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The Spores of Doom - Stephen J. Rogers (5/12/2011)

I am Stephen Rogers, and I am addicted. I have not been playing Magic long, not long at all; New Phyrexia will quite literally be the first set to release since I started playing, but I’ve quickly become the deck building nut of my play group, so when I found out that a little shop I walk by every day had some older packs I jumped for joy at the chance to make some new decks with cards my more veteran friends had.

The shop was selling packs of Guildpact and Planar Chaos
Planar Chaos
Planar ChaosSet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
97
Artist:
Ron Spencer

Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, flip a coin. If you lose the flip, sacrifice Planar Chaos. Whenever a player play a spell, that player flips a coin. If he or she loses the flip, counter that spell.
(okay they’re old to me at least) and after playing against a few guild based decks, I was eager to try and make my own, plus Vanishing
Vanishing
VanishingSet: Visions
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
UU: Enchanted creature phases out.
and Suspend just seemed like interesting mechanics. My first few packs completely changed my plans when I pulled a Fungal Behemoth
Fungal Behemoth
Fungal BehemothSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
R
Number:
128
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Fungal Behemoth's power and toughness are each equal to the number of +1/+1 counters on creatures you control. Suspend X-XGG. X can't be 0. Whenever a time counter is removed from Fungal Behemoth while it's removed from the game, you may put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.
, a fungus for three and a green whose power and toughness are equal to the number of +1/+1 counters on creatures you control, plus you can suspend him for X and two greens and each time a time counter is removed from him you place a +1/+1 counter on a creature you control. I looked at this simple guy and thought of all the evil things I could do to boost my +1/+1 counters. Then a thought occurred to me, token creatures might work for this, give them some pump and you get a ton of mean little ankle biters.

This drew my eye to the Pallid Mycoderm
Pallid Mycoderm
Pallid MycodermSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
C
Number:
10
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Pallid Mycoderm. Remove three spore counters from Pallid Mycoderm: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. Sacrifice a Saproling: Each Fungus and each Saproling you control gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
, Mycologist
Mycologist
MycologistSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Druid
Rarity:
u
Number:
27
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Mycologist. Remove three spore counters from Mycologist: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. Sacrifice a Saproling: You gain 2 life.
, and Psychotrope Thallid
Psychotrope Thallid
Psychotrope ThallidSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
U
Number:
137
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Psychotrope Thallid. Remove three spore counters from Psychotrope Thallid: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. 1, Sacrifice a Saproling: Draw a card.
all staring at me from behind the behemoth. All of them get a spore counter every upkeep and can use three of them to create a 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
token. Hmmmm more counters to get tokens, sounds like a plan, but just using cards from one pack, or even this one block didn’t seem like the best idea and I had a little niggling voice at the back of my head very loudly proclaiming I had forgotten something. I figured out exactly what it was the next day when I finished off my friend with a Quicksilver Gargantuan
Quicksilver Gargantuan
Quicksilver GargantuanSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shapeshifter
Rarity:
M
Number:
39
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
You may have Quicksilver Gargantuan enter the battlefield as a copy of any creature on the battlefield, except it's still 7/7.
pretending to be a Thrummingbird
Thrummingbird
ThrummingbirdSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Horror
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Efrem Palacios
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Whenever Thrummingbird deals combat damage to a player, proliferate. (You choose any number of permanents and/or players with counters on them, then give each another counter of a kind already there.)
and cried “Fear
Fear
FearSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Target creature cannot be blocked by any creatures except black creatures and artifact creatures.
the proliferate!” before promptly smacking my head on the table and grabbing my boxes of Scar
Scar
ScarSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
194
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
s and Besieged.

After a few days of planning and a week or two of trading cards my spores of doom deck was finished and ready to roll over my friends with green weenies.


“Spores of Doom”

Creatures (24)
3: Utopia Mycon
Utopia Mycon
Utopia MyconSet: Future Sight
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Utopia Mycon.
Remove three spore counters from Utopia Mycon. Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
Sacrifice a Saproling. Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

2: Mycologist
Mycologist
MycologistSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Druid
Rarity:
u
Number:
27
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Mycologist. Remove three spore counters from Mycologist: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. Sacrifice a Saproling: You gain 2 life.

2: Selesnya Evangel
Selesnya Evangel
Selesnya EvangelSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
228
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
1, T, Tap an untapped creature you control: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.

1: Selesnya Guildmage
Selesnya Guildmage
Selesnya GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
252
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(G/W can be paid with either G or W.) 3G: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. 3W: Creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn.

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: Vitaspore Thallid
Vitaspore Thallid
Vitaspore ThallidSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
C
Number:
143
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Vitaspore Thallid. Remove three spore counters from Vitaspore Thallid: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. Sacrifice a Saproling: Target creature gains haste until end of turn.

