Compendium of Pauper Decks
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formats: Standard, Future Extended
key deckbuilders: Does 3 Damage, eegag, hokusai22, Polyjak, Kingritz
:gw: [b]SPORE CRY[/b] (Aggro-Combo) :gw:
Polyjak, XPDC 0.07, 1st Place (5-0)
4 Essence Warden
4 Llanowar Elves
4 Pallid Mycoderm
4 Selesnya Evangel
4 Veteran Armorer
4 Fists of Ironwood
4 Kjeldoran War Cry
4 Scatter the Seeds
4 Sprout Swarm
3 Marshaling Cry
4 Selesnya Sanctuary
2 Terramorphic Expanse
4 Guardian of the Guildpact
4 Terashi’s Grasp
3 Faith’s Fetters
“Spore Cry” began its existence as a deck called “Gnarrly Beats” by Does 3 Damage. This deck was played at a Classic PDC tournament and fared surprisingly well, considering it was nearly Standard-legal. Eegag took note of this fact and ported it to Standard, sharing it with his clanmates in the process. Polyjak and hokusai22 both “championed” the deck, playing it week after week and slowly developing it.
With each successive release during the Time Spiral block, this deck became stronger. Planar Chaos brought Essence Warden and Pallid Mycoderm, and Future Sight capped it off with Sprout Swarm and Marshaling Cry. The evolution was complete — “Gnarrly Beats” became “Selesnya Saprolings” became “Saps Rising” became “Spore Cry.” However, it wasn’t until Kingritz got his hands on the list, through an article written by Polyjak, that the deck started to have major success in Standard. It got so big, in fact, that an entire thread and debate arose around the option of restricting or banning certain cards in the deck. Nothing came of this, however.
As Ravnica block rotated out of Standard, it took “Spore Cry” with it. The advent of XPDC and Future Extended as a major PDC format allowed “Spore Cry” to have a new life. Polyjak scored the first “Spore Cry” victory in the new environment, and since then the deck has been part of the Future Extended canon.