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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).

Rules[]

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (July 23, 2021—Adventures in the Forgotten Realms)

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.

References[]

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