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Magic the Gathering: How does Dark Ritual work?

hos does this work? do you add mana from your hand or library? or is it just there for that turn only?

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G
9 years ago

This is one of my favorite cards in all of magic. It adds 3 black mana to your mana pool. Makes for a good first turn hippie

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
9 years ago

As has already been stated, lands are not mana. Lands generally produce mana (of the appropriate colour) when tapped, which is then added to a virtual stash called your “mana pool”, but they are not mana themselves. When you play a dark ritual, here’s what’s actually happening: You tap a land (or another mana source) to add B (1 black mana) to your mana pool. You then spend that one black mana to play Dark Ritual, which adds BBB (3 black mana) to your mana pool. You now have 3 black mana you can spend on whatever you like (playing… Read more »

Enigma
Enigma
9 years ago

OK, when you play dark ritual, you have to pay one black mana first, the you add 3 black mana to your mana pool.
Basically this card gives you a boost in terms of mana production.
Also, lands are NOT mana. They simply produce it.

Didrik
Didrik
9 years ago

basically, you use the card to gain 3 dark mana for a single round.
these 3 mana can be used for either dark mana, or pale mana (colorless mana).
after using the card in a turn, it will disappear to your graveyard.

But be sure to use all of those 3 mana, or you will get ”mana burned” and suffer equal damage as the mana you didn’t use.

pikapika212
pikapika212
9 years ago

You just get 3 mana, its not land or anything, its just you get 3 mana out of nowhere that you can use.

Arix
Arix
9 years ago

A common mistake among newer players is thinking that “mana” means “land” – that’s not how it works. When you tap a land, it produces mana. The best way I can think of putting it is that playing a Dark Ritual has the same effect as tapping three Swamps.

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