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:

MTG Decks

Perfection of Milling Playtest

Casual ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 332 | 29 COMMENTS | 121995 VIEWS

Perfection of Extortion Playtest

Casual ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 57 | 42 COMMENTS | 20550 VIEWS

Perfection of Milling 2.0 Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 34 | 30 COMMENTS | 5691 VIEWS

Inspiring Perfection Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox


Perfection of Hand Jobs - Nekusar Cruel Control Playtest

Commander / EDH* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 15 | 17 COMMENTS | 2532 VIEWS

Perfection of Artificing Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 105 | 29 COMMENTS | 15252 VIEWS

The Meatshield Strikes Back Playtest

Commander / EDH* ducttapedeckbox


Perfection of Milling 4.0 Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 44 | 25 COMMENTS | 9088 VIEWS

Reanimated Perfection Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 11 | 25 COMMENTS | 1579 VIEWS

Budget U Tron Playtest

Modern* ducttapedeckbox

Finished Decks 31
Prototype Decks 29
Drafts 0
Playing since Mirrodin
Points 13980
Avg. deck rating 19.20
T/O Rank 85
Favorite formats Standard,Commander / EDH,Casual
Good Card Suggestions 42
Cards Added/Fixed 24
Last activity 21 hours
Joined 2 years

rockleemyhero says... #1

nah, i was mostly just trying to get some edh jank with those rhinos. thanks tho!

October 30, 2014 8:04 p.m.

Caligula says... #2

I'd love to make the trade, unfortunately I just hooked a buddy up with the Ghostfire Blade . I just updated my binder with pretty much everything I have going on right now. The only things I do believe I left out was a playset of Extirpate .

October 30, 2014 5:43 p.m.

Caligula says... #3

The Dynamo is FTV. And yeah we could definitely work something out. I know international shipping seems like a hassle but it's really not at all, I ship stateside constantly (ask slovakattack or EmblemMan) and haven't had any issues, aside from the actual shipment taking more time than usual. But that is totally minor.

It's up to you though! I can tell you from experience that it's relatively cheap and easy to do.

If you would like, I'm willing to ship out first as a sign of confidence. (if we work something out)

October 29, 2014 5:55 p.m.

Caligula says... #5

I'm also interested in your Wurmcoil Engine (s) and a bunch of other little things you want.

I was mainly interested in the Cobra anyways.

So I guess the better question is what do you want from me :P that I could get that Cobra and possibly more

October 29, 2014 9:15 a.m.

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Said on Caligula...


So I've decided that I don't really need the Rhino anymore, but I'd still be looking for Thran Dynamo and I guess Ghostfire Blade . That doesn't seem like enough for me to want to start going international, so do you have any other EDH staples/lands I might be interested in?

Regarding the Wurmcoils, I might throw together a hyper-budget Mono-U Tron build, aside from them, so I'd like to keep them around.

Let me know!

October 30, 2014 5:14 p.m.

Said on rockleemyhero...


I don't think I'm going to be needing the Rhinos, sorry I haven't taken them out of my binder. The Isolated Chapel is with me at school (the majority of my collection is at home, my parents would be shipping my end out) so that would be a little difficult on my end, and I think I'm using the Reliquary Tower listed in my binder.

With that, are you still interested? I'd be interested in most EDH staples/lands.

October 30, 2014 5:10 p.m.

Said on Caligula...


Do you think we could work something out for Thran Dynamo , Siege Rhino , and Ghostfire Blade ? What edition is the Dynamo?

You're in Canada right? I think I remember that... I'm still hesitant about international trading, but we'll see.

October 29, 2014 5:11 p.m.

Said on GoldGhost012...


Showed up today :)

October 29, 2014 5:06 p.m.

Said on Caligula...


I'd like to hold onto the Delta for a couple reasons, but the Cobra is for trade. Is there anything else you might be interested in?

October 29, 2014 midnight

Said on GoldGhost012...


Any update on the Massacre Wurm ? I checked my mailbox today and nothing showed up :/

October 28, 2014 11:59 p.m.

Said on Wolfninja...


I'd like to hold onto the fetch, sorry man. Thanks for looking though.

October 23, 2014 8:55 p.m.

Said on 2austin5...


Hey man, sorry never saw your post. Anyways, I'd like to hold onto the fetch for the long term. Sorry!

October 23, 2014 8:54 p.m.

Didn't see your post JagMaster420 -- I'll try entirely swapping it out but play with the numbers if that isn't working out.

October 22, 2014 11:22 p.m.

@ GoldGhost012 -- I had the same line of thought. He's good and bad. The better body though makes him much more appealing, and this deck severely needs a solid 3-drop with the lack of Courser. I think I'll make the change and try it out.

October 22, 2014 11:21 p.m.