Five Pioneer Budget Multicolored Decklists: Allied Colors
In today's article, I present five budget decks for Pioneer on the allied color combinations: Azorius, Dimir, Rakdos, Gruul and Selesnya!
My Budget Rules
at the time I post this article. — The lists cannot be
mechanically equal to one of the Challenger Decks, as I would just be building a worse version of an existing and ready to play right out-of-the-box deck. — All lists were either built by me or adapted from the content creator
Saffron Olive, from MTGGoldfish, and all of them have been tested to be functional and have good consistency in the sequencing of their plays. — One thing I need to explain to my non-Brazilian readers is that the lists were built based on the Brazilian price tags, which means some prices might differ a bit from other countries or regions throughout the world, depending on which marketplace you use to build these decks. Regarding multicolored decks, there is an even greater deckbuilding challenge: The manabase needs to be functional, but not too expensive. For obvious reasons, Shocklands, Fastlands, and Pathways are off the lists, and in most of them, Checklands will also be left out to maintain established value standards, which on occasion may mean that the list is mechanically great, but their manabase might delay its game occasionally because some lands enters tapped or have some specific condition. Fortunately, Commander Decks do an impressive job of increasing the availability of lesser-played lands, such as the Tango Lands from Battle for Zendikar, or the Reveal Lands from Shadows Over Innistrad, and other lands have received a significant number of reprints such as Scry Lands, or not being so widely used as to be expensive, like the Cycling Lands from Amonkhet. However, all the decks presented here would be
much betterwith a more robust manabase that supports their mana and speed requirements, but we are working with a monetary value limitation that prevents some inclusions, but I will always try to
use the best combination of lands as possible at the proposed value, and you can replace them in whatever way you see fit to keep it at the monetary value you are proposing to invest in, I just reiterate that this comes at a cost in consistency.
a starting hand with Aether Hub being your only source of colored mana tends to be pretty bad, but they do offer the speed that some decks need to operate well and at the right time to cast certain spells, so there will be multiple lists using some copies of the card. That said, let's talk about the decks:
Azorius Yorion. As a note before explaining the deck's objective, you can reduce the number of cards to 60 and use the fourth Yorion, Sky Nomad on maindeck. In this case, I recommend reducing the Control and Teferi's Tutelage package and focusing on a version exclusively with creatures and without Dream Trawler, including cards like Whirler Rogue to create a more aggressive stance with Yorion. Although I don't run maindeck counterspells, I consider Azorius Yorion a
Tapout Control, where you use your mana efficiently every turn to gain value and prolong the game long enough for your card advantage to be greater than the opponent's clock.
Tempodeck that seeks to take advantage of the number of cards in the opponent's graveyard to establish an advantage with its own cards, a tactic that I admit is not good against some of the format's Tier 1, as they interact with their graveyards.
Rakdos Sacrifice, an attrition deck with explosive openings and
andyour artifacts to deal damage to the opponent or clear the board of small creatures, interacting very well with the Food tokens produced by Witch's Oven, and this deck usually doesn't have a problem prolonging the game long enough for four or more activations in a single turn.
Rakdos Aggro, created in the molds of the deck that Javier Dominguez played to win the World Championship in 2018. The list essentially works like an Aggro-Midrange with aggressive creatures that offer some value once they come into play, or are recurring threats, combined with a Planesalkers package that offer card advantage, coupled with several efficient removals. This deck was once competitive on Pioneer for some time, but ended up losing ground as the format got faster and with the inclusion of Companions. There are other directions that can be taken with this list, and I believe it is possible to get good results from it and with more optimized versions as well, cards like Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet or Hazoret the Fervent could make a big difference, such as Kolaghan's Command and/or Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger could have a place on the maindeck.