I was browsing some old decklists, when i realised the importance of Mana Leak in the Magic the Gathering universe. This single card, in my humble opinion, seems to be cream of the crop for any standard deck in that season. As it seems that each time Mana Leak was legal fro standard play (without a better counterspell) it has proven successful winning World titles or featuring multiple appearances in that year’s top 8.

here is a quick brief about appearances :

2003 – Mana Leak Featured in 4 of the top 8 decks (with a total count of 15 cards). It took the 3 of the top 4 positions (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th).

2004 – affinity year. Even if the Affinity was faster than Mana leak tempo, it still featured in Nassif’s UW control as a 4-of. It was also in another slot of the T8 in an Affinity deck. IT was featured in the top8, 7th and 8th positions.

2005 – Again Mana Leak featured top 8 with 3 slots, the 5th, 6th and 8th.

2006 – Zoo Age. Even if the deck were faster, or they featured combos where mana leak proved little, the japanese Magic school brought the U Tron control with 2 mana leaks that took 2nd and 8th that year.

2010 – Titans. This is the year the Wizards decided to reprint it into Standard format. This is the year that the spell broke out and  is the best for mana leak as it proved to be the best counter spell in the format. It featured in 6 decks out of the top8, The only decks that are not playing it, are the decks that do not play blue. It took 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 8th.

It looks like that the Mana leak spell is becoming the staple counter spell of the last Standard format. It is hard to imagine a blue deck without it.

As long as it remains in standard it will surely find its place among any T8. Will remain in doubt if it will be reprinted. It proved the best among many other counter spells that are in the format :  Dispel, Spell Pierce, Mindbreak trap, Cancel, Stoic Rebuttal, Negate, Flashfreeze, Steel Sabotage, Fuel for the cause, Halt Order.

So at the 2 CC slot mana leak remain the best counterspell for the 2011, at least until the rotation of M2011 core set (1st October).