Back in the golden age Magic: The Gatheringparody expansion set non-stick (1998) Taking the game in a comical way, cards like Chaos Confetti ask you to tear themselves apart and toss them across the room and onto the table. Nearly 25 years later, we’ve been tickled to see that Magic hasn’t lost his funny side, like the fifth set of parodies. infinity will be released on October 7th.
Thanks to Wizards of the Coast, Tap & Sac and Geek Culture have the honor to present our exclusive preview card – Cruciverbalist imp!
The Cruciverbalist is a shockingly true word (someone who loves crossword puzzles), so naturally, her ability is all about inventing words on the spot. Let’s hope you’ve been religiously watching the Wheel of Fortune!
Here’s how the card works: When Goblin plays Cruciverbalist, you name the Artifact symbol with a vowel. And when you attack, you’ll need to devise a word that contains that chosen vowel, as well as the first letter of all the permanent items you control. Confused yet?
Imagine you have two islands, a mountain, a Goblin Cruciverbalist, a Chrome Mox, and a token called A on the battlefield, then you can declare the word “magic”! If you are able to come up with a new word each time, the Goblin Cruciverbalist gets +X/+0 where X is the number of letters in the word. Speeding creature 6/4 vs 3 mana isn’t bad at all!
Designed specifically with interplanetary circus themes, Unfinity is a long way from what we’ve seen in previous Un-sets. Not only that, Unfinity will cultivate its own science to introduce completely new concepts to the all-encompassing magical landscape.
Use stickers on cards
The game has used counters for a long time – simple +1 / + 1 indicators, or even keyword counters that were first used in Ikorea. But those cards have always been in Battlefield, and once those cards were left, counters did too (with some exceptions).
Unfinity now introduces the concept of stickers, to permanently mark or change card attributes. While the full rules for how it works have yet to be released, the idea is that these stickers will stay with the card whether it goes to the cemetery, the hand, or back to your library.
The use of stickers can be a kind of realistic solution to the Perpetual Mechanisms found in the Magic Digital Arena platform. Those cards with Perpetual are digitally marked and easy for the system to keep track of. It’s not clear how practical these stickers will be in live play mode (what if they fall off while mixing?) but it’s a bold move from Wizards that could see more use in future collections.
New Galaxy Foil variant
Besides the Surge foil found on the Warhammer 40k Universes Beyond Commander floors, Unfinity will also introduce a different new type of foil called the Galaxy foil. Described by Wizards as looking at the stars in the night sky, we can just imagine Galaxy chips as some sort of luminous effect. How specific or visible these “stars” will be, we have to know when Unfinity is released.
Introducing 2 new variables on the same day (!) brings the whole number of variables to 6, 3 of them in 2022 only. It can be hard for even die-hard game fans to keep up with, so hopefully things will slow down after that.
black border cards for cross use
Even if it wasn’t clear enough that the weird mechanics and suggestive jokes weren’t intended for mainstream play in events or tournaments, all cards (except lands) from previous decks came with a silver border, clearly distinguishing them for casual play.
Now for the first time in magic history, Unfinity Cards will come printed with black frames, and for good reason! Many of these cards will be legal in the eternal formats (Vintage, Legacy, and Commander) as long as they do not have an oak security seal on the bottom of the card. These “nuts” will actually define the new silver border of the past.
You may have noticed that our Goblin Cruciverbalist preview card actually has an acorn stamp on the bottom of the card – meaning it can only be used for casual play!
Unfinity is all about the lighter side of Magic, and frankly it’s a much welcome alternative to the serious nature of the game. How effective the new stickers are is negligible, but now that some cards have gone into eternal formats, this will change the magical landscape, and hopefully for the better.
Ted Chen is the founder of Tap & Sac, a website that dreams of making Magic: The Gathering more accessible and inclusive for an entire generation of new players. It offers tutorial guides for beginners, right up to advanced videos for seasoned broadcasters. Everyone can have fun in the pool!
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