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Primeval Titan Discussion
12 hours ago
OK I am going to give a more in depth analysis of combo in modern because there's quite a few differing opinions and I just want to clear some stuff up and you can decide for yourself. (I didn't do this before because I was on mobile and now I am at work and bored.)
So as mentioned before there are quite a few spell oriented OTK decks.
Ad nauseum is a deck that kills you only with the combo and does it in one turn. It uses Angel's Grace or Phyrexian Unlife and ad nauseum to draw their whole deck and cast Lightning Storm pitching bunch of lands or Laboratory Maniac and a draw spell to just win. This deck was very popular for a time because it can win at instant speed and it just "do these resolve?" Ok I win then. The reason it has fallen out of favor is because any deck running black these days is running 6-8 discard spells and even though it has a lot of card selection it also needs to find very specific cards to combo off. Also if you discard and Surgical Extraction their ad nauseum they literally cannot win. The deck was pretty favored against creature decks but its just pretty darn bad against discard spells.
UR gifts storm this deck is a more recent addition to combo in modern just because it was more of a niche deck but with addition to Baral, Chief of Compliance it has become a lot more consistent. This is another OTK style combo deck that pretty much only wins with a stormed Grapeshot or attacks with a stormed Empty the Warrens. The deck just uses Goblin Electromancer and/or Baral, Chief of Compliance to generate a lot of mana and cast Gifts Ungiven and Past in Flames to recast their graveyard and Grapeshot the opponent. The best part of the deck is that it is pretty skill intensive. It requires a lot of knowledge about the deck but once you have certain situations covered you can do very well with it. The deck is good against discard decks because it can be a bit more consistent with the Gifts Ungiven s but it is kind of slow to go off so fast creature decks especially with interaction for their creatures can stop them.
Cheerios combo deck which is pretty similar to UR gifts because it uses Grapeshot to win. It uses Puresteel Paladin and/or Sram, Senior Artificer, a bunch of 0 mana equipment, Retract and Grapeshot to get a big storm count draw their deck and kill. The deck is very susceptible to creature removal and bad draws but is very explosive. Because its pretty inconsistent though people tend to not play it in tournaments right now because early creature interaction is so common and it can kind of flounder and fail.
Titan shift so there are a couple variations of this deck but I went with one that played both Primeval Titan and Scapeshift. This deck is pretty straight forward you get 7ish lands and cast Scapeshift getting Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle and mountains for an OTK. Or you can try to grind them out with Primeval Titan although once that card resolves or attacks its basically game over. The reason I said this is not a common or good deck right now is because "bolting things" is not good enough right now and its bad to discard spells a little bit. The boogeyman in modern right now is deaths shadow aggro in mulitple variations and this deck will just kill you before you can combo off and you cant bolt their creatures. Also in the blue version they play Stubborn Denial and Scapeshift looks pretty bad then. So the deck is mostly good against small linear creature decks which just isnt most of modern right now.
Goryos vengeance combo-y decks the deck here is the one with Goryo's Vengeance Griselbrand and Nourishing Shoal and it uses those cards to draw their deck and attack and Through the Breach in Worldspine Wurm and bolt you with Borborgymos Enraged. So it has a few avenues to win with but they are all pretty OTK style. The deck loses to itself a lot with bad draws and can be susceptible to graveyard hate but is VERY explosive it mostly just loses to fast aggro decks and counterspell heavy decks. Right now people just dont like playing decks that lose to themselves.
So now we will move into the creature heavy combo decks.
Kiki chord this deck is very much a value deck that when it happens to combo it just kind of does. The deck just plays good creatures and sort of a "toolbox" approach with Chord of Calling to try to kill your opponent and out value them. If it can it has the option of comboing them with Restoration Angel and Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker as mentioned above in Smackjacks UWR kiki control. These decks are fine right now because Path to Exile is pretty good but playing the value game is kind of hard so the combo is pretty useful. I am not sure exactly how they are favored right now but they are not very popular to my knowledge.
Abzan collected company combo this deck goes up and down with popularity as time goes on. It uses Melira, Sylvok Outcast and/or Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit with Kitchen Finks and/or Murderous Redcap and Viscera Seer to gain infinite life or deal infinite damage (or make their creatures infinitely large). It can also play a small value game with their creatures but not nearly as well as kiki combo can because this deck is more set up to combo more often then not. This deck is actually probably pretty good right now but its just not super popular and I am sure there is a reason for that but I dont quite know what that is.
Knightfall this deck is sort of a combo deck so I included it. It uses Knight of the Reliquary and Retreat to Coralhelm to make the knight really big in combat and OTK someone. It also plays a value game similar to kiki chord and abzan coco combo but this one is more of a value deck than a combo one because it plays so few pieces of the combo since you cant hit both off Collected Company or Chord of Calling. This has seen a bit of resurgence but mostly in just a couple niche tournaments where it did pretty well I do not personally think is that great because the value game is so much like abzan coco and kiki chord with much less of a combo game to it.
