Substandard – #1 Fungal Tremors

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A little series about fun, cheap Magic decks by James Edwards

With all the hype around expensive cards like Gideon, Ally of Zendikar and Drana, Liberator of Malakir, a fair number of great cards have gone unnoticed in Battle for Zendikar, many of which are in red and green. So what happens when you jam a good number of those cards together? You get a little deck I like to call Fungal Tremors.


10x Forest

10x Mountain

4x Evolving Wilds

24 Lands


Rot Shambler
4x Rot Shambler

4x Blisterpod

8 Creatures


4x Hordeling Outburst

4x Outnumber

4x Dragon Fodder

4x Call the Scions

3x Magmatic Chasm

4x Impact Tremors

4x Might of the Masses

1x Become Immense

28 Non-Creatures

This deck can be pretty explosive when you get the right draws and even if you don’t get the right draws, this deck can be extremely annoying to deal with for your opponents. There are three main ways this deck can win. The first is through Impact Tremors and just continuously dropping tokens on your opponent’s head. The second is through a swarm of tokens sealed off with either a well-timed Might of the Masses or using the single Become Immense. Finally, it can win just through the sheer force of a massive Rot Shambler, grown through the numerous deaths of your tokens.

If you’re looking to put some more money into the deck, there are a couple solid options. Hangarback Walkers would make for a fine replacement for something like Hordeling Outburst, but it is definitely not necessary for the deck to function well. Wooded Foothills and Cinder Glades can also be thrown in, but outside of Hordeling Outburst, you do not need that much colour fixing for the deck.

As for sideboard, it’s really going to depend on your local metagame. Smash to Smithereens, Ainok Survivalist, Wild Slash, and Hooting Mandrils are all solid choices. Honestly, this deck can handle a bit of sideboarding, so build one up to counter the decks you find yourself having issues with.

This is a fun little deck that can be put together fairly cheaply and it’s really fun to pilot. Never will your opponents be so happy to kill a mushroom or force you to sacrifice an enchantment!