The Cheapest Way to Win in Standard

Are you a Quiet Speculation member?

If not, now is a perfect time to join up! Our powerful tools, breaking-news analysis, and exclusive Discord channel will make sure you stay up to date and ahead of the curve.

One of the common refrains of Magic is that it can cost too much money. And let's be real: it can. Not only do Eternal staples reach the hundreds of dollars, even Standard decks can be prohibitively expensive for a lot of people.

That's where the infamous "budget deck" comes in.

Historically, people view these decks as sub-optimal and for beginners. A lot of the times, they are. Commons and Uncommons that get left over in drafts can actually combine to make a pretty potent deck, even if it does seem a little simplistic to seasoned vets.

Today's deck is no exception.

Michael Jacob, a popular streamer, tweeted about this deck earlier today. It's quick, powerful and a real player in the format (it 4-0'ed a daily here). Most of all, it's cheap.

About as cheap/good as it gets.

So if you're looking to go cheap in Standard, check this out! You can see the full post here.

Avatar photo

Corbin Hosler

Corbin Hosler is a journalist living in Norman, Oklahoma (also known as the hotbed of Magic). He started playing in Shadowmoor and chased the Pro Tour dream for a few years, culminating in a Star City Games Legacy Open finals appearance in 2011 before deciding to turn to trading and speculation full-time. He writes weekly at and biweekly for LegitMTG. He also cohosts Brainstorm Brewery, the only financial podcast on the net. He can best be reached @Chosler88 on Twitter.

View More By Corbin Hosler

Posted in Feature, Free, Standard

Have you joined the Quiet Speculation Discord?

If you haven't, you're leaving value on the table! Join our community of experts, enthusiasts, entertainers, and educators and enjoy exclusive podcasts, questions asked and answered, trades, sales, and everything else Discord has to offer.

Want to create content with Quiet Speculation?

All you need to succeed is a passion for Magic: The Gathering, and the ability to write coherently. Share your knowledge of MTG and how you leverage it to win games, get value from your cards – or even turn a profit.

6 thoughts on “The Cheapest Way to Win in Standard

  1. I don’t really like advocating bugdet options when they purposefully eschew cards strictly on a budgetary basis. Specifically, I find it hard to believe that this deck wouldn’t benefit from a couple Mutavaults.

    1. I think you’re missing the point. Of course this deck would benefit from Mutavaults. It could arguably want to play Ajani over Spear, but then the deck would not be a budget deck… which is the whole point of this post. Not everyone has the financial resources to spend 120 dollars on 4 lands, regardless of how good it makes their deck.

      1. Yeah, I’m not usually a fan of wasting money on sub-par decks and ending up no closer to a real deck after losing a lot… but this is like literally a $10 deck and that’s all some people want.

      2. I know you’re missing the point of my post. What I’m saying is that budget is fine, but there are ways to play budget without just playing a worse version of something else.

Join the conversation

Want Prices?

Browse thousands of prices with the first and most comprehensive MTG Finance tool around.

Trader Tools lists both buylist and retail prices for every MTG card, going back a decade.

Quiet Speculation