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Set Review Commander 2014 – Titania, Protector of Argoth

August 4, 2015 by  
Filed under Commander/General Ideas, Review

Collateral damage is something unavoidable during war time as the combatants would always say. That is the same in MtG story too. Today talked about Commander was one of such collateral damage during one of the greatest war to happen on Domainaria. It, or rather she is Titania the avatar and protector of Argoth.

 

Unwilling Victim of War

Let us look at the back story and a little introduction for Titania. She is the Maro-Sorcerer of the lush Forest of Argoth. Maro-Sorcerer, also known as Force of Nature, is the Elemental manifestation of the Land. They are either brought about by strong magic or of nature’s own will. Domainarian Forces of Nature are sometimes called “Maro” thus the term Maro-Sorcerer is usually used to call Forces of Nature on Domainaria. Argoth, scouted by both brothers’ (Urza and Mishra) scouts, was attacked by both sides for supplies at the end of the Brothers’ War. During this time, the Forest was excessively plundered resulting in Titania being weaken. She tried to negotiate with both brothers to ask them to leave but was not successful. In the end, she led the permanent offensive against both armies, leading to the extinction of most of the lifeforms in Argoth. Things eventually went for the worse when during the final battle with Mishra, Urza activated the Golgothian Sylex and leveled Argoth and Titania perished with the Forest she tried so hard to protect.

 

Now before we go on with the review, let’s have a look at the stats of the noble Protector.

Titania, Protector of Argoth

Card Name: Titania, Protector of Argoth

CMC: 3GG

Types: Legendary Creature – Elemental

Card Text: When Titania, Protector of Argoth enters the battlefield, return target land card from your graveyard to the battlefield.

Whenever a land you control is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, put a 5/3 green Elemental creature token onto the battlefield.

P/T: 5/3

When we first seen the name Titania in MtG, it was on an Antiquities Enchantment called Titania’s Song. That Enchantment reflects her struggles and how she dealt with the Brothers then. That is a bit of a contrast against her card in Commander 2014. In Commander 2014, Titania protects the Lands instead of animating nonCreature Artifacts and turning them useless. First time as an actual card, Titania showcase how much connected to the Land she is. Her ETB trigger is very combo-ish combine with Lands which has sacrifice ability, eg. Strip Mine. The other trigger ability which triggers on Lands you control going to the graveyard is a very lethal one when left unchecked. Taking the example from before, a Strip Mine will now destroy a Land and give you a 5/3 Elemental token when Titania is on the battlefield. Her power is quite high at 5 but toughness is a bit lacking at 3. This leaves her very vulnerable to Lightning Bolts.

 

Landslide

Titania LTB ability involving Lands is actually very powerful when combo with the right cards. It is like animating the Lands into 5/3 Elementals. Self-sacrificing Lands are very good in this combo. The combo would be perfect when you can find ways to return those sacrificed Lands back to your hand or battlefield. Below are some ways to retrieve Lands.

Crucible of Worlds Lets controller plays Land cards from graveyard. The best combo with Titania.
Groundskeeper Return basic Lands from graveyard to hand for as much as mana you can afford.
Harvest Wurm / Tilling Treefolk Creatures with ETB triggers that retrieve Lands from graveyard to hand.
Life from the Loam Number one Sorcery to retrieve Lands from graveyard to hand.
Lodestone Bauble One shot Artifact which retrieves up to four basic Lands to library top.
Petrified Field This Land works double duty by helping to trigger Titania’s Land LTB trigger and at the same return your Land from graveyard to hand.

 

Crucible of Worlds

Recycling a World

 

As mentioned earlier, one way to abuse Titania’s Land LTB trigger is to use Lands which can sacrifice themselves for an effect. In this way, you will get two effects out of that sacrifice. Below are some examples of such Lands.

