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The Fish Tank: Sweet and Spicy Viewer Submitted Decks (November 14-21, 2021)

Welcome back to The Fish Tank, the series where we sneak a peek at sweet viewer-submitted decks and maybe, with our powers combined, turn them into real, fun, playable lists! This week, we've got spice from Crimson Vow Standard all the way back to Legacy! What craziness did you all send in? Let's find out! Oh yeah, if you want one of your decks considered for next week's Fish Tank, make sure to leave it in the comments, or email it to me at, and your deck could be featured next week! 


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First up, we have a hilarious meme deck for Standard from Clain I.: Colossus Trickery. As you can see, the deck doesn't really have many non-land cards, just a playset of Cultivator Colossus, a playset of Tibalt's Trickery, and a playset of Boots of Speed. The main goal is to find a way to get Cultivator Colossus onto the battlefield, most likely by mulliganning into a hand that lets us use Tibalt's Trickery to counter a Boots of Speed and hopefully put Cultivator Colossus into play. At this point, we should draw most of our deck with Cultivator Colossus's enters-the-battlefield ability. Ideally, this card-draw chain will end with us hitting a copy of Boots of Speed to put onto the Cultivator Colossus and smash our opponent for something like 30 hasty, trampling damage. Is the plan likely to work? Probably not all that often, but in the 10% of the time that it does, it should be one of the funniest ways to win a game in Crimson Vow Standard!

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One surprising sub-theme of Innistrad: Crimson Vow is toughness matters. While cards like Ancient Lumberknot are likely designed for limited, JDSwagga is bringing the plan to Standard with Geralf Toughness Matters! The idea is to play the highest-toughness (and also often lowest-powered) creatures in Standard but then turn these high-toughness / lower-power creatures into real threats with a few powerful payoffs. First, we have Geralf, Visionary Stitcher, which can sacrifice a creature to make a token with power and toughness equal to the toughness of the sacrificed creature. This essentially turns a card like Unhallowed Phalanx into a five-mana 13/13! We also have Ancient Lumberknot, which allows our creatures to deal damage equal to their toughness rather than their power, allowing us to get in huge attacks with cards like Charix, the Raging Isle. Finally, we can flip a Catapult Fodder and start Flinging high-toughness creatures at our opponent's face! The biggest risk is that if we don't draw our payoffs, we're left with a bunch of creatures that don't really do much other than block. But thanks to the number of toughness-matters payoffs Crimson Vow offers, odds are we should find at least one pretty much every game!


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Meanwhile, in Modern, Staxi_Boi is going all-in on Geist of Saint Traft with a deck that's essentially Saint Traft Tribal. The idea is to get a Geist of Saint Traft on the battlefield, hopefully on Turn 2 with the help of a mana dork; enchant Geist of Saint Traft with Invocation of Saint Traft and maybe the backside of Dorothea, Vengeful Victim (which is essentially a functional reprint of Invocation of Saint Traft); play Kaya, Geist Hunter to double our tokens for a turn; attack with Geist of Saint Traft; and kill our opponent with a massive horde of flying Angel tokens! Turn 2 Geist of Saint Traft into Turn 3 Invocation of Saint Traft into Kaya, Geist Hunter gives us an attack for a massive 19 damage on Turn 4, which, in a fetch-land / shock-land format like Modern, should be enough to win the game on the spot! Backing up Geist are a bunch of evasive hexproof creatures like Invisible Stalker and Silhana Ledgewalker, which aren't quite as explosive as Saint Traft itself but are good targets for our auras. The deck actually looks like it could be oddly effective in a Bogles-y sort of way, although it doesn't look like it plays defense very well, so we might be in trouble if things go poorly and we can't pick up a fast kill. Either way, the deck is super flavorful and might actually be somewhat powerful!

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Heartless Summoning is a classic build-around for Modern, but Pie4Man has a really unique new way to take advantage of the enchantment with a deck called Heartless Archlich Terror. The goal is to use Heartless Summoning (which we can tutor up with Profane Tutor) to make Acererak the Archlich cost just one mana. By itself, this allows us to turbo our way through various dungeons. But the plan gets even better once we get Terror of the Peaks on the battlefield to hit our opponent for five damage whenever Acererak the Archlich enters the battlefield. Once we get things set up, we can cast Acererak four times (for one mana each, thanks to Heartless Summoning) and burn our opponent out of the game for 20 points of damage! As backups for our combo, we have Fury and Grief, both of which are strong Modern cards but even better with Heartless Summoning allowing us to hard-cast them for just two or three mana! While the main combo does involve three cards, which probably means consistency will be an issue, the deck does have a lot of generically strong cards to help buy us some time until we find our pieces, which should at least increase our chances of pulling it off. Either way, Heartless Summoning is a really sweet card, and Heartless Archlich Terror is a cool way to abuse its power!


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Looking to pick up an Against the Odds–style win in Legacy? Well, HardKenya has the deck for you: Legacy Barren Glory! While the idea of winning with Barren Glory in any format sounds super janky, there's actually an easy two-card combo that can pull off the kill in Legacy. The idea is to play Academy Rector, which can tutor an enchantment to the battlefield when it dies, and then resolve Kaervek's Spite, which makes us sacrifice our board and discard our hand to make a target player lose five life. We can then tutor up Barren Glory with Academy Rector, making it the only permanent on our side of the battlefield, which means that we win the game, assuming we survive until our next upkeep! Making the plan even better is the fact that we can run it into a Nic Fit shell, giving us a solid backup game plan of ramping into things like Overwhelming Splendor. While I'm not sure winning with Barren Glory is more competitive than other options in Legacy, the plan looks shockingly consistent, so if you want to pick up one of the most challenging Against the Odds–style wins in one of Magic's most powerful formats, this list looks like the perfect place to start!


Anyway, that's all for this week! Do you have some ideas on how to improve the decks we looked at today? Let us know in the comments! Have a deck for next week? You can leave it in the comments too! Thanks to everyone who submitted lists this week, and as always, you can reach me on Twitter @SaffronOlive or at

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