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3 Budget Historic Decks for Players Low on Wildcards

The economy of Magic: the Gathering Arena is brutal. Players aren’t allowed to buy the specific cards they need, but instead they must use the MTGA wildcard system. The wildcards are gained through opening packs, which players need to purchase with in-game gold or real currency. For a lot of Magic players, it just isn’t in their budget to open hundreds of packs in hopes to open the card they need or find enough wildcards to finish a deck.

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Luckily for players on a budget, there are plenty of decks that are completely fine without needing a bunch of rare or mythic wildcards. Here are just a few options to choose from if players are running low on wildcards.

RG Energy Aggro
Budget Historic Decks
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Courtesy of Wizards of the Coast


4x Burning-Tree Emissary
4x Longtusk Cub
2x Targ Nar, Demon-Fang Gnoll
4x Voltaic Brawler
Non-Creature Spells
4x Attune with Aether
4x Blossoming Defense
3x Collision/Colossus
3x Domri’s Ambush
4x Harnessed Lightning
4x Pillar of Flame
4x Shock
4x Aether Hub
8x Mountain
8x Forest

When it comes to competitive budget decks, players can always rely on some classic red/green beats. Red/green aggressive decks have the potential for extremely explosive starts thanks to Burning-Tree Emissary. Having two BTE in hand can often lead to 6+ power on board as early as turn two. Pair that with powerful two-drops like Longtusk Cub and Voltaic Brawler, and now this RG beatdown deck packs quite the punch.

The neat thing about this version of RG aggro is that players can actually get several of these cards from the free Premier drafts of Kaladesh. Longtusk Cub and Harnessed Lightning are incredibly powerful in limited. Not only are you gaining key cards for Historic, but if you draft red/green in limited, players can earn plenty of packs by powering through the draft queues.

UR Drakes
Budget Historic Decks
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Budget Historic Decks
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4x Crackling Drake
4x Enigma Drake
4x Pteramander
4x Sprite Dragon
Non-Creature Spells
2x Anticipate
4x Censor
4x Crash Through
2x Negate
4x Opt
4x Shock
12x Island
12x Mountain

The best budget decks are the ones that can easily be upgraded into the real version. Here we have the budget version of one of the more powerful decks in Historic, UR Phoenix. This variant replaces the recursive Arclight Phoenix with more threats in Enigma Drake and Pteramander. The deck does lose a bit of that “instant-win” power that Arclight Phoenix brings, but it does still have the potential to end games quickly with huge drakes.

The strength of the deck comes through it’s ability to cycle through cards to find the right answer. Even without Memory Lapse and Faithless Looting, UR Drakes should find a way to hang in there with most opponents. This deck does struggle against tougher creatures as the only form of removal is Shock and Pillar of Flame. Luckily having 16 creatures with flying is usually all a player needs to win a game.

Mardu Reanimator
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Courtesy of Wizards of the Coast











4x Stitcher’s Supplier
4x Mire Triton
2x Sifter Wurm
2x Titanoth rex
2x Void Beckoner
2x Bookwurm
Non-Creature Spells
4x Ashiok, Dream Render
4x Blood for Bones
3x Bond of Revival
4x Cathartic Reunion
4x Thrilling Discovery
4x Unburial Rites
8x Mountain
5x Plains
8x Swamp
Big dumb creatures sometimes don’t get enough love. For most players, they are just printed to be a big finisher in drafts when games stall for too long. However Historic gives these loveable giants a new place to shine. With Mardu Reanimator, the goal is to dump a bunch of big creatures into the graveyard and bring them back directly to the battlefield. One or two Sifter Wurms is plenty to end a game in a turn or two.
Unfortunately Faithless Looting is a rare on Magic: Arena, leaving players with only a few options in terms of discard spells. Cathartic Reunion and Thrilling Discovery are the two best options as they let players ditch two cards in favor of drawing three more. Ashiok is a fun add here as it accidentally hoses all of the graveyard decks in the format. Feel free to swap out any of the reanimation targets with another big beater, especially if Bookwurm isn’t cutting it.

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