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Jun 06 2014 12:00pm
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I love this game. I love writing about it. Compiling lists about it. Evaluating it. Sometimes, I even play it. I'm an Accidental Player.

 The Tolarian Academy of Arcane Arts and Pictures presents: THE TOPDECK AWARDS!
 The best way to celebrate 20 long years of this silly game, by rewarding all those beloved cards that, at one point or another, starred in our personal tragicomedies and psychodramas.

  To celebrate the imminent arrival or Vintage Masters, today's category is: Outstanding Mana Rock. A mana rock is any artifact that you can tap on its own for mana, either as a one-shot or, more commonly, every turn. To qualify as a mana rock, the artifact must be able to add more mana than you would otherwise have available in the turn you use it, and it must not need external resources to do it, which excludes mana fixers like Kaleidostone or interactive cards like Springleaf Drum. 0-cost Lotuses and Moxen are the most widely known, and powerful, of all mana rocks. As of Theros block, there's about 150 of them (the list includes a few extraneous results). The nominations are given by color and accompanied by a brief profile of the nominees, which are listed alphabetically (except for the last category, which is listed in order of casting cost). Winners will be published with the announcement of the next category. Last month's winners are here.

 And the voting duty, ladies and gentlemen, is all yours.

 But first, here's the Hall of Fame of the Mana Rocks. All the Hall of Famers aren't eligible for Awards.

   

   

> GO DIRECTLY TO THE BALLOTS <

> PREVIOUS CATEGORIES <


 Category A: Outstanding Lotus

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Lion's Eye Diamond
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 1996
  • Birthplace: Mirage
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's Black Lotus... with a crazy twist!

 

2. 

  • Name: Lotus Bloom
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2006
  • Birthplace: Time Spiral
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's Black Lotus... eventually!

 

3. 

  • Name: Lotus Petal
  • Rarity: Common
  • Birthdate: October 1997
  • Birthplace: Tempest
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's Baby Lotus!

> GO TO THE BALLOTS <


 Category B: Outstanding Mox

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Chrome Mox
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2003
  • Birthplace: Mirrodin
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it can be any Mox, at the cost of one card.

 

2. 

  • Name: Mox Diamond
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: March 1998
  • Birthplace: Stronghold
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it can be any Mox, at the cost of one land.

 

3. 

  • Name: Mox Opal
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2010
  • Birthplace: Scars of Mirrodin
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it can be any Mox, if you already have two other Moxen (or, well, anything shiny!)

> GO TO THE BALLOTS <


 Category C: Outstanding Monolith

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Basalt Monolith
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthdate: August 1993
  • Birthplace: Limited Edition Alpha
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it can be powered.

 

2. 

  • Name: Grim Monolith
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: February 1999
  • Birthplace: Urza's Legacy
  • Reason for Nomination: Because Voltaic Key exists.

 

3. 

  • Name: Mana Vault
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: August 1993
  • Birthplace: Limited Edition Alpha
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's Lemarchandian.

> GO TO THE BALLOTS <


 Category D: Outstanding Early Rock

 The nominees are: 

1.   

 

 

2. 

  • Name: Fellwar Stone
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthdate: August 1994
  • Birthplace: The Dark
  • Reason for Nomination: Because against the right opponent, it's your best 2-drop rock.

 

3. 

  • Name: Mind Stone
  • Rarity: Common
  • Birthdate: June 1997
  • Birthplace: Weatherlight
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it always knows when it's overstayed its welcome.

 

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> GO TO THE BALLOTS <


 Category E: Outstanding Midrange Rock

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Chromatic Lantern
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2012
  • Birthplace: Return to Ravnica
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's the ultimate fixer.

 

2. 

  • Name: Coalition Relic
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: May 2007
  • Birthplace: Future Sight
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's 6 mana on turn 4.

 

3. 

  • Name: Darksteel Ingot
  • Rarity: Common
  • Birthdate: February 2004
  • Birthplace: Darksteel
  • Reason for Nomination: Because sometimes indestructible is relevant.

