Seems fair! I've always been a huge fan of cards like Figure of Destiny, Kargan Dragonlord, and Student of Warfare. These cards are always good, regardless of the game state. They're good in you opening hand and they're good on turn twenty. No matter the board state, it's always beneficial to draw them
So JVL here is the challenge: Can you create a standard capable Mill deck?
Strange that he didn’t throw in day of judgement so he can play what I’ve been running into in the mtgo casual room for weeks
Turn 1 student
Turn 2 random WW or W1 knight
Turn 3 knight exemplar
Turn 4 day of judgment
Hur hur (or worse 2nd knight exemplar followed by DoJ on turn 5)
I’ve seen so many great decks in this column and it’s one of my favourites to read, but eight 4off knights + 4 honour of the pure at a total that is far from most people’s view of budget makes me a sad panda
Not gonna go too much into the budget discussion, but rather offer an idea: break Raid Bombardment. Make a B/R deck with Slavering Nulls, Pawn of Ulamog and Reassembling Skeleton. Not Bloodghast, it'll run out of recursions too quickly. Add in Quest for inner Flame, perhaps? Bombardment triggers for each instance of damage, before combat damage resolves, quick charge for the Quest. That or the forgotten Chandra's Spitfire, also a cool option. Lastly, add in Signal Pest and play with the trigger stacking. Good idea, bad idea?
Man, you people whine so much.In an evnironment where the average tourney-worthy deck costs between $400-$800, $100 is a budget deck. Especially given that this isn't even an optimized build, which would run you a lot more than what this one costs. People need to stop whining. You can't build a tournament-worthy deck out of $0.10 commons.I do agree that the creativity of this deck is lacking, though. It's just a fairly standard list of 4-ofs of good knights, and one common that should probably be evasion or removal.@El_Feed: You don't ever level up Caravan Escort to the 5/5 level. You pay the 2 (either from his level up ability or by dropping an Honor) to make him a 2/2 on turn 2, and then leave him there. Exemplar turn 3 makes him a 3/3. There's no need to spend all that mana to make him into a 5/5, he's there to be a weenie, not a beater.
For me, Boab is giving players Budget OPTIONS. in this deck, there is NONE. not even a single mention of a swap, or change of tactics if you do not have access to card X. It is a very, very uninspiring bunch of cards that will make each player quit of boredom after playing more than once with it.If the goal of Boab is to create a tournament viable deck, then please stop right there, as it is never going to happen while Wizards pushes power into rarity.Here´s hoping for a better Boab next time Jacob!
@El_Feed: You don't ever level up Caravan Escort to the 5/5 level. You pay the 2 (either from his level up ability or by dropping an Honor) to make him a 2/2 on turn 2, and then leave him there. Exemplar turn 3 makes him a 3/3. There's no need to spend all that mana to make him into a 5/5, he's there to be a weenie, not a beater.
Caravan EscortThe point is not the ultimate level, but that he is either a 1/1 on turn 1. Or he is a 2/2. He can play either role.You don't have to overcommit, either, if you are concerned about a board wipe, but you don't have to sit on your weenie. You have options. Options makes him better than just a 1/1 for 1 and just a 2/2 for 3. The fact that he can play either role means it is usable.On the other hand, he isn't great. Its just another body to throw into the red zone. Personally, I agree with the Signal Pest comment. The buff it gives your other guys is well worth the fact that it doesn't get the buffs from your "lords".
What a horrible mess of cards. 20 Rares and 4 Mythic rares in a Boab deck? Absolutely no hints or pointers to BUDGET card swaps for those rare cards, not even an attempt to do so... Hero of Bladehold: 5.99$ a piece = $23.96Knight Exemplar : 4.99$ a piece = $19.96Mirran Crusader : 4.50$ a piece = $18.00Student of Warfare : 4.75$ a piece = $19.00Honor of the Pure : 1.40$ a piece = $5.60Budget total: $86.52That´s not bad for a budget deck. I can do better:59 Islands1 Jace, the mind sculptor = 80$ a piece.. saving 6 bucks.. No inspiration AT ALL.. it looks like it was written monday morning, just before deadline. slap all Knights you can find in a deck with Honor the pure and mindlessly play a game.Where is the tech? where are the awesomesauce (super janky) common cards that help the deck? For example, use the Level-up knights with a blue splash for Venerated Teacher for example, or to make it more up to date: Proliferate to make your knights awesome!Maybe a White/Red Knights deck to give it more reach? Really stop writing for Boab and do normal OMG, I HAXXOR you T2 win decks for high level tournament play..Why does this person keeps writing these non-budget articles?:Seems fair! I've always been a huge fan of cards like Figure of Destiny, Kargan Dragonlord, and Student of Warfare. These cards are always good, regardless of the game state. They're good in you opening hand and they're good on turn twenty. No matter the board state, it's always beneficial to draw themHuge fan of 8$ cards, 12$ cards and 5$ cards I see.. gotta love Boab!
If $100 is what a Budget deck costs, then WotC needs to seriously re-evaluate their policies.
If you're going to sink $100+ into a deck, it'll only be for a deck that is a known commodity. Rogue decks have to be either inexpensive or serious metagame predators to be worth the money.
Maybe as a compromise to all sides they should just get rid of BoaB and replace it with a permanent weekly "Going Rogue" article about alternatives to the popular metagame.This would solve a lot of issues players have with competitive decks, and give ideas (even if not fully complete) of budding decks to budding deckbuilders. That, and, wizards won't have to pretend it allows decks to be cheap and competitive anymore. Plus the whole "budget" idea won't have to be challenged week-in and week-out. That way people can decide for themselves if they have enough money to try competitive play or just stay casual, kitchen table players.