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Budget Powerful EDH Cards (Under 2 bucks)

Commander / EDH*


Multi-Utility (78)

W-Removal (26)

Equipment (21)

G-Ramp (19)

B-Recursion (13)

W-Recursion (8)

U-Recursion (7)

Multi-Draw (5)

B-Ramp (2)

Multi-Recursion (2)

W-Draw (2)

U-Ramp (1)

U-Utility (53)

Colorless-Ramp (31)

R-Utility (22)

Multi-Removal (20)

G-Removal (16)

R-Removal (14)

U-Removal (13)

G-Tutor (5)

Colorless-Removal (3)

B-Tutor (2)

Multi-Tutor (2)

W-Tutor (2)

W-Ramp (1)


W-Utility (34)

G-Utility (33)

B-Removal (22)

B-Utility (21)

Colorless-Utility (19)

U-Draw (16)

G-Draw (10)

B-Draw (6)

Colorless-Draw (3)

R-Recursion (3)

G-Recursion (2)

U-Tutor (2)

Multi-Ramp (1)

Maybeboard (3)


I made this list for any player interested in the commander format. As a deck brewer, it can be a bit expensive to purchase every deck you make, but these cards definitely can help make it affordable. Comment with more suggestions, by no means is this a complete list! I will be updating the list as often as i can, and remove cards that drastically increase passed the budget! I always appreciate a upvote, and please share with your friends.



TetrisTycoon says... #1

Thanks for taking the time to make this. There are some nice cards here that I was unaware of.

October 26, 2016 2:10 a.m.

ElementalEd says... #2

Thank you for taking the time to comment and upvote! It means a lot. Also, I still have a ton of updates i need to do on the list, but haven't had the time lately. So there will be updates periodically.

October 26, 2016 10:23 a.m.

haren says... #3

I'm pretty new to EDH so this list is invaluable to me. Thank you so much !!!

November 1, 2016 11:18 p.m.

ElementalEd says... #4

Welcome to the format haren! If you ever want help on a deck, just ask. I will gladly offer my suggestions. Thanks for the Upvote!

November 2, 2016 12:06 a.m.

smiffdemon says... #5

With its recent reprinting(s), Beast Within should go into G-Removal!

November 8, 2016 7:46 p.m.

ElementalEd says... #6

I totally agree smiffdemon

November 8, 2016 8:57 p.m.

ElementalEd says... #8

Thank you so much! Yes, unfortunately i haven't had enough time to finish this list and I too have many additions I still need to put on the list. Your suggestions should be up within the hour. Thank you for taking the time.

November 8, 2016 11:43 p.m.

smiffdemon says... #9

Of course!! I'll be keeping an eye on this for future reference :)

November 8, 2016 11:44 p.m.

ElementalEd says... #10

Sounds Great! Please Share with your friends, and hopefully at some point this list will gain popularity! I really made this list cause all of the budget list i can find now are a bit out of date. So i figured it was time to give back a little! Anyway, Thanks for the Upvote and the great suggestions.

November 9, 2016 12:18 a.m.

Thank you for curating this resource. Here are some things you're missing (based on TCGPlayer SP or better prices--there are versions of all of these cards sub-$2.00)

Nature's Lore, Chaos Warp, Oblation, Talisman of Indulgence, Talisman of Impulse, Talisman of Progress, Talisman of Unity, Talisman of Dominance, Coldsteel Heart, Terminate, Dreadbore, Hero's Downfall, Swords to Plowshares, Decree of Pain, Hinder, Spell Crumple, Mystic Snake... That's just what I could think of off the top of my head.

December 1, 2016 1:20 a.m.

ElementalEd says... #13

Hey Rusty! Thank you so much for the comment! I went ahead and added all the cards you suggested (minus the Tri-lands). I agree they are sweet, but the i am really trying to avoid lands, because that is a can of worms that could easily add another 100 cards. I may have to make a budget land list! (i did add the reliquary tower though. That card is too good to pass up haha)

December 1, 2016 9:30 a.m.

Snacrifice says... #14

Hey! Great list, upvoted and saved on my end.

A suggestion, Defensive Formation is amazing vs voltron or trample damage and it's cheap.

December 3, 2016 3:03 p.m.

ElementalEd says... #16

Hey Rusty (again) and Snacrifice. Thank you so much for the suggestions. I went ahead an added the nonland ones.

December 4, 2016 11:05 a.m.

Skulloelegy says... #17

Consuming Vapors is a nice bit of tech I've used quite a lot in budget builds.

December 7, 2016 8:11 a.m.

ElementalEd says... #18

Thanks for the comment Skulloelegy! If you are looking for something similar in red, look at Retribution. I know it isn't great, but for budget build in red. Its not bad lol. Also, i went ahead and added it to the list!

December 7, 2016 8:52 p.m.

ElementalEd says... #20

Hello Hopeless1987! Thank you for the suggestions. I added all of them except treasure cruise (It was hiding in U-Utility). Thanks again!

December 8, 2016 6:31 p.m.

SpookyToe says... #21

Phyrexian Reclamation, a very powerful recursion card. Also, all of the siege cards from Fate Reforged are super cheap and all really powerful in a budget build. Palace Siege, Frontier Siege, etc.

December 9, 2016 10:47 a.m.

ElementalEd says... #22

Sweet! Thank you for the input! I can't believe i overlooked those ones. Auto includes for sure =]

December 9, 2016 3:18 p.m.

Demonfang42 says... #23

December 9, 2016 4:13 p.m.

ElementalEd says... #24

Thank you for the commend Demonfang! I added your suggestions to the list

December 9, 2016 4:19 p.m.

Demonfang42 says... #27

Artifact Mutation

Thanks for making this list btw.

December 9, 2016 5:28 p.m.

