I'm a tournament-hardened spike to the core, who is used to winning at all costs. So when I was asked to take over the Modern on a Budget column, I knew it would be a big change from the usual writing I've done at TCGplayer for more than a decade. But as a Magic player who has been building with, buying, and selling cards since I started playing more than a decade before that, it's a topic I'm more than qualified to cover.

One way to approach building on a budget is to have an investment mindset. This means buying cards that are good stores of value and are likely to increase in the future, but also cards that are versatile and can be used in multiple decks for years to come. These factors are always to be considered, but beyond that, the point of building a deck is to have something fun to play, and ultimately to win games. It's that goal, winning as much as possible for as cheap as possible, that I'll be aiming for in Modern on a Budget.

With Modern recently having its biggest shakeup since its first round of bans in 2011, the metagame has been completely ripped open. That creates an incredible opportunity for new decks, and makes winning on a budget easier than ever.

When I took a look at what has happened on Magic Online in the days since, I realized that one of the best-performing decks after the ban also lends itself perfectly to a budget deck. It offers effective budget options for all of its key cards, while leaving room for multiple tiers of upgrades for its various pieces on the way towards a fully-powered version.

Playing Izzet Blitz On Any Budget

No matter the budget you're on, actually playing Izzet Blitz will always be the same.

The idea is to get down a prowess creature (hopefully two or even three), and start unleashing a flurry of spells to quickly kill the opponent. Hands without a creature won't work, so you have to mulligan aggressively to find them. The deck is fast, and will win on turn three a surprising amount of the time, but it's important to not always rush. This is an aggressive deck, but it does have its own combo-like feel with its mix of prowess creatures and spells. Having patience and waiting for one big turn to put the pieces together to get more prowess triggers from each spell will often be a better plan.

Sideboarding is also straightforward, and consists of bringing in some specific disruption against whatever opponent you are playing, and then trimming down some other utility spells, usually burn or Mutagenic Growth. The deck truly needs creatures to win, so they should never be cut during sideboarding.

Super-Budget Blitz

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Super-Budget Blitz by Adam Yurchick

'Super-Budget Blitz' - 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: $172.12

Cards

Bedlam Reveler

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.77

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This spell costs {1} less to cast for each instant and sorcery card in your graveyard.
Prowess
When Bedlam Reveler enters the battlefield, discard your hand, then draw three cards.

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Soul-Guide Lantern

Market Price: $2.09

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When Soul-Guide Lantern enters the battlefield, exile target card from a graveyard.
{T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Exile each opponent's graveyard.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Draw a card.

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Burst Lightning

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.24

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Kicker {4} (You may pay an additional {4} as you cast this spell.)
Burst Lightning deals 2 damage to any target. If this spell was kicked, it deals 4 damage instead.

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Mutagenic Growth

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.41

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

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Disdainful Stroke

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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Counter target spell with mana value 4 or greater.

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Sulfur Falls

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $4.15

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Sulfur Falls enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island or a Mountain.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Stormchaser Mage

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.25

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

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Spirebluff Canal

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $13.51

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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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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Abrade

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.08

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

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Vapor Snag

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.32

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Return target creature to its owner's hand. Its controller loses 1 life.

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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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Light Up the Stage

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.24

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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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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.52

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Lava Dart

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.19

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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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Spell Pierce

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

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

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Pyroclasm

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.19

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Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.

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Shivan Reef

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.88

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}. Shivan Reef deals 1 damage to you.

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Gut Shot

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.22

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({R/P} can be paid with either {R} or 2 life.)
Gut Shot deals 1 damage to any target.

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Aether Gust

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

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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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Steam Vents

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $14.21

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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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Monastery Swiftspear

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.56

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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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Dismember

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.40

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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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Abbot of Keral Keep

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.61

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Prowess (Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, this creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)
When Abbot of Keral Keep enters the battlefield, exile the top card of your library. Until end of turn, you may play that card.

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Sprite Dragon

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.66

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Flying, haste
Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, put a +1/+1 counter on Sprite Dragon.

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Izzet Blitz is built on the backs of its prowess creatures, and Monastery Swiftspear is front and center. At a few dollars each it's expensive for an uncommon, but it's a great investment as a multi-format all-star staple, and critical for the fast paced "blitz" aspect of the deck. Sprite Dragon with its permanent prowess is a perfect partner, while available at a budget price.

The deck still needs more creatures, and there are many effective budget common options. Jeskai Elder, Jeskai Sage, Lightning Visionary, Mage-Ring Bully, and Nimble-Blade Khenra will all do the job well. Nearly as cheap, I've gone with two great uncommons: Stormchaser Mage for its evasion, and Heartfire Immolator with its ability to turn into removal.

The vast majority of value in the deck is in its manabase. These basic building blocks of Magic and Modern can be used for a variety of decks and will be useful for years to come, so they are an ideal place to start investing. Replacement options for lands tend to be significantly worse, with drawbacks like entering the battlefield tapped, and that's something to avoid if at all possible when playing an aggressive deck like Izzet Blitz that relies on its speed.

