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Artifact lands are, as the name suggests, lands which are also artifacts and thus possess the properties of both.[1] Artifact lands have been printed in Mirrodin, Darksteel, Modern Horizons 2, Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, The Lost Caverns of Ixalan, and Murders at Karlov Manor.

List of artifact lands[ | ]

Modern Horizons 2[3]
Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
The Lost Caverns of Ixalan

(Note that both of Ixalan's artifact lands are Legendary and Transform from Legendary non-land artifacts.)

  • Barracks of the Thousand ({W}) adds mana that creates growing Gnome tokens when used to cast artifact or creature spells.
  • The Myriad Pools ({U}) adds mana that temporarily transforms a permanent into a copy of a permanent spell it was used to cast.
Murders at Karlov Manor

History[ | ]

The Mirrodin artifact lands heavily contributed to the dominance of the affinity-based deck archetypes, and thus, in March 2005, all six were banned from Standard (Darksteel Citadel, however, was later reprinted in Magic 2015, and the ban did not carry over with the reprint.) In the Modern format, all but Darksteel Citadel were banned from the beginning.

Due to the high amount of artifact synergy in Modern Horizons 2 almost twenty years later, R&D decided to try out a cycle of dual artifact lands for color fixing and as a resource in other synergistic ways. Because the set included a higher-than-normal count of artifact-targeting removal, it was decided to make them indestructible. The cards depict pre-Phyrexian Mirrodin.

Adventures in the Forgotten Realms added another artifact land with Treasure Vault.

The Lost Caverns of Ixalan used cards that transform into impactful Legendary artifact lands to represent locations of powerful Oltec artifice.

Scene of the Crime in Murders at Karlov Manor combines the land type with the predefined Clue token.

Rules[ | ]

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (June 7, 2024—Modern Horizons 3)

Artifact Land
A combination of artifact and land that’s subject to the rules for both. Artifact lands can only be played as lands, not cast as spells. See rule 301, “Artifacts,” and rule 305, “Lands.”

Trivia[ | ]

References[ | ]

  1. Randy Buehler (September 5, 2003). "When Artifacts Aren't Spells". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Wizards of the Coast (November 25, 2003). "Mirrodin Playtest Cards IV: Artifact Lands". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Dan Musser (May 26, 2021). "Bridges from Limited to Modern". Wizards of the Coast.