The Basic Lands of Battle for Zendikar

Posted in Arcana on September 14, 2015

By Blake Rasmussen

Blake is the content manager for, making him the one you should email if you have thoughts on the website, good or less good (or not good). He's a longtime coverage reporter and hasn't turned down a game of Magic in any format ever.

It's the second Monday of previews, and that means it's time for us to look deeply into the gorgeous basic land art that we have in store this time around.

However, this being Zendikar, and Zendikar meaning full-art lands, I know you're all anticipating this installment a little bit more eagerly than most. And rightfully so, as the lands are—well, I'll let some of the art speak for itself.

Island | Art by Tianhua X

It takes a lot to displace the bowl Island as my favorite piece of land art, but this masterful vista might do just that. And speaking of the bowl Island. . .

Island | Art by Vincent Proce

That isn't a tease or a callback—that is actual art you can find in Battle for Zendikar packs. One of the cool things the art team did this time around was keep five of the pieces of art from the original Zendikar full-art lands and reuse them among the new pieces, one for each basic land type. Here are those five.


But what about the new-art lands? Well, those look a little something like this:











I don't know about you, but I'm excited for another generation of full-art lands, and these certainly live up to the originals. You'll be able to get these, as well as fourteen other cards that, ya know, do things, when Battle for Zendikar releases on October 2.

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