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Tron for Poor Orphans

Modern Budget RG (Gruul) Tron



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Hey you! Yeah you! Do you live in a cardboard box outside your local gas station? Do you love Magic the Gathering, but wish it wasn't a fortune? Do you wish you could play against those 600-1500$ decks at FNM? Well I have something in store for you... Budget Tron...

Hey guys! So I'm going back to this being my ultimate budget tron deck. After playing tron for a few months I've realized how much fun it is to play! What is there not to love about playing a Myr Battlesphere turn 3?This deck is as cheap as I could make it and its fairly functional. Another reminder to make this EXTREMELY cheap, buy the "Chronicles" Versions of the Urza lands! On TCGPlayer you can get all 12 for about 9-12$! Have fun assembling :).




Livingham says... #1

What makes you say the chronicle urza's lands are ~90 cents?

June 6, 2017 11 p.m.

legomanalec says... #2

Livingham I was able to buy all 12 lands for ~12.00$ on TCGPlayer!

June 6, 2017 11:05 p.m.

Only thing I can see is maybe swapping out Explore for Exploration, but that's really expensive. Really neat deck!

June 11, 2017 9:50 a.m.

legomanalec says... #9

TheSpiritombEnthusiast, Thanks! When first making this tron deck I considered Exploration, but I realized the card draw from Explore is what really made it the better option. That being said Exploration could be a fun interesting upgrade!

June 11, 2017 10:46 a.m.

I admire your cause. I see all of these """"""""""budget""""""""""" $800 decks and furrow my brow. This looks pretty effective. Budget decks are the best!

June 18, 2017 5:01 p.m.

legomanalec says... #11

prybarfacefuck, in total ive spent like 50$ on this deck and it consistently goes 2-2 (sometimes 1-3 or 3-1) at FNM, and that's pretty good considering everyone at my LGS just net decks top tier decks.

June 18, 2017 5:17 p.m.

Wombatz says... #12

Karplusan Forest is a cheap duel in RG. u should definitely put it in.

June 19, 2017 10:02 a.m.

Maaagic says... #13

I like how you can turn 3 an Artisan of Kozilek!

Great deck

June 19, 2017 10:04 a.m.

Wombatz says... #14

no you can't. 7 is the max barring simian spirit guide.

June 19, 2017 10:10 a.m.

legomanalec says... #15

Wombatz, T1 - Urza's Tower + Chromatic StarT2 - Urza's Mine + cracking chromatic star for green + Explore + Urza's Power PlantT3 - Urza's Tower

A total of 10 mana turn 3

June 19, 2017 4:38 p.m.

legomanalec says... #16

Wombatz I never even thought about Karplusan Forest, I for sure will be putting that in! Thanks!

June 19, 2017 4:55 p.m.

ShreddyBass says... #17

Aaaaah, where's your old list?! .w.

July 8, 2017 10:23 p.m.

legomanalec says... #18

ShreddyBass Sorry man! this is my current modern deck! I'll turn this back into the budget deck, and put my current deck somewhere else.

July 9, 2017 10:03 a.m.

Funkydiscogod says... #19

You know what would be funny? A Myr Incubator to go along with the Myr Battlesphere. You could exile all the cards that don't do anything late game, like extra incubators and expedition maps.

July 9, 2017 1:02 p.m.

legomanalec says... #20

Funkydiscogod, I never thought of that! That would be so fun! Flooding the board with dozens of Myr tokens is always pleasing, I'll have to try that :).

July 9, 2017 9:44 p.m.



July 11, 2017 7:47 p.m.

Regorek says... #22

Have you thought of Warping Wail in this? It exiles a lot of annoying creatures and protects you a bit from combo decks.

July 11, 2017 9:27 p.m.

Sargeras says... #23

I like the concept, so +1. I have some suggestions.

  1. Perilous Vault is the closest thing you can get to Oblivion Stone without paying an arm and a leg, and would probably work out great as a one-of in the mainboard. But if not it's great for sideboards too against many of the decks this deck can struggle against.

  2. I'd play Nature's Claim over Naturalize in the sideboard. The 4 life may seem like a drawback, but you are playing tron, which is the best deck in the format at top-decking finishers, which means 4 life doesn't really matter in the long run. The real reason is so you can get rid of cards like Stony Silence when you are on the draw, and not have to worry about them.

  3. Since Platinum Angel is only about $3, I think it would make a great one-of addition to the mainboard since it requires your opponents to deal with it. Also, Thopter Assembly is great at gumming up the board with Flyers.

  4. I don't know if its needed, but Firespout as the traditional sweeper played in tron, and its still very cheap.

  5. Karplusan Forest, got a needed reprint and is now only $2.5, although I'm unsure if you need it with your current set up.

  6. Banefire is 40 cents more expensive then blaze, and is uncounterable if X is 5 or more.

July 11, 2017 9:48 p.m.

legomanalec says... #24

I had Attempted to use Thopter Assembly and it was just too slow of a card for only 6 Thopters 2 turns after it's played. Also I've noticed that Pyroclasm is the traditional board clear. I was considering Karplusan Forest , but my problem with it is it can't be grabbed by a Path to Exile and more often than not I end up paying the mana for Pyroclasm with either Chromatic Sphere, Chromatic Star or Prophetic Prism. I will agree, Banefire and Platinum Angel are definitely cards that deserve a place in this deck. After playing at FNM for a while I've also realized that Nature's Claim is superior to Naturalize. I'll definitely need to consider Perilous Vault too! Thank you for the suggestions, I just want people to be able to play modern at FNM and not feel the need to spend hundreds of dollars and all the suggestions i can get just make it that much easier to do so!

