Learn to Play MTG: Mana Base June 16, 2008Posted by Norm in Learn to Play Magic: the Gathering.
Tags: Jay Moldenhauer-Salazar, land, Magic: The Gathering, Mana Base, Mana screw, The Ferrett
For those of you learning to play I’m back with a new addition to my Learning to Play Magic Series: Mana base.
I find myself building more limited decks, especially drafting, than general constructed. So thinking in a smaller setting is actually easier. Although I’ve built decks where speed is the goal and I’ve struggled over one or two lands for the proper consistency.
Personally I think it is best to start with an educated guess as to how much of each type of land you need and then test your deck. In general for constructed I usually aim for a land base of 24 cards and then see how the deck plays. For limited (or 40 card decks) I religiously stick to a land base of 17 cards. Although depending on exactly what my mana cure is I’ll adjust, but that is a rare moment.
My plan is usually pretty simple, I count up all the cards in each color and based on how each color breaks down distribute mana sources in a similar ratio. More for one color less for another. Now it is important to consider playing too few or too much of a color. You don’t want to flood yourself in a single source.
He also mentioned an article by Jay Moldenhauer-Salazar who also provided breakdowns and strategic thinking when deriving a mana base. Link to the article here on star city games.
So good luck and happy deck building.