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MTG Arena Budget Standard Decks for Beginners

The best budget decks for Standard, with cheap common and uncommon cards only. Each deck comes complete with its own upgrade guide.

If you’re new to MTG Arena, building a cheap budget competitive deck can be challenging, especially if you’re looking to spend as little real-world gold as you can! Magic’s myriad different cards can be overwhelming, and Wildcards are a precious resource that you can’t always afford to waste on the wrong decks, no matter how enticing! Placing small bets on crafting and gradually opening cards until you find an expensive deck you’re sure you’ll love is the best way to go, at least while your resources are so limited.

Dominaria United Standard post-rotation has been an absolute blast to play, but admittedly, it’s not the easiest on the Wildcards. It’s much better than previous Standard environments in my opinion, but for those who don’t have large collections, it could still be a struggle. Well fret not! I spent hours upon hours making a large amount of budget decks that can be easily made no matter your collection size and the most competitive version of the deck you can make as well!

In this guide, you’ll find our exclusive curated list of some fantastic budget Standard decks from various archetypes, with a brief explanation of the deck, an upgrade guide, and sample decklists for each one. Visit our Standard deck page if you’d like to see what some of the finished products look like. You can also go straight to the Budget deck section itself for the complete list, and for more ideas, be sure to visit our Standard Artisan section (a format where you are only allowed commons and uncommons).

Historic and Explorer is a format where your cards never rotate out, but has a much wider card pool and can be intimidating for players that wish to start out. Click here for our dedicated guide to Historic Budget decks and Explorer decks!

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Budget Deck Aims

Here’s a set of parameters we build our budget Standard decks around, to ensure they’re at their most useful to you:

  • The base deck will aim to have as few rares as possible, but if one or two different cards are exceptionally important to the archetype and there’s no easy replacement, then you might see them. For each deck, we provide pathways or a link to upgrade into more competitive versions. Upgrades depend on your collection and Wildcard availability, so we’ll provide different options to tailor to your specific needs!
  • Each deck is geared towards best-of-one, and players can now have up to seven cards in their sideboard. For best-of-three, do check out our budget sideboard guide at the end to help you build a sideboard.
  • Here are the sets in Standard right now, which all these cards come from:
    • Innistrad: Midnight Hunt (MID)
    • Innistrad: Crimson Vow (VOW)
    • Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty (NEO)
    • Streets of New Capenna (SNC)
    • Dominaria United (DMU)

How Do I Decide What To Craft?

This is a great question that doesn’t have a concrete answer, but I believe there’s an order you should upgrade your decks in. In totality, you should look to craft the most ubiquitous cards first and then keep going until you’re crafting highly specific cards to finish your particular deck. With that in mind, we can go even more specific. For a full breakdown on Dominaria United, check out my crafting guide:

1. Lands

Lands should always be your first priority as those are generally going to be the most ubiquitous cards in Standard.

The Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty channel lands, the Innistrad duals, and the new 3 color lands are also extremely safe crafts, and the Painlands. However, these don’t always need 4 depending on what deck you’re building, so keep that in mind.

2. Ubiquitous Rares

This is a pretty general category, but what I mean here is to next craft Rares you see in multiple decklists. Examples of this could include Fable of the Mirror-Breaker or Wedding Announcement as they see play in functionally any deck that can cast them. Furthermore you want to start with Rares as Mythics are going to be much harder to stockpile.

3. Ubiquitous Mythic Rares

Although you generally want to avoid crafting Mythics if you’re just upgrading budget decks, there are plenty of Mythics that see so much play they are very safe crafts. The most popular ones that come to mind are something like The Meathook Massacre or The Wandering Emperor as they’re cards that have literally no replacement.

4. Specific Rares

These are Rares that may see minimal play or only see play in one to two strategies. They can be good cards, just narrow, such as Halana and Alena, Partners or Edgar, Charmed Groom.

