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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.

Shock Lands are CHEAP now!!

If you can get any, then play 'em!! These multi-format staples are essential to any serious magic player. Normally they cost about twice as much as they currently do so Now's the Time to buy in. If you do want to swap shock lands into this list, do it for a similar kind and color of land. Like Temple Garden in for Canopy Vista .

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Along with fitting in the budget, all the lands in the mana base fall into at least one of these five categories:

Actual Basic Land:

Always Comes Into Play Untapped Duals

  • Enemy Pain Duals.
  • This category is in place currently to balance the color pie and speed up the mana base overall.

Provides Any Color Mana, Untapped If Possible :

  • Specialty Multi-Lands and Honorable Mentions.
  • The best EDH dual land is Command Tower .

Lands in Graveyard Synergy:

Basic Land Type Synergy:

  • Check Duals, Fetches, Cycling Duals, and Battle Duals.
  • Works with effects that care about land types like Farseek and Skyshroud Claim .
  • See the "Why These Lands?" panel above. If the lands you are thinking about don't fit those criterion, that's why they're not here already.

  • The shock lands are reprinted for standard, so they can probably be included since their prices are dropping so much. Obviously include them if you get any. They are definitely strict upgrades on many of the Dual lands in this Mana base, they just usually cost twice as much money.

  • Taplands: x14 or 35%
  • Checkland: x10 or 25%
  • Untapped: x15 or 37.5%
  • Fetch: x10 or 25%
  • Land: x32 or 80%
Number of Lands which have or fetch:
  • Forest: x15 or 37.5% of Mana Base
  • Island: x14 or 35%
  • Plains: x14 or 35%
  • Mountain: x14 or 35%
  • Swamp: x13 or 32.5%
Number of Lands which produce or fetch:
  • : x24 or 60% of Mana Base
  • : x23 or 57.5%
  • : x23 or 57.5%
  • : x23 or 57.5%
  • : x23 or 57.5%
  • : 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

The honorable mentions have even more budget options for some of the more pricey specialty multi-lands. The check lands being reprinted in Dominaria should lower their prices eventually too.

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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