It's exciting to come across a new deck you want to play, but it can be a bummer when you realize it has a bunch of expensive cards you're missing. My goal with each Modern on a Budget column is to unlock these decks by making them cheaper, while retaining everything that makes the deck unique and effective.

This week I had the perfect opportunity when I saw the success of Blue Living End, which had been simmering for weeks and has come to a boil with multiple Modern Challenge Top 8s.

Budget Blue Living End

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Budget Blue Living End by Adam Yurchick

'Budget Blue Living End' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Adam Yurchick

Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $153.45

Cards

Curator of Mysteries

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.14

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Flying
Whenever you cycle or discard another card, scry 1.
Cycling {U} ({U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Street Wraith

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.27

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Swampwalk (This creature can't be blocked as long as defending player controls a Swamp.)
Cycling—Pay 2 life. (Pay 2 life, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Wear // Tear

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $1.20

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/227383_200w.jpg

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Striped Riverwinder

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.42

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Hexproof (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)
Cycling {U} ({U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Dismember

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.38

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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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Ingot Chewer

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.24

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When Ingot Chewer enters the battlefield, destroy target artifact.
Evoke {R} (You may cast this spell for its evoke cost. If you do, it's sacrificed when it enters the battlefield.)

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Glassdust Hulk

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $0.08

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Whenever another artifact enters the battlefield under your control, Glassdust Hulk gets +1/+1 until end of turn and can't be blocked this turn.
Cycling {W/U} ({W/U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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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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Living End

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $5.57

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Suspend 3—{2}{B}{B}
Each player exiles all creature cards from their graveyard, then sacrifices all creatures they control, then puts all cards they exiled this way onto the battlefield.

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Windcaller Aven

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.03

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Flying
Cycling {U} ({U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Windcaller Aven, target creature gains flying until end of turn.

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Violent Outburst

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $6.22

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Cascade (When you cast this spell, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. Put the exiled cards on the bottom of your library in a random order.)
Creatures you control get +1/+0 until end of turn.

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Gemstone Mine

Market Price: $7.17

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Gemstone Mine enters the battlefield with three mining counters on it.
{T}, Remove a mining counter from Gemstone Mine: Add one mana of any color. If there are no mining counters on Gemstone Mine, sacrifice it.

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Frontier Bivouac

Color Identity:G,R,U

Market Price: $0.39

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Frontier Bivouac enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {G}, {U}, or {R}.

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Desert Cerodon

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.10

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Cycling {R} ({R}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Seaside Citadel

Color Identity:G,U,W

Market Price: $1.09

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Seaside Citadel enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {G}, {W}, or {U}.

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Botanical Sanctum

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $5.71

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Botanical Sanctum enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {G} or {U}.

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Dead // Gone

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

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Faerie Macabre

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.25

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Flying
Discard Faerie Macabre: Exile up to two target cards from graveyards.

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Ardent Plea

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $6.02

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Exalted (Whenever a creature you control attacks alone, that creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)
Cascade (When you cast this spell, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. Put the exiled cards on the bottom of your library in a random order.)

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Jungle Shrine

Color Identity:G,R,W

Market Price: $0.25

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Jungle Shrine enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {R}, {G}, or {W}.

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Spirebluff Canal

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $13.89

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Spirebluff Canal enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Mystic Monastery

Color Identity:R,U,W

Market Price: $0.31

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Mystic Monastery enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U}, {R}, or {W}.

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The strategy is extremely simple, consistent, and powerful.

It's supported by utility spells selected to get around cascade, while still functioning as efficient plays for less than three mana.

With my modifications, the deck is also quite cheap. Living End was reprinted in Time Spiral Remastered, and is just a few dollars now. The rest of the spells are mostly common—nothing more than a dollar. The core of the deck is cheap enough that I've included some premium lands in this list that start building toward a no-budget version, but these could be downgraded to make the deck even cheaper.

There are few decks in Modern as effortlessly effective as Blue Living End, and I can't recommend it enough to anyone looking to get a ton of bang for their buck, while beating up anybody playing any deck.

