Unfinity spoils new Eternal mechanics and possible card types!

Over the weekend, Mark Rosewater hosted the Magic: the Gathering San Diego Comicon panel. Because Dominaria United spoilers were covered on Thursday, Rosewater was able to choose which topic he talked about. In general Rosewater fashion, he took the opportunity to talk about the latest Un-Set in the series: Unfinity! From the new MTG sticker mechanic to new maps (and a new type of map?), many spoilers have leaked on the panel. The news release has been hectic, so here’s a quick recap of everything MTG players can’t afford to miss!

MTG Sticker

Perhaps the most impactful spoiler during the Magic panel was the new MTG sticker mechanic. Generally, like the perpetual mechanism in Magic Arena, stickers are literal stickers (they count as counters, so they can be proliferated) that you stick on unearthly permanents you own for additional abilities/functions. Unlike other counters, sticker effects “stick” between public areas (if a card with a sticker moves from the battlefield to exile or graveyard, the stickers will still affect the creature). This refers to any area where both players have information like Graveyard, Battleground, Exile, etc. If a card is returned to the hand or library, the stickers will drop.

An RNG mechanic is also associated with the stickers (you only have access to a randomly chosen sheet of stickers at the start of the game). There are four types of stickers: name, ability, art, and power/stamina. There are a lot of ins and outs with this mechanic, and we wrote an article that talks more in-depth about stickers.

MTG Tickets

Tickets are another recently announced mechanic that works similarly to Kaladesh block energy. In other words, tickets are an alternative currency that the player can accumulate through their abilities. You can then spend Tickets to use the functions represented by your Stickers.

Spoilers!

Here’s the most exciting thing revealed at Mark Rosewater’s SDCC panel! We’ve got a great look at new Unfinity cards that interact with the new Ticket and MTG Sticker mechanics! We can also look at new Eternal legal cards that have had complications along the way.

far

Of all the new spoilers, this one has generated the most buzz. Far is a map that players have wanted to see and that WOTC has wanted to create for a long time. The catch is that this card is not Eternal Legal. After many MTG players asked Rosewater on their Blogatog why this was the case, the response was basically that the rules team hadn’t clarified it. The answer to the rules problem is complicated, and Rosewater wants the rules team to publish an article that answers it. For the most part, we know Far Out is totally acceptable in the Eternal Game. A few special cases with the map make it a problem from a rules perspective. We don’t currently know what those critical cases are, but the MTG judges might be able to come to those conclusions for themselves.

wicker picker

To reiterate, any unbuffered Common or Uncommon card will be legal for Eternal play. This card confirms that tickets and stickers will become eternal legal mechanisms. I find it rather amusing that willow picker gives creatures “Sticker Kicker” spells. Judging by the flavor text, the pun was very intentional.

Sticker Kicker allows you to get a Ticket and put a Sticker on a creature that received a Sticker Kick. It was particularly pointed out that the lowest ticket cost to use a sticker’s ability would be two. Therefore, one Sticker Kicker activation will not be enough to actually use a Sticker’s ability.

store magic ropes

Unfortunately, there has been some confusion as to whether Magar of the magic cords would Eternal be legal or not due to a misprint that was previewed. If you want to know more about Magar, we wrote an article about it.

carnivorous carnival

An overarching theme for Unfinity is that all of the rides featured in their carnival will be very exciting…and very dangerous. Carnival carnivore is another example of getting a ticket and placing a sticker on a nonland permanent you own. To be clear, this doesn’t mean you can put stickers on the cards of opponents you control; since you don’t own them, you control them. Incidentally, this will be the second black crab MTG has seen to date.

animated object

This card is not legal for Eternal for apparent reasons. Animate an object literally lets you turn any object outside of the game into a game piece. Mark Rosewater commented when introducing this card that he attacked with a shoe horn.

harold angelica

Angelique Harold is another preview map that will not be legal for Eternal. It seems like MTG avoids effects that mess up the names too much (or might have different potency levels in different languages?).

Miscellaneous and a new card type?

Lots of different artwork and cheats were featured throughout the Unfinity preview. There’s also a ton of content with little information about them, so we’ll highlight the most substantial clues we know of so far.

The image above features a new card type called Attractions. Although Rosewater was not authorized to present the text of these maps, he did present the borders. These alone made it clear that Attractions are a new type of Magic card. We don’t know where the legality of these cards will fall (but it looks like some might be forever legal?)

Aliens and robots will be two new creature types introduced in Unfinity. The robots, in particular, were confirmed to have a tribal theme when writing the set. By the way, most robots are also established to be clowns. “Names Matter”, “Hats Matter”, and “Artwork Matters” will all be additional themes in the set.

Watch it for yourself!

As we mentioned in the last paragraph, there were a lot of cryptic clues with little factual information. The best way to catch up on what was said (in addition to the highlights given here) is to watch the panel yourself. Burning questions arising? Let us know, and we’ll do our best to get to the bottom of it!