I've seen this happen on Magic Online and I don't get why. Shouldn't Blood Moon just turn Urza's Saga into an Enchantment Land - Mountain? Why does it kill the Saga instead?

Only thing I can think of is that Blood Moon makes Urza's Saga reach its third chapter, but I don't see why that would be the case. The Saga dies instantly once Blood Moon enters the battlefield, not on the next main phase too.

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(Basically cribbing from this Ask-the-Judge post on Facebook)

Blood Moon causes Urza's Saga to become a Mountain; this is setting a land's subtype to a basic land type, so is covered by Comprehensive Rule 305.7:

If an effect sets a land’s subtype to one or more of the basic land types, the land no longer has its old land type. It loses all abilities generated from its rules text, its old land types, and any copy effects affecting that land, and it gains the appropriate mana ability for each new basic land type. [...] Setting a land’s subtype doesn’t add or remove any card types (such as creature) or supertypes (such as basic, legendary, and snow) the land may have.

This means that Urza Saga loses all its chapter abilities, but notably does not lose the Enchantment type and Saga subtype. CR 714.2d now applies:

A Saga’s final chapter number is the greatest value among chapter abilities it has. If a Saga somehow has no chapter abilities, its final chapter number is 0.

and now the state-based action from 714.4 applies:

If the number of lore counters on a Saga permanent is greater than or equal to its final chapter number, and it isn’t the source of a chapter ability that has triggered but not yet left the stack, that Saga’s controller sacrifices it. This state-based action doesn’t use the stack.

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    And importantly, turning Urza's Saga into a mountain doesn't make it stop being a Saga, because saga is an enchantment type, not a land type. (I think) Jun 17, 2021 at 13:23
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    I believe so, yes; one of the rulings on Blood Moon is "Nonbasic lands will lose any other land types and abilities they had" (my emphasis), but not 100% sure which bit(s) of the CRs cause that. Jun 17, 2021 at 13:30
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    Rule 305.7 doesn't say that anything happens to non-land subtypes, therefore, nothing happens to nonland subtypes. That's how Magic works: things only happen when the rules or cards explicitly say so.
    – murgatroid99
    Jun 17, 2021 at 16:33
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    Thanks both, added the reference to 305.7 into the answer. Jun 17, 2021 at 17:02
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    What a fascinatingly weird interaction!
    – PLL
    Jun 18, 2021 at 11:11

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