Back in the golden age Magic: Assemblyset of parody extensions without glue (1998) gave the game a comic twist, with cards like Chaos Confetti asking to be torn to pieces and tossed across the room on the table. Almost 25 years later, we’re glad magic hasn’t lost its fun side as the fifth set of parodies Infinity will be released on the day October 7.
With Wizards of the Coast, Tap & Sac and Geek Culture are proud to present our unique preview card – A goblin cruciferalist!
A cruciverbalist is a shockingly real word (someone who likes crosswords), so naturally his skill is to come up with words on the spot. Let’s hope you watch the Wheel of Fortune faithfully!
Here’s how this card works: When the Goblin Cruciverbalist enters play, you may name the Artifact token in a vowel. And when it attacks, you’ll have to come up with a word that contains the vowel of your choice and the first letter of all the permanents you control. Confused?
Imagine you have 2 islands, the Mountain, the Goblin the Cruciferian, the Chrome Mox, and a token named A on your battlefield, then you can say the word “magic”! If you are able to come up with a new word each time, Goblin Cruciverbalist gets + X / + 0, where X is the number of letters in the word. A 6/4 haste creature for 3 mana is not all that bad!
Unfinity was specially designed with interplanetary circus themes, which is far from what we’ve seen in previous Unsets. Moreover, Unfinity will set its own flag, bringing completely new concepts to the entire Magic scene.
Applying stickers on cards
The game has been using counters for a long time – simple + 1 / + 1 indicators and even keyword counters that were used first Ikoria. But these always existed on the Battleground, and when those cards were gone, counters appeared as well (with some exceptions).
Now Unfinity introduces the concept of stickers to permanently mark or change the attributes of a card. While the full rules of how it works have yet to be released, the idea is that these stickers will remain with the card, whether it goes to the Graveyard, to your hand, or back to your library.
The use of stickers can be the kind of real solution to the perpetual mechanics found in the Magic Arena digital platform. These perpetual cards are digitally marked and are also easier to track by the system. It’s not clear how practical these stickers will be in a live game setting (what if they fall off during a shuffle?), But it’s a bold move by wizards that could be more useful in future sets.
A new variant of the Galaxy foil
In addition to the Surge foiling, which can be found on the Warhammer 40k Universes Beyond Commander decks, Unfinity will also introduce a new, different type of foiling, called the Galaxy foil. Described by Wizards as staring at the stars in the night sky, we can only imagine the Galaxy foil being a kind of glitter effect. How these “stars” will be defined or visible will have to be found out when Unfinity will be released.
The introduction of 2 new foil variants on the same day (!) Increases the number of variants to 6, and 3 of them are only in 2022. Even die-hard fans of the game can find it hard to keep up, so hopefully there will be a slowdown after that.
Cards with a black border for use in a variety of formats
Even though it wasn’t clear enough that the crazy mechanics and suggestive jokes weren’t meant for mainstream events or tournaments, all cards (except Lands) from previous Unset had silver borders to clearly demarcate them in a regular game.
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 perpetual formats (Vintage, Legacy, and Commander) as long as there is no acorn security seal at the bottom of the card. These “acorns” will be effectively known as the new silver frontiers of the past.
You’ve probably noticed that our Goblin Cruciverbalist introduction card does indeed have an acorn seal on the bottom – meaning it can only be used for casual play!
Unfinity is the lighter side of magic and frankly is a welcome alternative to the serious nature of the game. How effective the new stickers will be is a rejection, but now that some cards are going into eternal formats it will change the magical landscape, hopefully for the better.
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