Abandoned Outpost / Archaeological Dig / Bog Wreckage / Ravaged Highlands / Seafloor Debris / Timberland Ruins Lands which can be sacrificed to produce any mana to fix the color.
Ancient Spring / Crystal Vein / Dwarven Ruins / Ebon Stronghold / Geothermal Crevice / Havenwood Battleground / Irrigation Ditch / Ruins of Trokair / Sulfur Vent / Svyelunite Temple / Tinder Farm Lands which can be sacrifice to produce mana. These Lands actually ramp the mana due them producing two mana when sacrificed.
Bad River / Bant Panorama / Bloodstained Mire / Esper Panorama / Evolving Wilds / Flood Plain / Flooded Strand / Grasslands / Grixis Panorama / Jund Panorama / Krosan Verge / Mountain Valley / Myriad Landscape / Naya Panorama / Polluted Delta / Rocky Tar Pit / Terminal Moraine / Terramorphic Expanse / Windswept Heath / Wooded Foothills Lands which can sacrifice to tutor for the right color Lands.
Barbarian Ring / Cabal Pit / Centaur Garden / Cephalid Coliseum / Nomad Stadium A set of Odyssey Lands which all can sacrifice themselves for an effect when the controller has Threshold. As the Lands are spread among the five colors, Titania may need to be a common Creature instead of the Commander if you want to play all of them.
Dust Bowl / Ghost Quarter / Strip Mine / Tectonic Edge / Wasteland Lands which sacrifice to destroy Lands. Combo with Titania and it becomes destroy a Land and get a 5/3.
Gargoyle Castle / Grove of the Guardian Lands which can be sacrificed to get a token. Combo with Titania and get two tokens.
Horizon Canopy Draw a card and get a 5/3.
Lake of the Dead Sacrifice a Swamp and get BBBB plus a 5/3.
Mouth of Ronom / Quicksand Lands which can be sacrificed to deal with Creatures.
Tomb of Urami Combo with Titania and get a 5/5 Urami and X numbers of 5/3. X is equal to all your Lands sacrificed while summoning Urami. A very risky combo as you will be left nothing if opponents follow up by casting a board sweep.

 

Tomb of Urami

“Feed Me……”

 

Of course using Lands which can sacrifice themselves is one method of abusing Titania’s ability; as you save some card slots by using those Lands. Those saved card slots can also be us for other ways to let the Lands leave the battlefield. Below are examples of such ways.

Army Ants Sacrifice Land to destroy Land.
Constant Mists / Pegasus Stampede / Reaping the Rewards Spells with Buyback cost as sacrifice outlet.
Crop Rotation Sacrifice Land and tutor for Land directly onto battlefield.
Knight of the Reliquary A very good Forest and Plains sacrifice outlet which can tutor for Lands. Some good example of Lands to tutor for are:

Spitting Spider Sacrifice Land to deal damage to Flying Creatures.
Squirrel Wrangler Sacrifice Land to make Squirrel tokens or pump Squirrels.
Sylvan Safekeeper Sacrifice Land to give your Creature gain Shroud till end of turn.
Zuran Orb The most old school Land sacrifice outlet.

 

Zuran Orb

Sacrificing Lands for Life since the Beginning

 

 

Conclusion

Titania, Protector of Argoth

One more for the Land

After reviewing many ways to abuse Titania, we have found that Titania is very much suited as a Commander with the deck build around her. Although there are also many other ways out of Green that do well with her abilities, there is no combo if she is not around. Putting her as a common Creature will require drawing or tutoring her out in order for things to work out. That being said, there are a lot of cards already in Green which can make use of her abilities. In fact the Commander 2014 Green deck already consist of most of what are needed and require just a bit more additions to build the deck. Otherwise Titania also does a very good support role in Karametra as the minor God can refill the Lands that are sacrificed for Titania.

 

What do you think of the Protector of Argoth? Would you prefer her to be your Commander or a common Creature? Share with us what you think in the comments below. We shall end it here for today article and hope to see you in next article for Commanders from Commander 2014. Till then….

 

This is yours truly, Edward “Reaper King” Leong, signing off.

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