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What Is Colorless Mana in Magic?
In Magic, most colorless cards accept all mana types, meaning you can fit them in any deck. However, a rare set specifically needs colorless mana, as denoted by the unique diamond symbol (◊); in other words, you can't substitute mana from a Forest or Swamp like you normally could.
Thankfully, this only applies to the symbols in the card's cost (which is usually just one); the rest of the mana can stem from anything. You can attain colorless mana from artifacts like "Sol Ring" or basics Wastes lands, but how can you fully utilize these resources? Here are the ten best cards that specifically require colorless mana in Magic: The Gathering!
10. Matter Reshaper
CMC (Converted Mana Cost): 3
Since Reshaper only has one diamond, he only needs one colorless mana; the rest can be anything. No matter how you cast him, he arrives with decent 3/2 stats, and when he dies, you reveal the top card of your library. If it's a permanent with cost three or less (including lands), you can field it for free! But even if it's something else or if you decline, you still add it to your hand, ensuring you'll always reap at least some benefit.
9. Spatial Contortion
In pure colorless commander decks, Spatial Contortion often catches foes off-guard since they probably won't expect a colorless instant. Contortion simply grants a creature +3/-3 for the turn.
You can use this to increase the power of your own attacking unit when opponents can't block and counterattack, but it's often best used as a removal, insta-killing anything with three or less toughness.
8. Thought-Knot Seer
Thought-Knot Seer can fit even in colored themes since he only needs one colorless mana, which you can nab from lands like "Reliquary Tower" in addition to basic Wastes.
Not only does Seer have sturdy 4/4 stats, he reveals an opponent's hand upon entry and lets you exile a non-land from it. That said, when Seer dies, an opponent gets a free draw, but they never get their exiled card back, permanently removing a looming threat. You can even target a different opponent for the draw than the one whose hand you initially revealed.
7. Warping Wail
Warping Wail offers another rare colorless instant, and you get to activate any of its three choices. You can either:
- Exile a creature with power or toughness one or less
- Counter target sorcery spell
- Create a 1/1 eldrazi scion token that you can sacrifice for one colorless mana
These are all respectable options for such low price, and Wail's versatility ensures you'll always have a tempting choice.
6. Prophet of Distortion
So, Prophet doesn't actually need colorless mana in his cost, only his activated ability. You'll need a blue mana to cast him, and for such a low fee, he arrives with impressive 1/2 stats. He's also devoid, meaning he doesn't color and thus bypasses foes with protection from blue.
But most notably, Prophet can spend four mana (at least one of which must be colorless) to draw a card, a reusable hand-replenishing tool that provides a welcome outlet for leftover mana.
5. Deceiver of Form
While he needs a hefty sum of mana, Deceiver arrives with daunting 8/8 power and toughness. His unique effect reveals the top card of your deck during the start of your combat phase; if it's a creature, you can have your other creatures become a copy of that unit until the end of your turn.
While dependent on luck, this can potentially turn weak tokens into dominating monsters (just keep the legend rule in mind). Plus, whether the card is or isn't a creature, you can place it on the bottom of your deck if you like, meaning you're getting a free scry each turn if nothing else.
While he's pricey, Endbringer is one of the game's most versatile cards. He carries solid 5/5 stats and automatically untaps during each other player's untap step, letting him repeatedly activate his various abilities.
Endbringer can tap to deal one damage to any target, tap and spend one mana to prevent a creature from attacking or blocking that turn, or tap and spend two to draw a card. These are all decent choices, and don't forget you can always use the free untap as a makeshift-vigilance trait, letting Endbringer swing while still being available to block on the next turn.
3. Reality Smasher
Similar to red's "Charging Monstrosaur," Reality Smasher offers a 5/5 beatstick with both trample and haste, a prime force in combat. However, he has the added defense of countering any opposing spell that targets him unless its controller discards a card, making him extra costly to hinder. Speed, power, defense, and a relatively-affordable cost render Smasher one of the most well-rounded eldrazi in Magic.
2. Kozilek, the Great Distortion
Like most legendary eldrazi, Kozilek requires an insane amount of mana, but you can always circumvent it with free-creature effects on cards like "Elvish Piper." Still, if you legitimately cast Kozilek, you get to draw until you have seven cards, a fantastic replenishment for the later stages of the game where your hand tends to dwindle.
While Kozilek lacks his brethren's annihilator trait, he compensates with lethal 12/12 stats and menace, meaning your rivals need at least two creatures to block him. And whenever a spell is cast, Kozilek can discard a card with the same CMC to counter that spell, an excellent way to utilize your boosted hand and negate enemy plays.
1. Walker of the Wastes
If you're playing a pure colorless theme filled with basic Wastes, you'll want their Walker. He begins as a decent 4/4 with trample, but his stats increase by +1/+1 for every Wastes you control! In devoted colorless decks, these probably constitute the vast majority of your lands, meaning Walker can easily attain stats in the double digits, pressuring foes to scrape together a removal.
Walker is an easy fit in my own colorless builds, especially since he's surprisingly cheap, costing well under a single dollar!
Other Colorless Cards in Magic
While today's spells need a special dose of mana similar to colored cards, they compensate with powerful abilities and unique colorless advantages. Not only do they avoid colored protections, but they're also immune to field wipes like "All is Dust," making pure-colorless decks more than viable.
Try blending today's unit with general colorless staples like "Solemn Simulacrum" and "Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger." But for now, as we await Wizards of the Coast's next expansion of translucent spells, vote for your favorite card, and I'll see you at our next MTG countdown!
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