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 am currently in college and don't get to play as much as I'd like to, but my playgroup still gets together over breaks and stuff to play.

I mostly have experience in playing 60-card formats (mainly standard and casual), but I (and my playgroup) have started to get into EDH. As an eternal format, and a format this is very conducive to multiplayer games, it is much easier to play in college as you don't have to keep up with the standard meta.

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 did 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! I have not written one in a while, but I may begin to write them again over the summer - except with a more thought through layout so that the series just doesn't abruptly end.

Current Projects

Perfection Series: My main projects fall under a series of decks I've entitled the "Perfection Series," where I take lesser-used archetypes and make semi-competitive budget decks. I've recently expanded this series into Modern and EDH. Check out any of my decks

MTG Decks

Perfection of Milling Playtest

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Perfection of Extortion Playtest

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Perfection of Milling 2.0 Playtest

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SCORE: 34 | 30 COMMENTS | 5164 VIEWS

Inspiring Perfection Playtest

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Perfection of Heroism Playtest

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Perfection of Hand Jobs - Nekusar Cruel Control Playtest

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Perfection of Artificing Playtest

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SCORE: 89 | 24 COMMENTS | 12299 VIEWS

Makin' Dragon Babies Playtest

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Finished Decks 31
Prototype Decks 22
Drafts 0
Playing since Mirrodin
Points 9450
Avg. deck rating 18.59
T/O Rank 127
Favorite formats Standard,Commander / EDH,Casual
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Unfortunately I do not :( honestly I haven't even opened a pack of m15 yet.

July 28, 2014 11:57 p.m.

Well I could really use your Master of the Feast but that is about 2 dollars more, was there anything else small you were interested in? Or anyway I could also get that from you?

July 28, 2014 7:09 p.m.

Portal I believe, but I haven't seen it in a couple of days, as I am apart from my binder

July 28, 2014 6:11 p.m.

It's all cool. I can understand why you want to hang onto it, it sounds sick in nekusar. Uhm, Wheel of Fate is already spoken for, really sorry. But the rest are definitely trade able. I am also interested in Whispering Madness , also maybe Liliana Vess and your Bloodghast s but those are not desperately needed.

July 27, 2014 10:34 p.m.

jwe94 says... #5

That trade would for me but a few things real quick first would it be possible to change the 2x forest (249) for 2x forest (247) second the Darksteel Citadel has 1 or 2 little white spots on the bottom back half (I can replace the Citadel with Painful Quandary if this presents a problem) the Arcane Denial has like a slight dot on it, and I already said it when I offered on Garruk but it the Liliana's Caress has some wear

July 27, 2014 11:55 a.m.

Hey there, I wanted to let you know I am still interested in those rakdos's returns as well as your waste not, if you are still interested in trading?

July 27, 2014 10:39 a.m.

jwe94 says... #7

I can do Nicol Bolas instead of Painful Quandary and I'd also be will to throw in the Darksteel Citadel and Shrapnel Blast in order to have as many of the lands as possible be the preferred arts

I know I said it before but just to make sure you're fine with it the Shrapnel Blast and Darksteel Citadel aren't the M15 printings

July 26, 2014 11:01 p.m.

jwe94 says... #8

What would you think about me throwing in Arcane Denial for additional value to get the mountain changed to a forest and a Rise of the Dark Realms and Painful Quandary for 3 more swamps?

July 26, 2014 5:55 p.m.

jwe94 says... #9

Well I unfortunately don't need the mountain any more (I was thinking of getting full art land for my Nekusar, the Mindrazer deck but I decided to go with some Shards lands that depict Grixis) if you'd be willing to to change the mountain and trade a few extra so I end up with 2 plains 4 forest and 4 swamps I could and some of the other cards I have in your wants (Painful Quandary , Nicol Bolas , Rise of the Dark Realms , Hour of Need , Arcane Denial )

July 26, 2014 12:45 p.m.

capriom85 says... #10

I don't really know. I'll try an initiate a true by adding $35 to my inventory and if it works you can add Nissa and Coast. I'm going to email you some details about our arrangement too

July 26, 2014 10:08 a.m.

jwe94 says... #11

My ideal choices on the land art would be Plains 230, either Swamp 238 or 240, and Forest 246 but like I said any lands you'd be willing to trade me are fine by me

July 25, 2014 10:12 p.m.

jwe94 says... #12

Oh I was just picking those arts because they were the cheapest :P any art your willing to trade is fine by me and I don't mind a little wear

July 25, 2014 8:31 p.m.

jwe94 says... #15

How would you feel about the cards you listed (7.86) for

4x Forest 249

2x Plains 232

2x Swamp 241


(If you could find another $2 of stuff though I'd love to get 2 more swamps)

July 25, 2014 7:54 p.m.

jwe94 says... #16

How much do you value your full art lands at so I can work out an offer

July 25, 2014 7:08 p.m.

