Right now Magicians are everywhere! Whether duelists are mashing them up with Majespecters, tossing them in next to Performages or going a bit more streamlined with Odd-Eyes support and Mist Valley Apex Avian – Magicians are changing the game as the days go by. Players are trying to figure out how to one-up their opponent if they don't happen to open Wavering Eyes, and that can be tricky; many decks only differ by a few cards right now, or even by small engines looking to accomplish similar goals.

It's in these moments that players like myself usually thrive, because we're used to thinking outside the box to win matches and tournaments. While most duelists are trying to come up with some new tricks using Brilliant Fusion and others are trying to quickly take games through incredible Extra Deck monsters like Number 39: Utopia Beyond, I've been over here trying to win the game on Turn 1 using Naturia Beast.

It first occurred to me that Magicians could potentially Synchro Summon the ultimate lockdown monster in a Pendulum-heavy format, because Dragonpulse Magician's a Level 4 Earth monster. Pair it with a Glow-Up Bulb and have some form of protection and you could steal a ton of games. The main issue is that Lavlaval Chain's Forbidden, while Mathematician and Foolish Burial are Limited, which ultimately means an inconsistent first turn Naturia Beast. You could even go as far using Lonefire Blossom to get the Glow-Up Bulb out of the deck, but I found it to be too many cards compared to the already amazing monster nobody's talking about.

Superancient Deepsea King Coelacanth!

Fish OTK Revamped
Superancient Deepsea King Coelacanth was one of the most seemingly broken, but ultimately mediocre monsters ever printed, because it debuted long before Synchros and Xyz Monsters. By discarding one card, you Special Summon as many Level 4 or lower Fish from your deck as you want, but they can't attack and their effects are negated.

That was cool back in the day, because it let you flood your field for potential Tribute Summons, but there was nothing else you could actually do with those Fish outside of using Coelacanth's second effect, which shields it from targeting. At 2800 ATK, Superancient Deepsea King Coelacanth was probably going to stick around for awhile and stopping cards like Sakuretsu Armor was fantastic.

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Fast forward to the release of Synchros and the incredibly powerful Fish Tuner Fishborg Blaster and you had some really unfair shenanigans thanks to Formula Synchron. After Fishborg Blaster was Forbidden, the deck couldn't do much and fell back to obscurity, only to be revived once again by Chris Digregio when Xyz Monsters were released. Chris used Coelacanth to Special Summon four Level 3 Fish to Xyz Summon Number 25: Leviathan Dragon and Number 20: Giga-Brillant for a sweet 8000 damage OTK thanks to Giga-Brilliant's buff (3100+2800+2100=8000).

Now it's time to bring the big Fish back again, because we've got the first wave of Pendulum Monsters without restrictions on what you can Pendulum Summon which makes getting Superancient Deepsea King Coelacanth on the field easier than ever before!

Synergy You Could Only Dream Of
Nearly all of the Magician decks that topped Regionals last weekend used Majespecters or Performages and many contained a handful of copies of Mist Valley Apex Avian, because it's a free negation every single turn once your Pendulum Scale is setup. Instead of banking on drawing that unsearchable Level 7 monster for some free negation, I'm opting to win the game the moment I open Superancient Deepsea King Coelacanth.

Here's how it works and why it's so good. Anytime you can Pendulum Summon Level 7, or have Pendulum Call with Coelacanth, you can setup a field featuring Naturia Beast or just go for a quick OTK. The ideal hand includes Wisdom-Eye Magician and Dragonpit Magician, because you can use Oafdragon Magician to get Wisdom-Eye back to your hand, setting up your Pendulum Scale while also paying for the discard cost of Coelacanth. However, if you have a card to discard, Oafdragon may not be the best play; you can get a lot more out of the turn if you play Dragonpulse Magician to your Pendulum Zone. I'll explain that in a minute.

For now, here's the lowdown on a few combos:

In your hand you'll have Superancient Deepsea King Coelacanth, Wisdom-Eye Magician and either Oafdragon Magician or Dragonpulse Magician.

