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Unfinity
 
 
Unfinity
Unfinity logo.jpg
Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description An atom
Design Mark Rosewater (lead)
Chris Mooney
Daniel Holt
Development Mark Rosewater (lead)
Chris Mooney[1][2]
Art direction Dawn Murin
Release date October 7, 2022
Plane In space[3]
Themes and mechanics Dice rolling, name and art matters, stickers, tickets, Attractions
Keywords/​ability words Sticker kicker
Set size 244 + 292
Expansion code UNF[4]
Development codename Umbrella[2]
Un-sets
Unsanctioned Unfinity N/A
Magic: The Gathering Chronology
N/A Unfinity Warhammer 40,000 Commander Decks

Unfinity is a booster-based card set for Magic: The Gathering. This is the fifth of the so-called Un-sets and is designed to be drafted. It is expected to be released on October 7, 2022.[5][6][7] The release of the set was originally slated for April 1, 2022, but it was delayed due to ongoing supply chain complications from challenges associated with COVID-19.[8]

Set details[]

Expansion symbol

Unfinity is a top-down designed humorous set. It mixes retro-style science fiction with space circus, amusement park and carnival tropes.[5][9] External contractors like Seanbaby and members of long-time Magic content creators LoadingReadyRun contributed to the creative development of the set.[10]

Unfinity features science full-art space-themed lands: both basic lands ("spasic lands") and the Ravnica shock lands.[5][11] Each of the 30 legendary creatures has a showcase card treatment done in a retro-pop style (dubbed the "Showcase Cards of Tomorrow"). The set contains 244 regular cards (10 basic lands) and includes randomly inserted premium versions of all cards. The regular cards include the spasic lands (5 "planetary" and 5 "orbital"). Alternate card frames have another card number than the original version. The borderless planeswalkers are #245-246. The showcase cards of tomorrow are #247 to #276. The borderless shock lands (box toppers) are numbered #277-286. The release card is #536. It is as yet unclear what cards are featured between #286 and #536.

Unfinity is priced similar to premier sets.[12]

Many of the eternal Unfinity cards will be featured on Magic Online, but there are no current plans for the cards to be featured on MTG Arena.[13]

The set will only be available in English. It had some unique printing challenges, and the change to half the set being eternal happened too late in the process to alter it.[14]

Change to black border[]

Acorn-shaped holofoil stamp

Unlike previous Un-sets, Unfinity is black-bordered. Some of the cards will have an acorn-shaped holofoil stamp to replace the significance of silver borders.[6]

Player prejudice against silver borders was definitely a factor in the change to black borders.[15] According to Mark Rosewater, when silver border was originally dubbed "not for tournament play," that meant not for Vintage, Legacy, or Standard, but for every other format, especially the casual ones. Over the years, silver border slowly shifted to end up meaning "not for any official format, casual or not," which contradicted what it was originally intended to do. Rosewater realized that many cards in the set would be perfectly fine to be played in black border Eternal sets. R&D then looked for another way to express "silver border-ness" that didn't require a silver border and turned to holofoil security stamps. What an acorn security stamp means is exactly what a silver border used to. This is a card not meant for tournament play and should only be used in casual formats where all the players agree to its inclusion. These have been dubbed "acorn" cards. If a card has an oval security stamp (or no security stamp at lower rarities), it's legal in eternal formats (which includes Commander, Legacy, and Vintage). These have been dubbed "eternal" cards. This security stamp technology allows R&D to let the two different types of cards commingle in the same set.[6] On common and uncommons the acorn stamp is printed on the card rather than embossed.[16]

Slightly over half the set is eternal. The rest are acorn. Slightly over a fourth of the rares and mythic rares are eternal. The rest are acorn.[17]

Marketing[]

Collector booster

Unfinity is available in Draft Boosters, Draft Packs, and - for the first time ever for an Un-set - Collector Boosters. The set is only available in English.[6]

Draft Boosters contain 14 cards and 1 additional play object (sticker[18]) in every Draft Booster.[19][20] They are expected to feature cardboard packaging.[21]

The Collector Boosters are 100% foil. Twelve out of fifteen of the cards are traditional foil, and three have "galaxy foil" (which looks like stars in space and are somewhat glittery[22]).

There is a land slot in every Draft Booster and two in every Collector Booster (one in each type of foil). That land slot will have the planetary space-ic lands, the orbital space-ic lands or the borderless shocklands. This means every Unfinity draft booster has a land in it and every collector booster has two lands in it, one in each foil treatment.[23] In addition, the ten Traditional Foil Shocklands are included as box topper in Draft Booster Displays and Collector Booster.[19]

Promotional cards[]

Tokens[]

Unfinity features new tokens.

  1. {W} 1/1 Clown Robot artifact creature, created by Assembled Ensemble.

Storyline[]

The storyline centers on "Myra the Magnificent's Intergalactic Astrotorium of Fun", a space carnival that travels the galaxy.[9] The whole park is a series of interconnected flying spaceships that can move from planet to planet. The employees of the park are Goblins, Elves, Vampires and Zombies.

