Budget fun EDH deck

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Posted on Jan. 11, 2021, 4:22 a.m. by Obrubnik99

Hi everyone! I have been playing MTG for about 3 years now. Mostly some casual with my friends, in the last year or so i went to some FNMs at my LGS and played Standard there. But a while ago, our playgroup decided that we will try Commander. So I want to build a deck but I don't know a lot about the format. I know the basic rules and some tips to buildung a deck, but I wanted to ask here. I would like to build a deck, that is fun and budget (around 50$, max 100$). But the main thing I would like is that the deck would be "colourful" - I don't know how to describe it. I would just like to win (or lose) and play every game differently. I don't want a deck that always wins with the same combo or something like that. I want a diverse deck. So I would be happy for any tips on what commander and other cards to build around.

Btw. Sorry for my mediocre english, I am not a native speaker.

JANKYARD_DOG says... #2

I like to think Isperia the Inscrutable is a versatile commander. You can use her as a toolbox style deck to find useful cards for the present board state, assemble combos, and if all else fails win by commander damage because it's a combat relevant ability. Check my profile for examples, I have both a real version and a budget version.

January 11, 2021 6:51 a.m.

I personally love Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder. He is my favorite commander. The deck is a lot of fun to play since you flip through your deck.and you tend to see a lot more of your deck in a game then with other decks.

I would link my list to you but it's nowhere near budget. But I've been playing it since the precon was released. For me, it's been fun since day one.

January 11, 2021 9:56 a.m.

I really enjoyed starting off with whatever legends I had (largely cards like Joven) and trying to put something together. If you’re more interested in winning games, though, you might want to start with some of the legends that were created after EDH/Commander was formally recognized. I enjoy Nekusar, the Mindrazer the most because it (a) puts the game “on a clock” by ticking everyone for damage every turn, and (b) lets everyone draw extra cards. This gives everyone more of an opportunity for their decks to work while hopefully getting games to cycle faster...resulting in more games. There are SO MANY options, though, so I’m excited for you to pick through all those options. As a personal request; don’t get too bogged down in “the right way to play” as that is something that happens in M:tG. Don’t sweat the small stuff, and have fun! Welcome to EDH/Commander!!! [side note: your English is great, far better than my non-English!!!]

January 11, 2021 11:19 a.m.

If you don't mind having a deck built for you, the Commander Preconstructed Decks (especially the more recently released ones) are an excellent way to get deeper into the game quickly, and all of the decklists are up online for you to figure out which is the most "colorful" ;)

Most are almost exactly $50 US, so that should work

January 11, 2021 12:20 p.m.

Nemesis says... #6

There are so many different ways you can go here, it'd really help if you provided some info to help narrow down suggestions. What play strategy do you enjoy? Combo, Aggro, Control, etc. What colors do you tend to enjoy playing? Are there any themes you enjoy? Creature types, keywords, etc.

January 11, 2021 12:55 p.m.

Obrubnik99 says... #7

Thanks for all your tips! I will definitely check them all. Just wanted to add some details that were asked for. I am not just about winning, I mostly want to have fun. I mean, I don't mind winning, but if I would win all the time, my friends would not like that very much. Who would...

To my playstyle - 1.) I don't like Aggro 2.) I like Control, byt my friends do not :-D and especially in EDH i want them to have fun too. 3.) I don't mind Combo, but I don't want to win every game with the same combo trick Therefore it looks that the best style for the deck would be mainly Midrange with a little bit of Combo and Control maybe.

January 11, 2021 2:28 p.m.

Obrubnik99 says... #8

And to colors - I like blue and tbh I have always wanted to try a Grixs deck so that might be a direction. But other than that I'm not that restricted to specific colors.

January 11, 2021 2:33 p.m.

Obrubnik99 says... #9

oh, and I don't really like mono colored decks

January 12, 2021 2:28 a.m.

Nemesis says... #10

well if Grixis is your flavor, here are a couple creature based commanders that can serve as a jumping off point:

Marchesa, the Black Rose


There are a lot of creature strategies too, so narrowing that down could help find a commander that's a good fit. Are you interested in reanimation? Same type creature pay off (Wizards, Zombies, etc)? Cheating creatures into play?

January 12, 2021 10:39 a.m.

legendofa says... #11

I'm not a great EDH builder, so maybe take this with a grain of salt. But for budget diversity, playing a different game every time, I'm going to put Melek, Izzet Paragon out there. Good for control, spell slinger, and general chaos.

January 12, 2021 11:07 a.m.

Obrubnik99 says... #12

Thanks again for your tips! I just found in my collection a copy of Niv-Mizzet, Parun, that I played a few years ago in an izzet drakes deck and I really liked him. I might try to build something around him. Any tips?

January 13, 2021 2:36 a.m.

libraryjoy says... #13

Niv-Mizzet Parun... Damage doublers would be good. Lots of Card draw. Cards I like for that build are Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind, Dragon Mage, Arjun, the Shifting Flame (a little pricey these days), Dictate of the Twin Gods, Dictate of Kruphix. I have an old Firemind list, but looking through, a lot of the cards have gone up in price a lot and the list was more about which cards I had than a well-refined list. Maybe if I'm bored some evening this week, I'll update it. Most decks on my account are budget around $40-75 if you want some ideas.

January 13, 2021 6:31 p.m.

libraryjoy says... #14

So I just worked on my Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind deck, and actually built a $70 and $35 edition. Feel free to have a look, maybe it will help give you some ideas.

Niv-Mizzet's Card Draw Carnival - $35 Ultrabudget

Niv-Mizzet's Card Draw Carnival - $70 Budget

January 13, 2021 11:28 p.m.

Obrubnik99 says... #15

Thanks for the deck lists. I took some isnpiration and theorycrafted this Niv-Mizzet, Parun budget deck:¨

My Niv-Mizzet, Parun deck

It's 117 cards at the moment, so I need to cut down. Any help appreciated - what to cut, maybe what to add, what to change...

January 14, 2021 5:10 a.m.

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