I‘ve been playing Magic the Gathering casually with friends for a few years now and I’ve become a decent modern deck builder in that time. I build decks for both myself and my friends, and they are usually tribal or very themed decks; such as my Dragon deck, Flight of Dragons or my Elf deck, Darkwood Elves, both of which are surprisingly powerful.

I want my decks to be affordable for when I decide to buy them in paper and my decks usually fall under the budget category, with pricing at around topping out at around 60 $.

I’m always open to feedback on my decks and try to reply to all comments.

Yogei says... #1

lhetrick13 - Sounds like a sound plan. No need to rush to collect cards. I can recommend CardKingdom, especially for buying entire decks, I've bought all my decks from there. They have a large stock of cards so you don't have to worry about multiple shipment costs stacking up. TCGPlayer seems good as well if you are buying individual or a few cards. Cards like The Ozolith are insanely expensive and not worth the money in my opinion. It's definitely possible to build good decks on a budget. I've built a minotaur deck a while back for a friend (The Minotaur Horde). It's a pretty powerful deck with a 50-50 win rate against pretty much any of my decks, and the entire deck cost less than a single copy of The Ozolith.

I feel like Unearth's CMC makes it hard to beat, but I've actually considered playing more "return from graveyard cards", and Patch Up is a great suggestion. I've also looked at Kaya's Ghostform. It's an aura which means it can be found with Acclaimed Contender and it protects from exile, which is something my friends often use. If I make the switch, I'm dropping Hyena Umbra.

I'm glad to hear that your Haakon decks are improving! And I understand the feeling regarding your vampire decks. I've built many decks that had fun ideas but didn't perform well or consistently when I played them, and it's always a letdown. Both my knight and vampire decks were like that for the longest time, but I managed to turn them around, so keep working on them! For myself, what little time I spend on building right now is mostly spent on tweaking the knights or my new wizard deck.

November 21, 2022 12:20 p.m.

lhetrick13 says... #2

Yogei - Ya, I might try piloting your knight and vampire builds and slowing try to add in some of the stuff. Just never realized jsut how much more some of those nice lands are or cards like The Ozolith. Even my tribal cat I build around Anointed Procession seems unattainable in paper! The plan is to get into it and just like my MTGO collection, invest slowly over time and hopefully I can get there... I am looking at buying from CardKingdom. I use that site for discovering new cards all the time so pretty family with it, any other recommendations?

I actually was looking at your knight deck jsut the other day and noticed the subtle changes. You might consider Patch Up over Unearth just for more bang for your buck. Bringing back three creatures in a single turn for only 3 CMC is pretty awesome but tough to beat Unearth in terms of cost and utility with the Cycling ability.

In terms of my builds, I have not done to much lately. I edited my two Haakon builds heavily over the last month or so and feel like those are in a much better place but my vampire builds still feel...underwhelming. I look at them and see so much synergy but when piloting them, they just do not seem to live up to the my expectations...yet at least!

November 18, 2022 5:45 p.m.

Yogei says... #3

Hey lhetrick13! I would be honoured if you decided to buy one of my decks. Where are you looking at buying from? Yeah I know what you mean, that's why I've always tried to build budget decks. Lands especially can cost absurd amounts. (My friends and I tend to use proxies for some dual lands.) Even though I enjoy the game there's definitely a limit to how much I'm willing to pay for what is essentially just painted paper. I like to call MTG "Paper Crack" since you can sink so much money into it. xD

I made a few minor tweaks to the knights this week, but I haven't had the time to update the deck description yet. I moved all copies of Etchings of the Chosen and Hour of Revelation to the sideboard. I added two more lands to the mainboard, a full set of Unearth and two copies of Knights' Charge instead. I discovered that both Acclaimed Contender and Knight of the White Orchid comboes really well with Unearth.

How's your deck building going? I haven't been very active lately. Haven't taken the time to play much and when I don't play I spend less time building decks as well.

November 18, 2022 1:58 p.m.

lhetrick13 says... #4

Hey Yogei - I am thinking of transitioning into paper for MTG and am looking at some of your tribal builds for potential first decks. You knight and vampire decks are pretty similar to some of my decks which is enticing and a good starting point while I accumulate cards. The as the main draw to MTGO was that is was available whenever I was and more affordable and I am definitely seeing those price tags differently now that I am looking at paper...Those nice lands man...killer!

November 15, 2022 7:08 p.m.

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lhetrick13 - Sounds like a sound plan. No need to rush to collect cards. I can recommend CardKingdom, especially for buying entire decks, I've bought all my decks from there. They have a large stock of cards so you don't have to worry about multiple shipment costs stacking up. TCGPlayer seems good as well if you are buying individual or a few cards. Cards like The Ozolith are insanely expensive and not worth the money in my opinion. It's definitely possible to build good decks on a budget. I've built a minotaur deck a while back for a friend (The Minotaur Horde). It's a pretty powerful deck with a 50-50 win rate against pretty much any of my decks, and the entire deck cost less than a single copy of The Ozolith.

I feel like Unearth's CMC makes it hard to beat, but I've actually considered playing more "return from graveyard cards", and Patch Up is a great suggestion. I've also looked at Kaya's Ghostform. It's an aura which means it can be found with Acclaimed Contender and it protects from exile, which is something my friends often use. If I make the switch, I'm dropping Hyena Umbra.

I'm glad to hear that your Haakon decks are improving! And I understand the feeling regarding your vampire decks. I've built many decks that had fun ideas but didn't perform well or consistently when I played them, and it's always a letdown. Both my knight and vampire decks were like that for the longest time, but I managed to turn them around, so keep working on them! For myself, what little time I spend on building right now is mostly spent on tweaking the knights or my new wizard deck.

November 21, 2022 12:20 p.m.

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#2

Hey lhetrick13! I would be honoured if you decided to buy one of my decks. Where are you looking at buying from? Yeah I know what you mean, that's why I've always tried to build budget decks. Lands especially can cost absurd amounts. (My friends and I tend to use proxies for some dual lands.) Even though I enjoy the game there's definitely a limit to how much I'm willing to pay for what is essentially just painted paper. I like to call MTG "Paper Crack" since you can sink so much money into it. xD

I made a few minor tweaks to the knights this week, but I haven't had the time to update the deck description yet. I moved all copies of Etchings of the Chosen and Hour of Revelation to the sideboard. I added two more lands to the mainboard, a full set of Unearth and two copies of Knights' Charge instead. I discovered that both Acclaimed Contender and Knight of the White Orchid comboes really well with Unearth.

How's your deck building going? I haven't been very active lately. Haven't taken the time to play much and when I don't play I spend less time building decks as well.

November 18, 2022 1:58 p.m.

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