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How to build a budget-friendly manabase for a 5-color deck?

Here are the lands that will work in a 5 color deck, I ordered them in roughly the order I think they are helpful speed wise to an EDH deck and will include the lands you already run for completeness. ...
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Is it possible to generate mana at instant speed when tapped out

You asked two different questions. For both, we are assuming that the opponent is tapped out with no relevant mana abilities on the field. It possible for my opponent to generate mana at instant ...
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Could I use old lands for a standard MTG deck?

As long as a card is legal in a format, you may use any printing of that card in that format, regardless of how old it is. Since basic lands are printed all the time and are legal in all formats, any ...
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Is it possible to generate mana at instant speed when tapped out

As an extension of Rainbolt's answer, anything that depends only on Phyrexian mana could be played. E.g. Mental Misstep
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Why do people play mana dorks instead of mana enchantments?

There's a lot of reasons why mana creatures are preferred over auras, some are very specific, others are more general: Search - An early game play in some decks is to Green Sun's Zenith for 0 or 1,...
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Is Heritage Druid's ability limited by summoning sickness?

According to gatherer it is not impacted by summoning sickness since it doesn't have the tap symbol. Since Heritage Druid’s activated ability doesn’t have a tap symbol in its cost, you can tap ...
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Can # Colorless pay Colorless Mana?

Improvise has the following definition in rule 702.125a: Improvise is a static ability that functions while the spell with improvise is on the stack. “Improvise” means “For each generic mana in this ...
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Does a quantified comparison between differing non-basic lands exist?

The limited options in the question aren't directly comparable. Looking at non-basic lands in general, they categorize as follows: Requires a Cost or condition to tap. Filters mana Is throttled ...
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How to build a budget-friendly manabase for a 5-color deck?

Command Tower is a must-include. Besides that, there are pretty much five types of multi-colored lands. Lands that start untapped and have no/minimal drawback (paying 2 life is considered minimal). ...
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Could I use old lands for a standard MTG deck?

Yes, unless they stop being printed in new sets Lands follow the same rules as every other card in Magic, this includes basic lands. All copies1 of a card are legal in standard if a copy is in any ...
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Why do people play mana dorks instead of mana enchantments?

Mana dorks and mana auras have their own strengths and weaknesses that have to be evaluated in the context of the deck as a whole. The main weakness of the creatures is that they are vulnerable to ...
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Why do people play mana dorks instead of mana enchantments?

Land Auras in legacy are a bad idea because of one format defining card called wasteland. In many ways legacy is the wasteland, brainstorm, and force of will format. Mana dorks stand a better chance ...
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How should I determine how many lands of each different color to put in my deck?

Hall of Famer Frank Karsten wrote the definitive article on this question recently. I refer you to that article for the details. The gist is that how many lands producing that color you need depends ...
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How many lands do I need for a Commander deck?

This is actually a more complicated question than it sounds. There's a lot of things that go into deciding how much land goes into a deck, the general rule for minimum is 1/3 of the deck, so in EDH ...
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How would multiple mana doublers stack?

If you have all of those together and you tap a land for mana, Mana Reflection doubles the amount of mana produced by the land's ability, and then Zendikar Resurgent and Mirari's Wake each have an ...
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How do I calculate Mulligan probability?

The probability to draw exactly 3 lands after n attempts (including your first non-mulligan draw) is 1-(1-0.2912)^n, with n<6. With the maximum of 4 mulligans, you have a ~82.1% chance to get a 3-...
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Can # Colorless pay Colorless Mana?

Note that explicitly distinguishing between colorless mana symbols and generic mana symbols is a relatively new thing (says I, who hasn't been really actively playing since the original Ravnica, so ...
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Is it possible to generate mana at instant speed when tapped out

Another extension to both Rainbolt's and Brondahl's answers; as it is somewhat relevant. You say their field is clear of any creatures that are "capable of directly generating mana at instant speed". ...
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Land ratio vs mana curve

Hall of Famer Frank Karsten wrote the definitive analysis for this: How Many Lands Do You Need to Consistently Hit Your Land Drops? The gist is, how many lands do you actually want to have in play? ...
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How many lands do I need for a Commander deck?

It depends on your deck, and the pace you want to play. Are you trying to turn 3-5 combo out the table, are you trying to use politics and hug the table only to backstab your allies an route to ...
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