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Favorable Pirates (Ultra Budget <$15)

Standard Budget Mono-Blue Tempo Tribal



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Buff up evasive creatures and swing until theyve lost.

Obviously, the goal here is to be as budget as possible (around $15 or so) but feel free to send some suggestions my way.

This is an upgrade:

Favorable Pirates (Upgraded Version)

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And this is an upgrade that has ascended past an upgrade:

Azorius Winds

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And this is to go even further beyond:

Esper Winds

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For those looking to use this deck for FNM, expect to go 2-2 most of the time. My LGS has a good amount of RDW, Energy, Dimir, and homebrews but in all 3 of the FNMs Ive had my friend run this deck hes gone 2-2.

Ironically, the worst matchup was not RDW but a Grixis Herald of Anguish Artifact brew. Not only does Herald shut down the decks offense but ruins its tempo and control elements with his discard effect.


This is a great budget build! Only thing I can think of is maybe run Perilous Voyage if you need more stall/tempo but other than that I don't think there's anything I'd change. Looks good!

October 17, 2017 12:18 p.m.

I really like this deck! It's awesome. +1 from me. :)

October 17, 2017 12:29 p.m.

isn't this a budget magic deck from mtggoldfish? give credit where credit is due.

October 17, 2017 12:31 p.m.

It's a modification of the budget deck on goldfish. The differences being that mine is over $30 cheaper and mono-blue.

October 17, 2017 1:12 p.m.

Unsummon? Removal, even temporary, could be helpful.

October 19, 2017 8:40 p.m.

Nice job making this super budget! I would suggest two cards: Curator of Mysteries, 4/4 flying for 4 mana is just good, and you can cycle it away as well. I realize that the other ability is useless, but I still think it might be better than Glyph Keeper. Desert of the Mindful because cycling is good.

October 19, 2017 9:42 p.m.

wraya2 I had Unsummon in a previous build but opted for Perilous Voyage as it is more versatile and had the added bonus of scrying 2 on lower cost permanents, which is very handy with Chart A Course. If you wish to use it instead you can and I would recommend Siren's Ruse to go with it since the evasion on top of a card draw is nice. I've personally found Perilous Voyage for bouncing and Dive Down for evasion and giving my creatures the ability to actually block to be more successful. They are definitely good sideboard options if you need to be able to bounce on turn 1 against something like RDW.

TrueTribal Cycling is not really an aspect of Blue I'm looking for in this deck and I find Glyph Keeper to have far more value in a match as it hits harder and has extra built in evasion and can even be reused later in a game. Curator would also push me over $15. The Desert is also far too slow for such a straightforward deck. Chart and Voyage/Ruse are enough when it comes to mingling with the deck. RDW remains a problem but that applies to almost every deck but slowing this deck down at all from what it's at would result in having trouble against Rakdos Aggro as well, which it currently does fairly well against.

October 19, 2017 11:05 p.m.

That makes a lot of sense. I appreciate your knack/vision for the budget :). Would you mind doing me a huge favor and checking out my Kalitas EDH deck and helping me figure out how to crop some of the price down? I didn't have a problem making a mono-green budget deck but black was a lot harder... Would appreciate it if you ever have time

October 19, 2017 11:58 p.m.

wraya2 I'll take a look but I'm not as familiar with EDH so no promises.

October 20, 2017 12:01 a.m.

Cool deck, +1

October 20, 2017 12:38 a.m.

any thoughts on splashing red? I think Bloodlust Inciter would go great in this deck. its not necessarily on theme, but it makes all your flyers a much bigger threat.

October 20, 2017 3:56 p.m.

No. Red lacks good flying support and dual lands would bump the price up too much on top of it being too slow. The best color to splash here would be Black and if you want to see what that looks like then check out http://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/771883#paper

October 20, 2017 4:26 p.m.

fair, I'm putting together a budget izzet standard deck so that was in my mind. Really only using red for control and haste tho.

October 20, 2017 4:50 p.m.

I am a huge fan of this kind of deck, I think that I will play it for this Standard season, and I have been play testing a lot of builds, and Dive Down is really more of a sideboard card. I would add to the two-drop slot with Skyship Plunderer, as it is a two power flying body for two, and it will often have incidental value with Storm Fleet Aerialist. I also think that you might want to trim down the Glyph Keeper, as, while it is very good, the odds of hitting five lands by turn five, on the play, are only 37%, or 47% on the draw.

October 21, 2017 10:01 p.m.

If you do prepare to have plenty of trouble against RDW. I had my friend run this deck yesterday while I played with my Sunmare Cats deck and it did go 2-2, losing to RDW (0-2) and barely losing to Dimir Control (1-2) and stomping mono-blue Control (2-0) and Sultai Energy (2-0).

I only main Dive Down because my local meta is so intense with removal. Feel free to move things around to suit your own.

As for Plunderer, there are plenty of 2 drops as it is and I usually use Keeper as a discard outlet for Chart if I dont get all of my land drops and embalm it later if the opportunity arises. It is simply the best cheap 5-drop with flying from my experiences playtesting. But again, feel free to swap it out if you feel the need. Its no fun if you dont put your own personal touches in your decks.

October 21, 2017 11:10 p.m.

