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Category Archive: Budget Building

Mar 01 2014

Yogurt Decks – 8 Rack

Perhaps you’ve noticed by now, I’m a bit of a janky combo builder. So I was thrilled to watch the streaming coverage of Pro Tour Valencia, and see that the (at least temporary) death of Jund, and the associated relative absence of and , resulted in a massive surge of combo decks. And all of …

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Feb 21 2014

Yogurt Decks – Zoo

Let’s get topical, everybody!

As you probably know, this month saw a round of new bannings and unbannings in Modern. And among the unbanned was our good friend . For those of you who don’t remember a time when Wild Nacatl was the centerpiece of a deck, you’ll be glad to know it enables an …

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Feb 10 2014

Yogurt Decks – Glittering Glare

When Born of the Gods spoilers started rolling in, and the Inspired mechanic was revealed to the public, the first thought I had was of an deck. I saw and thought to myself, “if a couple more Inspired cards of that caliber are in the set, I’m gonna have to put that deck together.”

Then …

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Jan 26 2014

Yogurt Decks – Death and Taxes

Let’s talk a little more about Legacy. I don’t know if you know this, but Legacy is where budget decks go to… well, not die exactly. I mean, if you’re slowly consumed by a speculator-driven price machine, and your physical form is conscripted into service while some small part of your mind is allowed to …

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Jan 09 2014

Yogurt Decks – Troll Worship

Why else might you want to substitute out cards or strategies? We’ve covered restrictions of budget and format, but there’s another reason you might not want to play an established decklist: because people know it’s coming.

Let’s talk about Bogles.

For a brief window, about this time last year, it looked like hexproof and auras …

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Jan 08 2014


After seeing Dan’s Tron deck I figured I would throw mine on the table as well. Much like Dan I did not feel the desire to run the same fare as the other Tron decks, though I did want to use creatures. I knew that I wanted to use somethink in the to range …

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Jan 01 2014

Yogurt Decks – Hunted Orb

We’ve talked so far about creating budget substitutions for existing Modern archetypes. However, budgets aren’t the only thing that limits the available card pool from which you build your decks. Different formats will limit your choices, and force you into finding substitutions for various cards and combos. So today we’re going to import a Legacy …

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Dec 18 2013

Yogurt Decks – UrzaTron

UrzaTron, UrzaTron. As we mentioned last time, one of three decks that collectively make up a full third of the Modern metagame. Of course, being a competitive deck, it costs a fortune. It runs , , , and a fair number of mid-price cards like , , , and besides. If that’s the support structure, …

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Dec 07 2013

Yogurt Decks – Melira Pod

What’s going on with Melira Pod? Seriously, now… this is a thoroughly competitive deck by any estimation; it wins tournaments left and right, it gets netdecked at FNMs across the country, and is one of three decks that collectively make up a full third of the Modern metagame (alongside Jund and UrzaTron). But the core …

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Nov 25 2013

Yogurt Decks – Modern Jund

Hi, welcome to the first installment of Yogurt Decks. Why yogurt? Well, because sometimes a recipe calls for sour cream. But you know, in a pinch, yogurt will do. And that’s what we’re going to do here, with Magic decklists. We’re going to substitute cards, combos, and sometimes even whole colors until we come up …

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