Fungal Infection


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Brawl Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Dominaria (DOM) Common

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Fungal Infection


Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn. Create a 1/1 Green Saproling creature token.

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Fungal Infection Discussion

PhiliasCornHole on Athlete's foot

3 days ago

I would suggest trading your Fatal Push or Fungal Infection for a quick token. Throw in some Llanowar Elves for a turn one ramp drop. Take out one land as well as your Verdant Force due to it being so much mana and trade in your Vraska, Relic Seeker for Vraska, Scheming Gorgon. Maybe put Deathbloom Thallid in as a chump blocker. I would only use 2 Fungal Plots as four seems kinda excessive and for evasion I'd chuck in some Pierce the Sky.

awfulitis on Brewer's Torment (Dominaria Update!)

1 week ago

ArcticJohn So far as the removal package is concerned I would probably save Fungal Infection for the sideboard unless you've been running into a bunch of -based decks. While the potential of getting a two-for-one at the expense of my opponent sounds nice early I'd rather have some unconditional removal that scales a bit better in the mainboard. I'd probably run something like Walk the Plank over Fatal Push for a more budget friendly option, as there are very few Merfolk decks currently being piloted in my area. I do like Vicious Offering quite a bit for an aristocrats themed deck, and it does also make Fungal Infection more appealing as well. I just lack the creature base to effectively use it in this deck. I think you have the right idea for creatures with valuable death triggers, could be the start of something like a Aristocrats deck with Bontu's Monument.

I like the idea of Cabal Stronghold, but it would probably fundamentally change how I'd build a deck. Namely I'd be looking for lot more valuable mana sinks (Tetzimoc, Primal Death, Dread Shade, Josu Vess, Lich Knight, and of course Walking Ballista are all prime examples). As it is, the only card I have that benefits form the extra mana is Torment of Hailfire, and that takes up all of two slots in the list.

There was actually a featured list on MTGGoldfish using Stronghold that looked super spicy. As far as which fits better with the way this deck is built right now I think the deserts just provide too much value without asking for much at all. Scavenger Grounds and Ifnir Deadlands have provided so much value for me at no opportunity cost, so I'm pretty hesitant to part with them.

Thanks for the suggestions, you've given some pretty quality stuff to think about! It's always nice to hear how other players think the deck could grow and evolve!

ArcticJohn on Brewer's Torment (Dominaria Update!)

1 week ago

I have been wondering about changing the removal package to something like, Fungal Infection and Vicious Offering, instead of Fatal Push and Cast Down, since Vicious Offering can kill about almost anything we want to kill, even Hazoret the Fervent, while adding some more creatures that can be sac to the offering kicker cost, i'm not quite sure which would be better, i thought about this 3, Doomed Dissenter, Wretched Camel and dire fleet hoarder , what do you think about this???

Also, have you tried the new land Cabal Stronghold? What do you think is better, the deserts package or this one?

Shliken on B/G SAPROLINGS!!!!

2 weeks ago

Love the Dominaria Saprolings! Where's the Fungal Infection though? It's a great spell for defense as you can surprise kill 2 toughness creatures frequently. Also, Torgaar, Famine Incarnate is a super janky card to have here. Finally, the Thallid Soothsayer or Thallid Omnivore is a great investment to sac your saprolings to once Slimefoot is on the field.

Pieguy396 on Slimefoot

3 weeks ago

I definitely second Tendershoot Dryad and Whisper, Blood Liturgist, and would also probably swap Divest, Duress, and Bloodtallow Candle for Ravenous Chupacabra, Jadelight Ranger, and Journey to Eternity  Flip. Also, you have extra copies of Fungal Infection, Fungal Plots, and Verdant Rebirth, so I'd recommend taking them out. Path of Discovery, Strength of the Pack, and Shapers' Sanctuary are good replacements.

Ancit2002 on Saprolings

3 weeks ago


First of all I love saprolings, so that's an automatic up vote from me!

