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CardShark Content - D. Martin DeOlden (9/29/2005)

The Rainbow lands have gone through many different aberrations over time. It still seems that City of Brass
City of Brass
City of BrassSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Whenever City of Brass becomes tapped, it deals 1 damage to you.T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
is king but the others are still very useful. As a 5-Color player there are many uses for just about all of these depending on the deck being played. Yes, it is possible to have an entire deck of lands that tap for any color mana but it is not done; mainly because not all of them fit every deck style and some are just plain bad but it would be fun for a casual deck build if you want to be the first to try it out.

The purpose of this article is to give recollections to the rainbow lands past and present and their possible use or not in 5-color. As I am primarily a 5-Color player most of the cards I look for in a new set deal with my favorite format as well as most of the articles I write. Also this can help for those who play Prismatic on MTGO as many of these are available and some might become so.

I will not go into detail about all the lands as I expect most people to have a working knowledge of the most recent ones. I will give a rating of 1-5 with 5 being the best for possible inclusion into a 5-color deck or Prismatic.

5 - City of Brass
City of Brass
City of BrassSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Whenever City of Brass becomes tapped, it deals 1 damage to you.T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
. Just about any 5-color or Prismatic deck should have 4 of these.

3.5 – Forbid
Forbid
ForbidSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
35
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Text:
Buyback Choose and discard two cards. (You may choose and discard two cards in addition to any other costs when you play this spell. If you do, put Forbid into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Counter target spell.
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2 – Forsaken City
Forsaken City
Forsaken CitySet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
139
Artist:
Dana Knutson
Text:
Forsaken City doesn't untap during your untap step. At the beginning of your upkeep, you may remove a card in your hand from the game. If you do, untap Forsaken City. T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
. Not entirely unplayable but having to remove a card during upkeep from the game to untap it is a fairly big hindrance to most decks. Worked best when you ran in the old Stasis
Stasis
StasisSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Fay Jones
Text:
Players do not get an untap phase. Pay U during your upkeep or Stasis is destroyed; cards still do not untap until the next untap phase.
lock decks but not a 5-color friendly land.

5 – Gemstone Mine
Gemstone Mine
Gemstone MineSet: Weatherlight
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brom
Text:
When Gemstone Mine comes into play, put three mining counters on it.tap, Remove a mining counter from Gemstone Mine: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. If there are no mining counters on Gemstone Mine, bury it.
. Another of the cards every deck should have. Works great in conjunction with other cards that bounce lands like Meloku or even the Lair Lands.

4 – Glimmervoid
Glimmervoid
GlimmervoidSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
281
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
At end of turn, if you control no artifacts, sacrifice Glimmervoid. T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
. With all the artifact mana most 5-color decks use and even Prismatic with the upcoming Ravnica mana fixers this land pretty much always stays in play. For the Artifact heavy 5-color this is a must. Glimmervoid
Glimmervoid
GlimmervoidSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
281
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
At end of turn, if you control no artifacts, sacrifice Glimmervoid. T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
has a little more staying power than does Thran Quarry
Thran Quarry
Thran QuarrySet: Urza's Saga
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
329
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
At the end of each turn, if you control no creatures, sacrifice Thran Quarry.T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
.

4 – Thran Quarry
Thran Quarry
Thran QuarrySet: Urza's Saga
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
329
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
At the end of each turn, if you control no creatures, sacrifice Thran Quarry.T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
. Pretty much the same as Glimmervoid
Glimmervoid
GlimmervoidSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
281
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
At end of turn, if you control no artifacts, sacrifice Glimmervoid. T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
for those Creature heavy decks instead of Artifact decks. This is a fairly easy land to get to stay but can be lost to a Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.
or other creature sweeping card provided you do not have a way to get a creature into play before the end of turn.

3.5 – Grand Coliseum
Grand Coliseum
Grand ColiseumSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
319
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Grand Coliseum comes into play tapped. T: Add 1 to your mana pool. T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Grand Coliseum deals 1 damage to you.
. The only reason this land does not have as high a rating as City is because of its comes-into-play-tapped clause. This is a killer for any permanent in 5-color as you do not want to have to wait for your lands. Speed is essential even in the big decks just as it is in the 60 card versions. This is a good alternative for those who do not have a fully powered dual land deck however and should be a 4 of for those in need.

4 - Mirrodin’s Core. A very good land that can be a 4 of in any 5-color or Prismatic deck. Its charge up ability is the best out of all the other storage lands that have come before.

1 – Rainbow Vale
Rainbow Vale
Rainbow ValeSet: Fallen Empires
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
184
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
T: Add 1 mana of any color to your mana pool. Control of Rainbow Vale passes to opponent at end of turn.
. It may give you any mana but you may not ever see it again in play on your side once the opponent gets a hold of it. I would not put this into a deck, even a casual one.