5. Specific Mythic Rares

These are Mythics that see minimal or small amounts of play. These are definitely the last thing you want to craft as these will be hard to use in other strategies with cards like Spectral Adversary or Elspeth Resplendent.

This is more or less the strategy to go by. If you’re unsure where something lies, you can check out lists here to get an idea of what cards see the most play, but I’ll also give you my opinions as well. With that, let’s get into the decks.


Budget Standard Decks

Mono White Aggro

Budget Mono White Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $9.53
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
31 uncommon
29 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (30)
3
Cathar Commando
$1.05
4
Fleeting Spirit
$1.00
4
Twinblade Geist
$1.00
Instants (2)
2
Valorous Stance
$0.50
Sorceries (2)
2
Arm the Cathars
$0.50
Artifacts (4)
Lands (22)
22
Plains
$5.50
60 Cards
$15.3

Mono White is one of the cornerstones of the format and even without the rares you can still make a really powerful deck. Use your small creatures to curve out and quickly overrun the opponent. If you’re looking to make upgrades to this deck, you can check out the list below.

Bo1 Mono White Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $147.44
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
8 mythic
25 rare
4 uncommon
23 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
60 Cards
$190.22

Mono Blue Tempo

Bo1 Mono Blue Tempo
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $66.38
Standard
Tempo
best of 1
0 mythic
9 rare
15 uncommon
36 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (12)
4
Haughty Djinn
$23.96
4
Tolarian Terror
$5.96
Instants (27)
4
Spell Pierce
$1.00
4
Consider
$7.16
4
Fading Hope
$7.16
4
Essence Scatter
$1.00
4
Make Disappear
$3.16
Lands (21)
20
Island
$5.00
60 Cards
$87.26

This deck is already quite budget and competitive so it’s a great choice if you enjoy tempo decks!

Haughty Djinn – Specific Rare

Mono Black Aggro

Budget Mono Black Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $17.12
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
22 uncommon
38 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (24)
4
Cult Conscript
$1.00
4
Phyrexian Rager
$1.00
4
Fell Stinger
$1.96
Instants (8)
4
Cut Down
$2.36
4
Infernal Grasp
$7.16
Enchantments (6)
Lands (22)
22
Swamp
$5.50
60 Cards
$23.48

One of the best aggro decks around right now, Mono Black packs a punch with its combination of a quick clock and strong interaction.

Bo1 Mono Black Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $288.12
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
9 mythic
15 rare
9 uncommon
27 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (4)
Instants (6)
4
Cut Down
$2.36
2
Infernal Grasp
$3.58
Sorceries (2)
2
Invoke Despair
$1.58
Enchantments (4)
Lands (24)
23
Swamp
$5.75
60 Cards
$341

Mono Black Midrange

Budget Mono Black Midrange
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $16.33
Standard
Midrange
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
21 uncommon
39 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (23)
4
Circuit Mender
$1.00
4
Phyrexian Rager
$1.00
2
Fell Stinger
$0.98
2
Girder Goons
$0.50
Instants (8)
4
Cut Down
$2.36
4
Infernal Grasp
$7.16
Artifacts (2)
2
Blood Fountain
$0.98
Enchantments (4)
Lands (23)
23
Swamp
$5.75
60 Cards
$23.48

Black based Control has been a mainstay in Standard and you can start with this base for the most simple form of it. Control the opponent’s board, hand, and kill them with whatever creatures you have left over. If you’re looking to upgrade, you can go for my build below.

Bo1 Mono Black Midrange
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $314.57
Standard
Midrange
best of 1
9 mythic
22 rare
7 uncommon
22 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (6)
Instants (6)
4
Cut Down
$2.36
2
Infernal Grasp
$3.58
Sorceries (4)
4
Invoke Despair
$3.16
Artifacts (2)
Lands (25)
22
Swamp
$5.50
1
Field of Ruin
$0.29
60 Cards
$380.32

Mono Red Aggro

Budget Mono Red Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $22.64
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
22 uncommon
38 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (24)
4
Phoenix Chick
$3.16
2
Flowstone Kavu
$0.50
2
Twinshot Sniper
$0.50
Instants (8)
4
Play with Fire
$9.96
Sorceries (2)
Enchantments (4)
Lands (22)
22
Mountain
$5.50
60 Cards
$27.76

With an amazing curve and cheap Burn, Mono Red Aggro can pack a serious punch on a budget. If you’re looking to upgrade, I would look towards my build below.

