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13, May, 21

How To Build A Commander Deck For Under Thirty Dollars

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MTG is expensive, but it doesn't have to be, especially when you're playing Commander.
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Yesterday we wrote about some of the amazing commanders you can pick up for under a dollar, and that’s had an incredibly positive response, so we thought you might be interested in how you can use the internet to allow you to build an entire deck for under thirty dollars.

You can actually manage cheaper than this sometimes and still come out with a decent deck, but the sheer number of cards you need for a Commander deck means that you’ll be picking up around sixty cards plus lands, which means thirty is a more reasonable aim.

How to build a budget Commander deck for under 30 dollars

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The most important thing to keep in mind is that, more often than not, the popular cards cost money. It’s a simple enough thing, and it makes sense, but what it means for your deck construction is that you’ll need to think outside of the box.

Now, you can build a deck around something like Zombies if you want to, but you’re going to have an easier time picking a deck built around kicker effects or the boast mechanic. It’s all about being inventive, and the first thing you’ll need to do is find a nice cheap commander to use.

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Choosing your commander

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Now, we did do a list about commanders you can pick up for less than a dollar, so you could obviously just start there, because that would save you a little bit of effort.

If you’d rather track something else, then the thing you need to keep in mind is that you’re aiming for a cheap Commander, so while it doesn’t have to be less than a dollar, we would recommend keeping it under five dollars if you want a bit of budget for the rest of your deck. The trick now, is to know where to look.

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How to use Scryfall

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Look, you’re a clever lot, and we know that, so we’re sure you already know how great Scryfall is, but just in case you’ve never used the advanced function before, let us help you out.

Head to Scryfall and then select “Advanced Search.” Now, enter Legendary in the Type Line section and then scroll down to prices, and make sure it’s set to USD, less than, and then enter the number of your choice. Once you’ve chosen your commander, you can start building the rest of your deck.

We recommend continuing to use Scryfall for this, but you can always pop over to EDHREC if you want to see how other people have built their decks, but generally when you’re doing a budget deck, you should continue to use Scryfall and use very specific searches to track down cards. This, for a lot of people, is going to be the best part of the whole thing.

Once you’ve got your whole deck, all you need to do is order it.

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Where to order your cards

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Of course, you can order your cards from your local LGS if you can, and we always recommend doing so when you can, because otherwise, you’re not going to have an LGS to go to.

However, if that’s not possible, then we’re a big fan of going to TCG Player and picking up everything there because they have nearly everything in stock, and you can always have a look for the cheapest versions of cards too, which is nice.

That’s all in paper too; if you’re building in Magic Online, you can actually pick up an entire Commander deck for under a dollar if you want to. We know that for a fact thanks to PleasantKenobi, the patron saint of 1 Tix Commander.

With all of that in mind, go out into the world and see what you can do.

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