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List of Budget EDH Staples and Power Cards

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Epochalyptik sonnet666 thegigibeast

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This is a list of EDH staples that are worth approximately $5 USD or less (there is some variance). It's meant to be a resource for those building EDH decks on a budget.

Please consult the List of EDH Staples and Power Cards for a more expansive and expensive range of options.

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Feel free to suggest cards to add or remove.

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Epochalyptik says... #1

Please remember to check that the card you're suggesting is under $10 and is not already in the list.

August 8, 2014 10:02 p.m.

SpaceBox says... #2

Thank you for taking the time to put these together. It's extremely helpful for an EDH newb trying to build on a budget like me. +1

August 15, 2014 1:13 p.m.

Grimgrinner says... #3

Scourge of the Throne ? I've seen it played a lot recently, and it seems like what every red edh deck wants to do (besides grixis). In particular its insane when people want do perform an "alpha strike" or to kill one more players in one turn with a huge combat. Would go great in goblin decks, or Scion of the Ur-Dragon decks, or really any red deck that can abuse the extra combat step. Aurelia, the Warleader in particular has already proven a staple of the format. Is it as good? no but it fits in more decks.

August 15, 2014 2:13 p.m.

PaladinRyan says... #4

Krosan Verge ? Rith's Charm ? Eternal Dragon ? Qasali Pridemage ? Just a few cards I can think of off the top of my head I would consider budget friendly useful cards.

August 18, 2014 11:59 p.m.

Kokoryoma says... #5

I would HIGHLY recommend putting Dryad Arbor on the list. I never run a green EDH deck that doesn't run her and Green Sun's Zenith . Not to mention you can get Dryad Arbor s for like $5 online.

August 20, 2014 11:33 a.m.

tatan42 says... #6

Nice list. Useful for the EDH cube I am attempting to construct.

Also, Kokoryoma, I would have to disagree with you on that one. Dryad Arbor works in some decks, but I find that it just ends up getting caught in the board-sweep crossfire more often than not. Not worth a few turns of ramp IMO.

August 29, 2014 11:27 a.m.

aceofbass99 says... #7

September 22, 2014 4:24 a.m.

leveebreaker23 says... #8

Consecrated Sphinx is now 12 dollars. Birthing Pod is also around 10. Magus of the Moon is 10. Boseiju, Who Shelters All is 10. Mikokoro, Center of the Sea is 11. Akroma's Memorial is 10. Sheoldred, Whispering One is 10. Black Market is 12. Stranglehold is 12 but will probably be reprinted in the EDH deck coming out in a month, so ignore that until then. And lastly Blood Moon is 20

I didn't go through every card but these are the ones I noticed right off the bat. I blame the lack of education in young people.

Nice list otherwise. I recommend adding Shattering Spree Utter End (only if it doesn't spike due to standard). Chord of Calling is now 8 but really great at the price anyway compared to the previous 35. Stonecloaker Aura of Silence

Any good reprint from Conspiracy that's under 10$ like Misdirection Reflecting Pool Stifle Pernicious Deed Exploration Mirari's Wake

October 1, 2014 10:08 p.m.

asasinater13 says... #9

In Garruk's Wake is just better than plague wind

October 2, 2014 5:40 p.m.

jprest2478 says... #10

I saw you have Grave Pact , so why not Dictate of Erebos ? It's easier to splash for and being able to flash it in during combat is a neat trick, plus who doesn't want 2 Grave Pacts in their deck? Also, super budget atm.

October 23, 2014 10:35 a.m.

InDirectX says... #11

February 24, 2015 3:57 p.m.

MirranTitan says... #12

Profound Journey simply because there are plenty of cards like it on the list already, and it gives the player 2 uses.

Fracturing Gust is an incredible card and has/always will be budget.

Trading Post because it just /does/ so much.

March 24, 2015 3:49 a.m.

ecmmyers says... #13

Several cards in this list have grown beyond the original budgetary restrictions, e.g. Academy Ruins

July 14, 2015 12:56 a.m.

smithereen says... #14

This hasn't been updated in 11 months (see: Blood Moon,) so I think it's time for a caring and noble individual to make a V2.

July 14, 2015 8:34 p.m.

Colgate says... #15

Cantrips are quite stronk. BrainstormPonder

September 23, 2015 8:31 a.m.

djskype says... #16

Elvish Piper is budget?

November 28, 2015 7:56 p.m.

Gidgetimer says... #17

That is far from the most expensive card on the list. These lists are no longer being curated so there will be some cards that increase in price and are no longer under the $5 they were a year ago, which is the last time anything was done to these lists.

November 28, 2015 10:33 p.m.

Derpachus says... #18

Prophet hit the ban hammer

February 15, 2016 12:26 p.m.

Academy Ruins isn't budget IMO, it's over $20.

