Tin Fins/Dark Depths by clone103 on MtGO

Creatures (10)
1 Children of Korlis
4 Griselbrand
1 Laboratory Maniac
4 Vampire Hexmage

Non-Creature Spells (30)
1 Cabal Therapy
4 Exhume
1 Unburial Rites
4 Unmask
4 Dark Ritual
4 Entomb
4 Shallow Grave
4 Lion’s Eye Diamond
4 Lotus Petal

Lands (20)
4 Dark Depths
3 Marsh Flats
1 Scrubland
2 Snow-Covered Swamp
2 Swamp
4 Thespian’s Stage
4 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

Sideboard (15)
1 Duress
1 Fatal Push
2 Massacre
2 Not of This World
4 Pithing Needle
3 Surgical Extraction
2 Thoughtseize


Legacy has always had the ability to house a wide array of combo decks, or even a combination of multiple decks all rolled into one. Traditionally, Reanimator and Storm were very separate archetypes. However, Tin Fins introduced a hybrid of the two that used Griselbrand and Children of Korlis to draw an impressive number of cards. Tin Fins took a back seat to other Reanimator and Storm decks over the past few years. Meanwhile, Vampire Hexmage and Dark Depths combo decks were on the rise. Today, we’re featuring a Tin Fins and Dark Depths hybrid.

The primary game plan of this deck involves getting Griselbrand into the graveyard and reanimating it. This is done Entomb or Lion’s Eye Diamond (or Unmask or Cabal Therapy if you want to get cheeky) combined with Exhume or Shallow Grave. Reanimate can’t be played in this deck because the life loss effectively represents 7 fewer cards from Griselbrand. Once Griselbrand is in play, you start drawing cards.

From here, finding Children of Korlis is easy through Entomb. This allows you to draw an extra 14 or 21 cards. From here, combining Vampire Hexmage with Dark Depths to make an indestructible 20/20 is easy. Alternatively, reanimating Laboratory Maniac and drawing all the cards in your library is fairly easy if Griselbrand stays alive.

The other easy way of winning as early as turn 2 is combining either Vampire Hexmage or Thespian’s Stage with Dark Depths. Since this deck already plays free mana through Lotus Petal, Dark Ritual, and Lion’s Eye Diamond, this deck is able to make Marit Lage much faster than traditional Lands decks. Having several paths to victory makes this deck very hard to hate against, as covering all bases is nearly impossible for the opponent.

In the sideboard, this deck focuses on hating the faster decks in the format and protecting the Stage/Depths combo from hate. Pithing Needle is primarily used to hate against Wasteland, but it has meaningful applications in several matchups as well. Not of This World helps protect Marit Lage against the format’s removal spells like Swords to Plowshares. Massacre and Fatal Push help to hate against the format’s low to the ground decks like Death & Taxes, while Surgical Extraction helps massively against Dredge or other Reanimator decks, which can be faster depending on the draw they have.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


No changes.


-1 Fatal Push

-1 Pithing Needle

-2 Thoughtseize

+2 Duress

+2 Tendrils of Agony

This is day 160 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 159 here, where we featured a Bant Aggro deck in Standard that looks to hit hard and disrupt Temur Marvel’s game plan.

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