Upgrade: Brazen Borrower

One easy, slightly costly, but relatively accessible way to bring the deck up to the next level is to include Brazen Borrower.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Budget Brazen Blue Living End by Adam Yurchick

'Budget Brazen Blue Living End' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Adam Yurchick

Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $236.95

Cards

Seaside Citadel

Color Identity:G,U,W

Market Price: $1.09

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Seaside Citadel enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {G}, {W}, or {U}.

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Brazen Borrower // Petty Theft

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $20.18

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/199387_200w.jpg

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/215718_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {U}.)

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Botanical Sanctum

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $5.71

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Botanical Sanctum enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {G} or {U}.

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Street Wraith

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.27

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Swampwalk (This creature can't be blocked as long as defending player controls a Swamp.)
Cycling—Pay 2 life. (Pay 2 life, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Frontier Bivouac

Color Identity:G,R,U

Market Price: $0.39

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Frontier Bivouac enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {G}, {U}, or {R}.

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Striped Riverwinder

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.42

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Hexproof (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)
Cycling {U} ({U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Dismember

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.38

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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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Desert Cerodon

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.10

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Cycling {R} ({R}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Glassdust Hulk

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $0.08

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Whenever another artifact enters the battlefield under your control, Glassdust Hulk gets +1/+1 until end of turn and can't be blocked this turn.
Cycling {W/U} ({W/U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Dead // Gone

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

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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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Gemstone Mine

Market Price: $7.17

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Gemstone Mine enters the battlefield with three mining counters on it.
{T}, Remove a mining counter from Gemstone Mine: Add one mana of any color. If there are no mining counters on Gemstone Mine, sacrifice it.

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Mystic Monastery

Color Identity:R,U,W

Market Price: $0.31

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Mystic Monastery enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U}, {R}, or {W}.

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Jungle Shrine

Color Identity:G,R,W

Market Price: $0.25

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Jungle Shrine enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {R}, {G}, or {W}.

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Windcaller Aven

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.03

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Flying
Cycling {U} ({U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Windcaller Aven, target creature gains flying until end of turn.

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Violent Outburst

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $6.22

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Cascade (When you cast this spell, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. Put the exiled cards on the bottom of your library in a random order.)
Creatures you control get +1/+0 until end of turn.

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Valakut Awakening

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $5.15

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Put any number of cards from your hand on the bottom of your library, then draw that many cards plus one.

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Curator of Mysteries

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.14

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Flying
Whenever you cycle or discard another card, scry 1.
Cycling {U} ({U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Ingot Chewer

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.24

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When Ingot Chewer enters the battlefield, destroy target artifact.
Evoke {R} (You may cast this spell for its evoke cost. If you do, it's sacrificed when it enters the battlefield.)

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Spirebluff Canal

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $13.89

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Spirebluff Canal enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Faerie Macabre

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.25

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Flying
Discard Faerie Macabre: Exile up to two target cards from graveyards.

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Wear // Tear

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $1.20

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/227383_200w.jpg

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Ardent Plea

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $6.02

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Exalted (Whenever a creature you control attacks alone, that creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)
Cascade (When you cast this spell, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. Put the exiled cards on the bottom of your library in a random order.)

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Living End

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $5.57

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Suspend 3—{2}{B}{B}
Each player exiles all creature cards from their graveyard, then sacrifices all creatures they control, then puts all cards they exiled this way onto the battlefield.

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Brazen Borrower can replace the other maindeck removal spells, or even Mystical Dispute if your metagame is more creature-based than blue. It gets around cascade, yet it's a great two-mana disruption against everything from simple creatures to specialized graveyard hosers, after sideboard. Having access to this sort of utility is invaluable, all with an aggressive body that can be recurred by Living End.

I'd also add a couple of Valakut Awakening to the sideboard ASAP. As an extra land, it's helpful in post-sideboard games when facing down graveyard hate, and the deck turns to its backup plan of just casting big creatures. It can also help dig for answers to hosers, get rid of Living End drawn in hand, and is generally just a great selection tool in a combo-style deck.

