Friday, 27 July 2012

Ravnica Dual Lands

Blood CryptBreeding PoolGodless ShrineHallowed FountainOvergrown TombSacred FoundrySteam VentsStomping GroundTemple GardenWatery Grave
These cards are really, really awesome! Now, why are these awesome? To start, they've got basic land types (but they're not basic lands). This means that cards like Gift of Estates could pull 3 copies of Temple Garden, Liliana of the Dark Realms lets Watery Grave tap for four black mana, and Seedguide Ash allows you to put 3 Breeding Pools into play. Why does this matter? I mean, you could search for 3 Plains with Gift of Estates, Liliana makes Swamps tap for 4 black mana too, and Seedguide Ash could just look for 3 Forests. The big difference: it's multicolour.

One of the problems with multicolour decks is that there aren't a lot of cards that search for multiple types of land, but a card that that can search for one type of land can search for one of these lands that can produce two colours which is better for a multicolour deck. However, they do come with the caveat that you have to pay 2 life when it comes into for it not to come into play tapped (however, if WotC didn't do this, they'd just be reprinting the Original Dual Lands and no one wants to pay those prices!). Also, it is vulnerable to nonbasic land destruction, but that's a fairly minor concern as well.

Pros: Can produce 2 different kinds of mana, have basic land types
Cons: Nonbasic land vulnerabilities, have to pay 2 life in order for it to come into play untapped
Rating: 4.5/5

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