Hello. Here at TCGplayer, it is our firm belief that everyone should get to cast a Mana Drain before they die. With its Mana Drain reprint, Iconic Masters helps make that dream a reality. With that in mind, we're counting down Iconic Masters' ten best cards to Mana Drain.

Yosei, the Morning Star

Keiga, the Tide Star

Kokusho, the Evening Star

Ryusei, the Falling Star

Jugan, the Rising Star

We're kicking things off with the dragon cycle. Originally found in Champions of Kamigawa, these dragons are large and in charge, offering a beefy flying body on the battlefield and doing something cool if your opponent manages to destroy them. Also, they all cost six mana, making them perfect targets for Mana Drain. Can you imagine Mana Draining a Yosei, untapping, casting a Mindslaver, AND still have access to all your lands? It makes my heart skip a beat just thinking about it.

Simic Sky Swallower

Simic Sky Swallower can wreak major havoc on any board… that is, unless you counter it with a Mana Drain! Simic Sky Swallower costs seven mana, meaning that Mana Draining it will give you enough colorless mana to cast Unburial Rites on Kiki-Jiki and then flash it back, targeting Deceiver Exarch. You still need the black and white mana, but at that point, you're winning the game, so who cares?

Avacyn, Angel of Hope

Avacyn, Angel of Hope was one of the splashiest cards in Avacyn Restored, a set known for its ginormous legends. Now that it's in Iconic Masters, it's a primo target for… you guessed it!—Mana Drain. What can we do with eight mana? Have you ever heard of a little thing called Reverse the Sands? No? Well, that's probably for the best; it's not a very good card.

Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite

Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur

Sheoldred, Whispering One

Urabrask the Hidden

Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger

All of the praetors from New Phyrexia are in Iconic Masters. They were overshadowed by the Magic 2012 titans while they were in Standard, but in Iconic Masters, they're the stars of the show. That is, until you Mana Drain them. There's a wide range of converted mana costs on the praetors, but you can't really go wrong countering any of them.


Thoughtseize is an enticing reprint, and they even used the freaky-deaky Lorwyn art! That said, Thoughtseize is a great Mana Drain target, not because it costs a bajillion mana, but because if they get to resolve their Thoughtseize, they'll take your Mana Drain, because Mana Drain rules. We're trying to avoid that.

Bogardan Hellkite

Bogardan Hellkite was a win condition in many a Standard deck during its heyday. These days, though, it only serves one purpose: for you to Mana Drain it. Think of the possibilities! For that much mana, you can cast a Phyrexian Processor AND activate it!

Lord of the Pit

Time and relevance have both passed Lord of the Pit by. End its suffering by Mana Draining it. That's good for seven Gigantomancer activations on your turn!

Genesis Wave

Genesis Wave was a neat card during its tenure in Standard, where its primary occupation was keeping the gas flowing for elves decks. The more mana pumped into it, the better it gets. Spells like this are perfect for Mana Draining, and what else to do with all that mana than to pump it into your own Genesis Wave?

Sphinx of Uthuun

Sphinx of Uthuun has the potential to draw your opponent a ton of cards, firmly establishing them in the drivers' seat… unless you counter it with a Mana Drain. It's almost like you Mind Twisted them! Speaking of which, Mind Twist is a great card to throw seven mana at. You should try it.

Mana Drain

However, the very best card to Mana Drain is… an opposing Mana Drain! You don't want them getting all that mana! That is YOUR mana, and no one deserves your mana but you. That's the end of our list, but if you enjoyed this, subscribe to the YouTube channel below, and I'll see you next time.

Jon Corpora
pronounced Ca-pora