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Big Bottoms - Braids $40 Budget Beaters

Commander / EDH Budget Eldrazi Mono-Blue





The #3 Braids deck on TappedOut!


This deck has gone through many changes. It started out extremely budget, but as I gained more cards, it turned into a pricier build which I have now made into:

Grey Ice Water - Kozilek Eldrazi

Commander / EDH hosshughes


Now I am bringing it back to the basics. Braids loves calling up big beefy creatures to surround herself. I've seen some Braids decks feature mainly sea creatures and some feature mainly artifact creatures/Eldrazi but I thought it best to do a mixture of both.

In my ongoing endeavor to bring frugality to Commander, each card in this deck is under $2 and the whole deck is under $40. If you like what you see, UPVOTE! or you can check out all my other $40 budget decks. If you see some areas of improvement, let me know what you'd change. Just make sure all suggested cards are under $2.

Step 1 = Ramp

At some point your opponents will get sick of you cheating out bigger things than they have and they'll start going after Braids. When that happens, you'll be glad you ramped early (if possible) so you can hardcast your fatties.

Step 2 = Play Braids, Conjurer Adept

There's no time like the present to get your beaters out and doing work. It's even better if you can get a phasing piece out to make sure you are the only one benefiting.

Step 3 = Swing away

Big creatures were meant to punch people in the face. Put the pressure on!

Only win con is beating people to a pulp with huge creatures.
If money is no object:

Any super value creatures find a space here (especially ones with high mana costs because they can get cheated in). This would include: Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir, Palinchron, Kira, Great Glass-Spinner, Jin-Gitaxis, Core Augur, Tidespout Tyrant and any of the great Eldrazi. Filling out the counterspell package with things like Pact of Negation, Force of Will and Cryptic Command is always nice. Putting in a mana rock package with Gilded Lotus, Grim Monolith and Thran Dynamo will allow you to cast those big creatures in case Braids keeps getting squashed.

I love the challenge of building really cheap decks. This is how the majority of my real life decks start out and then I improve them over time.

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mortilus says... #1

Tidings is another option for Opportunity

Depends on whether you care about Instant speed or not

November 16, 2014 4:31 p.m.

hosshughes says... #2

@mortilus Speed doesn't matter at all so Tidings is definitely better, I just don't have one. Going on my acquire :) Thanks!

November 18, 2014 7:54 a.m.

dagan94 says... #3

Personally I feel like you have few responses to an opponent's own cards besides copying them. I highly suggest more bounce like disperse. Second cards like Corrupted Conscience, Mind Control, and Control Magic are cheap options to steal opponents things. Beguile of Wills is nice, but thanks to Braids cheating out the big threats of your opponents and that your CMC is too high to actually swarm quickly you'll rarely be able to take anything useful. I understand the budget, so I won't post my Braids deck since it is expensive but you can click on my profile if you ever have some extra spending and want some good ideas. The guide does a good job describing my most powerful cards in it.

November 18, 2014 8:11 a.m.

hosshughes says... #4

@dagan94 First off, love your deck...wish I could afford some of those Eldrazi you've got...maybe some day :)

Originally, I left off steal effects like Blatant Thievery and Bribery for three reasons: 1) they were too expensive (I wasn't aware of the cheap cards you mentioned, 2) I have Beguiler of Wills and Roil Elemental to steal multiple creatures though I realize only temporarily and 3) the guys I play with are pretty light on the creatures in their decks and if they have them, they wait to buff for lethal. For the price tag of the cards you mentioned though, I'll definitely pick them up just to steal commanders.

What would you suggest getting rid of in the deck? I'm thinking Equilibrium (it doesn't proc when Braids brings in a creature), Deep-Sea Kraken (it's big benefit is its suspend which is unnecessary with Braids) and unsure of a third. I also have Infinite Reflection and wouldn't mind cutting a fourth card to put it in.