Mono Red Aggro
by MTG Arena Zone
Buy on TCGplayer $64.87
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
5 mythic
14 rare
12 uncommon
29 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (8)
4
Play with Fire
$9.96
Enchantments (4)
Lands (22)
21
Mountain
$5.25
60 Cards
$86.26

Mono Green Aggro

Budget Mono Green Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $11.86
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
19 uncommon
41 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (31)
4
Civic Gardener
$1.00
4
Jewel Thief
$1.00
4
Spore Crawler
$1.00
4
Burly Breaker
$1.00
Instants (6)
4
Tail Swipe
$1.00
Lands (23)
23
Forest
$5.75
60 Cards
$18.76

Mono Green Aggro is one of the best decks in 2022 and even completely budget versions of it can still be potent. If you’re looking to make this as competitive as possible, you can check out the list below.

Bo1 Mono Green Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $80.13
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
5 mythic
25 rare
4 uncommon
26 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (5)
4
Tail Swipe
$1.00
Lands (24)
23
Forest
$5.75
60 Cards
$96.66

Azorius Midrange

Budget Azorius Midrange
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $8.97
Standard
Midrange
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
22 uncommon
38 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (22)
4
Circuit Mender
$1.00
4
Galedrifter
$1.00
2
Talas Lookout
$0.50
Instants (2)
2
Valorous Stance
$0.50
Sorceries (1)
1
Tolarian Geyser
$0.25
Enchantments (12)
Lands (23)
9
Island
$2.25
10
Plains
$2.50
60 Cards
$15.4

Azorius is looking to take advantage of all the ETB creatures in those colors to produce an extremely satisfying midrange deck. Although not the perfect analog, I would say that Esper Midrange is the best deck that’s the closest to this game plan.

Bo1 Esper Midrange
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $350.77
Standard
Midrange
best of 1
14 mythic
38 rare
5 uncommon
1 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (8)
1
Kaito Shizuki
$5.49
Instants (5)
3
Cut Down
$1.77
2
Infernal Grasp
$3.58
Enchantments (4)
58 Cards
$461.8

Boros Artifact Aggro

Budget Boros Artifact Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $14.64
Standard
Artifacts
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
24 uncommon
36 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (17)
4
Iron Apprentice
$1.00
2
Simian Sling
$0.50
4
Rabbit Battery
$2.76
Instants (4)
4
Voltage Surge
$1.00
Enchantments (8)
Lands (22)
9
Mountain
$2.25
9
Plains
$2.25
60 Cards
$23.08

Utilizing the many new Artifact creatures from Kamigawa and a few powerful payoffs, this aggro deck is both punishing and synergistic. Right now there are no competitive Boros options, so I would opt to Mono Red.

Mono Red Aggro
by MTG Arena Zone
Buy on TCGplayer $64.87
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
5 mythic
14 rare
12 uncommon
29 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (8)
4
Play with Fire
$9.96
Enchantments (4)
Lands (22)
21
Mountain
$5.25
60 Cards
$86.26

Dimir Control

Budget Dimir Control
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $14.66
Standard
Control
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
22 uncommon
38 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (5)
Instants (25)
4
Cut Down
$2.36
4
Essence Scatter
$1.00
3
Infernal Grasp
$5.37
2
Parasitic Grasp
$0.50
2
Make Disappear
$1.58
2
Ertai’s Scorn
$0.50
Enchantments (4)
Lands (26)
10
Island
$2.50
10
Swamp
$2.50
60 Cards
$22.46

Dimir Control is one of the most classical Control archetypes around. You can get started with this version for those who like to grind opponents into the dirt, or you can look more towards a tempo oriented game plan. While there isn’t a competitive Dimir deck, the closest you’ll likely find is Esper Midrange.

