Basic is a supertype found on the basic land cards Plains, Island, Swamp, Mountain, and Forest; their snow counterparts Snow-Covered Plains, Snow-Covered Island, Snow-Covered Swamp, Snow-Covered Mountain, Snow-Covered Forest; and on Wastes.
Lands with the basic supertype are not bound by the usual four card maximum rule in constructed decks. However, the relevant basic lands are also called out specifically as such in the rules. Wastes is the notable exception.
Relentless Rats and Shadowborn Apostle share that deckbuilding quality, but not the supertype. Unspecified rules issues, along with potential player confusion, have been cited as reasons for restricting the usage of the supertype.
The word "basic" was added to the basic lands in Eighth Edition in order to help players understand what exactly the term meant, as the basic land types (Plains, Island, Swamp, Mountain and Forest) were not always associated with basic lands (e.g. in the case of the original dual lands).
Although it is a basic land, R&D decided not to allow players to add any number of Wastes to their decks (e.g. from a Land Station), but to limit players to what they open in their sealed pool or pick in a draft.
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- Mark Rosewater. (August 01, 2017.) "Why did Shadowborn Apostle and Relentless Rats get an ability that lets them dodge the deck construction rules?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater. (September 18 2015.) "What is the problem with just printing "basic" on a Relentless Rats?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater. (July 4 2016.) "Have you ever considered using the Basic supertype on cards other than lands?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
- Ian Duke. (January 5, 2016.) “Developing Oath of the Gatewatch”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (March 31, 2003.) “This Land is My Land”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.