Best 1-drops?

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Posted on Aug. 23, 2020, 11:43 p.m. by Omniscience_is_life

Recently, I've started to pay a lot more attention to mana curve in my decks, and added many more cards in the 2/3 CMC slots; but I still feel like I'm missing out on an opportunity on T1 to drop something, anything really. I was wondering, which one-drops do you all run in your EDH decks? Keep it budget-friendly, please, I don't care enough to drop $40 on a Sensei's Divining Top or $50 on a Mana Vault.

enpc says... #2

It depends on deck (and access to colours of course) but either Birds of Paradise or Deathrite Shaman (assuming access to fetches) are amazing.

As a general rule, you want to be hitting ramp the first few turns as you transition into card draw to refill your hand, as well as starting to deploy your deck's main strategy. So turns 1 through 3, definitiely you want to focus on cheap ramp.

August 23, 2020 11:51 p.m.

jaymc1130 says... #3

Mana dorks, mana dorks, mana dorks.

Also, mana dorks.


Although there are some other staples at 1 cmc that commonly see play such as Mystic Remora, a wide range of interaction spells in every color, and some useful artifacts (depending on the metagame) such as Grafdigger's Cage, Manifold Key, or Soul-Guide Lantern. There are some useful hate pieces as well in some colors (mostly white) such as Deafening Silence or Dryad Militant.

August 23, 2020 11:52 p.m.

Caerwyn says... #4

To add some to the above: Sol Ring, Land Tax, Exploration, Skullclamp (especially if you have lots of X/1 token generators), and Mother of Runes.

August 23, 2020 11:54 p.m.

jaymc1130 says... #5

Caerwyn, I do love me some Exploration.

August 23, 2020 11:56 p.m.

Serra ascendant

August 24, 2020 12:03 a.m.

Yes please, keep them coming! This is exactly the sort of thing I need to see, and I'm getting ideas for interactions already!

August 24, 2020 12:38 a.m.

SynergyBuild says... #10


I meant Noxious Revival, not Noxious Grasp xD

August 24, 2020 2:15 a.m.

smackjack says... #11

Not a turn 1 drop, but Demonic Consultation is a pretty good card. Same goes for Mental Misstep.

August 24, 2020 3:50 a.m.

plakjekaas says... #12

August 24, 2020 8:40 a.m.

Viscera Seer and Carrion Feeder are my absolute faves in black.

August 24, 2020 9:38 a.m.

RambIe says... #14

o ya this thread is going to go 2-3 pages
some of my favorite to throw into the hat
Artifact Blast - Great game opener if you have a Simian Spirit Guide
Sakura-Tribe Scout - Greater then a Birds of Paradise if it hits t2 and t3
Manabond amazing opening play depending on your commander
Vicious Rumors - hard to believe but i have seen this shut down games as a t1 play

August 24, 2020 11:15 a.m.

Lanzo493 says... #15

For the most part, a useful 1 drop in EDH is either good because it is efficient removal, can be better when you have more mana (overload and flashback), or has some kind of activated/triggered ability that lasts throughout the game (like Land Tax or equipment). Good 1 drops see a lot of play and can be very expensive, but I'll try to bring up some of the ones I've used since I don't use very expensive ones.


Basilisk Collar

Wayfarer's Bauble

Expedition Map



Shattering Spree

Faithless Looting


Phyrexian Reclamation



Pongify/Rapid Hybridization


Mana Dorks. They're OP.


August 24, 2020 5:18 p.m.

Black Vise and The Rack are always rad. I’m super happy to see Will-o'-the-Wisp in the lists.

Flood is a trap I always fall into; as I always forget that the activation is more expensive than the CMC. Still a perfectly-flavored card. <3

August 24, 2020 8:30 p.m.

OH MY GOSH I forgot two fun ones: Altar of the Brood and Artificer's Hex (though I think we’ve already discussed the amazingness that is that hex).

August 24, 2020 8:36 p.m.

Vash13 says... #18

Rhys the Redeemed t1 commander

August 24, 2020 10:18 p.m.

Vash13 says... #19

Oh yeah and I never got it play correctly but Slumbering Dragon is a 1 drop

August 24, 2020 10:20 p.m.

SynergyBuild says... #20

Vash13 Yeah I already mentioned that xD

August 24, 2020 10:24 p.m.

Vash13 says... #21

SynergyBuild oh hahaha whoops you had such and extensive list it got lost when I read it, so since were on the subject, have you ever got the slumbering dragon to pay off?

August 25, 2020 1:19 a.m.

Vash13 says... #22

It's so attractive but never has paned out for me

August 25, 2020 1:20 a.m.

SynergyBuild says... #23

Vash13 I ran it in Fumiko the Lowblood, it was sweeet!

August 25, 2020 1:30 a.m.

Vash13 says... #24

Oh that's a perfect combo!

August 25, 2020 3:59 p.m.

libraryjoy says... #25

I like


Cloudfin Raptor

Cosi's Trickster depending on meta (ran it in a Thada Adel, Acquisitor deck for a while)



Taunting Elf

Elvish Herder

Sakura-Tribe Scout

Skyshroud Ranger

Scattershot Archer (especially if you have ways to give it deathtouch)

Sedge Scorpion

Traproot Kami in mono-green

Utopia Sprawl

Wild Growth


Dragonmaster Outcast

Quest for Pure Flame


Kami of False Hope

Soulmender in any build that has "Whenever you gain life" triggers

Sigarda's Aid

Spirit Link


Skyblinder Staff in flying heavy decks

Elixir of Immortality

Signal Pest

Animation Module

Darksteel Axe

Glaring Spotlight

Gorgon's Head

Runed Stalactite in tribal builds to protect utility creatures

Stoneforge Masterwork

And I didn't forget black, I just don't play it so I don't have anything to add for that color.

August 25, 2020 5:39 p.m.

my favorite two are Hexdrinker and Dragonmaster Outcast

August 25, 2020 6:10 p.m.

My suggestion is Mishra's Bauble. Not a one drop, but no mana. Maybe Welding Jar too.

August 26, 2020 6:50 p.m.

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