Bo1 Esper Midrange
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $350.77
Standard
Midrange
best of 1
14 mythic
38 rare
5 uncommon
1 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (8)
1
Kaito Shizuki
$5.49
Instants (5)
3
Cut Down
$1.77
2
Infernal Grasp
$3.58
Enchantments (4)
58 Cards
$461.8

Dimir Ninjas

Budget Dimir Ninjas
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $23.58
Standard
Tribal
best of 1
0 mythic
2 rare
20 uncommon
38 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (23)
4
Lantern Bearer
$1.00
Instants (15)
2
Spell Pierce
$0.50
4
Cut Down
$2.36
3
Infernal Grasp
$5.37
4
Make Disappear
$3.16
Lands (22)
11
Island
$2.75
9
Swamp
$2.25
60 Cards
$23.14

With cheap threats and disruption, Dimir Ninjas looks to tempo out the opposition! Once again, there are unfortunately no competitive Ninja decks, so I would once again opt for Esper Midrange as the closest analog.

Bo1 Esper Midrange
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $350.77
Standard
Midrange
best of 1
14 mythic
38 rare
5 uncommon
1 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (8)
1
Kaito Shizuki
$5.49
Instants (5)
3
Cut Down
$1.77
2
Infernal Grasp
$3.58
Enchantments (4)
58 Cards
$461.8

Gruul Aggro

Budget Gruul Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $19.78
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
24 uncommon
36 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (26)
3
Rabbit Battery
$2.07
4
Jewel Thief
$1.00
4
Spore Crawler
$1.00
4
Twinshot Sniper
$1.00
Instants (8)
4
Play with Fire
$9.96
Enchantments (4)
Lands (22)
10
Forest
$2.50
10
Mountain
$2.50
60 Cards
$25.52

If you like to go fast, Gruul aggro looks to capitalize on the power of the Red and Green creatures. With a fast curve and really solid interaction, this deck is looking to under the competition. If you’re looking to upgrade, it would look something like the list below.

Bo1 Gruul Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $68.92
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
0 mythic
34 rare
8 uncommon
18 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (5)
4
Kami’s Flare
$1.00
Enchantments (4)
Lands (24)
7
Forest
$1.75
6
Mountain
$1.50
4
Rockfall Vale
$5.16
60 Cards
$96.74

Izzet Delver

Budget Izzet Delver
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $35.14
Standard
Tempo
best of 1
0 mythic
3 rare
20 uncommon
37 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (25)
3
Spell Pierce
$0.75
4
Consider
$7.16
4
Play with Fire
$9.96
4
Shore Up
$1.00
4
Make Disappear
$3.16
Lands (19)
9
Island
$2.25
8
Mountain
$2.00
60 Cards
$34.44

Izzet is one of the most popular guilds and for good reason, it can be fast, disruptive, and extremely proactive. If you want to upgrade this deck, I would opt for Mono Blue Tempo which is a similar playstyle, and in itself, is a relatively budget deck already!.

Bo1 Mono Blue Tempo
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $66.38
Standard
Tempo
best of 1
0 mythic
9 rare
15 uncommon
36 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (12)
4
Haughty Djinn
$23.96
4
Tolarian Terror
$5.96
Instants (27)
4
Spell Pierce
$1.00
4
Consider
$7.16
4
Fading Hope
$7.16
4
Essence Scatter
$1.00
4
Make Disappear
$3.16
Lands (21)
20
Island
$5.00
60 Cards
$87.26

Orzhov Sacrifice

Budget Orzhov Sacrifice
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $13.44
Standard
Midrange
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
29 uncommon
31 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Sorceries (4)
Enchantments (3)
Lands (21)
7
Plains
$1.75
10
Swamp
$2.50
4
Scoured Barrens
$1.00
60 Cards
$17.8

Orzhov Sacrifice is a less typical take on the classic sacrifice shell. Instead of the typical Red, we use the White here to have more sacrifice outlets to get more value out of your cards! If you’re looking to upgrade this deck, you can check out the list below which takes the more midrange approach.

