We've had some fun with budget brews in the past here on Mining Modern – Charbelcher and Steel Leaf Stompy certainly were both entertaining and competitive – but today we're going to amp up the budget factor even further for those of you interested in an ultra-affordable brew that can steal games of plenty of the top decks in Modern.
Welcome to $50 Budget Mono-Black Beatdown.
That's right, we are playing a whopping 36 one-drops. Yes, thirty-six cards that cost one mana. Thirty of them are creatures. Our plan is straightforward but hard to stop – spam the board with creatures that carry two power for one mana and attack. Attack a lot. If our opponent blocks or removes some of our creatures, attack some more.
The beauty of this deck isn't just in the absurd number of aggressive creatures – it's how truly and surprisingly recursive they are. Between Gravecrawler, Dread Wanderer and Bloodsoaked Champion – which can bring itself back even if it dies in combat thanks to raid – our deck is unexpectedly resilient to a barrage of one-for-one removal. And when you flood the board with creatures as fast as this deck can, sometimes that extra attacker or two on turn four or five makes all the difference in the world.
We also have a little bit of reach in the form of Mardu Shadowspear and Night Market Lookout. Sure, they look unimpressive as simple 1/1s for one mana, but they actually have a lot of upside. Since the goal of our deck is to put the opponent to zero life as fast as possible, we don't really care about winning combat all that much, so losing the extra power doesn't really hurt since they still get opponents for two damage a turn early on – once from the attack/tap trigger and once from combat damage – and later on it's actually a big benefit to be able to deal damage to the opponent with our creatures even if they're blocked. I went with four Shadowspear and two Lookouts because I prioritized the dash ability over the Night Market Lookout synergy with Smuggler's Copter, but you can go either way here.
Speaking of Smuggler's Copter, the card is the perfect "top-end" in this deck. Not only does it have synergy with the recursive creatures by pitching them into the graveyard, but it's an evasive threat that also fixes our draws when need just one more piece to finish opponents off. With Supernatural Stamina – a card I promise you no one will expect but actually punches well above its weight here – and Bump in the Night, digging just one card deeper with Copter can be the difference between a win and a loss.
Overall, what this deck does a great job at is presenting a clock to your opponent. If they stumble at all you will punish them, even if they're playing a deck costing 10 times what our $50 brew costs. This deck steals wins at an alarming rate for such a budget-friendly deck, and you really can't ask for much more than that.
Thanks for reading,