Q: "I have a friend who is a plant fanatic and enjoys using saprolings and has, in fact, stumbled into several infinite combos with them. He has been looking for more spells that produce saprolings, but unfortunately, he hasn't had much luck and has been stuck using a combination of a saproling spells and common treefolk like Ironroot Treefolk and Redwood Treefolk. I was wondering if you could provide a list of all of the saproling-producing and assisting spells so that I could help him in his endeavor. Also, he wants to know if Magic will ever go back to the Fungus or Saproling creature type?" -- Sam, Lakeland, Florida
A: From Devin Low, Magic R&D:
"Hi Sam, I have a list of Saprolings for you, but first let me tell you how to find this kind of list for yourself. Then you can find all the Elementals, all the Insects or whatever you want. The answer is Magic Online. Even if you don't buy anything, you can download the program for free, and use it as a comprehensive, searchable encyclopedia for the game. Unlike cardlists on fansites, Magic Online also gives you the cards' art, flavor text, and oracle wordings. Be sure to have the 'Show all versions' box checked, and the 'My cards' box unchecked.
"Your next question is whether we will ever go back to Fungus or Saprolings. We like to keep the token creatures in a block as centralized as possible. For example, if a card makes 1/1 artifact creature tokens in the Mirrodin block, it will always create Myr tokens. Doing this allows us to make cards like Myr Matrix that will affect all these token creatures at once. Which token creature type we use in a particular block depends on the world concepts dreamed up by the worldbuilder guys, like Magic Creative Director Brady Dommermuth and Creative Coordinator Brandon Bozzi. For Mirrodin block, our Green 1/1's are Insects, like One Dozen Eyes. In Fallen Empires and Invasion, they were Saprolings. Will Saprolings ever return? On any world where globs of Fungus rear their ugly mutated heads and googly eyes, there you will find the clever little monsters called Saprolings.
"With those larger questions out of the way, here are all the Saprolings:
"Night Soil, Thallid, Elvish Farmer, Thallid Devourer, Spontaneous Generation, Verdant Force, Greener Pastures, Sporogenesis, Saproling Burst, Saproling Cluster, Saproling Infestation, Saproling Symbiosis, Verdeloth the Ancient, Artifact Mutation, Aura Mutation, Rith the Awakener, Nemata, Grove Guardian, Rith's Charm, Last Stand, Death Mutation, and Aether Mutation."