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Top 10 Best Two-Mana Dorks in MTG – Riley Ranks

We’ve all seen the classic one-drop mana dorks: Birds of Paradise, Llanowar Elves, Noble Hierarch. One-drops tend to just offer you one extra mana and very little else – but if you jump up to the two-drop slot, all of a sudden you’re getting mana dorks with significant upside. Whether it’s producing more than one mana, providing some sort of utility in combat, growing their own stats or even being the centerpiece of a powerful combo, some of Magic’s two-drop mana dorks have ended up being extremely powerful cards in their own right. Let’s have a look at some of the best of them!

 

 

10. Llanowar Loamspeaker

Llanowar Loamspeaker

Coming up in Dominaria United, I’m interested to see how Llanowar Loamspeaker performs. We’ve seen two-drop mana dorks that end up turning into more sizeable threats as the game goes long (Drover of the Mighty, Reclusive Taxidermist), but Llanowar Loamspeaker seems to have the potential to be a reusable source of decent threats that never has to get into combat itself. A steady stream of 3/3 attackers is a reasonable way to mitigate mana flood, so I reckon Llanowar Loamspeaker might just end up being a pretty good card. 

9. Wall of Roots

Wall of Roots

Wall of Roots was once a Constructed staple, particularly in Modern, where it powered up creature-focused midrange decks with sacrifice subthemes such as Birthing Pod (RIP, taken from us too soon). The glory days of Wall of Roots are probably behind it, but it still sees play here and there in Modern’s Yawgmoth deck, as well as in various EDH decks led by commanders such as Arcades, the Strategist, Prime Speaker Vannifar and Tayam, Luminous Enigma, where its very strange -0/-1 counters can really come in handy!

8. Sylvan Caryatid

Sylvan Caryatid

Sylvan Caryatid is just about the gold standard for five-color fixing when you don’t have access to Birds of Paradise. These days it sees play in Pioneer’s Five-Color Niv to Light, of course, but it has a history that goes back a long way before that. It was a Standard powerhouse when Theros was around, but in Modern it did its best work in a combo deck with Jeskai Ascendancy. With hexproof, you were much closer to guaranteeing your untappable mana dork would survive and provide you with the colors you need while you churn through your deck with cantrips and eventually win with an unearthed Fatestitcher

7. Overgrown Battlement

Overgrown Battlement

“Defender tribal” is a reasonably popular archetype in EDH, with Arcades, the Strategist the unquestioned favorite when leading your walls into battle. And, according to EDHRec, 96 percent of Wall decks play Overgrown Battlement. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, as the card can produce a colossal amount of mana while also acting as a 4/4 in combat with Arcades (or High Alert or Assault Formation) out. A two-mana 4/4 that can generate upwards of five mana a turn? Doesn’t sound too bad to me!

6. Sanctum Weaver

Sanctum Weaver

Any deck looking to play a lot of enchantments will include Sanctum Weaver as a matter of course. This card is very common in enchantment-based EDH decks of all kinds: Shrines with Go-Shintai of Life’s Origin, Sultai Frogchantress with Tatsunari, Toad Rider and of course classic Enchantress with Sythis, Harvest’s Hand. Sanctum Weaver also hangs out in Modern, as there is a Naya Enchantress deck hanging around the fringes of the format that plays Sythis and Destiny Spinner in addition to Sanctum Weaver, with efficient removal like On Thin Ice and incredible disruption like Blood Moon

5. Priest of Titania

Priest of Titania

Elves decks are all about generating absurd amounts of mana, and one card that helps them get there is Priest of Titania. While it’s not played in the classic Legacy Elves for the simple reason it doesn’t create mana the turn it comes down, unlike Heritage Druid or Birchlore Rangers, it’s still popular in EDH Elf decks for very good reason. There aren’t many mana dorks that can reliably tap for five or more mana, and in any Elf deck worth its salt, Priest of Titania is essentially just a 2/1 Gaea’s Cradle – except it costs $5, rather than $1,000. 

4. Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary

Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary

But when it comes to absurd amounts of mana from a two-drop, it’s difficult to beat Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary. Not legal in anything forward of Legacy and banned in Commander, we don’t see a lot of Rofellos around the traps, unfortunately – I don’t know if you’ve ever got to play with this card (perhaps in a Cube or something like that), but it is truly broken in half. Rofellos routinely taps for three mana when you untap with him, and usually a lot more as the game continues. It’s a shame he’s banned in Commander – he’s obviously too good as a commander, fair enough, but being banned from the format altogether is overkill, I think. 

3. Bloom Tender

Bloom Tender

For a long time, Bloom Tender was just about the most expensive mana dork in existence (outside of $80 Noble Hierarchs back in 2018). This was due to the huge demand for it in Commander, a demand that wasn’t met by supply as Bloom Tender had never been reprinted. Until now, that is – Double Masters 2022 has caused Bloom Tender to plummet in cost, bringing this infamous mana dork down to a much more reasonable price line. An essential piece of ramp in permanent-heavy four and five-color decks, Bloom Tender can ramp you pretty swiftly, especially in decks like Esika and Atraxa, where the commanders themselves provide the colors needed for Bloom Tender to spew out huge amounts of mana. 

2. Giada, Font of Hope

Giada, Font of Hope

It’s odd to have a non-green mana dork on this list at all, let alone so high on it, but Giada is just that good. Completely changing the game for Angels decks, Giada has quickly become the most popular commander for Angel tribal in EDH, and that’s not all. She’s a mainstay in Collected Company Angel decks in Pioneer, Explorer and Historic, and even sees a bit of play here and there in Standard. Giving white an actual factual mana dork, even a very narrow one, has had serious repercussions for the Angel tribe – but we can’t forget about her second ability, of course, that means successive Angels quickly become absolute monsters without you lifting a finger!

1. Devoted Druid

Devoted Druid

Coming in at the top of this list is a quiet, unassuming, and – at first blush – somewhat unimpressive mana dork, Devoted Druid. Its 0/2 stat line isn’t anything to write home about, and while you can use it twice in a single turn with its second ability, isn’t Wall of Roots just better if you want to do that, as it can be done more than once? Well, as you probably know, Devoted Druid’s real power comes from the fact that it can be combined with cards like Vizier of Remedies (and now Myrkul, Lord of Bones, Swift Reconfiguration and Luxior, Giada’s Gift as well) to make infinite mana. That in and of itself was enough to have it become the centerpiece of a powerful Modern combo deck that ruled the roost for a long time – as a mana dork that can create infinite mana, it’s not surprising to see it at number one!

 

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