Back to the golden age of Magic: The Gatheringthe parody expansion game Taken off (1998) took the game to a comedic twist, with cards like Chaos Confetti asking you to tear yourself to pieces and throw it across the room and onto the table. Almost 25 years later, we’re glad to see that Magic hasn’t lost its funny side, like the parody 5th set. infinity will be published on October 7.
Thanks to Wizards of the Coast, Tap & Sac and Geek Culture are honored to present our tongue-twisting exclusive preview map – Goblin Cruciverbist!
Cruciverbalist is surprisingly a real word (someone who loves crossword puzzles), so naturally his ability is to find words on the spot. Hope you watched Wheel of Fortune religiously!
Here’s how the card works: When Goblin Cruciverbist enters play, you must name an Artifact token with a vowel. And when it attacks, you’ll need to find a word that contains that chosen vowel, plus the 1st letter of all permanents you control. Confused again?
Imagine you have 2 islands, a mountain, a goblin cruciverbist, a Chrome Mox and the token named A on your battlefield, then you can declare the word “magic”! If you are able to come up with a new word each time, Goblin Cruciverbist gets +X/+0 where X is the number of letters in the word. A 6/4 haste creature for 3 mana isn’t bad at all!
Unfinity is purpose-built with interplanetary circus themes, which is a far cry from what we’ve seen in previous Unsets. Not only that, Unfinity will plant its own flag to introduce new concepts to the global Magic scene.
Using Stickers on Cards
The game has been using counters for a long time – simple +1/+1 indicators, or even keyword counters that were first used in Ikorie. But these have always existed on the battlefield, and once these cards are gone, the markers are also gone (with some exceptions).
Now Unfinity is introducing the concept of stickers, to permanently mark or change a card’s attributes. While the full rules for how it works haven’t been released yet, the idea is that these stickers will stick with the card whether it goes to the graveyard, hand, or your library.
Using stickers can be a sort of practical solution to the perpetual mechanics of Magic’s Arena digital platform. These cards with Perpetual are digitally marked and are also easier for the system to track. It’s unclear how handy these stickers will be in a live game situation (and if they fall off while shuffling?), but it’s a bold move by Wizards that could see more use in future sets.
New Galaxy Foil Variant
Alongside the Surge Foil found in Warhammer 40k Universes Beyond Commander decks, Unfinity will also introduce a different new type of Foil called the Galaxy Foil. Described by Wizards as gazing at the stars in the night sky, we can only imagine the Galaxy Foil is some sort of shimmering effect. How well defined or visible these “stars” will be, we will need to know when Unfinity is released.
The introduction of 2 new foil variants on the same day (!) brings the total number of variants to 6, and 3 of them are for 2022 only. It can be difficult for even hardcore fans of the game to keep up, so hopefully things slow down after this.
Black-bordered cards for multi-format use
While it wasn’t quite clear that the goofy mechanics and suggestive jokes weren’t intended for mainstream play in events or tournaments, all maps (except lands) from previous Unsets were bordered money, to clearly delineate them for casual play.
Now, for the first time in Magic history, Unfinity cards will be printed with black borders, and for good reason! Many of these cards will be legal in Eternal formats (Vintage, Legacy, and Commander) as long as there is no acorn-shaped security stamp on the bottom of the card. These “tassels” will effectively be known as the new silver frontiers of the past.
You’ve probably noticed that our Goblin Cruciverbist preview card does indeed have an acorn stamp at the bottom of the card – this means it can only be used for casual play!
End of stage
Unfinity is about the lighter side of Magic and is honestly a much-loved alternative to the serious nature of the game. The effectiveness of the new stickers is a breeze, but now that some cards are entering Eternal formats it will change the landscape of Magic, hopefully for the best.
Ted Chen is the founder of Tap & Sac, a website whose dream is to make Magic: the Gathering more accessible and inclusive for an entire generation of new players. It offers learning guides for beginners, all the way to advanced videos for seasoned spellcasters. Everyone can have fun in the gathering!
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