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Taplands is the nickname for lands that produce multiple colors of mana and generally enter the battlefield tapped during some point in the game and have no additional drawbacks, though mechanics to have these lands enter the battlefield untapped may be present. This is the most common drawback given to lands, thus a multitude of cycles of such lands was created over the course of several years. Strangely enough however, such lands were considered "too good" for a long time, until Randy Buehler suggested them during one of his first development meetings for Invasion after joining R&D.[1]

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[edit] Taplands

However, the very first cycle of taplands was an enemy-colored cycle of lands that appeared in Tempest, which have an additional drawback of 1 damage and thus may also be categorized as Painlands as well as taplands. [2]

The following is a list of cycles and individual cards considered true taplands.

The first allied-color cycle of this kind appeared in Invasion and was promptly named for their drawback of coming into play tapped. [3] These lands were reprinted in 8th Edition.

[edit] Shock lands

Another cycle which functions similar was released over the course of Ravnica block. However, these lands were also Dual lands with basic land types and had the option to come into play untapped if their controller paid 2 life. Colloquially they are often referred to as Shock lands. Rather than five lands, this mega cycle included ten cards, one for each color pair.

This cycle was later reprinted in Return to Ravnica block.

[edit] Snow taplands

A second allied-color cycle of straight-up taplands was added in Coldsnap; these are snow lands as well, and their mana can be considered snow mana.

[edit] Tribal taplands

In Lorwyn block a loose array of lands was produced which came into the battlefield tapped unless its controller revealed a creature card of a certain creature type from hand. These lands do not follow a strict color cycle like other taplands do.

[edit] Shard taplands

With Shards of Alara came a third cycle of Taplands, triple lands which produce A; B; or C, where A and C are allied colors to B.

[edit] Magic 2010 and Innistrad taplands

Magic 2010 includes taplands that come into play untapped if the player controls a land with one of the corresponding basic land types. Subsequently reprinted in Magic 2011, Magic 2012 and Magic 2013. These are also known as check lands. [4]

Innistrad later introduced a cycle of enemy-colored taplands in the same style as the Magic 2010 allied lands.

[edit] Life-gain taplands

Zendikar includes taplands that have the upside of providing 1 life when entering the battlefield.

[edit] Tapped manlands

Worldwake includes taplands that also have the capacity to become creatures.

[edit] Scars of Mirrodin taplands

Scars of Mirrodin introduced another cycle of taplands (scar lands), which come into play tapped unless the player controls two or fewer other lands.

[edit] Guildgate taplands

Return to Ravnica block included a new cycle of taplands, one for each guild colors combination. Those new dual lands function like the Invasion taplands, except the addition of the Gate subtype on them which is also included in some cards of the block for additional effects. Rather than five lands, this mega cycle included ten cards. [5]

[edit] Scry lands

Theros block included a new cycle of taplands, with the added benefit of letting the player Scry 1 when they enter the battlefield. The five lands in Theros share their colors with the Gatecrash guilds, and the cards of the remaining colors were split between the other two sets. [6]

[edit] References

  1. Randy Buehler. (Friday, August 02, 2002.) "Tending the Land", MTG.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Tom LaPille. (Friday, January 29, 2010.) "A Brief History of Tap Lands", MTG.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Randy Buehler. (August 02, 2002.) "Tending the Land", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Sam Stoddard. (June 27, 2014.) "Making Mana", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater. (Monday, September 17, 2012.) "Return on Investment, part 3", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Sam Stoddard. ( Friday, September 06, 2013.) "How Theros Got Its Scry On", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, 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