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Fungus Among Us - Jonathan Veazey (12/1/2006)

Recently I began thinking about the decks I played back in my early days with the game. Most were pretty simple and forgettable, like the “every counterspell variant I own” deck or the “Ankh of Mishra
Ankh of Mishra
Ankh of MishraSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Ankh does 2 damage to anyone who puts a new land into play.
/Winter Orb
Winter Orb
Winter OrbSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
A player may not untap more than one land during the untap phase of each of his or her turns.
-Kill Me First” deck. Yes, I do have a bit of an obnoxious streak. There is one, however, that I remember quite fondly and, not coincidentally, the deck I played the most often back in the day. It was built around one of my all time favorite creatures: Thallid Devourer
Thallid Devourer
Thallid DevourerSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
During your upkeep, put a spore counter on Thallid Devourer.0: Remove three spore counters from Thallid Devourer to put a Saproling token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 green creature.0: Sacrifice a Saproling to give Thallid Devourer +1/+2 until end of turn.
. The deck looked a little something like this:

Red (12)
4xFireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.

4xLightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.

4xDwarven Warriors
Dwarven Warriors
Dwarven WarriorsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dwarves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Make a creature of power no greater than 2 unblockable until end of turn. Other cards may later be used to increase target creature's power beyond 2.


Green (31)
4xHurricane
Hurricane
HurricaneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All players and flying creatures suffer X damage.

4xFungal Bloom
Fungal Bloom
Fungal BloomSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
79
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
GG: Put a spore counter on a target Fungus.

3xNight Soil
Night Soil
Night SoilSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
80
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
1: Remove two creatures in any graveyard from the game to put a Saproling token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 green creature.

2xBirds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

2xElvish Farmer
Elvish Farmer
Elvish FarmerSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
R
Number:
71
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
During your upkeep, put a spore counter on Elvish Farmer.0: Remove three spore counters from Elvish Farmer to put a Saproling token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 green creature.0: Sacrifice a Saproling to gain 2 life.

4xSpore Flower
Spore Flower
Spore FlowerSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
U
Number:
86
Artist:
Margaret Organ-Kean
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
During your upkeep, put a spore counter on Spore Flower.0: Remove three spore counters from Spore Flower. No creatures deal damage in combat this turn.

4xThallid
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.

4xThallid Devourer
Thallid Devourer
Thallid DevourerSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
During your upkeep, put a spore counter on Thallid Devourer.0: Remove three spore counters from Thallid Devourer to put a Saproling token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 green creature.0: Sacrifice a Saproling to give Thallid Devourer +1/+2 until end of turn.

4xVGhvcm4gThallid
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.


Artifact (12)
4xTawnos
Tawnos
TawnosSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
5
Artist:
Stephen Daniele
Power:
+3
Toughness:
-4
Text:
You may play artifact, creature, and enchantment spells any time you could play an instant.
’s Wand
4xAeolipile
Aeolipile
AeolipileSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
166
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
1, T: Sacrifice Aeolipile to have it deal 2 damage to any target.

Green Mana Battery
Green Mana Battery
Green Mana BatterySet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
2, T: Put one charge counter on Green Mana Battery.T: Add G to your mana pool and remove as many charge counters as you wish. For each charge counter removed from Green Mana Battery, add G to your mana pool. Play this ability as an interrupt.

2xMeekstone
Meekstone
MeekstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
Any creature with power greater than 2 may not be untapped as normal during the untap phase.

Red Mana Battery
Red Mana Battery
Red Mana BatterySet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
2, T: Put one charge counter on Red Mana Battery.T: Add R to your mana pool and remove as many charge counters as you wish. For each charge counter removed from Red Mana Battery, add R to your mana pool. Play this ability as an interrupt.


Gold (4)
4xScarwood Goblins
Scarwood Goblins
Scarwood GoblinsSet: The Dark
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblins
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Counts as both a green card and a red card.


