54 man Modern PPTQ Win with Amulet

Hello Internet,
Chris here with another PPTQ win and accompanying tournament report. This time I got there with a strategy a bit different than my birds from last year. I took down the event with Amulet, which is a deck that has been near and dear to my heart since before the banning of Summer Bloom. So near and dear in fact that I’ve fully foiled out the deck, after the ban! While the explosiveness of the deck has been substantially hurt by the banning, the overall idea behind the deck remains the same. Amulet is a deck that tries to combo an Amulet of Vigor with a cycle of lands from the original Ravnica block that tap for two colors of mana but enter tapped and require you to bounce a land to your hand on entering the battlefield. While sometimes known as “Karoos”, I’ll refer to these lands as “bounce lands” for obvious reasons. When combined with an Amulet and the ability to play multiple lands each turn one bounce land can create quite a large amount of mana, letting you cast a Primeval Titan out of nowhere. While fast Titans are a big reason why I like the deck so much, that’s not the whole story. Amulet can also grind a ton of value with the bounce land plus Tolaria West interaction. A Titan trigger can find both Tolaria West and a bounce land, allowing you to then transmute into a Summoner’s Pact, which itself finds another Primeval Titan. This helps you grind through opposing removal and has granted the giant the lesser known nickname of Squadron Titan.

Here is the decklist that I played:

Amulet

Artifacts (5)
Amulet of Vigor
Engineered Explosives

Creatures (13)
Azusa, Lost but Seeking
Primeval Titan
Reclamation Sage
Sakura-Tribe Scout
Walking Ballista

Enchantments (1)
Hive Mind

Spells (13)
Ancient Stirrings
Explore
Pact of Negation
Summoner’s Pact
Lands (28)
Academy Ruins
Boros Garrison
Cavern of Souls
Crumbling Vestige
Forest
Gemstone Mine
Ghost Quarter
Gruul Turf
Khalni Garden
Radiant Fountain
Selesnya Sanctuary
Simic Growth Chamber
Slayers’ Stronghold
Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion
Tolaria West
Vesuva

Sideboard (15)
Abrade
Bojuka Bog
Dismember
Engineered Explosives
Firespout
Grafdigger’s Cage
Hornet Queen
Kozilek’s Return
Obstinate Baloth
Ruric Thar, the Unbowed
Seal of Primordium
Spell Pierce

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MTGConflux Cast #45

The group takes a quick look at GP Brussels and Orlando! Jon talks about his new deck choice for the PPTQ season moving forward.

Editor’s note: Thanks for the patience everyone! This belated episode was recorded August 13. This should put us back on track for a new episode this Friday! -Steven

MTGConflux Cast #44

Chris talks about his PPTQ victory and the group takes a look at PT25’s meta!

Editor’s note: This was recorded August 6th. I took a small break from the weekly editing grind but I’ll be getting back into it soon. Thanks for the patience everyone!