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



MTG Decks

Perfection of Milling Playtest

Casual ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 320 | 16 COMMENTS | 100300 VIEWS

Perfection of Milling 2.0 Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 33 | 28 COMMENTS | 4335 VIEWS

Empyrial Tactics (Shell) Playtest

Commander / EDH* ducttapedeckbox


Godly Superfriends Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox

Finished Decks 31
Prototype Decks 14
Drafts 0
Playing since Mirrodin
Points 3390
Avg. deck rating 17.39
T/O Rank 333
Favorite formats Standard,Commander / EDH,Casual
Good Card Suggestions 3
Last activity 3 days
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...


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...


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.