Upgrade: Force of Negation

The next level-up for the strategy is Force of Negation, which is ultimately the biggest payoff for playing blue.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Budget-ish Blue Living End by Adam Yurchick

'Budget-ish Blue Living End' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Adam Yurchick

Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $508.09

Cards

Gemstone Mine

Market Price: $7.17

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/14598_200w.jpg

Gemstone Mine enters the battlefield with three mining counters on it.
{T}, Remove a mining counter from Gemstone Mine: Add one mana of any color. If there are no mining counters on Gemstone Mine, sacrifice it.

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Frontier Bivouac

Color Identity:G,R,U

Market Price: $0.39

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/212402_200w.jpg

Frontier Bivouac enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {G}, {U}, or {R}.

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Brazen Borrower // Petty Theft

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $20.18

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/199387_200w.jpg

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/215718_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {U}.)

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Botanical Sanctum

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $5.71

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/122643_200w.jpg

Botanical Sanctum enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {G} or {U}.

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Dead // Gone

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/233934_200w.jpg

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Spirebluff Canal

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $13.89

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Spirebluff Canal enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Violent Outburst

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $6.22

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Cascade (When you cast this spell, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. Put the exiled cards on the bottom of your library in a random order.)
Creatures you control get +1/+0 until end of turn.

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Jungle Shrine

Color Identity:G,R,W

Market Price: $0.25

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Jungle Shrine enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {R}, {G}, or {W}.

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Ingot Chewer

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.24

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When Ingot Chewer enters the battlefield, destroy target artifact.
Evoke {R} (You may cast this spell for its evoke cost. If you do, it's sacrificed when it enters the battlefield.)

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Glassdust Hulk

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $0.08

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Whenever another artifact enters the battlefield under your control, Glassdust Hulk gets +1/+1 until end of turn and can't be blocked this turn.
Cycling {W/U} ({W/U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Dismember

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.38

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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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Force of Negation

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $65.29

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If it's not your turn, you may exile a blue card from your hand rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Counter target noncreature spell. If that spell is countered this way, exile it instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.

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Windcaller Aven

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.03

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Flying
Cycling {U} ({U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Windcaller Aven, target creature gains flying until end of turn.

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Valakut Awakening

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $5.15

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Put any number of cards from your hand on the bottom of your library, then draw that many cards plus one.

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Ardent Plea

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $6.02

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Exalted (Whenever a creature you control attacks alone, that creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)
Cascade (When you cast this spell, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. Put the exiled cards on the bottom of your library in a random order.)

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Curator of Mysteries

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.14

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Flying
Whenever you cycle or discard another card, scry 1.
Cycling {U} ({U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Living End

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $5.57

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Suspend 3—{2}{B}{B}
Each player exiles all creature cards from their graveyard, then sacrifices all creatures they control, then puts all cards they exiled this way onto the battlefield.

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Striped Riverwinder

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.42

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Hexproof (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)
Cycling {U} ({U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Desert Cerodon

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.10

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Cycling {R} ({R}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Seaside Citadel

Color Identity:G,U,W

Market Price: $1.09

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Seaside Citadel enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {G}, {W}, or {U}.

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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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Street Wraith

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.27

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Swampwalk (This creature can't be blocked as long as defending player controls a Swamp.)
Cycling—Pay 2 life. (Pay 2 life, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Mystic Monastery

Color Identity:R,U,W

Market Price: $0.31

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Mystic Monastery enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U}, {R}, or {W}.

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Wear // Tear

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $1.20

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Getting around cascade with a truly free Counterspell is really abusing the system, and it's the sort of disruption a Jund version could only dream of. With most of the cycling creatures and even Ardent Plea to fuel it, Force of Negation is an easy inclusion if you can manage the $75+ each.

