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<p>Something I found in the Making Magic archive from way back when I started playing: “Rule #1 – No Land Can Be ‘Strictly Better’ Than a Basic Land”. Unless I missed something, this rule held for a long time until the Pathways showed up. What changed?</p>

We decided that not having a basic land type (and not being a basic land) was enough to make it not “strictly better”. I will admit, that this is us pushing this rule more than we have in the past. If this experiment doesn’t work, we might not push in this way again.