Lilbrudder says... #28

This is an excellent resource for the clever "have nots" to win against those with unlimited budgets in the mixed bag that is EDH playgroups. I very much appreciate that you are doing this :-)

Body Snatcher

December 9, 2016 9:50 p.m.

ElementalEd says... #29

Wow Great Suggestion Lilbrudder! I just built a Balthor the Defiled deck that this would be perfect in. Huge oversight on my part haha. Thanks for the comment!

December 10, 2016 1:36 p.m.

kopfschuss says... #30

Our playgroup (normally high-powered and anything goes) is doing a $2/card variant starting soon, so this is perfect!!

December 29, 2016 10:59 a.m.

ElementalEd says... #31

Sweet, good to hear! I definitely started this list for everyone in the community, and even if it just helps a handful, i'll be happy. Thank you for the comment

December 29, 2016 7:02 p.m.

Gattison says... #32

Awesome list! Thanks for making this. =D

If you don't mind, I'm gonna add this to my Obscure List of Obscure Lists. It's my collection of resources. (so if you have any more lists, collections, or anything of the sort, let me know so I can add them to my collection!)


January 5, 2017 8:11 p.m.

ElementalEd says... #33

I don't mind at all! Thank you Gattison. I just want people to get the info, so thank you so much =]

January 5, 2017 10:19 p.m.

buildingadeck says... #34

Mystic Remora should be added to blue draw. It can be quite good.

February 9, 2017 11:49 p.m.

ElementalEd says... #35

Ya i completely agree. I think the reason why i didn't originally include it is because i forgot it was errata to include all opponents.

February 9, 2017 11:54 p.m.

ibstudent2200 says... #36

Colorless-Ramp: Fellwar Stone, Basalt Monolith.

Colorless-Removal: Nevinyrral's Disk, Scour from Existence, Spine of Ish Sah

Colorless-Draw: Sandstone Oracle, Endbringer.

Colorless-Utility: Silent Arbiter.

R-Removal: Starstorm, Volcanic Offering, Blasphemous Act.

R-Recursion: Scrap Mastery.

I don't think most of the M13 Rings belong on this list.

May 13, 2017 7:48 p.m.

ElementalEd says... #37

Thanks for commenting ibstudent2200. I added your suggestions to the list, but i disagree with removing the rings. Although they are primarily used in corner cases, they seem to do well in those niche strategies. Something like breya (obviously not a tier 1 build), could use the rings to great success. Not only do some of them protect her, but they are also cheap fodder to her ability, as well as, good Trash for Treasure / Arcum Dagsson / Master Transmuter targets. But ya, not every commander deck isn't dying to get one haha.

May 14, 2017 12:07 p.m.

ibstudent2200 says... #38

Colorless-Ramp: Star Compass.

Is restrictive but hyperefficient removal like Victim of Night or Vendetta worth mentioning on this list? I would include Go for the Throat in this category, but it's hovering around $2 right now and the price isn't likely to go down without a reprint.

Ring of Evos Isle and Ring of Xathrid are the only rings that protect the equipped creature effectively, and I don't have a problem with them being on this list. The +1/+1 counters are too slow to make a difference unless the deck's theme involves +1/+1 counters (and even then, they're still sketchy). Artifact-heavy commanders like Breya and Daretti are more inclined to play Ichor Wellspring and other niche cards that are synergistic but lack the level of power to make this type of list.

May 14, 2017 9:11 p.m.

ElementalEd says... #39

Like i said most of the rings are niche cases, but i didn't mean only breya.

Ring of Thune, Ring of Evos Isle, Ring of Xathrid is useful in Kemba, Kha Regent strategies.

Ring of Valkas, is great in any deck that wants another haste enabler. Heartless Hidetsugu & Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge come to mind.

Marchesa, the Black Rose also likes the +1/+1 counters despite them being a bit slow.

At some point I may take the time to clean up the list to include objectively better cards, and remove the one hardly used. For instance Ashes to Ashes, is WAYY better than Victim of the night, Vendetta, or Go for the Throat IMO. But it currently isn't on the list, because its pretty hard to think of every perfect card for EDH under two bucks, without forgetting some, and including some questionable ones haha.

But thanks for the input! The conversation is always appreciated, and I am glad that you are taking such an interest in commander!

May 15, 2017 9:37 a.m.

SpookyToe says... #40

I feel like Ring of Valkas is a really awkward and counter-intuitive design. It's either haste or counters. Wouldn't you want a dude that gets larger every turn? It just doesn't fit the theme of the other rings who want to protect or strengthen the target. This ring just feels... awkward.

May 16, 2017 7:45 p.m.

ElementalEd says... #41

Hey SpookyToe, Yeah I agree. That ring is kind of weird.

May 17, 2017 6:46 p.m.

firstorb says... #42

I just built my first EDH deck, and wish I would've seen this sooner. It's great! The Little Engine That Probably Will is mine, if you'd like to check it out. :)

June 10, 2017 2:29 a.m.

Gleeock says... #43

Wild Pair , Selvala's Stampede - Are those green utility? They are generally in the humble budget range but tend to hit pretty hard

July 9, 2017 3:01 p.m.

ElementalEd says... #44

Hey Gleeock. Thanks for the comment. Yes, Both of those are great green utility, and I have added them to the list. Thanks for your suggestion!

July 10, 2017 9:41 a.m.

mrluthor says... #45

May I suggest Dauthi Embrace as a black utility? Giving a creature pseudo unblockable is good, but giving it to multiple creatures is even better.

July 14, 2017 1:06 p.m.

ElementalEd says... #46

Hey Mrluthor. Yes I agree Dauthi Embrace is great utility. I used it a lot in my Yahenni build!

July 14, 2017 7:54 p.m.

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