November 18, 2014 10:50 a.m.

dagan94 says... #5

Equilibrium is a definite drop cause you,re right, it doesn't proc from Braids. I'd drop Kraken of the Straits is a better drop since Deep-Sea Kraken has political power and makes players unwilling to set up their board state as much, not to mention is basically a better version of the latter without suspend. Finally is Breaching Leviathan. He's not cast so his utility isn't as helpful, and most of your other big guys provide great utility or are actually hard to block. I'd prefer a steal since you can get something as big as it and it might have utility ( Hand of Emrakul makes a good replacement as well, a little smaller but has annihilator). I'm glad you liked the cheap options, my Braids started off cheap as well and has grown through trades and buys, just be patient and build what you like. Speaking of which I can't help but notice you have a lot of cards from the new commander set. If you have it I'd throw in Ixidron and maybe some more morph from Khans of Tarkir for some pretty good shenanigans. Will net you multiple morph activations and will completely beat out all their big creatures and even flip commanders into useless cards.

November 18, 2014 12:25 p.m.

hosshughes says... #6

@dagan94 Good call on Breaching Leviathan, I didn't catch that in his text. I'll definitely pick up Hand of Emrakul too.

You are correct, I do have the new commander deck and therefore have Ixidron. My concern with it though is that, since I play with guys who have creature light decks, most of Ixidron's ETB creature "damage" (for lack of a better term) would be on my creature heavy side of the board. This would include my commander, which if I'm mana starved in the game, would mean a full hand of creatures I can't get out.

November 18, 2014 7:04 p.m.

WicKid52 says... #7

You might want a bigger Grozoth cmc-9 package.

March 15, 2015 1:24 p.m.

hosshughes says... #8

@WicKid52 I certainly wouldn't be opposed. Did you have any favorites in particular? The one that semi-interests me is Bringer of the Blue Dawn. All of the other ones I've seen (Leviathan, Polar Kraken, Thing from the Deep) have those sac land costs that I want no part of.

March 15, 2015 4:41 p.m.

Elevor says... #9

I am also currently working on a Braids deck and I would highly suggest adding more protection for Braids, in my playgroup people will constantly take advantage of the Braids trigger and then end-of-turn kill her in order to gain advantage. Basically, I'm just suggesting that you run some things that give Braids hexproof/shroud or indestructibility.

March 30, 2015 2:11 p.m.

hosshughes says... #10

@Elevor Thanks for the comment. So protection can get a little bit expensive outside of Swiftfoot Boots and I want this to remain a budget deck. However, we do have Teferi's Veil, Vanishing and Vodalian Illusionist which are even better. Since Braids won't exist on the board state, your opponents will get no benefit from her and she'll come back into play just in time to let you put down a big beefy Eldrazi or sea creature.

March 30, 2015 5:57 p.m.

Optimator says... #11


June 29, 2016 8:15 p.m.

Wurmlover says... #12

personally, I think Polymorph would work well here.

December 13, 2016 7:04 a.m.

Had to +1 just for the music video. You're inspired me.

January 7, 2017 10:57 p.m.

hosshughes says... #14

@EternalBrewmaster: Thanks for the comment and +1! I'm a musician and figured I'd accompany all my decks with a theme song. I figured the lyrics matched up so well for this one that I just had to :)

January 10, 2017 12:49 p.m.

I have added videos that seem relevant to a couple of my decks. Queen is such an epic band and their songs and the fact that they did the music for the OG Highlander movie, made them the perfect candidates. Check it out at Vish Kal, The Sword in the Darkness and Alesha Infernal Enchantress: Sheathing the Sword.

January 10, 2017 1:03 p.m.

Stunt Double is strictly better than Clone, and it's under $2.

Kederekt Leviathan is your budget Cyclonic Rift alternative. Also swings in for some nice beatings afterwards.

Engulf the Shore is another budget board bounce option.

Nice decklist!

January 16, 2017 8:20 p.m.

hosshughes says... #17

@Austin_Smith_of_Cards: Thanks for the suggestions! All good ones too! I think I have to pass on Stunt Double if only because I'm slightly over $40 as it is and I'm really trying to keep it at that limit. I'll change out Distorting Wake and Hoverguard Sweepers for the other two.

January 18, 2017 9:54 p.m.

You win just for the Spinal tap name....I didn't even look at the deck

January 24, 2017 1:07 a.m.

hosshughes says... #19

@TurnEmSideways: Thanks for the +1! Such a fantastic movie.

January 24, 2017 8:11 a.m.

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