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Mo' Mana - Luke Collins (2/6/2011)

After creating "Ad Fling
Fling
FlingSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Fling deals damage equal to the sacrificed creature's power to target creature or player.
ium," I wanted to create a deck which went the opposite way, one which was very mana-heavy and focused on spending immense amounts of the stuff for effect. The obvious way to exploit this was by playing big Eldrazi, but that's kind of passe at this point, not to mention the fact that the worthwhile, legendary Eldrazi are financially expensive as well as pricey in terms of mana.

Back in High School a friend of mine used a deck he'd made out of cards he'd found in a "nickel each" box at the card store which revolved on getting out the Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
lands and an Aladdin's Ring
Aladdin's Ring
Aladdin's RingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
8
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
8, tap Aladdin's Ring does 4 damage to any target.
in order to wreak havoc. I graduated high school back in 2003, so when this was going on, doing four damage a turn was a big deal, since there were so few creatures with toughness of more than four. I decided to revisit the basic design, and came up with this:

Creatures:
4x Shield Sphere
Shield Sphere
Shield SphereSet: Alliances
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Power:
0
Toughness:
6
Text:
Counts as a wallIf Shield Sphere is assigned as a blocker, put a -0/-1 counter on it.

4x Wall of Tanglecord
Wall of Tanglecord
Wall of TanglecordSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
222
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Power:
0
Toughness:
6
Text:
Defender {G}: Wall of Tanglecord gains reach until end of turn. (It can block creatures with flying.)


Spells:
4x Crop Rotation
Crop Rotation
Crop RotationSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
At the time you play Crop Rotation, sacrifice a land.Search your library for a land card and put that land into play. Shuffle your library afterward.

4x Explore
Explore
ExploreSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
99
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
You may play an additional land this turn. Draw a card.

2x Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.


Artifacts:
4x Aladdin's Ring
Aladdin's Ring
Aladdin's RingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
8
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
8, tap Aladdin's Ring does 4 damage to any target.

3x Shield of Ages
3x Tower of Fortunes
Tower of Fortunes
Tower of FortunesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
267
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
8, T: Draw four cards.

4x Prismatic Lens
Prismatic Lens
Prismatic LensSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
262
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 1, T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.


Mana:
4x Cloudpost
Cloudpost
CloudpostSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Locus
Rarity:
C
Number:
280
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Power:
Land
Toughness:
Locus
Text:
Cloudpost comes into play tapped. T: Add 1 to your mana pool for each Locus in play.

4x Glimmerpost
Glimmerpost
GlimmerpostSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Locus
Rarity:
C
Number:
227
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
When Glimmerpost enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life for each Locus on the battlefield. {T}: Add {1} to your mana pool.

4x Urza's Mine
Urza's Mine
Urza's MineSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. If you control Urza's Mine, Urza's Power Plant, and Urza's Tower, add two colorless mana to your mana pool instead of one.

4x Urza's Power Plant
Urza's Power Plant
Urza's Power PlantSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. If you control Urza's Mine, Urza's Power Plant, and Urza's Tower, add two colorless mana to your mana pool instead of one.

4x Urza's Tower
Urza's Tower
Urza's TowerSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. If you control Urza's Mine, Urza's Power Plant, and Urza's Tower, add three colorless mana to your mana pool instead of one.

7x Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

1x Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.


The deck's aims are pretty basic: get out a lot of lands, then overwhelm your opponent with Aladdin's Ring
Aladdin's Ring
Aladdin's RingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
8
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
8, tap Aladdin's Ring does 4 damage to any target.
or Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
. It isn't unusual to be fielding 20 mana or more when you play this deck, so killing someone with a hard-cast twenty-mana fireball isn't unexpected. It isn't perfect, but with the ability to produce huge amounts of mana and then feed it into a Shield of Ages, it's a good kitchen table deck to play if you want to frustrate a big-creature loving friend.

Some explanations:
Shield Sphere
Shield Sphere
Shield SphereSet: Alliances
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Power:
0
Toughness:
6
Text:
Counts as a wallIf Shield Sphere is assigned as a blocker, put a -0/-1 counter on it.
/Wall of Tanglecord
Wall of Tanglecord
Wall of TanglecordSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
222
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Power:
0
Toughness:
6
Text:
Defender {G}: Wall of Tanglecord gains reach until end of turn. (It can block creatures with flying.)
- These guys are there to buy you time. They come out early, they get in the way, and they keep you from getting swarmed while you play lands and dig for a Shield of Ages or Aladdin's Ring
Aladdin's Ring
Aladdin's RingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
8
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
8, tap Aladdin's Ring does 4 damage to any target.
. They are delightfully frustrating, and a great way to keep an opponent from swarming you.

Crop Rotation
Crop Rotation
Crop RotationSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
At the time you play Crop Rotation, sacrifice a land.Search your library for a land card and put that land into play. Shuffle your library afterward.
- The purpose of this card is to ensure that you can get your Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
lands set up as well as maximize the power of your Cloudpost
Cloudpost
CloudpostSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Locus
Rarity:
C
Number:
280
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Power:
Land
Toughness:
Locus
Text:
Cloudpost comes into play tapped. T: Add 1 to your mana pool for each Locus in play.
s. I recommend that you choose either Posts or Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
's depending on how your opening hands play out. Both sets get better the more you have and don't really help each other. I personally go for the posts whenever possible, since if I get all eight of them out, I get 36 mana (eight from each Cloudpost
Cloudpost
CloudpostSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Locus
Rarity:
C
Number:
280
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Power:
Land
Toughness:
Locus
Text:
Cloudpost comes into play tapped. T: Add 1 to your mana pool for each Locus in play.
plus the four Glimmerpost
Glimmerpost
GlimmerpostSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Locus
Rarity:
C
Number:
227
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
When Glimmerpost enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life for each Locus on the battlefield. {T}: Add {1} to your mana pool.
s) as opposed to the 28 that I get if I put out all twelve Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
lands. Either way, you'll soon be producing ludicrous amounts of mana, and that's just fun. I personally suggest that you sacrifice the Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
s to this, since they exist primarily just for that purpose.

