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Unhinged logo.png
Set symbol
Symbol description
Design team
Mark Rosewater
Brady Dommermuth
Brandon Bozzi
Randy Buehler
Development team
same as design
Art Director
Brian Dumas
Release date
November 20, 2004
Themes and mechanics
Mini-Games, Fractions, Artist Matters
Keywords and/or ability words
Set size
141 (55 Common 40 Uncommon 40 Rare 5 Land 1 Super Secret Tech)
Expansion code
Un- sets
Unglued Unhinged Unstable
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Champions of Kamigawa Unhinged Betrayers of Kamigawa

Unhinged is a booster-only, tournament-prohibited Magic set, released in November 20, 2004. It was the follow-up to Unglued, and as such isn't to be considered an expansion of the official game.[2][3] Only the Unhinged basic lands are tournament legal.[4]

Set details[edit | edit source]

Unhinged included 135 silver-bordered cards and 5 black-bordered cards (the basic lands), all of which had foil versions which occur in a similar rate to "normal" Magic Sets.[5] The set boasts many jokes, and has even set a precedent or two of its own for tournament-worthy Magic. Many cards are references to previous cards. The set is only available in English due to the difficulty of translating it. The expansion symbol for this set is a horseshoe.[6]

Unhinged features a sixth color: pink. Water Gun Balloon Game can create a pink permanent and for abilities that let you produce mana of any color, you can choose {P} pink. However, there is no Unhinged Basic Land card that can produce pink mana. In addition, Avatar of Me can be whatever the color of your eyes is, allowing brown and hazel mana.

Foil cards from Unhinged had extra jokes thrown in on the foil layer. One card, called Super Secret Tech, only exists as a foil rare card and technically affects the foil card concept as a whole. Its rarity is supposedly ten times more common than that of other Unhinged foil rare cards.

Marketing[edit | edit source]

Unhinged booster

Unhinged was announced on April 1, 2004, deliberately creating confusion if it was an April fool's joke.[7][8] Unhinged was the first set printed with the "13+" age rating as it was the first set to come out after the "age grading" policy was implemented on all of Wizards of the Coast games (not just Magic). The five black bordered basic lands have no text box; the art covers the entire card. The release card for Unhinged was Ass Whuppin'. The Unhinged Arena League featured five alternate art promo cards.[9]

A booster contains 15 cards: 1 rare, 3 uncommons, 10 commons and 1 basic land. The boosters feature art from Richard Garfield, Ph.D., Mana Screw and Gleemax.

Design and layout[edit | edit source]

Hidden message[edit | edit source]

Much like Unglued before it, each card in the Unhinged set -including Super Secret Tech- has a single word printed on the bottom of the card after the artist's name and card number. When all cards are placed in the proper order with other cards in the series they spell out a "secret message" detailing cards that allegedly did not make it into the set. Placing all the Unhinged cards in reverse alphabetical order will cause the following message to appear:

"Here are some more cards that didn't make it: Moronic Tutor; Lint Golem; Wave of Incontinence; I'm Quitting Magic; Bob from Accounting; Castrate; Mishra's Bling Bling; Dead Bunny Isle; Circle of Protection: Pants; Time Fart; Sliver and Onions; Kobold Ass Master; Thanks, Barn; Mild Mongrel; Robo-Samurai; Obligatory Angel; Chump-Blocking Orphan; Wrath of Dog; Celery Stalker; Hugs-a-lot Demon; Assticore; Codpiece of the Chosen; Hurl; What the Cluck?!; Nachomancer; Scrubotomy; Arcbound Noah; Darksteel Spork; Look at Me, I'm Accounts Receivable; Hydro Djinn; Bad Stone Rain Variant; S.O.B.F.M.; Pinko Kami; Purple Nurple; Form of Uncle Istvan; Them's Fightin' Wards; Spleen of Ramos; Fifteenth Pick; Squizzle, Goblin Nabizzle; Zombie Cheerleading Squad; Two-Way Myr; Bone Flute 2: Electric Boogaloo; Magic Offline; Nutclamp; Bwahahahaaa!; Dragon Ass; Phyrexian Sno-Cone Machine; Chimney Pimp; R.T.F.C.; Greased Weasel; Flame War; We Don't Need No Stinkin' Merfolk; Ting!; and Disrobing Scepter (again!)."

Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]

  • Gotcha — If a card with this ability word is sitting in your graveyard and your opponent does the one thing the card says not to do (some are verbal, some are physical, some are mental, etc.), you may say “Gotcha!” and return the card to your hand.[11][12]
  • "...." Matters — All sorts of things have mechanical impact that have never ever mattered before. "Artist matters" gets the most attention.
  • Fractions Cards with Power/Toughness which doesn't use whole numbers (Little Girl, Fraction Jackson)
  • Donkeys[13][14][15] and Monkeys
  • Mini Games — This is a cycle of cards that allow you to get a good effect at a cheap price. All you got to do is win a little game (not Magic).

