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Colorless Commander Decks in Magic
Colorless cards are a versatile tool in Magic, as most accept any mana type, letting them qualify for any structure. So, why would you devote to colorless spells when you could just mix them into other factions?
Well, some cards specifically need colorless mana, some are strengthened by devoting to them, and neglecting colors makes you immune to the various colored protections (common among the "Sword of" equipments). But with hundreds of relics available, which spells best support these artifact-heavy builds? These are ten cards you need for your colorless commander deck in Magic: The Gathering!
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First things first. In commander format, if you're using a colorless commander, you can't include basic lands like Forests because of their colored symbols. Enter the Wastes, a series of colorless basic lands.
Not only are they eligible for your colorless deck, they help fuel cards that specifically need colorless mana—we'll see one soon.
9. Mana Crypt
I tried to avoid saturating today's list with colorless-tapping staples like Mana Crypt, "Sol Ring," and "Ancient Tomb" since they work fine in most decks. But as a quick reminder, don't overlook these powerful early-game mana tools.
True, they often carry downsides; for instance, Crypt's 50% chance of inflicting three damage during your upkeep or the Monolith set's inability to untap automatically, but these are negligible drawbacks for their unrivaled mana ramping.
8. Conduit of Ruin
Many of the strongest colorless creatures belong to the Eldrazi faction. These guys require obscene amounts of mana, but today we'll review many ways to slash their prices. And they compensate with fierce battle stats and effects.
For instance, Ruin offers a fair 5/5, and when you cast him, you can move a colorless creature of CMC seven or more from your library to the top of your deck. Additionally, the first creature you cast each turn costs two less mana, quickly accessing your behemoths despite their hefty fees.
7. Walker of the Wastes
Here's a card that specifically needs one colorless mana—easy for your translucent deck. At base, Walker grants a 4/4 with trample, a fair deal for five mana. But he also receives +1/+1 for each Wastes you control; in colorless builds, this quickly skyrockets his power.
Opponents will quickly be pressured to spend a removal on this gradually strengthening beatstick, hopefully leaving them helpless when your true terrors arrive.
6. All Is Dust
Like other tribal cards, this spell carries a creature subtype (Eldrazi) despite its sorcery status, offering some interesting synergies. And while Dust needs a taxing fee of seven mana, it offers a devastating field wipe, forcing all players to sacrifice any colored permanents they control.
In your colorless deck, you'll escape unscathed, while your foes will have to forfeit each colored creature, enchantmant, planeswalker, and more. And since the blast doesn't target or destroy, even defenses like hexproof, shroud, and indestructible won't guard it, meaning very few enemies can withstand its might.
5. Eye of Ugin
Unlike most terrains, this legendary land can't tap for mana. But it automatically reduces the price of your colorless Eldrazi spells by two, a fierce discount that stacks with other reductions.
Additionally, you can spend seven mana and tap Ugin to search any colorless creature from your deck, pulling behemoths like Kozilek and Ulamog when you're ready to unleash them.
4. Traxos, Scourge of Kroog
For a colorless deck, you'll want a colorless commander like Traxos. Now, many players pick high-cost Eldrazi as leaders, but the problem there is they're so expensive you often can't take advantage of your commander revivals (costing two additional mana each time you recast them from the command zone). Additionally, you can't use hand-dependent effects like "Quicksilver Amulet" on cards in the command zone.
Instead, save these aces for your main deck and let Traxos take the helm. For just four mana, he offers a daunting 7/7 with trample, but he enters tapped and doesn't refresh at your untap step. However, he untaps whenever you cast a historic spell (legendaries, sagas, and artifacts). And with your abundance of artifacts, this should prove an easy task.
Traxos is easily my favorite colorless commander, as he's inexpensive in terms of both mana and money, costing well under a single dollar!
3. Eldrazi Temple
Singleton rules mean you can only include one copy of Temple in your deck, but since it's not legendary, if you somehow duplicate it, you won't have to sacrifice any copies. More than that, it can tap for a colorless mana like a regular Wastes, but it can also tap for two if you spend that mana on a colorless Eldrazi or Eldrazi ability.
Basically, you've got a standard Wastes that can add an extra resource for Eldrazi, a handy upgrade with no drawbacks.
This artifact-creature isn't particularly strong at 1/2, but his amazing effect works great in colorless themes. By tapping, he can reveal any number of artifacts in your hand, gaining two colorless mana for each!
That's simply an insane ramp that often provides six or more resources, and the revealed artifacts don't actually need to be colorless, so in colored decks, you can apply the trait even with cards like "Mage Slayer."
1. Mishra's Workshop
This land taps for a whopping three colorless mana, and it enters untapped and ready to be used. Its only restriction is you can only spend the resources on artifacts, but with your colorless deck, you'll have plenty to spare.
And since the mana works for any type of artifacts (creatures, equipment, or standard relics), you'll be casting spells long before your opponents can counter.
Devoid Spells in Magic
In addition to today's colorless units, remember you can cast unsaturated devoid spells. These oddities need colored mana (and thus a colored commander), but their devoid trait renders them colorless, letting them avoid protections and any Dust nukes.
Whether sprinkling them into other factions or devoting entirely to their theme, colorless spells remain a versatile card type that you'll encounter in just about any deck list. But for now, as we eagerly await Wizards of the Coast's next expansion of colorless supports, vote for your favorite card and I'll see you at our next MTG countdown!
© 2019 Jeremy Gill