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Release the Fun, Gus - Arthur Childers (10/10/2006)

Fall, one of my favorite times of the year, and with a big Harvest Moon hanging overhead, the day had been perfect as I was driving home from the release event. I recently took a second part-time job, which has taken a lot of my time. This is the reason I didn’t get a Cardshark seller promotion in this month (For those of you who have asked me, now you know). I went to a shop nearby which I have written about before. With a homecoming event in town and a gaming event less than 90 miles away from us, there were only 8 in the pre-release tournament, after which the owner decided to draft (he drafts more to play than to win, which I’m sure he could if he took it more seriously). Usually the shop would do a 4 pack booster draft for a release event but due to either the price increase recently by Wizards or the number of participants, we only booster drafted 3 packs this time. Well, I had planned to try a Black/Green combination for the Thallid
Thallid
ThallidSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
During your upkeep, put a spore counter on Thallid.0: Remove three spore counters from Thallid to put a Saproling token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 green creature.
/removal combo those cards have in this set. I ended up drafting:

ARTIFACTS (4)

Paradise Plume
Paradise Plume
Paradise PlumeSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
260
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
As Paradise Plume comes into play, choose a color. Whenever a player plays a spell of the chosen color, you may gain 1 life. T: Add one mana of the chosen color to your mana pool.
(1)
Brass Gnat
Brass Gnat
Brass GnatSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
249
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Brass Gnat doesn't untap during your untap step. At the beginning of your upkeep, you may pay 1. If you do, untap Brass Gnat.
(3)

MULTICOLOR (2)

Dementia Sliver
Dementia Sliver
Dementia SliverSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
U
Number:
236
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
All Slivers have "T: Name a card. Target opponent reveals a card at random from his or her hand. If it's the named card, that player discards it. Play this ability only during your turn."
(1)
Mishra
Mishra
MishraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
3
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
+0
Toughness:
-3
Text:
Double all damage dealt by creatures you control.
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BLUE (4)

Think Twice
Think Twice
Think TwiceSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Draw a card. Flashback 2U (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
(1)
Fathom Seer
Fathom Seer
Fathom SeerSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
Ralph Horsley
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Morph-Return two Islands you control to their owner's hand. (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.) When Fathom Seer is turned face up, draw two cards.
(1)
Slipstream Serpent
Slipstream Serpent
Slipstream SerpentSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
8
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Serpent
Rarity:
C
Number:
77
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Slipstream Serpent can't attack unless defending player controls an Island. When you control no Islands, sacrifice Slipstream Serpent. Morph 5U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
(2)

WHITE (5)

Pulmonic Sliver
Pulmonic Sliver
Pulmonic SliverSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
R
Number:
36
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
All Slivers have flying and "If this creature would be put into a graveyard, you may put it on top of its owner's library instead."
(1)
Errant Doomsayers
Errant Doomsayers
Errant DoomsayersSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
Liz Danforth
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Tap target creature with toughness 2 or less.
(1)
Zealot Il-Vec (1)
Detainment Spell
Detainment Spell
Detainment SpellSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature's activated abilities can't be played. 1W: Attach Detainment Spell to target creature.
(1)
Knight of the Holy Nimbus
Knight of the Holy Nimbus
Knight of the Holy NimbusSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rebel Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
26
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flanking (Whenever a creature without flanking blocks this creature, the blocking creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.) If Knight of the Holy Nimbus would be destroyed, regenerate it. 2: Knight of the Holy Nimbus can't be regenerated this turn. Only any opponent may play this ability.
(1)

RED (1)

Wheel of Fate
Wheel of Fate
Wheel of FateSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
187
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Wheel of Fate is red. Suspend 4-1R (Rather than play this card from your hand, pay 1R and remove it from the game with four time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When you remove the last, play it without paying its mana cost.) Each player discards his or her hand, then draws seven cards.
(1)

BLACK (3)

Nightshade Assassin
Nightshade Assassin
Nightshade AssassinSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Assassin
Rarity:
U
Number:
121
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike When Nightshade Assassin comes into play, you may reveal X black cards in your hand. If you do, target creature gets -X/-X until end of turn. Madness 1B (If you discard this card, you may play it for its madness cost instead of putting it into your graveyard.)
(1)
Viscid Lemures
Viscid Lemures
Viscid LemuresSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
141
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
0: Viscid Lemures gets -1/-0 and gains swampwalk until end of turn.
(1)
Deathspore Thallid
Deathspore Thallid
Deathspore ThallidSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Fungus
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Randy Elliott
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Deathspore Thallid. Remove three spore counters from Deathspore Thallid: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. Sacrifice a Saproling: Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.
(1)

