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A Tale Of Three Slimefoot Decks

Bennie Smith serves up his favorite sentient mushroom from Dominaria three ways! Whether you’re a Standard standout, a Brawl boss, or a Commander champ, Bennie has your Slimefoot, the Stowaway list!

Dominaria is almost here! I hope everyone who wanted to had a chance to play in a Prerelease this past weekend.

As per usual, I attended our local game store’s midnight Prerelease and played four rounds. My Sealed pool was a little odd, with no mana fixing to help the Jund color combination that would accommodate a few of my bombs. The only color I was relatively deep on was white, but that was counting two copies of Benalish Marshal, which aggressively discourages splashing another color. Round 1, I got crushed by a four-color mythic rare deck that I couldn’t really do anything about, but I won the remaining three rounds against more normally powered decks.

One of the cards I was bummed not to be able to play in my Sealed deck was this fine specimen.

What’s interesting about the return of Saprolings is the timing in how sets are designed now. Just think back to Ixalan—we had Dinosaurs, Merfolk, Vampires and Pirates pushed in a tribal way, but had to wait for Rivals of Ixalan to realize their full potential. Dominaria is one and done, so I was curious to see if we had enough Saproling support to build a full-fledged Saproling deck for Standard.

Good news, Virginia. We can!


Fungal Infection and Vicious Offering are some great new removal options that are particularly awesome in a Slimefoot deck.

Fungal Infection just flat-out kills a fair number of one-toughness creatures in aggressive decks and leaves a 1/1 Saproling behind. The two pieces of the card can take out two one-toughness creatures or combine to take out a two-toughness creature. I really like it.

Vicious Offering is like Moment of Craving but with the upside of going large if you sacrifice a creature. Slimefoot gives you a life buffer from dying Saprolings already, so I really love that you can sacrifice an extra Saproling lying around to give a creature -5/-5 for just two mana, which is a handy way to take down an indestructible Hazoret the Fervent or Rhonas the Indomitable.

Turn 2 Saproling Migration into Turn 3 Yavimaya Sapherd floods the battlefield with enough bodies to trigger Growing Rites of Itlimoc’s transformation into Itlimoc, Cradle of the Sun. If you’ve got a land that taps for mana equal to the number of creatures you have you can dump it into Slimefoot to churn out even more creatures. “Growing Rites” also seems like a flavor win.

At the top of the curve are four copies of Tendershoot Dryad, and since this deck should be able to get the city’s blessing easily, that’ll equate to an impressive battlefield presence quickly.

Will this be Tier 1? I don’t think so, but I think anything with this amount of solid removal and some powerful synergies can potentially hold its own. I’m looking forward to giving it a try.

If you’re not 100% sold on Slimefoot for Commander, how about Brawl?


What’s interesting about a Slimefoot Brawl deck is that you’re a bit stretched on the Saproling theme, even including Saproling cards we didn’t include in the Standard deck. That’s mitigated somewhat because you’ve got Slimefoot available from the Command Zone, so you can always cast Slimefoot on Turn 3 and then start cranking out Saprolings on Turn 4.

The upside of being light on Saproling and Thallid cards, though, is that you can splash quite a few other cards for fun-ofs, like some of the Sagas, Vehicles, and the original Saproling gangster Verdant Force. And our course there’s Creeping Mold for more flavor win.

What’s fun, though, is building a Slimefoot deck for Commander, which lets you dig deep into the many Thallid and Saproling cards that have been printed throughout the history of Magic. Not having white in the deck leaves some of those cards sitting on the sidelines, but I do like being able to focus the deck a little bit better with just green and black. Also, Slimefoot lets you overextend into mass removal because it can inflict pain on your opponents and give you life in return.

Let’s see what a G/B Slimefoot deck based on Saprolings and Thallids would look like.

Thallids and Fungus

There are quite a few Thallids and Thallid enablers over the years for us to choose from. Some are clearly better than others and I’ve tried to choose those here. Utopia Mycon comes down quickly and can nicely convert Saprolings into mana, and Psychotrope Thallid converts Saprolings into cards.

Sporesower Thallid lets you accumulate spore counters more quickly on all your other Thallids, and Sporoloth Ancient lets you convert spore counters into Saprolings at a more efficient rate. Then there’s Thelon of Havenwood, which incentivizes you to just keep racking up spore counters to make your Thallids into giant creatures.

Saprolings

Thallids aren’t the only things that make Saprolings, so we’ll want to include a good number of those. I’ve got most of my favorites here, especially old-school Verdant Force and more modern riffs on it Tendershoot Dryad and Verdant Embrace. Nemata, Grove Guardian and Verdeloth the Ancient do a nice job of being Saproling “lords.”

