You may pay rather than pay the mana cost for spells that you cast.
If you pay rather than pay the mana cost of a spell with in its mana cost, the only legal choice for X is 0.
You canâ€™t pay more than one alternative cost for a spell. For example, you canâ€™t cast a spell using its flashback ability by paying . Likewise, you canâ€™t pay to cast a creature with morph face down.
This is an alternative cost to cast a spell.
Note that combining this card with Mycosynth Lattice from the Darksteel set means that all spells can be cast for five mana of any type (colored or colorless).