Thespian's Stage

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I just pulled a Thespian's Stage and I don't get it...what does it do? Does it basically just copy a basic land or guildgate?
There are lands other than basics and guildgates.

Try turning it into a copy of Cloudpost.


EDIT: Explaining the card in detail.

You play Thespian's Stage as you would any other land.  at this point, you can either tap it for or pay and tap it to have it become a copy of any other land in play.

In mundane circumstances, this could help you get a second instance of a particular color by copying a land you have only one of in play, or even the first instance of a color if you copy a land an opponent controls.

More interestingly, it can copy bizarre lands, of which the aforementioned Cloudpost might be the most interesting.  You can also use it to remove a Legendary Land your opponent controls -- if your opponent has Volrath's Stronghold, for instance and you use the copy ability targeting it, both the origional and the stage will be placed in their owners' graveyards due to the "Legend Rule" unless Mirror Gallery is in play.

In any case, once you have used the copy ability, the stage retains the ability to pay 2 and tap it to copy a different land -- in other words, it isn't totally identical to the origional: it can still change again!

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Last Edited by Ralph on blank, 1920

You can either it to add to your mana pool, or you can pay and it to have it become a copy of any land. If you do, it retains the ability to become a copy of any land by paying .
I just pulled a Thespian's Stage and I don't get it...what does it do? Does it basically just copy a basic land or guildgate?


It copies any land, and keeps its ability so it can copy a different land later.
 
There are lands other than basics and guildgates.

Try turning it into a copy of Cloudpost.

Yeah, but it says "and gains this ability", so does that mean that you can turn all of your lands into any land you control?
There are lands other than basics and guildgates.

Try turning it into a copy of Cloudpost.

Yeah, but it says "and gains this ability", so does that mean that you can turn all of your lands into any land you control?


No.  Only the Thespians Stage gets the ability to copy something.  So it can copy any land, but it doesn't let your other lands copy anything.
 
There are lands other than basics and guildgates.

Try turning it into a copy of Cloudpost.

Yeah, but it says "and gains this ability", so does that mean that you can turn all of your lands into any land you control?



It means that your Thespian's Stage is now a Cloudpost, PLUS it has the last ability of Thespian's Stage, so that you could at some point in the future change the Cloudpost-copying-Thespian's-Stage into something else (but at that point it would stop being a Cloudpost.  It would become whatever the new target is, plus it would have the Thespian's Stage last ability).