This entry is part 8 of 17 in the series Accumulated Knowledge


A long time ago, in a Magic world far, far away, Commander was a budget format.  It was a game you and your friends played, using all those extra junk rares in your binder, and built from the bargain bin at the local gaming store.  I remember having a group of guys come over to my apartment in Wichita one night. Only a few of them had decks.  My friend Scott and I had to throw some decks together last minute, 4 extra decks in the span of 30 minutes before people arrived.  These decks were tribal themed and held up surprisingly well at the time.  That was a long time ago, and that world doesn’t exist anymore.  If you want to play Commander, you can’t just throw your junk in a deck and hope to come out on top.  Most Commander decks are worth more than standard decks, and some are worth more than many legacy decks.  The hive mind of the Internet and podcasts have bred a format that is no longer thought of anything close to budget.

Luckily, this is a perception and not a reality.  While Commander decks can rarely be just thrown together in an effective manner, they can be built for less than the price of a single Jace, the Mind Sculptor.  I don’t mean that you can go about building a pauper deck. I mean you can build a real, effective deck without taking out a second mortgage or selling vital organs.   I have built several very cheap decks, and today I will show you one of those decks.

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