5 Best Color Combinations for MTG: Which Colors Should You Use?

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Best Color Combinations for MTG

In our guide to MTG names for color combinations, we briefly touched on all the color combinations in Magic: the Gathering. There are plenty of choices when it comes to color, and this can make building a deck confusing.

That’s why we decided to make this list of what we feel are the best color combinations for MTG. We’ll also talk about how you can choose the right colors for your decks, as well as discuss some common questions people have about the colors in the game.

Choosing the Right Combination for Your Deck

When you first set out to build a deck in Magic: the Gathering, one of the earliest considerations you’ll likely make are the colors being used. This immediately narrows down your options and makes it easier to start homing in a theme or strategy, as each color has its own strengths and weaknesses.

But from a mere five colors, there are quite a few different combinations to experiment with. This means that deciding on a single color or combination can be quite overwhelming initially. So, how do you choose the best combination for you?

One thing to think about is the types of strategies you enjoy most. If you like building armies of creatures to attack with, you’ll want to use colors that excel at producing creatures, such as green or red.

Some decks are also better at combos than others. If you want to build a deck that features lots of crazy combos and card interactions, you may want to at a minimum consider using blue.

Another thing to think about is the format you’re going to be playing. Different formats in the game play differently from each other, and there are combinations that are therefore better suited to specific formats. Commander, for instance, is quite different from Standard.

In Commander, you can use most cards from Magic’s vast repertoire, so virtually any color combination is possible. Standard limits you to a handful of the most recent sets. Given that some colors are simply more powerful in certain sets than others, you may be forced to use a particular color because the current meta demands it in Standard.

Best Color Combinations for MTG

Now, let’s show you the color combinations we picked. Bear in mind that these are our opinions. These are the color combinations we feel are strongest overall at this point in time.

This may change in the future. The power of colors generally waxes and wanes as new sets and cards are released.

Simic (Blue-Green)

Tatyova, Benthic Druid

When you mix blue and green together, you get a color combination known as Simic. This has been a popular color combo for a few years now.

Individually, blue and green are already strong. When you combine them, you get access to both vast libraries of historically powerful cards.

Blue is great when it comes counterspells and card draw. Green, on the other hand, is an excellent color for ramping and casting large creatures. Ramping into large creatures and stopping opponents from casting their own best spells will be things that are easy for a Simic deck.

Dimir (Blue-Black)

Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow

Want something with a slightly more nefarious feel to it? Consider using blue and black to create a Dimir deck.

The reason Dimir is so good is for reasons similar to Simic: both employ colors that are already strong on their own. By combining them, you merely expand your options to include even more strong cards.

You’ll still get the powerful counterspelling abilities of blue here, but then you also get access to something black does well: board wipes and kill spells. The result is a deck that’s generally controlling, stopping opponents’ strategies from going smoothly.

This combination also does unblockable creatures really well. It can be a good choice for creatures that have effects triggered by dealing combat damage to a player.

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Izzet (Blue-Red)

Niv-Mizzet, Parun

You’ve probably noticed that so far, the color combinations we’ve picked include a lot of blue, right? That’s because blue is honestly just that good.

It’s not shocking that we’ve decided to add another blue-based combo to this list: Izzet, also known as blue and red. Izzet decks are kind of like the epitome of the glass cannon stereotype.

They’re wonderful for bizarre combinations that really hurt your opponents and creatures that synergize with each other. These decks are typically a combination of both fast-moving and controlling archetypes.  

Golgari (Green-Black)

Meren of Clan Nel Toth

When you whip out a Golgari (green-black) deck, everyone else at the table can probably accurately guess what you’re going to be doing. Decks from this color combo are among the best when it comes to graveyard interaction.

We recommend this strong color duo for anyone who wants to continuously bring creatures and other permanents back from beyond the grave. Another strategy these colors work well at is creating tokens or buffing specific creatures with +1/+1 counters.

If you’re interested in building a Commander deck with these colors, we’ve got a list of the best MTG green black Commanders for your consideration.

Gruul (Green-Red)

Omnath, Locus of Rage

Out of all the color combinations on this list, Gruul is probably the most straightforward one. Both colors involved, red and green, are well-known for their ability to produce large creatures for stomping opponents with.

If you build a Gruul deck, you probably have something that’s extremely aggressive, capable of getting large creatures onto the battlefield quickly. The green in it will allow you to rapidly build a sizable mana base, and both colors will give you tons of huge creatures to make enemies tremble in their boots.

Color Combination Questions

What are the best three-color combinations in MTG?

Like two-color combos, there are plenty of three-color options to choose from. Currently, we feel the two best three-color combinations to consider are Jund (red, green, and black) and Naya (red, green, and white).

Both color combinations have deck themes that are very popular now. A mid-range Jund deck, for example, can be quite powerful with the oppressive nature of black and the aggressive natures of red and green.

Naya is a great color combination for those who want to play an army of creatures. Red and green will give Naya players a large plethora of monsters to populate the battlefield with, and white will offer them enchantments or board wipes to level the playing field.

What is the most powerful color?

As you might have guessed based on the color combinations we chose, most would consider blue to be one of the strongest colors in Magic: the Gathering. The reason for that is that it excels in some of the best strategies the game has to offer.

For instance, blue is one of the best colors for card draw, which is one of the strongest strategies in the game. Blue also excels at counterspelling, and you can see why stopping your opponents from casting spells would be so powerful.

What is the weakest MTG color?

At this point in time, it would probably be fairly safe to say that white is one of the weaker colors in the game. Unfortunately, white’s strengths – which include life gain and enchantments – are generally not as strong as other strategies.

Furthermore, white lacks some crucial abilities, like ramp and card draw. One of the hardest things about building a white deck is that you’ll often find yourself unable to cast spells at the higher end of your mana curve since white ramp is almost entirely nonexistent.

That’s not to say it’s impossible to build a white deck. You can still do so, but you may want to think about mixing it with another color or thinking about artifacts you can use for ramp and card draw.

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Why is Blue U in MTG?

When the names of colors are abbreviated, you may see that blue is oftentimes listed as “U.” The reason for this is simple: blue isn’t the only mana color in the game that stars with ‘B.’

U is used to differentiate blue and black from each other. If you’re wondering why U instead of, say, L, it’s because U was the first color in the word “blue” that wasn’t already assigned to another type of card.

Mark Rosewater, the game’s head designer, discusses this in further detail in one of the episodes of his podcast.

Wrap Up

The color combinations we chose for this list were selected as a matter of opinion. Don’t assume that color combinations we didn’t mention are totally worthless.

At the end of the day, the most important part of a deck isn’t necessarily the color you’ve chosen. Sometimes, it’s not even the type of cards you chose to incorporate. We think that the most important part is the person playing a deck – your knowledge, skill level, and experience will all contribute most to how well your deck is built and how well it plays.