The Most Iconic Card in Magic
Black Lotus is the single most valuable normally printed card in the game of Magic printed in a standard set. Printed as one of the Power Nine only in Alpha , Beta and Unlimited , this artifact can provide a free mana boost for any deck. It is restricted in Vintage and banned in Legacy. Christopher Rush drew its original artwork. On February 27th, , a "Gem Mint 9. Originally, Magic did not limit the number of copies of a card you could play in a deck; this allowed first-turn wins with decks comprised of twenty Black Lotus, twenty Channel , and twenty Fireball.
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Black Lotus is the most well-known card in Magic: The Gathering. It was first printed in and is a member of the iconic power nine, which means, like the other members of the power nine, Black Lotus was only printed in the first three sets ever made in Magic — Alpha, Beta, and Unlimited. Its effect is considered as one of the most powerful ever made in MTG, generating three mana of any color at zero mana cost. Black Lotus is famously the most expensive card in Magic with the cheapest on Cardmarket going for well over 2.
The Power Nine are considered to be among the most powerful cards in the game. All nine cards are of the rarest level of rarity and were printed only in the Alpha , Beta , and Unlimited sets in late to early The "Black Lotus" card can be played at zero cost, and grants three mana the game's primary resource when sacrificed discarded from play. Thus, the card gives the player an enormous jump in the early stages of a Magic game. Former Pro player and Magic writer Zvi Mowshowitz has declared Black Lotus as the best card of its type of all time, claiming every deck in the history of the game is better with a Black Lotus in it. The Black Lotus illustration is a depiction of a black lotus flower over a foliage backdrop.