There seems to be a consensus among Magic players that Guilds of Ravnica is a home run. We're currently enjoying what many call the best Standard format in half a decade, The limited environment is balanced and paced well, and there's a huge degree of customization possible among the top decks in the meta, which is especially impressive given the anemic card pool.
But one of the best (and most unsung) aspects of Guilds of Ravnica Standard actually dovetails with that last point: R&D and the Play Design team have wisely made the guilds flexible enough to be built at nearly any price point. In some ways, we're in the best format for budget brewing since at least Theros (ahhh, Devotion...but I digress).
Sure, it's possible to play $500 Selesnya and Izzet decks, but it's not necessary to gild the lily (or should I say "Guild the lily? No, I probably shouldn't). For the majority of us who don't have the equivalent of a month's worth of groceries to drop on one deck, it's easier than it's been in years to pay as little as $5 for something that's fun and, more importantly, works.
So with that said, today I present to you five decks for five dollars apiece! I'm not counting the cost of basic lands, and I'm using the cheapest printed edition of each card (for instance, Llanowar Elves is over $1 for the Welcome Deck version, but only .10 for the Dominaria version...in other words, be a smart shopper).
The best thing about these decks is that we actually don't have to resort to playing bad cards. The Izzet deck gets to play Enigma Drake, Goblin Electromancer, and Opt, so it it still feels like a high-powered U/R Spells deck. The Golgari deck still has the Findbroker/Molderhulk/Memorial to Folly loop and gets to grind in the late game just like the big-boy G/B lists. The Boros deck has access to super-efficient creatures at the one and two-drop slots, and Heroic Reinforcements and Pride of Conquerers are potent, proven finishers that are better than their price tags indicate. For just $5, Selesnya is still capable of flooding the board with creatures, maintaining all-stars like Saproling Migration and Conclave Tribunal and getting good use of cheap pickups like Haazda Marshal, Hunted Witness, and Ledev Champion. Finally, House Dimir gets to play a $5 version of the Disinformation Campaign deck that's been steadily posting results on Mtgo. Even on such a tight budget, the deck still gets the surveil cards it needs to run properly as well as the counterspells, removal, and finishers it needs to call itself a control deck.
These decks have all been built to play well against one another, so together, they function as a sort of box set for game nights or budget playgroups. That said, even if you just want to try out a super-cheap Izzet spells or Dimir control deck, the decks are fun individually! Wizards has given us all the tools we need to build powerful decks for next to nothing, so check out the video to see how!