Land (31)
Dwarven Hold
Dwarven Hold
Dwarven HoldSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
David Seeley
Text:
Dwarven Hold comes into play tapped.You may choose not to untap Dwarven Hold during your untap phase and put a storage counter on it instead.tap, Remove X storage counters from Dwarven Hold: Add an amount of R equal to X to your mana pool.

Hollow Trees
Hollow Trees
Hollow TreesSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
David Seeley
Text:
Hollow Trees comes into play tapped.You may choose not to untap Hollow Trees during your untap phase and put a storage counter on it instead.tap, Remove X storage counters from Hollow Trees: Add an amount of G equal to X to your mana pool.

Maze of Ith
Maze of Ith
Maze of IthSet: The Dark
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
T: Target attacking creature becomes untapped. This creature neither deals nor receives damage as a result of combat.

14xForest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

14xMountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.


Yes, I do realize that it’s a ninety card deck with a questionable manabase. At the time I would have tried to justify the size by pointing out that while sixty cards tended to flop around in the Ice Age Starter Deck boxes that I used to store my decks, ninety cards fit quite snuggly. Of course, the truth is that I was just awful at making decisions. The idea behind the deck was pretty simple, use the Fungal Bloom
Fungal Bloom
Fungal BloomSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
79
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
GG: Put a spore counter on a target Fungus.
s to but as many counters as possible on 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.
s and Thallid Devourer
Thallid Devourer
Thallid DevourerSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
During your upkeep, put a spore counter on Thallid Devourer.0: Remove three spore counters from Thallid Devourer to put a Saproling token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 green creature.0: Sacrifice a Saproling to give Thallid Devourer +1/+2 until end of turn.
s to convert to 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, make the Devourers unblockable with the Warriors or Wands and sac the 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 to an unblocked Devourer to deal gobs and gobs of damage. It’s a complicated game plan and one very susceptible to disruption, but it was always a lot of fun to play. So, you can imagine how excited I was when I saw the return of 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.
s in Time Spiral
Time Spiral
Time SpiralSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Remove Time Spiral from the game. Each player shuffles his or her graveyard and hand into his or her library, then draws seven cards. You untap up to six lands.
. There’s even a new and improved version of my old favorite in 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.
(though the art isn’t nearly as cool). I’m inspired to see what I can do with a new 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.
deck.

Looking at the old deck I think the best way to go is just to toss everything out and start from scratch. Recent sets have given us much more efficient ways of creating 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 than the Fungal Bloom
Fungal Bloom
Fungal BloomSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
79
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
GG: Put a spore counter on a target Fungus.
/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.
method I’d been using. 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.
and Thelon from Time Spiral
Time Spiral
Time SpiralSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Remove Time Spiral from the game. Each player shuffles his or her graveyard and hand into his or her library, then draws seven cards. You untap up to six lands.
push this deck toward green/black rather than the green/red of the original deck. I also like Verdant Force
Verdant Force
Verdant ForceSet: Tempest
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
During each player's upkeep, put a Saproling token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 green creature.
as a large finisher creature that will crank out more 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 every upkeep.

Of course, losing red means losing the Dwarven Warriors
Dwarven Warriors
Dwarven WarriorsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dwarves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Make a creature of power no greater than 2 unblockable until end of turn. Other cards may later be used to increase target creature's power beyond 2.
, but I can make up for the unblockability effect with trample in the form of Fists of Ironwood
Fists of Ironwood
Fists of IronwoodSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Enchant creature When Fists of Ironwood comes into play, put two 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play. Enchanted creature has trample.
. Maybe dropped on a late game Verdant Force
Verdant Force
Verdant ForceSet: Tempest
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
During each player's upkeep, put a Saproling token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 green creature.
if I’m lucky.

Here’s the initial build of the new deck:

Black (6)
2xConspiracy
Conspiracy
ConspiracySet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
127
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Text:
As Conspiracy comes into play, choose a creature type.Creatures you control and creature cards in your graveyard, hand, and library are of the chosen type.

