Back in the golden age of Magic the Gatheringthe parody expansion set unglued (1998) took the game in a comical twist, with cards like Chaos Confetti asking you to tear yourself apart and hurl it across the room and onto the table. Almost 25 years later, we’re happy to note that as the 5th parody set, Magic hasn’t lost its funny side infinity will be published on October 7th.
Shockingly, crossword is a real word (someone who likes crosswords), so naturally its ability revolves around finding words instantly. Let’s hope you watched Wheel of Fortune religiously!
Here’s how the card works: When Goblin Cruciverbalist enters the battlefield, you may name an artifact token with a vowel. And when it attacks, you must find a word that contains that chosen vowel plus the first letter of any permanent you control. Still confused?
Imagine you have 2 islands, a mountain, Goblin Cruciverbalist, Chrome Mox and the token named A on your battlefield, then you can declare the word “Magic”! Each time you think of a new word, Goblin Cruciverbalist gets +X/+0, where X is the number of letters in the word. A 6/4 Haste creature for 3 mana isn’t bad at all!
Infinity is specially designed with interplanetary circus themes, which is a far cry from what we’ve seen in previous Un sets. Not only that, Infinity will fly its own flag to introduce brand new concepts to the entire Magic scene.
The use of stickers on cards
The game has long used counters – simple +1/+1 indicators or even keyword counters that were used first Ikoria. But these always existed on the battlefield, and once those cards were gone, so did the tokens (with some exceptions).
Now, Infinity introduces the concept of stickers to permanently mark or change a card’s attributes. Although the full rules of how it works haven’t been released yet, the idea is that these stickers stay on the card whether it goes to the graveyard, hand, or back to your library.
Using stickers can be a kind of real-world solution to the perpetual mechanic found in Magic’s Arena digital platform. These cards with Perpetual are digitally tagged and can also be tracked more easily by the system. It’s not clear how handy these stickers will be in a live game situation (what if they fall off during shuffling?), but it’s a bold move by Wizards that could see more use in future sets.
New Galaxy Foil variant
In addition to the Surge Foil found in the Warhammer 40k Universes Beyond Commander decks, Infinity will also be introducing a new, different type of foil called the Galaxy Foil. Described by magicians as looking at the stars in the night sky, we can only imagine the Galaxy foil as a kind of glitter effect. How defined or visible these “stars” will be is something we’ll have to find out when Infinity is released.
The introduction of 2 new foil variants on the same day(!) takes the full number of variants to 6and 3 of those in 2022 alone. It can be tough for even die-hard fans of the game to keep up, so hopefully things will slow down after that.
Cards with a black border for cross-format use
While it wasn’t clear enough that the wacky mechanics and lewd jokes weren’t meant for mainstream play in events or tournaments, all cards (except lands) from previous Un-sets had silver borders to clearly differentiate them for casual play.
Well, for the first time in Magic’s history, Infinity cards are printed with black borders, and with good reason! Many of these cards will be legal in eternal formats (vintage, legacy, and commander) as long as it doesn’t have an acorn security stamp at the bottom of the card. These “acorns” will effectively be known as the new silver frontiers of the past.
You’ve probably noticed that our Goblin Cruciverbalist preview card actually has an acorn stamp on the bottom of the card – meaning it can only be used for casual play!
Infinity is all about the lighter side of Magic, and frankly, it’s a very welcome alternative to the serious nature of the game. How effective the new stickers will be is debatable, but now that some cards are making their way into eternal formats, hopefully this will change the Magic landscape for the better.
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