izzet vs. golgari land question

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i have a land that says tap: add 1 to your mana pool. if i have a creature spell ect... that needs one red one blue two of any color. can i use this land as a blue or red, or can i only use it for the 2 of any color?
in a cost is a generic mana, that can be paid with any type of mana. in a mana ability means 1 colorless mana. It can only be used to pay generic costs, it cannot be used to pay colored costs.

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When something adds to your mana pool, that means 1 colorless mana.

When a cost involves , that means a generic cost of 1 mana, which can be paid with mana of any type (i.e. any color or colorless).

You can't use colorless mana to pay for or costs.
You can only use it for the to pay for Emberwilde Caliph or Tibor and Lumia.

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i have a land that says tap: add 1 to your mana pool. if i have a creature spell ect...

Cavern of Souls perhaps?
that needs one red one blue two of any color. can i use this land as a blue or red, or can i only use it for the 2 of any color?

if it's Cavern of Souls...
the first ability can only be used to pay the generic mana component
the second ability can pay coloured costs provided the creature spell is of the chosen type

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Nivix, Aerie of the Firemind can do one of two things for you:

Tap it to add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.  You can use this to cast spells, creatures, whatever.


Pay 2RU (from other sources such as other lands) and tap it to exile the top card of your library and maybe you can cast that card until your next turn (you still have to pay the regular cost to cast whatever card you exile)

This land does not provide red or blue mana.  It only provides 1 colorless.  If you use that add 1 colorless ability in a turn, the land is now tapped so you can't use the other ability that turn.  If you use the exile ability in a turn, you can't use the land to add 1 colorless.  It is one or the other.
OP, compare:

": add to your mana pool"
to ": add one mana of any color to your mana pool"

The second one is much better than the first. (and if the first one did what you thought it did, there would be no need for the second wording)

Hope that helps

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Not bad. But what happens flavor wise when one kamahl kills the other one?
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That makes no sense to me. If they spelled the ability out on the card in full then it would not be allowed in a mono-black Commander deck, but because they used a keyword to save space it is allowed? ~ Tim
Yup, just like you can have Birds of paradise in a mono green deck but not Noble Hierarch. YAY COLOR IDENTITY
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You want to make a milky drink. You squeeze a cow.
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And no judge will ever give you a game loss for playing snow covered lands.
I now have a new goal in life. ;)
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