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March 7, 2016

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Commander Mondays: All The Budgets of the Rainbow

As I mentioned in the last bit of my article last week, reader and fellow contributor Pierre Dupont has requested I make a five-colour good stuff budget deck for one of my articles. So I decided to go with a deck that’s full of cheap and fun jank, with two of my favourite alternative win conditions: Maze’s End and Door to Nothingness.

Maze’s End has always been one of my favourite cards, even though it’s not amazing. Luckily for us, some useful enablers were part of a deck that just got banned in Modern. Summer Bloom allows you to get the lands out faster if you draw a bunch, and Amulet of Vigor makes the Maze’s End more efficient, as well as makes running twenty tapped lands feel less garbagey.

We also run the few cards that allow you to search for any land, such as Realm Seekers and Expedition Map. One of the silliest ways in the deck to amass gates is with Salvaging Station in tandem with Expedition Map. Or Gatecreeper Vine and Deadeye Navigator.

Unfortunately, there’s not as many ways to be crazy silly with Door to Nothingness it sort gets crammed in the deck because winning with it would be incredibly satisfying. There is a Chromatic Lantern in the deck, and a few ways to tutor for the door, but that’s about it.

Other Great 5-Colour Jank

Besides the two win conditions, there’s a few other cards that don’t get enough EDH love because they’re restricted to 5-colour. A couple of them have been in the last few decks I’ve posted, but these are my favourites.

Because of the replacement cost, it’s not actually legal in mono black, but in decks where you can use it efficiently, it packs a punch. Consider the fact that in this deck you’re mostly trying to win with a combo, all this guy does is help you get there faster.

I’ve actually built this deck once before, and I remember the absolute look of horror and respect on Pierre’s face when I cast Conflux in an EDH tournament. Resolving it was even more satisfying.

Although technically legal in any deck that plays green, it’s only really efficient in a deck that sports all four glorious colours of the pie, plus white.

One of those cards that makes so many people sore, regarding its lack of Legendary Creature status. I know many people who like to use it as a Commander under house rules, I usually tend to be fine with it as long as it’s not in a tournament.

You may have noticed that this thing is in all of my five-colour lists, I love it to death. I recall once in a tournament (same one with Pierre that was already mentioned) I resolved a Legacy Weapon with aProphet of Kruphix (R.I.P.) on the battlefield, watching the terror on my opponents’ faces as their lands all get exiled was wonderful.

What Else is There?

Besides the combos, and some pet five-colour cards, the deck is just chock full of good utility. Everything you’d expect out of all colours, but without breaking the bank. However, it is also quite noteworthy that Mwonvuli Beast Tracker can find any of the “Bringer” creatures in the deck.

The Deck

”Budget

Commander (1)
Progenitus

Creature (16)
Bringer of the Black Dawn
Bringer of the Blue Dawn
Bringer of the White Dawn
Child of Alara
Deadeye Navigator
Eternal Witness
Etherium-Horn Sorcerer
Gatecreeper Vine
Greenwarden of Murasa
Maelstrom Archangel
Maelstrom Wanderer
Mina and Denn, Wildborn
Mwonvuli Beast Tracker
Rune-Scarred Demon
Seedborn Muse
Weathered Wayfarer

Spells (28)
All Suns’ Dawn
Brilliant Ultimatum
Conflux
Crux of Fate
Demonic Tutor
Fabricate
Increasing Ambition
Painful Truths
Ponder
Praetor’s Grasp
Preordain
Reap and Sow
Rolling Earthquake
Summer Bloom
Sylvan Scrying
Tempt with Discovery
Toxic Deluge
Wargate
Yawgmoth’s Will
Crop Rotation
Cyclonic Rift
Eladamri’s Call
Hero’s Downfall
Krosan Grip
Return to Dust
Swords to Plowshares
Utter End
Worldly Tutor

Artifact (13)
Amulet of Vigor
Chromatic Lantern
Door to Nothingness
Expedition Map
Fellwar Stone
Legacy Weapon
Salvaging Station
Sol Ring
Talisman of Dominance
Talisman of Impulse
Talisman of Indulgence
Talisman of Progress
Talisman of Unity

Enchantment (3)
Maelstrom Nexus
Monastery Siege
Phyrexian Arena

Planeswalker (1)
Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker

Land (38)
Arcane Sanctum
Azorius Guildgate
Boros Guildgate
City of Brass
Command Tower
Crumbling Necropolis
Dimir Guildgate
Exotic Orchard
Forbidden Orchard
Forest
Frontier Bivouac
Golgari Guildgate
Grand Coliseum
Gruul Guildgate
Island
Izzet Guildgate
Jungle Shrine
Mana Confluence
Maze’s End
Mountain
Mystic Monastery
Nomad Outpost
Opulent Palace
Orzhov Guildgate
Plains
Rakdos Guildgate
Reflecting Pool
Sandsteppe Citadel
Savage Lands
Seaside Citadel
Selesnya Guildgate
Simic Guildgate
Swamp

That’s all for this week! Next week I’m going to delve into a Commander I’ve built numerous times and disliked, but finally found a list that satisfies my need to ruin others’ fun.