From here, it's possible to further upgrade some of the creatures, spells, and lands in the deck to get even more mileage from it.

Basic-Budget Izzet Blitz

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Basic-Budget Izzet Blitz by Adam Yurchick

'Basic-Budget Izzet Blitz' - 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: $253.99

Cards

Blood Moon

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $17.67

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Nonbasic lands are Mountains.

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Fiery Islet

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $13.21

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {U} or {R}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Fiery Islet: Draw a card.

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Serum Visions

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.84

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Draw a card. Scry 2.

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Spirebluff Canal

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $13.51

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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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Kozilek's Return

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.18

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
Kozilek's Return deals 2 damage to each creature.
Whenever you cast an Eldrazi creature spell with mana value 7 or greater, you may exile Kozilek's Return from your graveyard. If you do, Kozilek's Return deals 5 damage to each creature.

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The Royal Scions

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $1.28

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+1: Draw a card, then discard a card.
+1: Target creature gets +2/+0 and gains first strike and trample until end of turn.
−8: Draw four cards. When you do, The Royal Scions deals damage to any target equal to the number of cards in your hand.

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Soul-Scar Mage

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.80

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Prowess
If a source you control would deal noncombat damage to a creature an opponent controls, put that many -1/-1 counters on that creature instead.

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Aether Gust

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

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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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Steam Vents

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $14.21

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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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Burst Lightning

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.24

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Kicker {4} (You may pay an additional {4} as you cast this spell.)
Burst Lightning deals 2 damage to any target. If this spell was kicked, it deals 4 damage instead.

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Abrade

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.08

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

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Spell Pierce

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

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

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Soul-Guide Lantern

Market Price: $2.09

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When Soul-Guide Lantern enters the battlefield, exile target card from a graveyard.
{T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Exile each opponent's graveyard.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Draw a card.

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Stormwing Entity

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.68

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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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Mutagenic Growth

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.41

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

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Vapor Snag

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.32

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Return target creature to its owner's hand. Its controller loses 1 life.

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Light Up the Stage

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.24

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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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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.52

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Lava Dart

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.19

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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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Shivan Reef

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.88

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}. Shivan Reef deals 1 damage to you.

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Bedlam Reveler

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.77

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This spell costs {1} less to cast for each instant and sorcery card in your graveyard.
Prowess
When Bedlam Reveler enters the battlefield, discard your hand, then draw three cards.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Sprite Dragon

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.66

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Flying, haste
Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, put a +1/+1 counter on Sprite Dragon.

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Manamorphose

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $3.98

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Add two mana in any combination of colors.
Draw a card.

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Monastery Swiftspear

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.56

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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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Upgrades in order of priority:

Maindeck

Sideboard

Starting with the creatures, Stormwing Entity was one of the cards that helped put Izzet Blitz on the map last year. With its big, flying, prowess body, and a scry ability setting up the next spell, it offers a ton to the strategy. At under $2 each it's a bargain for all that it does, and feels like a great long-term investment.

The rare Abbot of Keral Keep offers the potential for card advantage, so it's also a nice upgrade over alternative cheaper prowess options. Unlike Stormwing Entity it won't make it all the way to the fully-powered version if that's your goal, but it's a great addition if readily available.

You can't have a prowess deck without a ton of spells to trigger the ability, so the noncreature cards are what really makes Izzet Blitz tick. One of the most broken cards still left in Modern, Manamorphose is a "free" spell that really helps make the most of prowess creatures by stacking on extra triggers. It's expensive for a common, but at around $10 a playset this staple is one of the first cards I'd invest in when upgrading the deck.

Serum Visions is another Modern staple, and does a better job than Opt in a deck that doesn't really need to play at instant speed. It's well worth the investment of a couple dollars each.

I'd also track down a Bedlam Reveler or two, which is a nice tool in small numbers for the maindeck or sideboard. It's a great way to generate card advantage combined with a large prowess body.

There's also room to upgrade the deck's manabase, and I'd recommend starting with Fiery Islet. At $10 it's a bit more expensive than the other dual land options I started with like Spirebluff Canal and Shivan Reef, and less of a versatile staple than Steam Vents, but with its potential for card advantage it's also more powerful. Izzet Blitz needs all the cards it can get to push damage through and kill the opponent, and turning a land into a spell could make all the difference in close games.

Spending some more money also offers upgrades to the sideboard, most significantly Blood Moon. It hoses any deck that stretches its manabase with multiple colors, or that relies on broken lands like Urzatron or Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle with Primeval Titan. It feels weird when the most expensive nonland card in the deck is in the sideboard, but with multiple recent reprints it has become a bargain at under $10, compared to over $40 in the past. As a real staple and one of the most powerful cards in Modern, it looks like a great long-term investment.

