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Land vs. Land

I was just sitting down with a cup of tea while perusing my MTG collection. As I looked through my modest collection of cards my I eye was caught by my Tectonic Edge play-set. That got me thinking about land that destroys other land.

In the history of Magic: The Gathering there have been 5 such lands (including the aforementioned Tectonic Edge).

So, oldest first, we have a card that first appeared in Antiquities. This was, Strip Mine.

Strip Mine

Strip Mine could be tapped to produce 1 colorless mana, or sacrificed to destroy any target land. It was also reprinted in 4th Edition.

The next card to be released, with a land destruction ability, was Wasteland from the Tempest set.


It taps to give one colorless mana, or can be sacrificed to destroy a target nonbasic land.

The next set to feature a land with a land destruction ability was Mercadian Masques. The land in question was Dust Bowl.

Dust Bowl

As with the previous land cards, it taps to add one colorless mana to your mana pool. However, the sacrifice a land to destroy a target nonbasic land ability, is heavily costed at 3 colorless.

Next up is Ghost Quarter from Dissension.

Ghost Quarter

Again, it taps to add one colorless mana. Alternatively, you can sacrifice Ghost Quarter to destroy target land. When you do this its controller may search his or her library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle his or her library. This is good if your opponent deck relies on non-basic lands to do its stuff.

Bringing it relatively up to date we have Worldwake’s, Tectonic Edge.

Tectonic Edge

Like all the others mentioned above it can be tapped to generate colorless mana.

For its land destruction ability it requires a cost of one colorless mana to sacrifice it. You can then destroy a target nonbasic land, but, only if an opponent controls four or more lands.

I hope you have enjoyed this round up of lands that kill lands.

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