Tuesday, 28 January 2020 11:05

WotC details ‘Unsanctioned’, the next silver-bordered 'Magic' set

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Fans of silver-bordered Magic: The Gathering will find there’s more fun to be had when Unsanctioned, the game’s fourth “Un-set,” comes out Feb. 28 (that’s just in time for leap day for those who are keeping track) and is already available for pre-order.

Available only as a boxed set, Unsanctioned will include both new cards and reprints from the game’s three previous Un-sets: Unglued, Unhinged, and Unstable.  The boxed set is comprised of five 30-card decks with the whole idea being that each player (assuming a two-player game) would then shuffle two of the decks together to form one sixty card deck with shenanigans ensuing.  Each boxed set will also include two d6 dice, 10 double-sided tokens, and a reusable storage box.

Unsanctioned box set // WOTC
The Unsanctioned box set and its contents. / WOTC

"We've never reprinted any silver-border product ever,” said veteran Magic designer Mark Rosewater in an interview with Cracked.  “Unsanctioned is a really good sampler of silver-bordered Magic; it's a reward for all the Un-fans out there, and an introduction for new players. You just take two half-decks, mix them together, and play. This is a walkthrough of the best stuff that the Un-sets have to offer."

with Acornelia, Fashionable FilcherAcorn Token // WOTCAlexander Clamilton // WOTC

As for the new cards, there will be a mix of brand new ideas and mechanics (such as with Acornelia, Fashionable Filcher and its Acord mechanic) as well as callbacks to Un-sets of yore like with the anthromorphic clam creature Alexander Clamilton (a callback to Unglued), Infernius Spawnington III, Esq. (a callback to both Unglued and Unhinged), and Pippa, Duchess of Dice (which calls back to Unstable’s dice rolling mechanics).  Heck, there’s even a Beebles planeswalker card.

Infernius Spawnington III, Esq. // WOTCPippa, Duchess of Dice // WOTCB.O.B. // WOTC

And, of course, Unsanctioned comes with its own specially made basic lands – an Un-set staple since the original Unglued.  Like the set as a whole, these new basic lands take elements from those of all three Un-sets and combines them into one.  Take a look:

Unsanctioned basic lands // WOTC

Magic designer Gavin Verhey says that each boxed set will contain both the special Un-lands as well as more traditional-looking ones.

“Each box has five foil and five nonfoil,” he explains in a tweet.  “Our idea was to do a card frame that paid homage to all of the past un-land frames at once.”

So, what’s in each deck?  You can check it all in the decklists (found below).  Cards that will be making their debut in Unsanctioned are marked with an asterick.

The White Deck

Flavor Judge*

Frankie Peanuts

Look at Me, I'm R&D

Look at Me, I'm the DCI

Staying Power

Sword of Dungeons and Dragons

Syr Cadian, Knight Owl*

Adorable Kitten





Knight of the Hokey Pokey

Old Guard

Ordinary Pony

Paper Tiger

Strutting Turkey*


Plains (x12)

The Blue Deck

Alexander Clamilton*

Avatar of Me

B.O.B. (Bevy of Beebles)*

Chicken à la King

Johnny, Combo Player

Richard Garfield, Ph.D.

Water Gun Balloon Game

Carnivorous Death-Parrot


Common Courtesy

Magic Word

Mer Man

Rings a Bell*

Rock Lobster

Time Out

Topsy Turvy

Wall of Fortune


Island (x12)

The Green Deck


Old Fogey

Pippa, Duchess of Dice*

Squirrel Farm

Surgeon Commander*

Timmy, Power Gamer (new art)*

Who // What // When // Where // Why

Bronze Calendar

Elvish Impersonators

Entirely Normal Armchair


Free-Range Chicken

Growth Spurt

Half-Squirrel, Half-

Mother Kangaroo

Slaying Mantis

Spirit of the Season*

Wild Crocodile


Forest (x12)

The Red Deck

Blast from the Past


Infinity Elemental

Pointy Finger of Doom

Stet, Draconic Proofreader*

Strategy, Schmategy

Yet Another Aether Vortex

Abstract Iguanart*

Common Iguana

Goblin Haberdasher

Goblin S.W.A.T. Team

Goblin Tutor

Krark's Other Thumb


Scissors Lizard

Six-y Beast

Super-Duper Death Ray


Mountain (x12)

The Black Deck

Acornelia, Fashionable Filcher*

Enter the Dungeon

Infernal Spawn of Evil

Infernal Spawn of Infernal Spawn of Evil

Infernius Spawnington III, Esq.*



Booster Tutor

Dirty Rat


Hoisted Hireling


Jumbo Imp


Skull Saucer

Snickering Squirrel

Stinging Scorpion


Swamp (x12)


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