Jumping into Modern can be an intimidating experience. Most players assume they can't compete unless they shell out hundreds of dollars for a deck. But this is far from the case! With Wizards of the Coast reprinting Modern staples every year in sets like Double Masters, the format is more accessible than ever. Now's the time to pick up Modern staples on the cheap.

A word of caution before we begin: you should focus on acquiring cards that you need for the deck you are building. It's easy to become distracted by all the decks you could play and wind up with five uncompleted decks as a result. Remember that there is no deadline for picking up cards. Focus on one deck or archetype at a time and you'll be much more successful.

But, if you are in a position to expand your Modern collection, here are the budget staples I'd start with, broken down by color. All of these cards fit in multiple archetypes, so you'll always have a use for them.

White

White plays an essential role in Modern. It provides the best sideboard options and ideal support with other color pairings.

Path to Exile is one of the best removal spells in the format. Trading a threat for a basic land is usually favorable. Plus, many Modern decks run few basic lands—or none—so against the right opponents, Path is all upside. Since being reprinted in Double Masters, Path to Exile is the the cheapest it's ever been. Acquiring a set for your collection is a great starting point—this card will always see play in the format.

Rest in Peace and Stony Silence are two key sideboard options for answering unfair decks. Rest in Peace shuts down all sorts of graveyard shenanigans, which are on the rise thanks to Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath. If you are unable to pick up Rest in Peace, Remorseful Cleric is a suitable option despite only working once.

Since the banning of Mox Opal, there has been less demand for Stony Silence. But the enchantment remains a reliable option against artifact strategies. For now, Stony Silence is remarkably cheap and sure to see play as soon as someone invents the next broken artifact deck. Extending this, Disenchant is a good option if you prefer to be reactive with your artifact hate.

In most cases, you'll never ever need to run four of either of these enchantments. Acquiring two to three will let you diversify your sideboard options.

Finally, Leyline of Sanctity is preferable against archetypes that hope to target you.

Usually a meta call, Leyline of Sanctity is great against Burn, Mill, and even Dredge. It's an awkward enchantment that can create difficulty for your opponents. It's also affordable, and grabbing a set will ensure you can play a copy from your opening hand.

There are a few other white cards you can add to your collection. In most cases, these are creature alternatives on noted hate cards.

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Hushbringer

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.70

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Flying, lifelink
Creatures entering the battlefield or dying don't cause abilities to trigger.

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Generous Gift

Color Identity:W

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Destroy target permanent. Its controller creates a 3/3 green Elephant creature token.

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Stony Silence

Color Identity:W

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Activated abilities of artifacts can't be activated.

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Containment Priest

Color Identity:W

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Flash
If a nontoken creature would enter the battlefield and it wasn't cast, exile it instead.

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Aven Mindcensor

Color Identity:W

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Flash
Flying
If an opponent would search a library, that player searches the top four cards of that library instead.

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Disenchant

Color Identity:W

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Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Leyline of Sanctity

Color Identity:W

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If Leyline of Sanctity is in your opening hand, you may begin the game with it on the battlefield.
You have hexproof. (You can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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Rest in Peace

Color Identity:W

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When Rest in Peace enters the battlefield, exile all graveyards.
If a card or token would be put into a graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

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Blessed Alliance

Color Identity:W

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Escalate {2} (Pay this cost for each mode chosen beyond the first.)
Choose one or more —
• Target player gains 4 life.
• Untap up to two target creatures.
• Target opponent sacrifices an attacking creature.

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Deafening Silence

Color Identity:W

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Each player can't cast more than one noncreature spell each turn.

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Kor Firewalker

Color Identity:W

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Protection from red
Whenever a player casts a red spell, you may gain 1 life.

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Day of Judgment

Color Identity:W

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Destroy all creatures.

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Path to Exile

Color Identity:W

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Exile target creature. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Remorseful Cleric

Color Identity:W

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Flying
Sacrifice Remorseful Cleric: Exile target player's graveyard.

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Runed Halo

Color Identity:W

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As Runed Halo enters the battlefield, choose a card name.
You have protection from the chosen card name. (You can't be targeted, dealt damage, or enchanted by anything with that name.)

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Celestial Purge

Color Identity:W

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Exile target black or red permanent.

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As mentioned above, white is a support color so a lot of these cards will feature in sideboards. With them in your arsenal, you'll be in an excellent position to answer the questions of Modern.

Blue

Blue cares about denying opponents the ability to cast their spells. Often blue-based strategies run countermagic to generate tempo and gain an advantage.

Another element that makes blue so powerful is the ability to draw so many cards. Opt came into Modern with Ixalan and granted blue decks additional reach. You see Opt in control and combo strategies as a way to find a particular answer or combo piece. Opt is always a live draw, and complements an environment full of fetch lands.

Perhaps one of the best tempo-based counterspells around, Remand is an excellent addition to your growing collection. Trading your opponents' tempo for a card is a great approach to obtain a footing in a match. While it's not perfect for all metas, it shines against high-cost threats like the currently popular Omnath, Locus of Creation.

There are many more countermagic options, each with their own upsides. Since nearly all of them were printed as commons or uncommons, they've stayed affordable over time.

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Thought Scour

Color Identity:U

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Target player mills two cards.
Draw a card.

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Frantic Inventory

Color Identity:U

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Draw a card, then draw cards equal to the number of cards named Frantic Inventory in your graveyard.

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Stubborn Denial

Color Identity:U

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Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {1}.
Ferocious — If you control a creature with power 4 or greater, counter that spell instead.

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Negate

Color Identity:U

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Counter target noncreature spell.

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Disdainful Stroke

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell with mana value 4 or greater.

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Remand

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell. If that spell is countered this way, put it into its owner's hand instead of into that player's graveyard.
Draw a card.

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Delver of Secrets

Color Identity:U

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At the beginning of your upkeep, look at the top card of your library. You may reveal that card. If an instant or sorcery card is revealed this way, transform Delver of Secrets.

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Spell Snare

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell with mana value 2.

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Spell Pierce

Color Identity:U

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Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {2}.

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Aether Gust

Color Identity:U

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Choose target spell or permanent that's red or green. Its owner puts it on the top or bottom of their library.

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Opt

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

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Scry 1.
Draw a card.

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Echoing Truth

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.15

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Return target nonland permanent and all other permanents with the same name as that permanent to their owners' hands.

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.92

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if it targets a blue spell.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Serum Visions

Color Identity:U

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Draw a card. Scry 2.

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Stormwing Entity

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.66

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This spell costs {2}{U} less to cast if you've cast an instant or sorcery spell this turn.
Flying
Prowess (Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, this creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)
When Stormwing Entity enters the battlefield, scry 2.

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Narset, Parter of Veils

Color Identity:U

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Each opponent can't draw more than one card each turn.
−2: Look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal a noncreature, nonland card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Mana Leak

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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You don't play blue for its threats, but Delver of Secrets and Stormwing Entity fit in spell-dense strategies such as Prowess. Aether Gust is the premier sideboard option in blue as it's one of the few cards that can answer Veil of Summer. Otherwise, you are looking to add blue alongside another color to generate tempo and to pull ahead.

Black

Black sees heavy play in the format as it offers disruption and clean answers to threats. Currently, the color plays a support role in Death's Shadow and midrange archetypes.

Inquisition of Kozilek is one of the best discard spells in Modern. The format is incredibly diverse, and knowing what you are playing against will give you an edge. The best one-mana discard spell, Thoughtseize, is currently expensive, but Inquisition of Kozilek remains affordable. If you want to adopt a card akin to Thoughtseize, Duress or Agonizing Remorse are decent options.

Fatal Push is another powerful removal spell that plays a crucial role in Modern. It's clean, efficient, and complements fetch lands with its revolt ability.

Modern is full of cheap creatures such as Noble Hierarch, making Fatal Push an excellent turn-one play. Like Path to Exile, it saw a reprint in Double Masters. Owning a set of these will set you up for future decks. Otherwise, Bloodchief's Thirst is a decent option if you want something broader.

