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Unstable
UST logo.png
 
Set symbol
Symbol description
A wrench with acorn shaped hole
Design team
Mark Rosewater
Development team
Art Director
Dawn Murin[1]
Release date
December 8, 2017
Themes and mechanics
Squirrels, Contraptions
Keywords and/or ability words
Set size
216-ish
Expansion code
UST[2]
Un- sets
Unglued Unhinged Unstable
Magic: The Gathering chronology
From the Vault: Transform Unstable Rivals of Ixalan

Unstable is the third Magic: The Gathering booster-based set to be used outside of legal Magic tournaments. It will be released on December 8, 2017 as a standalone fun-set.[3] This is the third of the silver bordered Un-sets and is designed to be drafted.

Set details[edit | edit source]

Unstable contains 216-ish cards (5 basic land, TBA common, TBA uncommon, TBA rare, and TBA mythic rare) and includes randomly inserted premium versions of all cards.[4] The set explores new areas of Magic game design and continues the tradition of bending the conventional rules of the game in a fun and whimsical way. Silver-bordered cards can do interesting and unique things that regular black-bordered cards don't typically get to do, all in the name of fun, and the set's creative elements reflect that spirit. Unstable was designed to both be drafted alone and be mixed with other sets. According to Mark Rosewater however, the best experience is probably when it's drafted alone.[5] The expansion symbol is a a wrench with an acorn shaped hole.

The set will feature 'modern design sensibilities' and a will be built around a 'cohesive creative vision'.[3] It includes fun Legendary creatures that can be utilized in the Commander format and some cards designed for cubes.[6][7][8] Like its predecessors, Unstable features 5 full-art basic lands[9], but these are borderless instead of black-bordered.[10][11] The set also features foil tokens (both for tokens produced by cards in the set and for popular tribes outside the set).

History[edit | edit source]

Mark Rosewater had to wait 13 years after Unhinged before Unstable could be printed. Unhinged had been considered a commercial failure. However, Rosewater argues this wasn't because of poor sales, but because of overprinting. Wizards of the Coast didn't regularly create supplemental sets back then so they treated them like a small expansion which they weren’t. Rosewater argues that properly printed, they would have been considered big successes.[12] Actual work on the set took six years.[13][14]

Marketing[edit | edit source]

First details of Unstable were revealed by Rosewater at San Diego Comic-Con 2017.[14] He also heavily promoted the set on Blogatog.

Tokens[edit | edit source]

Unstable features several foil tokens

Storyline[edit | edit source]

Unstable is set on a 'mad scientist world' with 5 factions:[16]

  • {W}{U} Order of the Widget; cyborgs that use technology to constantly improve themselves.[17] They have no self control.
  • {U}{B} Agents of S.N.E.A.K.; really bad spies with cool toys.[18]
  • {B}{R} League of Dastardly Doom; super villains scheming to take over the world.[19] Constantly at odds with each other.
  • {R}{G} Goblin Explosioneers; steamfloggers and tinkerers that experiment with lots of crazy ideas, many of which explode.[20] They breed fast enough to not wipe out their race.
  • {G}{W} Crossbreed Labs; creature hybrids that have used their inventions to create a perfect society where everyone is their true self.[21][22]

Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]

There will also be a squirrel lord that is not legendary,[14][23] and a mythic vanilla.[24][25] A dexterity card and the return of Ninjas are strongly hinted at.[26][27] The factions of the set are recognizable by their watermarks.[28]

The set uses gold as a (mono)-color.[29][30][31]

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

Creature types[edit | edit source]

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

General[edit | edit source]

  • Mark Rosewater joked that his toaster did most of the design.[36]

Flavor[edit | edit source]