Bo1 Orzhov Midrange
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $440.97
Standard
Midrange
best of 1
11 mythic
24 rare
6 uncommon
19 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (8)
Instants (6)
4
Cut Down
$2.36
2
Infernal Grasp
$3.58
Enchantments (6)
Lands (24)
5
Plains
$1.25
6
Swamp
$1.50
4
Caves of Koilos
$2.36
60 Cards
$539.54

Rakdos Anvil

Budget Rakdos Anvil
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $15.14
Standard
Artifacts
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
22 uncommon
38 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (18)
4
Goldhound
$1.00
4
Unlucky Witness
$1.00
Instants (7)
4
Voltage Surge
$1.00
1
Cut Down
$0.59
2
Infernal Grasp
$3.58
Artifacts (15)
2
Blood Fountain
$0.98
4
Oni-Cult Anvil
$1.16
Lands (20)
8
Mountain
$2.00
8
Swamp
$2.00
4
Tramway Station
$1.00
60 Cards
$21.22

Using the new Oni-Cult Anvil and the many Blood producers, you have a powerful and grindy midrange deck. If you want to upgrade this deck to it’s full potential, check out the list below.

Bo1 Rakdos Anvil
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $384.46
Standard
Artifacts
best of 1
9 mythic
15 rare
12 uncommon
24 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (6)
Creatures (10)
Instants (6)
4
Voltage Surge
$1.00
2
Infernal Grasp
$3.58
Artifacts (8)
4
Oni-Cult Anvil
$1.16
Enchantments (7)
Lands (23)
5
Mountain
$1.25
7
Swamp
$1.75
4
Haunted Ridge
$47.96
60 Cards
$454.16

Selesnya Enchantments

Budget Selesnya Enchantments
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $11.1
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
26 uncommon
34 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (18)
2
Fang of Shigeki
$0.50
Lands (22)
8
Forest
$2.00
10
Plains
$2.50
60 Cards
$16.76

One of the newest decks in Standard, Enchantments utilizes the many Enchantment payoffs from Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty for a powerful and synergistic deck. If you want to make this as competitive as possible, the list below is a great base.

Bo1 Selesnya Enchantments
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $118.73
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
0 mythic
23 rare
16 uncommon
21 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Sorceries (4)
Enchantments (12)
Lands (21)
5
Forest
$1.25
8
Plains
$2.00
60 Cards
$151.78

Simic Ramp

Budget Simic Ramp
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $11.99
Standard
Ramp
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
17 uncommon
43 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (24)
4
Jewel Thief
$1.00
4
Spore Crawler
$1.00
4
Greater Tanuki
$1.00
Instants (3)
3
Fading Hope
$5.37
Enchantments (10)
Lands (23)
11
Forest
$2.75
8
Island
$2.00
4
Thornwood Falls
$1.00
60 Cards
$19.62

There aren’t many Ramp decks represented in Standard, but Simic is likely the best of them. With a combination of solid ramp, good late game, and interaction, this deck is a force to be reckoned with. If you’re looking to upgrade this deck, the most competitive version would likely look something like the list below.

Bo1 Simic Ramp
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $115.22
Standard
Ramp
best of 1
7 mythic
23 rare
9 uncommon
21 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (3)
2
Tamiyo, Compleated Sage
{G/U/P}
$3.58
1
Wrenn and Seven
$9.99
Instants (6)
3
Spell Pierce
$0.75
3
Fading Hope
$5.37
Enchantments (8)
Lands (25)
10
Forest
$2.50
3
Island
$0.75
4
Yavimaya Coast
$3.16
2
Field of Ruin
$0.58
60 Cards
$147.34

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