Budgetless Blue Living End and Beyond

From there, getting to a completely unlimited budget means, as is often the case, filling out the deck with fetch and shock lands. Here's the full-powered list from Sodeq, from which I based my budget builds.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Living End by Sodeq

'Living End' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Sodeq

Event: MTGO Modern Challenge

Rank: 2nd

Modern

Market Price: $828.20

Cards

Hallowed Fountain

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $8.25

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({T}: Add {W} or {U}.)
As Hallowed Fountain enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Steam Vents

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $14.56

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({T}: Add {U} or {R}.)
As Steam Vents enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Breeding Pool

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $20.84

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({T}: Add {G} or {U}.)
As Breeding Pool enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Dismember

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.38

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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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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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Seachrome Coast

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $11.97

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Seachrome Coast enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.

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Violent Outburst

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $6.22

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Cascade (When you cast this spell, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. Put the exiled cards on the bottom of your library in a random order.)
Creatures you control get +1/+0 until end of turn.

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Valakut Awakening

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $5.15

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Put any number of cards from your hand on the bottom of your library, then draw that many cards plus one.

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Curator of Mysteries

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.14

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Flying
Whenever you cycle or discard another card, scry 1.
Cycling {U} ({U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Force of Negation

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $65.29

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If it's not your turn, you may exile a blue card from your hand rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Counter target noncreature spell. If that spell is countered this way, exile it instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.

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Glassdust Hulk

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $0.08

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Whenever another artifact enters the battlefield under your control, Glassdust Hulk gets +1/+1 until end of turn and can't be blocked this turn.
Cycling {W/U} ({W/U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Ingot Chewer

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.24

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When Ingot Chewer enters the battlefield, destroy target artifact.
Evoke {R} (You may cast this spell for its evoke cost. If you do, it's sacrificed when it enters the battlefield.)

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Brazen Borrower // Petty Theft

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $20.18

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Windcaller Aven

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.03

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Flying
Cycling {U} ({U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Windcaller Aven, target creature gains flying until end of turn.

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Dead // Gone

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.15

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Sacred Foundry

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $17.82

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({T}: Add {R} or {W}.)
As Sacred Foundry enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Living End

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $5.57

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Suspend 3—{2}{B}{B}
Each player exiles all creature cards from their graveyard, then sacrifices all creatures they control, then puts all cards they exiled this way onto the battlefield.

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Desert Cerodon

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.10

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Cycling {R} ({R}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Flooded Strand

Market Price: $31.83

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Flooded Strand: Search your library for a Plains or Island card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Gemstone Mine

Market Price: $7.17

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Gemstone Mine enters the battlefield with three mining counters on it.
{T}, Remove a mining counter from Gemstone Mine: Add one mana of any color. If there are no mining counters on Gemstone Mine, sacrifice it.

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Ardent Plea

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $6.02

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Exalted (Whenever a creature you control attacks alone, that creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)
Cascade (When you cast this spell, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. Put the exiled cards on the bottom of your library in a random order.)

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Spirebluff Canal

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $13.89

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Spirebluff Canal enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Wear // Tear

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $2.50

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Botanical Sanctum

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $5.71

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Botanical Sanctum enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {G} or {U}.

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Street Wraith

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.27

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Swampwalk (This creature can't be blocked as long as defending player controls a Swamp.)
Cycling—Pay 2 life. (Pay 2 life, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Scalding Tarn

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Scalding Tarn: Search your library for an Island or Mountain card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Striped Riverwinder

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.42

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Hexproof (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)
Cycling {U} ({U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Sodeq first brought my attention to the Blue Living End deck as a serious contender with their finals finish in a Challenge at the end of March. A premier Modern player known for Dredge, Oops No Lands decks, and similar broken strategies like this one, they did it again last weekend with another finals run. With another copy of the deck joining them in the Top 8, it's about time people start paying attention.

Looking ahead, Modern Horizons 2 will be including enemy color fetch lands and likely bringing down their price significantly, so this and other Modern decks will become more accessible.

While it's still just a rumor at this point, there's a lot of talk about Shardless Agent coming in Modern Horizons 2 as well. If that's the case, this strategy will get a major boost. Not only is the 2/2 body much better than the throwaway effects from other cascade spells, the deck can ditch white and Ardent Plea, making the manabase more consistent—and cheaper to build.