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Budget Friendly Modern!

It can be hard to justify re buying your collection in digital form and if you are like me you might not have a ton of tix on MTGO. I want to offer you a solution. Build a budget list to grind out on MTGO. Budget does not mean bad and I want to show you proof of that. This will be an adventure and each time I get a few tix I will add to the deck until it can compete with the big boys in the format.

My first experiment will be with a modern aggro list. I was a big fan of standard when Innistrad was in the mix and my deck of choice was red white humans. Taking it to modern and making it budget would mean that the deck would need to change drastically. The first decision was to make it mono white. Duals and fetches aren’t very budget. So the mana base is 22 good ol basic plains. My creature base was fairly simple. I wanted the best mono white humans that modern had to offer. Champion of the Parish was the first to make the list. This guy is the obvious back bone of the deck. He can grow pretty large very quickly, but I had to make sure I surrounded him with the right supporting cast.

The next 1 drop I wanted was Student of Warfare aka human figure of destiny. He could be a 3 power attacker on turn 2 if there was nothing else to play and something to pump your mana into later. Next I looked to the 2 drop slot. There are some decent humans to fit that part of the curve but  I settled on 3. First to make the cut was Precinct Captain. Not only is he undervalued in standard but I think he can be quite strong in modern. The fact that he can create his own army is quite impressive. I dug pretty deep for my my next 2 drop when I chose White Shield Crusader. 2 mana for a 2/1 pro black isn’t terrible but that is not why I chose him. Paying 1 white to give him flying and another 2 to pump him was what I liked about him. Being able to avoid dismember, abrupt decay, and any other black removal spell is not a bad side effect though. The last 2 drops may seem weak but in any race situation I love having it on my side. That card is Nearheath Pilgrim. The lifelink can be invaluable in certain matchups and even one swing can get you back into the game.

Within the 3 drops is where the power lies. Mirran Crusader and Silverblade Paladin are great weapons to have in your arsenal. Double strike is severely underplayed and quite potent against an unprepared opponent. The fact the Mirran Crusader is pro black and green makes him very impressive against the GB rock decks and anything else featuring Goyf. Silverblade has the ability to give another one of your weenies, preferably Champion to hit harder, your Precinct Captain, to make more tokens,  or even your White Shield Crusader which can quickly close out games. The last 3 drop is the only source of removal I have in the deck for now. Fiend hunter does a fine job of shutting down your opponents blockers so you can swing through for the win. Those are the creatures and while they may not be the most impressive alone, together they can be very strong. I needed a budget supporting cast of spells as well so I looked to some of the white all stars. 4 Brave the elements and 4 Honor of the Pure.

My first priority is to get 4 Path to Exile when I am able but otherwise I am pretty happy with the main deck. I know there are plenty of weaknesses but it is aggressive and can get the job done. To aid it is the sideboard. White has some pretty impressive sideboard options and most of them are pretty cheap. Stony Silence and Disenchant are for the affinity and Tron matchups. Both can do a good job of stopping the artifact aggression. For storm I have 2 Ethersworn Canonist (which just so happens to be a human) and 2 Nevermore which also helps against other combo decks like Scapeshift etc.. For burn I have both Kor Firewalker and Story Circle. As you noticed when I mentioned the creatures, 2 toughness is not very good against red direct damage spells. So when I put in Kor Firewalker he becomes an all star. Story Circle has always been one of my favorite cards and I used to main deck it when I played type 1 white weenie. (which is now vintage) It can be brought in against other aggro decks as well. To round out the board I have 2 Sunlance and a miser’s Rest in Peace. Rest in Peace is exactly what we need against Living End or even tarmogoyf or other graveyard shenanigans. Sunlance is just my poor substitute for extra removal and it can still do a good job at killing off mana dorks, Dark confidants, and the other weenies stand in your way. Here is a picture of the deck and the actual decklist.

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3 Fiend Hunter
22 Plains
4 Champion of the Parish
4 White Shield Crusader
4 Honor of the Pure
4 Student of Warfare
4 Mirran Crusader
4 Nearheath Pilgrim
4 Precinct Captain
4 Brave the Elements
3 Silverblade Paladin

Sideboard
2 Ethersworn Canonist
2 Nevermore
2 Disenchant
2 Kor Firewalker
2 Story Circle
1 Rest in Peace
2 Stony Silence
2 Sunlance

That is the first rendition and is a very rough draft. I will be testing it and slowly adding to it as I acquire more tix or bot creds to pick up some more pieces. Then I will be doing some videos so you see how the deck plays out and hear my thought processes as I tune the deck. Probably starting off in the testing rooms and then if I deem it worth spending tix on I will be doing some 2 mans and possibly dailys. I would love to hear your feedback and remember as of now this deck cost about 20 tix. So it has a lot of room to grow and could be a serious competitor.

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