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Arcades the Strategist EDH Budget Deck Tech 25 Magic the Gathering Commander

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Command your budget! Here at The Commander's Quarters we brew fun and focused $25 EDH decks. On this deck tech we brew with Arcades, the Strategist as our commander. Cast a ton of cheap defenders as quickly as you can, draw a lot of cards, and crash through for a ton of damage! ---------- Support us directly, get rewards, and join The Commander’s Quarter’s community on our Patreon page: ---------- When you are buying decks or individual cards, make sure you are using any of our TCGplayer affiliate links below to help support the channel! Arcades, the Strategist decklist: Reasonable Upgrades: ---------- Commander's Quarters decklists: Commander's Quarters general affiliate link: ---------- Follow and reach out to us on social media! Facebook: Twitter: ---------- “Check them In” Ema Grace ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0


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

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.

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

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.

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!

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

Mason Santos : no matter how i optimist in tcgplayer i cant get the 25$ price tag. how can i get it I can only get it down to 56$

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 :)

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

Jake applegate : Temur sabertooth.

i1KiCK1BUTT : rip wall of blood.

Christopher Kira Harbour : I'd love for some sort of link to a deck on tcgplayer so that i can one-click to purchase the deck as is....or something like that. anyways, great video!

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.

Daniel Nelson : I’ve been thinking of my third deck after I took apart my Zur deck. I was thinking Orzhov but then in hit me to build walls. At least mine won’t cost 5 billion. Lol.

Wow Dude : Donald Trump: "This is my favorite deck."

Robyn Thompson : Love your channel, new to commander and I've watched a lot of your videos and it's helped me a lot. Can't thank you enough dude

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

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.

Onloverslips : I'm in love with this deck!!! Thank you so much!!

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.

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!

Kylie.92 : I was working on a Arcades deck too and see it can be budget and fun at the same time is amazing ç-ç nice work guys!

Geoffery Sharp : I would add Laboratory Maniac, Freed From the Reel and Drift of Phantasms, personally. Deck looks super fun! Think you could do one of Teysa, Orzhov Scion next? :D

Richard Rogers : K I'm building this I was waiting for you to do this!

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

Brandon Teppelin : I do love a Elder Dragon. I also love a strategic Commander. PEANUT BUTTER JELLEH, PEANUT BUTTER JELLEH!

Tin Vahtarić : I'm a big fan of defender decks and i love how this commander perfectly promotes using them Awesome deck tech 😁👏👏

Jeroen Katgert : Where do we get a list like this for these prices? Sure, the cards cost even less on a site like CardMarket, but the shipping costs are not included. Since I'll have to look for more sellers, the shipping costs will add up very fast.

evileyeball : Its just over $10 now but you could include Wall of Kelp in your upgrades section (but it might be unreasonable for some people)

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.

Asui Zephyr : Great video :) why not put in Galvanic Alchemist? With Axebane Guardian is infinite mana practically.

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.

corrackisdead : I was not expecting this at all, so I am happy beyond belief for a fun arcades deck

Sebastian Stiefel : What do you suggest you replace for the upgrades. In the Jodah video you said each card to replace so wondering the same here.

demonzero677 : no Slagwurm armor? 1 to play, 3 to equip for +0/+6 which in this deck might as well be +6/+6 sounds like a right nasty way to turn an otherwise innocent steel wall into a titan.

Rafael Román : As always a nice deck tech

Michael Coffey : For the reasonable upgrades, what do you suggest swapping out?

Ezra Serino : Digging this channel I've watched 2 videos so far and you've got a sub from me now :) Mainly a standard player but I qas looking into commander :)

Devin Paine : I have an Arcades deck and loved the budget version Mitch!!! I didn't even know about Return to the Ranks, that's definitely going in my deck. For reasonable upgrades I've found G wave to be even better than usual in the deck because of the average CMC. Love the deck techs keep it up.

Pink : Psychic Membrane and Order of the Stars might be worth considering. I know the latter is little, but it's a good solution to some threats that might otherwise take more creatures than you'd like to stave off.

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.

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

Ricky Meadows : Great video. I love your channel. Your Deck Techs all seem really affective for the price and I can see myself winning with them at my LGS. Keep up the good work!

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.

some nerd : This channel is great! Since I don't have much money to spend on Magic, having access to such strong decks in a non-rotating format for so little money is just what I need! Might I request Najeela, the Blade-Blossom and The Scarab God as commander-excluded decks?