My attempt at a budget Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer deck. The goal is this deck is to be able to take on the high powered decks of my local LGS, but still be cheap. I allowed myself 2 cards over $5 and 5 cards over $2 (TCGplayer pricing).

The deck plays like a slow fuse, methodically setting up for an explosive win. The early game focus is to ramp and fill the board with a number of nonthreatening tokens. The preferred token type is either clues or treasure as these can help advance this decks game plan, won't alarm opponents, and are resistant to most board wipes. Once the board is set up, drop any of Nevermaker, Bane of Bala Ged, Frost Titan, Inferno Titan, Myr Battlesphere, or Broodbirth Viper. Next create a clone token of the win-con and play Brudiclad (or hopefully he is already on the battlefield). After that just swing out and win.

This deck can also attack from a different angle through Hour of Need and Descent of the Dragons. Both cards let our little 1/1 creature tokens upgrade into 4/4 Sphinx's or Dragons.

Obviously our opponents will likely see the alpha strike coming from a mile away. In response I have focused on making this list more of a control deck with cheap token makers that play into the spellslinger strategy. Most of the counterspells in here are cheap (both financially and in CMC) and are geared towards stopping any disruption to the game plan.

Thanks for taking a look and please +1 if you like the deck. Budget suggestions for improvement are very much appreciated.


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The deck is performing better than I had anticipated. It still can be a bit slow though, which is to be expected with my budget restrictions. I made a few changes by swapping out some under performing cards for new options:

Out: Thopter Spy Network , Flameshadow Conjuring , High Tide , Capsize , Reef Worm (sadly...)

In: Izzet Locket , Dragon Fodder , Frantic Search (now within budget!), Zndrplt's Judgement, and Storm the Vault  Flip (Under $1 according to TCGplayer, not sure where Tappedout is getting their value from).

I still need to pick up a Docent of Perfection  Flip.


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Date added 4 months
Last updated 1 week

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.46
Tokens Clue, 3/3 Frog Lizard, 1/1 Bird Illusion, 0/1 Kobold, 0/1 Kobold, 0/1 Goat, 1/1 Thopter, 1/1 Elemental, None Treasure, 2/2 Gremlin, 1/1 Bird, */* Generic, 2/2 Boar, None Copy Clone, 4/4 Sphinx, 2/2 Manifest, 2/2 Drake, 1/1 Goblin, 0/1 Eldrazi Spawn, 1/1 Construct, 1/1 Eldrazi Scion, 1/1 Myr
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