Hello Everyone! I'm making a budget deck for a friend of mine whose looking to get into modern but is on a budget, he loves playing my mono black midrange deck, and wanted to play a deck similar to it, here's what I've got.


I'm wondering if I should sub out 2 Blood Scrivener for 2 Distress and then move the amount of distress in the sideboard down 1 to play another disfigure. (this is what the board currently displays)


Shadow Zoo, Infect, Bogles, 8-rack, Ad Nauseum, Restore Balance, Affinity, Jund, Mono-Black Midrange, Mono-Black Zombies, Elves, Standard Naya Humans, UW control, Lantern Control, Hatebears, Esper Tokens, Kiki Toolbox. Typically one-two people per deck.



VVild_Magus says... #1

1 or 2 nykthos seem like an easy/ potent addition

December 8, 2016 2:47 p.m.

Sargeras says... #2

VVild_Magus Nythos is not really budget, it's also kind of a nobo with cards like gatekeeper and geralf's messenger, since a budget deck can't pay for the Urborgs needed to make the Nythos' close to on curve.

December 8, 2016 3:14 p.m.

Exiled_soul says... #3

So the following isnt a comment on the deck it is a suggestion to help out your friend. If your friend is bringing this to any events i think you need to rethink what you are giving him. This deck seems like too much of a "casual deck". Casual decks are mostly for fun and are very budget conscious. While on the other hand "budget decks" try to mimic an established archetype using cards that are a bit less expensive but still maintain a relatively similar gameplan to the more expensive and complete deck. In this case i think your friend is much better off playing a budget version of 8 rack or something similar and eventually trading up to the full version. By building a budget version of an established deck it gives players a way to expand their deck instead of being stuck with a more casual deck like many first time modern players. So to recap, i would advise a budget version of an established archetype so that your friend can win games and eventually build the complete version of the deck. And seeing as your friend likes mono black 8 rack fits in well and is very cheap when built as a budget deck. There are also other options. Eg. Mono red burn is cheap and effective, mono green stompy, budget robots, budget zoo.

December 11, 2016 2:36 a.m.

Sargeras says... #4


First off, thanks for taking the time to comment on my deck! I always appreciate people who spend time to leave mainingful feedback on my decks!

I have built decks like budget 8-rack and whatnot, and I have some friends who play them, my friend was a big fan of my mono-black midrange deck, but wanted to play something a little different. This deck is actually based off a list made by saffron olive, with some upgrades he talked about after playing the deck on MTGO. The deck can also be upgraded later into Mono-Black Devotion should he choose to do so. Link to the list I based this deck off of

December 11, 2016 3:09 a.m.

Exiled_soul says... #5

Sounds good! Just wanted to make sure your friend doesnt fall into the trap of beginner modern decks that are not upgradable!

December 11, 2016 3:11 a.m.

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