Amulet Titan by Hayseed

Creatures (15)
4 Azusa, Lost but Seeking
1 Dragonlord Dromoka
1 Obstinate Baloth
4 Primeval Titan
4 Sakura-Tribe Scout
1 Thragtusk

Non-Creature Spells (18)
4 Ancient Stirrings
1 Pact of Negation
4 Serum Visions
4 Summoner’s Pact
4 Amulet of Vigor
1 Engineered Explosives

Lands (27)
1 Bojuka Bog
1 Boros Garrison
1 Cavern of Souls
1 Crumbling Vestige
2 Forest
4 Gemstone Mine
3 Gruul Turf
1 Khalni Garden
1 Radiant Fountain
1 Selesnya Sanctuary
4 Simic Growth Chamber
1 Slayers’ Stronghold
1 Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion
1 Temple of Mystery
3 Tolaria West
1 Vesuva

Sideboard (15)
2 Dismember
2 Firespout
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Hornet Queen
2 Kiora, the Crashing Wave
1 Melira, Sylvok Outcast
1 Obstinate Baloth
1 Reclamation Sage
1 Ruric Thar, the Unbowed
1 Sigarda, Host of Herons
2 Swan Song

Summary

When Wizards of the Coast banned Summer Bloom, many people assumed that Amulet Titan was as good as dead. After all, Summer Bloom led to the most “busted” sequences the deck was capable of. However, by banning Summer Bloom over Amulet of Vigor, Wizards intentionally left the strategy itself untouched, but took away some of the unfair things that the archetype could do. The deck has recently made a resurgence, with several players on MtGO toying with the deck in Modern Leagues. This list comes from Hayseed, who piloted the deck in a MtGO Modern League on January 3.

The decks best draws come from an early Amulet of Vigor, which allows you to get 2 mana from the double-color Ravnica bounce lands, before returning it to your hand. If you have additional land drops on your turn through Azusa, Lost but Seeking or Sakura-Tribe Scout (and previously Summer Bloom), you can gain enough additional mana to cast a Primeval Titan on a very early turn. Primeval Titan then fetches Boros Garrison and Slayers’ Stronghold, giving Titan haste before bouncing a land, and allowing you to fetch 2 more lands all on the turn that you cast Titan. Previously, this was possible on turn 2 with Summer Bloom, but now we have to settle with turn 3.

Generally speaking, this deck struggles against the variance associated with the deck, as well as decks that have the ability to kill several large creatures with ease. It is faster than most other combo decks in the format and it runs over fast aggro decks like Burn and Affinity. Even with the deck now operating a turn later than it was pre-ban, its matchups generally remain the same. The sideboard of this deck is very effective at combating the bad matchups, such as Jund. The deck can transform itself into a ramp-midrange deck that has threats that are very hard for Jund to deal with, like Sigarda, Host of Herons and Hornet Queen. With the absence of Summer Bloom, this deck only has Azusa, Lost but Seeking and Sakura-Tribe Scout as enablers, but Kiora, the Crashing Wave in the sideboard is another one in the sideboard that allows the deck to play the longer, most attrition-focused game that its forced to in its bad matchups.

This deck is a ton of fun to watch and play, and now that it’s no longer oppressing the format, it might be time for us to be casting Primeval Titan again. Even though the deck can be extremely difficult to pilot, I highly recommend that people give it a shot if they’re willing to be patient learning the ins and outs of a very powerful and exciting Modern deck. Here are the changes I would make to this deck going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Pact of Negation

-1 Obstinate Baloth

+1 Thragtusk

+1 Hornet Queen

Sideboard

No changes.

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