Mana Leak

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Legality

Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper Duel Commander Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Premodern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

Mana Leak

Instant

Counter target spell unless its controller pays .

kamarupa on Protect the kingdom

1 week ago

more counterspells, add draw card/scry/tutor, and remove some creatures or use your creatures for better utility abilities like counterspell, draw card, removal, etc. Defenders can't protect your Azor's Elocutors from removal and by turn 5, you're likely to have used any Counterspells you've drawn.

Send Wingcrafter to the sideboard.

Wall of Omens seems to fit your theme of defensive creatures and it cantrips, which you definitely want to help cycle through the deck to get to your wincon. I don't think this is a great direction to go, but I think it's better than at least one of the defenders you're already including.

Judge's Familiar (maybeboard) won't be good unless you can pump it.

Cut Ring of Three Wishes, as its MV to cast and activate are just way too high.

Some of these spells and their ilk would be good here: Blustersquall, Mana Leak, Serum Visions, Delver of Secrets  Flip.

Memphismaymagic5 on Thomas’ Tank Engines

1 week ago

Nice budget deck! Maybe you can consider the following cards:

Balaam__ on Grab Your Amoxicillin, it's Infect Time!

2 weeks ago

Alright, so most Infect decks are either mono colored or , or . I haven’t run across many Sultai variations, so you’ve got something a little unique here. Nothing wrong with that, but I do see a minor issue. With Proliferate, you’re either going to want to go all in on it 110% or disregard it entirely. A card like Grim Affliction for instance is grossly overcosted for little to no payoff. Since Proliferate would only add a single poison counter to an already poisoned opponent, it’s definitely not a card you want to be running with the current setup you have. I recommend cutting all copies and leaning more into fast buffs, something like Rancor or whatever the closest approximation in your personal collection is.

Aside from that I think everything else is perfectly playable. There are better (and significantly more expensive) cards that are staples in most Infect decks, but you’ve made your mission statement clear in the opening paragraph of your description and I commend that. I also think Corrupted Resolve is a great fit here. I hadn’t seen that card before and it functions like a full on Counterspell but at a Mana Leak’s cmc—quite nice!

Balaam__ on A.P. Bio with Mr. Wizard

3 weeks ago

Ooh boy ThisIsMyAccount, I’m not sure about some of those. Chalice of the Void is certainly a card I overlooked, and as you pointed out it would be a great fit. I’m adding that one to the maybeboard right away for when it’s revision time.

But I don’t think I can use most of the others. The way this deck is set up I only really have about 4-6 possible slots I could reconfigure. Mana Leak and Remand are the card(s) I’d look to replace, but the rest of the deck is somewhat locked down and necessary to function correctly. I can see Archmage's Charm being better than either, but unfortunately I don’t currently own any. I’ll add it to the maybeboard in case I acquire some. Decisive Denial and Sublime Epiphany I’ll have to pass on; the former is a harder-to-cast Mana Leak that only targets noncreature spells, and the first portion is immaterial as attacking is not part of the overall strategy. The latter suggestion is simply too mana intensive—it has nice options, but by the time we have 6 available mana we should be on track for a win (if it’s going to happen in a given game). Same goes for Plasm Capture, too costly and situational. I do appreciate the suggestions though and you make some good points.

ThisIsMyAccount on A.P. Bio with Mr. Wizard

3 weeks ago

So I see there are no CMC cost 1 cards which means Chalice of the Void is probably a no brainer for this deck. You'll have to adjust your sideboard but I think it is worth it. If do decide on Chalice then Plasm Capture could be a interesting inclusion because you're guaranteed to get better value from it if your opponent cannot cast CMC 1 spells.

Then, I think Decisive Denial and/or Archmage's Charm would probably be better than Mana Leak. Also, just consider Sublime Epiphany because even though it is very expensive it can make a token of a creature you control which is invaluable to your wincon.

legendofa on K'rrik's Cruel Ambition

1 month ago

If you genuinely want this deck to be as hated as possible, non expense spared, there are some mono-black prison cards that could find a home here. Contamination locks down mana, Chains of Mephistopheles forces extra draws into discard/mill, The Abyss and Death Pits of Rath kill creatures on contact, and Nether Void is an all-encompassing Mana Leak. On the artifact side of things, Trinisphere and Winter Orb eat so much mana it's not funny, except for you because you're paying life and not mana.

(I don't own any of the super-high value cards, but I've always wanted to.)

Epicurus on Wide, Wider, Widest

1 month ago

Thanks again!

You're probably right on all of those points. I have a couple more questions I'd like opinions on, while I have your ear.

First, I'm leaning towards making this a Midrange deck, but the biggest problem is making sure to have enough token producers. All the token doublers in the game won't do me any good if I'm not creating tokens regularly. So if, for instance, I add Counterspell, Mana Leak, Arcane Denial, etc., I'm naturally removing token producers to fit them in. Same for removal. That's why the counters on this list are the ones I chose. Same problem for ramp. So the question is, how many token producers is too few? In other words, what's the minimum number of them I should have?

Next, what are your thoughts on Elder Gargaroth? I keep trying to make myself believe it's an awesome card. 5MV for a 6/6 with 3 keywords and a modal attack trigger??! I'm thinking that it would be a great option for Esix and others to copy. Am I wrong? Is it as great for this deck as I want to believe it is?

Balaam__ on Tap Dancing

1 month ago

Thanks for posting, Brickhouse. I tend to shy away from spells like that simply because 4 mana is a big commitment. You would get it back of course, but instead of leaving that much untapped in reserve it could have been put to use to cast combo pieces or what have you. I went with Mana Leak because was a lot easier to justify. I think in a different deck with less tight mana requirements it might be an ok fit.

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