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Unhinged has four cycles:

Spoofs[edit | edit source]

Several Unhinged Cards are references to "real", tournament-legal, cards, to familiar card concepts or to the Wizards of the Coast.[16][17]

Real Version Unhinged Card Spoof Reference to
Lhurgoyf “Ach! Hans, Run!” flavor text
Demonic Consultation Aesthetic Consultation name and ability
Merfolk Looter Artful Looter name, art, and ability
Vindicate Ass Whuppin' mana cost and ability
Avatar of Fury
Avatar of Hope
Avatar of Might
Avatar of Will
Avatar of Woe
Avatar of Me name and creature type
Personal Incarnation Avatar of Me concept
Exile AWOL mana cost and ability
Tutors (such as Diabolic Tutor) Booster Tutor name
Bouncing Beebles
Bubbling Beebles
Bursting Beebles name
Circle of Protection: White
Circle of Protection: Blue
Circle of Protection: Black
Circle of Protection: Red
Circle of Protection: Green
Circle of Protection: Artifacts
Circle of Protection: Shadow
Circle of Protection: Art probably also other Circles of Protection.
City of Brass City of Ass name and ability
Shahrazad Enter the Dungeon ability (the subgame)
Lightning Rift
Erase (Not the Urza's Legacy One) Erase: name; Lightning Rift: artwork
Denied! Flaccify Unglued card, showing the flavor text of "Denied" taped on "Flaccify".
Soft Counterspells (such as Mana Leak) Flaccify Ability
Form of the Dragon Form of the Squirrel name
"Goblins with a mana cost of 1R, Power and Toughness 2/2", e.g. Goblin Brigand Goblin Mime drawback effect of all those creatures
Goblin Digging Team Goblin S.W.A.T. Team name
Morphling Greater Morphling name and abilities
Infernal Spawn of Evil Infernal Spawn of Infernal Spawn of Evil Unglued card name and abilities
(the "Infernal Spawn of Evil" can be seen on the Card Parodies pic)
Moat Look at Me, I'm R&D frame
Mana Flare Mana Flair name
Meddling Mage Meddling Kids name, art and ability
Ancestral Recall Mise ability; also references Lexivore in the flavor text; depicts Vizzerdrix in the normal art and Chicken à la King from in the special promo art
Mons's Goblin Raiders Mons's Goblin Waiters name
Mother of Runes Mother of Goons name and ability
Mox Diamond
Black Lotus
Mox Lotus name and ability
Card-drawing "Tomes" (such as Jayemdae Tome) My First Tome name and ability
Verdeloth the Ancient Name Dropping art
Necropotence Necro-Impotence name and ability
Chaos Orb, Falling Star Orcish Paratroopers flip mechanic
The Ultimate Nightmare of Wizards of the Coast® Customer Service Our Market Research Shows That Players Like Really Long Card Names So We Made This Card to Have the Absolute Longest Card Name Ever Elemental name
Persecute Persecute Artist name and ability
"Phyrexian Horrors", e.g. Phyrexian Negator Phyrexian Librarian name
R&D Gleemax Gleemax makes fun of R&D, claiming to be controlled by an alien brain-in-a-jar. This is now an mtg insider joke. Wizards of the Coast made a Gleemax website, "the home for gamers", but it wasn't succesfull.
Stone Giant
Bloodshot Cyclops
Pygmy Giant Stone Giant: name and picture*; Bloodshot Cyclops: ability
Rod of Ruin Rod of Spanking name and ability
Healing Salve Save Life ability
Granite Gargoyle
Lightning Axe
Sauté flavor text
Counterspell Spell Counter name and ability
Standing Troops Standing Army name and ability
Stone-Tongue Basilisk Stone-Cold Basilisk name and ability
The Fallen The Fallen Apart name
Uktabi Orangutan
Gorilla Titan
Uktabi Kong Orangutan name, ability, and picture; Gorilla flavor text
"Urza's" Cards, e.g. Urza's Glasses Urza's Hot Tub name
Sneak Attack When Fluffy Bunnies Attack name and picture*
"Split cards", e.g. Death (Life/Death) Who (Who/What/When/Where/Why) mechanic
Cyclopean Mummy Working Stiff creature type and picture*
City in a Bottle and other expansion hosers World-Bottling Kit name and ability
The Abyss Zzzyxas's Abyss name and ability
Masticore Remodel picture
Graveyard cards Blast from the Past mechanics, tombstone icon, artist, credits[18]
Obsolete mechanics Old Fogey mechanics, artist, credits

Unhinged Creature types[edit | edit source]

Unhinged creature types were eliminated from the Comprehensive Rules list during the Grand Creature Type Update. They included:

Unhinged mana symbols[edit | edit source]

A few cards in this set use mana symbols which only appear in Unhinged.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wizards of the Coast. (2004-08-02.) “Ask Wizards - August, 2004”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater. (November 15, 2004.) "Un and Games", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  3. Mark Rosewater. (August 30, 2010.) "Thank You Sir, May I Have Another", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  4. Magic Arcana. (November 15, 2004.) "Unhinged Basic Lands", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  5. Mark Rosewater. (November 8, 2004.) "The Un Starts Now", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  6. Magic Arcana. (August 24, 2004.) "Unhinged logo and symbol", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  7. Mark Rosewater. (April 1, 2004.) "Ach! Hans, run! It's Unhinged!", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  8. Mark Rosewater. (April 5, 2004.) "Unhinged or No?", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  9. Magic Arcana. (December 08, 2005.) "Unhinged Arena Promos", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  10. Brian Dumas. (November 29, 2004.) "Behind the Scenes of Unhinged", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  11. Mark Rosewater. (November 15, 2004.) "Unhinged FAQTIWDAWCC (Frequently Asked Questions That If We Didn't Answer Would Cause Chaos)", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  12. Aaron Forsythe. (November 19, 2004.) "The Spoken Word", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  13. Magic Arcana. (November 11, 2004.) "Unhinged Logo Concepts", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  14. Magic Arcana. (November 17, 2004.) "Tijuana Nights", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  15. Magic Arcana. (December 01, 2004.) "Mark Rosewater Makes an Ass of Himself", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  16. Mark Rosewater. (November 22, 2004.) "Having Un", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  17. Mark Rosewater. (November 29, 2004.) "Mining the Past", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  18. Magic Arcana. (November 28, 2006.) "Blast from the Past", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]

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