Magic The Gathering Tips – Competing On A Budget

Let me start off by saying that competing and winning on a budget is NOT easy. But it CAN be done. I remember one FNM where I went 5-1-1 and finished 3rd with… are you ready for this?
A $30 Goblin deck.
This was when everybody else was pretty much playing Delver and running up tabs of at least $300 for ONE deck. So third place with a $30 deck isn’t too shabby.
Okay, so how exactly do you go about putting together a competitive deck on a tight budget?
Before I get there, let me preface what I’m about to share with a disclaimer. The term “tight budget” means different things to different people. For one Construction Costs person, the term is anything under $100. For somebody else, $100 is like asking them to spend $10,000. They’re lucky to be able to put together 20 bucks.
Having said that, there is only so much you’re going to get out of $20 worth of cards, so please don’t expect miracles. They rarely happen. Of course there are other options which I will get to at the end of this article.
Let’s get down to the good stuff.
To put together a competitive deck that doesn’t cost too much, you first have to understand card evaluation. Contrary to popular belief, not every powerful card in Magic is a rare. Delver himself was a common. Ponder and Mana Leak, two cards that players were begging to be banned, are commons.
Okay, got it? Rarity does NOT equal power. Yes, there are rare cards that are powerful. But there are plenty of common and uncommon cards that are powerful too.
The trick is to be able to spot the common and uncommon cards, What Is A Qualified Electrician as well as the “cheap” rares, that are actually GOOD cards.
In the current standard, these cards are all commons and excellent cards to play.
Arbor Elf
Delver of Secrets
Doomed Traveler
Faithless Looting
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Uncommon cards, which you can pick up for 25 cents a piece, are just as numerous and even more powerful in some cases. In fact, you could build a budget deck with mostly common and uncommon cards and only need a handful of rare cards to fill it out.
If you’re playing a deck with 24 lands and 36 spells and 28 of those spells are anything other than rare cards, those 28 spells will cost you about $7. In many cases, even less. And, if you’re playing a mono colored deck (certainly doable) your lands will cost you a penny each. That’s about a quarter for 24 lands.
So you’re really looking at about 8 cards that are going to cost you some money. Well, there are top flight rares that go for as little as $7. If you needed 8 such cards, you’re looking at about $56 worth of rares. Add that to the $7 in common and …