Commander Budget Challenge: Mono Blue Edition

About this experience

Commander Budget Challenge


What is a Budget Challenge?



  • Each participant will have a $60.00 spending limit to build a commander deck.

  • A player’s deck cannot exceed the budget cost. ($60.01 exceeds the budget.)

  • However, if a card(s) spikes in price the day of the event, they are allowed to have a $2.00 leniency.

  • TCG Player Market Price will be used to determine costs of cards.

  • Cards will be valued based on their cheapest, tournament-legal printing at Near Mint condition. (Gold border can be in the deck, but Black border pricing will be used)

  • Basic lands (including basic snow lands) will not count against players total cost of their deck.

  • A player must have their deck list put into TCG Player or a similar app that uses TCG Player pricing and show it to the event organizer to confirm the deck is within the budget parameters the day of the event.

  • A deck cannot contain any infinite combos. (This includes outside of the game, sideboard, and/or exile.)

  • A deck cannot contain any mana rocks with a mana value of 1 or less. (Including sol ring.)

  • A deck cannot contain any extra turn spells/abilities. (Extra combat steps are allowed, provided they are not part of an infinite combo.)

  • A player can only win through combat damage. (Infect is combat damage in the form of poison counters.)

  • A player can still lose if they draw a card while their library is empty.

  • If you are knocked out due to an opponent’s effect that is not combat damage, instead put your life total to 10 (if less than 10) and draw up to 7 cards.


Banned Legendary Creatures for the Budget Challenge


Mono Blue Edition



  • All Un-Set Cards

  • Any card with a card identity that is not mono-blue

  • Arcum Dagsson

  • Azami, Lady of Scrolls

  • Baral, Chief of Compliance

  • Bruvac the Grandiloquent

  • Empress Galina

  • Emry, Lurker of the Loch

  • Erayo, Soratami Ascendant // Erayo’s Essence

  • God-Eternal Kefnet

  • Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur

  • Jin-Gitaxias, Progress Tyrant

  • Lier, Disciple of the Drowned

  • Llawan, Cephalid Empress

  • Orvar, the All-Form

  • Sai, Master Thopterist

  • Sun Quan, Lord of Wu

  • Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir

  • Teferi, Temporal Archmage

  • Urza, Lord High Artificer


Commander Budget Challenge Prize Categories 


Mono Blue Edition


There will be multiple prize categories focusing on various aspects of the challenge, not all prizes will be performance based.


First place will also be invited back with their deck to participate in a future showdown against the other top mono colored decks of the Commander Budget Challenge. To compete in the final event WUBRG Rumble to see who the best color in magic is. 


Available Seats: 24 Fee: $9.95


* Free Wifi.


* Cell Phone Charging is available upon request.


* Vending Machine available.


* Free player-supported chaff cards. (Don't forget to give back when you can!)


* Free MTG land cards are available if needed.


* Forgot your playmat? No problem, you may borrow one.


* The fee covers you for the whole event, even if you leave for part of the event time.


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