Mana Drain

Mana Drain

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Counter target spell. At the beginning of your next main phase, gain an amount of equal to that spell's converted mana cost.

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Legality

Format Legality
2019-10-04 Legal
Custom Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Oldschool 93/94 Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Limited Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Highlander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal

Mana Drain occurrence in decks from the last year

Latest Decks as Commander

Mana Drain Discussion

OneDandyGuy on Zur commander (help please!)

8 hours ago

Thanks for the suggestions! I could probably cut Grand Abolisher and Grand Arbiter Augustin IV to make room for Mana Drain and Flusterstorm, but I don't have the budget to throw in Sensei's Divining Top as well (just yet). We do actually have a stax player in our playgroup, and having more counters will likely be more helpful than simply taxing him back. I'll go ahead and make the adjustments now!

genesiseffect on Zur commander (help please!)

13 hours ago

I love your mana base - perfect. I run Zur myself and I love the deck. And I'm psyched to see you're not running Doomsday Zur. Make sure everyone knows that before you start. Zur can be super fun as long as you don't make it overly punitive - everyone else also wants to play Magic! And the voltron route is the smart path. In my deck I run more counterspells, which I use to counter targeted removal. You're running a few expensive ($$) creatures that you could probably cut, and if you don't already own those cards I recommend investing in Mana Drain and some of the other situational counterspells like Flusterstorm. Dispel can be a really good card! Also, I think every control deck that can run Teferi, Time Raveler should be.

GregariousG on Please Ban Torpor Orb | *Primer*

1 day ago

To jonno.scott,

Yeah, Mana Drain is a straight upgrade for Counterspell. However, I hesitate to add it to my paper list due to price and impact on game play. For example, adding Jeweled Lotus changes and improves my game plan much more than Mana Drain. Jeweled Lotus permits for turn 1 Najeela and easier recast later in the game. Mana Drain will counter something and probably net me one mana. For the price, I’ll wait to add Mana Drain and it will eventually be in the decklist.

meta_edh_liga on Mishra's Jank Machine [Primer]

5 days ago

I would also consider some more protection for Mishra, since he's a crucial part of the one-sided stax theme, eg. Spellskite, Mana Drain, Swan Song. Also Cavern of Souls since you don't care much about colored mana anyway. Another great card would be Copy Artifact, worst case it's a cheap mana rock, but it could be so much more.

Middelin on Mizzix of the Izmagnus

2 weeks ago

Great advice as always, Spirits! I finally got around to adding custom categories tonight, and that’s really made some cuts and includes obvious, so I’ll work on that in the morning because I’m off from work tomorrow.

Any thoughts on Doublecast in particular? It feels like a nice bit of value, but I’m a bit worried that it’s a trap. It doesn’t really combo with anything, but it can double up a tutor or a burst of card draw really efficiently. I feel the same way about some other copying cards like Twinning Staff and Fury Storm, but I’d probably cut Twinning Staff long before the others. For Fury Storm, the combo with Ral might be be good enough reason to keep it.

I’ll also fiddle with the mana base and ramp package in the morning. I want it to be solid, but my friends are just somewhere in between casual and competitive, so I’d feel a bit bad if I included a Mana Crypt or all 7 fetchlands. For Dramatic Reversal, I need artifacts that actually produce enough mana, but cards like Thran Dynamo and Gilded Lotus just seem too slow for this deck. That might be a sacrifice worth making to keep them happy. I probably won’t include any high-end counters like Force of Will or Mana Drain either, and will just opt for the classics like Counterspell and Negate. The way I see it (particularly in a singleton format because of the high variance) a well tuned deck will be powerful regardless of a few less than optimal cards, as long as they still synergize well. Obviously any deck would be strictly better with cards like Force of Will, but it shouldn’t take too much of a hit without them.

RNR_Gaming on Please Enlighten Me

3 weeks ago

Personally, I find it difficult to cut things like Mana Drain and Force of Will the cards slap and no alternative feels up to snuff. Mana Crypt and Sol Ring are fantastic in most decks and typically set you 3 turns ahead of the pack unless your entire deck is color pips you probably want to be running these.

Building something fresh and new gets harder with each passing set due to the spread of information becoming more and more rampant. Honestly, I think if we had an unplugged period of magic things would be so cool coming back but that'd be awful for the mtg economy and content creators/website hosters.

jonno.scott on Please Ban Torpor Orb | *Primer*

1 month ago

Mana Drain is strictly better than Counterspell and was just reprinted.

Peligrad on Court of Grace, the best …

1 month ago

CEDH is actually a lot slower right now than it was a year ago due to Flash being banned.

yes, a god hand can still happen to win the game early, sure. It is entirely possible that you blow two or three cards like Rite of Flame and then the spell you ramped up to gets Mana Drain'd.

Fragile aggressive decks that win turn 1 or 2 tend to be less reliable and hence lower tier than the more hearty responsive and adaptive decks that win slower but have interaction.

That is all aside of the point though. The majority of decks and play groups are not CEDH, why even talk about CEDH when the CEDH meta is stale and established.

Reznorboy, your are entitled to your opinion, but I think every card you listed with the exception of Land Tax and Weathered Wayfarer are jank. Why you'd even list a two card combo to argue against the strength of a single card is facepalm worthy.

The face that this is the way this conversation is going signals to me just how much of a sleeper card Court of Grace is.

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