When Will WotC Reprint the Allied-Colored Filter Lands?
Posted on April 18, 2018, 9:53 p.m. by DemonDragonJ
WotC has been really good about ensuring that some of the best dual lands are affordable by reprinting such lands; they reprinted the allied-colored checklands in Ixalan, the enemy-colored checklands in Dominaria, and, most significantly, the enemy-colored filter lands in Masters 25.
Therefore, I believe that it is very safe to presume that WotC shall eventually reprint the allied-colored filter lands, which are now very expensive, but the only question is when they shall do so.
Given that WotC reprinted the enemy-colored checklands only two sets after reprinting the allied-colored ones, I would like to say that WotC will reprint the allied-colored filter lands only two sets after Dominaria, but that cannot be guaranteed, since WotC waited for many sets between the allied-colored and enemy-colored checklands and "fastlands" (Blackcleave Cliffs, Copperline Gorge, etc.) and still has not printed enemy-colored versions of the "battle lands" (Sunken Hollow, Canopy Vista, and so forth).
I personally believe that WotC will reprint the allied-colored filter lands within the next year or two, but that is my optimistic opinion, and others may feel differently about the matter.
What does everyone else say about this? When will WotC reprint the allied-colored filter lands?
I would not read too much into Wotc's reprint policy. They do try to reprint cards, but not with a strict schedule. If you find patterns that Wotc did not intend, you just set yourself up for disappointment. In standard-legal sets dual lands are chosen for the needs of the format, not the needs of the secondary market. The checklands (especially the allied ones) are the type of card a core set would have if Standard needed it. The Allied checklands were only in core sets prior to Ixalan and the enemy ones were going to be in M15 IIRC but painlands replaced them during standard playtesting. The filter lands are the opposite of the often reprinted checklands, they can only be reprinted in Standard if the set has hybrid mana. The last set with hybrid mana was Fate Reforged; the last set with a large amount of hybrid was Gatecrash. A Masters set is the best hope for filter land reprints. Filters and checks being reprinted so close together is most likely coincidental.TLDR You may be reading too much into this. They will eventually/hopefully reprint the enemy filters, but probably not soon.
April 18, 2018 10:48 p.m.
izzetkid987, in that case, is it also safe to presume that there is also no way to know when WotC shall reprint the shocklands, again?
May 6, 2018 9:30 p.m.
They will probably return next time we go to Ravnica, but this is still just speculation. The shocklands are very powerful, so they might just decide to buck the trend from previous Ravnica sets and make a new land cycle instead. We can speculate all we want but there is no foolproof way to know when Wotc will reprint something. Remember Damnation? So many opportunities to reprint it passed by that it became a meme. When it finally got reprinted, Wotc said they had planned to reprint it several of those times but for various reasons, it kept getting pushed back. My point is that expecting reprints on a strict schedule will lead to disappointment.
May 6, 2018 11:11 p.m.
izzetkid987, I hope that when WotC eventually does reprint the shocklands, again, it will not be in another Ravnica block, because those lands were deliberately designed to be capable of being printed in any set on any plane in the multiverse. In fact, I have read that they were very nearly reprinted in Tenth Edition, but were abandoned in favor of the painlands, instead, which is very tragic. Even worse, WotC was planning to reprint the enemy-colored checklands (Hinterland Harbor, Isolated Chapel, etc.) in Magic Origins, but again chose the painlands, instead, despite the painlands now being severely outclassed by numerous other cycles of lands.
May 7, 2018 10:40 p.m.
I agree that the shocklands could be reprinted outside Ravnica; it is just the most likely spot. The problem is that shocklands push the limit of Standard power level, so reprinting them in a Standard legal set is more risky than most other land cycles. Also, usually sets only have one 5 card cycle of dual lands, so they may not all be reprinted for that. I do not know why 10e had painlands, but M15 and Origins had them because they worked better with upcoming sets. The painlands encouraged Khans three colour decks more than checklands and enabled colourless mana costs from BFZ.
May 8, 2018 1:29 p.m.
Painlands are okay. i Don't see why ppl have a big issue with them. They are not a primary source for colored mana; always just a backup.
As for the filter lands, they will be reprinted when WoTC finds a way to fit them in a set. They are not good, and are really niche; i doubt they would be cared about in a standard set unless someone found a way to exploit them... which is always possible.
Reprinting shocks is of greater import to the game at this point.
May 9, 2018 8:44 p.m.
meatsmith, I believe that the filter lands are awesome, some of the best dual lands in the game, other than the original dual lands and the shocklands, because they enter the battlefield untapped and also have unrivaled flexibility with the mana that they generate; for example, if a player controlled a Mountain and a Cascade Bluffs, they could cast Counterspell, which they could not do with a mountain and a Steam Vents.
izzetkid987, both Ravnica blocks have featured hybrid mana, and the first one actually introduced it, so I believe that the filter lands could easily be reprinted in a third Ravnica block.
May 10, 2018 3:17 p.m.
The names are a poor fit for a city plane, but yes, Ravnica has had the right mechanics for the filterlands.
Regardless of whether they are good or bad, the filterlands currently cost a lot, much more than the painlands, so at least some people would care. Their value on the secondary market objectively proves there is demand for them.
May 10, 2018 11:26 p.m.
izzetkid987, have you checked any vendors recently? The reprints of the filter lands severely decreased their prices, for which I am very grateful; I can scarcely believe that such great lands are so low in price, and have already purchased several copies of them for my decks.
May 14, 2018 9:26 p.m.
Not all of the filter lands got reprinted. I would appreciate reprints of the rest. Mystic Gate is still pretty expensive for example.
May 19, 2018 6:08 p.m.
izzetkid987, yes, I would like to see the allied-colored filter lands reprinted, as well, which is the question that I was originally asking with this thread.