I don't really fit the typical profile of a Magic player - I'm a librarian in a small Iowa town, introduced to the game by teens at my library. I've been playing since M14.

My two passions are getting new players (especially other gals) involved in the game & deckbuilding, particularly budget decks. I also enjoy a very diverse game experience. I play mostly casual and commander, a lot of multiplayer. I'm strongest with Selesnya decks, and very, very seldom play any deck with Black in it. Check out all my decks for a variety of budget Commander options and budget Casual decks, or message me to see if I can help you with ideas or refining a deck you're working on.

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Looking at the deck you mentioned, you might actually be interested in my budget casual builds - You could get several each for the budget you mentioned, and they might increase the competitiveness level by only a bit: Library Joy Budget Casual Decks. There will be some decent consistency in play and also some weaknesses in the decks that keep them from being oppressive. You could also add cards from the maybe boards on those decks that are a bit more expensive. Or maybe buy one casual deck each, and then give the rest of the $ as a gift card to build whatever else. Good luck!

October 13, 2021 4:45 p.m.

You could definitely put together Mono-green elves or Mono-blue Merfolk for probably that budget (minus some big cards like Force of Negation or Cavern of Souls). Not tier 1, but definitely stronger than average build. Both are creature-based aggro strategies and not necessarily a ton of ways to win, but I wouldn't call them one-trick pony. I build a ton of budget decks, so I don't have many on my profile that will help. I'm kind of a fan of Skred Swans myself, and you could probably get it in your budget if you dropped off Snappy, Blood Moon, and Force of Negation, trade out the Fetchlands for something cheaper. It's a bit more of a control/burn strategy, but definitely has a variety of play options. I'll be curious to hear what kind of decks and strategies he likes to play, and maybe I can toss out some other suggestions later.

October 12, 2021 6:18 p.m.

Decks

Yisan Tames the Savage Beasts - Ultrabudget EDH

Commander / EDH libraryjoy

SCORE: 1 | 2 COMMENTS | 34 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

An Axe, carrying an Axe $15 Ultrabudget Casual

Casual libraryjoy

SCORE: 2 | 6 COMMENTS | 60 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

Elemental Splat

Casual libraryjoy

SCORE: 1 | 17 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

Lathiel the Life-Giving Budget Commander

Commander / EDH libraryjoy

SCORE: 1 | 24 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

Kenrith Returns with Zirda by His Side

Commander / EDH* libraryjoy

SCORE: 1 | 51 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

Choirs of Angels

Casual libraryjoy

SCORE: 1 | 38 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

Hold the Line - Casual 3-turn Win for <$10

Casual libraryjoy

SCORE: 4 | 1 COMMENT | 275 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

Cubes

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Steel Sabotage

libraryjoy — 4 years ago

SCORE 0 | COMMENTS 0 | VIEWS 169

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LibraryJoy's Silly Cube

libraryjoy — 6 years ago

SCORE 0 | COMMENTS 0 | VIEWS 266

Finished Decks 227
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