4xDeathspore 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.


Green (18)
4xScatter the Seeds
Scatter the Seeds
Scatter the SeedsSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
181
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Put three 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play.

4xFists of Ironwood
Fists of Ironwood
Fists of IronwoodSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Enchant creature When Fists of Ironwood comes into play, put two 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play. Enchanted creature has trample.

4xThallid 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.

4xThelonite Hermit
Thelonite Hermit
Thelonite HermitSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
All Saprolings get +1/+1. Morph 3GG (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.) When Thelonite Hermit is turned face up, put four 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play.

Verdant Force
Verdant Force
Verdant ForceSet: Tempest
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
During each player's upkeep, put a Saproling token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 green creature.

Verdeloth the Ancient
Verdeloth the Ancient
Verdeloth the AncientSet: Invasion
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Treefolk Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
220
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
4
Toughness:
7
Text:
Kicker X (You may pay an additional X as you play this spell.)All other Treefolk and all Saprolings get +1/+1.When Verdeloth the Ancient comes into play, if you paid the kicker cost, put X 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play.


Multicolor (8)
4xPutrefy
Putrefy
PutrefySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or creature. It can’t be regenerated.

Gleancrawler
Gleancrawler
GleancrawlerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
18
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
247
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
(B/G can be paid with either B or G.) Trample At the end of your turn, return to your hand all creature cards in your graveyard that were put into your graveyard from play this turn.

2xGolgari Guildmage
Golgari Guildmage
Golgari GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
248
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(B/G can be paid with either B or G.) 4B, Sacrifice a creature: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand. 4G: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.

Savra, Queen of the Golgari
Savra, Queen of the Golgari
Savra, Queen of the GolgariSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
225
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you sacrifice a black creature, you may pay 2 life. If you do, each other player sacrifices a creature. Whenever you sacrifice a green creature, you may gain 2 life.


Artifact (5)
Sarpadian Empires, Vol. VII
Sarpadian Empires, Vol. VII
Sarpadian Empires, Vol. VIISet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
263
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Text:
As Sarpadian Empires, Vol. VII comes into play, choose white Citizen, blue Camarid, black Thrull, red Goblin, or green Saproling. 3, T: Put a 1/1 creature token of the chosen color and type into play.

2xGauntlet of Power
Gauntlet of Power
Gauntlet of PowerSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
255
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
As Gauntlet of Power comes into play, choose a color. Creatures of the chosen color get +1/+1. Whenever a basic land is tapped for mana of the chosen color, its controller adds one mana of that color to his or her mana pool.

2xPlague Boiler
Plague Boiler
Plague BoilerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
269
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a plague counter on Plague Boiler. 1BG: Put a plague counter on Plague Boiler or remove a plague counter from it. When Plague Boiler has three or more plague counters on it, sacrifice it. If you do, destroy all nonland permanents.


Land (23)
Pendelhaven
Pendelhaven
PendelhavenSet: Legends
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Bryon Wackwitz
Text:
T: Add G to your mana poolT: Target 1/1 creature gains +1/+2 until end of turn.

4xTerramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic ExpanseSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
279
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
T, Sacrifice Terramorphic Expanse: Search your library for a basic land card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.

12xForest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

6xSwamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.


