Budget MTGA: Best Decks To Play

Budget decks MTG march 2021
Let's win some games on a budget! (Credit: Wizards)

MTGA’s metagame is in a good place right now and there’s plenty of powerful decks to play. However, this also means there are tons of Mythics you need to craft, and sometimes we don’t feel like shilling more cash for a fresh deck. Good thing EarlyGame is here to show you some amazing budget decks you can play without breaking the bank!

You know the drill by now. Listed below are a few powerful and fun decks. They are all reasonably priced and since many of the cards are old, chances are you already own them. In addition, you can just copy the lists from here and open the in-game deck builder and the decks will build themselves! Easy-peasy!

Jeskai Cyclung best budget MTGA deck
Zenith Flare is so pretty! (Credit: Wizards of the Coast)

Jeskai Cycling

4 Valiant Rescuer
4 Flourishing Fox
4 Drannith Stinger
1 Shredded Sails
2 Frostveil Ambush
2 Mystical Dispute
3 Startling Development
4 Zenith Flare
4 Boon of the Wish-Giver
4 Go for Blood
4 Memory Leak
3 Improbable Alliance
3 Footfall Crater
3 Hengegate Pathway
3 Raugrin Triome
4 Brightclimb Pathway
4 Riverglide Pathway
4 Needleverge Pathway

This one is based on the Cycling archetype from Ikoria limited, which - spoilers! - is still fun as hell to play!

Orzhov Life Gain
Vito is a beast! (Credit: Wizards)

Orzhov Life Gain

1 Baneslayer Angel
1 Speaker of the Heavens
1 Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose
2 Gray Merchant of Asphodel
2 Indulging Patrician
2 Anointed Chorister
4 Battlefield Raptor
2 Lithoform Engine
2 Drag to the Underworld
2 Alchemist's Gift
4 Revitalize
4 Light of Hope
2 Blood on the Snow
2 The Birth of Meletis
2 Faith's Fetters
2 Griffin Aerie
4 All That Glitters
1 Temple of Silence
4 Scoured Barrens
5 Snow-Covered Swamp
11 Snow-Covered Plains

Yeah, there are a couple of Mythics here, but the rest are generally low power cards that just work together. As an added bonus, this deck is really fun for new players, so if you’re just beginning your MTGA journey, or want to show the game to a friend, this is not a bad kit… and it won’t crush your wallet!

Rakdos Midrange best budget deck MTG
Tergrid, not to be confused with Hagrid (Credit: Wizards of the Coast)

Rakdos Midrange

1 Elderfang Disciple
2 Bonecrusher Giant
3 Murderous Rider
3 Tergrid, God of Fright
4 Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger
4 Valki, God of Lies
4 Acquisitions Expert
2 Heartless Act
4 Village Rites
1 Inscription of Ruin
2 Pelakka Predation
4 Extinction Event
2 Sulfurous Mire
2 Fabled Passage
2 Temple of Malice
4 Bloodfell Caves
5 Snow-Covered Mountain
11 Snow-Covered Swamp

There are two rules in the Rakdos club. One, Rakdos is always cool. Two, Rakdos is never not cool. You’ll need to craft Kroxa, Titan of Death’s Hung in order to get the most out of this one, but the power and fun factor of the deck will make it worth it, not to mention most other cards are super accessible. We recommend it!

Mono White Aggro best budget deck MTG
Let's gain some life! (Credit: Wizards of the Coast)

Mono-White Aggro

1 Angel of Destiny
1 Luminous Broodmoth
1 Linden, the Steadfast Queen
1 Heliod, Sun-Crowned
1 Archon of Absolution
1 Story Seeker
1 Battlefield Raptor
1 Giant Killer
1 Selfless Savior
2 Alseid of Life's Bounty
2 Daxos, Blessed by the Sun
2 Luminarch Aspirant
2 Expedition Healer
2 Clarion Spirit
4 Speaker of the Heavens
1 Idol of Endurance
2 Maul of the Skyclaves
1 Iron Verdict
1 Smite the Monstrous
1 Kabira Takedown
2 Light of Hope
2 Revitalize
1 Doomskar
1 Light of Promise
1 Nahiri's Binding
1 Bound in Gold
1 Rune of Sustenance
2 Valor of the Worthy
2 Banishing Light
2 Griffin Aerie
3 Pacifism
1 Basri Ket
1 Castle Ardenvale
24 Plains

And here it is - the budget king! If you can only craft one deck this week, look no further than this mono-white aggro build that will get the most bang for your buck and walk you through the entire Standard cycle with low-budget creatures from all recent sets. A win-win!

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