Mana screw

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Mana screw is a term that refers to the condition of either not having enough mana or not having the right color of mana to play the spells in your hand.[1] Mana screw can be the result of several factors: poor luck; an opponent playing a strategy to reduce your mana (such as land destruction and other forms of mana denial); or poor deckbuilding. The lattermost factor can be due to too few lands (or other mana sources), improper colour ratio, or a combination.

The joke set Unhinged has a card called Mana Screw which satires the random nature of mana screw by providing mana at random. The illustration depicts an actual screw.

Color screw[edit | edit source]

Color Screw refers to a specific type of mana screw, where a player, while perhaps having plenty of mana/acceleration, lacks the correct color to play certain spells. e.g. A player may have six Mountains, but lacks the Swamp they need to cast a Wrecking Ball.

See also[edit | edit source]

  • Mana flood: having too much mana, and not enough spells.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jeff Cunningham. (April 28, 2007.) “Managing Mana Screw”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.