Quote from VeloxiraptorSometimes I feel like the word "interactivity" around here is akin to the word "electrolytes" in sports drinks. The public doesn't really know what it means, but they figure it's a good thing to have.
Quote from Stairc »If the diamond symbol means 1 then we have cards saying the same thing in two different ways within the same limited format. Slightly awkward.
Quote from Piar »I think the biggest point leading towards it being backwards compatible is Kozilek's Channeler.
Quote from Piar »I'll refer to colorless mana and generic costs. I believe that cards like Kozilek's Channeler indicate that colorless mana is synonymous with <> mana and will be errata'ed/explained to be the same thing. The "coincidence" between having Kozilek's legendary card have two <> mana symbols in the cost and Kozilek's Channeler producing two colorless mana seems very intentional. Since we haven't seen <> costs before, and the cards show generic costs paired with <> costs on the same card, there must be a distinction between the two.
Quote from Mark Rosewater »piaco asked: Rules-wise, is there a practical difference between colorless mana and generic mana, or is "generic mana" just a slang for "mana of any kind"?
Colorless mana is mana that has no color. It is a type of mana.
Generic mana is a cost which can be paid for using any mana including both colorless mana and colored mana. It is a type of cost.
The two get confused because we use a number in a mana circle to represent both.
Take the Sol Ring that’s been printed in Commander decks. The 1 in the mana circle in the upper right corner is the mana cost of the card and it is a generic mana cost in that you can spend any color or colorless to pay for it.
The 2 in the mana circle in the rules text is a type of mana it produces which happens to be two colorless mana.