Explore
Explore
ExploreSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
99
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
You may play an additional land this turn. Draw a card.
- Getting to drop additional Cloudpost
Cloudpost
CloudpostSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Locus
Rarity:
C
Number:
280
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Power:
Land
Toughness:
Locus
Text:
Cloudpost comes into play tapped. T: Add 1 to your mana pool for each Locus in play.
s and Glimmerpost
Glimmerpost
GlimmerpostSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Locus
Rarity:
C
Number:
227
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
When Glimmerpost enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life for each Locus on the battlefield. {T}: Add {1} to your mana pool.
s early on, as well as drawing into more, is always good.

Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
- You really only need one of these, but I included two in case one gets countered or otherwise interfered with. On more than one occasion I have cast this for 30 mana so that I can wipe out not only my opponent but several of his creatures.

Aladdin's Ring
Aladdin's Ring
Aladdin's RingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
8
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
8, tap Aladdin's Ring does 4 damage to any target.
- This will become your workhorse. Alone it can deal with most threats, and in pairs it can handle almost anything. Between the Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
lands and Cloudpost
Cloudpost
CloudpostSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Locus
Rarity:
C
Number:
280
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Power:
Land
Toughness:
Locus
Text:
Cloudpost comes into play tapped. T: Add 1 to your mana pool for each Locus in play.
s getting 16 mana a turn isn't all that unusual, and it's a lot of fun to be able to liquidate your opponent's creatures and life total with impunity. Be sure to do it during his end step so that you can keep your mana open for Shield of Ages.

Shield of Ages - This is the card that lets you win the game. When you're producing absurd amounts of mana, this is the card that allows you to withstand all but the biggest strikes, preventing huge amounts of damage. Even the threat of it making an attack pointless allows you to leave mana available for Aladdin's Ring
Aladdin's Ring
Aladdin's RingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
8
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
8, tap Aladdin's Ring does 4 damage to any target.
, and it can begin to protect you and cut down life totals even early on if you play it right.

Tower of Fortunes
Tower of Fortunes
Tower of FortunesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
267
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
8, T: Draw four cards.
- Most of what you will draw is land, which is exactly what you want, since it allows you to ramp up even further. Just be careful not to deck yourself!

Prismatic Lens
Prismatic Lens
Prismatic LensSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
262
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 1, T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
- This allows you to get Crop Rotation
Crop Rotation
Crop RotationSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
At the time you play Crop Rotation, sacrifice a land.Search your library for a land card and put that land into play. Shuffle your library afterward.
or Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
or Explore
Explore
ExploreSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
99
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
You may play an additional land this turn. Draw a card.
online even if you have no basic lands out, in addition to just adding yet more mana to the huge pile you already have.

Cloudpost
Cloudpost
CloudpostSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Locus
Rarity:
C
Number:
280
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Power:
Land
Toughness:
Locus
Text:
Cloudpost comes into play tapped. T: Add 1 to your mana pool for each Locus in play.
/Glimmerpost
Glimmerpost
GlimmerpostSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Locus
Rarity:
C
Number:
227
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
When Glimmerpost enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life for each Locus on the battlefield. {T}: Add {1} to your mana pool.
- This is what makes the deck work, and you want to play these lands as aggressively as possible. The fact that Glimmerpost
Glimmerpost
GlimmerpostSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Locus
Rarity:
C
Number:
227
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
When Glimmerpost enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life for each Locus on the battlefield. {T}: Add {1} to your mana pool.
helps you make up for lost life is nice, especially if you had a rough start, but really you want to play Cloudpost
Cloudpost
CloudpostSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Locus
Rarity:
C
Number:
280
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Power:
Land
Toughness:
Locus
Text:
Cloudpost comes into play tapped. T: Add 1 to your mana pool for each Locus in play.
s as much as possible so you can begin producing mana on a massive scale.

Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
Lands - While not as good as the Posts, they certainly add to your mana count, and once you've gotten at least one of each, they are pretty powerful. Sacrificing the "surplus" Mines and Power Plants to Crop Rotation
Crop Rotation
Crop RotationSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
At the time you play Crop Rotation, sacrifice a land.Search your library for a land card and put that land into play. Shuffle your library afterward.
s is also a decent "emergency" measure if you're trying to push up your Cloudpost
Cloudpost
CloudpostSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Locus
Rarity:
C
Number:
280
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Power:
Land
Toughness:
Locus
Text:
Cloudpost comes into play tapped. T: Add 1 to your mana pool for each Locus in play.
count, but I really prefer to use basic lands for that whenever possible.

Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
s/Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
- The purpose of these is to give you a little dash of colored mana for Explore
Explore
ExploreSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
99
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
You may play an additional land this turn. Draw a card.
and Crop Rotation
Crop Rotation
Crop RotationSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
At the time you play Crop Rotation, sacrifice a land.Search your library for a land card and put that land into play. Shuffle your library afterward.
, of course. Mostly I just use these with Crop Rotation
Crop Rotation
Crop RotationSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
At the time you play Crop Rotation, sacrifice a land.Search your library for a land card and put that land into play. Shuffle your library afterward.
to get out posts or the occasional third Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
land.

This deck is a lot of fun to play, although you will occasionally get swamped and killed by a large, fast enemy, such as Goblins or Elves. Still, I can highly recommend it for those of you who like really big effects and spending just huge amounts of mana, since you can usually get 20 or more per turn once you get set up.


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