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Manalith
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Manalith
M12

Reviewed August 26, 2011

Constructed: 3.13
Casual: 3.13
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 3.13

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BMoor

Manalith

There's not much to talk about here. It's fairly straightforward-- a three-mana artifact that taps for one mana of any color. Green has fairly better options for mana fixing and acceleration, but Manalith is pretty solid for any nongreen deck that needs to smooth over its manabase. Even if you are playing green, if it's one of three or more colors you can't guarantee you'll have the necessary green mana to cast a Cultivate or Harrow. For that very reason, colorless mana fixing will always have an edge over mana fixing that requires you to already have at least one color of mana. And as a common, Manalith will be a simple, cheap-and-cheerful way to get that extra mana you need in just about any deck.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Manalith
 
A streamlined version of Coalition Relic, Manalith can be used for much the same purposes - namely splashing additional colors into your deck or taking your deck from the midgame to the late game. For more generalized acceleration purposes, cards like Mind Stone and Sphere of the Suns (ie. ones that cost two mana) are usually preferred for their lower cost, but any color at will is nothing to laugh at - note how popular Birds of Paradise remains after all these years. Even if you have to pay three mana for your rainbow mana producer, it's still worth it.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Manalith which is a three mana artifact that can tap for any color of mana.  There are other options to tap for a color of mana and few decks need all five, so this probably won't be necessary for most decks.  It isn't bad for the cost and can be played in any build it just isn't as compelling as a myr or land that can tap for one or two of the needed colors instead.
 
In Limited this is a nice mana fixer and adequate for acceleration, as it is both colorless and a common, so it is likely to be available and can be used in any deck.  It can be picked up in Booster relatively early in a weak pack, but is really only needed if your first pick has a high cost or if you plan on going two colors.  In Sealed this is more important and should probably be played in every deck as you will generally be playing more than one color.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 2.5


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