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No Need to Wait! More Un-Fun Is Here with Unsanctioned

Unstable was released in December 2017; its predecessor, Unhinged, released in November 2004. It took thirteen years for Mark Rosewater to bring more Un-Fun to the Magic: The Gathering trading card game. Thankfully, the follow-up to Unstable didn't take 13 years to produce. It instead took a mere two-and-a-half years, showing off the success of WotC's third attempt at silver-bordered Magic.

Unsanctioned hits shelves on 29 February 2020. It's admittedly not a booster set this time, instead being a "ready-to-play" Unset experience. The set consists of five 30-card preconstructed mono-colored decks, each designed to synergize well with each other in ways only silver-bordered Magic allows.

A Greatest Un-Hits Album

Unsanctioned serves as a sort of "Greatest Hits" of Un-Magic. Classics like Frankie Peanuts, Richard Garfield, Ph. D., and Cheatyface make up the bulk of product. As the Unsets have had significant release gaps, this will help keep un-cards accessible, as the last thing you need is for that un-card you’ve been wanting to be "expensive."

Un-cards like Snickering Squirrel and the ever-famous Johnny, Combo Player also make an appearance, giving Commander players who enjoy un-cards some Modern border versions of popular "Un-Commanders." The F-Un doesn't stop there, however, as there are a host of new cards available too.

Wacky Tacky Un-Fun

Getting Un-Reprints is great and all, but new products should have new cards! Especially in an Unset. Well, no worries. Unsanctioned delivers on the new cards front with a host of powerful new cards and, more important, new Legendary Creatures, which is nice for Commander players, who often dip into Un-Magic for their decks.

There is a new cycle of enemy color legends (for Commander). U/G gets Pippa, Duchess of Dice, who becomes a dice creature and can reroll any dice once per turn (but only when it makes sense to, as the card's rules text suggests). Boros gets Stet, Draconic Proofreader, which acts as a spelling-restricted Glorybringer that doesn't need to wait to untap. Alexander Clamiton references the now-popular American revolutionary hero, who can fight opposing creatures for 1R, and gain power based on the lines of text on the spells it reveals. Finally, Acornelia, Fashionable Filcher gives us the long-awaited Squirrel legend we needed. It gains acorns, can destroy creatures, and pump your squirrels. Very in-theme and I'm sure many a Commander deck will be built off it!

There are a host of other new and old cards, of course, and you should absolutely check it out if you're looking for some more Un-Magic… Who knows how long we'll have to wait for the next one!


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