Unglued 2: The Obligatory Sequel

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The tentatively called Unglued 2: The Obligatory Sequel or Wacky II: This Time it's Personal was a follow-up set for Unglued that was supposed to be released in Summer 1999. This Un-sets was designed by Mark Rosewater, but never published. Like its predecessor it was to be a silver-bordered parody set and was to be used outside of normal Magic expansions. This was an entirely different set from Unhinged, though that set reused some elements.[1][2][3]

Inception and cancellation[edit | edit source]

When Unglued was to be released in 1998, people were very excited. It was something new and different Wizards of the Coast hadn’t done before.[4] Unglued was instantly perceived as a smash hit, and it was decided to make a sequel. Right away, even before the first set even came out, Mark Rosewater started doing work on the second one. However, Unglued was overprinted, and in the end it netted a negative profit.[5] Because it didn’t do that well, comparatively because of the overprinting, the second set ended up getting put on hiatus and never made.[6]

Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]

“  Not every vegetable is good for you.  ”

A major theme of Unglued 2 was poison. Poison had originally been a major theme of Tempest but R&D had at the time decided to phase poison out of Magic. Rosewater figured silver border would be the perfect place to resurrect the mechanic. Poison was keyworded with a number. What this meant was when this creature dealt combat damage to you, you got that many poison counters. "Poison: N" would later be redone as Poisonous N in Future Sight.

Like Unglued had chickens, its successor had animated vegetables, which Rosewater picked to be the poison creatures. In addition, every artist was asked to hide a vegetable in his or her art. Note that some of the art from Unglued 2 was used in Unhinged, so there are also some hidden vegetables in the art of Unhinged.

Another theme of the set was voting. There was a cycle of voting cards, giving every player one vote and then spelling out how people could get additional votes. This idea was later used in Conspiracy.

The set also used scratchcards. There would be an extra print sheet with scratch-off cards, so that players would get one in every booster pack. Each card would have three scratch off lines on it and each time you cast it you would scratch one line off. Each scratch-off card had ten different version so that players wouldn't know which version they had. The art of these cards looked like scratch off lottery tickets. There were two in each color.

Like Unglued, Unglued 2 further had a die-rolling theme. Another feature was the often snarky reminder text on the cards. On top of that, Wizards of the Coast were considering having bubble gum in each of the booster packs.[7]

Since this Un set never made it to print, individual card designs crept their way into tournament-legal sets.[8] Some art of Unglued 2 was used for Unhinged Arena League promos.[9]

Known cards[edit | edit source]

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White[edit | edit source]

  • Aerobics Instructor (Creature - Teacher), part of a cycle that had you roll a six-sided die and get a benefit based on the roll, but if you rolled a six, the card was sacrificed.[1]
  • Circle of Protection: Art (Enchantment)[4][10]
  • Cotton Djinn (Creature - Djinn), part of a cycle of Punny Djins.[11][12] The name is a play on Cotton Gins.
  • Inner Child (Creature - Spirit), a card that forced players to share new information with each other.[2]
  • Keeper of Ipecac (Creature - Cleric), able to prevent the placement of poison counters, referencing a vomiting inducing drug.[2]
  • Que Serra Serra (Creature - Angel), a full-art card making fun of the decision to remove Serra Angel from the Core sets.[1][13][14]
  • Some Fat Pants (Enchant Creature), a 2/6 enhancement that forced the player to speak in the third person. Whenever they didn't, Some Fat Pants had to be sacrificed.[1][4]
  • White Sale (Enchantment), changing the cost of cards by rolling dice.[2]

Blue[edit | edit source]

  • Botulism (Enchant Creature), an aura giving the creature's controller poison counters unless a cost was paid. The art showed a muscled sailor killed by tainted spinach.[1]
  • Card Shark (Creature - Merfolk), a scratchcard.[2]
  • Hydro Djinn (Creature - Djinn).[11] The name is a play on hydrogen.
  • Jeopardy (Enchantment), forcing players to speak in the form of a question. The art depicted Karn, Tahngarth and Squee participating in a game show.[2][10]
  • Little Teapot (Instant), a spell forcing players to sing "I'm a Little Teapot".[1]
  • There's No Folk Like Merfolk (Creature - Merfolk), creating a subgame. The title of the card is playing on an old Hollywood expression, "There's no folk like show folk."[2]
  • Time Walk on the Wild Side (Instant), parodying Alpha 's Time Walk.[1]

Black[edit | edit source]

  • Bantam of the Opera (Creature - Chicken), another card in the die rolling cycle.[1]
  • Booster Tutor (Instant)[4]
  • Endangered Species Act (Sorcery), a voting card.[2]
  • Gangrene Pepper (Creature - Vegetable), a Zombified swampwalking vegetable with poison: 1.[1]
  • Nekratator (Creature - Vegetable), a poisonous potato impersonating Nekrataal[15][16]
  • Phyrexian Librarian (Creature - Torturer), naming card in play or being played, earned you a poison counter. Name and art were reused in Unhinged.[2]
  • Rutabaga of the Night (Creature - Vegetable), parodying Spirit of the Night.[2]
  • Skeletons in the Closet(Creature - Skeleton), able to manipulate votes.[1]
  • Slow Djinn (Creature - Djinn).[11] The name is a play on Sloe gin.

