Arcades, the Strategist - EDH Budget Deck Tech $25 | Magic the Gathering | Commander

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The40thrainbow Vlogs : In the reasonable upgrades, I reccomend Meekstone. Its a 1 mana artifact that creatures with power 3 or greater don’t untap during the untap step. Since most defenders have 0 power and arcades has vigilance, its a reall good card in the deck and its realitivly cheap at around $4

Jordon Cox : Definitely do more videos where you don’t include the commander in the cost because there are people who want to play that commander regardless of the cost of getting it. They just don’t have a big budget for the other 99 at the moment.

patroricklenizle : Not including the commander in the total price is a smart move. Gives more flexibility in commander choices. Keep up the great work

Johnny D. Martyr : Am I the only one who thinks the golden pig looks better on mtg cards than the official holo sticker on the bottom center of the cards?

Brandon LaBrosse : Great video, as always. I was wondering if you might consider adding on to the reasonable upgrades portion and suggesting like a "first out" section detailing the cards you might consider cutting first when upgrading.

Bagel Hole : I've been looking around at MTG stuff for about a year now, this is probably going to be the first paper deck I'll put together. I love the concept of big walls being beefy attackers.

DaC00kieM0bsta : Great list, since this is defender tribal though. I think it's probably worth mentioning the Axebane Guardian/Freed from the Real combo, that lets you generate infinite mana with only two creatures out. Freed from the Real is only $0.25 right now, so I'm surprised it didn't make the cut. Keep it up my dude!

Karol Własiuk : Also for further support I'd recommend Brave the Sands - with this enchantment we can attack and still hide behind huge walls. And maybe for more comeback ability I'd consider Dusk/Dawn - first part might destroy Arcades but when he's not around it's just pure value and Dawn part works as Return to the Ranks with set cost of 5. For protection Heroic Intervention and some counterspells might do the trick (at least in my meta do). For mana base I'd probably think about Reliquary Tower because it's reasonably cheap nowadays. And finally thanks for this great deck tech - dividing deck into 10 strategies and explaining every card is something I was really looking for.

Richard Rogers : Definitely agree. I think we need more decks where the commander isn't included in the cost I have arcades pulled from a pack during league. I have a ton of commanders I pulled from random packs so to build a deck with 25$ is amazing.

Pringy 978 : Dawn/Dusk is really solid in this build. Elspeth Sun's champion is the first planeswalker you should go for, and if you can grab a meekstone or similar its hillarious to watch. Finally, tree of redemption and mentor of the meek have been all-stars for me :)

Gus Carbone : How about Krupix as an upgrade. He allows you to hold onto extra mana for later and has the no maximum hand-size clause. Also, Reliquary Tower is great when drawing lots of cards. Hornet Nest, Slagworm armor, Wall of Shards

The Raven : As much as I enjoy the deck, it has a pretty big flaw in my opinion. It relies so much on Arcades that if it gets stolen, or repeatedly removed the deck starts to lose hard and doesn't have a back-up win condition. Once you are unable to recast Arcades (extremely common in a lot of metas to be unable to cast your commander) you basically just lose.

themonkeyhand : Sunscape Familiar..... So some wizard was like, yeah, my little creature helper is going to be... nah, not a baby dragon, not a cat, not a unicorn, not a homunculi.... I'm gonna pick a wall.

sheryiff : At 18:40 you say that sunscape familiar is a 0/4 . Literally unwatchable. Subscribed.

Douglas Mannor : When I first saw arcades I immediately thought of tree of redemption and how explosive it could be.

i1KiCK1BUTT : rip wall of blood.

OP Malfit : Fall of Frost

Thy Art Is Derp : I've been having Arcedes in my binder just waiting for him to command a deck. Thanks to you guys, that is now possible. Much love.

Brendan Eichler : I think that it would be interesting to do a Commander excluded budget Doran, the Siege Tower to show the differences between the "butt-fighting" commanders... and not because I recently got a Doran and desperately want advice on how to build him.

Victor Augusto Sant Anna Valderramos Bittencourt : Guy, I am loving your deck techs, they are giving my lots of ideas. Very nice work!

viktor mizak : wall of denial doesn't become an eight eight when it attacks, shroud prevents friendly ability from effecting it.