If your local meta is very removal heavy, maybe Spell Pierce would work, as it can also counter things that progress their board-states.

October 22, 2017 10 a.m.

I do run that in my sideboard and would run it in main if Aggro wasnt so hot here as well. It is definitely an objectively better choice overall.

October 22, 2017 12:47 p.m.

Hey i really like this deck, and i made my version for playing in local games


all credits to you

Favorable Pirates [ULTRA BUDGET]http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/favorable-pirates-ultra-budget/

October 24, 2017 10:40 p.m.

Thats a pretty solid build. Id recommend replacing Opt with another copy of Chart A Course and adding in 3 Lookout's Dispersal. It would really help with your more control focused build. Good luck!

October 24, 2017 11:47 p.m.

Maybe go with Siren's Ruse over Dive Down? Dive Down is great for Limited, but it seems too slow for Standard. It blanks a Fatal Push, yes, but holding it for a 1-for-1 removal spell ends up loosing tempo when you factor in having to hold up mana. Also, Glyph Keeper is a little slow, especially when you're playing go-wide cards like Favorable Winds and Chart A Course. I'd play a 4th Dreamcaller Siren and Pirate's Cutlass, instead.

October 25, 2017 12:47 a.m.

Dive Down also lets me block in case of emergency. I'll test out Cutlass but I don't see it doing much for me since I play Siren defensively and Keeper as a threat my opponent is forced to waste resources to get rid of.

October 25, 2017 1:42 a.m.

I have a non-budget build of this deck and Dive Down is excellent. It protects your guys, only costs a single blue mana, and honestly it's never that hard to keep up a single mana for it. I support your choice of having Dive Down. I will agree that having at least 2 Siren's Ruse is good, though. It goes great with your pirates, protecting them and drawing you a card, and as long as you're playing Dreamcaller defensively, you can blink it and tap down two of your opponent's creature again.

October 26, 2017 1:56 a.m.

-4 Island, +4 Sunscorched Desert for a bit more reach?

Also, I think Chart A Course is your best noncreature spell. I'd try to bump it up to a full playset.

October 27, 2017 1:44 p.m.

OMG, my shitty standard mono-blue tempo deck is BACK!

October 27, 2017 2:31 p.m.

Despite the decks powerful offense it isnt really an Aggro deck. That said, I doubt it would hurt the deck since it is only one color. Ill have to see if it breaks the budget since TO is broken right now. I know for a fact a fourth Chart would send it over $15.

October 27, 2017 2:32 p.m.

It's important to note that TappedOut uses TCG mid pricing to determine the monetary value of decks. When purchasing cards with cash, prices will always be lower than TCG mid, so you can probably buy a bit more than you think if you're really set on a $15 maximum.

October 27, 2017 2:54 p.m.

Yeah I know. Thats just my personal restriction on building this deck. Ill probably build an upgraded one without that restriction at some point soon.

October 27, 2017 9:50 p.m.

too bad you're going pure mono blue. march of the drowned would be a perfect fit for this if you had any black in your deck.

October 31, 2017 10:58 a.m.

There are better alternatives to that card if youre looking to prevent removal in Black.

October 31, 2017 11:08 a.m.

Hey, love the deck! I made my own with some minor alterations, would you mind taking a look at it? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Sax's Budget Favorable Winds

November 2, 2017 2:18 p.m.

Cool, a mono-blue take on the goldfish deck I was just reading! The changes were appropriate, and I like how you worked around your budget. Definitely +1 :)

November 7, 2017 10:14 p.m.

I would suggest dropping your two copies of Pirate's Ruse for Skyship Plunderer. It interacts extremely well with your two & three drops, and you wouldn't really want to be resetting them from the field anyways, as they'd lose any counters.

November 8, 2017 6:40 p.m.

*Siren's Ruse, sorry .

November 8, 2017 6:41 p.m.

It does but Ruse can void a spell and get extra usage out of Lookout and Dreamcaller, especially if the first explore is a land. Having only 2 Plunderers wouldnt do all that much for the deck.

November 8, 2017 9:10 p.m.

I know it's not particularly budget, but what are your thoughts on Nimble Obstructionist?

November 9, 2017 12:50 p.m.

If you have the money, definitely put him in over Siren Lookout.

November 9, 2017 2:33 p.m.

Only suggestion I would have is Sunscorched Desert

November 9, 2017 11:12 p.m.

Not only does it break the budget, but it really isn't needed. I tested it for a while and it didn't do much.

November 10, 2017 12:18 a.m.

LOVE THE DECK, big fan of budget decks!

Although, what would it look like if It wasn't so budget, what would be replaced? Need help i wanna play this with a big more upgrades in FNM as a ball buster lmao

November 22, 2017 9:45 p.m.



This is what Ive come up with for a fully upgraded version of this deck. Obviously, branching out into more colors can help power up the deck if you have the money. The upgrade is about $30 more expensive than this one but about the same amount cheaper than the list I created for UW Winds. Sorry it took a while to give you the response you were looking for. I hope this helps you out!

November 23, 2017 4:43 p.m.

I winned two locals standart with a very similar deck

January 10, 2018 10:24 p.m.

Congratulations! Glad you did well.

January 10, 2018 10:43 p.m.

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+4 Warkite Marauder maybe