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$100 Standard Deck: Sultai Treasure and Wealth

Researching other websites and tournament reports seemed to confirm that Sultai hasn't quite found a successful archetype.

So what can we do? I don't want to just take Sultai Delve or Sultai Control and build a budget version if the original isn't even that impressive.
Let's use this as an opportunity for experimentation, and try alternate approaches: Sultai Treasure and Wealth. Here's the template deck:

Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver [THS]

Sultai Treasure and Wealth takes advantage of Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver to steal your opponents creatures while the rest of the deck gives you backup with a mix of mid-range and control.

Courser of Kruphix [BNG] Sylvan Caryatid [THS] Nissa, Worldwaker [M15] Kiora, the Crashing Wave [BNG]

Yep, we're in green, so ideally we're going to have Courser of Kruphix and Sylvan Caryatid. We're going to capitalise on their ramp to fuel our forces. Nissa, Worldwaker is included more for her second ability to untap lands than her more aggressive first ability. Kiora, the Crashing Wave joins us as well to combine protection with extra card draw and land drops.

Sagu Mauler [KTK] Garruk, Apex Predator [M15] Sidisi, Brood Tyrant [KTK]

The deck has a elegant control package that I'll get to in a moment, but let's cover a bit of the brute force we offer with a Sagu Mauler, and Garruk, Apex Predator, both of which benefit greatly from our acceleration.

Since a lot of our control package is relying on delve, Sidisi, Brood Tyrant is a 2-of as well, and her Zombie generation gives us an extra layer of ground forces as accelerate towards the finish line.

But what else can we do with all this acceleration?  What makes this deck different and distinct?  Well, I told you the Sultai get others to do the work for them... That's right, the highly underrated and often overlooked Villainous Wealth takes advantage of all that mana.

Drown in Sorrow [BNG] Bile Blight [BNG] Hero's Downfall [THS]

Along the way, we dive into black with Drown in Sorrow, Bile Blight, and Hero's Downfall, stalling out our opponent's board until we can dig for the answers we need.

The mana base is about what you'd expect from Khans of Tarkir: A small sack of gold to buy fetches, scrys and a mana confluence.
Finally, the sideboard allows us to fine tune our control spells.

But all of this is going to cost a fortune, and if you're choosing to go with a rogue homebrew instead of a sure thing, you maybe want to capture the essence of the deck without getting captured by the cost.


The Sultai might be merciless, but show a little mercy to your wallet with a $100 Sultai Treasure budget build, the Nemesis Wave.
Nemesis Wave still tries to tap into the key forces of control and acceleration, to focus on the key cards of Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver and Villainous Wealth.  Luckily, although Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver has recently shot up in price, we can still afford three for the deck. In fact, much of the control package can remain the same as well, where our cuts are, of course, going to be in our mana base.

Embodiment of Spring [KTK] Kiora's Follower [BNG]

The toughest replacements with be the acceleration from Courser of Kruphix, Sylvan Caryatid, and Nissa, Worldwaker.
While it is far from ideal, I'm going to take them out for Embodiment of Spring and Kiora's Follower.  We can even use the Embodiment of Spring for a strategic block and sac.

Despise [KTK]

Replacing Thoughtseize with Despise isn't that bad of a downgrade.  We're still getting rid of both creatures and planeswalkers on turn 1 or 2, preventing everything from Siege Rhino to Stormbreath Dragon to Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker from coming down.

Next, while Nissa, Worldwaker is $40 for a reason, I think we can use a Prophet of Kruphix to add to our mana supply and flash in our creatures during our opponents turn.

Most of the rest of our control package is the same, or with only minor tweaks. Let's take a look:

Dig Through Time is too costly to run as a 2-of and stay under budget, so a ticket for a Treasure Cruise will have to do in place of one.
We can still afford Sidisi, Brood Tyrant and stay within budget as well as the Sagu Mauler.  Finally, I want just a bit more oomph from this budget deck, so I'm going to run a copy of the Soul of Innistrad, another underrated card in my opinion, and thus very affordable.

For our mana, we swap our the Temples for the lifegain lands.  As always, if you have any Temples in our colors, fetches, or a Mana Confluence, even just a few does wonders for the mana base.

And our sideboard is largely unchanged.

Sometimes when everyone is playing one of two decks, the best way to break through is to try something new and unexpected.
The Sultai might be merciless, but show a little mercy to your wallet with a $100 Sultai Treasure budget build, such as Nemesis Wave.

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