Unsanctioned Fun Is Coming To Magic: The Gathering In February

Unsanctioned is coming.
Unsanctioned is coming. Wizards of the Coast

Are you ready to experience something unbelievable, unheard of, unusual, unique, and unfathomably fun? Magic: The Gathering is officially announcing Unsanctioned. This preconstructed silver-bordered experience is coming February 29, 2020.

Unsanctioned contains five combinable silver-bordered 30-card decks for wacky Un- fun. According to Wizards of the Coast, each set is going to feature 16 brand-new Un- cards that are sure to trip players' Un- triggers. There are also going to be reprints of some of the beloved Un- cards from previous Un- sets.

WotC went on to say that Unsanctioned is goind to have "new full-art black-bordered basic lands that will do the Un- line proud—with a new Un- style and new art."

Each copy of Unsanctioned contains:

  • 5 30-card decks
  • 2 six-sided dice
  • 10 double-sided tokens
  • 10 full-art basic lands (5 regular, 5 premium)
  • 1 reusable box

WotC has been known to release non-tournament-legel expansion sets every now and then. The first of this was Unglued, released back in 1998. The idea behind Unglued started when then lead designer Joel Mick, as well as designer Bill Rose, talked about the cards that were cut from expansions or were unplayable based on the rules. This eventually led to an expansion set containing cards having no place in serious games. One theme in Unglued, for example, focused on chickens. Specifically these were five common cards that dealt with chickens. The card Fowl Play was a Blue Enchant Creature card that turned the target creature to a 1/1 Chicken with no other abilities.

This was later followed by Unhinged in 2004. One new thing added to this expansion was the sixth color, which was pink. Here, the Water Balloon Gun Game artifact allows players, upon meeting certain conditions, to create a 5/5 pink Giant Teddy Bear creature token. Instead of chickens, this time it was donkeys. The black Badd Ass donkey zombie, for example, had a power/toughness of 3-1/2/1.

The third set was Unstable, which was steampunk-inspired and had five main factions based on each allied color pairing. New mechanics were introduced with this set like the "Augment" mechanic and the Sprockets and Contraptions.

Unsanctioned will be available in local game stores, mass market stores, and online through MTG Arena.

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