GREEN (26) yeah it looked like no one but myself was taking green cards

Gemhide Sliver
Gemhide Sliver
Gemhide SliverSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
C
Number:
196
Artist:
John Matson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
All Slivers have "T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool."
(1)
Scarwood Treefolk
Scarwood Treefolk
Scarwood TreefolkSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Treefolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
214
Artist:
Stuart Griffin
Power:
3
Toughness:
5
Text:
Scarwood Treefolk comes into play tapped.
(1)
Thrill of the Hunt
Thrill of the Hunt
Thrill of the HuntSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
229
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Target creature gets +1/+2 until end of turn. Flashback W (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
(1)
Penumbra Spider
Penumbra Spider
Penumbra SpiderSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
C
Number:
210
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Penumbra Spider can block as though it had flying. When Penumbra Spider is put into a graveyard from play, put a 2/4 black Spider creature token into play that can block as though it had flying.
(1)
Ashcoat Bear
Ashcoat Bear
Ashcoat BearSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bear
Rarity:
C
Number:
190
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.)
(1)
Pendelhaven Elder
Pendelhaven Elder
Pendelhaven ElderSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
209
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Each 1/1 creature you control gets +1/+2 until end of turn.
(1)
Aspect of Mongoose
Aspect of Mongoose
Aspect of MongooseSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
191
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature can't be the target of spells or abilities. When Aspect of Mongoose is put into a graveyard from play, return Aspect of Mongoose to its owner's hand.
(1)
Havenwood Wurm
Havenwood Wurm
Havenwood WurmSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
C
Number:
199
Artist:
Stuart Griffin
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Trample
(1)
Sporesower Thallid
Sporesower Thallid
Sporesower ThallidSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
U
Number:
220
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on each Fungus you control. Remove three spore counters from Sporesower Thallid: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
(2)
Thallid Germinator
Thallid Germinator
Thallid GerminatorSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
C
Number:
225
Artist:
Tom WSnerstrand
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Thallid Germinator. Remove three spore counters from Thallid Germinator: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. Sacrifice a Saproling: Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
(1)
Sprout
Sprout
SproutSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
221
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
(2)
Thallid
Thallid
ThallidSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
During your upkeep, put a spore counter on Thallid.0: Remove three spore counters from Thallid to put a Saproling token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 green creature.
Shell-Dweller (1)
Chameleon Blur
Chameleon Blur
Chameleon BlurSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
192
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Prevent all damage that creatures would deal to players this turn.
(1)
Durkwood Baloth
Durkwood Baloth
Durkwood BalothSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
193
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Suspend 5-G (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay G and remove it from the game with five time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When you remove the last, play it without paying its mana cost. It has haste.)
(1)
Savage Thallid
Savage Thallid
Savage ThallidSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
C
Number:
213
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
5
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Savage Thallid. Remove three spore counters from Savage Thallid: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. Sacrifice a Saproling: Regenerate target Fungus.
(2)
Nantuko Shaman
Nantuko Shaman
Nantuko ShamanSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
208
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Nantuko Shaman comes into play, if you control no tapped lands, draw a card. Suspend 1-2GG (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay 2GG and remove it from the game with a time counter on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When you remove the last, play it without paying its mana cost. It has haste.)
(2)
Mwonvuli Acid-Moss (3)
Aether Web
Aether Web
Aether WebSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
189
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +1/+1, can block as though it had flying, and can block creatures with shadow as though they didn't have shadow.
(1)
Durkwood Tracker
Durkwood Tracker
Durkwood TrackerSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
U
Number:
194
Artist:
Michael Phillippi
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
1G, T: If Durkwood Tracker is in play, it deals damage equal to its power to target attacking creature. That creature deals damage equal to its power to Durkwood Tracker.
(1)
Molder
Molder
MolderSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment with converted mana cost X. It can't be regenerated. You gain X life.
(1)

After some careful consideration I put together the following deck:

Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s (3)
Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
(12)
Paradise Plume
Paradise Plume
Paradise PlumeSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
260
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
As Paradise Plume comes into play, choose a color. Whenever a player plays a spell of the chosen color, you may gain 1 life. T: Add one mana of the chosen color to your mana pool.
(1)
Brass Gnat
Brass Gnat
Brass GnatSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
249
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Brass Gnat doesn't untap during your untap step. At the beginning of your upkeep, you may pay 1. If you do, untap Brass Gnat.
(2)
Scarwood Treefolk
Scarwood Treefolk
Scarwood TreefolkSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Treefolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
214
Artist:
Stuart Griffin
Power:
3
Toughness:
5
Text:
Scarwood Treefolk comes into play tapped.
(1)
Thrill of the Hunt
Thrill of the Hunt
Thrill of the HuntSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
229
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Target creature gets +1/+2 until end of turn. Flashback W (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
(1)
Penumbra Spider
Penumbra Spider
Penumbra SpiderSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
C
Number:
210
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Penumbra Spider can block as though it had flying. When Penumbra Spider is put into a graveyard from play, put a 2/4 black Spider creature token into play that can block as though it had flying.
(1)
Ashcoat Bear
Ashcoat Bear
Ashcoat BearSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bear
Rarity:
C
Number:
190
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.)
(1)
Pendelhaven Elder
Pendelhaven Elder
Pendelhaven ElderSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
209
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Each 1/1 creature you control gets +1/+2 until end of turn.
(1)
Aspect of Mongoose
Aspect of Mongoose
Aspect of MongooseSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
191
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature can't be the target of spells or abilities. When Aspect of Mongoose is put into a graveyard from play, return Aspect of Mongoose to its owner's hand.
(1)
Durkwood Baloth
Durkwood Baloth
Durkwood BalothSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
193
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Suspend 5-G (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay G and remove it from the game with five time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When you remove the last, play it without paying its mana cost. It has haste.)
(1) (I loved suspending this guy on turn 1)
Chameleon Blur
Chameleon Blur
Chameleon BlurSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
192
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Prevent all damage that creatures would deal to players this turn.
(1) An expensive Fog
Fog
FogSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
Creatures attack and block as normal, but none deal any damage or otherwise affect any creature as a result of an attack or block. All attacking creatures are still tapped. Play any time before attack damage is dealt.

Molder
Molder
MolderSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment with converted mana cost X. It can't be regenerated. You gain X life.
(1)
Durkwood Tracker
Durkwood Tracker
Durkwood TrackerSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
U
Number:
194
Artist:
Michael Phillippi
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
1G, T: If Durkwood Tracker is in play, it deals damage equal to its power to target attacking creature. That creature deals damage equal to its power to Durkwood Tracker.
(1)
Aether Web
Aether Web
Aether WebSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
189
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +1/+1, can block as though it had flying, and can block creatures with shadow as though they didn't have shadow.
(1)
Mwonvuli Acid-Moss (2)
Nantuko Shaman
Nantuko Shaman
Nantuko ShamanSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
208
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Nantuko Shaman comes into play, if you control no tapped lands, draw a card. Suspend 1-2GG (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay 2GG and remove it from the game with a time counter on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When you remove the last, play it without paying its mana cost. It has haste.)
(2)
Thallid
Thallid
ThallidSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
During your upkeep, put a spore counter on Thallid.0: Remove three spore counters from Thallid to put a Saproling token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 green creature.
Shell-Dweller (1)
Thallid Germinator
Thallid Germinator
Thallid GerminatorSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
C
Number:
225
Artist:
Tom WSnerstrand
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Thallid Germinator. Remove three spore counters from Thallid Germinator: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. Sacrifice a Saproling: Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
(1)
Savage Thallid
Savage Thallid
Savage ThallidSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
C
Number:
213
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
5
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Savage Thallid. Remove three spore counters from Savage Thallid: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. Sacrifice a Saproling: Regenerate target Fungus.
(2)
Sprout
Sprout
SproutSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
221
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
(2)
Sporesower Thallid
Sporesower Thallid
Sporesower ThallidSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
U
Number:
220
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on each Fungus you control. Remove three spore counters from Sporesower Thallid: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
(2)
Deathspore Thallid
Deathspore Thallid
Deathspore ThallidSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Fungus
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Randy Elliott
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Deathspore Thallid. Remove three spore counters from Deathspore Thallid: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. Sacrifice a Saproling: Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.
(1)

Ok I did stick to the Green/Black I had planned on but with a very small portion of black. We separated into our first pairings. After all the cards had been drafted one player decided to drop out to go get ready for homecoming events, he just wanted the cards and the promo, so the owner then dropped out to make it an even number to play. He constructed a tree for us to run through, at the most we would play 3 games if we stayed in the winners’ bracket.

