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Late Bloomer

Primeval Titan has proven itself to be one of the most powerful Green creatures that’s ever been printed. Ever since it was originally printed, players have been using Primeval Titan to do all manner of unfair things. Whether that’s tutoring up Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle, Inkmoth Nexus, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, or just Simic Growth Chamber, Primeval Titan is the kind of card that provides incredible explosiveness and inevitability to Green ramp decks. One of the most exciting Primeval Titan decks we’ve seen in quite some time was the Summer Bloom plus Amulet of Vigor deck that could reasonably cast a Primeval Titan on the second turn of the game. Even after the banning of Summer Bloom, that deck has maintained a fringe presence in Modern. This week, Nerdwalla shared her exciting take on the archetype in Legacy, where all of its toys are still available:


Primeval Titan
The core of this deck is unchanged. Amulet of Vigor plus bouncelands like Simic Growth Chamber can net you a ton of mana early in the game, particularly in conjunction with Summer Bloom. With a turn one Amulet into turn two Summer Bloom, you can play and replay the same Simic Growth Chamber three times, netting 2 mana each time. That’s a turn two Primeval Titan, and your opponent will probably have a tough time recovering from that. Typically, if you have access to an Amulet, the first Primeval Titan targets will be Boros Garrison and Slayers' Stronghold so that you can give your Titan haste and get even more lands. The real strength of this deck is that Primeval Titan can get Tolaria West and another bounceland so that you can return your Tolaria West to your hand and transmute it for a Summoner's Pact, which is effectively another Primeval Titan.

The exciting thing about this deck is that you have a lot more ways of cheating Primeval Titan into play early in the game. Show and Tell and Green Sun's Zenith give you even more redundancy. You can also use your Green Sun's Zenith as a pseudo ramp spell or to find Sylvan Safekeeper for protection. There’s even the possibility of using your Primeval Titan as a way to tutor for the Dark Depths plus Thespian's Stage combo or just as a means of disrupting your opponent with cards like Bojuka Bog, Karakas, and The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale.

The biggest issue that this deck has in making the jump from Modern to Legacy is Wasteland. Wasteland on any of your bouncelands is absolutely brutal, and can be impossible to recover from. Cards like Crop Rotation and Pithing Needle can help to mitigate this issue, but then there are problems like Blood Moon and Back to Basics to consider. All in all, this deck is very exciting, but has a few vulnerabilities that need to be accounted for. That said, if you expect to primarily see fair decks like Miracles and Stoneforge Mystic decks, then this seems like it could be a fantastic choice to go over the top of both strategies.


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