Instant and sorceries aren't the only way to deal with creatures. Plague Engineer is a staple sideboard option as it hoses tribal strategies.

Tribal remains a constant feature of Modern, and having a couple of these in your 'board gives you an out. Not to mention, it can trade up due to deathtouch.

Aside from those, you have a suite of options for removal and threats.

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Yixlid Jailer

Color Identity:B

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Cards in graveyards lose all abilities.

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Cling to Dust

Color Identity:B

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Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, you gain 3 life. Otherwise, you draw a card.
Escape—{3}{B}, Exile five other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

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Eliminate

Color Identity:B

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker with mana value 3 or less.

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Feed the Swarm

Color Identity:B

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Destroy target creature or enchantment an opponent controls. You lose life equal to that permanent's mana value.

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Creeping Chill

Color Identity:B

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Creeping Chill deals 3 damage to each opponent and you gain 3 life.
When Creeping Chill is put into your graveyard from your library, you may exile it. If you do, Creeping Chill deals 3 damage to each opponent and you gain 3 life.

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Plague Engineer

Color Identity:B

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Deathtouch
As Plague Engineer enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Creatures of the chosen type your opponents control get -1/-1.

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Fatal Push

Color Identity:B

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Destroy target creature if it has mana value 2 or less.
Revolt — Destroy that creature if it has mana value 4 or less instead if a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn.

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Unearth

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.27

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Return target creature card with mana value 3 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield.
Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Death's Shadow

Color Identity:B

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Death's Shadow gets -X/-X, where X is your life total.

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Nihil Spellbomb

Color Identity:B

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{T}, Sacrifice Nihil Spellbomb: Exile target player's graveyard.
When Nihil Spellbomb is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may pay {B}. If you do, draw a card.

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Collective Brutality

Color Identity:B

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Escalate—Discard a card. (Pay this cost for each mode chosen beyond the first.)
Choose one or more —
• Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose an instant or sorcery card from it. That player discards that card.
• Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.
• Target opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

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Dismember

Color Identity:B

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Target creature gets -5/-5 until end of turn.

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Black is excellent at attacking the graveyard, with Cling to Dust and Nihil Spellbomb as decent options. Leyline of the Void is the premier graveyard hate of choice but is starting to creep up in price. Otherwise, Dismember, Collective Brutality, and Eliminate grant you flexibility in how you deal with threats.

RED

Red is a dominant color in Modern. It offers support within various archetypes and is strong on its own. Red features plenty of damage output and aggression, making it a popular choice for format beginners.

The biggest draw to playing red is the color's signature spell, Lightning Bolt.

Lightning Bolt is usually the most played card in Modern. It's cheap, powerful, and rarely a dead draw. If you are looking to play red in Modern, starting with a set of these will provide excellent footing. There is rarely a time where Lightning Bolt is poor in Modern—its versatility and reach are too good to pass up.

To go with Lightning Bolt, Monastery Swiftspear is a potent threat.

Red-based strategies often use cheap spells to maintain aggression. Monastery Swiftspear slots into this approach and can pile on damage with ease. It's better than Goblin Guide in a lot of cases, as its ceiling is so high.

Once you jump through the hoops, Light Up the Stage is a fantastic draw spell. Most of the cards in red aggressive decks are cheap to play, so you run out of them quickly. That makes Light Up the Stage ideal for refilling your hand. It's rare that you'll cast this sorcery for three mana, but even when you do, it's a fair mana cost for the effect.

Another benefit of playing red is that the staples are mostly commons and uncommons.

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Pillage

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.14

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Destroy target artifact or land. It can't be regenerated.

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Temur Battle Rage

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

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Target creature gains double strike until end of turn.
Ferocious — That creature also gains trample until end of turn if you control a creature with power 4 or greater.

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Shattering Spree

Color Identity:R

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Replicate {R} (When you cast this spell, copy it for each time you paid its replicate cost. You may choose new targets for the copies.)
Destroy target artifact.

