So. The jolly green giant is finally banned in EDH.
I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I agree totally with the decision to give him the axe. I have played many a game where someone else will play a Primeval Titan, it goes unanswered for a few turns, they get too far ahead on mana, and win the game directly because of their huge mana advantage. This can be extremely frustrating to be on the receiving end of. On the other hand, I have enjoyed playing Primeval Titan; getting yourself any two lands (thus putting yourself ahead of your opponents mana-wise, and thinning out your deck of lands) can be very fun.
Often, with Adun Oakenshield, Maelstrom Wanderer or Mayael, Primeval Titan was the first target I looked for with spells like Tooth and Nail, Defense of the Heart, Survival of the Fittest, or Birthing Pod. There are many great creatures to Tutor for in both those decks, but the mana advantage Prime Time gives you is often insurmountable, so he was the first target.
I did not use a lot of land combos, or multi-mana lands in decks with Prime Time (ie. no Cabal Coffers + Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth combo, or Gaea’s Cradle for me). I did not fetch powerful utility lands like Maze of Ith, or Strip Mine. Instead, my Titans would fetch me Ravnica bounce lands (ie. Boros Garrison), or Lorwyn-block hideaway lands (ie. Mosswort Bridge or Spinerock Knoll). The hideaway lands were insidiously good, because it meant every time Prime Time was played, he secretly had a spell tacked onto him, hidden under that land. Even when I would just go and fetch out some lands that came into play tapped (ie. Savage Lands), that was often good enough, as I’d be up two lands.
And don’t even get me started on the insanity that would happen if someone got a Primeval Titan unanswered on a Mimic Vat, or copied it with Rite of Replication.
Rationally, I can understand why they banned the big green guy, and I do agree with it. I will miss playing Prime Time and getting lots of land with him, though. He was my favorite green creature to play at six mana.
I am glad he was banned now though, before I picked one up for every one of my green decks like I was planning to.
RIP. Primeval Titan. We hardly knew ye.