Some terms have an unofficial but widely known meaning in Magic jargon. For example, a "cantrip" is a spell that lets you draw a card, and a "bear" is a vanilla 2/2 (with "vanilla" having its own meaning!)

What about a card that produces mana like Sol Ring, Rakdos Signet, or Talisman of Indulgence? Do they have an unofficial name?


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The canonical name for these seems to be 'Mana Rocks', probably so named after one of the very first, Fellwar Stone.

  • The number of Google results is impressive. This does indeed appear to be an accepted term.
    – ikegami
    Nov 29, 2012 at 9:58
  • Does a Mox count as a "Mana Rock"? How about a Black Lotus? Surely not! Nov 29, 2012 at 10:58
  • I'm pretty sure the name refers to the Moxes, not Fellwar Stone.
    – bwarner
    Nov 29, 2012 at 14:13
  • I'm less sure it refers to the Moxes (though not entirely sure it refers to Fellwar Stone either); the term seems to have primarily originated in EDH/Commander play, where moxen are outright banned. It's more likely than anything else, I suppose, to be an offshoot of 'brown' as the color of artifacts and the notion of artifacts as generically being mineral of some sort or another. Nov 29, 2012 at 20:37
  • "Mox" is typically a term to itself meaning a 0-cost artifact that produces mana.
    – WLPhoenix
    Dec 6, 2012 at 20:57

"Mana Rocks" might be a genuine term, but I don't think it's a particularly useful one, as it's not very descriptive of the use of these cards.

If I was talking about this class of card, in a way more likely to explain why I'd want to include some in my decks, I'd just go for "artifact-based mana acceleration". I know this answers your question less well than Steven's answer, but on the other hand I, and I'm sure many others, would never use the term "mana rocks"!

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