The Vanilla test is a comparison of a creature's mana cost to its power and toughness. This is a reference to a “Vanilla” creature; a creature with. The Vanilla Test uses vanilla minions as a base. As these minions have no text, they provide a base level for us to compare minions of different. The Vanilla Test is used by players to assess the merit of any given creature card based only on its Converted Mana Cost (CMC), and its power.