Low Market — Lightning Strikes Twice

Saskia the Unyielding art by Greg Opalinski Lightning Strikes Twice Whether you’re a grizzled Magic veteran or a bushy-tailed new player, chances are good that at some point before learning to play you listened to someone discussing the game and said to yourself, “I recognize the words they’re using, but they may as well be speaking a different language.” […]

#aggro, #ball lightning, #black, #four-color, #green, #red, #saskia the unyielding, #white Read More »

Low Market — Cheap Date: [Super]friends with Benefits

Ramos, Dragon Engine art by Joseph Meehan The Power of [Super]friendship Welcome back to Low Market, a column for budget Commander deckbuilding! Every week, I gaze balefully at the perpetually empty “Planeswalker” subcategory of my deck template, yearning for the day that I will stuff it to the brim with planeswalkers. That day has finally come: […]

#artifacts, #black, #blue, #five color, #green, #mazes end, #planeswalkers, #proliferate, #ramos dragon engine, #red, #superfriends, #white Read More »

Low Market — Pi-rogues!

Admiral Beckett Brass art by Jason Rainville   I Like the Cut of your Jib Getcher cutlass and hoist the mainsail: we’re headed to the plane of Ixalan, a world of wonder and adventure and complex tribal mechanical themes. We had many options for this week’s budget deck: a crew of pirates led by Admiral […]

#admiral beckett brass, #bident of thassa, #black, #blue, #budget, #coastal piracy, #grixis, #ixalan, #priates, #red, #tribal Read More »

Low Market — Mairsil’s Charge Counter Combo

Mairsil, the Pretender art by Izzy. Madness Flashbacks In Magic lore, the Dominarian wizard Mairsil drove mad a powerful mage named Ith. This nicely aligns with my experiences of Mairsil, because this card drove me insane upon its release. I knew within seconds that I had to, had to, theorycraft this budget deck for my […]

#artifacts, #black, #blue, #c17, #combo, #commander 2017, #grixis, #mairsil the pretender, #red Read More »

Low Market — Borborygmos’ Splendid Combo

Borborygmos Enraged art by Aleksi Briclot Anger Management It’s an important life skill, I believe, to find constructive outlets for your anger. I, for example, might channel it into video games. Some people might exercise. Some people might find a private place to emit a primal screech. Borborygmos Enraged does none of these things, preferring […]

#aggro, #amulet of vigor, #borborygmos enraged, #combo, #dune-brood nephilim, #green, #gruul, #lands, #mirrorpool, #red Read More »

Low Market — An Author Twice Cursed

Overwhelming Splendor art by Richard Wright Darn You to Heck When the two suns of Amonkhet were naught but distant lights on the horizon, we knew to expect two things: top-down Egyptian themes, and top-down Nicol Bolas themes. What I did not expect was a smattering of curses, which (save for Wheel of Sun and […]

#black, #budget, #curses, #esper, #mardu, #queen marchesa, #red, #tribal, #white, #zur the enchanter Read More »

Low Market — The Scorpion God Elemental Tribal

The Scorpion God art by Lius Lasahido The People Have Spoken! Welcome to Low Market, brought to you this week by extra democracy! No, I’m not talking about the recently-passed Independence Day here in the US: I’m talking about you, dear readers, for voting to narrow down this week’s theme. You voted strongly in favor of […]

#-1/-1 counters, #archfiend of ifnir, #black, #budget, #cycling, #rakdos, #red, #the scorpion god Read More »

Low Market — Hondens Enchantress

Horde of Notions art by Adam Rex When you build as many strange decks as I do, you might start to notice a trend: why are all these oddball concepts turning five-color? Five-color voltron, five-color superfriends (i.e. planeswalkers), five-color spellslinger– sometimes, you just want it all. Today on Low Market, we will have it all: […]

#5 color, #argothian enchantress, #black, #blue, #enchantress, #green, #horde of notions, #red, #white Read More »

Low Market — Zada Spellslinger

The Daily Grind Here on Low Market, we do our level best to balance out what sorts of budget decks we build, in terms of both colors used and highlighted archetypes. Unfortunately, there are occasional deficiencies. Today we push the pendulum back towards equity by shining the spotlight on an underused color (mono-red) in a […]

#budget, #cantrips, #mono red, #spells, #zada hedron grinder Read More »

Low Market – Pauper Commander Double Feature

Gilder Bairn art by Nils Hamm Buy One Get One Free Today on Low Market we stray slightly from the path of pure-blooded Commander. I love Commander in all – well, most – of its expressions, and I am nothing if not equitable. Today, we turn our budget deckbuilding eye to Pauper Commander!   The […]

#extricator of flesh, #extricator of sin, #gilder bairn, #pauper, #simic Read More »