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Dual land

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Dual lands or duals is common slang for any nonbasic land that produces two colors of mana, particularly the ten original rare lands printed from Alpha to Revised.

Original dual lands[edit | edit source]

Allied colored[edit | edit source]

Enemy colored[edit | edit source]

Legacy[edit | edit source]

Since then, "dual land" has also come to refer to any land that can produce two colors of mana.[1][2][3][4] Dual lands are often highly sought-after and fetch high prices on the secondary market.

Popular dual land cycles have been printed in numerous sets, including:

Cycle Type Original Set Major Reprints Note
Pain lands Ally-colored Ice Age Fifth Edition, Sixth Edition, Seventh Edition, Ninth Edition, Tenth Edition
Enemy-colored Apocalypse Ninth Edition, Tenth Edition, Magic 2015, Magic Origins, Commander 2020
Pain lands Enemy-colored Tempest Vintage Masters Enters the battlefield tapped
Fetch lands Ally-colored Mirage Vintage Masters Enters the battlefield tapped
Fetch lands Ally-colored Onslaught Khans of Tarkir, Zendikar Expeditions Fetches lands with basic land types
Enemy-colored Zendikar Modern Masters 2017, Zendikar Expeditions
Filter lands Ally-colored Odyssey
Filter lands Ally-colored Future Sight (incomplete[5]) Shadowmoor (complete), Zendikar Expeditions
Enemy-colored Eventide Zendikar Expeditions, Masters 25
Bounce lands Ally and enemy-colored Ravnica block Iconic Masters Enters the battlefield tapped
Shock lands Ally and enemy-colored Ravnica block Return to Ravnica block, Zendikar Expeditions, Guilds of Ravnica block Has basic land types
Nimbus lands Ally-colored Future Sight (incomplete[5]) Iconic Masters (incomplete) Adds colored mana only if the player already has a land in play that provides the allied color.
Changing lands Ally-colored Future Sight (incomplete[5]) Iconic Masters (incomplete) The color of the added mana is dependent on the fact if another has been played or not.
Opponents' boon lands Ally-colored Future Sight (incomplete[5]) Iconic Masters (incomplete) Opponents gain 1 life when tapped.
Horizon lands Ally-colored Future Sight (incomplete[5]) Modern Horizons (incomplete) Pain lands that can be sacrificed to draw a card.
Enemy-colored Modern Horizons
Scry lands Ally and enemy-colored Theros block Core Set 2020 (enemy-colored), Theros Beyond Death (allied-colored), Core Set 2021 (enemy-colored) Enters the battlefield tapped
Battle lands Ally-colored Battle for Zendikar Zendikar Expeditions Has basic land types
Check lands Ally-colored Magic 2010 Magic 2011, Magic 2012, Magic 2013, Ixalan Checks for basic land types
Enemy-colored Innistrad Dominaria
Dual-colored manlands Ally-colored Worldwake Ultimate Masters Enters the battlefield tapped, can become creatures until end of turn
Enemy-colored Battle for Zendikar block
Fast lands[6] Ally-colored Scars of Mirrodin Enters untapped as long as you control less than two other lands
Enemy-colored Kaladesh
Reveal lands Ally-colored Shadows over Innistrad Works with nonbasic lands that have basic land types
Bicycle lands Ally-colored Amonkhet Enters the battlefield tapped, has basic land types, cycles for {2}
Bond lands Ally-colored Battlebond Enters the battlefield tapped unless controller has two or more opponents
Enemy-colored Commander Legends
Aggro lands Enemy-colored (incomplete) Mystery Booster Taps before the combat phase (test card)
Pathway lands Ally and enemy-colored (incomplete) Zendikar Rising Modal double-faced cards

There are also a few notable "triple lands" cycles that produce three colors of mana; a cycle of shard-colored triple lands was printed in Shards of Alara, and two cycles of of wedge-colored triple lands have been printed: one in in Khans of Tarkir, the other in Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Devin Low (June 13, 2008). "Why Are Dual Lands Usually Allied-Colored". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater (May 20, 2013). "Gates Foundation". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Sam Stoddard (October 9, 2015). "The Power of Lands". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Rosewater (February 27, 2017). "Get Ready to Dual". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. a b c d e Aaron Forsythe (April 20, 2007). "When a Cycle Isn't a Cycle". Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Tom LaPille (September 17, 2010). "The Promised Land". Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Wizards of the Coast (February 20, 2002). "Plateau(s)". Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Monty Ashley (May 9, 2012). "Dual Lands in the Magic Online Cube". Wizards of the Coast.