Thursday, June 1, 2023

Thirty Casual Decks under $20 for Magic: the Gathering March of the Machine Standard

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This week marks the release of the newest Magic: the Gathering set, March of the Machine, which means it’s time to look at a bunch of super-cheap decks that you can play on your kitchen table or on Magic Arena without spending much money or many wildcards! 

With the release of March of the Machine, the sets legal in Standard will also include Phyrexia: All Will Be OneThe Brothers’ WarDominaria United, Innistrad: Crimson Vow, Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty, and Streets of New Capenna. Our decks today will focus on cards in those sets, along with some decks using only March of the Machine cards that you should be able to put together easily if you buy a couple booster boxes of the set.

For the March of the Machine–only decks specifically, none of the decks has more than one of each rare since those are the numbers you’re likely to open if you crack a couple of boxes. These decks are appropriate for fun, casual play, both in paper and on Magic Arena, and for new players. If you’re looking for higher-powered decks (more appropriate for FNM or ladder play on Magic Arena), we play budget decks every week on the Budget Magic series, with a typical budget of $100. If you want to go all-out, you can check out fully powered decks used in tournaments and by pro players.

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Finally, we have some decks made with only March of the Machine cards. While limiting the decks to just one set makes them less powerful than Standard decks, the upside is that you should (on average) get all the cards you need to build all of these decks by opening a couple of booster boxes of March of the Machine for tabletop play. They are also perfect for casual play on Magic Arena, especially if you are just starting out and don’t have many cards in your collection, because they don’t require many rare (or any mythic) wildcards to build. Plus, most of the reward packs on Magic Arena will be of March of the Machine over the next few months, so many of these cards will show up in your collection soon naturally, if they haven’t already. These decks won’t compete at the FNM level or on the competitive ladder on Magic Arena, but they are great starting points if you’re looking for a way to stretch the amount of fun you get from your booster boxes or from free-to-playing Magic Arena casually! One last thing before we get to the decks: unlike the Standard decks, each rare will only show up as a one-of in the March of the Machine decks, no matter how good it might be in the deck. This is partly to help keep the prices of the decks down (both in paper and on Magic Arena) but also because if you open two booster boxes of March of the Machine, you should end up with about one copy of each rare in the set. If you happen to open multiple copies of one of the rares in the decks, don’t be afraid to upgrade by sticking it in over one of the less powerful lower-rarity cards!

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Anyway, that’s all for today. A quick reminder on the way out the door: all of the decks we talked about today are designed to be for casual play—like having fun with a friend on your kitchen table or for unranked play on Magic Arena—and aren’t really designed for competitive play. If you’re looking for more powerful (but still budget-friendly) decks that are perfect for Friday Night Magic, make sure to check out our Budget Magic series. If you are looking for competitive tournament-worthy decks, you can find them on the metagame page. Hopefully, these super-cheap decklists for March of the Machine Standard will be helpful and fun! If you have any questions, make sure to let me know in the comments. As always, leave your thoughts, ideas, feelings, and suggestions, and you can reach me on Twitter @SaffronOlive or at SaffronOlive@MTGGoldfish.com.

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