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When I think "building on a budget," I think Platinum Emperion.
When I think "building on a budget," I think Platinum Emperion.$1.50 apiece or less according to store.tcgplayer.com/magic. Mythic or not, apparently an 8/8 for 8 isn't all that popular if it just keeps you from losing rather than helps you win.
Final cost of the deck according to cardkingdom.com is almost $80.00. Whose budget are we talking about here? 11 different rares? 3 different mythic rares? What happened to fun, quirky casual decks, or finding ways to break underused rares? Jacob has done multiple columns focusing on Master Transmuter, which is a great card and makes for several types of killer decks, but it's been done to death. I enjoyed the column he did where he took the two preconstructed decks from Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Tezzeret and modified them to be more streamlined, consistent and competitive, but still managed to keep the same basic strategy they started with. Maybe he could do a column where he takes one of the Mirrodin Besieged preconstructed decks and modifies it the same way.As far as I can remember, I've never seen a Building on a Budget article focus on the Commander format. I think it would be very interesting to see Jacob's take on a budget Commander deck.
Primal Command:Step 1) Put's the enchantment on top of Library. Step 2) Shuffles opponent's graveyard into Library. (even if empty, this works)Step 3) Make profit.
As far as I can remember, I've never seen a Building on a Budget article focus on the Commander format. I think it would be very interesting to see Jacob's take on a budget Commander deck.
As far as I can remember, I've never seen a Building on a Budget article focus on the Commander format. I think it would be very interesting to see Jacob's take on a budget Commander deck.I'm pretty sure BoaB doesn't cover EDH or casual formats in general because you can do basically anything in them. The cardpool is too large and the metagame is too unpredictable and/or too individual. One guy plays a Goblin deck basically unchanged from the Onslaught era, another guy plays a deck based on getting an Avatar of Kaldra out, someone else plays a milling deck, someone else plays a Saproling deck, someone else plays a combo deck relying on cards from both Urza's Destiny and Darksteel. Of the thousands of cards in the game, there are probably fewer than 100 of them not legal in Extended that sell for more than $10 and most cost a lot less than that, so no matter what your format or chosen theme you have plenty to choose from.
76125763 wrote:Zindaras' meta is like a fossil, ancient and its secrets yet to be uncovered. Only men of yore, long dead, knew of it.
I like the articles, but I have to agree with the general sentiments here. Yes, an $80 deck does fall into my personal opinion of "building on a budget"... but I don't see many people taking this type of approach when they get into the game.
A current-gen video game runs you about $60. Comic books run $4-5 a pop($10 if you like Japanese ones), and if you read multiple series that can really add up. Other collectible table-top games like Warhammer or what have you can easily break into the multiple hundreds of dollars range.Spending $80 on a deck you could potentially use for month/forever shouldn't really seem so far-fetched.
Also, while wurmcoil engine is close to $10, I really can't think of any reason to use it over sphinx of the steel wind, in which case, it can be left out.
Also, while wurmcoil engine is close to $10, I really can't think of any reason to use it over sphinx of the steel wind, in which case, it can be left out.Because it costs two mana and three colors less and was given away for free in large quantities over the span of a weekend not five months ago. And it takes three times as many removal spells to kill it.