Hi there! New to MTG, but I've built a few cool decks so far - infect, trample, ramp and plant decks; all green - but had a burning question on my mind that I hadn't found the answer to: Can you create a really good, often-winning deck made entirely out of only common rarity cards?
Yes. Before Zendikar block rotated out, I had a Kiln Fiend -based deck made entirely out of commons (Okay, there were technically a few uncommons in there, but they were easily replacable burn spells because I had more Forked Bolt s than Burst Lightning s). I could pretty regularly take it to a FNM and do well for myself. Usually not top-tier, but a respectable showing. The currrent Standard inheritor of the deck style is all-in Infect. I haven't put one together, and I think it usually tends to have more non-common cards in it, but you can still make a Pauper version and take it to a normal (low-competitiveness) Standard tournament and put up a respectable showing. If Lady Luck smiles upon you a bit in your draws, you might even win.
With some cards off that list you could make a deck that counters or bounces all of their spells. You'll get there with combat damage that gets through, since they have no blockers, and tons of deck manipulation/card draw.
It depends on what you mean by often winning? Decks that have access to all rarity don't usually have ability to win the majority of matches. Though you can make an all common, or all common and uncommon deck that is competative. Then you also start to get into a point where your play ability comes in.
If you mean standard I think you could compete with some decks but probably nothing tier 1. It's possible you could steal a game from a tier 1 deck but I doubt you would win a match. I think a better idea is to budget yourself to $50 and stick a few rares in.
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