Literally just cast Mass Manipulation x=5 on turn 4 in Standard.— Sam Black (@SamuelHBlack) May 14, 2019
This led to a little math problem for my followers on Twitter about how this might be possible, and @Untapped_Island got it right:
- Turn 1: Forest, Llanowar Elves.
- Turn 2: Untapped Breeding Pool, Growth Spiral, play Untapped Breeding Pool, play Forest.
- 3 Forest; Nissa, Who Shakes the World (she really does).
- Turn 4 Breeding Pool, tap it, untap it with Nissa: three Breeding Pools plus Nissa untap is UUUUGGGG, three more Forests is another GGGGGG, which is enough to Mass Manipulation for five without even using the Llanowar Elf.
As it happens, my opponent was playing Mono-White Aggro and I was lucky enough that they had exactly five creatures on the battlefield. That draw is fantastically unlikely, but also a real thing that really happened to me.
My very next game, I was playing against Grixis. I mulled to six and kept five lands plus Mass Manipulation and thought I would lose against whatever. When they played Disinformation Campaign and left me with nothing but lands, I thought the game was over for sure, but somehow this spiraled into a long game that I won despite by opponent controlling both Nicol Bolas, the Arisen and Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God at one point.
If you have lands, the top of this library is very live.
Which library, exactly? Great question. Here's the list I've been playing: