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For many months now, I have been wondering what WOTC was thinking when they made the card Okk
Okk
OkkSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
204
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Okk cannot attack unless a creature with greater power also attacks.Okk cannot block unless a creature with greater power also blocks.
. For those of you unfamiliar with the card, it is a 4/4 red creature for 1R. The draw back on the card is that it can only attack or block if another creature you control with power greater than Okk
Okk
OkkSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
204
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Okk cannot attack unless a creature with greater power also attacks.Okk cannot block unless a creature with greater power also blocks.
also attacks or blocks. This is a pretty serious drawback in a mono-red deck since most creatures in red are not large enough to meet this requirement.

Needless to say, I have been laying up in bed at night thinking of ways to use this stupid card in a deck. Let's just say that either I love a challenge or am a complete loser. Either way the result is a deck that has a chance to use this very undercosted card in an unique way. How is it done?

Enter the ´´flailing´´ cards. Here's another batch of cards that sees very little constructed play because of the obvious problem that your opponent can kill off all of your creatures easily. These cards allow any player to give the flailing creature +1/+1 by paying 1 colorless mana, or -1/-1 for the same price. It's really easy to get into mana wars with your opponent to try to save a flailing soldier from certain death.

So why build a deck around these cards? The answer is speed. This is a type II mono-red speed deck that has some very efficient creatures compared to the rest of the slow multi-colored decks out there.

Here's the decklist:

4:Raging Goblin
Raging Goblin
Raging GoblinSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
200
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack and tap the turn it comes under your control.)
(1/1 for R, haste)
4:Flailing Soldier
Flailing Soldier
Flailing SoldierSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
189
Artist:
Orizio Daniele
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1: Flailing Soldier gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Any player may play this ability.1: Flailing Soldier gets -1/-1 until end of turn. Any player may play this ability.
(2/2 for R)
4:Okk
Okk
OkkSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
204
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Okk cannot attack unless a creature with greater power also attacks.Okk cannot block unless a creature with greater power also blocks.
(4/4 for 1R)
4:Flailing Ogre
Flailing Ogre
Flailing OgreSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre
Rarity:
U
Number:
188
Artist:
Daniel R. Horne
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
1: Flailing Ogre gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Any player may play this ability.1: Flailing Ogre gets -1/-1 until end of turn. Any player may play this ability.
(3/3 for 2R)
4:Flailing Manticore
Flailing Manticore
Flailing ManticoreSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Monster
Rarity:
R
Number:
187
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying, first strike1: Flailing Manticore gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Any player may play this ability.1: Flailing Manticore gets -1/-1 until end of turn. Any player may play this ability.
(3/3 for 3R, flying/first strike)
4:Skizzik
Skizzik
SkizzikSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Trample; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)At end of turn, sacrifice Skizzik unless the kicker cost was paid.
(5/3 for 3RR, haste)

4:Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

4:Pillage
Pillage
PillageSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
198
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or land. It can't be regenerated.

4:Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.

4:Tangle
Tangle
TangleSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn.Attacking creatures don't untap during their controllers' next untap steps.
IFdpcmU=

20:Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.


The deck's goal is to bring out a ton of creatures fast and overwhelm the slow multi-color player. The secondary goal of the deck is to control your opponents land by using Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
, Pillage
Pillage
PillageSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
198
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or land. It can't be regenerated.
and Tangle
Tangle
TangleSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn.Attacking creatures don't untap during their controllers' next untap steps.
IFdpcmU=. These 3 cards will put serious pressure on your opponents mana availability and will keep your opponent from killing off your flailing creatures or casting other spells. Often they will have to choose between casting spells and killing your creature (or at least keeping it from getting huge when it attacks).

Since you have 24 creatures in this deck, it is easy to replace any one of them. Your mana curve tops out at 5 too, so it is very efficient and fast. Okk
Okk
OkkSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
204
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Okk cannot attack unless a creature with greater power also attacks.Okk cannot block unless a creature with greater power also blocks.
is so undercosted and can actually be played in this deck in combination with Skizzik
Skizzik
SkizzikSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Trample; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)At end of turn, sacrifice Skizzik unless the kicker cost was paid.
and the flailing trio.

Here's a play example, you could cast a first turn Flailing Soldier
Flailing Soldier
Flailing SoldierSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
189
Artist:
Orizio Daniele
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1: Flailing Soldier gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Any player may play this ability.1: Flailing Soldier gets -1/-1 until end of turn. Any player may play this ability.
, a second turn Okk
Okk
OkkSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
204
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Okk cannot attack unless a creature with greater power also attacks.Okk cannot block unless a creature with greater power also blocks.
and then on turn three, pump the soldier to be a 5/5 and attack with a 5/5 and a 4/4. Most likely your opponent will provide some opposition but by turn 5-7 when you have them tangled once, stone rained/pillaged once or twice and drop a Flailing Manticore
Flailing Manticore
Flailing ManticoreSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Monster
Rarity:
R
Number:
187
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying, first strike1: Flailing Manticore gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Any player may play this ability.1: Flailing Manticore gets -1/-1 until end of turn. Any player may play this ability.
or Skizzik
Skizzik
SkizzikSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Trample; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)At end of turn, sacrifice Skizzik unless the kicker cost was paid.
/ Okk
Okk
OkkSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
204
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Okk cannot attack unless a creature with greater power also attacks.Okk cannot block unless a creature with greater power also blocks.
combo on them for 2 turns; there won't be much left to your opponent after that.

One word of caution... it might be better to play things like Raging Goblin
Raging Goblin
Raging GoblinSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
200
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack and tap the turn it comes under your control.)
, Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
and Okk
Okk
OkkSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
204
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Okk cannot attack unless a creature with greater power also attacks.Okk cannot block unless a creature with greater power also blocks.
the first few turns until a tangle wire is out. This will give you a few things to tangle up besides your land and also keeps your mana free early game to cast permanents instead of protecting your flailing creatures... Then, turn 3-5 you should cast Tangle
Tangle
TangleSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn.Attacking creatures don't untap during their controllers' next untap steps.
wire, stone rain, and pillage to control their land while building yours. Finally turn 5-7 drop a bunch of flailing creatures and skizzik and pump them up and attack with everyone. Any Okk
Okk
OkkSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
204
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Okk cannot attack unless a creature with greater power also attacks.Okk cannot block unless a creature with greater power also blocks.
s you cast turn 2-5 are not sick and if you drop a Skizzik
Skizzik
SkizzikSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Trample; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)At end of turn, sacrifice Skizzik unless the kicker cost was paid.
, you can attack with 3-5 creatures most of which are power 4 or greater.

Although Okk
Okk
OkkSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
204
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Okk cannot attack unless a creature with greater power also attacks.Okk cannot block unless a creature with greater power also blocks.
did poorly in school and get's picked on by all the other Goblin kids, his team spirit and go-getter attidude really makes him shine in this deck! Way to go Okk
Okk
OkkSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
204
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Okk cannot attack unless a creature with greater power also attacks.Okk cannot block unless a creature with greater power also blocks.
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