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List of unreleased mechanics

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There are some mechanics that have been designed by R&D but have been never released for several reasons as rules concerns. Some of them have been publicly explained over the years.

Unreleased colors[edit | edit source]

Unreleased counters[edit | edit source]

Unreleased keyword actions[edit | edit source]

Unreleased keyword abilities[edit | edit source]

  • Call — for Ixalan. A Dinosaur with call was usually a bigger Dinosaur, but one with a very cheap mana cost. You couldn't attack or block until you paid a one-time activation cost.[2]
  • "Deathfall" — for Jund in Shards of Alara. Effects that trigger every time a creature dies.[3]
  • Enlist — for Ixalan. Pay extra mana to create a creature token.[2]
  • Forbidden — By Mark Rosewater, for Avacyn Restored.
  • Glorify — For Amonkhet.
  • Hieroglyphics — By Mark Rosewater, for Amonkhet.[4]
  • Last strike — By Mark Rosewater, for Future Sight.
  • Mechanic I — For Kaladesh. The only unexplained mechanic of the five that the Kaladesh design team ended up making and liking. It got discarded for excess of mechanics.[5]
  • Mummify — For Amonkhet.
  • Plot — For Amonkhet. A suspend variant representing you planning ahead.[6]
  • Plunder — For the Vampires and Pirates of Ixalan.[2] Based on bloodthirst. When you cast these cards, if you had dealt combat damage to an opponent, the card received some kind of bonus.
  • Reckless — For Gruul in Gatecrash.
  • Reverse Engineer — For Kaladesh but pushed for Aether Revolt. It allowed you to copy an artifact and then that copy got sacrificed at end of turn,[7] in the same way Heat Shimmer from Lorwyn does for creatures.[8]
  • Showoff — By Mark Rosewater, for Lorwyn. It allowed you to choose to reveal a card. If the card was revealed (from your hand or your library), then it could be played for its showoff cost, which was often cheaper than its normal mana cost.[9]
  • Torment — Each opponent loses 3 life unless that player sacrifices a nonland permanent or discards a card. Reduced to a unkeyworded vertical cycle in Hour of Devastation.[10]
  • Triple strike — By Mark Rosewater, for Future Sight.
  • Unique — By Mark Rosewater, to replace Legendary.
  • Unnamed — By Mark Rosewater, for Tempest. It allowed you to choose to start with the card in your opening hand. If you chose to do so, you had to begin with one card fewer.[11]
  • Unnamed — By Mark Rosewater, for Time Spiral. It allowed you to put cards into your deck that you might not normally be able to play. The idea was the card say that if it was in your deck, then you were allowed to have up to four copies of a card from the past in your deck —even if that card wasn't normally legal in Standard. Understanding that those cards might not be broken cards, Mark Rosewater found six subsets of past cards, one for each color and one artifact, that could work —blue's member of this cycle was a creature that had the creature type Wizard.[11]
  • Unnamed — For Amonkhet. It made use of -1/-1 counters to represent the ruthlessness of Bolas.[12]

Unreleased lands[edit | edit source]

Unreleased supertypes[edit | edit source]

  • Über-classes — By Mark Rosewater, for Morningtide. Cards that affected "fighters" affected Soldiers and Warriors (and possibly Knights). "Mages" were Shaman and Wizards (and possibly Druids). "Scoundrel" meant Assassins and Rogues.[9]

Released mechanics[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater. (January 9, 2017.) “A Revolting Development (and Design), Part 2”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. a b c Mark Rosewater. (September 11, 2017.) “Just for Ix(alan), Part 2”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater. (February 24, 2017.) "Do you have any Jund trivia?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  4. Mark Rosewater. (April 10, 2017.) “Amonkhet Down to Business, Part 2”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater. (January 16, 2017.) "What's up with the fifth one?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  6. Mark Rosewater. (May 29, 2017 .) “Odds & Ends: Amonkhet, Part 2”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Mark Rosewater. (January 2, 2017.) “A Revolting Development (and Design), Part 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Mark Rosewater. (January 16, 2017.) “Aether Way, Part 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. a b Evil Mark Rosewater. (February 25, 2008.) “Rogue Operative”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Melissa DeTora. (June 23, 2017.) “Cycle of Torment”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  11. a b Mark Rosewater. (December 7, 2015.) “Topical Blend: Did You Hear the One About...”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Mark Rosewater. (April 17, 2017 .) “Amonkhet Down to Business, Part 3”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Mark Rosewater. (July 23, 2007.) “The X Files”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  14. a b Aaron Forsythe. (May 16, 2011.) “Phyrexian Ken's Demands”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Mark Rosewater. (August 30 2016.) "Hang on a sec, did you ever even say...", Blogatog, Tumblr.