 Once Upon a Time (ELD) 169
4 Temple of Mystery (M20) 255
4 Nightpack Ambusher (M20) 185
2 Wildborn Preserver (ELD) 182
8 Island (XLN) 265
4 Forest (XLN) 277
4 Frilled Mystic (RNA) 174
3 Essence Capture (RNA) 37
2 Fabled Passage (ELD) 244
1 Unsummon (M20) 78
1 Negate (RIX) 44

2 Mystical Dispute (ELD) 58
4 Shifting Ceratops (M20) 194
4 Cerulean Drake (M20) 53
2 Aether Gust (M20) 42
3 Veil of Summer (M20) 198

I am dubious about Wildborn Preserver as it does not do too much other than being potentially a bigger creature – but it’s worth trying, at least. Once Upon a Time is a potential inclusion if we cut some counterspells and add another creature suite.

4 Spectral Sailor (M20) 76
4 Brineborn Cutthroat (M20) 50
4 Wildborn Preserver (ELD) 182
4 Brazen Borrower (ELD) 39
4 Nightpack Ambusher (M20) 185
4 Frilled Mystic (RNA) 174
4 Opt (XLN) 65
4 Quench (RNA) 48
4 Sinister Sabotage (GRN) 54
8 Island (XLN) 265
6 Forest (XLN) 277
4 Breeding Pool (RNA) 246
4 Temple of Mystery (M20) 255
2 Castle Vantress (ELD) 242

Wrapping Up

Simic is definitely one of the strongest colors currently, but it may still be better to splash a third color as mana fixing is easier in green than other colors. Sultai offers cards like Yarok, the Desecrated and Bant has access to cards like Teferi, Time Raveler. We will continue exploring as we find the most optimal builds.

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