In my first game I ran into a small problem when I misread Nantuko Shaman
Nantuko Shaman
Nantuko ShamanSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
208
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Nantuko Shaman comes into play, if you control no tapped lands, draw a card. Suspend 1-2GG (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay 2GG and remove it from the game with a time counter on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When you remove the last, play it without paying its mana cost. It has haste.)
and thought you had to have no untapped lands to draw the card. That was the last time I made THAT mistake.

This deck took a few beatings early but once I had Thallid
Thallid
ThallidSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
During your upkeep, put a spore counter on Thallid.0: Remove three spore counters from Thallid to put a Saproling token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 green creature.
s out I started making Saproling
Saproling
SaprolingSet: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Saproling
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
s and then went to town. The Deathspore Thallid
Deathspore Thallid
Deathspore ThallidSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Fungus
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Randy Elliott
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Deathspore Thallid. Remove three spore counters from Deathspore Thallid: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. Sacrifice a Saproling: Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.
saved me on more than one occasion with its -1/-1 ability. The 2 Sporesowers made a big difference, especially when both of them would hit the board together. The Savage Thallid
Savage Thallid
Savage ThallidSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
C
Number:
213
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
5
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Savage Thallid. Remove three spore counters from Savage Thallid: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. Sacrifice a Saproling: Regenerate target Fungus.
’s regeneration properties and the Germinator’s +1/+1 ability also made difference. The only game I lost was due to my opponent taking out the Deathspore Thallid
Deathspore Thallid
Deathspore ThallidSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Fungus
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Randy Elliott
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Deathspore Thallid. Remove three spore counters from Deathspore Thallid: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. Sacrifice a Saproling: Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.
before he brought out his Urborg
Urborg
UrborgSet: Legends
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Bryon Wackwitz
Text:
T: Add B to your mana poolT: Remove first strike ability or swampwalk ability from target creature until end of turn.
Syphon-Mage. The last 2 games I played I pulled out 1 land and Molder
Molder
MolderSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment with converted mana cost X. It can't be regenerated. You gain X life.
only to have him pull out a Paradise Plume
Paradise Plume
Paradise PlumeSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
260
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
As Paradise Plume comes into play, choose a color. Whenever a player plays a spell of the chosen color, you may gain 1 life. T: Add one mana of the chosen color to your mana pool.
also. I relied on it a few times to get ahead on life. Two games in 2 separate matches came down to me letting the Sporesowers build up Saproling
Saproling
SaprolingSet: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Saproling
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
s and sit back and block until I had enough to decimate his ranks and hit for a huge amount of damage. The Pendelhaven Elder
Pendelhaven Elder
Pendelhaven ElderSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
209
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Each 1/1 creature you control gets +1/+2 until end of turn.
was great for the Brass Gnat
Brass Gnat
Brass GnatSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
249
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Brass Gnat doesn't untap during your untap step. At the beginning of your upkeep, you may pay 1. If you do, untap Brass Gnat.
s and hitting him with Aspect of the Mongoose saved him from the plentiful Black removal spells.

My finest moment had to come in one of the final games when my opponent suspended Phthisis
Phthisis
PhthisisSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Destroy target creature. Its controller loses life equal to its power plus its toughness. Suspend 5-1B (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay 1B and remove it from the game with five time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When you remove the last, play it without paying its mana cost.)
on his second turn only to run into a mana shortage. While it was running down, I played a Sprout
Sprout
SproutSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
221
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
and the Pendelhaven Elder
Pendelhaven Elder
Pendelhaven ElderSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
209
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Each 1/1 creature you control gets +1/+2 until end of turn.
equipped with Aspect of the Mongoose. When Phthisis
Phthisis
PhthisisSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Destroy target creature. Its controller loses life equal to its power plus its toughness. Suspend 5-1B (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay 1B and remove it from the game with five time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When you remove the last, play it without paying its mana cost.)
ran out, all he had to target was my lowly Saproling
Saproling
SaprolingSet: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Saproling
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
to make me lose 2 life. Next turn I had enough mana built up to start the Thallid
Thallid
ThallidSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
During your upkeep, put a spore counter on Thallid.0: Remove three spore counters from Thallid to put a Saproling token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 green creature.
generation.

In any game shop there is always good-natured bantering, The people who had played me and won their way through the losers’ bracket were using the running joke, “I don’t want to play him, he has fungus”. But as long as they are winning I say “GO Fungus” and to torture them further I made sure I told the most awful fungus joke I know.

Here’s hoping your fungus is mostly fun.

The Joke? A mushroom walks into a bar and the bartender says “We don’t serve mushrooms here.” The Mushroom asks “Why Not? I’m a fungi (fun guy)!” Get it? If you do, please seek help.


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