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Light Up the Stage

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.23

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Spectacle {R} (You may cast this spell for its spectacle cost rather than its mana cost if an opponent lost life this turn.)
Exile the top two cards of your library. Until the end of your next turn, you may play those cards.

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Monastery Swiftspear

Color Identity:R

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Haste
Prowess (Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, this creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)

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Flame Slash

Color Identity:R

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Flame Slash deals 4 damage to target creature.

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Magmatic Sinkhole

Color Identity:R

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Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for {1}.)
Magmatic Sinkhole deals 5 damage to target creature or planeswalker.

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

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Abrade

Color Identity:R

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Choose one —
• Abrade deals 3 damage to target creature.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Lava Dart

Color Identity:R

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Lava Dart deals 1 damage to any target.
Flashback—Sacrifice a Mountain. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Firebolt

Color Identity:R

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Firebolt deals 2 damage to any target.
Flashback {4}{R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Cleansing Wildfire

Color Identity:R

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Destroy target land. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.
Draw a card.

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Picking these up is affordable and grants a good base for building an aggressive strategy. Mono-Red is one of the cheapest decks in Modern and is perfectly competitive in a local environment.

Green

Lastly, green centers around ramping into creatures or finding a particular threat to close out matches. Green is usually a support color due to its flexibility and diverse options. Normally, you see strategies such as Tron and Amulet Titan use green to find lands with great effect.

Green is also great at hating out graveyard strategies. Scavenging Ooze is a long-time staple of the format as it can grow into a threat while managing your opponent's graveyard. Thanks to its printing in Core Set 2021, Scavenging Ooze is now accessible and will be a permanent feature of Modern. Grabbing a set of these will aid future sideboard options in green.

Thragtusk is another tricky threat that's usually a two-for-one in your favor. The creature plays a key role in the format due to how aggressive Modern is becoming. Mono-Red Prowess and Izzet Blitz remain decent decks, and Thragtusk slows them down significantly so you can catch up.

In terms of other pickups, green has a variety of sideboard options for various archetypes.

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Cards

Collector Ouphe

Color Identity:G

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Activated abilities of artifacts can't be activated.

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Reclamation Sage

Color Identity:G

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When Reclamation Sage enters the battlefield, you may destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Thragtusk

Color Identity:G

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When Thragtusk enters the battlefield, you gain 5 life.
When Thragtusk leaves the battlefield, create a 3/3 green Beast creature token.

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Weather the Storm

Color Identity:G

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You gain 3 life.
Storm (When you cast this spell, copy it for each spell cast before it this turn.)

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Choke

Color Identity:G

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Islands don't untap during their controllers' untap steps.

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Ancient Stirrings

Color Identity:G

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Look at the top five cards of your library. You may reveal a colorless card from among them and put it into your hand. Then put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Arbor Elf

Color Identity:G

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{T}: Untap target Forest.

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Sylvan Scrying

Color Identity:G

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Search your library for a land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.

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Autumn's Veil

Color Identity:G

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Spells you control can't be countered by blue or black spells this turn, and creatures you control can't be the targets of blue or black spells this turn.

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Scavenging Ooze

Color Identity:G

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{G}: Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, put a +1/+1 counter on Scavenging Ooze and you gain 1 life.

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Elvish Mystic

Color Identity:G

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Wilt

Color Identity:G

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Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Llanowar Elves

Color Identity:G

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Beast Within

Color Identity:G

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Destroy target permanent. Its controller creates a 3/3 green Beast creature token.

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Nature's Claim

Color Identity:G

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Destroy target artifact or enchantment. Its controller gains 4 life.

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Autumn's Veil is a placeholder for the powerful Veil of Summer, which is becoming expensive. While it's not quite the same, it does the job. Otherwise, you have access to one-mana Elves in Elvish Mystic and Llanowar Elves, which are also staples of Pioneer. Elves are a powerful tribe within Magic, and they're a good starting point for Modern, also.

It's a pretty big step to take, but jumping into Modern will provide you with fun for years to come. The notion that you need to spend an absurd amount of money to generate any success is false. Modern has so many decks that there is something for everyone, regardless of your budget. All you have to do is take the leap.