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

Continuing on from multicolor cards… now we come to artifact cards (which are colorless)! Since artifact and colorless do so many things, they are among the most powerful cards in Magic, since any deck can use them. Here’s my top 10:

10. Umezawa’s Jitte / Isochron Scepter
Got a tie here. Jitte is the most undercosted equipment ever, I think. Every time the equipped creature deals COMBAT damage (not just damage to players), it gets two counters. And those two counters can: kill creatures, lower their strength, gain you life, or beef up your own creature. Powerful, versatile and undercosted at only 2 mana to cast and equip. Meanwhile, Isochron Scepter is another ridiculous card. It can copy ANY instant with mana cost two or less and replay it forever. Orim’s Chant and Counterspell are used most often with this, making it a soft lock for the opponent.

9. Masticore
One of the greatest creatures ever printed. Masticore dominated decks back in the day. As long as you had a card to throw away each turn, or a Squee, Goblin Nabob handy, Masticore would ping creatures to death, regenerate itself, and be a beefy 4/4 attacker every turn.

8. Cursed Scroll
Back in the day, many Sligh decks were using this card as a reusable source of colorless damage – and it works. As long as you have one card in your hand, it is a repeatable source of 2 colorless damage, getting around protection. Oh, and one mana to cast.

7. Sensei’s Divining Top
Countless decks have used this little one mana uncommon to make their draws better. And if you have a way to shuffle (via fetch lands), its essentially three new cards every time. And its even better with other tournament quality cards like Dark Confidant and Counterbalance.

6. Grim Monolith
Better than Mana Vault because of the obscene combos you can do with it via cards like Tolarian Academy, Voltaic Key and Power Artifact. Banned and restricted for a long time in Vintage/Legacy.

5. Skullclamp
One of the most abused cards of all time, and one of the greatest equipments of all time, Skullclamp turns all your little creatures into repeatable card drawing engines. And more cards is always a good thing, since one card is technically the equivalent of being one turn ahead.

4. Black Vise
It’s a one mana artifact that stays on the field and deals colorless damage to the opponent every turn for having too many cards in their hand. You either force them to play fast, or force them to take damage. What’s not to love?

3. Sol Ring
The “tenth” member of the Power nine, its one mana to add 2 mana for the rest of the game, and its an uncommon! Insanely broken and powerful.

2. Mox Sapphire / Mox Emerald / Mox Ruby / Mox Pearl / Mox Jet
The Moxes make up five of the Power nine, and for a good reason. It’s 0 mana for a repeatable source of one mana, which is insane. Almost as insane as the next card…

1. Black Lotus
Did you expect anything else? It’s the greatest and rarest card in Magic, and the most expensive. Numerous games have been won by the mana boost you get, first turn, paying ZERO mana to get THREE mana of any color. Insane, broken, and very sought after.