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With the release of every new Magic: The Gathering set comes speculation on what the obligatory rare land cycle will look like. Wizards of the Coast has thoroughly explored rare land cycles throughout it’s long running history, utilizing the rather open design space afforded to them to come up with interesting renditions on a game staple. Amonkhet, unsurprisingly, is no exception to this.

Wizards of the Coast released an article today detailing the rare land cycle players can expect to see in Amonkhet – a cycle of five allied-color lands which enter the battlefield unconditionally tapped. However, these lands can also be cycled for two generic mana, allowing players to turn late game dead draws into potential game changing advantage, or fuel cards which rely on graveyard variety (such as Modern’s Tarmogoyf, or cards featuring Delirium).

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Amonkhet’s rare dual land cycle

What’s most unusual about this cycle of lands is that they share the basic land typing found on the original dual lands, the Ravnica shock lands, and the Battle for Zendikar battle lands, meaning that they can be searched for by fetch lands – however, there are currently no fetch lands in Standard, and Research and Development has indicated that it’s very unlikely we’ll see fetch lands reprinted any time soon.

Response from the Magic: The Gathering community has so far been positive, with many players discussing potential combos these cards can be used in, as well as their potential use in the Modern format due to their basic land typing – with some good natured arguing over what the land cycle should be named, as is traditional whenever a new land cycle is introduced.

Amonkhet is slated for release on April 28, 2017. Stay tuned to TechRaptor for more information on Amonkhet and all things Magic: The Gathering.


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My only real complaint is that this cycle of lands isn’t enemy-color, as the current Standard mana base is heavily skewed towards allied-colors with the rare land cycles from the Battle from Zendikar, Shadows Over Innistrad, and Kaladesh blocks.

What are your thoughts on this new land cycle? Let us know in the comment section below!


Brandon Bobal

Partner Manager

Brandon writes articles with focuses on video and board games, and Magic: The Gathering. When he isn't doing research for his weekly Magic: The Gathering column, he can be found enjoying the outdoors.


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