So whenever a new set comes out, I buy a bunch of boxes, bust a ton of packs. After sorting out all the rares and money cards I am stuck with a lot of loose cards and with them I have been building fun budget decks with just the commons and uncommons of the set. It is not easy with such a restricted card pool but it makes good use of cards I probably won’t use other wise and as always it is fun to just brew.
Anyways, I thought to make this a regular segment on the blog with each Magic set released. For Avacyn Restored, I brewed up a Red/ Blue Humans deck with a lot of quirky interactions. Magic 2013 just came out a week ago and I have been testing this mono black exalted deck.
Mono Black Exalted:
4 Duty- Bound Dead
4 Tormented Soul
4 Knight of Infamy
3 Vampire Nighthawk (I had only 3 left over after using a set in my Battle of Wits deck.)
4 Cower in Fear
4 Sign in Blood
4 Vile Rebirth
2 Ring of Xathrid
This is pretty straight forward deck. I considered adding Servant of Nefarox but it is so slow and since it lacks evasion it would probably never attack, making it no better than a Duty Bound Dead. So have 8 exalted creatures in the end and Tormented Soul and Vampire Nighthawk are the primary attackers. Ring of Xathrid is there just for value and perhaps late game reach. A massive Nighthawk or Tormented Soul can win races.
As for the spells, it is basically just the best black has to offer for commons and uncommons in Magic 2013. Murder one shots problematic creatures, Cower in Fear clears the way of tokens and small creatures, Duress takes care of Wraths and other problematic spells, Sign in Blood draw cards and finally Vile Rebirth serves as a little graveyard hate and a surprise blocker.
The deck’s curve is low, very low which has its pros and cons. In the first few turns, you should get a bunch of damage in but your opponents would probably be doing more powerful things in the mid and late game. The best you can do to minimize that given the parameters is cutting 4 Vile Rebirth for 1 Swamp, 2 Rings and 1 more Vampire Nighthawk.
If you want to build a similar deck for say FNM and keeping with the budget deck in mind I am thinking about a rare, Nefarox Overlord of Grixis. It is the cheapest of the legends cycle of Magic 2013. You can get a foiled one from the intro pack but the single sells for only $1 currently and it would probably drop if you wait. I would probably start with cutting 4 Vile Rebirth for the sideboard for 1 Swamp, 1 Ring of Xathrid and 2 Nefarox. Also a mix of Doom Blades and Go for the Throat is probably better than Murder and Cower in Fear.