If you’ve got Doubling Season, you definitely want to find a spot for it here. Not only is it a huge help getting those spore counters going, but then you double the Saproling output. What more can you want?

As a public service announcement, in my observation the rate of Saproling tokens is quite high compared to the other tokens in the Dominaria pack. There’s a reason for that. Wizards wants you to play lots and lots of Saprolings. I’m happy to oblige.

Tribal Stuff

Outside of the Thallid stuff and Slimefoot, there’s not too much specifically keyed to Fungus or Saprolings, but we can certainly make use of some of the generic tribal stuff. We’d key Herald’s Horn and Door of Destinies for Fungus. I like that Chameleon Colossus can benefit from both the Fungus-boosting and Saproling-boosting cards, and we can use Runed Stalactite to turn any Fungus into a Saproling too, or even give it to Thelon of Havenwood or some of the other non-Fungus, non-Saproling creatures in the deck.

Sacrifice for Profit

If there’s one thing Saprolings do well, it’s dying for profit, and there are certainly a fair number of cards that appreciate that. We can certainly go seriously old-school by casting Natural Order, sacrificing a green Saproling, and putting Verdant Force onto the battlefield like it’s 1997 all over again. Of course, a more recent awesome line of play is sacrificing five tokens to Westvale Abbey to transform it into Ormendahl, Profane Prince.

Mana Ramp

I didn’t go too deep on the ramp because I wanted to ensure I had a ton of Thallid and Saproling cards, but we certainly want some. Slimefoot makes an excellent mana sink. Cryptolith Rite can potentially generate a ton of mana, as could Growing Rites of Itlimoc. If you’ve got a Gaea’s Cradle, you’d definitely want to include one here too.

Card Draw

I always love to include Fecundity in a Saproling-heavy deck. There are a ton of cards that sacrifice Saprolings for profit, so adding a card drawn for each Saproling death more than makes up for the benefit your opponents might get. Plus, again, it’s a flavor win. There are plenty of other card drawing options and I’ve picked some of the best for this style of deck.

Removal

Our synergy deck doesn’t leave too much in the way of extra slots, but I didn’t want to scrimp too badly on removal spells. Dying Saprolings should easily trigger the morbid on Tragic Slip and Malicious Affliction. I always like to include cards like Song of the Dryads when I can—sometimes it’s the best way to handle an otherwise problematic commander. Speaking of, I think that card is due a reprint in an upcoming Commander product, don’t you?

Pump the Team

There are a few ways already in the deck that pump the team, but it wouldn’t hurt to add more. Beastmaster Ascension is the best of the bunch, easy to trigger and turning your go-wide strategy into a lethal battlefield presence in a hurry. And Triumph of the Hordes on your swarm of Saprolings is just good, clean living.

Here’s the full list with the lands added to the mix:

Slimefoot, the Stowaway
Bennie Smith
0th Place at Test deck on 04-25-2018
Commander


So, what do you think? Is Slimefoot the real deal? Do you think the Standard deck has any legs, or whatever a Fungus might have for transporting itself? What do you think of the Brawl deck? What sort of cards am I missing from Commander Slimefoot?

For more Dominaria Commander goodness, be sure to check out Sheldon Menery’s Dominaria Review for Commander, Part 1. He goes over white, blue, and black and let’s just say he was probably more interested in my Whisper, Blood Liturgist deck last week than the one I built around the incredible Yargle, Glutton of Urborg. Know this, Sheldon—you’ll be seeing what the Yargle fuss is all about at SCG CON in June, my friend!


New to Commander?


If you’re just curious about the format, building your first deck, or trying to take your Commander deck up a notch, here are some handy links:

Commander write-ups I’ve done
(and links to decklists):

Zurgo Bellstriker (Bellstriking Like a Boss)

Dragonlord Ojutai (Troll Shroud)

Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund (Dragons, Megamorphs, and Dragons)

Dromoka, the Eternal (One Flying Bolster Basket)

Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest (Tempests and Teapots)

Tasigur, the Golden Fang (Hatching Evil Sultai Plots)

Scion of the Ur-Dragon (Dragon Triggers for Everyone)

• Nahiri, The Lithomancer (Lithomancing for Fun and Profit)

Titania, Protector of Argoth (Titania’s Land and Elemental Exchange)

Reaper King (All About VILLAINOUS WEALTH)

Feldon of the Third Path (She Will Come Back to Me)