1 – Tarnished Citadel
Tarnished Citadel
Tarnished CitadelSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
329
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Tap: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. Tap: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Tarnished Citadel deals 3 damage to you.
. Another bad card. Taking a lightning bolt to the face for a mana is not good play tactics. 2 Damage this might have been playable but the 3 kills it. Do not even play this for its colorless ability, if you need mana that badly, use a basic land over this.

3.5 – Undiscovered Paradise
Undiscovered Paradise
Undiscovered ParadiseSet: Visions
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
David O'Connor
Text:
T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. At the beginning of your next untap phase, return Undiscovered Paradise to owner's hand.
. Another middle of the road card. Having to bounce it to your hand at the beginning of the turn if you had previously used it can hurt unless you can put more than one land into play at a time. Can be useful for decks that need cards in hand for card count but is plainly a deck specific card. Not a 4 of for every deck.

2.5 – Meteor Crater
Meteor Crater
Meteor CraterSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
140
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
T: Choose a color of a permanent you control. Add one mana of that color to your mana pool.
. Not a land you want in your opening hand. You have to have colored permanents in play for this to work and that pretty much makes this stay out of most decks. Also you only get the mana of those permanents’ colors so only late game will this be a true Rainbow land.

3 – Reflecting Pool
Reflecting Pool
Reflecting PoolSet: Tempest
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
T: Add to your mana pool one mana of any type that any land you control can produce.
. Another land you do not want in your opening hand unless you have other land to work off of. One rainbow land in play and this taps as a City without the damage but is again dependent off of the other lands you have in play for what colors it will produce.

1 – Lotus Vale
Lotus Vale
Lotus ValeSet: Weatherlight
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
When Lotus Vale comes into play, sacrifice two untapped lands or bury Lotus Vale.T: Add three mana of any one color to your mana pool.
. Although it does tap for Three mana of any one color its cost of sacrificing 2 untapped lands pretty much kills this from ever entering a deck. That and the problem of having it bounced back to you hand by an opponent and it becomes a 2 land destruction spell for the opponent.

2.5 – School of the Unseen
School of the Unseen
School of the UnseenSet: Alliances
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.2, T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
. / Henge of Ramos
Henge of Ramos
Henge of RamosSet: Mercadian Masques
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
318
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.2, T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
. Both tap for a colorless and can tap for any color provided you pay 2 mana. Good fixers for some decks but overall there are better choices to put in a deck even if you do not own duals.

2.5 - Seafloor Debris
Seafloor Debris
Seafloor DebrisSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
325
Artist:
Larry Elmore
Text:
Seafloor Debris comes into play tapped. Tap: Add U to your mana pool. Tap, Sacrifice Seafloor Debris: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
, Abandoned Outpost
Abandoned Outpost
Abandoned OutpostSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
312
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
: Abandoned Outpost comes into play tapped. Tap: Add W to your mana pool. Tap, Sacrifice Abandoned Outpost: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
, Bog Wreckage
Bog Wreckage
Bog WreckageSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
314
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Bog Wreckage comes into play tapped. Tap: Add B to your mana pool. Tap, Sacrifice Bog Wreckage: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
, Ravaged Highlands
Ravaged Highlands
Ravaged HighlandsSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
324
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Ravaged Highlands comes into play tapped. Tap: Add R to your mana pool. Tap, Sacrifice Ravaged Highlands: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
, Timberland Ruins
Timberland Ruins
Timberland RuinsSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
330
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
: Timberland Ruins comes into play tapped. Tap: Add G to your mana pool. Tap, Sacrifice Timberland Ruins: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
, Archaeological Dig
Archaeological Dig
Archaeological DigSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
320
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T, Sacrifice Archaeological Dig: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
. All come into play tapped and tap for their specific color of mana. They all can be sacrificed to add any color to your mana pool. These lands are better left out unless you really need to feed a Psychatog
Psychatog
PsychatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
292
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
for the win. But there are better ways to do that than using these lands.

Above all these for any 5-color and Prismatic the best color fixes are still the duals for 5-color or the new Ravnica duals for Prismatic decks. The use of any or all in conjunction with the fetch lands can still be a best solution but with the inclusion of the 5 rated rainbow lands or a few 4 rated ones will help to round out a deck base so that no mana screw should happen. The Ravnica lands will greatly push the speed of Prismatic up to a lot closer to where 5-color already is. Most of the newer rainbow lands are better but a few of the older ones like Thran Quarry
Thran Quarry
Thran QuarrySet: Urza's Saga
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
329
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
At the end of each turn, if you control no creatures, sacrifice Thran Quarry.T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
are still quite useful. I hope this guide has helped in your search for all color lands to add to a 5-color or Prismatic deck.

Also if you have not yet tried 5-color please do, you will be surprised at how fun it can be, and the decks are actually very consistent once you refine the build and minimize colors. For those group game people this format will add a new dimension to the game.


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