Themes and mechanics[]

The set features circus, amusement park, carnival and game show tropes.[6][24] For science fiction, the set has robots, aliens, spaceships and technology. Magic itself is the main motif for the Astrotorium, allowing for many references to the game itself.[6][25]

The set is full of cards caring about names and art.

Die-rolling is a returning mechanic.[6]

Unfinity introduces stickers for names, art, abilities and stats, allowing players to create new cards.[26][27] There are 48 sticker sheetss. You can only put a sticker on cards you own. The glue is like a "Post-it" note glue so it won’t damage the card and is reusable.

Sticker kicker is a related mechanic (You may pay an additional {1} as you cast a creature spell. If you do, you get [ticket], then you may put a sticker on it.)

Tickets are a new resource. To use ability- and power/toughness stickers you need to pay a ticket cost.

An as yet unrevealed mechanic are Attractions.

Card types[]

Draft archetypes[]

The main draft archetypes are the ten two-color pairs.[28]

Cycles[]

Cycle name {W/U} {U/B} {B/R} {R/G} {G/W} {W/B} {U/R} {B/G} {R/W} {G/U}
Shock lands
(box toppers)
Hallowed Fountain Watery Grave Blood Crypt Stomping Ground Temple Garden Godless Shrine Steam Vents Overgrown Tomb Sacred Foundry Breeding Pool
Each of these rare nonbasic dual lands has two basic land types and enter the battlefield tapped unless its controller pays 2 life.

Notable cards[]

Misprints[]

  • Two sticker sheets produce {2} instead of {C}{C}.[29]

References[]

  1. Mark Rosewater (August 24, 2021). "Is there a 2022 set you are particularly proud of?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  2. a b Mark Rosewater (August 29, 2021). "Late to it, but huge congrats on yet another Unset...". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  3. Mark Rosewater (December 1, 2021). "Has the name of the plane for unfinity been...". Blogatog. Tumblr.
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  5. a b c Adam Styborski (August 24, 2021). "What Happened In Magic Showcase 2021?". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  6. a b c d e f g Mark Rosewater (November 29, 2021). "To Unfinity and Beyond". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Magic: The Gathering (June 8, 2022). "We are happy to announce the official release date for MTGUnfinity". Twitter.
  8. Wizards of the Coast (January 20, 2022). "Unfinity Release Date Change". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  9. a b Magic Showcase 2021 (live) (Video). Magic: The Gathering. YouTube (August 24, 2021).
  10. Ari Zirulnik (August 24, 2021). "I want to brag about the star-studded, out-of-this-world (space puns) writing team.". Twitter.
  11. Mark Rosewater (August 25, 2021). "Can you confirm that they're the Ravnica shocks we all know and love? And will they be full art?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  12. Mark Rosewater (November 30, 2021). "Is it too soon to say whether unfinity boosters...". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  13. Mark Rosewater (December 2, 2021). "Will the unfinity cards be available on Arena?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  14. Mark Rosewater (May 17, 2022). "Will there be any way to get Unfinity, or at least the eternal-legal cards, in non-english printing?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  15. Mark Rosewater (June 13, 2022). "Was player prejudice against silver borders a factor in making Unfinity black-bordered?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  16. Mark Rosewater (November 30, 2021). "Commons and uncommons can have the acorn stamp, right?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  17. Mark Rosewater (July 24, 2022). "What’s the rough ratio of acorn/acornless cards in Unfinity?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  18. Dorfbewohner (December 1, 2021). "Unfinity to have peel off sticker cards?". Reddit.
  19. a b WPN (November 29, 2021). "Prepare for Liftoff: Unfinity Arrives in April". Wizards Play Network.
  20. WPN (November, 2021). "Unfinity products". Wizards Play Network.
  21. Admin (December 7, 2021). "Magic: The Gathering to get cardboard packaging for boosters, starting with Unfinity?". Goodlookgamer.com.
  22. Mark Rosewater (December 19, 2021). "Can I get a maybe for glittering cards in future when the set up allows it?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  23. Mark Rosewater (November 29, 2021). "Basic lands in unsets have appeared on every...". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  24. Mark Rosewater (April 29, 2022). "Could you give some fun trivia that you would like to share but nobody has asked you about yet?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  25. Mark Rosewater (December 1, 2021). "Does Magic the Gathering exist as a game in the world?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  26. Charlie Hall (July 23, 2022). "Magic’s Unfinity set will include stickers so players can make their own cards". Polygon.com.
  27. Mark Rosewater (July 24, 2022). "Today we officially announced that play object is a sticker sheet.". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  28. Mark Rosewater (December 2, 2021). "Would you describe the set as mono-colored, multi-colored, etc?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  29. Mark Rosewater (August 1, 2022). "Did you ever get an answer as to why that one sticker has T: Add (2) instead of T: Add CC?". Blogatog. Tumblr.

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