I've been toying with building a Maze's End Commander deck for a while now.

Digging around for cards for such a deck, I came across Navigation Orb and some other similar cards.

Why does these cards specify "and/or Gate" so often, when there are no Gate cards that aren't also Lands?


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If you read Navigation Orb, and probably most of those other cards, carefully, they actually specify "basic land and/or Gate", i.e. you can search for any Gate (which are indeed all lands), or any basic Island, Mountain, Forest, etc.

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    Indeed, I can only find 5 instances of any variation of "land and/or gate", and in all 5, the word "land" is preceded by "basic". Sep 15, 2023 at 14:41
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    AHAH, gotcha! So they preclude searching for say, Command Tower or another non-basic, but Gates are fine. Nice. Sep 15, 2023 at 20:39
  • @MilesBudnek I wish Gatherer supported some simple regex. It's so much easier to search for many related phrasings at once, and that should really be the default search engine for anything other than market value.
    – Arthur
    Sep 16, 2023 at 20:56
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    @Arthur It does: <gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Help.aspx#regex>
    – m90
    Sep 17, 2023 at 5:58
  • @m90 Why haven't I seen this before? That's awesome, thanks!
    – Arthur
    Sep 17, 2023 at 6:18

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