Sidisi, Brood Tyrant (Calling Up Ghouls with Sidisi)

Zurgo Helmsmasher (Two Times the Smashing)

Anafenza, the Foremost (Anafenza and Your Restless Dead)

Narset, Enlightened Master (The New Voltron Overlord)

Surrak Dragonclaw (The Art of Punching Bears)

Avacyn, Guardian Angel; Ob Nixilis, Unshackled; Sliver Hivelord (Commander Catchup, Part 3)

Keranos, God of Storms; Marchesa, the Black Rose; Muzzio, Visionary Architect (Commander Catchup, Part 2)

Athreos, God of Passage; Kruphix, God of Horizons; Iroas, God of Victory (Commander Catchup, Journey into Nyx Edition)

Kurkesh, Onakke Ancient (Ghost in the Machines)

Jalira, Master Polymorphist (JaliraPOW!)

Mishra, Artificer Prodigy (Possibility Storm Shenanigans)

Yisan, the Wanderer Bard (All-in Yisan)

Selvala, Explorer Returned (Everyone Draws Lots!)

Grenzo, Dungeon Warden (Cleaning Out the Cellar)

Karona, False God (God Pack)

Child of Alara (Land Ho!)

Doran, the Siege Tower (All My Faves in One Deck!)

Karador, Ghost Chieftain (my Magic Online deck)

Karador, Ghost Chieftain (Shadowborn Apostles & Demons)

King Macar, the Gold-Cursed (GREED!)

Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind ( Chuck’s somewhat vicious deck)

Roon of the Hidden Realm (Mean Roon)

Skeleton Ship (Fun with -1/-1 counters)

Vorel of the Hull Clade (Never Trust the Simic)

Anax and Cymede (Heroic Co-Commanders)

Aurelia, the Warleader ( plus Hellkite Tyrant shenanigans)

Borborygmos Enraged (69 land deck)

Bruna, Light of Alabaster (Aura-centric Voltron)

Damia, Sage of Stone ( Ice Cauldron shenanigans)

Derevi, Empyrial Tactician (Tribal Birds)

Emmara Tandris (No Damage Tokens)

Gahiji, Honored One (Enchantment Ga-hijinks)

Geist of Saint Traft (Voltron-ish)

Ghave, Guru of Spores ( Melira Combo)

Glissa Sunseeker (death to artifacts!)

Glissa, the Traitor ( undying artifacts!)

Grimgrin, Corpse-Born (Necrotic Ooze Combo)

Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord (drain you big time)

Jeleva, Nephalia’s Scourge ( Suspension of Disbelief)

Johan (Cat Breath of the Infinite)

Jor Kadeen, the Prevailer (replacing Brion Stoutarm in Mo’ Myrs)

Karona, False God (Vows of the False God)

Konda, Lord of Eiganjo ( The Indestructibles)

Lord of Tresserhorn (ZOMBIES!)

Marath, Will of the Wild ( Wild About +1/+1 Counters)

Melira, Sylvok Outcast ( combo killa)

Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker ( Outside My Comfort Zone with Milling
)

Nefarox, Overlord of Grixis (evil and Spike-ish)

Nicol Bolas (Kicking it Old School)

Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius ( new player-friendly)

Nylea, God of the Hunt ( Devoted to Green)

Oloro, Ageless Ascetic (Life Gain)

Oona, Queen of the Fae (by reader request)

Phage the Untouchable ( actually casting Phage from Command Zone!)

Phelddagrif (Mean Hippo)

Polukranos, World Eater (Monstrous!)

Progenitus (

Fist of Suns and Bringers

)

Reaper King (Taking Advantage of the new Legend Rules)

Riku of Two Reflections (

steal all permanents with
Deadeye Navigator + Zealous Conscripts

)

Roon of the Hidden Realm ( Strolling Through Value Town)

Ruhan of the Fomori (lots of equipment and infinite attack steps)

Savra, Queen of the Golgari ( Demons)

Shattergang Brothers (Breaking Boards)

Sigarda, Host of Herons ( Equipment-centric Voltron)

Skullbriar, the Walking Grave ( how big can it get?)

Sliver Overlord (Featuring the new M14 Slivers!)

Thelon of Havenwood ( Campfire Spores)

Trostani, Selesnya’s Voice ( new player-friendly)

Uril, the Miststalker (my “more competitive” deck)

Varolz, the Scar-Striped (scavenging goodness)

Vorosh, the Hunter ( proliferaTION)

Xenagos, God of Revels (Huge Beatings)

Yeva, Nature’s Herald (living at instant speed)