This thread is for discussion of this week's ReConstructed, which goes live Tuesday morning on magicthegathering.com.
This deck comes out to about $61 if you buy it in singles.
Half ($30) of that comes from the Isolated Chapels, which are about $8 apiece
Lingering Souls contribute about $8, as do the two Cathedrals of War.
Just some perspective.
I actually like this approach to budget deck building, even though I do not particularly like the WB exalted deck he worked on this week. But eh, it was exalted week.
The Back from the Brink / Misthollow Griffin deck is amazing, I gotta try that one out. Also, I think there was an error in Benjamin Wheeler's Storm deck, it currently has no way to cast those 2 Increasing Ambition s. Perhaps they were Increasing Vengeance ?
My friend recently made a W/B exalted deck so seeing this has given me some good ideas to pass on to him.
I personally think Sorin is really good in a nonbudget version since Lifelink is very good with Exalted and the -2 can make your exalted army one your more willing to just send at the opponent.
As for th budget list, I like. Sure $60 might be a bit much for some people but more than half comes from the mana base and as you said picking up duel lands is just something you should do since you often get a lot of mileage out of them.
personally, i think writing articles about budget deck building this way is better, can't immagine how difficult it actually is since every player has his/her own definition of a "budget deck" and access to cards, not to mention fact that this just encourages players to actually go that extra mile by doing some research and building your own deck. I think you can learn a lot about Magic from deck building alone and ReConstructed is that extra bit of help players need to learn on how to tweak decks. Thanks Gavin for the awesome column
"I refuse to compromise on mana, and neither[sic] should you."
I have my obligatory refusal-- a budget deck can either somewhat consistently present powerful plays, or very consistently present weak plays. The former involves eschewing mana, and building more carefully with your deck's colors, but offers the pay-off of being able to win a game of MtG. The latter can't do that. It has the mana, that's not its problem. Its problem is that even when it goes off, even when it gets its "god hand", it still sucks enough to get beat.
You are so lucky to see a rare instance of getting both of these out of a budget deck, because if you do, and the deck gets noticed-- it won't be budget for long. Budget builders know this, and that's why most of the submissions you got to this article don't mess with said lands. They often can't be included, and aren't necessary to include (we all know if we want to increase consistency, we replace our Plains with IChapel
This time I'll provide examples. Just give my Innistrad and Dark Ascension event decks a try and tell me that they are functionless and void due to its manabase:
2 [DKA] Evolving Wilds
1 [DKA] Grim Backwoods
1 [ISD] Hollowhenge Scavenger
If I were making an exalted deck, I'd definitely use Sublime Archangel . Grants exalted to all those weenies and tokens and utility creatures that you might as well have because they're efficient and on-color even though they don't fit your theme, and double-exalted to anything that already has it. I opened one at the prerelease and it won me several games. But then, that's not remotely budget.
Now, that's how you build on a budget! I know the lands are expensive and lingering souls is a 2 usd uncommon, but still!
Gavin, I reaaaaally like your articles! And I think you've improved my deck-building skills. Thanks.
Great article, looking forward to more. Also, Zero to Sixty is intriguing. I'm a fiend for deck-building lol, every TCG I've played I go mental, and I doubt MtG will be any different for me. And it's always interesting to get more insight into the art.
"I refuse to compromise on mana, and neither should you."
Can you help me here Gavin? I love your articles, but this seems like a topic you should address: Why are constructed-playable lands almost exclusively printed at rare? Why am I unable to build a budget deck due to the land restrictions?
While the "No substitutions" statement is a good start, the fact is you can find some better cards that help in the metagame. I once made a Jund deck that was missing a few of the cards, so I had to replace them. while some of the replacements turned out to be worse, others turned out to allow my deck to fight things that the Jund deck at the time had trouble with.
Namely, the original deck had 3 Broodmate Dragon s. I only had 1 so I replaced 2 with a Dragon Broodmother and a Flameblast Dragon . The Dragon Broodmother turned out not to work real well. However, the Flameblast Dragon was really good.
Other changes included 2 Bloodchief Ascension replacing I don't remember what and didn't seem to want to change back and some Thought Hemorrhage s in the sideboard to fight the one card that Jund didn't seem to be able to fight, Sphinx of Jwar Isle .
I like the idea behind this Exaulted deck, but feel that there are ways to significantly improve it that adds a couple mythics. Namely, I feel a couple of Angelic Destinies would greatly improve this deck. They're cheap enough right now to keep it budget and until they rotate they could be a huge problem. I know BB on turn 3 for Nighthawk followed by WW on turn 4 for Destiny might be a little rough, but if we've already included a playset of moderatley pricey lands, it would be something to do with that mana. Mythic doesn't always mean expensive, Angelic Destiny I'm looking at you. Also consider, it costs $5.00 to play FNM by me. Even if you win a few packs, which I feel a deck like this could, you've made your money back.
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