As for suggestions I would cut Slimefoot, the Stowaway down to 3, remove Fungal Infection to side board and add in Llanowar Elves and Thallid Omnivore, that will give you ramp and a good sac outlet for saprolings. Another thing that I was looking into for my deck is Phyrexian Scriptures. You would put the 1/1 counter on Slimefoot and then next turn all saprolings get destroyed triggering Slimefoot's ability. If you need space I would also cut Tendershoot Dryad to maybe 2-3 and sideboard the rest.

lemufnnman on Elves are back boiis

3 weeks ago

I like your ideas and thanks a lot for the help!

I don't really want this to become a 'sacroling' deck as my very first standard deck was an elf deck back in origins.

I like the inclusion of Fungal Infection and getting rid of some removal would be good for the deck. Problems I'm seeing with the other inclusions is that it becomes sort of 'dirdley' as I wait to draw Torgaar, Famine Incarnate, a 3-of in my deck, and even worse if I need to wait for Blossoming Defense.

I like Yavimaya Sapherd over Rishkar, Peema Renegade for the value, Budget and non-rotation, but I need to test to see if this makes my mana base too inconsistent. (I'm testing on

Mimic is quite expensive (8-10 Aud) so I'm going to test to see if it works, otherwise I'll keep the Throne of the God-Pharaohs and Song of Freyalise so I can use my newfound Saproling buddies while I wait for the 1/20 chance.

I don't want to be stuck waiting for 'Magical Christmas Land' to win any game.

Thank you so much for the help! I'll continue to playtest and see if these changs work or not and update the deck based on that.

multimedia on Elves are back boiis

3 weeks ago

Hey, sorry I took so long to comment. Different approach nice concept, I like it.

I think you need more creatures to consistently be able to play Torgaar. Main deck removal is fine, but creatures are more important because of Torgaar than a lot of removal. More removal can go in the sideboard. Elves are unfortunately an afterthought here, but that's fine they aren't the main strategy only a supporting strategy.

I think you're better off playing more cards that make Saproling tokens then more Elves. If you're looking for speed then Ling tokens are the direction to go. Turn one Fungal Infection, turn two Saproling Migration and turn three Torgaar sac all three tokens is very fast and can be achieved with only three cards and three lands (1x Forest and 2x Swamps).

Spore Swarm is a good card for a Torgaar strategy giving you three tokens for four mana. I like that both Llanowar Elves and Servant of the Conduit can help to ramp into a turn three Swarm. The three tokens from Swarm sets up a turn four Torgaar with Blossoming Defense protection.

My biggest gripe about Song of Freyalise with Elves is it's not needed because Elves can already make mana without Song. Song with Ling tokens however looks to be one of the best ways to use the card because Lings without Song can't make mana.

I'm keen on keeping the Elf tribal theme in Elf decks I make. If you want to take a more Elf approach I suggest building around Marwyn, the Nurturer playing lots more Elves and Torgaar. You could still keep the fast turn three Torgaar with Fungal Infection and Saproling Migration, but this would be the only nonElf theme.

Here's an example of mixing Elves with Saprolings. More Elves than Lings. Metallic Mimic is the bridge between both tribes:

  • 4x Llanowar
  • 4x Servant
  • 2x Mimic
  • 3x Marwyn
  • 3x Rishkar
  • 2x Champion
  • 3x Torgaar

  • 4x Infection
  • 4x Migration
  • 3x Defense
  • 2x Offering

  • 2x Rite of Belzenlok

Example of mixing Lings with Elves. More Lings than Elves:

Example of Lings w/ only Llanowar and Servant:

  • 4x Llanowar
  • 3x Servant
  • 4x Sporecrown
  • 4x Sapherd
  • 3x Torgaar

  • 4x Infection
  • 4x Migration
  • 3x Swarm
  • 3x Defense
  • 2x Offering

  • 3x Song
  • 2x Rite of Belzenlok

Good luck with your deck.

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