UNSTABLE | Magic: The Gathering Previews, News & Updates
We’re (finally) travelling back to the wacky world of silver-bordered cards when MTG Unstable releases December 8, 2017. Please find below the Unstable visual card gallery and set information.
Set Name: Unstable
Number of Cards: 216-ish
Release Date: December 8, 2017
Official Three-Letter Code: UST
Twitter Hashtag: #MTGUn3
Languages Available: English
MSRP: $3.99 *Applies to U.S. Only
Spoiler season normally starts about 2 weeks before the release date, on the Monday. The release date for Unstable is December 8, 2017, which means that preview season for Unstable should officially start around Monday 27th November 2017, although do expect a small number of cards to be previewed the week before then.
MTG Unstable Booster Box & Pack Packaging
There will be a total of 45 Contraptions in MTG Unstable!
ghallberg asked: Are the Contraption backs the Sprocket-card that’s on the back of the Dogsnail Engine preview, or is it something else?
The back of Dogsnail Engine is the back of all the Contraptions – all 45 of them.
Every Unstable booster pack has a foil token!
zanmor asked: “The tokens though are only in foil, no none foil versions.” Could you clarify a bit? So all tokens are foil? Do we get them at the same rates as normal tokens? Is this a selling point a la full art lands, because I think it’s awesome!
Every booster pack has a foil token. Half of them are tokens from Unstable and they have a humorous ad on the back. Half are from outside Unstable (aka normal black bordered Magic) and have full bleed art of the token on the back. They look amazing.
questionmark103805 asked: Do Contraption cards lack a silver border so they can potentially be used in black border one day?
Contraptions have no borders so they do not have silver border limitations.
Full art Unstable lands
Sword of Dungeons & Dragons to appear in MTG Unstable!
Mark Rosewater’s recap of the Unstable announcements made at SDCC
“I promised to post the new info I gave out at the panel. Note that it’s all about Unstable. Here it is:
Unstable will have a small Squirrel theme, enough to build a deck around. There is a Squirrel lord but because its effects stack, it isn’t legendary so people can get multiples on the battlefield at the same time.
The set will have full-art basic lands with art done by John Avon. We did something with them that we almost did in Unhinged by chickened out. They look amazing.
The set will have Contraptions. I figured out a flavorful and fun way to do them but it was a bit much for black border. I consider it a home run execution. Steamflogger Boss is on the set. It appears once on the land sheet (It was the only way to get a black-bordered card in the set). Only the basic lands and Steamflogger Boss are Eternal playable. All the creatures in this set that assemble Contraptions are Riggers.
The set has a cohesive creative theme. We brought in artists and did real world building. The world is a mad scientist steam punkish world with five factions:
Order of the Widget (White/Blue) – This is the cyborg faction. They are like Esper but without any self control. They use their inventions to constantly improve themselves. You don’t need a toaster if you replace your hand with a toaster. They take self improvement to an absurd degree.
Agents of S.N.E.A.K. (Blue/Black) – This faction is the spies. They use their inventions for elaborate spy devices. The problem is, they are, for the most part, awful spies, using spy gadgets whenever and wherever they can often when not remotely called for.
Legion of Dastardly Doom (Black/Red) – This faction is the super villains. They use their inventions for death rays, weather control devices and apocalypse machines. They want to rule the world, but are constantly fighting as to who gets to destroy the world first.
Goblin Explosioneers (Red/Green) – This faction is the Goblins, it includes the Steamfloggers. These Goblins love making contraptions and are slightly obsessed with hammers. Their style is slapping thing together to see if cool things can happen. And when things don’t explode, sometimes they do.
Crossbreed Labs (Green/White) – This faction is obsessed with using their inventions to alter biology. They are all made up of hybrids of different animals. Part monkey/part spider/part leopard – sounds good. This faction mixes and matches all sorts of different animals in its quest for self improvement.
The set uses modern design and development techniques. It was designed to be drafted by itself and the release events for the product will be booster drafts. We worked hard to make the set have a lot of playability so you can draft it a bunch of times.
The set will have foil tokens, both for tokens produced by cards in the set and for popular tribes we felt the players would like in foil.
There are tons of other cool things I can’t talk about yet. The set does have a second named mechanic, along with Contraptions. It is something we’ve been trying to solve for years and with the flexibility of silver border, finally found a way to do it.
The set started design in January of 2011 and has its release date slip on several occasions. I am very proud of the work everyone did and think it’s the best Un-set we’ve ever made. I believe fans of Un-sets are going to love it.”
“From Maro’s blogatog live panel at SDCC
He could not show any lands or silver bordered cards from the set so he showed this. He confirmed that there will be contraptions in the set and that all creatures that make them are rares. It is set on a mad scientist world with 5 factions. I’ll post more photos as soon as I can upload them with the 5 factions.
Full art lands, possibly borderless. Foil tokens
White blue faction: They are like esper with no self control. They go why need a toaster if I can make my hand a toaster.
Blue black faction: Spy’s that make spy inventions but are really bad spies. They will be spy themes like ninjas and secret agents.
Black red faction: they are the super villains that want to make doomsday machines.
Red green faction: they are goblins that like to tinker. They make lots of things and breed fast enough to not wipe out their race.
Green white faction: they like to experiment with combining animals and themselves.
There will also be a squirrel lord that is not a legendary.
Lands and Steamflogger Boss will be the only black border cards.”
“Sword of Dungeons and Dragons” to appear in Unstable!
frosty-mage-stuff asked: Wait, were the Hascon promos revealed yet?
Here’s what got revealed today.
There are three cards:
One for Transformers
One for NERF
One for Dungeons & Dragons (and it comes with a token)
The Dungeons & Dragons one is called Sword of Dungeons & Dragons and it’s also appearing in Unstable.