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.

Regarding my meta and deck building tendencies

My experience is in Standard and EDH exclusively. Blue, black, and sometimes green are my strongest colors, and white is a toss up. Red is newly charted territory as the first time I've seriously included it in a deck is with my most recent EDH deck. I've gotten into EDH because as an eternal format, and a format this is very conducive to multiplayer games, EDH is much easier to play in college as you don't have to keep up with the standard meta. Decks can start as strong as your collection allows, and grow more powerful as you trade and purchase new cards.

All decks that I construct are built under some form of a budget constraint (see below). They are also built for a relatively casual meta. The only sanctioned event that I've attended in the past four years or so is a draft. Thus, my decks are designed to be competitive in a casual environment. Infinite combos, infect, and extremely strong (and expensive) cards are out of the question in any of my builds.

It is my belief that elaborate deck descriptions are not, and should not, be necessary for most decks (the exception being extreme combo decks). Most, if not all of my decks are not combo-oriented builds, and therefore I do not be provide elaborate card-choice sections in my deck descriptions. If a choice isn't self-explanatory or there is a card that more appropriately fills a roll, please bring it to my attention. I'm always open to suggestions and discussions about my builds.

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 decks around $100 (with my Nekusar build being one of the few exceptions). 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 tried to get it going again- along with another series on a biweekly schedule - but my real life commitments proved to be much more time consuming that anticipated and thus I was unable to continue writing.

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:

Scuttles Series I'm also working on decks that utilize my favorite Standard card- Scuttling Doom Engine , better known as Scuttles or SDE in many of my posts. These builds include

MTG Decks

Perfection of Milling Playtest

Casual ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 327 | 29 COMMENTS | 118765 VIEWS

Perfection of Extortion Playtest

Casual ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 57 | 42 COMMENTS | 20218 VIEWS

Perfection of Milling 2.0 Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 34 | 30 COMMENTS | 5529 VIEWS

Inspiring Perfection Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox


Perfection of Hand Jobs - Nekusar Cruel Control Playtest

Commander / EDH* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 14 | 17 COMMENTS | 2448 VIEWS

Perfection of Artificing Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 104 | 25 COMMENTS | 14741 VIEWS

Cost-Benefit Analysis Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox


The Meatshield Strikes Back Playtest

Commander / EDH* ducttapedeckbox


Perfection of Face-Smashing Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox


Perfection of Milling 4.0 Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox

Finished Decks 31
Prototype Decks 27
Drafts 0
Playing since Mirrodin
Points 12910
Avg. deck rating 18.25
T/O Rank 90
Favorite formats Standard,Commander / EDH,Casual
Good Card Suggestions 39
Cards Added/Fixed 24
Last activity 7 minutes
Joined 2 years

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Said on Not sure if ......


I did a trade with him maybe two weeks ago? His end did take a longer than expected to arrive but it arrived in promised condition.

September 23, 2014 8:18 p.m.

Said on SniperElGato...


Are you offering those cards or asking if I have them? I neither have nor have interest in those cards, sorry man.

September 23, 2014 11:06 a.m.

Said on W: Khans stuff, ......


I'd like to hold on to the Godless Shrine and possibly Progenitus (I pulled this back when I had just started actually paying attention to the game and didn't know what was in the sets... nearly shit myself when I pulled this).

Plague Sliver ($0.46), Deity of Scars ($1.85), and Chord of Calling ($8.55) are all on the table. The Sliver and Deity are relatively old and might have a little wear (definitely LP at the worst).

I'll work on an offer (and figure out what I want...) and get back to you tonight or tomorrow.

September 22, 2014 11:46 p.m.

Said on W: Khans stuff, ......


Hmm I have the Mystics and Dictates, I could use the Charms but I'll probably get some Khans at some point and pull those. Is there anything more you might want? :P I'm sure we could work with what we have if not.

September 22, 2014 8:57 p.m.

Said on W: Khans stuff, ......


Ooh I meant things like Isolated Chapel . Checklands, my bad. right?

What do you have for the Altar of the Brood deck? I might build it, probably will, but not sure. Anyways, I'll see what you have. :)

September 22, 2014 5:35 p.m.

Said on W: Khans stuff, ......


Alright so other than Ugin's Nexus , I could trade for the following (some would require you finding more things- let me know your thoughts). Soul of New Phyrexia , It That Betrays , Massacre Wurm , Savage Knuckleblade , Heliod, God of the Sun (Chinese, correct?), Eldrazi Temple , or taplands.

I completely understand if the non-standard things are immediately off the table. Those are just things I'd trade for, I honestly don't need most of them. If there are things you think I might be interested in that I missed, don't hesitate to point them out.

September 22, 2014 5:21 p.m.

@ Th4natos -- Thanks for the input. Personally I'm not a fan of Dictate of Kruphix either, but it's a permanent and it's card draw, which are the criteria that it needs to meet.

September 22, 2014 3:04 p.m.

Said on W: Khans stuff, ......


For some reason I thought the Nexus was ~$5 and the C/U $1 max each. This lab is taking forever, I'll get to it later tonight or tomorrow.

September 21, 2014 9:59 p.m.

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@ GoldGhost012 -- Does that amount to Ugin's Nexus ? hahaha it's such a small trade... Unless I'm undervaluing those cards....

September 21, 2014 8:29 p.m.

@ GoldGhost012 -- Could you go through my binder and list out exactly what you need? I can look later more to see what I want from you. Gotta type up a lab now.

September 21, 2014 7:51 p.m.