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Category Archive: Budget Building

Aug 12 2016

Michael Montano

The Modern Learning Curve: Zombie Hunt

The Modern Learning Curve: Zombie Hunt (This article has been edited since its initial publication, most notably the sideboards for our stage 2 and 3 build. Thank you MTGAmino user Rectcarahc Eman for the suggestions)

Welcome back to The Modern Learning Curve! The goal of this ongoing series is to introduce players to the …

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Jun 30 2016

Michael Montano

The Modern Learning Curve: Burn

The Modern Learning Curve: Burn

Welcome Back to the Modern Learning Curve! The continued mission of this series is to provide players with an affordable window into the format that can be sleeved up for your first trip to a local game shop’s modern night and upgraded to a consistently competitive build. This week we …

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Jun 15 2016

Michael Montano

The Modern Learning Curve: Infect

Welcome to the Modern Learning Curve, my debut series of articles where I aim to introduce new players to the Modern format with budget builds of existing archetypes as a means of gaining a foothold in the format and exploring different decks without an overwhelming financial commitment. Along with an introductory list, options for upgrading …

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Mar 21 2015

Dan Carroll

The Mad Mod – Shaman Tribal

Today I feel like building a tribal deck. And stop, I know what you’re gonna say… “But Dan, this is a budget column. Doesn’t a tribal deck require all sorts of expensive cards like Aether Vial, Mutavault, or Goblin Guide?”

And I see why you’re confused. You think we’re building one of those tier 1 …

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Mar 06 2015

Dan Carroll

The Mad Mod – Rakdos, Lord of Riots

YOU FACE RAKDOS, LORD OF THE BURNI—*cough, cough*

Sorry, that’s a habit I picked up for when a demon is the lord of burning things.

I recently asked some of the readership to pick a card they’d like to see in a future column. Out of five options, the overwhelming winner was Rakdos, Lord of …

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Feb 15 2015

Dan Carroll

The Mad Mod – Golgari Dredge

I’m sorry; I think I dozed off for a minute there. Where were we?

If you were a reader of the now late and lamented Yogurt Decks, you might have been asking yourself, “what happened to that” for the last six months or so. Or, alternately, you might have shrugged and said, “what’s for lunch?” …

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Jul 12 2014

Dan Carroll

Yogurt Decks – Storm

Storm, storm, storm. I’m legally obligated to say it three times, because that’s pretty much the whole idea of the deck, isn’t it? You take your spell, you cast, cast, cast, you draw, draw, draw, and if your opponent doesn’t have an answer, you win in one move. It’s unfair, it’s often non-interactive, and it …

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May 14 2014

Dan Carroll

Yogurt Decks – Balance Combo

Today we’re going to do something different. Instead of taking a deck and creating a budget version, we’re going to take two decks, introduce them to each other, put some smooth jazz on, and see if they don’t get together and make a little deck baby. Like most of my columns, the experience will probably …

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May 01 2014

Dan Carroll

Yogurt Decks – Caw Blade

If you played Standard during the Zendikar/Scars of Mirrodin rotation, you don’t need any introduction to this deck. Because you’ve played against it already. Over and over and over and over again. Because you remember a time when every single deck in Standard was Caw Blade.

But we may have some readers who are newer …

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Mar 26 2014

Dan Carroll

Yogurt Decks – Gift Control

Gifts Ungiven: it’s a powerhouse of a card. It got a reprint in Modern Masters, which helped the price along a little (although no promises for the future). And the relatively low price is thrown into sharp relief by the fact that the rest of a Gift Control deck costs slightly more than the GDP …

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