Color Combo Names?

  • #1
    I hate making a thread that probably won't spawn a lot of discussion, but this has gotten me curious. I have a friend who is rather new to Magic and just now started moving beyond mono-colored decks. Every time he builds a new color combination, I tell him the "name" of the color combo (Like UR being Izzet) and explain where it came from. But there are some 3-color combos which don't have names, as far as I know.

    Most of the color pair names are obvious.

    GW = Selesnya (Any other names for this color pair?)
    BW = Orzhov
    RW = Boros
    UW = Azorious (Any other name for this color pair?)
    UB = Dimir
    RB = Rakdos
    GB = Golgari
    UR = Izzet
    GU = Simic
    GR= Gruul

    RGW = Naya
    UBW = Esper
    UBR = Grixis
    GBR = Jund
    UGW = Bant
    BGW = The Rock (where did this name come from?)
    RUG = ???
    RWU = ??? America? France? XD
    BWR = ???
    GUB = ???

    WURBG = ???


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  • #2
    Pretty sure ROCK came from the deck type. no wedge names yet. I thought 5 color was domain.
  • #3
    Quote from xinpig
    Pretty sure ROCK came from the deck type. no wedge names yet. I thought 5 color was domain.


    Well I remember the Rock deck, at least the one from Ravnica, because I played it. But I can't remember why it was named that.


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  • #4
    BGW = Necra
    RUG = Ceta
    RWU = Raka
    BWR = Dega
    GUB = Ana

    WURBG = Coalition. Also, Rainbow.

    It's my understanding that the wedge names aren't as popular as the arc names in part because color combos didn't really pick up nicknames until Ravnica block, and when Alara rolled around players were already used to saying "oh, I'm running Orzhov colors" so the arcs just picked up shard names. Also, WotC doesn't seem to have tried as hard to make things like Ceta Sanctuary really resonate with players, so the whole "wedge colors matter" thing didn't really produce any nicknames that stuck.
  • #5
    Quote from ShadowFenril
    Well I remember the Rock deck, at least the one from Ravnica, because I played it. But I can't remember why it was named that.


    Rock is the name of a BGx midrange archetype based around creatures that gain card advantage, discard and efficient removal. IIRC the first Rock deck ran Phyrexian something (the one that can sac creatures to give -2/-2 or himself to give -4/-4) and Deranged Hermit as the primary creatures. Jund is an example of BRG rock and Elf Rock from Lorwyn standard was an example of BG tribal rock.
  • #6
    BGW = Necra
    RUG = Ceta
    RWU = Raka
    BWR = Dega
    GUB = Ana

    WURBG = Coalition. Also, Rainbow.


    That's right! How could I forget the Volvers and Sanctuaries from MM. I guess I didn't think of them because they're not technically multicolor cards.

    The names sound a little odd for deck color combinations, though. Frown

    Rock is the name of a BGx midrange archetype based around creatures that gain card advantage, discard and efficient removal. IIRC the first Rock deck ran Phyrexian something (the one that can sac creatures to give -2/-2 or himself to give -4/-4) and Deranged Hermit as the primary creatures. Jund is an example of BRG rock and Elf Rock from Lorwyn standard was an example of BG tribal rock.


    Phyrexian Plaguelord? It's always interesting to see what cards were used in combination back in the day. I always figured that the deck originated with some combo of Spiritmonger, Vindicate and Pernicious Deed, but I've never known /why/ it was called "The Rock". Is it because it's as hard as a rock? Is it named after Alcatraz? The wrestler? Because it rocks your world? :p
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  • #7
    As I remember hearing it "the Rock" got its name because of the pro wrestler. There was a line about him floating around years ago that went something like "The Rock and his millions" (or minions, or something). Phyrexian Plaguelord was "the Rock" and token creatures were his "millions".

    Rock decks were orignally :symb::symg: but I think adding white got popular after Doran the Explorer came along. Not sure about this last bit, though.

    EDIT: Apparently Deranged Hermit's squirrel tokens were "the millions"
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  • #8
    You can always refer to the Bling Dragons for the enemy tri-colors.

    Intet, the Dreamer, Teneb, the Harvester, Numot, the Devastator(Most call it America), Oros, the Avenger, Vorosh, the Hunter

    WUBRG Is either called WUBRG("Woo - berg"), 5-color, or rainbow.

    P.S. For wedges, you can just call them BUG, RUG, RWU, WBR, and BGW.
    There aren't really any definitive names.
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  • #9
    I'd say the Apocalypse names are as "definitive" as the names of the Ravnica guilds or Alara shards. The only difference is they're much older and weren't as heavily pushed. Until they make new names for the wedges, though, there's really nothing better to call them.
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  • #10
    We have some local names for the ones you had unnamed

    RUG is rug (pronounced like the floor covering)
    WUR is america-______ (control, aggro, etc...)
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  • #11
    Quote from Teia Rabishu
    I'd say the Apocalypse names are as "definitive" as the names of the Ravnica guilds or Alara shards. The only difference is they're much older and weren't as heavily pushed. Until they make new names for the wedges, though, there's really nothing better to call them.


    Or you could just call them by the colors they are.
  • #12
    Quote from DerBoten
    As I remember hearing it "the Rock" got its name because of the pro wrestler. There was a line about him floating around years ago that went something like "The Rock and his millions" (or minions, or something). Phyrexian Plaguelord was "the Rock" and token creatures were his "millions".

    Rock decks were orignally :symb::symg: but I think adding white got popular after Doran the Explorer came along. Not sure about this last bit, though.

