Series: Budget Magic

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Image for Budget Magic: Is $35 Mono-White Soldiers the Best Deck in Standard? budget magic
Budget Magic: Is $35 Mono-White Soldiers the Best Deck in Standard?

Did we accidentally break Standard with a $35 Mono-White Soldier deck? Can any Mythic players on Magic Arena beat our budget brew? Let's find out!

Nov 28 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: $50 Bogles, Almost (but in Standard)

Is loading up and protecting a creature with a ton of auras the way to win in The Brothers' War Standard on a $50 (and a six nonland rare / mythic) budget? Let's find out!

Nov 21 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: $70 Mono-Red Powerstone Tribal (Brothers' War Standard)

Are Powerstones good now that The Brothers' War has given us some massive artifact finishers to ramp into? Can we 20 someone with Dragonspark Reactor on a $90 budget? Let's find out!

Nov 14 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: $97 Mono-Green Stompy (Modern)

Mono-Green Stompy was one of the first-ever Budget Magic decks we played back in 2015. Can it compete in the MH2-fueled 2022 version of Modern? Let's find out!

Oct 31 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: $60 The World Spell (Standard)

Is going big with The World Spell a way to compete in post–Meathook Massacre Standard on a $60 budget? Let's find out!

Oct 24 | by SaffronOlive
Image for Budget Magic: $99 Soldiers (Pioneer) budget magic
Budget Magic: $99 Soldiers (Pioneer)

Could Valiant Veteran mean that Soldiers can compete in Pioneer on a $100 budget? Let's find out!

Oct 17 | by SaffronOlive
Image for Budget Magic: $99 Mono-White Tokens (Modern) budget magic
Budget Magic: $99 Mono-White Tokens (Modern)

Can Resolute Reinforcements lead a go-wide Mono-White Token deck to victory in Modern on a $99 budget? Let's just into a Modern league and find out!

Oct 10 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: Eight-Rare Mono-Blue $#%**&^$ (Dominaria United Standard)

Remember the Mono-Blue Curious Obsession deck from a few Standards ago? Welp, it's back in Dominaria United Standard and more annoying than ever!

Sep 26 | by SaffronOlive
Image for Budget Magic: $92 Rundvelt Whack (Modern) budget magic
Budget Magic: $92 Rundvelt Whack (Modern)

8 Whack (or 12 Whack, or maybe it's 16 Whack at this point) is back with a huge new upgrade from Dominaria United: Rundvelt Hordemaster!

Sep 19 | by SaffronOlive
Image for Budget Magic: $22 (0 Rare) Burn | Dominaria United Standard budget magic
Budget Magic: $22 (0 Rare) Burn | Dominaria United Standard

Is it possible that a deck costing just $22 in paper and with zero rares on Magic Arena can compete in Dominaria United Standard? Let's find out!

Sep 12 | by SaffronOlive
Image for Budget Magic: $86 Izzet Balmor Spellslinger budget magic
Budget Magic: $86 Izzet Balmor Spellslinger

How good can Balmor, Battlemage Captain be in Dominaria United Standard in a deck that costs just $86 and plays zero non-land rares or mythics? Let's find out!

Sep 5 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: 12 Shadow (Modern)

What happens if we go all-in on losing life as fast as possible and play every Death's Shadow–style card in Modern on just a $100 budget? Let's find out!

Aug 15 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: One-Shot Metalwork Colossus Surprise! (Pioneer)

Can a one-shot Metalwork Colossus deck that's free to play on Magic Online with rental programs (and under $100 in paper) compete in Pioneer? Let's see!

Aug 8 | by SaffronOlive
Image for Budget Magic: $90 STANDARD Living End budget magic
Budget Magic: $90 STANDARD Living End

Can the combo of Brilliant Restoration and artifact / enchantment channel creatures allow for a Modern Living End–style deck to work in Standard on a budget? Let's find out!

Jul 31 | by SaffronOlive
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Budget Magic: Rousing Rabble with $80 WB Tokens (Standard)

This week on Budget Magic, we're rousing some rabble in Standard!

Jul 18 | by SaffronOlive
Image for Budget Magic: $94 Cycling Gifts (Pioneer) budget magic
Budget Magic: $94 Cycling Gifts (Pioneer)

Today, we're mashing together three of my favorite things in Pioneer—Hollow One, Cycling, and God-Pharaoh's Gift—with a super-cheap Pioneer brew from Thyshuffler!

Jul 11 | by SaffronOlive

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