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Nonbasic lands are lands that do not have the basic supertype.

As per Magic rules, only 4 of each nonbasic land can be in a deck at any one time. Basic lands do not have this restriction.[1] Nonbasic lands often depict notable locations from the relevant set's style guide.[2]

Note that a nonbasic land may have a basic land type (Plains, Island, etc).


From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (September 24, 2021—Innistrad: Midnight Hunt)

Nonbasic Land
Any land that doesn’t have the supertype “basic.” See rule 205.4, “Supertypes.”

Nonbasic land types[]

Nonbasic land types are essentially all land types which do not appear on a basic land.


  1. Mark Rosewater (March 31, 2003). "This Land is My Land". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Doug Beyer (February 11, 2009). "Incursion Zones". Wizards of the Coast.