-Activate Wisdom-Eye Magician and whichever other Magician you have as Pendulum Spells. Then use Wisdom-Eye's effect to destroy itself to get whichever Magician you don't have. Follow that up with Oafdragon's effect to retrieve Wisdom-Eye from your Extra Deck. Finish that basic sequence by Pendulum Summoning Superancient Deepsea King Coelacanth.

-Next, activate Coelacanth's effect to Special Summon two copies of Souleater, a Normal Level 4 Earth Fish, Royal Swamp Eel and Deep Sweeper and discard the Wisdom-Eye.

-Xyz Summon King of the Feral Imps using one Souleater and Deep Sweeper. Activate King of the Feral Imp's effect, and search X-Saber Palomuro from your deck.

-Normal Summon Palumuro and Synchro Summon Naturia Beast using Souleater as the other Synchro Material.

For the cost of just drawing into the ideal Pendulum Scale and Superancient Deepsea King Coelacanth, you'll end your turn with Coelacanth, Naturia Beast, King of the Feral Imps and Royal Swamp Eel. And depending on the situation, that may be good enough to lock out any other Pendulum Strategy and win the game. It's also nearly an OTK in its own right – 2800+2300+2200=7300.

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But if you have Dragonpit Magician instead of Oafdragon Magician you can add a layer of protection to your Naturia Beast.

-Activate Dragonpit Magician and Dragonpulse Magician into your Pendulum Zones and Pendulum Summon Superancient Deepsea King Coelacanth.

-Activate Coelacanth's effect to Special Summon Fishborgh Archer, Deep Sweeper and two copies of Souleater discarding any card.

-Xyz Summon King of the Feral Imps using your Soul Eaters and then Synchro Summon Odd-Eyes Meteorburst Dragon with Fishborg Archer and Deep Sweeper. You'll activate Odd-Eyes Meteorburst Dragon to Special Summon Dragonpulse Magician from your Pendulum Zone and then activate King of the Feral Imps to get X-Saber Palomuro from your deck.

-Normal Summon your Palomuro and Synchro Summon Naturia Beast using Dragonpit Magician as the other Synchro Material. Finally, Xyz Summon Odd-Eyes Absolute Dragon using Superancient Deepsea King Coelacanth and Odd-Eyes Meteorburst Dragon.

That version of your opening play lets you shield your Naturia Beast from attacks, while reviving Odd-Eyes Meteorburst Dragon if you detach it as a cost for Odd-Eyes Absolute Dragon's effect. If your opponent can deal with that field, you'll at least get an Odd-Eyes Vortex Dragon out of it with Odd-Eyes Absolute Dragon!

Because you can Synchro Summon Odd-Eyes Meteorburst Dragon so easily, you can take the play in a lot of different directions. An OTK's easily achieved by skipping the King of the Feral Imps and instead Synchro Summoning PSY-Framelord Omega with Royal Swamp Eel and Deep Sweeper, while Synchro Summoning Odd-Eyes Meteorburst Dragon with Fishborg Archer and Souleater (2800+2800+2500=8100). Thanks to Metorburst stopping all of your opponent's monster effects in the Battle Phase it's a really safe kill, because Performage Damage Juggler can't save them.

Now that you're ready to swim with the Fishes, here's the list:

DECKID=103854I almost died with joy the moment I realized I could still use Masked Chameleon here, because Souleater has 0 DEF. That singlehandedly led me to believe that this deck was real and too good to be true.

If those combos above weren't cool enough, you can also smash Kozmos really nicely with Coelacanth by Xyz Summoning Abyss Dweller and Synchro Summoning Scarlet Red Dragon Archfiend. You'll blowup their entire field, while not triggering any of their spaceships and only losing Abyss Dweller yourself, because Superancient Deepsea King Coelacanth will sit comfortably at 3300 ATK due to Abyss Dweller's ATK boost. That's a fun way to win a game!

The rest of the deck seems pretty self-explanatory, but forgoing a lot of the other engines for a handful of Fish and Coelacanth opens up a wealth of incredible opportunities. I urge you to test this thing out, because it's one of the best decks I've come up with in awhile.

-Pasquale Crociata

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