In this article we talk about everything concerning MTG fetch lands. We answer the following questions:
- What are fetch lands?
- Why are fetch lands so good and expensive?
- How many fetch lands are there?
- When are fetches getting reprinted?
- and more!
So without further ado, let’s get right into it.
What are MTG Fetch Lands?
Fetch lands are lands that allow you to search your library for a land, when you sacrifice them. They usually don’t provide mana on their own. They are called fetch lands or fetches, because they go and fetch you a land.
Besides actual fetch lands, there are also quasi-fetch lands, but we’ll talk about those later. First, let’s take a look at the actual fetch lands. They are divided in two groups:
- Onslaught fetch lands
- Zendikar fetch lands
Onslaught Fetch Lands
There are five Onslaught fetch lands:
Onslaught fetches are named after their first appearance in Onslaught edition in 2002. They were reprinted in Khans of Tarkir (2014) and in Battle for Zendikar (2015) as Expeditions. All of them also have Judge Reward Promo versions. Flooded Strand has another special version – Nationals Promo.
Zendikar Fetch Lands
There are also five Zendikar fetch lands:
Onslaught fetches are named after their first appearance in Zendikar edition in 2009. They were reprinted in Modern Masters 2017 (2017) and in Battle for Zendikar (2015) as Expeditions.
Why are Fetch Lands Good?
New players often don’t realize what makes fetch lands so popular. You have to pay a life to get a land that produces mana. Why not just play the land that gives you mana in the first place?
Well, imagine a three color deck. Let’s say it’s in Abzan colors – white, black and green. Now, you could play Sandsteppe Citadel, which gives you all three colors, but it enters the battlefield tapped.
As you can see, fetches work great with shock lands (like Temple Garden). They are even more powerful with original dual lands (for example Savannah). But these are quite expensive and also not legal in some formats like Modern.
Often times the shuffling part is ignored. Yes, it doesn’t matter in most cases, but when it does – it’s absolutely crucial. One of those cases comes up constantly with Brainstorm.
You can put two bad cards on top of your library, then shuffle them away, when you use a fetch land. This way you can draw a random card next turn, which is generally better then the one you put on top.
You’d play Windswept Heath and get a Clue, you’d sacrifice Heath, go get a Forest and you would get another Clue. So each fetch land basically doubles your landfall triggers.
Why are Fetch Lands so Expensive?
Fetch lands fetch (pun intended) such a high price for one simple reason – it’s supply versus demand.
There were three reprints of fetches – Modern Masters 2017, Expeditions and Judge Reward Promos. Only Masters set provides somewhat meaningful supply. But even Masters don’t reach 10% of cards that a regular set makes.
So the most of supply still comes from the standard sets. Onslaught was way back in 2002, but Khans of Tarkir supplied fresh fetches in 2014. Zendikar fetches have only one big printing in 2009. That’s why there are more Onslaught fetches, and they hold a lower price tag then their Zendikar counterparts.
All in all the supply is somewhat good, especially with the Onslaught/Khans fetches. However, it’s not so big that prices would start falling anytime soon.
As we’ve seen fetch lands are really good. That’s why a lot of players want them. They are staples in:
They are banned in Pioneer, otherwise you’ll see them there as well. Therefore demand is really big and since the supply is moderate, the fetches are quite pricey. You can check prices for them on Amazon.
When Will Fetch Lands be Reprinted?
We don’t really know. A lot of players speculate that we might get a reprint in Zendikar Rising. This will be our third visit to Zendikar. In the first one, we got five of them. In the second one, we got all ten as Expeditions.
This time around we might get them again, but in what form? Well, we’ll have to wait and see until September 2020, when Zendikar Rising releases.
The ten fetch lands mentioned above are the best and the most well known. However, there are some worse versions that fit the definition of a fetch land. Let’s take a look at them.
Mirage Fetch Lands
There are five Mirage fetch lands:
Mirage fetches were the original MTG fetch lands that debuted in Mirage (1996). Because they enter the battlefield tapped, they’re also known as slow fetches.
They don’t see much play in most competitive formats. However, they are a reasonable budget replacement for fetches in casual Commander.
Shards of Alara Panaroma Fetches
Panoramas are fetch lands that can only get you a basic land of the specific three color combination. Even though they can immediately tap for colorless mana, they aren’t particularly good.
Other Fetch Lands
Besides cycles of MTG fetch lands there are also some that aren’t a part of a cycle. They still search your library for other lands, so they will trigger your landfall twice.
- Blighted Woodland
- Evolving Wilds
- Fabled Passage
- Flagstones of Trokair
- Krosan Verge
- Maze’s End
- Myriad Landscape
- Prismatic Vista
- Terminal Moraine
- Terramorphic Expanse
- Thawing Glaciers
- Warped Landscape
Fetching You More Magic
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