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MTG: Best Colorless Cards From March Of The Machine

Sep 08, 2023

Grab these colorless cards to help you plan for any deck you're building.

March of the Machine is loaded with all sorts of impressive and powerful Magic: The Gathering cards that are good across multiple formats. Whether you’re looking for your next piece of Commander tech or even trying to find a new battle card to fit into any deck, March of the Machine has a lot of good answers for you.

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If you can imagine, March of the Machine is a little light on colorless and artifact cards, but that doesn't mean that there are not some extremely impressive options. Knowing what cards are good in different formats is key to winning games in all formats, from Commander to Limited.

The optimal way to play Halo Hopper is for free, and with its convoke ability, that will likely be happening more often than you think. Convoke is a returning mechanic that lets you tap creatures instead of lands to help cast your spells. Since Halo Hopper is a colorless artifact creature, you don't need to tap specific colored creatures to meet mana value commitments.

Halo Hopper will likely see the most play in limited formats and, with its affinity-like casting cost reduction, can give you a free or very cheap creature. This little Frog can trade up in blocks, making it a fine early-game creature to play, and it can come down as early as turn two if you played a creature on turn one.

An all-around great common vehicle, Flywheel Racer combines card games and motorcycles together for a neat Limited beater and mana ramper. At just two mana this 3/2 Vehicle has a crew cost of just one, making it extremely easy to turn into a creature. Since it has vigilance, too, you can animate it, attack an open board, and then use it to produce mana on your second main phase.

Creatures that tap each other to produce mana aren't new to Magic, but haven't always been on vehicles. Flywheel Racer is effectively a Springleaf Drum that can also smack your opponent's life total or chump block in a pinch.

Another primarily Limited creature, Phyrexian Archivist is a beefy body despite being an evil bookworm. You can pay two mana and tap it to return a card from a graveyard on the bottom of its owner's library. You can use this defensively to prevent yourself from getting milled out if your deck is getting low or offensively if your opponent is trying to reanimate a specific card from their graveyard.

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There's a fun bit of flavor here since this card is the Phyrexianized version of Cogwork Archivist from Strixhaven: School of Mages. It has reach because, as a librarian, it needed long arms to reach books high on the shelves, and now as a Phyrexian, it needs those long arms to catch anyone fleeing the library.

A mana fixing all-star in Limited formats, Skittering Surveyor is one of the best ways to ensure you’re hitting your later game land drops in whatever color you need most. With an enter the battlefield trigger, you get to search your library for a basic land and put it straight into your hand, smoothing out your mid to late-game land drops and helping you catch up if you’re missing a color.

March of the Machine has all sorts of mana-heavy legendary creatures and huge spells that require tons of mana. If you’re playing three or more colors in a deck, it's a good plan to draft a few of these to keep your mana smooth as can be.

The last of the limited bombs, Urn of Godfire can help filter mana if you’re short on a color or be used as a late-game removal spell. Paying two mana to get one mana back doesn't feel great, even in Limited formats like Sealed and Draft, but it can be a way to get the mana you need if you’re short a color.

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The real power comes from Urn of Godfire's second ability to destroy a creature or enchantment by paying six mana and sacrificing the Urn. It is a bit mana intensive, but it's a removal spell that can just sit on the table until you need it.

The only colorless battle card to be released in March of the Machine, the Invasion of Ravnica is a very specific removal spell that exiles a nonland permanent that isn't exactly two colors, which is on theme given all the guilds on Ravnica.

Once you remove all the battle counters from Invasion of Ravnica it becomes Guildpact Paragon, a 5/5 creature that helps you dig for two-colored cards. When you cast a spell that is exactly two colors, you get to look at the top six cards of your library, picking a card that is also exactly two colors from among them and adding it to your hand. If you fill your deck with tons of two-colored spells, you’ll constantly be rewarded for your deck building.

The key to Elesh Norn's new Invasion, Realmbreaker, the Invasion Tree is a Commander powerhouse. For just two mana, you can make an opponent mill three cards, stealing a land from their graveyard and adding it to your field.

While a bit situational, you can steal lands that were already in the graveyard before you milled them, letting you grab any fetch lands that they might have cracked earlier in the game. Then, once you have ten lands, you can sacrifice Realmbreaker to grab any number of Praetor cards from your deck and put them directly into play. There are three cards for each of the New Phyrexian Praetors, plus Gix, Yawgmoth Praetor, and two other creatures that have the type, giving you up to eighteen creatures for just ten mana.

The last of the Mirran Sword cycle, Sword of Once and Future completes the cycle by giving your equipped creature protection from blue and black and then two powerful abilities based on those colors when it deals combat damage.

Sword of Once and Future does require some planning to maximize your surveil triggers and free spells. There are tons of spells that cost two or less mana, especially ones that either draw you a card when it resolves or help you to dig deeper for answers.

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Ryan Hay (He/Him) is a freelance writer who loves all games and has written for publications including ScreenRant, DailyEsportsgg, and Upcomer. Send him all your hottest bad game takes on Twitter.