Sprout Swarm

Sprout Swarm

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Convoke (Each creature you tap while casting this spell reduces its total cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature's color.)

Buyback 3 (You may pay an additional 3 as you cast this spell. If you do, put this card into your hand as it resolves.)

Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token onto the battlefield.

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Sprout Swarm Discussion

onyxavenger on Ghave, Guru of Infinite Tokens (Budget)

1 week ago

This is a budget version of my Ghave build. It tries to keep as many of the efficient combo pieces, but subs out some of the goodstuff for cheaper (monetarily) alternatives.

This deck relies on a lot of small two- or three- card (finite) combos to generate tons of +1/+1 counters and creatures, and uses Ghave to switch between the two. The various pump effects allow a token-based kill, but killing with a gigantic Ghave works just as well.

Cards fall into several categories:


Token Generation:

Counter Generation: Noncreature Destruction:
  • Ghave, Guru of Spores + Woodfall Primus + "enter the battlefield" counter generation (Cathars' Crusade, Ivy Lane Denizen, Juniper Order Ranger)
  • Pay (1) and sacrifice Deadwood Treefolk, putting a +1/+1 counter on something; ST's persist ability triggers, returning it to the battlefield with a -1/-1 counter; the counter generator's ability triggers, putting a +1/+1 counter on WP (cancelling the -1/-1, leaving it with no counters) AND WP's "enter the battlefield" ability triggers, destroying a noncreature permanent.
  • Net result is (2): Destroy target noncreature permanent and put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.
Infinite Green Mana:
  • Gyre Sage (with 4 or more +1/+1 counters) + Sword of the Paruns
  • Tap Gyre Sage for mana; spend (3) to untap Gyre Sage; repeat. As long as GS has at least four counters, you'll net at least 1 mana each time.

While Ghave is involved in most of the combos, this deck can win even if you don't have him. The inherent synergies between the tokens, counter generation, and anthem effects is REALLY strong.

Intentional Inclusion/Exclusion Choices:

  • Swiftfoot Boots > Lightning Greaves: Hexproof is MUCH better than shroud in this deck, because you often want to put counters on the equipped creature.
  • Dictate of Erebos > Grave Pact: It's too hard to hit (B)(B)(B) reliably; DoE is with worth the extra mana for the ability to cast it most of the time.
  • Burnished Hart > Yavimaya Elder: The options are roughly (3)+(3) to put two lands into play tapped, or (1)(G)(G)+(2) to get two lands into your hand and draw a card. I ran into issues with [a] not getting (G)(G) early enough, ideally turn 3, and [b] not getting acceleration from YE since the lands go into your hand.

  • Other Comments:

Matsi883 on Chord of Combo's - Modern

2 months ago

You know you can go infinite with Sprout Swarm.

Jeskai Ascendancy + 3x Birds of Paradise + creature gives you an infinite number of infinitely large creatures.

SaiScott on None

2 months ago

hannibal6, I looked at Sprout Swarm before and I was unsure about it. I have a large number of token generation as it is, and 5 cost to get 1 token and bring it back is quite a lot, especially since I already run 3 Scatter the Seeds (4 soon when Yggdrasil60 responds to me switching back to the aggro build, probably).

hannibal6 on None

2 months ago

Have you considered Sprout Swarm and Scatter the Seeds?

PreZchoICE1 on FUN Cube Cards?

3 months ago

colorless: Junktroller , Junk Diver

red: Thieves' Auction , Wheel of Fortune

green: Weird Harvest , Sprout Swarm

white: Reverse Damage , Weathered Wayfarer

black: Choice of Damnations , Erebos, God of the Dead

blue: Show and Tell , Skyscribing

some cards you may or may not have been thinking of to spice up your cube.

I have a 1200 card singleton cube that runs around 200 dual land/strip mine/ghost quarter/wasteland. It makes it a lot of fun for your players simply because it gives them endless options.

Color(s) Green
Cost 1G
Converted cost 2
Avg. draft pick 4.02
Avg. cube pick 3.65


Format Legality
Heirloom Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Modern Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Pauper Legal

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Set Rarity
Future Sight Common

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