Building on a Budget for Modern Silverblack

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.

[d title=”Silverblack Stompy by Sirpoptart15″]
20 Forest
3 Treetop Village
4 Arbor Elf
4 Llanowar Elves
4 Beastbreaker of Bala Ged
4 Strangleroot Geist
4 Leatherback Baloth
3 Kitchen Finks
4 Druid’s Familiar
4 Rancor
3 Overrun
3 Dismember
4 Fog
2 Vines of Vastwood
2 Kavu Predator
2 Krosan Grip
4 Needle Storm
1 Kitchen Finks [/d]

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 [c]Kitchen Finks[/c] and [c]Dismember[/c] so you could easily start with this shell and try to find some good replacements for those cards, coming out much cheaper.

[d title=”Silverblack Burn by Tangents”]
13 Mountain
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Hellspark Elemental
4 Young Pyromancer
4 Spark Elemental
4 Magma Jet
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Lava Spike
4 Rift Bolt
4 Searing Blaze
4 Searing Blood
2 Skullcrack
2 Flames of the Blood Hand
3 Shock
3 Volcanic Fallout
2 Molten Rain
2 Relic of Progenitus
2 Smash to Smithereens
3 Sulfur Elemental
3 Curse of the Pierced Heart [/d]

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.

[d title=”Mono_Black_Control by Greedy Foe”]

20 Swamp
2 Tectonic Edge
4 Augur of Skulls
4 Gatekeeper of Malakir
4 Vampire Nighthawk
4 Gray Merchant of Asphodel
3 Shriekmaw
3 Phyrexian Rager
2 Fume Spitter
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Sign in Blood
3 Undying Evil
2 Tragic Slip
1 Grim Harvest
3 Contaminated Ground
2 Geth’s Verdict
2 Duress
2 Illness in the Ranks
2 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Darkblast
1 Read the Bones
1 Drown in Sorrow
1 Shriekmaw [/d]

This MBC list runs about 15 tix but 12 of that is in those [c]Inquisition of Kozilek[/c]. 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.

[d title=”Grinding Station by Farfishere”]
4 Etherium Sculptor
4 Myr Retriever
4 Riddlesmith

4 Chromatic Sphere
4 Chromatic Star
4 Conjurer’s Bauble
4 Grinding Station
4 Ichor Wellspring
4 Locket of Yesterdays
4 Terrarion
4 Thoughtcast

16 Island

4 Tormod’s Crypt
4 Echoing Truth
3 Gigadrowse
2 Rapid Hybridization
2 Spell Pierce [/d]

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.

[d title=”RUG Tron by longtimegone”]

4 Artisan of Kozilek
4 Brutalizer Exarch
4 Mulldrifter
3 Acidic Slime
2 Eternal Witness
4 Chromatic Star
4 Firespout
4 Prophetic Prism
3 Reap and Sow
3 Sylvan Scrying
2 Gruul Signet
1 Crystal Shard
4 Forest
4 Urza’s Mine
4 Urza’s Power Plant
4 Urza’s Tower
2 Vivid Crag
2 Vivid Creek
1 Shimmering Grotto
1 Urza’s Factory
4 Timely Reinforcements
3 Sowing Salt
3 Pyroclasm
2 Relic of Progenitus
2 Back to Nature
1 Nihil Spellbomb [/d]

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

[d title=”Affinity by denofbears”]
4 Frogmite
4 Memnite
4 Ornithopter
4 Signal Pest
4 Vault Skirge
1 Myr Enforcer
4 Chromatic Star
4 Cranial Plating
4 Galvanic Blast
4 Springleaf Drum
3 Thoughtcast
2 Ensoul Artifact
2 Steelshaper’s Gift
4 Darksteel Citadel
4 Ghost Quarter
4 Island
4 Mountain
4 Whipflare
3 Hallow
2 Welding Jar
2 Spell Pierce
2 Go for the Throat
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Vandalblast [/d]

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

[d title=”RDW by ShiftingShadows”]
4 Boggart Ram-Gang
4 Burning-Tree Emissary
4 Fanatic of Mogis
4 Firefist Striker
4 Goblin Wardriver
4 Pyreheart Wolf
4 Rakdos Cackler
1 Gore-House Chainwalker
4 Incinerate
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Magma Jet
21 Mountain
SIDEBOARD (15 Cards)
4 Volcanic Fallout
4 Molten Rain
4 Goblin Ruinblaster
3 Relic of Progenitus [/d]

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

[d title=”Esper Spirits by RRemedio”]
4 Doomed Traveler
3 Drogskol Captain
4 Lingering Souls
4 Midnight Haunting
4 Spectral Procession
3 Devouring Greed
3 Favorable Winds
3 Go for the Throat
3 Path to Exile
2 Brave the Elements
2 Triplicate Spirits
2 Zealous Persecution
4 Arcane Sanctum
4 Plains
4 Vivid Meadow
3 Island
3 Sejiri Refuge
3 Swamp
2 Orzhov Basilica
3 Rain of Tears
3 Kor Firewalker
3 Castigate
2 Tempest of Light
2 Rootborn Defenses
2 AEtherize [/d]

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 [c]Path to Exile[/c]. I recommend [c]Condemn[/c] and [c]Tragic Slip[/c] 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!