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 | 121498 VIEWS

Perfection of Extortion Playtest

Casual ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 57 | 42 COMMENTS | 20501 VIEWS

Perfection of Milling 2.0 Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 34 | 30 COMMENTS | 5666 VIEWS

Inspiring Perfection Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox


Perfection of Hand Jobs - Nekusar Cruel Control Playtest

Commander / EDH* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 15 | 17 COMMENTS | 2522 VIEWS

Perfection of Artificing Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 105 | 29 COMMENTS | 15201 VIEWS

The Meatshield Strikes Back Playtest

Commander / EDH* ducttapedeckbox


Perfection of Milling 4.0 Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 44 | 25 COMMENTS | 9004 VIEWS

Reanimated Perfection Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 11 | 25 COMMENTS | 1307 VIEWS
Finished Decks 31
Prototype Decks 28
Drafts 0
Playing since Mirrodin
Points 13920
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 1 day
Joined 2 years

GoldGhost012 says... #1

Apparently something was wrong with the way I sent it, because when I sent it, it came back on Friday. Sorry about that, I'll get it back out there and pray for its safe shipping.

October 19, 2014 4:14 p.m.

capriom85 says... #2

Nice pulls...unfortunately I am only interested in trading for the stuff I need right now. I have a completed RUG standard deck, but I wish I built Junk instead, so I am trying to put it together through trades. Cash is a bit tight this month...

October 16, 2014 11:07 p.m.

GoldGhost012 says... #4

Yeah, I found it at the bottom of my drawer where I put your cards before mailing them. I'll put it out tomorrow then, sorry about that.

October 6, 2014 8:54 p.m.

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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.

That sounds great, I really like that deal.

Sorry for my slow response times, I have a Physics E&M exam on Friday that I've been busy studying for.

So I can do Sorin for your 2 Overgrown Tombs and 1 Stomping Ground.

I will ask that you ship first and include tracking. Once your end arrives I will send my end out, packaged in a penny sleeve, then in a toploader, and back the envelope with cardboard to prevent bending/damage.

Go ahead and email me at ducttapedeckbox@gmail.com to confirm. Please include a summary of our trade agreement (who's sending what, just for one last layer of clarification) and your shipping address. I will respond with confirmation and my own shipping address.

I see that you have initiated a trade via the T/O trading system, and I will get to updating that when I respond to your email.

I'll be pretty busy tomorrow with preparing for the exam, but I will try to respond. If not, Friday at the absolute latest.

October 22, 2014 11:18 p.m.

@ JagMaster420 -- I really don't like the idea of 2 Satyr Wayfinder s. I don't like 2-2 splits of low-costing cards like that, just a personal preference. Do you think I can cut the Wayfinders overall for it?

October 22, 2014 3:52 p.m.

@ GoldGhost012 -- I just don't want to run too many that I end up wishing I had an Amulet of Vigor , haha.

October 21, 2014 11:14 p.m.

I'd rather the Overgrown Tomb s over Stomping Ground s, I rarely play red so the chance of me using them is pretty slim; I just wanted one in case I build an EDH deck in those colors or something. If you cannot trade more than one Tomb though, I guess that deal will work.

October 21, 2014 10:09 p.m.

Said on GoldGhost012...


No problem about the trade- I'll check in a few days to see if it showed up.

October 21, 2014 5:12 p.m.

@ JagMaster420 -- Thanks, let me know how it works out! Regarding Nyx Weaver , where would it fit? It has a similar effect as Satyr Wayfinder , which do you think would be better? I think this is an either-or case.

October 21, 2014 4:37 p.m.