Cards[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater. (July 23, 2017.) "The art direction for Unstable seems quite not-Magic-like.", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  2. Mark Rosewater. (August 04, 2017.) "Wait, so the Unstable set code is UST? I thought it was UN3.", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  3. a b Wizards of the Coast. (June 14, 2017.) “25th Anniversary Announcement Day”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Rosewater. (September 10, 2017.) "Will Unstable have foil lands/Steamflogger Boss?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  5. Mark Rosewater. (June 15, 2017.) "Is Unstable designed to be drafted with previous 2 Un sets?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  6. Mark Rosewater. (June 23, 2017.) "Will Unstable include enough Legendary creatures to support a playgroup of silver-bordered commander?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  7. Mark Rosewater. (June 27, 2017.) "Am I going to get any sweet cube cards in Unstable?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  8. Mark Rosewater. (July 28, 2017.) "Can we expect some legendary creatures in Unstable?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  9. Mark Rosewater. (July 23, 2017.) "Will there be more than one art per colour for the lands?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  10. Magic Twitter
  11. Mark Rosewater. (September 09, 2017.) "I feel like you missed an opportunity to do something silly with the unset lands.", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  12. Mark Rosewater. (May 16, 2017.) "The problem with the previous Un-sets was not poor sales, it was overprinting.", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  13. Mark Rosewater. (July 15, 2017.) "Are there any cards you had to cut because they contained references that were just too dated?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  14. a b c d Mark Rosewater. (July 23, 2017.) "Magic Panel Info", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  15. .Mark Rosewater. (September 20, 2017.) "Is the same dragon token from the Hascon promos going to be in Unstable?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  16. Mark Rosewater. (July 23, 2017.) "What is Unstable, gadget world?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  17. Mark Rosewater. (August 03, 2017.) "Order of the Widget.", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  18. Mark Rosewater. (August 03, 2017.) "Agents of S.N.E.A.K.", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  19. Mark Rosewater. (August 03, 2017.) "League of Dastardly Doom.", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  20. Mark Rosewater. (August 03, 2017.) "Goblin Explosioneers.", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  21. Mark Rosewater. (July 25, 2017.) "The G/W faction in Unstable seems a lot like Simic from Ravnica.", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  22. Mark Rosewater. (August 03, 2017.) "Crossbreed Labs.", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  23. Mark Rosewater. (August 03, 2017.) "Do you like squirrels?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  24. Mark Rosewater. (June 14, 2017.) "Is the vanilla mythic black bordered?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  25. Mark Rosewater. (June 14, 2017.) "You killed my Mythic Vanila hype by putting it in an un-set", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  26. Mark Rosewater. (July 30, 2017.) "When did dexerity cards get banned?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  27. Mark Rosewater. (August 01, 2017.) "With regards to Ninja's", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  28. Mark Rosewater. (July 23, 2017.) "Will the five factions from Unstable have logos/watermarks?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  29. Mark Rosewater. (July 28, 2017.) "Wait so is gold a color now?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  30. Mark Rosewater. (July 28, 2017.) "Silver-bordered Magic has 7 colors at the moment, right?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  31. Mark Rosewater. (August 03, 2017.) "Can the gold dragon made by sword of D&D be exiled by radiant purge?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  32. Mark Rosewater. (July 23, 2017.) "Since Steamflogger Boss is on the land sheet, does that mean if you get it in a pack it will be in the basic land slot?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  33. Mark Rosewater. (August 03, 2017.) "Steamflogger Boss.", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  34. Mark Rosewater. (September 09, 2017.) "We saw the unstable full arts today... will they be one in each pack of unstable?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  35. Mark Rosewater. (August 14, 2017.) “Get It? Unhinged Edition, Part 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  36. Mark Rosewater. (August 30, 2017.) "Hi Mark. Today is my birthday, may I request some...", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  37. Mark Rosewater. (July 24, 2017.) "I just realised that the name "Crossbreed Labs" is a dog breeder joke.", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  38. Mark Rosewater. (July 21, 2017.) "Will the Sword of Dungeons & Dragons available at Hascon be different from the one in Unstable?", Blogatog, Tumblr.

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