Extremely Vigorous Titans

Posted in Feature on March 13, 2013

By Sam Black

Sam Black is a Platinum Pro Player and longtime writer for StarCityGames.com. He is a respected deck builder and took over Daily Decks for the first half of 2013.

Gerry Thompson recently wrote about an exciting new Modern combo deck capable of attacking with Primeval Titan on turn two a reasonable portion of the time. That's pretty fantastic, but when you're trying to win on turn two, you obviously don't have a lot of time to set up your combo, so you have to just get lucky to have all the pieces. This means that it's important to have a reasonable backup plan in case you don't have everything, and this deck does a great job of having a reasonable backup plan and powerful synergies throughout the deck.

Amulet of Vigor

The basic engine of the deck is the Ravnica "bounce lands" (often called "Karoos" based on the card Karoo, part of a cycle of similar, but much worse, lands in Visions), combined with cards that let you play additional lands. That's pretty good, since each Karoo effectively draws you an extra land if it doesn't get destroyed, but the weakness is that you might not have time to play those extra lands. The other drawback is that they come into play tapped, which slows your development considerably. Usually. That's where Amulet of Vigor comes in. With Amulet of Vigor in play, instead of slowing you down, these lands actively accelerate you, especially if you can play several extra lands per turn and/or have multiple Amulet of Vigors.

Where this deck gets really amazing is in what it can do with Primeval Titan. First of all, with Amulet of Vigor, the lands untap, so you can use them right away. This is important because it means you can find Boros Garrison and Slayers' Stronghold to attack the turn Primeval Titan comes into play and find two more lands. Those two lands can be Simic Growth Chamber and Tolaria West, and if you stack Amulet of Vigor and Simic Growth Chamber's triggers properly, you can use Tolaria West for mana before returning it to your hand, and that, combined with the mana from Simic Growth Chamber, gives you enough mana to transmute, which lets you find a Summoner's Pact to get another Primeval Titan.

Gerry Thompson wrote about the deck in much more detail on StarCityGames.com, but the deck was just too new and awesome for me not to repost it here.

Gerry Thompson's Amulet Combo

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