Deck Archetype: Big Mana

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Posted on Oct. 24, 2019, 10:13 p.m. by TypicalTimmy

I was watching THIS episode if Game Knights / Command Zone about budget decks, and at the 40:00 mark they begin talking about a budget deck Archetype called "Big Mana", in which you cheap out gigantic spells way before you normally would be able to. Thus includes both spells with insanely high CMC such as Aminatou's Augury or difficult to cast spells because of color requirements such as Conflux .

This different from traditional ramp because you are not focusing on land drops and mana acceleration so much as finding ways to cheat spells into play.

For example, a See the Unwritten could land you an Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger , especially if you put it on top of your library .

It's more about generating the biggest and most absolute value from your mana to put yourself much farther ahead than where you should reasonably be.

As for the definition, it could be alog the lines of:

  • Big Mana: A deck, primarily seen in EDH, where the player focuses on spells with very high and difficult mana costs with means to cheat these spells into play well ahead of curve. It focuses on tempo and ramp to achieve this goal.

DragonSliver09 says... #2

i've always heard the term "big mana" being used to describe ramp-heavy modern decks like Tron or TitanShift, but i guess it makes sense it would have a different meaning in a different format.

October 24, 2019 11:40 p.m.

enpc says... #3

I have to disagree with this, sorry. Using spells like See the Unwritten / Tooth and Nail to cheat out creatures isn't what I would call big mana at all. If anything it's closer in concept to a reanimator deck than anything else.

From my perspective (an most of the people I have spoken to in the past), big mana would refer to a deck which focuses on generating a lot of mana to sink into powerful spells using a lot of mass ramp cards and mana dooubling effects. So building a deck that runs Zendikar Resurgent , Mana Reflection , Doubling Cube , Mirari's Wake all in conjunction with cards like Turnabout , Early Harvest , High Tide , etc. to sink the mana into big, generally X costed spells that have a huge impact on the board (some of these are spells like Comet Storm , Exsanguinate , Villainous Wealth ).

October 25, 2019 12:30 a.m.

SP3CTR3_chelts says... #4

Yup agreeing with previous comments, IMO Big Mana is when you have a lot of mana. Decks that come to mind are Omnath, Locus of Mana , Karametra, God of Harvests , Lord Windgrace ect usually using the cards that ENPC referanced

October 25, 2019 6:46 a.m.

kanokarob says... #5

I would call this kind of archetype just Sneak and Show. Even if you arent using Sneak Attack or Show and Tell specifically, its the same concept.

October 25, 2019 4:53 p.m.

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