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Brewed EDH:Nemata, Primeval Warden’s Saproling

And even the smallest seed of an idea can grow. It can grow to define or destroy you, and in this case it will destroy!

Art: Nemata, Primeval Warden by Andrew Mar

Welcome to another installment of Brewed EDH:

Nemata, Primeval Warden is a very fun Golgari Saproling commander. We are a golgari deck so of course our opponents as well as our creatures dying is a great thing. Luckily our saprolings are expandable and can be used and created frequently. Nemata is great against graveyard strategys, with our mass of tokens we can end the game with a well-timed craterhoof behemoth as well as some infinite combos as well!

The Deck:

Nemata, Primeval Warden's Saprolings!

Commander (1)
Nemata, Primeval Warden

Creatures (35)
Utopia Mycon
Blood Artist
Deathspore Thallid
Jade Mage
Priest of Forgotten Gods
Spore Flower
Sporecrown Thallid
Thelon of Havenwood
Vitaspore Thallid
Winding Constrictor
Deathbloom Thallid
Fleshbag Marauder
Grismold, the Dreadsower
Jaheira, Friend of the Forest
Merciless Executioner
Psychotrope Thallid
Slimefoot, the Stowaway
Sporeweb Weaver
Thallid Germinator
Undercellar Myconid
Yavimaya Sapherd
Poison-Tip Archer
Species Specialist
Sporesower Thallid
Thelonite Hermit
Drivnod, Carnage Dominus
Savage Thallid
Sporoloth Ancient
Tendershoot Dryad
Nemata, Grove Guardian
Verdeloth the Ancient
Butcher of Malakir
Verdant Force

Spells (11)
Sprout Swarm
Fungal Rebirth
Kodama’s Reach
Primal Growth
Natural Order
Saproling Symbiosis
Spontaneous Generation
Overwhelming Stampede
Scatter the Seeds

Artifacts (4)
Sol Ring
Ashnod’s Altar
Druidic Satchel

Enchantments (15)
Fungal Plots
Sylvan Anthem
Beastmaster Ascension
Bow of Nylea
Golgari Germination
The Weatherseed Treaty
Tribute to the World Tree
Life and Limb
Parallel Lives
Dictate of Erebos
Doubling Season
Primal Vigor
Verdant Embrace
Death’s Presence
Lands (35)
Castle Locthwain
Evolving Wilds
13 Forest
Haunted Mire
Jungle Hollow
Llanowar Wastes
Necroblossom Snarl
Overgrown Tomb
11 Swamp
Temple of Malady
Verdant Catacombs
Woodland Cemetery

Why Nemata, Primeval Warden?

When looking for Golgari commander Nemata may not be your first choice, most peoples is Slimefoot, the Stowaway Nemata’s Synergies with Saprolings give Nemata the edge. Nemata allowing us to draw as well as create saprolings when opponents creatures die. Nemata is also a built in piece of graveyard hate which can be strong depending. I think Slimefoot is an auto-include in the 99 but I personally like Nemata better.

Deck Overview:

Since we are a saproling tribal deck, our main goal is to create saprolings we have plenty of ways to do that, some of the highlights are Sporecrown Thallid which is a lord for our saprolings. In addition we have cards that can get out of hand quickly like Grismold, the Dreadsower which through our mass token generation can get out huge in just a short amount of time. In addition we have Jaheira, Friend of the Forest which is great for turning our saprolings into mana dorks for huge payoffs. In addition to our combat plan since our saprolings will die often we have Blood Artist and Poison-Tip Archer As well as Slimefoot, the Stowaway. This can help assist with lifegain and wittling down our opponents. Since we have so many cards that put counters on our creatures Doubling Season, Parallel Lives and Primal Vigor to boost our token creation, more saprolings dying is key to our strategy. Beastmaster Ascension is another great card because it makes our saprolings a threat and is very easy to trigger in this deck. We are in Golgari so drawing is not our strong suit, but Skullclamp helps a ton with this allowing us to gain the benefits from our saprolings dying and drawing two cards for only 1 mana. Our main way to end the game with combat is Overwhelming Stampede, Overcome or Craterhoof Behemoth. We also have some infinite combos like Slimefoot, the Stowaway +Ashnod's Altar + Parallel Lives and Sporemound + Life and Limb.

Strengths of the Deck:

  • Easy to mob the board with creatures
  • Strong against graveyard strategies
  • Strong Ramp Package

Weaknesses of the Deck:

  • Weak against token hate
  • Weak against Propaganda effects
  • Can be slow to generate a lot of saprolings

Deck Stats:

Sample hands:

Main Win Conditions:

In addition to a big win through combat utilizing cards like Craterhoof Behemoth we also have some infinite combos:

Slimefoot, the Stowaway +Ashnod's Altar + Parallel Lives

Sporemound + Life and Limb


Nemata is a very fun saproling tribal deck, with some easy token generation crazy card draw and explosive wins. Being able to infinite combo is great as well as it winning through something like a Propaganda or Ghostly Prison can be very tough. This deck is very fun in a more relaxed Meta where the decks are not too powerful but make no mistake Nemata can hold their own!

Thanks for reading to the end!