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


[edit] Examples

  • Golgari Guildgate
    Land — Gate
    Golgari Guildgate enters the battlefield tapped.
    Tap.gif: Add Manab.gif or Manag.gif to your mana pool
  • Gatecreeper Vine - Mana1.gifManag.gif
    Creature — Plant
    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.

[edit] Role

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. [1] In the third set of the block their full potential is used.

[edit] Associated cards

[edit] Return to Ravnica

[edit] Gatecrash

[edit] Dragon's Maze

[edit] Gate message

Each gate has several letters in the flavor text that are slightly elevated higher than the rest. [2]

[edit] Return to Ravnica

"The guilds of Ravnica"

[edit] Gatecrash

"Will destroy each other"

[edit] Dragon's Maze

Order of the Guilds as depicted in Tablet of the Guilds

  • UADLR (Azorius)
  • NZADN (Orzhov)
  • LENP (Dimir)
  • EIDA (Izzet)
  • SSTC (Rakdos)
  • SSHT (Golgari)
  • TOER (Gruul)
  • HLGE (Boros)
  • EVUB (Selesnya)
  • METO (Simic)

"Unless the maze is solved and the guildpact reborn"

[edit] References

  1. Mark Rosewater. (October 08, 2012.) "City Mail", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Trick Jarrett. (May 24, 2013.) "Embedding Puzzle", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
Common types of nonbasic lands
No colors of mana/no mana: Fetch lands
One colors of mana: Sac lands
Two colors of mana: Dual landsFilter landsGatesKaroo landsPain landsSac landsShock landsSlow landsTaplands
Three colors of mana: LairsTriple lands