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Best 100$ Budget "Tier-1 Styled" 5 Color Mana Base

Commander / EDH* Budget Casual Five Color Multiplayer Primer Theme/Gimmick




This list includes Fetch Lands as well as Dual Lands with Basic Land Types just like Tier-1 Mana Bases! It's quite a bit slower than Tier-1, but it's hard to complain when you're saving so much money to play a casual format like EDH.

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All the lands in the mana base fall into at least one of these four categories:

Provides Any Color Mana:

Lands in Graveyard Synergy:

Basic Land Type Synergy:

Actual Basic Land:

  • Taplands: x15 or 37.5%
  • Checkland: x10 or 25%
  • Untapped: x15 or 37.5%
  • Fetch: x8 or 20%
  • Land: x32 or 80%
Number of Lands which have or fetch:

  • Forest: x13 or 32.5% of Mana Base
  • Island: x12 or 30%
  • Plains: x12 or 30%
  • Mountain: x12 or 30%
  • Swamp: x11 or 27.5%
Number of Lands which produce or fetch:

  • : x23 or 57.5% of Mana Base
  • : x22 or 55%
  • : x22 or 55%
  • : x22 or 55%
  • : x22 or 55%
  • : x7 or 17.5%
There are 8 Total Slots Available for a 5 Card Land Cycle with a 40 card Mana Base.

"Allied" Color Cycles: 3 Slots

  • Mirage Tap-Fetch
  • Battle for Zendikar Check Duals
  • Amonkhet Cycling Duals

"Enemy" Color Cycles: 2 Slots

  • Innistrad Check Duals
  • Apocalypse Pain Lands

Basic Land: 1 Slot

Misc. Multi Color Lands: 2 Slots

I have included a bunch of "Honorable Mentions" in the maybeboard. Many of which are potentially better than a bunch of the "Specialty Multi Lands" that are in the list right now, depending on your deck. For example, Spire of Industry needs artifacts to be good, Thran Quarry needs creatures, etc. Use the list to customize the mana base to maximize synergy with your deck.
The price fluctuates constantly, and it was also much cheaper when I first made this list. Price breakdown does not include x5 basic lands.

  • Approx. Total for 35 Cards: $100.00
  • Avg. Price Per Card: $2.85

I hope they finish the incomplete land cycles we are using here soon. All three of the "allied" color land cycles are great but the colors available are limiting. And I want them to reprint shocklands and the good fetches and OG dual lands like a million times until they are cheapo and we can get as many as we want to use forever.

Any budget friendly suggestions are much appreciated! Especially when suggestions are accompanied by reasons and ideas of what to swap out! Thanks.

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This is most helpful thanks again

August 27, 2017 4:55 p.m.

hey there!

what do you think about Murmuring Bosk?

you may not have treefolks but its a forest producing 3 colors of mana, working well with checkands aswell.

September 12, 2017 5:09 a.m.

The Bosk was in there already Thorbogl. Its in the specialty multi land section. Thanks anyways :)

September 12, 2017 7:36 a.m.

ou dang, missed that!

looks like a reliable mana base tho

September 12, 2017 8:06 a.m.

Thank you!

November 26, 2017 8:19 p.m.

I would personally swap out all the slow fetches for trilands, except evolving wilds and terremorphic expanse. they are very cheap and can produce 3 colors. 5 cycle lands is a lot. I would swap a few out, along with the most expensive of the enemy checklands for allied checklands which are pretty cheap.

November 27, 2017 7:34 p.m.

Hey AwesomeOctopus thanks for the suggestions. The goal of this mana base is to include fetch lands and duals with basic land types on a budget of around $100. So I don't think its an improvement to switch the tap fetch lands or cycling lands for the tri-tap lands at all. Seems like a downgrade to me, they are still coming into play tapped but no longer have any cool synergies with graveyards and basic land types and stuff. The enemy checklands are more expensive to buy, but they and the enemy painlands are present to balance out all the allied colored dual lands and fetches. If $100 is not in your budget, this might not be the mana base for you.

November 27, 2017 8:32 p.m.

yeah i mean the tapped fetches are cool, it just seems like the trilands are nicer to me becuase either way, they come in tapped but the tri's can tap for 3. I suppose they don't have the basic land synergy though, although with only 5 basics, your battle lands will almost always enter tapped. fetches are definitely better if you run crucible of worlds -like effects. I guess at the end of the day, there is no ideal substitute for real fetches and shocks if you can afford them.

November 28, 2017 11:49 a.m.

Since the tap fetches can get dual lands with Basic Land types they can actually choose from four colors each. For example Bad River can fetch blue/white, blue/black, or black/red duals. Will they be coming into play slower than molasses in the winter? Why, yes they will. But they are using "Tier-1 styled" land synergies while doing it for a fraction of the cost of an actual tier-1 Mana base. Unfortunately unless they reprint the shock lands and good fetchlands a bunch of times until they become cheap as dirt this is probably about as good as it gets.

November 28, 2017 12:07 p.m.

Have you thought about the Lairs? They don't enter tapped, they can produce three different colors and the only downside is returning a non lair to your hand (which isn't really a down side considering some of the great ETB lands like the temples that you can then replay later). I love the lairs and swapped out all the trilands in my Ur-Dragon for them.

November 28, 2017 3:18 p.m.

Yeah I know about the lair lands, they are nice and slow like the normal tri-tap lands. But they don't tap for any color, have basic land types or fetch lands out so they don't have a place here. Thanks for the suggestion though.

November 28, 2017 3:28 p.m.

Noob question. To adapt this to 4 (or 3) color decks, should we just drop the lands that give colors that we can't have and add more basics?

November 28, 2017 11:02 p.m.

I realized with all of the lands you have that have basic land types, you should consider some of the SOI clue lands

November 30, 2017 2:43 a.m.

Yeah the SOI duals are cool, but they aren't better than what would have to come out for them. Ironically the only lands of those colors in here, (which would normally be the ones best to swap out for them) are the cycles of lands with basic land types and their fetches.

November 30, 2017 8:22 a.m.

Hey Zidantur! So I haven't tried to make a 3 or 4 color variation, but your idea seems good. Maybe use basics and also cards from the Maybeboard to fill in the holes.

December 5, 2017 9:35 p.m.

50 upvotes! Fun! Thanks everyone!

January 3, 2018 9:48 a.m.

dollar sign goes BEFORE the number

January 9, 2018 2:33 p.m.

dollar sign goes BEFORE the number

January 9, 2018 2:34 p.m.

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+1 Exotic Orchard maybe