At around $4 each it's a bigger cost than Pyroclasm (available for pennies), but Kozilek's Return offers two benefits as a sweeper: instant speed, and the ability to destroy Kor Firewalker, one of the best hosers against Izzet Blitz.

The Royal Scions doesn't fill any particularly important role and could really be anything, but it's a strong card in longer games against control decks without creatures to pressure it.

At this point the Izzet deck is nearly fully-powered, but there's room to make it even better. Taking the plunge to upgrade one of the two-drop prowess creatures to a more expensive but efficient one-drop option really helps crank up the speed to the maximum. Finally, while they carry an incredible cost compared to the rest of the deck, the addition of fetch lands can make things run as smoothly as possible.

Big-Budget Izzet Blitz

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Blitz by AstralPlane

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

Created By: AstralPlane

Event: MTGO Modern Challenge

Rank: 5th-8th

Modern

Market Price: $389.26

Cards

Soul-Guide Lantern

Market Price: $2.09

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When Soul-Guide Lantern enters the battlefield, exile target card from a graveyard.
{T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Exile each opponent's graveyard.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Draw a card.

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Sprite Dragon

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.66

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Flying, haste
Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, put a +1/+1 counter on Sprite Dragon.

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Vapor Snag

Color Identity:U

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Return target creature to its owner's hand. Its controller loses 1 life.

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Surgical Extraction

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $23.14

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Choose target card in a graveyard other than a basic land card. Search its owner's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards with the same name as that card and exile them. Then that player shuffles.

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Spirebluff Canal

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $13.51

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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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Kozilek's Return

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.18

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
Kozilek's Return deals 2 damage to each creature.
Whenever you cast an Eldrazi creature spell with mana value 7 or greater, you may exile Kozilek's Return from your graveyard. If you do, Kozilek's Return deals 5 damage to each creature.

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Stormwing Entity

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.68

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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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Aether Gust

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

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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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Wooded Foothills

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Wooded Foothills: Search your library for a Mountain or Forest card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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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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Blood Moon

Color Identity:R

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Nonbasic lands are Mountains.

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Bedlam Reveler

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.77

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This spell costs {1} less to cast for each instant and sorcery card in your graveyard.
Prowess
When Bedlam Reveler enters the battlefield, discard your hand, then draw three cards.

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Arid Mesa

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

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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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Serum Visions

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.84

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Draw a card. Scry 2.

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Burst Lightning

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.24

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Kicker {4} (You may pay an additional {4} as you cast this spell.)
Burst Lightning deals 2 damage to any target. If this spell was kicked, it deals 4 damage instead.

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Steam Vents

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $14.21

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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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Mutagenic Growth

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.41

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

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Manamorphose

Color Identity:G,R

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Add two mana in any combination of colors.
Draw a card.

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Light Up the Stage

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.24

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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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Lava Dart

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.19

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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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Fiery Islet

Color Identity:R,U

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {U} or {R}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Fiery Islet: Draw a card.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Soul-Scar Mage

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.80

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Prowess
If a source you control would deal noncombat damage to a creature an opponent controls, put that many -1/-1 counters on that creature instead.

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Monastery Swiftspear

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.56

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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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The Royal Scions

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $1.28

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+1: Draw a card, then discard a card.
+1: Target creature gets +2/+0 and gains first strike and trample until end of turn.
−8: Draw four cards. When you do, The Royal Scions deals damage to any target equal to the number of cards in your hand.

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Abrade

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.08

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

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Upgrades in order of priority:

Maindeck

This list by Julian "AstralPlane" John made Top 8 of the first Modern Challenge after the bans, joined by another copy in 10th. It's one of the best decks in the new post-ban Modern, and the template I'd work toward when building fully-powered Izzet Blitz.

Central to the deck is Soul-Scar Mage, which joins Monastery Swiftspear as another one-drop prowess creature. Its inclusion brings the deck to its full potential for lightning-fast starts, with kills on turn three not outside the ordinary. At over $6, it's the most expensive nonland card in the maindeck, but overall it's a very reasonable price to pay for a multi-format staple. It's a card I'd look to add to my deck as early as possible in the building process to replace less efficient two-drop options.

This list does include a maindeck copy of Surgical Extraction as a major cost, but frankly I'd recommend playing Mutagenic Growth instead. It's just more in-line with the deck's strategy.

From there, the only potential upgrades left are fetch lands. Scalding Tarn isn't necessary because the deck doesn't actually include Islands, so any combination of red fetch lands will do the job of finding Mountain or Steam Vents. Wooded Foothills and Bloodstained Mire do it the cheapest, and Arid Mesa is also cheap compared to Scalding Tarn.

Blitzing the Modern Meta

Izzet Blitz was one of the very best decks in Modern before Omnath, Locus of Creation took over. Now that it and pal Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath have been knocked out of commission, there's really nothing holding Blitz back. With its lightning-fast speed for racing combo and control decks, and plenty of burn for fighting through creatures, it's a fun and flexible deck with good game against everyone. And playable at a price just a fraction of other decks, it's the best value in Modern.