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  • posted a message on [[Official]] yakusoku's Budget Guide to Standard
    I updated the guide with some new Eldritch Moon cards (Selfless Spirit, Steadfast Cathar, Incendiary Flow, Galvanic Bombardment, Hanweir Garrison, Hanweir Battlements, Spell Queller, Elder Deep-Fiend, Mausoleum Wanderer, Cryptbreaker, Distended Mindbreaker, Haunted Dead, Voldaren Pariah, Thermo-Alchemist, Bedlam Reveler, Collective Defiance).

    New decks:

    <$20

    HUMANS

    <$50

    HUMANS

    <$100

    UW SPIRITS
    UB ZOMBIES
    UR PROWESS
    Posted in: Budget (Standard)
  • posted a message on [[Official]] yakusoku's Budget Guide to Standard
    That was from when the set JUST hit the streets. It's quite possible a few key cards really went up in value and changed the value of the deck.
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  • posted a message on [[Official]] yakusoku's Budget Guide to Standard
    I recommend either the Humans deck or monored Eldrazi deck from the <$100 section. I think they're the best decks.
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  • posted a message on [[Official]] yakusoku's Budget Guide to Standard
    The War-Name Aspirant was a last minute change when I saw the price of Abbot of Keral Keep. I'll go with Gibbering Fiend for now.

    I've also fixed the UW Tempo deck.

    Thanks for the help, guys.
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  • posted a message on [[Official]] yakusoku's Budget Guide to Standard
    With Khans of Tarkir and Fate Reforge rotating out and Shadows over Innistrad legal for FNM this week, I will be editing decks, deleting old decks, and adding decks.

    As always, feedback is welcome, particularly since I am prone to making silly small mistakes like making 56 or 64 card decklists or writing the wrong name of a card.
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  • posted a message on [[Official]] yakusoku's Budget Guide to Standard
    Not a silly question. It's not supposed to have 64 cards. I miscounted and fixed the deck just now.
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  • posted a message on [[Official]] yakusoku's Budget Guide to Standard
    Thanks! I played my first Standard FNM post-rotation and in the next few weeks there will be some SCG events and a pro tour that should all help settle the meta and figure out what's good. Hopefully I can adapt some decks to play on a budget.
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  • posted a message on [[Official]] yakusoku's Budget Guide to Standard
    The guide has been updated for Battle for Zendikar.

    More decks will be added in the next few weeks.
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  • posted a message on [[Official]] yakusoku's Budget Guide to Standard
    I'm sure, after the rotation, and when yakusoku has played BFZ a bit, that he'll update the original post with some budget ideas including BFZ.


    That's the plan. I saw the spoiler come out today, so I'm already looking over the new set and after the first few weeks of Standard, I usually make updates with the new rotation.
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  • posted a message on [[Official]] yakusoku's Budget Guide to Standard
    You might look at Bile Blight and Pharika's Cure as your removal. Pharika's Cure is particularly nice to have in the sideboard against aggressive red decks (with burn).

    Evolving Wilds also doesn't seem to do much for you, and may actually hurt you - both in loss of tempo and affecting your future land draws, which you want to get reliably. Radiant Fountain will also help you survive longer. You might consider them over the Foundries.

    This may also be one of those times where you have to just bite the bullet and make a tough choice: you can either be mediocre against everything, or be great against some thing and bad against some other things (and hopefully have a sideboard to shore up those matchups). I don't know what you faced each round and what your struggles were (in the future, keeping a notepad with each matchup can help you analyze your own games after the fact), but you may find that since Duress is really best against control, if you're facing a lot of aggro, maybe you have those in the sideboard instead. Thoughtseize is so expensive because it's so versatile, nabbing scary creatures, planeswalkers, AND counterspells. There's no real replacement, just playing with Duress versus control and removal versus aggro. So, that means that game one, if you aren't running Thoughtseize, you either have a card that's bad against control or aggro.

    Unfortunately, this is the downside of trying to play control on a budget. It's much easier to play aggro and burn kills creatures and it kills opponents. Rarely is it truly dead. You face fewer situations where your threats aren't very good, but when you play control, you can totally get a bad read and have the wrong answers to threats and in a truly diverse meta, it's possible that without expensive multi-tools that are good in multiple situations, you may have to compromise and know that you can't beat everything all at once.

    Hero's Downfall may also be a good addition to your deck, over things like Reave Soul or Foul-Tongue Invocation, something that's more powerful and useful against a wider range of threats.
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  • posted a message on [[Official]] yakusoku's Budget Guide to Standard
    RBW, aggro, budget - generally you don't want to choose all three when building a deck. Three colors means you need lots of fixing. Budget means you can't use fetches or Mana Confluence. Aggro means you usually want as many lands that enter untapped as possible.

    Pain lands are pretty much mandatory for multicolored aggro.

    You probably want to cut back on the colors and stick to one or two colors. You might want to look at these R/X block decks:

    R/W

    R/B
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  • posted a message on [[Official]] yakusoku's Budget Guide to Standard
    Thanks. I fixed the decklist. I just assumed a mana elf would be in Origins, too. :/
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  • posted a message on [[Official]] yakusoku's Budget Guide to Standard
    Quote from Jahmin85 »
    Hey I just wanted to say how helpful these budget decks are, thanks!
    I put together your bg elf deck (from the under 100 list) to take to my first night of fnm and then yesterday scored a Nissa, vastwood seer from a booster. I wondered if you have any tips on incorporating it into the deck. Would you swap any other cards to try to get her transformed quicker? Like add a few Nissa's pilgrimage or something else? Any advice on this deck, for a new player would be greatly appreciated.
    Cheers


    Nissa is a great inclusion in the deck. I wouldn't add Nissa's Pilgrimage to the deck just to combo with Nissa herself. It weakens the deck, when you're trying to build an army of elves. You're still better off with more creatures than a spell like that because it MIGHT help you transform her faster.

    It's best to treat Nissa as 90% a 2/2 for 2G that gives you a creature AND a land, and sometimes, if it reaches the late game, you can play her, play the land, transform her and get a planeswalker. Don't try to force that and make her transform every time. Just enjoy it when that happens.
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  • posted a message on [[Official]] yakusoku's Budget Guide to Standard
    Blue black tends to handle creatures really well, but Duress handles non-creature spells. It's particularly helpful against other blue-based control decks with counters, as you can strip their counters and win the counter wars.

    Murderous Cut to Ultimate Price is because of the cost, both the monetary cost and the mana cost. It's cheaper to buy, which brought the price of the whole deck down to under $20 with the new changes (Thopter is pretty expensive for the deck) and Ultimate Price can ALWAYS be cast for 2 mana, even though it's a little more restrictive.

    If you're seeing more Atarka or other multicolored creatures, feel free to play Murderous Cut, instead.
    Posted in: Budget (Standard)
  • posted a message on [[Official]] yakusoku's Budget Guide to Standard
    Yes; you're building up a slow, inevitable army of Thopters for the win.
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