Quote from steve_man »Theros Block cards now under $2
- Polukranos, World Eater
- Herald of Torment
- Pain Seer
Quote from Tengu Drum »So I was posting in another topic and I linked this as a resource and I noticed Surrak, the Hunt Caller and Phantom Centaur weren't on the list and if you wanted to go a bit deeper Deadbridge Goliath could also be included. While I realize these 3 aren't super popular includes they are all very serviceable while on a budget for a new cube.
For what it's worth, I'd say Surrak and Phantom Centaur fall more on the side of "close enough to be worth a serious look as budget alternatives" than "staples".
Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit is good and cheap.
Gigantoplasm is a card that I've been running for some time as a decent (and really $$cheap) clone effect. It is probably geting cut soon but it's been alright, and I would certainly consider it if I was just starting to cube. A lot of the cards normally in that slot are really pricy, like JMTS and and Cryptic Command.
Avacyn's Pilgrim and Boreal Druid are extra mana elves if you need 'em.