ZombieCat says... #17

Thanks for keeping me informed!

July 25, 2014 4:51 p.m.

capriom85 says... #18

Actually I am in PA. Still close for postal. Email me at capriom85@gmail.com to trade shipping info

July 25, 2014 9:51 a.m.

2austin5 says... #19

A quick look on TCGplayer shows Garruk at 20 (low in NM) and Wastes at 4.50 (low NM). Could we possibly do 20 for the two? You will still make out ahead as we both know Garruk will probably be like most walkers in the end and probably steady around 10

July 25, 2014 8:56 a.m.

jwe94 says... #21

Ok I understand on Garruk, as for the lands I'd be interested in up to 4 forest, 2 plains, 8 swamps, 5 islands, and a mountain in any amounts and combinations you'd be willing to trade for the rest of your wants that I have

July 24, 2014 11:18 p.m.

Scytec says... #22

Well, I would love to have him. I need for him a Marchesa EDH build I am working on. I am pretty excited to get it together to be honest with you. Just missing some of staples now.

July 24, 2014 10:58 p.m.

jwe94 says... #25

Hey I'm also interested in your Garruk, Apex Predator and I was wondering if you'd trade it for my


Painful Quandary

Liliana's Caress (it's slightly played but if that presents a problem we could drop Hive Mind from the Blood Crypt trade)

Reforge the Soul

Rise of the Dark Realms

Arcane Denial

Hour of Need


Jace Beleren

Dragonskull Summit


July 24, 2014 9:50 p.m.

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I can probably find some things to get Master of the Feast into our trade. Do you happen to have any M15 cards (namely UR artifact stuff, such as Chief Engineer , Shrapnel Blast , or Ensoul Artifact )?

If not there are a few things I could probably pick out.

July 28, 2014 11:26 p.m.

Right now we have my Rakdos's Return s (foil $6.75 and $2 for non foil) for a total of $8.75 and your

Portal Winds of Change ($6.79), Psychosis Crawler ($0.79) and Teferi's Puzzle Box ($2.54?, pending edition) for a total of $10.12.

Is there a dollar rare you might be looking for? Whispering Madness is going into my EDH deck sadly.

July 28, 2014 6:28 p.m.

What edition is your Winds of Change ?

July 28, 2014 6:03 p.m.

Damn man your previous post must've gotten lost along the way, my apologies.

I can still definitely trade the Returns, but I will be using Waste Not in my Nekusar build. Is there anything else you're interested in?

I'm very interested in your Wheel of Fate , Winds of Change , and most importantly, Teferi's Puzzle Box . Probably Psychosis Crawler as well.

July 27, 2014 10:12 p.m.

Said on jwe94...


Swapped out the forests.

Hmm why don't we replace Darksteel Citadel with Painful Quandary , I like the M15 frame better anyways (I'm fine with the Shrapnel Blast not being M15 though).

No problem with the wear on Arcane Denial and Liliana's Caress . As long as they're LP at worst I don't mind condition for smaller pieces.

This should be it, so you can email me at ducttapedeckbox@gmail.com so we can exchange shipping addresses. Once we agree that this is in fact the final trade, I can initiate it here on T/O.

July 27, 2014 10:09 p.m.

Said on jwe94...


Damn it, I forgot Darksteel Citadel and Shrapnel Blast . Drop the Painful Quandary and add those two?

July 27, 2014 10:24 a.m.

Said on jwe94...


So, for ZEN basics we have:

2x Plains (230) @ $1.24 ea.

2x Forest (246) @ $1.49 ea.

2x Forest (249) @ $0.97 ea.

2x Swamp (238) @ $1.79 ea.

2x Swamp (240) @ $1.47 ea.

for a total of $13.92

For your:

Megrim ~$0.45

Liliana's Caress $2.99

Reforge the Soul $0.79

Terminate ~$0.90

Dragonskull Summit ~$2

Crawlspace $0.70?

Nicol Bolas $1

Arcane Denial $0.60

Rise of the Dark Realms $3.39

Painful Quandary $1.4

for a total of $14.22 (30 cents in my favor)

This is in addition to our trade of your Blood Crypt for my Hive Mind , Exotic Orchard , Temple of Silence , King Macar, the Gold-Cursed , and Sporeback Troll .

Phew that was a lot. How does this sound to you? Feel free to check my math and numbers, or let me know if I forget anything.

July 27, 2014 10:21 a.m.

Said on capriom85...


Hey man, I haven't heard from you and just wanted to make sure we're still on for the Nissa deal. Let me know!

July 27, 2014 8:47 a.m.

Said on jwe94...


As long as they don't have wear then I don't care about printing :) I'll try to work something up now.

July 26, 2014 11:03 p.m.

Said on Shablagoo...


While I am in need of those cards, the trade is too small to warrant shipping. Sorry man.

July 26, 2014 11:01 p.m.