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Landwalk

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Landwalk
Duels Landwalk symbol.png
Type: Evasion
Introduced: Alpha
Last Used: Khans of Tarkir
Reminder Text: (type) Landwalk (This creature can't be blocked as long as defending player controls a (type).)
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Landwalk is a former evergreen keyword ability on creatures that makes the creature unblockable if the defending player controls at least one land with a certain characteristic.

Description

Landwalk was introduced in Alpha.[1] The keyword always appeared in conjunction with a subtype or supertype to denote the appropriate characteristic, and in most cases did not actually appear as "Landwalk", but instead "Islandwalk", "Desertwalk", "Snow Forestwalk" and so on. "Denimwalk" was used in Unglued. Exceptions to the rule were "Nonbasic landwalk" (Dryad Sophisticate) and "Legendary landwalk" (Livonya Silone, Ayumi, the Last Visitor).

Typically, green could get any type of landwalk, while red, black and blue could get the landwalk associated with their respective basic land (islandwalk, swampwalk, and mountainwalk, respectively). "Plainswalk" has always been the least used basic landwalk type (only 5 cards, including Old Fogey) because it's not a great fit for its color mechanically, nor has particularly strong flavor.[2] Also, the fact that "planeswalk" became an important concept in the game made "plainswalk" confusing.[3]

In the course of time, landwalk fell out of favor with R&D and was not getting used very often. It was declared obsolete altogether with the release of Magic Origins.[1][4]

Rules

From the Comprehensive Rules (Ixalan (September 29, 2017))

  • 702.14. Landwalk
    • 702.14a Landwalk is a generic term that appears within an object’s rules text as “[type]walk,” where [type] is usually a subtype, but can be the card type land, any land type, any supertype, or any combination thereof.
    • 702.14b Landwalk is an evasion ability.
    • 702.14c A creature with landwalk can’t be blocked as long as the defending player controls at least one land with the specified subtype (as in “islandwalk”), with the specified supertype (as in “legendary landwalk”), without the specified supertype (as in “nonbasic landwalk”), or with both the specified supertype and the specified subtype (as in “snow swampwalk”). (See rule 509, “Declare Blockers Step.”)
    • 702.14d Landwalk abilities don’t “cancel” one another.

      Example: If a player controls a snow Forest, that player can’t block an attacking creature with snow forestwalk even if he or she also controls a creature with snow forestwalk.

    • 702.14e Multiple instances of the same kind of landwalk on the same creature are redundant.

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (Ixalan (September 29, 2017))

Landwalk
A generic term for a group of keyword abilities that restrict whether a creature may be blocked. See rule 702.14, “Landwalk.”

Example

  • River Bear - {3}{G}
    Creature — Bear
    3/3
    Islandwalk (This creature is unblockable as long as defending player controls an Island.)

Cards that grant Landwalk

Plainswalk

Islandwalk

Swampwalk

Mountainwalk

Forestwalk

Nonbasic Landwalk

Landwalk of the chosen type

Multiple (potentially)

Anti-landwalk

Anti-landwalk cards allow creatures with a given landwalk ability to be blocked as though they didn't have that ability. The cards are listed below:

Enchantments

  • The Aura Street Savvy permits enchanted creature block creatures with landwalk abilities as though they didn't have those abilities.
  • The World Enchantment Mystic Decree causes all creatures to lose islandwalk.

Creatures

Artifacts

References

  1. a b Mark Rosewater. (June 8, 2015.) “Evergreen Eggs & Ham”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater. (May 14, 2017.) "Do you have any trivia on plainswalkers (note the spelling) for me?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  3. Mark Rosewater. (May 18, 2015 .) “Modern Mailbag”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Rosewater. (April 20, 2017.) "Is nonbasic landwalk retired too? Or other variations?", Blogatog, Tumblr.

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