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The original cycle of tainted lands as it was first printed in Torment.

Tainted lands are a 4-card cycle of dual lands.[1][2]

They tap for one colorless mana. If the player controls a Swamp, they can also tap for either {B} or a second color that depends on the individual card.



Tainted Field
{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}. Activate this ability only if you control a Swamp.


Tainted lands were introduced early 2002 in Torment as part of its "swamp reward" theme, as this set was specifically centered around black.

Each card has since been reprinted in a special set: Tainted Isle in Planechase 2012, Tainted Field in Duel Decks: Sorin vs. Tibalt, Tainted Wood in Duel Decks: Jace vs. Vraska, and Tainted Peak in the Planar Portal Forgotten Realms Commander Deck. Both Tainted Field and Tainted Wood also got reprinted with new frame in Commander 2015 and Commander 2021. Additionally, Tainted Field appeared in Explorers of Ixalan, and Tainted Isle appeared in the Undead Unleashed Midnight Hunt Commander Deck.

List of tainted lands[]


  • Tainted lands work with nonbasic lands that have the swamp subtype, like Leechridden Swamp or Watery Grave.
  • Check lands are another cycle of lands that provide an upside if the player controls a land of a particular type. They enter the battlefield untapped if the condition is met.



  1. a b Wizards of the Coast (January 31, 2002). "Tainted Lands". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater (February 27, 2017). "Get Ready to Dual". Wizards of the Coast.