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What would be a good deck to build that doesn't fold to every other deck and I can make on a budget?
What would be a good deck to build that doesn't fold to every other deck and I can make on a budget?


That's a pretty lofty set of requirements.

What would be a good deck to build that doesn't fold to every other deck and I can make on a budget?


That's a pretty lofty set of requirements.




Not really. Living end is dirt cheap after the shocklands, and the old extended lists didnt even run fetchlands.

Also, goblins is pretty cheap, as is elves. Finally, a basic marty or the sands list tends to be pretty cheap, since the new finishers are sun titan and elesh norn.

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mono red could be playbable and is going to be dirt cheap.

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take tempered steel... mix it with affinity... profit.
Since we have a section for modern now, I'll be moving this to modern general.  Make sure to post your modern-related threads there in the future!
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...dirt cheap after the shocklands...


Yep, and Zoo is dirt cheap after goyf, the shocklands, and fetches.  Saying something is dirt cheap after you spend 80+ dollars on lands is a bit far fetched.

Mono red goblin bloodmoon will be cheap, straight forward, and can really hurt many of the decks in the metagame.
As general advice, investing in Shocklands and Zendikar fetches will probably be a good plan. That way, you can build a lot of very powerful decks without having to invest much.

Most people can borrow a set of Dark Confidants or Tarmogoyfs for a tournament. That's rarely a real problem if you have a couple of friends who also play. Otherwise, you can often trade for them, then trade those for what you need in your next deck when that becomes relevant.

The real problem is often the manabases. In Modern, they won't rotate out, though, so once you've made an investment in a couple of playsets of shocks and a couple of playsets of fetches, you can play a lot of the best decks in the format. Just trade your shocks for the shocks you need in a specific deck and the same with fetches.
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any deck that costs less that $200 is a cheap deck, just sayin'.

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...dirt cheap after the shocklands...


Yep, and Zoo is dirt cheap after goyf, the shocklands, and fetches.  Saying something is dirt cheap after you spend 80+ dollars on lands is a bit far fetched.

Mono red goblin bloodmoon will be cheap, straight forward, and can really hurt many of the decks in the metagame.



No, I'm serious when I say living end is dirt cheap after the shocks. The entire deck, including sideboard, costs roughly $150. That's nothing, especially when you consider a playset of goyfs for zoo is going to run you roughly $250.

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As mentioned, monored or monogreen elves should give you a lot of bang for the buck. Monowhite weenie might also. 

You probably won't win tournaments, but with an aggressive mono colored deck you should be able to put up a good fight most of the time, and you avoid the financial hit of expensive mana bases.
As mentioned, monored or monogreen elves should give you a lot of bang for the buck. Monowhite weenie might also. 

You probably won't win tournaments, but with an aggressive mono colored deck you should be able to put up a good fight most of the time, and you avoid the financial hit of expensive mana bases.



Problem with avoiding the financial hit of expensive mana bases is hitting the expensive tournament fees with no rewards.
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Well, that is the nature of tournaments and events, very few people get rewards.  Some people (no necessarily me) find that paying $10 to get in to a tournament is worth it for the fun of playing in the tournament.  Besides, you can test all you want, but until you actually participate you will not really be able to tune your deck and play to the metagame.
The good news about a non-rotating format, is that any "new" classic can be acquired on the go.  Meaning, you can pick up new dual lands out of packs and just replace the budget ones since the rest of your deck won't rotate out on you in the process.

The good news about starting this non-rotating format at a time where Force of Will doesn't exist means you don't have to start out with $240 for the first 4 cards.  Nor do you have to spend another $500 on just the manabase, either.  Sure, Goyf sucks, though....

I think starting with a budgetized version of a deck is a good way to go, then as you pick up more powerful stuff randomly, you can improve that one deck to the point where it can be seriously competitive.  

At least that's my goal: exclude the mana-base for now, find a deck that looks fun and yet has the tools to be competitive within my playstyle.  Tweak over time. 


At least that's my goal: exclude the mana-base for now, find a deck that looks fun and yet has the tools to be competitive within my playstyle.  Tweak over time. 



That's not a bad mindset, considering that there's zero restrictions on reprints for Modern. WotC has basically guaranteed that whatever set contains the shocklands are going to be a mega-seller, as will the new ISD set since it contains the enemy duals.

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I think the cost to be competitive will keep a lot of people out of it. Sad. Good Format.
No Pro Tour for the poor. 
I think the cost to be competitive will keep a lot of people out of it. Sad. Good Format.
No Pro Tour for the poor. 



umm this has always been the case at pro tours, the pros spend money or know many other folks that have the cards they need. At least with modern, while some cards might be expencive to buy in on, you can peicemeal what you need over time. which is a dang sight better that standard in certain cases.
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Good point. I'm not lookin to play competitive, it just seems Modern might even be more expensive than Standard in terms of rounding out decks with high power singles, but no rotation means you wont have to buy a new set of cards every three months, so, maybe the scale balances.
Good point. I'm not lookin to play competitive, it just seems Modern might even be more expensive than Standard in terms of rounding out decks with high power singles, but no rotation means you wont have to buy a new set of cards every three months, so, maybe the scale balances.


If you assume that with each rotation you have to spend $100-$200 to stay competetive in standard, Modern should be cheaper after only one rotation.  Those numbers are completely speculative without much thought,  but it illustrates the point.  Even Legacy comes out cheaper after a few rotations, so Modern will do so much faster.  The deck you choose has some impact on it, and you can play a cheaper deck until you can acquire all the shocklands you need.
The cheapest deck that's viable would be some sort of eggstorm.  I'll give it a rough go.  You COULD cut Moxen.


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The cheapest deck that's viable would be some sort of eggstorm.  I'll give it a rough go.  You COULD cut Moxen.


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Meh...I think Mono-Red Blood Moon aggro is probably an easier win, and probably just as cheap.
True to the point in that you do get to run 8 moon effects, which really screws with so many land bases its not funny.
"Some have said there is no subtlety to destruction. You know what? They're dead." —Jaya Ballard, task mage
Sí!  It also has some of the best aggro creatures, Mass D, Land D, Targeted D, and Face Burn; in addition it is probably the second best color for mana accelleration (even if it is short term) and has a few fat fliers (if that is the rout you want to go).  On the downside it is probably the color that has most common protection from it, but that is not too big a problem.  I think you could go a long way with a deck core of:
3-4x Blood Moon
3-4x Magus of the Moon
2-3x Shrine of Burning Rage
2-3x Grim Lavamancer

...though I have not put too much work in to it.
id go
 4 blood
3 magus
3 shrine
2 grim

You dont want grims too early even if you run the full 8 fetches, magus can still be killed via some type of removal but you still want to see him.
then blood is likely the safest since not many folks do main or much sb enchanment removal. Shrine I always like at three cause even with its reach it still has the problem of I dont want to draw two in my opening hand, but you still want them sometime.
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Boros is cheap to build if you ain't looking to win a major event, i rebuilt one the other day on mtgo and all i spent was 15 bucks. and yes i know duel lands are expensive but city of brass is cheap.
Whatever deck you decide to run with I reccomend testing the **** out of it in MWS to determine the deck's effectiveness against all deck archetypes. Its quite a bad feeling to buy a bunch of cards for a deck to find out your deck isn't that good.