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Fish Five-0: Hydras! (Standard, Magic Arena)

With Veil of Summer and a ton of cards getting the ban hammer, its time to meme around with a Simic deck!

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Thanks Lavaspik3 for bringing up the deck during my stream! Deck is all about jamming a bunch of big Hydras and who doesn't love that?

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This deck will speak to all of the inner timmies as we can jam big threats. The deck however is a midrange deck and is also loaded with planeswalkers. Gargos, Vicious Watcher is such a cool card with crazy stats. Gargos makes all of our hydras with X in their casting costs start at 4 and that's amazing. As you can figure, the whole addition of planeswalkers is to see if we can get a massive Bioessence Hydra. Let's look over the walkers in the deck...

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Kiora is really just here to help us potentially get additional mana and potentially draw us a card. My favorite walker out of all of these is Vivien, Champion of the Wilds as this card was one I was pretty hyped for with #MTGWAR's release. Unfortunately, it does get blanked by a Teferi, Time Raveler but it can potentially come down on turn two with a Gilded Goose and really generate a ton of value. Just being able to flash creatures means that we can get people with a surprise hydra! Tamiyo will help us buy back a few of our fallen hydra allies while also shutting down Doom Foretold decks.  Vivien, Arkbow Ranger is an absolute beating if left unchecked as Vivien does it all. Vivien turns our hydras into bigger bodies that also have trample. Vivien even helps us find more fun creatures outside of the game! At this point in standard, I don't think Nissa needs any explanation. In this deck, her passive just allows us to go wild with massive hydras so the fun never ends! 


I have to imagine with how slow our deck is, any deck that is loaded with counterspells and a ton of removal will be a problem as we play one big beater every turn. If those things get countered or removed, it'll be hard to ever get in the game. I also imagine decks that go super wide will be a problem as we don't have any sweepers. Because of our lack of cheap interaction, don't be afraid to drop either of our X costing Hydras for low numbers. One of the best ways is to drop a Voracious Hydra where X=2 just so we can turn it into a 4/5 and gum up the board that way. As weird as it seems, most of matches can be pretty swingy, but if we're able to get Vivien, Champion of the Wilds early, we can easily win some games out of nowhere.


After ending 3-2, I think the deck can definitely focus on a little more ramp and ways to use all of our excess mana. Naturally, I came to the conclusion of Mass Manipulation so this deck can easily just shift into being a Simic Yoink deck with a ton of hydras. That would definitely be the route I'd go if I were looking to make the deck a bit more competitive. Here's a list I'd start with.

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