 

4. 

  • Name: Pristine Talisman
  • Rarity: Common
  • Birthdate: May 2011
  • Birthplace: New Phyrexia
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's mana AND life.

 

5. 

  • Name: Worn Powerstone
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthdate: October 1998
  • Birthplace: Urza's Saga
  • Reason for Nomination: Because 2 mana are better than 1.

> GO TO THE BALLOTS <


 Category F: Outstanding Midrange Rock Cycle

 The nominees are: 

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> GO TO THE BALLOTS <


 Category G: Outstanding Counter-based Rock

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Astral Cornucopia
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: February 2014
  • Birthplace: Born of the Gods
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it can just be Manalith, but it may be more.

 

2. 

  • Name: Everflowing Chalice
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthdate: February 2010
  • Birthplace: Worldwake
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's delightfully scalable.

 

3. 

  • Name: Lotus Blossom
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 1998
  • Birthplace: Urza's Saga
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it still has "lotus" in its name!

 

4. 

  • Name: Pentad Prism
  • Rarity: Common
  • Birthdate: June 2004
  • Birthplace: Fifth Dawn
  • Reason for Nomination: Because in the right deck, it's more effective than it looks.

 

5. 

  • Name: Sphere of the Suns
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthdate: February 2011
  • Birthplace: Mirrodin Besieged
  • Reason for Nomination: Because you can find ways to reset it.

> GO TO THE BALLOTS <


 Category H: Outstanding Larger Rock

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Gemstone Array
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthdate: June 2004
  • Birthplace: Fifth Dawn
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it makes you save mana for a rainy day.

 

2. 

  • Name: Khalni Gem
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthdate: October 2009
  • Birthplace: Zendikar
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's made for landfall, but its mana is good regardless.

 

3. 

  • Name: Thran Dynamo
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthdate: June 1999
  • Birthplace: Urza's Destiny
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's 3 clean mana.

 

4. 

  • Name: Gilded Lotus
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthdate: October 2003
  • Birthplace: Mirrodin
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's what you have to pay to have a Black Lotus every turn.

 

5. 

  • Name: Dreamstone Hedron
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthdate: April 2010
  • Birthplace: Rise of the Eldrazi
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's the Godzilla version of Mind Stone.

Time to cast your vote!

You have one preference in 3-option categories, two preferences in 5-option categories

You can first review specific profiles here: Lotus, Mox, Monolith, Early, Midrange, Cycle, Counter-based, Larger


And the winners are...!

 Outstanding Aggressive Equipment: Bonesplitter!

 Runner-up: Loxodon Warhammer

 

 Outstanding Defensive Equipment: Lightning Greaves!

 Runner-up: Basilisk Collar

 

 Outstanding Utility Equipment: Sylvok Lifestaff!

 Runner-up: Manriki-Gusari

 

 Outstanding Combo Equipment: Cranial Plating!

 Runner-up: Sword of the Meek

 

 Outstanding Larger-Than-Life Equipment: Argentum Armor!

 Runner-up: Deathrender

 

 Most Voted Equipment: Lightning Greaves!

 Runner-up: Bonesplitter 

CONGRATULATIONS!

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2 Comments

Why were the Masques rocks by GainsBanding at Sat, 06/07/2014 - 00:16
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Why were the Masques rocks printed as "add one red mana..."? They definitely had mana symbol technology by then. Weird!

Between 1999 and 2000, they by Kumagoro42 at Sat, 06/07/2014 - 01:50
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Between 1999 and 2000, they briefly decided to get rid of the mana symbols in the rule texts. See for instance Worn Powerstone, from Urza's Saga ("add two colorless mana", that's a mouthful) and Rofellos, which is from Urza's Destiny. I always hated it, loses all the visual immediacy of the symbols. Luckily they reverted back with Invasion block (at least for the colored mana symbols, the original painlands still say "one colorless mana"). Very weird. Maybe it was due to the Millennium Bug.