Have you heard about the new mythic Titan Woodland Bellower? New 6-power 6-drop with an awesome enters-the-battlefield ability.
Like Primeval Titan, Woodland Bellower offers creation in accordance with imagination—it’s a brewer’s card.
I want to paint with more colors, so my attention is on the Eternal formats. What are our options?
But if we go deeper, an absurd combo emerges.
Consider casting Woodland Bellower with a Painter’s Servant in play—all the colors become options.
I want to make this happen, but I don’t mind if it doesn’t. Painter’s Servant and Hellraiser Goblin are a bit weak, but Phantasmal Image and Woodland Bellower are good cards even on their own. Woodland Bellower is the crux to the most competitive Painter’s Servant deck we’ve yet seen in Modern.
Summoner’s Pact and Fauna Shaman search for any creature to help you set up the combo.
Simian Spirit Guide and Burning-Tree Emissary provide some fast mana. Perhaps most exciting—with Painter’s Servant in play, every extra Summoner’s Pact finds Simian Spirit Guide as you ramp toward Woodland Bellower.
Muddle the Mixture gets your Painter’s Servant and can play some crucial disruption.
And of course fast mana sources are abundant in green as you ramp toward your prized 6-drop.
These creatures are especially important for giving Phantasmal Image something specific to do in the early game.
Modern Painter’s Bellower
I’m excited by an additional plan C of Mystic Snake. Phantasmal Image can fly in at instant speed with the help of Alchemist’s Refuge or Aether Vial to bury the opponent in counterspells.
Metagaming With Woodland Bellower
There are an overwhelming number of options to adjust your strategy and attack the opponent’s strategy—more combos, more synergy, more value, more disruption.
Like the Amulet Bloom combo deck we can make use of Hive Mind. Quick ramp, throw down a Summoner’s Pact, and watch non-green mages squirm.
Utility creatures for days.
Of course you have access to blue countermagic to protect your own combos or transform into an individually powerful aggro-control deck.
Value options to try to grind through opponents.
And finally, beefy green creatures to switch it up on the opponent. Let your imagination be your guide.
Magic Origins spoilers are out and the set is full of amazing cards. Woodland Bellower is so far my favorite, but I’m excited to dive in deeper.
How do you feel about Woodland Bellower?
Have another favorite card in the set? What’s got you excited about Magic Origins?
[Editor’s Note: Phantasmal Image was mistakenly listed under “noncreature spells” in the deck list.]