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How to Lose Friends and Infuriate People.. for $99

Commander / EDH* Budget Control Five Color Group Slug Multiplayer Reanimator



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Due (mostly) to the nature of MTG Finance, and the general trend of MTG cards to gain value, this has slowly crept from a $50 list to a $70 list to now one that hovers just below $99. It's still budget by most standards, and punches above its weight class due to the highly synergistic nature of the card selection

This is a foiled out, budget build, of a Child of Alara deck. Based upon a list I found on Facebook (sorry, no link available), which used almost exclusively commons.

The stock build has incredible synergy and interwoven card interactions (when was the last time you saw someone Splice onto Arcane?), and is tough to beat on it's own... It's quite fun taking down 3-4 decks with one that can cost about the same as a cheap Revised Plateau.

After playing it for a little bit, I decided to tweak a few things add a little extra power. Notable additions include:

Seasons Past instead of Elven Cache: Do you even know how good this card is?!?

Eternal Witness instead of Hana Kami: Because Ewit is Ewit and just better.

Tempt with Discovery instead of Krosan Tusker: Because why wouldn't I want to go fetch my Maze's End and a couple Guildgates, then do it again and again by recurring it with my many ways to get Tempt back into my hand? This can make a victory with Maze's End far more likely, although I still would rather win another way.

Burnished Hart instead of Grave Robbers: I'm not 100% sure about this one, but I do feel that Burnished Hart's ability to ramp and colour fix will be relevant more often than the selective graveyard hate and life gain of Grave Robbers. I suppose time will tell.

Villainous Wealth instead of an Island: EDH is about BIG spells. We ramp hard and can recur this. What's better than beating your opponents with their own stuff? Gotta do it for the lulz.

Boundless Realms instead of an Island: Swapping out a land card, for a mega ramp card seems pretty great. With the amount of creature and spell recursion this deck can put out, I could theoretically play this more than once per game.

Genju of the Realm instead of Treasure Cruise because Delve takes away a lot of the cards I want to recur later, and well... Genju of the Realm is just another wonky 5-colour card that synergizes nicely with the rest of the list.

Finally, I decided to foil the deck out because, SHINY! Non-foil, the current list costs $96.11 on TCG... Incredibly affordable.

Here is the list on which this beastie is based:

1x Child of Alara

1x Anarchist
1x Arcane Denial
1x Archaeomancer
1x Auramancer
1x Azorius Guildgate
1x Bojuka Bog
1x Boros Guildgate
1x Brainspoil
1x Breath of Life
1x Capsize
1x Collateral Damage
1x Command Tower
1x Counterspell
1x Cultivate
1x Darksteel Ingot
1x Death Denied
1x Diabolic Edict
1x Dimir Guildgate
1x Dimir House Guard
1x Disturbed Burial
1x Dutiful Attendant
1x Elven Cache
1x Ethereal Haze
1x Evolving Wilds
1x Faerie Trickery
1x False Demise
1x Far Wanderings
1x Fling
5x Forest
1x Gatecreeper Vine
1x Ghostly Flicker
1x Golgari Guildgate
1x Grave Robbers
1x Gravepurge
1x Grim Harvest
1x Gruul Guildgate
1x Hana Kami
7x Island
1x Izzet Chronarch
1x Izzet Guildgate
1x Joyous Respite
1x Kodama's Reach
1x Krosan Tusker
1x Maze's End
1x Mind Extraction
1x Mnemonic Wall
3x Mountain
1x Muddle the Mixture
1x Mulldrifter
1x Mystical Teachings
1x Oblivion Ring
1x Ondu Giant
1x Opal Palace
1x Orzhov Guildgate
1x Peer Through Depths
1x Perilous Research
1x Perplex
1x Petals of Insight
2x Plains
1x Primal Growth
1x Qasali Pridemage
1x Rakdos Guildgate
1x Reap and Sow
1x Rolling Thunder
1x Rupture Spire
1x Sakura-Tribe Elder
1x Scrivener
1x Selesnya Guildgate
1x Shade's Form
1x Shred Memory
1x Simic Guildgate
1x Soulless Revival
5x Swamp
1x Terminate
1x Terramorphic Expanse
1x Tilling Treefolk
1x Transguild Promenade
1x Treasure Cruise
1x Unhallowed Pact
1x Urborg Uprising
1x Vedalken AEthermage
1x Wrecking Ball


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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

5 - 0 Mythic Rares

19 - 0 Rares

23 - 0 Uncommons

40 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.02
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3 months ago)

+1 Chamber Sentry maybe