List of Budget EDH Staples and Power Cards

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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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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.

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