So I ended up not including Thelon in my initial build because I had an itch to try something with Conspiracy
Conspiracy
ConspiracySet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
127
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Text:
As Conspiracy comes into play, choose a creature type.Creatures you control and creature cards in your graveyard, hand, and library are of the chosen type.
instead. The idea is to play Conspiracy
Conspiracy
ConspiracySet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
127
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Text:
As Conspiracy comes into play, choose a creature type.Creatures you control and creature cards in your graveyard, hand, and library are of the chosen type.
naming 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
so that I can sac any of my creatures to either the Deathspore or Germinator. I included the Gleancrawler
Gleancrawler
GleancrawlerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
18
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
247
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
(B/G can be paid with either B or G.) Trample At the end of your turn, return to your hand all creature cards in your graveyard that were put into your graveyard from play this turn.
so that I can get back any non-token creatures I sacrifice that way and, I figured with all the sacrificing I’m looking to do Savra might be useful as well. I also decided to supplement my Verdant Force
Verdant Force
Verdant ForceSet: Tempest
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
During each player's upkeep, put a Saproling token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 green creature.
with a copy of Verdeloth the Ancient
Verdeloth the Ancient
Verdeloth the AncientSet: Invasion
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Treefolk Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
220
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
4
Toughness:
7
Text:
Kicker X (You may pay an additional X as you play this spell.)All other Treefolk and all Saprolings get +1/+1.When Verdeloth the Ancient comes into play, if you paid the kicker cost, put X 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play.
. Not only can he bring a bunch of 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 into play with him, but he pumps them all (or, if I’ve got a Conspiracy
Conspiracy
ConspiracySet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
127
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Text:
As Conspiracy comes into play, choose a creature type.Creatures you control and creature cards in your graveyard, hand, and library are of the chosen type.
out, all of my creatures). However, I think as I refine the deck I’ll likely go to either two Verdeloths or two Verdant Force
Verdant Force
Verdant ForceSet: Tempest
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
During each player's upkeep, put a Saproling token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 green creature.
s, whichever seems the more useful.

After playing a few games with this build of the deck I discovered a few things. First, the Gauntlets of Power don’t really do much useful. Sure, they make my guys bigger, but they also potentially boost my opponent’s creatures. Beyond that I really don’t have anything to do with the excess mana produced by the Gauntlets. So out they came. Second, while the Conspiracy
Conspiracy
ConspiracySet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
127
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Text:
As Conspiracy comes into play, choose a creature type.Creatures you control and creature cards in your graveyard, hand, and library are of the chosen type.
thing might have seemed neat on paper, it’s just far too complicated a combo to rely on, especially since it won’t come online until turn five at the earliest. Third, I realized that with my plan of token production the Plague Boiler
Plague Boiler
Plague BoilerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
269
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a plague counter on Plague Boiler. 1BG: Put a plague counter on Plague Boiler or remove a plague counter from it. When Plague Boiler has three or more plague counters on it, sacrifice it. If you do, destroy all nonland permanents.
would probably end up hosing me more than my opponent most times, so they’re out as well. Without Conspiracy
Conspiracy
ConspiracySet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
127
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Text:
As Conspiracy comes into play, choose a creature type.Creatures you control and creature cards in your graveyard, hand, and library are of the chosen type.
, Verdeloth looks less attractive than Verdant Force
Verdant Force
Verdant ForceSet: Tempest
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
During each player's upkeep, put a Saproling token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 green creature.
. On the plus side, I did discover that the Golgari Guildmage
Golgari Guildmage
Golgari GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
248
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(B/G can be paid with either B or G.) 4B, Sacrifice a creature: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand. 4G: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.
s are great in this deck so I’ll probably go to four of them.

Here’s the second version of the deck:

Black (6)
2xFallen Ideal
Fallen Ideal
Fallen IdealSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
109
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature has flying and "Sacrifice a creature: This creature gets +2/+1 until end of turn." When Fallen Ideal is put into a graveyard from play, return Fallen Ideal to its owner's hand.

4xDeathspore 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.


Green (21)
4xScatter the Seeds
Scatter the Seeds
Scatter the SeedsSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
181
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Put three 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play.

Fists of Ironwood
Fists of Ironwood
Fists of IronwoodSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Enchant creature When Fists of Ironwood comes into play, put two 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play. Enchanted creature has trample.

4xSporesower 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.

4xThallid 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.

