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Gate is a nonbasic land type that was introduced in the Return to Ravnica block.

Description[edit | edit source]

Gates are common dual lands that can tap for either of two different colors of mana (one for each guild). That it is a Gate doesn't mean anything on its own, but it's a marker that other cards look for. The subtype only appears on cards named "Guildgate", there are ten Guildgates, one for every Guild of Ravnica. Five of them were printed in each of the first two sets of the block. In the third set they were all reprinted.[1]

Examples[edit | edit source]

  • Golgari Guildgate
    Land — Gate
    Golgari Guildgate enters the battlefield tapped.
    {T}: Add {B} or {G} to your mana pool
  • Gatecreeper Vine - {1}{G}
    Creature — Plant
    0/2
    Defender
    When Gatecreeper Vine enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a basic land card or a Gate card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.

Role[edit | edit source]

According to Mark Rosewater the Gates weren't supposed to pull focus early, so there were just enough cards mentioning Gates to keep players from asking why the Gate subtype even existed.[2] In the third set of the block their full potential was used.

List of Gate cards[edit | edit source]

The Gates of the five guilds featured in Return to Ravnica were first printed in that set. The other five Gates were first printed in Gatecrash. All Gates got a new artwork in Dragon's Maze.[3]

Five of the Gates are reprinted in Guilds of Ravnica and the other five in Ravnica Allegiance.[4][5] Each is featured in two common slots, each with different art, much like Wastes in Oath of the Gatewatch.[6]

Allied colored[edit | edit source]

Enemy colored[edit | edit source]

5 colored[edit | edit source]

Associated cards[edit | edit source]

The "Gate" subtype allow R&D to make these cards mechanically relevant. The following cards care about Gates:[7]

Return to Ravnica[edit | edit source]

Gatecrash[edit | edit source]

Dragon's Maze[edit | edit source]

Guilds of Ravnica[edit | edit source]

Gate message[edit | edit source]

Each gate of the Return to Ravnica block has several letters in the flavor text that are slightly elevated higher than the rest.[8]

Return to Ravnica[edit | edit source]

T I F I Azorius
H L R C Izzet
E D A A Rakdos
G S V Golgari
U O N Selesnya

"The guilds of Ravnica"

Gatecrash[edit | edit source]

W E Y O Orzhov
I S E T Dimir
L T A H Gruul
L R C E Boros
D O H R Simic

"Will destroy each other"

Dragon's Maze[edit | edit source]

Order of the Guilds as depicted in Tablet of the Guilds

U A D L R Azorius
N Z A D N Orzhov
L E N P Dimir
E I D A Izzet
S S T C Rakdos
S S H T Golgari
T O E R Gruul
H L G E Boros
E V U B Selesnya
M E I O Simic

"Unless the maze is solved and the guildpact reborn"

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Trick Jarrett. (April 17, 2013.) “Zoomed Guildgates”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater. (October 8, 2012.) “City Mail”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Luis Scott-Vargas. (September 18, 2015.) “Building a Better Battle”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Andrew Brown. (September 11, 2018.) “Opening the Guildgates”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater. (September 17, 2018.) “Guild to Order, Part 2”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Chris Gleeson. (September 26, 2018.) “Ravnica Guildgate Art Descriptions”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Trick Jarrett. (May 24, 2013.) “Embedding Puzzle”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.