Our upcoming league event will be devoted to this fantastic format. It’s fun and it’s far cheaper than Modern, true, but if you’re used to Pauper or Standard Pauper, Modern Silverblack can still seem quite expensive. Let’s take a look at some archetypes and lists that can be successful without breaking the bank.

Let’s start by looking at some lists that made it into the Top 8 during our last Modern Silverblack event.

Silverblack Stompy by Sirpoptart15

Land (23)
20 Forest
Treetop Village

Creatures (27)
Arbor Elf
Llanowar Elves
Beastbreaker of Bala Ged
Strangleroot Geist
Leatherback Baloth
Kitchen Finks
Druid’s Familiar

Spells (10)
Rancor
Overrun
Dismember
Sideboard (15)
Fog
Vines of Vastwood
Kavu Predator
Krosan Grip
Needle Storm
Kitchen Finks

This is the winning list, and though it is slightly on the spendier side for what we want to look at, it is still just 23 tix or so to put together. A lot of that price is in the Kitchen Finks and Dismember so you could easily start with this shell and try to find some good replacements for those cards, coming out much cheaper.

Silverblack Burn by Tangents

Land (17)
13 Mountain
Evolving Wilds

Creatures (12)
Hellspark Elemental
Young Pyromancer
Spark Elemental

Spells (31)
Magma Jet
Lightning Bolt
Lava Spike
Rift Bolt
Searing Blaze
Searing Blood
Skullcrack
Flames of the Blood Hand
Shock
Sideboard (15)
Volcanic Fallout
Molten Rain
Relic of Progenitus
Smash to Smithereens
Sulfur Elemental
Curse of the Pierced Heart

Tangents took this list 5-1 in regular play (losing only to Mono Black) and then lost mono green in the top 8. This is a super-strong, consistent list that will run you around 6 tix online.

Mono_Black_Control by Greedy Foe

Lands (22)
20 Swamp
Tectonic Edge

Creatures (24)
Augur of Skulls
Gatekeeper of Malakir
Vampire Nighthawk
Gray Merchant of Asphodel
Shriekmaw
Phyrexian Rager
Fume Spitter

Spells (14)
Inquisition of Kozilek
Sign in Blood
Undying Evil
Tragic Slip
Grim Harvest
Sideboard (15)
Contaminated Ground
Geth's Verdict
Duress
Illness in the Ranks
Nihil Spellbomb
Darkblast
Read the Bones
Drown in Sorrow
Shriekmaw

This MBC list runs about 15 tix but 12 of that is in those Inquisition of Kozilek. Swap those out with a cheaper discard spell (or something else) and you’re under 5 tix, easy. Greedy Foe played this twice and won with it both times.

Now we’ll take a look at some of the lists presented in Gatherling events from as recent as August 2014.

Grinding Station by Farfishere

Creatures (12)
Etherium Sculptor
Myr Retriever
Riddlesmith

Spells (32)
Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic Star
Conjurer’s Bauble
Grinding Station
Ichor Wellspring
Locket of Yesterdays
Terrarion
Thoughtcast
Lands (16)
16 Island

SIDEBOARD (15)
Tormod’s Crypt
Echoing Truth
Gigadrowse
Rapid Hybridization
Spell Pierce

Farf went 5-0 in the most recent event with this combo list, beating a lot of scepter control along with auras and an aggro list. Total cost comes in under 4 tix.

RUG Tron by longtimegone

Creatures (17)
Artisan of Kozilek
Brutalizer Exarch
Mulldrifter
Acidic Slime
Eternal Witness

Spells (21)
Chromatic Star
Firespout
Prophetic Prism
Reap and Sow
Sylvan Scrying
Gruul Signet
Crystal Shard
Lands (22)
Forest
Urza’s Mine
Urza’s Power Plant
Urza’s Tower
Vivid Crag
Vivid Creek
Shimmering Grotto
Urza’s Factory

SIDEBOARD (15)
Timely Reinforcements
Sowing Salt
Pyroclasm
Relic of Progenitus
Back to Nature
Nihil Spellbomb

You’re looking at about 12 tix for a solid Tron list like this one, which is strong even without Expedition Map.

Affinity by denofbears

Creatures (21)
Frogmite
Memnite
Ornithopter
Signal Pest
Vault Skirge
Myr Enforcer

Spells (23)
Chromatic Star
Cranial Plating
Galvanic Blast
Springleaf Drum
Thoughtcast
Ensoul Artifact
Steelshaper’s Gift
Lands (16)
Darksteel Citadel
Ghost Quarter
Island
Mountain

SIDEBOARD (15)
Whipflare
Hallow
Welding Jar
Spell Pierce
Go for the Throat
Ancient Grudge
Vandalblast

For under 5 tix you can live the dream with one of the fastest decks in Modern.

RDW by ShiftingShadows

Creatures (29)
Boggart Ram-Gang
Burning-Tree Emissary
Fanatic of Mogis
Firefist Striker
Goblin Wardriver
Pyreheart Wolf
Rakdos Cackler
Gore-House Chainwalker

Spells (10)
Incinerate
Lightning Bolt
Magma Jet
Lands (21)
21 Mountain

SIDEBOARD (15 Cards) (15)
Volcanic Fallout
Molten Rain
Goblin Ruinblaster
Relic of Progenitus

Here is another brutal aggressive deck which shows off Fanatic of Mogis as a nice finisher and runs less than 5 tix.

Esper Spirits by RRemedio

Creatures (7)
Doomed Traveler
Drogskol Captain

Spells (30)
Lingering Souls
Midnight Haunting
Spectral Procession
Devouring Greed
Favorable Winds
Go for the Throat
Path to Exile
Brave the Elements
Triplicate Spirits
Zealous Persecution
Lands (23)
Arcane Sanctum
Plains
Vivid Meadow
Island
Sejiri Refuge
Swamp
Orzhov Basilica

SIDEBOARD (15)
Rain of Tears
Kor Firewalker
Castigate
Tempest of Light
Rootborn Defenses
AEtherize

Last but not least, Roberto shows off a list with some real spirit. This list will run you about 12 tix but you can shave some off by substituting out the Path to Exile. I recommend Condemn and Tragic Slip as good go-to budget replacements.

That’s it for my suggestions, for now. I’m sure you guys have lots more to share!

If you have a good budget list for Modern Silverblack to suggest, post it down in the comments.

And if you haven’t yet registered for our Modern Silverblack league, what are you waiting for!? Just one week left!

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