Getting back into MTG, need pointers on current T2 and building on a budget

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I dropped out of magic around Lorwyn to save some money and got really interested again with the MTGO beta, thinking of building a deck and hitting up the local cardshop for FNM or just a random T2 tourney, but I have very little knowledge of the current meta or sets beyond the basic mechanics.

I don't know what the local meta is either or even how good the players are, figured I'd grab one of the current event decks, probably aiming at mostly Innistrad block so that it stays longer and then customize to put my own flavour on it.

So for a budget of about $80 (60 USD) where am I best set to focus my attention? I like combo and ramp but I'm happy to play control, bonus points for some sort of combo that never gets seen :P

Example being my last FNM deck which was a GBU fungus that usually won through Thelonite Hermit/Vesuvan Shapeshifter exploit with Sudden Death removal.

I like the look of the Undying deck but not a huge fan of Birthing Pod, hate self-mill so might be down to Red or White, can anyone tell me about how these decks worked for them?
The red and white from my experience are very good for precons. The red is your standard aggro-goblins deck, your the white is humans, which also tend to be aggro. I've seen mortarpod used with great effect in the red one, and as for the white one, you might want to look into a color splash. Hope this helps! 
Cheers, I think I might end up going with red, never really been much of a fan with white weenie.
After a few playtests I'm really feeling that Grafdigger's Cage would be amazing in Side, moreso than the Torpor Orbs anyway, are they generally worth a lot and would i be likely to find people who would take my Inkmoth Nexuses for them?
I think Nexus is more or less twice the price of a Cage currently, so yeah, anyone with a dealer's instinct will take your nexuses for their cages.
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I dropped out of magic around Lorwyn to save some money and got really interested again with the MTGO beta, thinking of building a deck and hitting up the local cardshop for FNM or just a random T2 tourney, but I have very little knowledge of the current meta or sets beyond the basic mechanics.

Here's a quick rundown of the most popular deck archetypes in Standard right now:

Delver (50%): A blue-based deck that abuses Delver of Secrets/Insectile Aberration, Invisible Stalker and Lingering Souls tokens. By throwing threatening equipment on its cheap creatures, bouncing or locking out its opponent's threats, and protecting its game plan with strong counterspells, a Delver deck can end games quickly and efficiently.

Wolf Run (20%): A red-green deck that ramps up mana and sweeps the board so it can play powerhouses like Inferno Titan and Primeval Titan. It's named for Kessig Wolf Run, a powerful land that turns any creature you have into a Fireball, and often has auxiliary threats like Huntmaster of the Fells/Ravager of the Fells and Thrun, the Last Troll to keep its opponent on its toes.

Zombies (15%): A blue-black deck focused on Zombie tribal synergy. It can either rush down with Diregraf Ghouls and Gravecrawlers backed up with Diregraf Captain support, or grind out its opponent with a Mortarpod, Gravecrawler, and Diregraf Captain's life-loss trigger. Scariest of all is Geralf's Messenger, an aggressive, undercosted beatstick that won't stay dead.

Tokens (15%): A white-based deck that rides the power of Intangible Virtue and Lingering Souls. By dumping tons and tons of tokens onto the battlefield, it pumps them up with cards like Honor of the Pure or Sorin, Lord of Innistrad and finishes the game with an endless stream of 3/3 or larger attackers.

The format is really wide open though, so be prepared for the occasional Heartless Summoning or mono-red matchup. At low levels of play, you'll probably encounter other rogue decks as well.

Embrace imagination.

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Oh and for the budget builder the white tokens is the cheapest. The deck can be run with no expensive cards at all.

When you make it test it against this one for viability. (a simple zombie aggro deck)
4 gravecrawler
4 cemetery reaper
4 Geralf's Messenger
4 diregraf captain
2 Vengeful Pharaoh

4 dismember
4 mana leak
4 go for the throat
2 black sun's zenith
2 mortarpod
1 swiftfoot boots
1 zombie infestation
1 Sword of Feast and Famine

4 island
8 swamp
4 Darkslick Shores
4 Drowned Catacomb
2 inkmoth nexus
1 Nephalia Drownyard

sideboard
4 mindshrieker
4 mental misstep
4 ghoulcaller's chant
3 negate


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