2: Psychotrope Thallid
Psychotrope Thallid
Psychotrope ThallidSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
U
Number:
137
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Psychotrope Thallid. Remove three spore counters from Psychotrope Thallid: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. 1, Sacrifice a Saproling: Draw a card.

3: Fungal Behemoth
Fungal Behemoth
Fungal BehemothSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
R
Number:
128
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Fungal Behemoth's power and toughness are each equal to the number of +1/+1 counters on creatures you control. Suspend X-XGG. X can't be 0. Whenever a time counter is removed from Fungal Behemoth while it's removed from the game, you may put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.
s
2: Pallid Mycoderm
Pallid Mycoderm
Pallid MycodermSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
C
Number:
10
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Pallid Mycoderm. Remove three spore counters from Pallid Mycoderm: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. Sacrifice a Saproling: Each Fungus and each Saproling you control gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

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.

1: Thelonite 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.

1: Mycoloth
Mycoloth
MycolothSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
R
Number:
140
Artist:
Raymond Swanland
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Devour 2 (As this comes into play, you may sacrifice any number of creatures. This creature comes into play with twice that many +1/+1 counters on it.) At the beginning of your upkeep, put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play for each +1/+1 counter on Mycoloth.

2: Plaguemaw Best

Non-Creature Spells (14)
2: Angelsong
Angelsong
AngelsongSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
4
Artist:
Sal Villagran
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn. Cycling 2 (2, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

4: Steady Progress
Steady Progress
Steady ProgressSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
45
Artist:
Efrem Palacios
Text:
Proliferate. (You choose any number of permanents and/or players with counters on them, then give each another counter of a kind already there.) Draw a card.

2: Fuel for the Cause
Fuel for the Cause
Fuel for the CauseSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
25
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Text:
Counter target spell, then proliferate. (You choose any number of permanents and/or players with counters on them, then give each another counter of a kind already there.)

2: Life and Limb
Life and Limb
Life and LimbSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
133
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
All Forests and all Saprolings are 1/1 green Saproling creatures and Forest lands in addition to their other types.

1: Seed Spark
Seed Spark
Seed SparkSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
30
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment. If G was spent to play Seed Spark, put two 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play.

1: Spontaneous Generation
Spontaneous Generation
Spontaneous GenerationSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
274
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play for each card in your hand.

2: AEther Mutation

Land (22)
1: Abandoned Outpost
Abandoned Outpost
Abandoned OutpostSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
312
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
: Abandoned Outpost comes into play tapped. Tap: Add W to your mana pool. Tap, Sacrifice Abandoned Outpost: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

2: Bant Panorama
Bant Panorama
Bant PanoramaSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
221
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
T Add 1 to your mana pool. 1, T, Sacrifice Bant Panorama: Search your library for a basic Forest, Plains, or Island card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.

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

4: Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

4: Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.

1: Seafloor Debris
Seafloor Debris
Seafloor DebrisSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
325
Artist:
Larry Elmore
Text:
Seafloor Debris comes into play tapped. Tap: Add U to your mana pool. Tap, Sacrifice Seafloor Debris: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

2: Seaside Citadel
Seaside Citadel
Seaside CitadelSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
229
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Text:
Seaside Citadel comes into play tapped. T Add G, W, or U to your mana pool.

1: Vitu-Ghazi, the City-Tree
Vitu-Ghazi, the City-Tree
Vitu-Ghazi, the City-TreeSet: Duel Decks Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
37
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
{T}: Add {1} to your mana pool. {2}{G}{W}, {T}: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token onto the battlefield.



I’m still tweaking this deck now, in the process of typing this I changed the deck once, but so far it is proving rather admirable. It functions rather like a white weenie deck with a bit of pump and control for good measure. Proliferate manages to always keep me up on spore counters and beef up 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 swarming my field to momentous heights. The AEther Mutations in particular have been very helpful, since they can be used either to bounce something annoying I expect to block my buffed up Fungal Behemoth
Fungal Behemoth
Fungal BehemothSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
R
Number:
128
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Fungal Behemoth's power and toughness are each equal to the number of +1/+1 counters on creatures you control. Suspend X-XGG. X can't be 0. Whenever a time counter is removed from Fungal Behemoth while it's removed from the game, you may put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.
s, or to return the Behemoths to my hand to get more +1/+1 counters spread around.

I’m still a new player so of course this deck is not going to be top tier, especially the mana base. I’ve yet to master good land distribution, but I will continue to work on it (and the others surrounding me...grrrr). So, slice apart the giant mushroom deck and until the eventual next time, I’m going to go listen to The Mana Pool for more deck ideas, maybe a Lorwyn block style elemental EDH deck....


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