As a budget player, when you walk into your local store do you shy away from those guys that have all the rares? You know, those fellows who have Time Walks and Moxen pouring out of their binders like an avalanche of black-bordered goodness? Do their power cards frighten you?
It is time to level the playing field. Fear the gold expansion symbol no longer. Budget players unite and look to the ‘Un' for the answer. Start enjoying the simple life of attacking with Goblin Striker all over again.
Gets out the oldest, toughest rares…without leaving streaks! Say goodbye, Birdie! Say goodbye Ravager, Nexus, and Glimmervoid! As the budget columnist, the guys figured I would be the most appropriate person to bring this card to the light of day. I really loved Unglued, and Unhinged is looking even better. This card is what many budget players dream about – a way to defeat all the rares in one nice little package.
Of course, Unhinged has the last laugh. Notice the expansion symbol.
Yep, it is rare. Very funny Mark, you are so tricky.
Two genres of decks this card could easily fit into would be Affinity and Red/Black landkill. I decided that the landkill deck would be more fun to write about, so I went on doing so, with a catch: many of the cards predate rarity symbols, thus you may have to convince your opponent that they truly are not rares. I thought that this would be a fun twist, considering that Rare-B-Gone is a rare itself.
Thus I present to you the Retro-goodness of the Un-Budget deck!
This deck is a mean one! Many people have never experienced the sadistic glee that is using cards like Desolation and Army Ants. The plan is to spend the first few turns casting little men to beat down with while you spend the later turns blowing up mana! Since the deck is retro style, you get some really cool guys to work with; Jackal Pup, Shadow Guildmage, and Mogg Fanatic at one mana, and Blind Creeper arrives as the heavy cavalry at two mana. All the creatures above two mana are dedicated to blowing up lands (Army Ants and Avalanche Riders).
This deck has 14 cards that destroy lands, and that is not including the Rare-B-Gone (take that Mr. Fancy Mana)! Also, 8 of these cards (Army Ants and Desolation) can destroy multiple lands. The symmetrical effect of those cards is fine, since you will have already cast your attackers before you start blowing lands up. This means you will be prepared for the mana shortage in the mid game while your opponent struggles to keep up.
Tips on Playing the Deck
- Desolations stack up. That means if you have two out, people will have to sacrifice two lands at the end of the turn instead of one.
- Target non-Rare lands when possible. This way Rare-B-Gone can clean house on all of those Blinkmoth Nexi, City of Brass, or Tundras that your opponent might have.
- Try to get Army Ants running as soon as possible - it is one of the feature cards in the deck.
- Try to play against people with lots of rares! This is very important if you want to bash them over the head with your Un-power!
- Have a lot of fun! Sure, your opponent will be grumpy when they have no lands, but your Jackal Puppy will be very happy!
Adding Money to the Deck
Other interesting Rare to Unrare cards:
Shatterstorm (rare in Antiquities)
Pyroclasm (Rare in Portal)
Hurricane (eventually made rare)
City of Brass (originally an uncommon in Arabian Nights)
Dwarven Pony (just kidding! Dwarven Pony always was a rare. Can you imagine the consequences of making this guy uncommon?)
Until next time, Blacker Lotus!
BuildingOnABudget and NateHeiss on Magic Online