July 11, 2017 10:12 p.m.

clayperce says... #25

I'm a fan of 2-drop Artifact Hate, personally. There are just WAY too many Chalice of the Voids with X=1 in my meta.

Seal of Primordium is my preferred option.

July 11, 2017 10:13 p.m.

Sargeras says... #26

Also, I'd cut a land to play Sea Gate Wreckage, as often Tron loses because you just draw a land when you really need a finisher.

July 12, 2017 1:08 a.m.

legomanalec says... #27

The only reason Sea Gate Wreckage might not work as well here is because it's tron and I will usually have a few cards in hand... But I feel I should test it out because you're right, it sucks when you pull lands when you really don't need them.

July 12, 2017 10:13 a.m.

Airakk says... #28

  1. Overrated

  2. 80$ is not "EXTREMELY cheap" (my soldier-tribal deck for example is about 20-40$ ... and better)

  3. This deck doesn't win against a 600-1500$ deck (its weaker than my 300$ myr-tribal too)

  4. Its a lie about the urza lands ("you can get all 12 for about 9-12$!") because you can just get one of each of them for "about 9-12$"

  5. (Most important) your green splash doesn't realy work as mana-ramp. with a green splash, you can alltimes have 6 mana in turn 3 (just with elves, without urza's lands)

  6. Your description is crap

July 19, 2017 1:14 p.m.

clayperce says... #29

Idk about anything else. But I know how to search on TCGplayer. And Urza's Mine starts at $0.43, Urza's Power Plant starts at $0.79, and Urza's Tower starts at $0.79.

Of course, you're welcome to pay tons of money for Tron lands. Knock yourself out. But that doesn't make legomanalec a liar.

July 19, 2017 3:39 p.m.

legomanalec says... #34

Airakk thank you for your input! To each his own.

July 20, 2017 11:49 a.m.

Sargeras says... #37


  1. Unlike whatever you play, you can actually upgrade this deck into the GR or GW tron decks that still see play on the top end of the format. In the meantime however, you can still play tron at FNMs and such.

  2. Any successful budget deck that wants a chance of winning is usually around $100 or at least $50, the fact that tron can be played for under $100 should be celebrated.

  3. If you really think that a deck like this one is going to beat decks that cost over $1000 consistently, I think you really need to understand what you are saying, and reconsider it.

  4. TCGPlayer exists.

  5. The green splash is for explores and cycling, something needed in a tron deck on such a low budget, since tron is that much more important.

  6. Don't hate on people not caring enough about a deck on tappedout to not write a primer, not everyone has the time, nor cares.

July 30, 2017 4:18 a.m.

xyr0s says... #38

Airakk Who the hell bothers writing a primer on RG tron now? It's not like the basic idea is new anymore, or that "assemble urzas lands" is going to be a surprise to anyone. But it's actually nice that it's possible to exchange the win conditions of RG tron, and still have a coherent deck - and like it has been pointed out, this deck can have its cards improved one at a time, until it's a lot less budget. That's actually pretty nice, decks that can be upgraded, instead of having to be made in one go.

And your soldier tribal... yeah, maybe it can goldfish in 4 turns. But how much of the most commonly played removal does it take, before you have a pile of do-nothing-cards? From what I can tell, it's an A + B deck, and if either part is missing (creatures or equipment) it has no shot at winning, apart from opponent being manascrewed. And that's without accounting for sideboards, where most players have something against both artifacts, and decks that go wide with small creatures.

The whole "your green splash doesn't ramp" actually reveals a bit about game-understanding. Yes, elves can make 6 mana by turn 3, but that's at the cost of being vulnerable to removal. Sure, there are ways to get rid of tronlands. But they see nowhere near as much play as Lightning Bolt, Fatal Push, and Anger of the Gods. And finding the tron lands, even if you just play one each turn, actually accelerates mana just fine. Well enough for a whole decktype to have rolled on as a "big-mana deck" for years, without ever playing any dirty elvesessss (it's called RG tron, and it's a pretty good deck). In the not-so-budget-friendly version of RG tron, Ancient Stirrings is a 4-of (I guess it's a bit too pricey for a budget build though). As you may notice, Airakk, it also doesn't exactly ramp (but I don't think RG tron players would exchange it for Llanowar Elves anyway)...

As for the deck budget - magiccardmarket.eu is often even cheaper than tcgplayer.

For this RG tron deck: Have an upvote, and how about Sundering Titan? You're not relying on basic lands anyway, and if it had already been played and killed, getting to reanimate it with Artisan of Kozilek would be hiloarious.

July 30, 2017 8:34 a.m.

legomanalec says... #39

xyr0s thank you for that comment! I had put Sundering Titan in my actual tron deck, I just felt at 5$ a piece they were a but to expensive for this budget version!

July 30, 2017 10:16 a.m.

xyr0s says... #40

Price is better on magiccardmarket then - from 1 euro (if you don't mind some wear and tear, or that it's non-english).

July 30, 2017 11:18 a.m.

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Date added 6 months
Last updated 5 months

This deck is Modern legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 3.50
Tokens 1/1 Myr
Folders Budget Modern, Budget, Modern Delights, Deck Ideas, Great Stuff, Modern, Budget Infinite or Competitive, FNM, Modern Decks
Top rank #14 on 2017-06-27
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Revision 7 See all

5 months ago)

-1 Mountain main
+1 Forest main
+2 Banefire side
-4 Naturalize side
+4 Nature's Claim side
-2 Blaze side
+1 Warping Wail maybe
+1 Karplusan Forest maybe