Red[edit | edit source]

  • Goblin Mime (Creature - Goblin Mime)[4]
  • Heads Up/Tailspin (Enchantment), a flip card avant la lettre, making use of a coin spin.[1]
  • Bob from Accounting (Creature - Legendary Accountant), a character out of an old Magic commercial.[1][17][18]
  • Hot Picks (Sorcery), a scratchcard.[1]
  • Rummy Djinn (Creature - Djinn).[11] The name is a play on Gin Rummy.
  • What the…?! (Instant), changing all numbers on cards by adding 3.[2]
  • Udder Madness (Enchantment), Die-rolling at the end of each player's turn, decides the player taking the next turn.[2]

Green[edit | edit source]

  • Broccoli (Creature - Vegetable), the only non-animated vegetable, referencing its iconic status as a vegetable that kids refuse to eat.[2]
  • Granny's Payback (Sorcery)[4]
  • Mad Beetdown (Creature - Vegetable), another tainted vegetable (Poison: 2).[1][19]
  • Portal Elf (Creature - Elf), dictating the use of the simplified Portal-rules.[1][20]
  • Poodleboy (Creature - Legendary Dog Man), another card referecing a Magic commercial.[1][17][21]
  • Santawar Elves (Creature - Elf), giving a Llanowar elf a job as Christmas elf.[2]
  • Sheep Cloning (Sorcery, creating sheep tokens by roling a six-sided die.[2]
  • Slim Djinn (Creature - Djinn).[11] The name is a play on the name of a jerky snack.

Gold[edit | edit source]

Artifacts[edit | edit source]

  • Gleemax[24]
  • Illusionary Masking Tape (Artifact), keeping all cards in play you control face down.[2]
  • Iron Man (Artifact Creature), refering to a format called Iron Man Magic where instead of having a graveyard, every card destined for the graveyard was ripped up.[2]
  • Poker Table (Artifact), you played a poker hand with CMC being numbers and color being suit.[4][25][26]
  • Shameless Plug (Artifact), a card making use of the latest copy of the Duelist.[1]
  • The Other Spatula of the Ages (artifact), companion card to Spatula of the Ages.[2]
  • Treehouse of Dr. Moreau (Artifact), creating 1/1 green Squirrel creature tokens with Poison: 1. Named after the anti villain of The Island of Dr. Moreau.[1]

Land[edit | edit source]

Name only, unknown color[edit | edit source]

  • Cool Cucumber (Creature - Vegetable)[15]
  • Celery Stalker (Creature - Vegetable)[15]
  • Dolphin Boy[4]
  • Fake I.D. [29]
  • Monkey See, [Monkey do][4]
  • Swarm of Pickles (Creature - Vegetable)[15]
  • Tequila Mockingbird[4]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Mark Rosewater (August 12, 2013). "Un-Seen". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Mark Rosewater (November 10, 2014). "Un-Seen 2: Electric Bugaloo". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater (November 6, 2017). "The Un-Ending Saga, Part 1". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. a b c d e f g h i j Mark Rosewater. "#38 - Unglued 2". Drive to Work. Transcript.
  5. Mark Rosewater (April 29, 2012). "What exactly happened with Unglued 2?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  6. Mark Rosewater (May 24, 2016). "What was your worst day at work?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  7. Mark Rosewater (July 24, 2017). "Would you have included gum in the un-hinged booster packs?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  8. Magic Arcana (November 10, 2004). "When Unglued 2 Cards See Print". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Magic Arcana (December 08, 2005). "Unhinged Arena Promos". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  10. a b Mark Rosewater (July 20, 2009). "The Silver Lining". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  11. a b c d e Magic Arcana (August 8, 2005). "Punny Djinns". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Mark Rosewater (December 04, 2013). "So what other Un-Cards made it to black border?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  13. Mark Rosewater (October 17, 2011). "The Walking Undead". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Mark Rosewater (May 06, 2013). "Why did all the iconic big creatures got taken out of 6th edition?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  15. a b c d Magic Arcana (November 9, 2004). "Unglued 2 Veggie Creatures". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  16. a b Mark Rosewater (December 16, 2015). "What im looking for is a bit special. I'm lucky to own 4 Unglued 2 paintings from Phil Foglio.". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  17. a b Wizards of the Coast (March 3, 2008). "Magic Ad Archive". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  18. Magic Arcana (April 18, 2014). "Storyboarding Bob". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  19. Magic Arcana (June 27, 2005). "Mad Beetdown!". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  20. Mark Rosewater (March 03, 2016). "There was an Un-card that joked about the failed gun experiment, wasn't there?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  21. Magic Arcana (March 21, 2005). "Engineering the Kezzerdrix". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  22. (Creature - Atog)Mark Rosewater (December 18, 2014). "Trivia in atogatog?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  23. Mark Rosewater (October 22, 2018). "How Trivial". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  24. Mark Rosewater (September 15, 2003). "A Mind Is A Wonderful Thing To Waste". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  25. Mark Rosewater (April 15, 2017). "Why did wizards have that painting of dogs playing magic created?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  26. Mark Rosewater (April 16, 2017). "Can you share any of the design for Poker Table?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  27. Mark Rosewater (January 03, 2018). "Unglued 2, Poison Dual Lands". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  28. Mark Rosewater (June 24, 2015). "Here is the alt art for R&D’s Secret Lair from Unglued 2!". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  29. Tom Jenkot (July 11, 2013). "Sympathy for the Minotaur, Part 3". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.