| Mana |
It is usually referred to as the cards put into your mana zone.
The mana cost of a card (seen in the upper left-hand corner of a card) is the amount of mana needed to use that card. In order to pay the cost, you tap cards in your mana zone until the amount reaches the number on the card. However, the mana used must include at least 1 mana from the same civilization as the card you are about to use
The mana value of a card (seen at the bottom of the card) is a gameplay characteristic, displayed by an upside-down number that indicates the amount and civilization of mana that is created when that card is tapped in your mana zone. As the cards in the mana zone are flipped vertically, the mana value can be seen the correct way up by the owner of the card. Although there are some exceptions, the mana value of a card is usually 1. Specific certain card abilities can alter the mana number to other amounts such as 2 or 3.
A multicolored card that is put into the mana zone always enters tapped.
The Mana Zone (placed as said above) is where cards are placed upside-down to pay a mana cost. There is no restriction as to what civilizations can be in your mana zone. On each turn, it is optional to put a card here. If you do, you may only put a single card into the mana zone each turn, unless dictated by a card effect (such as Faerie Life or Shrine of Rebirth).
- For cards that allow you to put extra cards into your mana zone, see Mana Acceleration
- For cards that put cards from your opponents mana zone into his graveyard, see Mana Burn
- For cards that allow you to put cards from your mana zone back into your hand, see Mana Recovery
- For cards that put cards in the battle zone into a mana zone, see Mana Feed.
- For cards that lower the mana cost of your cards, see Cost Reduction