Today May 30, 2014 Sam Stoddard revealed some pretty big Magic: The Gathering news in his latest article on DailyMTG.com: With a quote that implied the fetchlands will be reprinted very shortly. We've known since PAX East that the fetchlands were to be reprinted "at some point," however it was a question of when and where. Now though, we know fetchland reprints will be pretty soon.
While discussing the new City of Brass variant Mana Confluence, the lead designer of Journey Into Nyx Dave Humpherys asks if Mana Confluence should require its controller to pay life to activate or if it should tap and then deal damage like painlands we've seen in the past. Kelly Digges updates the development file for the card with a note from Humpherys and head developer Erik Lauer that Mana Confluence should "now pay life rather than deal damage, to match the land cycles we are most likely to reprint."
DH 8/16: Question for the general population: Is this supposed to be "Pay 1 life, T: ..." instead?
KD 8/20: Per Dave and Erik: Now pay life rather than deal damage, to match the land cycles we are most likely to reprint.
ID 8/29/13: Glad we settled on pay life.
With the exclusion of Boseiju, Who Shelters All, Hall of the Bandit Lord, and Untaidake, the Cloud Keeper that leaves only two possible cycles. Horizon Canopy was in Future Sight, however that cycle hasn't been printed yet. Only the fetchlands remain through process of elimination.
The original five allied fetchlands (Flooded Strand, Polluted Delta, Bloodstained Mire, Wooded Foothills, and Windswept heath) were printed in Onslaught. They're only legal in eternal formats such as Commander, Legacy, and Vintage. They were also recently given special new card frame treatment as judge promos. The enemy fetchlands (Arid Mesa, Marsh Flats, Misty Rainforest, Scalding Tarn, and Verdant Catacombs) were printed in Zendikar and are staples in Modern.
As of time of publication we don't have the spoiler list for Conspiracy, and the fetchlands may appear there. The Magic 2015 Core Set may be too soon if Wizards of the Coast R&D doesn't want the fetchlands to interact with the shocklands in Standard. This year's fall expansion set Khans of Tarkir would be the perfect place.
If not this next year's Standard, it's a safe bet the fetchlands will appear in Modern Masters II. It'll be interesting if in Modern Masters II they reprint cards not currently legal in Modern, such as the original fetchlands and others.
The question would remain if Wizards would reprint just the original allied so they'd be legal in Modern or the full cycle over the course of the block.
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