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Magic the Gathering: Top 10 greatest multicolored cards of all time

Continuing on from red cards… now we come to multi-colored cards! Since multi-colored cards do so many things – since they are a fusion of many colors, its hard to characterize a single color combination. Here’s my top 10:

10. Spiritmonger
One of the greatest creatures ever printed. 5 mana for a 6/6 is already unfair. But having regeneration, avoiding protection, and growing every time it does combat is just insane.

9. Meddling Mage
The combo stopper, this card has inspired numerous others based on banning certain named cards from entering the field or being activated. The precursor for cards like Pithing Needle, its been known to shut down decks single handedly.

8. Kitchen Finks
It’s a 3/2 for three mana which is good enough already, but throw in the life gain, and the ability to come back once more as a 2/1, and its a bargain. Did I mention it combos with a bunch of other cards so that it never dies as well?

7. Bloodbraid Elf
One of the most powerful keywords ever, Cascade, which basically lets you cast a spell for free, triggers once this creature hits the field. And by the way, it’s also a 3/2 hasty. Enjoy.

6. Mirari’s Wake
Double all your mana, and beef up all your creatures. Its an insanely powerful enchantment, and one of the best of all time.

5. Vindicate
Three mana, and I get to destroy anything on the board. ANYTHING. Its simple, versatile, and efficient. And also expensive (around $30 on ebay).

4. Terminate / Abrupt Decay
Great cards are measured by their efficiency – Terminate is one of the most efficient creature destruction spells ever printed; two mana, your creature is dead and it can’t regenerate, at instant speed. Abrupt Decay is similar – it can destroy non-creatures too, and is uncounterable, but cannot destroy things with big mana costs.

3. Lightning Helix
Speaking of efficiency, here’s another one, next to the great Lightning Bolt. For 2 mana, its 3 damage and 3 life, at instant speed.

2. Pernicious Deed
One of the best mass removal cards of all time. Pernicious Deed kills anything of a specific mana cost and lower – allowing you to play to its advantage. Play a big creature and blow up the smaller ones, or put out a Spiritmonger and regenerate it. It’s a selective mass removal spell basically.

1. Psychatog
This card defined a metagame. Control decks were created around him. Aggro decks were created around him. He is arguably the best creature in the game (along with Tarmogoyf. The strategy with Psychatog is to fill up your graveyard with cards, and then draw more cards and discard more cards to make it incredibly big to attack for the win, with countermagic backing it up.

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Magic the Gathering: Top 10 greatest red cards of all time

Continuing on from green cards… now we come to red cards! Red is the color of direct damage, hastiness, and destruction. Here is my top 10 list:

10. Bonfire of the Damned
This is a relatively new card on the list, but I feel tempted to put it here because its so good. Its basically a single sided Earthquake, and who wouldn’t love that?

9. Flametongue Kavu
One of the best red creatures ever printed, he comes on the field for 4 damage – almost guaranteeing a kill, AND he’s a 4/2 creature. That’s what I call a bargain.

8. Goblin Piledriver
The most aggressive creature of Goblin decks, this guy is a powerhouse. Along with a horde of other goblins, he can be lethal as early as turn 3.

7. Ball Lightning
The first direct damage creature, its basically RRR for 6 damage, which is always a good deal. If you kill creatures that get in the way, even better.

6. Chain Lightning
This is basically 1. except its a sorcery, and a minor drawback of the opponent being able to copy it if he’s red. Oh well. One mana, three damage.

5. Incinerate
A very strong card, even though its two mana. It’s instant speed and prevents creatures from regenerating, and has had a big impact on the metagame in the past.

4. Grim Lavamancer
One mana for the most efficient red creature ever. Better late game than early, he re-uses dead cards in your graveyard for Shocks instead, giving you card advantage.

3. Goblin Lackey
One of the best goblins ever printed, this guy puts out free goblins as early as turn two. And many times those goblins are Siege-Gang Commanders and the like. At which point they’ve already lost.

2. Wheel of Fortune
Red gets to draw cards? Never mind, 7 cards?? This is the red mage’s best tool for refilling their hand for more damage.

1. Lightning Bolt
Is there any direct damage spell more efficient than the original? One red mana, three damage, instant speed. Takes out players, creatures and planeswalkers. Simple and devastating, and a common to boot!

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Magic the Gathering: Top 10 greatest green cards of all time

Continuing on from white cards… now we come to green cards! Green is the color of big creatures, big spells, and lots of mana. Its no surprise then that the greatest creatures in the game comes from green. Here’s my top 10:

10. Primeval Titan
One of the most dominant green creatures ever, he gets you two lands (thats right even non basic) out of your deck when he comes out, AND every time he attacks. Many decks have been built around this ability to exploit landfall combos.

9. Tooth and Nail
Part of a dominant combo deck, this card pulls out two game winning creatures in one move – often the combination of these two creatures is enough to win the game.

8. Oath of Druids
Part of another dominant combo deck way back when. Oath of Druids can quickly power out a game winning creature as early as turn 2. And once that guy comes out, its game over.

7. Survival of the Fittest
One of the best enchantments ever printed. Discard a creature to tutor for any other creature, for one green every turn. All the while making my graveyard abusable by Recurring Nightmare. Good times.

6. Rancor
The best Aura in the game. It gives any creature trample, and +2/+0, all for one mana! AND it comes back once it dies! Many aggro decks have won using this card – over and over again.

5. Berserk
So I double a creatures power and it gains trample for one mana? Sign me up.

4. Eternal Witness
It’s Regrowth on a stick. There’s numerous ways to abuse her, combo-wise, and she’s probably the best uncommon creature ever printed. Three mana for a 2/1, and every time it comes onto the battlefield, you get to reuse one of your spells. What’s not to love?

3. Llanowar Elves / Noble Hierarch
Less influential than the 1. in this list, but still influential, Elves / Hierarch have powered many decks throughout the ages, both aggro and control. And being at one green mana is probably its greatest asset.

2. Tarmogoyf
The most efficient and greatest beatdown creature in the game. There’s a reason why this card fetches $100 on ebay – it dominated tournaments back in the day, and while the text doesn’t make it seem powerful – it grows fast. It can potentially grow up to an 8/9 – all for two mana – and splashable at 1G for that. All aggro creatures get compared to Tarmogoyf; he sets the standard.

1. Birds of Paradise
One mana for a 0/1 flying creature that can produce one mana of any color. It’s a classic, been used since the beginning of Magic to fix up mana and power spells for almost any deck. And to this day, no card does it as simply and as efficiently.