With a Cavern of Souls in play and Eldrazi chosen, I cast Thought-Knot Seer expecting it to be uncounterable.

It has been suggested this is not true if colorless mana is required. What rules prevent the creature form being uncounterable due to the mana used?

  • So this would refer to say a create with CMC 1 and only the Colorless mana symbol? blogs.magicjudges.org/rules/official-rulings - should a create like that be printed Cavern would not work? Dec 23, 2022 at 21:58
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    I added a note in my answer explaining that ruling.
    – murgatroid99
    Dec 23, 2022 at 22:31
  • Do you have another source of colorless mana? In this particular case, that's a very important detail. Dec 25, 2022 at 21:44
  • In a deck with TKS, it wouldn’t be an issue. But I can see circumstances could arise where it’s an issue. Especially early turns and 1-2 CMC creatures that require colorless to cast. Dec 25, 2022 at 21:49

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If you cast Thought-Knot Seer using mana created by Cavern of Souls' second ability, that spell cannot be countered.

Thought-Knot Seer has a mana cost that includes both colorless and generic components. Cavern of Souls' first ability creates colorless mana, but does not make spells uncounterable. Its second ability produces only colored mana, and can make spells uncounterable. That colored mana can be spent to pay the generic component of Thought-Knot Seer's mana cost, and doing so will make it uncounterable.

Regarding the linked ruling that says the following:

If a player uses Cavern of Souls to cast a creature of the chosen type, it’s assumed they use the “can’t be countered” ability unless they explicitly state otherwise.

The only exception is if they require the colorless mana to cast the spell.

Many rules and rulings for tournament play do not directly concern the comprehensive rules, but rather describe default shortcuts and assumptions that should be applied when players communicate in a way that would be ambiguous according to a strict reading of the comprehensive rules.

This particular ruling means that if a player taps lands including Cavern of Souls to cast a creature of the chosen type, it is assumed by default that the player is activating Cavern of Souls' second ability. However, if the cost requires colorless mana and the Cavern's first ability is needed to generate enough colorless mana, the player is assumed to be activating the first ability instead.

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    Regarding the assumption of which ability is used to generate mana, if you're used to announcing which type of mana you're adding (i.e. "I'll tap Cavern of Souls for red mana"), you can relax, because due to both abilities fortunately generating entirely different types of mana, this phrase is unambiguous. Dec 24, 2022 at 10:51
  • For maximum clarity: The second ability is assumed by default, unless casting the spell is not possible that way.
    – Douglas
    Dec 25, 2022 at 5:45

The spell will be uncounterable.

The mana that Cavern of Souls' second ability produces can be of any color (and thus can not be colorless — it has to be white, blue, black, red, or green). Also you do have to use that colored mana for a creature spell of the chosen type. Theoretically that might be impossible, if a creature only required colorless mana. (In 12/2022 there is no spell like that.)

But since you can use your colored mana to spend it on the Thought-Knot Seer for the generic mana part (and add at least one colorless mana), it will be uncounterable due to Cavern of Souls' ability.

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    "The mana Cavern of Souls produces can be of any color (and thus can not be colorless - it has to be white, blue, black, red, or green)." That is false. Its second ability doesn't produce colorless mana, but its first does. If the player doesn't have any other source of colorless mana, then Cavern of Souls must be tapped for colorless mana. Dec 25, 2022 at 2:34

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