July 19, 2016 2:47 p.m.

metalevolence says... #20

Yeah if you sort by price you will see a lot of the cards have gone well over $5. That's to be expected, especially since this list isn't really updated

Also this is random but when i scrolled by i saw Unmake on here? That card fucking sucks, it's niche as hell thanks to the color identity rules and even in its niche it's way worse than Crib Swap

July 19, 2016 4:51 p.m.

asasinater13 says... #21

Unmake is super good in any W/B deck.

July 19, 2016 7:45 p.m.

I'd run Unmake over Crib Swap or run both in a lot of decks. A 1/1 is a lot of tempo loss in any kind of sacrifice or stax strategy. The only use I see for Crib Swap is a creature type tutor or something and that's very niche, way more than W/B colors.

July 19, 2016 7:46 p.m.

metalevolence says... #23

you're both hilariously wrong, the fact that unmake's cost is 3 colored mana alone makes it horrible, it can't be paid for with colorless mana from rocks or utility lands. 3-color decks should never touch it. would you really run it on top of swords, go for the throat, dismember etc? it's also eclipsed by utter end which is itself mediocre and blown away by anguished unmaking or vindicate.

unmake is way too clunky for a spot removal spell

July 20, 2016 7:02 a.m.

Do you really put dismember in EDH decks? I've always thought it was like putting mana leak in an EDH deck. Meaning it loses relevence very quickly as you enter the mid-game.

July 21, 2016 4:42 a.m.

Also I never suggested it go in a 3 or more color deck, or one heavily reliant on colorless rocks. Those likely shouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole.

July 21, 2016 4:45 a.m.

metalevolence says... #26

  • Dismember is really good, it handles all kinds of problems for just 1 mana. There are lots of scary commanders it sends back to the command zone. If you ever play against Kaalia, Meren, Sisay, Rafiq, Arcum, Zur, Mizzix, or any other must-answer commander, you'll quickly see the value of destroying it for 1 mana. The tempo gain there is enormous. It also handles various utility creatures (oracle of mul daya type stuff)

  • Mana leak is actually great in a more "competitive" meta, but my decks/friends don't play at a super spikey level so I'd still prefer something like Arcane Denial, Counterspell or Swan Song. In something fast like Edric though, mana leak is pretty insane

  • Nongreen decks (like orzhov) have to run rocks to keep up, unless they are running hate cards or prison pieces like Stony Silence

July 21, 2016 11:40 a.m.

asasinater13 says... #27

unmake is great. even decks that rely on colorless rocks will get to three lands by turn three. Obviously if a deck specifically has a high number of colorless sources you don't run it, but in an orzhov deck that it works well in it does a very good job at being a removal spell

July 23, 2016 12:12 a.m.

antagon1st says... #28

I personally don't like Unmake very much at this point. You already have access to Swords, Path, Vindicate, and Anguished Unmaking which are just way better. If you're going to 1-for-1 with people, it better at least be efficient.

I guess its fine on a budget, but even then, I like Mortify more in that spot because it hits enchantments.

August 12, 2016 7:25 a.m.

asasinater13 says... #29

this is budget staples, and pointing out all the reasonable options is a good thing to do. Like I don't personally run the card because I'm invested enough to have paths, swords, and anguished unmaking around. To someone who's on 20 dollars to improve their deck Unmake is a great card for them to see.

August 12, 2016 3:08 p.m.

metalevolence says... #30

In addition to previously mentioned cards, I'd run any of Victim of Night, Ultimate Price, Hero's Downfall, Silence the Believers, or Sever the Bloodline before unmake

unmake is just bad

August 12, 2016 4:35 p.m.

antagon1st says... #31

yea, true, it belongs on the list, like all of the ones metalvolence mentions. nuff said

August 13, 2016 4:15 a.m.

antagon1st says... #32

err sorry, budget 'staples and power cards' is the title. unmake is questionable but probably fine, since most opponents' commanders are creatures anyhow.

August 13, 2016 4:20 a.m.

just wanted to add my faceless thanks to the pile. just getting into the format and this is great

September 13, 2016 2:49 a.m.

Anarrandir says... #34

Not exactly a formal suggestion, but your list of EDH power cards inspired me to make my own list. I don't have too much money to spend on cards, so I decided to make a budget list. Mine's upper bound is $2, and there are far more cards on it than yours. If it's helpful, here's the link: List of Inexpensive EDH Staples/Power Cards. I update it periodically, and there are almost 3,000 cards on it (2,813 to be exact).

There's even a link to your list in the description, where I explained it's origin!

November 26, 2016 11:15 a.m.

Punderstorm says... #35

Where the hell are you finding a Consecrated Sphinx for $5?

March 22, 2017 6:57 a.m.

StopShot says... #36

Sandwurm Convergence is pretty decent in green decks. Ramping up to it isn't a problem. It stops fliers which green has troubles with and it consistently produces 5/5's to romp and stomp your opponent.

June 29, 2017 7 p.m.

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