    EDIT: Apparently Deranged Hermit's squirrel tokens were "the millions"


    I think the White splash became popular before that with Ravnica. As I said, I played the Roxodon Hierarchy deck during Rav Standard (With stuff like Loxodon Hierarch, Putrefy, Mortify and it was one of my favorite decks ever.

    I also remember American Control with Lightning Angel and Numot, the Devastator. Grin

    I suppose the Apoc. names are fine for now. Until we get Anti-Shards. Grin


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  • #13
    Wow I feel old. I'm glad you all pieced together where "The Rock" came from.

    I call the the enemy tri-colors wedge blue URG or wedge green GBU.

    Domain is the common name for 5-color too.
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  • #14
    "Bug" (like the things you squish) and "Rug" like the floor covering are pretty popular for those wedges.

    Usually people don't say my Selesna deck unless they are using thematic contents because these names tend to be shortcuts and W/G Tokens or whatever is just easier than Selesna Tokens.
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  • #15
    Quote from DerBoten
    As I remember hearing it "the Rock" got its name because of the pro wrestler. There was a line about him floating around years ago that went something like "The Rock and his millions" (or minions, or something). Phyrexian Plaguelord was "the Rock" and token creatures were his "millions".


    Yep. Someone on The Dojo named it that IIRC. The Rock used to have a catch phrase that went: "the millions *deep breath in* AND MILLIONS of the Rock's fans".
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  • #16
    Quote from ShadowFenril

    Phyrexian Plaguelord? It's always interesting to see what cards were used in combination back in the day. I always figured that the deck originated with some combo of Spiritmonger, Vindicate and Pernicious Deed, but I've never known /why/ it was called "The Rock". Is it because it's as hard as a rock? Is it named after Alcatraz? The wrestler? Because it rocks your world? :p


    The Spiritmonger/Vindicate/Deed version came out in Apocalypse, but iirc the original version was around in the Urza block after the combo decks were banned.
  • #17
    For the wedges, we usually just go BUG, RUG (pronounced like the actual words), Rock or Junk (don't care that they aren't correct based on the history), American/America and Oros. Oros just works for that color combo.

    A weird note, the word Oros (BRW) is Boros (RW) without the B, yet the color combination is Boros + Black (or B). Shouldn't it be the other way around?
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  • #18
    Quote from ShadowFenril
    I hate making a thread that probably won't spawn a lot of discussion, but this has gotten me curious. I have a friend who is rather new to Magic and just now started moving beyond mono-colored decks. Every time he builds a new color combination, I tell him the "name" of the color combo (Like UR being Izzet) and explain where it came from. But there are some 3-color combos which don't have names, as far as I know.

    Most of the color pair names are obvious.

    ...


    These are what I work with (over the rock and america often)

    RWB = Numot
    BGW = Teneb
    RUG = Intet
    BWR = Oros
    GUB = Vorosh (or occasionally a Bug deck (because of the codes Black blUe Green))

    WURBG = Wooberg
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  • #19
    Obviously you would label them the following:

    WBR Fervent Charge
    GUB Fungal Shambler
    BRG Guided Passage
    RWU America
    BGW Doran (Doran, the Siege-Tower)

    Seriously though, Rock and America are the only "obvious" ones. The others are yet to really get there.

    I personally like "Neapolitan" for WBR, especially since it's in the correct sequence as printed on Fervent Charge and Oros, the Avenger.
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  • #20
    Quote from the_cardfather
    Usually people don't say my Selesna deck unless they are using thematic contents because these names tend to be shortcuts and W/G Tokens or whatever is just easier than Selesna Tokens.


    Likewise, thematics are why I don't like using Ravnica guild names unless the guild is somehow involved. Everyone accepts, say, R/W Aggro in Standard as "Boros," but I consider it far less Boros-y than my Razia EDH (although taking the step back to name it Boros shows more creativity than most deck names these days).
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  • #21
    WURBG = 5c and if it's obvious, which color is missing (for example Zoo is very probably missing blue), a 4-color combination is 4c, otherwise it's always the letters ordered by the importance in the deck, the most important capitalized and if more than one color are close to equal in importance, each of them is capitalized. UBr Affinity, GWR Zoo, 5c control and Ugrw Faeries are examples of decks I have played.
  • #22
    This is how I refer to decks of a given color configuration:

    GW = Selesnya
    BW = Orzhov
    RW = Boros
    UW = Azorius
    UB = Dimir
    RB = Rakdos
    GB = The Rock (because the Original Rock was just Green and Black)
    UR = Izzet
    GU = Simic
    GR= Gruul

    RGW = Naya
    UBW = Esper
    UBR = Grixis
    GBR = Jund
    UGW = Bant
    BGW = Teneb
    RUG = Rug
    RWU = Wur
    BWR = Oros
    GUB = Bug

    WURBG = Domain

    Of course my naming either has to do with convenience, learned habit, or knowing the origin of a given type of deck.
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  • #23
    I'd change BUG to Weed Farm
    The reason for this is that UG is a manipulative colour (I am Canadian) or in a sense a trippy colour and the colours BG are related to the Golgori which are sort of the producers and UB is sort of the mindmelding colour combo
  • #24
    RUG, BUG, Doran, USA and War for the wedges. I reckon it's relatively obvious which.
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  • #25
    I'm surprised no one has mentioned BGW being called "Junk". That's what I think of when I need to call that color combination something.

    Also, while RWU being called "America" or something like that is very intuitive, I don't use it because of the BUG Legacy deck "Team America", which is probably more notable and has a name with more staying power than any RWU deck.
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