We've Been Tricked! Unstable Cards Have Alternate Versions with New Art and Rules Text, Making Them Quite... Unstable

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Image credit: Wizards of the Coast/ Art by Dmitry Burmak

If you've been keeping up with Magic: The Gathering-related posts on Reddit, you'd probably know by now that there are different versions of the same card from the new Unstable set. Some cards like Extremely Slow Zombie have different artworks, and others like Very Crytpic Command have different rules text. Check out the photos of Unstable cards with alternate versions below:

[UST] Extremely Slow Zombie 4 alternate arts
[UST] Amateur Auteur 4 alternate arts
[UST] Target Minotaur, 4 arts
[UST] Secret Base, 5 arts
[UST] Alternative art/rules text on a Very Cryptic Command.
This caused some confusion in the
community, with many asking Star City Games how they're handling singles preorders.

Ben Bleiweiss of Star City Games posted a statement explaining how they're handling preorders for Unstable:

1. If you ordered one of the Mostly Complete Sets – you are going to get every version of every card(not including basic lands and tokens, as originally advertised)! We're not entirely sure how many variants of each card there are, but based on my math, we should be opening enough product to take care of all of the variants for each of these complete sets!
2. If you preordered an individual card that ended up having multiple variants – we are going to ship the version of the card that was initially revealed/pictured on the website. This is the card that was ordered at the time you placed your order, so we're going to make sure you get the version that was advertised at the time. This includes foil versions of cards.
3. We disabled all Singles sales on Unstable (except for basic lands) once the news on this broke last night. We have since re-enabled cards that do not seem to have multiple variants. Once we know exactly how many versions of each card exist (for cards that have variants), we will be creating different versions of those cards for sale on the website (both foil and non-foil).
4. As always: even though some of the cards are likely to jump in price (some of these foils that have four or more variants are going to be pretty hard to get), we are honoring the original price that these cards were purchased at by our customers. If you see the price go up on the website, don't worry. You are not being charged more money for the orders you have already placed

That seems fair. It's good to see a company do their business in a customer-oriented and transparent manner.

Unstable will launch December 8, 2017, and MSRP for each booster pack is $3.99 for U.S. stores.

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