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Budget Magic: $20 UG Kicker (Standard)

Zendikar Rising is here. Let's kick off (literally) our exploration of our new Standard format with a deck that is both absurdly cheap and absurdly fun: UG Kicker!

Sep 21 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: Incinerator Burn (Modern)

How good is Chandra's Incinerator in Modern? Is Goblin Guide a Budget Magic card now thanks to its Double Masters reprinting? Let's find out!

Sep 15 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: Tutelage Tribal Mill (Modern)

Can Teferi's Tutelage join Sphinx's Tutelage to power a card-draw-based turbo-mill deck in Modern on a budget? Let's see!

Sep 8 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: Soulherder Surprise (Modern)

Normally, Soulherder decks are about grinding out slow value with enters-the-battlefield triggers. Today's deck has some of the same tricks but also a surprise!

Sep 1 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: 16 Rack (Modern)

Sometimes, 8 Racks just aren't enough.

Aug 25 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: $50 Underworld Abyss Black Devotion (Standard)

Can a rotation-proof Mono-Black Devotion deck built around the combo of Peer into the Abyss and Underworld Dreams compete in Standard on a $50 budget?

Aug 18 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: Izzet Tutelage (Standard)

Does last week's huge banned list update mean its finally time for mill to be competitive in Standard thanks to Teferi's Tutelage and a ton of cheap card-draw spells? Let's see!

Aug 11 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: $60 Mono-White Auras (Modern)

How many cards can we draw with Kor Spiritdancer and Sram before killing our opponent with a huge Gingerbrute in a ultra-budget Modern deck? Let's see!

Aug 4 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: Mono-Black No Cat Archfiend Sac (Standard)

How good is Archfiend's Vessel in Standard? Is Mono-Black Sacrifice better without Cauldron Familiar and Witch's Oven? Let's find out!

Jul 28 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: Hardened Human Allies (Modern)

Can Hardened Scales and Conclave Mentor power a Ally/Human hybrid tribal deck in Modern on a budget? Let's find out!

Jul 21 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: Richard's Birds (Standard)

Is a flock of 1/1 fliers backed by the combo finish of Rally of Wings the way to compete with the best decks in MTG M21 Standard on a budget? Let's try Richard's infamous aggro-combo UW Fliers deck and see!

Jul 14 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: Eight-Rare ($78) Izzet Prowess (Standard)

Does the printing of Stormwing Entity in Core Set 2021 mean its time for a budget-friendly Izzet Prowess deck to rise in Standard? Let's see!

Jul 7 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: Blistering Rage 2020 (Modern)

Can the plan of killing opponents on Turn 2 or 3 with Kiln Fiend, pump spells, and Temur Battle Rage work in 2020 Modern as well as it did back in 2015 when we first played the deck? Let's find out!

Jun 23 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: Rakdos Menace (Standard)

One of the unique and under-appreciated aspects of Ikoria is that is gave support to keyword tribal decks. Can menace tribal compete in Ikoria Standard 2.0 on a budget? Let's find out!

Jun 16 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: Vivien Combo Brawl (Three-Mythic/Nine-Rare)

What can Vivien, Monasters' Advocate do in Brawl on a budget? Let's find out!

Jun 9 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: 12-Rare Tempered Steel (Historic)

Historic might be Magic's hottest format at the moment. Looking for a deck that can rank up without spending many wildcards? Check out 12-Rare Tempered Steel!

Jun 2 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: $75 (30 tix) Cycling Gift (Pioneer)

Do the new cycling cards from Ikoria mean its time for God-Pharaoh's Gift to make its presence felt Pioneer?

May 26 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: Escape Protocol Lock (Standard)

Can we lock opponents out of the game in Standard with Escape Protocol on just a $60 budget? Let's find out!

May 19 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: Zirda's Mantle (Modern)

Can Zirda, the Dawnwaker create a new Turn 3 combo deck in Modern on a $100 budget? Let's find out!

May 12 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: Boros Winota (Standard)

Winota, Joiner of Forces is an absurdly powerful Magic card, but can it work on a $100 budget? Let try to cheat some Agent of Treacheries into play on turn four and find out!

May 5 | by SaffronOlive
Image for Budget Magic: $50 Tour de France (Standard) budget magic
Budget Magic: $50 Tour de France (Standard)

Can a deck with no main-deck rares or mythics cycle its way to victory in Ikoria Standard? Let's find out!

Apr 28 | by SaffronOlive
Image for Budget Magic: $80 Legacy Mono-Red Prowess budget magic
Budget Magic: $80 Legacy Mono-Red Prowess

Can an $80 deck compete in a format where decks normally cost $3,000? Let's run Mono-Red Prowess through a Legacy league and find out!

Apr 21 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: $35 Infect (Modern)

How cheep can a deck being Modern while still being competitive? Let's try a $35 build of Infect and find out!

Apr 14 | by SaffronOlive
Image for Budget Magic: $60 Sac and Whack (Modern) budget magic
Budget Magic: $60 Sac and Whack (Modern)

What does Anax, Hardened in the Forge and some sweet sacrifice synergies add to an ultra-budget 8 Whack shell in Modern? Let's find out!

Apr 7 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: 2020 MTG Challenger Deck Upgrades | GB Final Adventure Knights

How good is the Magic: the Gathering Final Adventure 2020 Challenger Deck straight out of the box, and how can you upgrade it cheaply to make it even better? Let's find out!

Mar 31 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: Butts and Taxes (Pioneer)

This week, we channel our inner Tina Belcher and Sir Mix-A-Lot and put our toughness to the test with the help of Huatli and Assault Formation in Pioneer!

Mar 24 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: Dubious Challenge (Pioneer)

Does Pioneer have the tools to make Dubious Challenge less dubious, all on a $100 budget? Let's find out!

Mar 17 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: Hollow Herald (Modern)

How good is the combo of Storm Herald and Eldrazi Conscription in Modern on a budget? Let's find out!

Mar 10 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: Bant Rampage (Standard)

Do new enchantments and constellation cards from Theros: Beyond Death mean that Rampage of the Clans is finally ready to shine in Standard? Let's find out!

Mar 3 | by SaffronOlive
Image for Budget Magic: $92 (37 tix) Gruul Sneak Attack (Standard, Magic Arena) budget magic
Budget Magic: $92 (37 tix) Gruul Sneak Attack (Standard, Magic Arena)

How quickly can we Sneak Attack our opponent to death with Purphoros, Ilharg, Drakuseth and Terror of Mount Velus on a budget in Theros: Beyond Death Standard? Let's find out!

Feb 25 | by SaffronOlive

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