Darksteel Citadel | Illustration by John Avon
Wouldn’t it be fantastic if our homes and properties never broke down? On the fantasy planes of MTG, there are such places. Today I’m looking at indestructible lands. These lands ensure that they won’t be destroyed by any nefarious actions of your opponents.
There are multiple benefits to having indestructible lands. I’ve got some strategies for weaponizing the lands and general protection. So, are these lands worth it for your builds? Do you really need indestructible lands?
Let’s find out together!
What Are Indestructible Lands in MTG?
Cascading Cataracts | Illustration by Noah Bradley
Indestructible lands are exactly what they sound like: lands that have the “indestructible” keyword printed on them. They can’t be destroyed by any spell or effect that says “destroy.” There are several ways to make lands indestructible, but today I’m focusing on the lands that have the keyword printed on them. Most of these lands are dual color lands from Modern Horizons 2, with a few others from different sets.
Most of these lands are dual color artifact lands with indestructible. I’ve ranked them by how well they fit into artifact decks that need dual color lands. There won’t be too much different to say about each land, except maybe some cards that can benefit from their colors and artifact card type.
#12. Goldmire Bridge
When I think of artifact decks, I don’t usually think of Orzhov (). However, white and black are popular for some strong artifact cards and synergies. You can use Goldmire Bridge to help cast cards like Oswald Fiddlebender and Their Name Is Death.
#11. Thornglint Bridge
The green land cards may have a different strategy than the other colors. If you can change an indestructible land into a creature, you now have an indestructible creature. Cards like Obuun, Mul Daya Ancestor can benefit from your indestructible lands like Thornglint Bridge.
#10. Darkmoss Bridge
I don’t see green cards benefiting too much from the fact that Darkmoss Bridge is an artifact land. Again, the value here might be animation withs cards like Nissa of Shadowed Boughs.
#9. Slagwoods Bridge
Get your aggressive or midrange Gruul cards ready! Slagwoods Bridge helps you with mana fix and can turn into an indestructible creature with cards like Skarrg Guildmage.
#8. Tanglepool Bridge
I believe Tanglepool Bridge is the best of these green dual lands because the green color is the best for animating lands, and the blue color is one of the best for artifacts. Take advantage of Tanglepool Bridge’s indestructible keyword and artifact card type.
#7. Drossforge Bridge
The Rakdos colors are aggressive and fast. Drossforge Bridge enters tapped which will slow you down, but having the right mana might be worth it. If you can play this land on turn one, you can play cards like Annihilating Glare or Shrapnel Blast.
#6. Rustvale Bridge
If you want to have a more aggressive artifact deck, I suggest going Boros colors. Red and white colors have decent support for artifacts with cards like Patchwork Automaton or Sokenzan Smelter. Both cards can also benefit from the playing or sacrificing of Rustvale Bridge, which gives you even more value from your lands.
#5. Cascading Cataracts
Cascading Cataracts doesn’t ETB tapped, and that’s valuable. The reason you’re going to roster it is if you need mana fixing for most likely 5-color decks. You don’t gain any mana advantage, but you can get the five colors you need no matter the lands you draw.
#4. Silverbluff Bridge
Izzet is a popular combination for artifact decks. The power you can generate from your artifact cards fits well with the Izzet play style. Cards like Emry, Lurker of the Loch and Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer can create powerful synergies with a little mana help from Silverbluff Bridge.
#3. Mistvault Bridge
I believe that these indestructible dual lands like Mistvault Bridge fit better into control-style decks. Blue might be the most popular color for artifacts, and black has some sneaky good value for artifacts. Commanders like Tezzeret, Master of the Bridge and Armix, Filigree Thrasher need your mana support from a card like Mistvault Bridge.
#2. Razortide Bridge
White and blue are wonderful and popular colors for an artifact deck. You can reduce the costs of artifacts with cards like Etherium Sculptor and/or use artifacts as triggers with cards like Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle. If you’re making an Esper, Jeskai, or Azorius artifact deck, this’ll be a great land to roster.
#1. Darksteel Citadel
Darksteel Citadel might be the most important artifact land on this list. It can produce mana immediately and add to any affinity for artifacts to greatly speed up some artifact decks. The fact that it doesn’t ETB tapped makes it one of the most valuable indestructible lands on this list.
Best Indestructible Lands Payoffs
I’ve listed many examples above, but most of these indestructible lands benefit artifact decks. Efficient Construction, Leonin Elder, Underhanded Designs, and Dragonspark Reactor are cards that benefit from these artifact lands.
Turning these indestructible lands into creatures can have major benefits. You can use cards from the Zendikon cycle like Nissa's Zendikon or other animate-land cards like Avalanche Caller and Genju of the Fens.
These indestructible lands may not make a huge difference, but all lands can benefit landfall decks. They help support cards like Ob Nixilis, the Fallen, Scute Swarm, and of course Omnath, Locus of Creation. Also, support cards like Soul of Windgrace with your lands in your hand.
Here are a few commanders and planeswalkers I believe can benefit from these indestructible lands; Child of Alara, Wrenn and Seven, Tezzeret, Master of the Bridge, and Nissa of Shadowed Boughs.
What Cards Make Lands Indestructible?
If you don’t want to roster these often slow-playing lands, why not just make your lands indestructible? These are cards that give your permanents or lands indestructible for protection.
- Aegis Angel
- Avacyn, Angel of Hope
- Blacksmith's Skill
- Consecrate Land
- Elspeth, Knight-Errant
- Terra Eternal
- Renegade's Getaway
- Crackling Emergence
- Harmonious Emergence
- Heroic Intervention
- Kamahl's Will
- Nissa, Who Shakes the World
- Sylvan Awakening
- Tamiyo's Safekeeping
- Soul of New Phyrexia
Silverbluff Bridge | Illustration by Joseph Meeham
Indestructible lands are like umbrellas. It’s better to have one and not need one, than not have one and need it. These lands won’t be the most necessary lands for many decks, but they do have value in certain builds. I hope that learning about them and ranking them based on the decks that might use them has helped you today.
Which is your favorite indestructible land? Do you agree with my rankings, or do you think some of them should be tweaked? Let me know in the comments below, or over on the official Draftsim Twitter.
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