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Sporoloth Ancient
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Sporoloth Ancient
- Modern Masters

Reviewed July 11, 2013

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 3.75
Multiplayer: 3.50

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Sporoloth Ancient

I'm surprised how relatively under-utilized the concept of fungus-based life forms is. Other than Thallids, it's basically The Last Of Us and the Mushroom Kingdom, none of which are really cohesive with each other. Unsurprisingly, Thallids are my favorite of those three, and Sporoloth Ancient just happens to be a superstar in a Thallid deck, accelerating their game plan and providing a strong defender or attacker who is invulnerable to many of the most common mass-removal foils to the deck. To be honest, I'm not sure how we ever played Thallid decks without it.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Sporoloth Ancient which is a five mana Green
4/4 that gains a spore counter at the beginning of your upkeep and gives all creatures you control remove two spore counters to put a 1/1 green saproling token into play.  This is a solid addition to a fungus themed deck that uses Thallids, but is really only useful in that theme and with support for the counters or tokens.  Overall a very niche card that could see play in more casual settings, but is slow and inefficient compared to other five mana options for competitive formats.
 
In Limited formats where this is available it is a five mana 4/4 body that produces a 1/1 token every other turn.  That alone makes it playable, though the double Green and lack of combat effects keeps it from being a higher pick in Booster without additional support cards in your pool.  In Sealed it is worth including in a Green build and gains value with other spore cards, which is good enough for a common.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.0


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