2xThelon of Havenwood
Thelon of Havenwood
Thelon of HavenwoodSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Druid
Rarity:
R
Number:
227
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Each Fungus gets +1/+1 for each spore counter on it. BG, Remove a Fungus card in a graveyard from the game: Put a spore counter on each Fungus in play.

4xThelonite Hermit
Thelonite Hermit
Thelonite HermitSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
All Saprolings get +1/+1. Morph 3GG (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.) When Thelonite Hermit is turned face up, put four 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play.

2xVerdant Force
Verdant Force
Verdant ForceSet: Tempest
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
During each player's upkeep, put a Saproling token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 green creature.


Multicolor (8)
4xPutrefy
Putrefy
PutrefySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or creature. It can’t be regenerated.

4xGolgari Guildmage
Golgari Guildmage
Golgari GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
248
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(B/G can be paid with either B or G.) 4B, Sacrifice a creature: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand. 4G: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.


Artifact (2)
2xSarpadian Empires, Vol. VII
Sarpadian Empires, Vol. VII
Sarpadian Empires, Vol. VIISet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
263
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Text:
As Sarpadian Empires, Vol. VII comes into play, choose white Citizen, blue Camarid, black Thrull, red Goblin, or green Saproling. 3, T: Put a 1/1 creature token of the chosen color and type into play.


Land (23)
Pendelhaven
Pendelhaven
PendelhavenSet: Legends
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Bryon Wackwitz
Text:
T: Add G to your mana poolT: Target 1/1 creature gains +1/+2 until end of turn.

4xTerramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic ExpanseSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
279
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
T, Sacrifice Terramorphic Expanse: Search your library for a basic land card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.

12xForest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

6xSwamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.


Without the Conspiracy
Conspiracy
ConspiracySet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
127
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Text:
As Conspiracy comes into play, choose a creature type.Creatures you control and creature cards in your graveyard, hand, and library are of the chosen type.
making turning all of my Fungi into 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 both Thelon and 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.
become viable options. The Sporesower is particularly nice as it amps 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
production. I also quite liked Sarpadian Empires, so I included a second copy. I also added Fallen Ideal
Fallen Ideal
Fallen IdealSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
109
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature has flying and "Sacrifice a creature: This creature gets +2/+1 until end of turn." When Fallen Ideal is put into a graveyard from play, return Fallen Ideal to its owner's hand.
. I’ll freely admit that I stole the idea to include it from the “Fun with Fungus” Theme Deck, but it seemed like a nice way to give my creatures a little evasion, as well as a way to deal with fliers if necessary.

I ended up being pretty happy with this version of the deck. Playing with 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 is just as much fun as I remember it being from the old days. The biggest weakness I’ve noticed is a lack of enchantment removal. When the deck gets off to a strong start this tends not to matter much, but certain enchantments such as Grave Pact
Grave Pact
Grave PactSet: Stronghold
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
10
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Text:
Whenever any creature you control is put into any graveyard, each other player sacrifices a creature.
can hit me pretty hard if things are going a bit slower for me. Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
or Krosan Grip
Krosan Grip
Krosan GripSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
202
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Split second (As long as this spell is on the stack, players can't play spells or activated abilities that aren't mana abilities.) Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
might be worth adding to deal with this, though I’m not sure what I’d take out, probably the Fallen Ideal
Fallen Ideal
Fallen IdealSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
109
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature has flying and "Sacrifice a creature: This creature gets +2/+1 until end of turn." When Fallen Ideal is put into a graveyard from play, return Fallen Ideal to its owner's hand.
s. And, of course, Overgrown Tomb
Overgrown Tomb
Overgrown TombSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Swamp Forest
Rarity:
R
Number:
279
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add B or G to your mana pool.) As Overgrown Tomb comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Overgrown Tomb comes into play tapped instead.
s and maybe Llanowar Wastes
Llanowar Wastes
Llanowar WastesSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
141
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add B or G to your mana pool. Llanowar Wastes deals 1 damage to you.
would fit nicely in the deck to smooth out the mana base.


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