So these are what I personally consider combo decks in modern. "Combo" is extremely subjective and everyones definition is different so take this as you will. Other combo-y decks that people mentioned above are elves, dredge, tron? I have no idea why people think this is a combo deck, affinity also why is this considered a combo deck?
So check them all out see what hits your preferences there are resources to help understand and better play every single one and they all have their advantages and disadvantages. My personal opinion and through MTGO and tournament reports the combo decks I listed and explained are not well positioned because there is so much deaths shadow aggro and discard decks and they just cannot assemble all they need and die too fast because of it. Or they flounder too much and die.
2 days ago
Primeval Titan and Reliquary Tower could be really viable for when you have a really big hand and bring out those lands quick. Oh and don't forget Garruk Wildspeaker, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, Giant Adephage, and Garruk, Caller of Beasts if you want to really spice things up. I have a Red Green Ramp on my profile if you want additional ideas.
4 days ago
4 days ago
Great list, but Primeval Titan is banned in EDH.
6 days ago
You are welcome. Another card that comes to mind is Primeval Titan. And if i was to remove a card from your list, i would cut 4x Elvish Piper, since the only creature you have worth cheating is Avenger of Zendikar, and in a deck with so much ramp like this one, i think it isnt worth it. The piper, for max potential of its use, is usually paired with creatures that have really high cmc cost (Emrakul) or some difficult conditions to cast them (progenitus). So, while it can still be used here, i think you are wasting its potential and taking away efficiency from this deck.
Also, Congregation at Dawn is usually played in combo decks, which have a winning condition on the spot if they get the cards they need. Yours is more of a synergy deck, without any immediate wincon. So you may switch it for a card that actually gives you card advantage, and not just arrange you topdeck. For example, Wall of Omens or Harmonize.
It just occured to me that you could go the Nissa, Voice of Zendikar and either Ajani, Mentor of Heroes or Ajani Unyielding path and support them with Oath of Ajani. Not only it helps you ramp to play your PWs (though nissa is already cheap), but it also synergyzes well with your tokens. And there is a really nice endgame confunction between nissa's and ajani unyielding's ultimates, letting you take total control of the lategame by refilling your life and giving you a lot of card advantage.
If you have the money, Path to Exile will always be better than Angelic Purge. If you face against enchantments and artifacts, green and white are the best colors to get rid of them. So just add a sideboard card to you main board on game 2. PTE can also be used on one of your own creatures to get you another landfall (i can't think of a situtation where you would chose that, but it is an option nevertheless).
One last thought. If you want to emphazise even more on landfall, you could try cards like Sakura-Tribe Elder or Viridian Emissary/Primal Druid. And ofc, the opus magnum of landfall is Lotus Cobra, but it is a bit expensive.
1 week ago
2 weeks ago
I'm not sure I'd classify this as burn, and moreover, I'm not sure that I'd want to mix ramp and burn in the first place. Because burn tends to want to close out the game as quickly as possible with an onslaught of spells and ramp tends to want to accelerate to bombs as quickly as possible, the potential for interference between the strategies is high. Every turn you spend burning your opponent is a turn you didn't spend ramping, and vice versa. Given the list you have, I'd focus on the ramp. Goblin Shortcutter, Skitter of Lizards, and Akoum Firebird are aggressive plays that could probably be stronger as additional ramp consistency. Lightning Bolt is the only aggressive card that might have merit as a splash due to its flexibility.
Furthermore, it may be worth dropping red altogether. Soulbright Flamekin and Vessel of Volatility pack a punch, but the preponderance of red mana makes it difficult to cast a bomb like Pelakka Wurm. Unless you intend to include only red and colorless beaters, I see the red-centric strategy posing a serious risk to the game-plan. There are some advantages to red, I will admit. If you run a large suite of mana dorks like Cobra hinted at, Xenagos, the Reveler becomes a very strong follow-up play. Some of my favorite dorks in Gruul are Arbor Elf, Voyaging Satyr, Garruk Wildspeaker, Magus of the Candelabra, and Burning-Tree Emissary. These cards work well with multi-mana sources: Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, Gruul Turf, Utopia Sprawl, and so on. I also appreciate that red gives access to solid haste options, although I'm not certain Goblin War Paint is the strongest of said options. I've personally been using Cyclops of Eternal Fury since he, like most bombs, can be fetched by a Fierce Empath. Xenagos, God of Revels is also really strong off of Tooth and Nail. Finally, there's always R/G's classic strategy of building up serious mana just to Banefire your opponent to death.
Back on the green side of things, I would recommend having a few more big plays at your disposal. It's pretty common for ramp to have bombs countered, so unless you are rocking a set of Vexing Shusher, having a little redundancy could be a big help. When I'm not making use of the original eldrazi titans, I like using Primeval Titan, Regal Force, Engulfing Slagwurm, Worldspine Wurm, Pathbreaker Ibex, and Archetype of Endurance. Primal Surge and Genesis Wave are also a joy to play. Anyway, those are just some of my musings on ramp after years of my own homebrewing. Staying in the casual format offers enormous opportunity for the archetype, so don't take anything I say as gospel and always be on the lookout for new options.