ducttapedeckbox Budget Builder



Hey Everyone!

Soo Magic. I started playing with a few friends when the Mirrodin set came out. Until Shards of Alara I only played for fun (and didn't know many of the rules), but then I started playing at FNM tournaments. And when Zendikar came out, I played mono-black Vampires for a few months. I stopped playing right before Worldwake. I got back into Magic around the Innistrad block, but started to seriously collect again in the Ravinica block.

I mostly have experience in playing 60-card formats (mainly standard and casual, but I know a little about about modern/legacy builds), so I'd be happy to check out any decks if you give me time - between school and other things, I usually don't have much time to playtest.



Budget Builder

As you may notice, I am a budget builder. This usually means that my standard decks cost less than $50, sideboard included. I also tried to cap my EDH deck around $100. I love to share my thoughts on budget building and do so through a weekly article titled Bang for your Buck. I encourage you to check the articles out, leave a comment or two, or leave suggestions for what I should write about next!



Current Projects

Standard:


Commander/EDH:


MTG Decks

Perfection of Milling Playtest

Casual ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 319 | 16 COMMENTS | 99997 VIEWS

Perfection of Milling 2.0 Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 33 | 28 COMMENTS | 4312 VIEWS

Empyrial Tactics (Shell) Playtest

Commander / EDH* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 0 | 8 COMMENTS | 254 VIEWS

Godly Superfriends Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 5 | 8 COMMENTS | 695 VIEWS
Finished Decks 31
Prototype Decks 14
Drafts 0
Playing since Mirrodin
Points 3390
Avg. deck rating 17.36
T/O Rank 333
Favorite formats Standard,Commander / EDH,Casual
Good Card Suggestions 3
Last activity 17 hours
Joined 1 year

Matsi883 says... #1

I would love to help you with this endeavor.

April 1, 2014 8 p.m.

Epochalyptik says... #2

I don't remember, and I don't have any cards nearby currently, so I can't check. You might consider posting about it in General.

March 31, 2014 10:17 p.m.

Epochalyptik says... #3

No problem.

EDH decks should really be sleeved anyway, so it generally isn't an issue. It does make me wonder what causes the difference, though.

March 31, 2014 9:52 p.m.

Epochalyptik says... #4

I've noticed that precon and sealed non-booster product tends to have a different feel. They're somehow smoother/glossier than "regular" cards. It's the same way with Duel Decks. They're legitimate cards, but they do feel and look a little different compared to booster cards.

March 31, 2014 9:18 p.m.

Bellock86 says... #5

Hey don't mean to intrude on your comment but I saw what you wrote on epoch's wall and wanted to ask you a question.

Did the cards have like a glossy sheen to them? Like they were polished or something?

I only ask because I have noticed this with some of the newer precons. I think it's intentional but I have had a LGS buy cards with this appearance and they didn't bat an eyelash when I asked about the "glossy" quality.

March 31, 2014 9:07 p.m.

Please login to comment

@ ntTg -- I was thinking of something along those lines, except with going Bant for Fleecemane Lion as well.... I'm not a fan of budget 3-color decks though.

I think I'm going to go the Heroic route.

April 20, 2014 5:26 p.m.

I was thinking of Bant hexproof, but I am not looking to invest in a land base that would cost much more than the rest of the deck. I have made 3-color decks with only basics and guildgates, and they somewhat work... I'm not looking for this to be top tier either.

U/W Heroic would be interesting too, with the new Battlefield Thaumaturge and Strive abilities. Thanks everyone!

April 20, 2014 1:37 p.m.

I really like Ascended Lawmage for some reason, and absolutely love its art (the foil one looks AMAZING), so I want to build around it. Does this card have potential in standard? I also want to keep this on a very tight budget (absolutely no more than $50).

I realize that as a four drop, it's hard to compete with Desecration Demon and the like, but I want to make it work.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

April 20, 2014 1:10 p.m.

Said on What this...

#4

Going off of what Ohthenoises said, you could add in Kruphix (god) to store up extra mana and pump it into the combo, as Elite Arcanist takes colorless mana. I can see an interesting entirely combo-oriented deck with this... Might have to attempt one myself. Not competitive, but definitely fun.

April 12, 2014 11:09 a.m.

I like the enchantment more. I think the creatureless aspect of this deck is one factor that really makes it stand out, and I'd avoid changing that. You also have a lot of enchantments that fill the 2-drop slot, so the 3-drop enchantment wouldn't be too bad I don't think.

April 8, 2014 8:22 p.m.

That is all very true. Maybe along the lines of punishing them for any action taken (pinging for drawing, tapping a land, increasing the cost of cards, etc.). I won't have time to delve into this more for a few weeks, but I'll let you know if I attempt it!

April 8, 2014 5:17 p.m.

@ Dreno33 & Gameover209X -- Have either of you considered making an EDH deck along these lines? It'd be more of a casual build, but I think it'd be a hell of a lot of fun to play. I'm thinking of Sen Triplets , Oloro, Ageless Ascetic , or Dromar, the Banisher as a commander. Maybe even Zur? Too bad Derevi is Bant rather than Esper...

I'll try check out the budget one later!

April 8, 2014 4:59 p.m.

I've played this deck a few times, and it's so much fun! People are definitely surprised by it, which makes playing games so much more interesting. So far I've played against some casual mono-green decks and some weird deck that used Urza's Armor , Pestilence , and a bunch of the black Thrull mana dorks. I won most of these games, somehow tied another. The only game I've lost with it was against a Countryside Crusher deck... I got out-janked hah.

If you were to make this a budget deck, how would you account for the advantage Rishadan Port provides?

April 8, 2014 2:39 p.m.

I really like the deck, and great job with the theme! Almost reminds me of the music video for Rise Against's Ready to Fall. It would work as a budget deck too, since pretty much all of the money comes from the lands. +1 from me!

April 5, 2014 2:06 p.m.

Said on Matsi883...

#10

Hey, my workload just grew exponentially at school so my activity on here may be much less than usual (which isn't a ton to start). I'll try to get on every once in a while so we can work on that deck, but it may be only for a post or two. Once the summer comes around I'll be much more active, I think.

April 5, 2014 11:53 a.m.