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Stones For Commoners (Competitive Budget GB Rock)

Modern BG (Golgari) Budget Competitive Midrange



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For those of you who don't know, GB rock has historically been a midrange deck that focuses on attrition to win. This deck is one such variation of this type of deck, based around a rough $150 budget, and is being built for a friend of mine for FNM play.

Since we are a midrange deck, we need to play strong cards that can hold up on there own, that way we can always seem threatening.

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Llanowar Wastes: the GB painland, wastes makes sure we can make our plays starting turn 1 without having any real problems.

Treetop Village : the green manland, treetop actually works out very well since we often end up not having an opposing board to face.

Woodland Cemetery: The GB checkland, cemetery makes sure we get our mana fixed by around turn 2, and also lets us play on curve.

Ghost Quarter: good for pitching out tronlands, enemy manlands, and anything esle that is casuing us problems.

Forest & Swamp: We got plenty of basics.

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Warden of the First Tree : A 1 cmc human that can be grown into an 8/8 should we choose to keep it around. I'm currently testing this card to see if I should play it over Birds of Paradise or not.

Inquisition of Kozilek: A modern staple, inquisition can take just about any card played in the modern format besides cards like Gurmag Angler.

Duress: I'm currently testing this to see if this card can even work in the mainboard, even though yes, it is a sideboard card.

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Abrupt Decay: Another modern staple, Abrupt decay is one of the main reasons to play Green and black, as we get access to the least conditional removal out there, as it hits everything from Ensnaring Bridge to Death's Shadow.

Asylum Visitor: A 'bad bob' Asylum visitor works with cards like Pack Rat that shave our hand and make it easier for us to turn them into Phyrexian Arenas on sticks. This card is currently going uder testing to see if this list should play Phyrexian Arena itself, or run a different bad bob like Pain Seer. Currently arena is the board instead.

Pack Rat: Pack rat is well known for it's capability to simply take over the board by grinding out threats turn after turn. Currently playing this as a two-of as multiple pack rats can get monotenous at times, but it's still being tested.

Scavenging Ooze: Scooze gives us some gravehate in our maindeck, and also serves as some lifegain in matchups like burn.

Go for the Throat: We play a decent removal suite, this card is good against basically all decks save affinity and traditional tron.

Lotleth Troll: a 2/1 with trample, regenerate, and discard to pump, Troll gives us a powerhouse close to that of Pack Rat for roughly the same mana cost. One thing that sets this apart from other cards is it allows us to discard dead cards for raw power, something often seen against decks like Ad Nauseeum.

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Dismember: a 3cmc removal spell we can cast for 1 cmc and 4 life, dismember kills virtually every creature currently being played in the format.

Hero's Downfall: Currently run as a one-of to kill things such as Gideon Jura .

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Desecration Demon : A powerful 6/6 flyer for 4 mana, demon gives us a very powerful beatstick that is relatively unmatched in the format for its cost. Playing 4 of them also ensures we do have finishers.

Garruk Relentless  Flip : currently being tested as a one-of, garruk works as a token producer and his flip-side can do some interesting things. The issue is he dies to bolt, something that is notable, and is 4 cmc.

Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet: Kalitas is a gamewinning 3/4 that gives us capable lifegain as well as having the ability to simply take over the board with zombie tokens.

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Thragtusk: A 5 mana 5/3 isn't great. but a 5/3 for 5 that comes with 5 life attached is decent; and a 5/3 that gives us 5 life and a 3/3 beast token when it dies is pretty much the definition of board stabilization.

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Tasigur, the Golden Fang: Currently run as a one-of, tasigur is usually seen in the mid-late game and uses our graveyardm since we have so little interaction with our own yard.

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Back to Nature : While enchantments aren't a huge thing in modern, its important because the decks that do such as bogles take advantage of that fact.

Bile Blight: A silver bullet card that can get rid of armies of Lingering Souls tokens, or shoot down a couple Goblin Guides.

Creeping Corrosion: a 4cmc artifact boardwipe to bring out against affinity and lantern control.

Extirpate: since Surgical Extraction has such a high price tag on it, extirpate is the next best thing, but it actually can't be countered, which is a nice touch.

Flaying Tendrils: a sweeper for small things that get in our way, tendrils can deal with opposing cards like Kitchen Finks and Voice of Resurgence.

Damnation: Thanks to MM3, this card is finally affordable.

Life Goes On : This card functions very similarly to Feed the Clan, except we don't need to have a fatty to gain 8 life, in fact, since we cast so many kill spells, this card is often more effective against burn since our opponent generally doesn't see it coming.

Duress: the best budget discard spell for sideboards, we have our last copy currently in the side for combo and control matchups.

Nihil Spellbomb: a graveyard sweeper that doubles as a cantrip.

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This deck is still in it's early stages, so I'm totally open to suggestions and constructive feedback!

If you liked this deck, be sure to give it an upvote and/or leave a comment, as I always appreciate constructive feedback given on my decks. If you'd like to see more budget brews and builds, be sure to check out my profile @ Sargeras.

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Date added 8 months
Last updated 5 months

This deck is Modern legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.54
Tokens 2/2 Zombie, 3/3 Beast, 2/2 Wolf
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Top rank #56 on 2017-07-16
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8 months ago)

-2 Warden of the First Tree main
-4 Pain Seer main
+4 Lotleth Troll main
+2 Phyrexian Arena main