|Symbol description||A horseshoe in half of a broken egg shell over two crossed wrenches with acorn shaped holes.|
Mark Rosewater (lead)|
Max McCall (lead)|
|Release date||February 28, 2020|
|Themes and mechanics||Acorn counters, dice rolling|
|Keywords/ability words||Knightlifelink, Host, Augment|
|Set size||96 (five 30-card decks)|
|Magic: The Gathering Chronology|
Unsanctioned is a silver-bordered box set, marketed as a ready-to-play "Un-set" experience was released on February 28, 2020.[note 1] The set combines reprints from previous Un-sets with sixteen new Un-cards. It has a “wrestling match kind of flavor.”
|“||Get Ready for the Fight.||”|
The set consists of five 30-card, preconstructed mono-colored decks, each designed to synergize with one another in unique and surprising ways. Each player combines two decks into one 60-card deck and faces off against another combined deck for some wacky gameplay that stretches the limits of what Magic cards can do. The new cards (3 in each deck, and 1 appearing in all decks) were designed very much with Commander and Cube in mind.
There are 96 different cards in the set (30 commons, 22 uncommons, 30 rares, 4 mythic rares, 10 basic lands). The set features 19 reprints from Unglued, 24 from Unhinged, 27 from Unstable and 1 was a HASCON promo.
Like the other Un-sets before, Unsanctioned features five full-art basic lands. You get two cycles of full-art basic land, one foil, one nonfoil. There are also five regular basics, with each hiding a squirrel in its art. All the reprints, save Blast from the Past and Old Fogey, feature new card frames, but some have nods to their old frame adjustments.
Unsanctioned became available worldwide in English.
- 5 30-card decks
- 2 six-sided dice
- 10 double-sided tokens
- 10 full-art basic lands with new art (5 regular, 5 premium)
- 1 reusable box
Themes and mechanics
Acorn counters, introduced on Acornelia, Fashionable Filcher, have their own symbol and may be used as a resource. They are placed on players rather than on objects. Because of this, they are similar to energy counters.
- New un-creature types are:
Unsanctioned introduces a single new cycle.
|Commanders||Syr Cadian, Knight Owl ()||Alexander Clamilton ()||Acornelia, Fashionable Filcher ()||Stet, Draconic Proofreader ()||Pippa, Duchess of Dice ()|
|Five rare legendary creatures, each with an enemy color activated ability.|
Unsanctioned features five preconstructed half-decks.
|White||W||Syr Cadian, Knight Owl|
|Black||B||Acornelia, Fashionable Filcher|
|Red||R||Stet, Draconic Proofreader|
|Green||G||Pippa, Duchess of Dice|
- 1/1 Beeble creature, created by B.O.B. (Bevy of Beebles).
- 1/1 Goblin creature, created by Blast from the Past.
- 1/1 Squirrel creature, created by Squirrel Farm.
- Gold 4/4 Dragon creature with flying, created by Sword of Dungeons & Dragons.
- Pink 5/5 Giant Teddy Bear creature, created by Water Gun Balloon Game.
- Acorn Stash marker for Acornelia, Fashionable Filcher.
- Abstract Iguanart jabs at abstract art and is a throwback to Unhinged's "Artist matters" theme.
- Alexander Clamilton spoofs Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States.
- Booster Tutor uses the Arena League promo art.
- Infernius Spawnington III, Esq. is the grandson of the Infernal Spawn of Evil and the son of the Infernal Spawn of Infernal Spawn of Evil.
- The cards in the art of Johnny, Combo Player have been changed to reflect the cards named in the flavor text.
- Look at Me, I'm R&D got an update on its edited text.
- Pippa, Duchess of Dice directs players to use actual dice as creature tokens.
- Stet (Stet, Draconic Proofreader) is an editing term for "let it stand".
- Surgeon General Commander is designed as a WUBRG Commander and references the old EDH designation (General).
- The name and mechanics of Syr Cadian, Knight Owl are a play on the Circadian rhythm, the natural process that regulates the sleep-wake cycle and repeats roughly every 24 hours.
- Timmy, Power Gamer is the only card to feature completely new artwork.
- Topsy-Turvy is the only rarity shift, which got downshifted from rare to uncommon since there was no space to fit a security holofoil stamp in.
- Underdome is a joke on Thunderdome.
- Mark Rosewater (February 10, 2020). "Un-Boxing, Part 1". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Wizards of the Coast (March, 2020). "Unsanctioned Credits". Magicthegathering.com.
- Mark Rosewater (October 13, 2019). "Are the new card from Unsanctioned flavored from Bablovia, somewhere else, or nowhere specific?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Printed on the card frame.
- Wizards of the Coast (October 10, 2019). "Announcing Unsanctioned". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (February 25, 2020). "Unsanctioned FAQ". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Weekly MTG (Video). Magic: The Gathering. YouTube (October 11, 2019).
- Mark Rosewater (February 17, 2020). "Un-Boxing, Part 2". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- WPN (October 10, 2019). "Unsanctioned". Wizards Play Network.
- Mark Rosewater (October 10, 2019). "Will the new cards in Unsanctioned function well in a draft format? My Un-cube needs to know!". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater (December 18, 2019). "It has become a tradition that Un-set must have beautiful basic lands". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Cyriaque Lamar (January 28, 2020). "A First Look At Unsanctioned, Magic: The Gathering's New Set". Cracked.com.
- Mark Rosewater (January 29, 2020). "Is there going to be a way to get the Unsanctioned lands not foil?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- All the non full-art lands from unsanctioned have squirrels hidden in them. Reddit (January 28, 2020).
- Mark Rosewater (January 28, 2020). "Will the reprints of older Un cards look the same in the old mtg design or will they look like current cards?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater (February 24, 2020). "Unboxing, Part 3". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Blake Rasmussen (January 29, 2020). "The Tokens of Unsanctioned". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (January 29, 2020). "It seems like Topsy-Turvy was downshifted to uncommon, but I just can't figure out why?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater (January 29, 2020). "Is there a joke on Underdome?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- The announcement originally said that it would be released at Leap Day (February 29), but that was later amended.