Winds of Change : Try finding others ways of sayings things are useful or come in handy, hearing comes in handy or comes in huge multiple times is tiresome and very repetitive. But I love these videos. A minor gripe

pandm101 : I know I'm late to the show, but a great card is Brago, he isn't a beater, but due to bouncing he gives the walls pseudovigilance, and on top of that draws you 5+ cards each time he hits. Even better when you can bounce Mnemonic wall to cast Time Warp again and again.

Nah M8 : "I will build a great wall, nobody builds walls better than me."- Arcades the strategist.

Rob Koper : Sunscape Familiar is a great value engine in this deck. I’ve found the only real combat weaknesses are flying creatures and chump blocking. These are easy to remedy with Spidersilk Armor and Primal Rage. For cheap and nasty surprises, Dramatic Reversal and Triton Tactics are awesome.

YugiGOGOGO : as a long time player and someone getting back in the game, it's great that you aren't including the commander itself. Many newbies will either pull or trade for some 20 to even 50 dollar legendary, however that be their only money card. i just found this channel but i would love to see a "Sedris the Traitor King" 25 dollar deck.

airkami : Love the idea of excluding the commander because I already cracked so many legendary creatures that would make great commanders and that gives all that extra money for the rest of the deck

chris wise : Absolutely loving the deck, I love the irony of being a threat really early, and I can 1v1 my friend's omnath deck which is nice

Lord of Vermillion : I'm surprised Tree of Redemption didn't get a mention. 13 toughness defender is pretty great and you can tap it to make him a 40/40 at the cost of a little life

Adam Xue : Whats so odd about defenders attacking? Clearly nothing, because offence is the best defence.

Mike Campau : This was a Much better to format this type of video. Deciding to remove the commander from the price hold. One thing that I would recommend doing though is when your going through your "reasonable upgrades" bit, telling us what you'd swap out for each upgrade wouldn't be a bad idea

Nathan Paschall : Always Watching, Brave the Sands, Loyal Unicorn, Oathsworn Giant, Serra's Blessing and Serra's Guardian all give your creatures Vigilance. Brave let's them block more than one creature for added bonus. I know that isn't the point necessarily of this deck but Vigilance seems like the best creature effect (besides maybe trample) for Walls.

Rey Manosca : Great deck...I pulled arcades..two of them to be exact and ur deck list seems competitive already with the heavy amount of synergy. My only inclusion to the deck would be adding lightning greaves, sun Titan, and ascetisim for the added hexproof. Anyways would like to see a budget deck on the new commander 18 product

Patrick Shenefield : This was great. Do you have a deck that would be the same concept but for modern. If so you should publish that.

Jason Sheu : One card i think would go really well in this deck is amaranthine wall. Its only around $0.25, and can gain indestructible until end of turn for 2 mana.

TheWoolyninja4 : One could consider fog bank as an option at only 24 cents it fits the theme. It is not as big at 0/2 but it can't be destroyed by combat damage making it a wonderful blocker.

KC Smithsen : This was my first one of your videos, and I'm not HOOKED on the channel. Been using it as an entry point to everyone I know who's interested in playing Commander!

baihai : Hi wish to know, the reasonable upgrades are used to replace which cards in the 99?

Steven Dunham : Awesome build!

Trenton Rose : ..... I'm making this! It looks like so much fun

RicketyNaga 37595 : Another good idea for this series would be a Flip Planeswalker Commander deck, where you exclude the price of the Commander, and could actually up the budget to $30 since you have $15 deck and $25, go for a deck that costs a little bit more

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Sagittarial A : Where is the Tree of Redemption? Awesome upgrade piece.

Mateus Scartezini : amazing channel mate! devouring all your videos! hahausha greetings from brazil

denorolyzer : I've ordered this deck. I look forward to trying it out.

Icy Napalm : I run 35 creatures in my deck. This gave me room for a few more spells I could use for a variety of situations. I've ended up winning several times at my LGS over the past few weeks.

Paul Miller : I love this

Dominus de'Terra : I like trains

Jason H : Some of the additions that you have may not work too well with Tetsuko, for instance Sight of the Scalelords, I would consider Belbe's Armor. Something like Abzan Beastmasterwould also work extremely well since odds are high you're going to be running round with the largest toughness creatures. Crenellated Wall, is another amazing wall, as well as Tree of Redemption. Brave the Sands and Primal Rage would also make this deck stupid amazing.

Kwasi Williams : Awesome! Been thinking about making a defender deck, this looks like fun. Can't wait to see what other buget decks you post!