Unstable Mutation

Legality

Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Time Spiral "Timeshifted" (TSB) Rare
Fifth Edition (5ED) Common
Fourth Edition (4ED) Common
4th Edition Foreign Black Border (4EDFBB) Common
Revised Edition (3ED) Common
Revised Foreign Black Border (3EDFBB) Common
Arabian Nights (ARN) Common

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Unstable Mutation

Enchantment — Aura

Enchant creature

Enchanted creature gets +3/+3.

At the beginning of the upkeep of enchanted creature's controller, put a -1/-1 counter on that creature.

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Unstable Mutation Discussion

DragonGodKing90 on Bant Bogles

1 month ago

i don't really "need" to playtest it. your only maindeck blue cards are Serum Visions which isn't needed, Unstable Mutation which should be a Hyena Umbra or Spirit Mantle, and Curiosity which is just a blue Keen Sense.

xyr0s on Pattern Deck Wins

4 months ago

Lightning Berserker or Village Messenger  Flip over Monastery Swiftspear? In particular the first of them seems like a downgrade; you pay 1 mana to dash-play, then attack, and boost for 1 more mana with berserker (but you can potentially do this many times of course, you just have to get to the part of the game where you have a lot of mana). Swiftspear, you pay one to cast, then one mana for a Lightning Bolt and still attack with 2 power. Pers'n'ly I'm a lot more afraid of seeing opponent play Monastery Swiftspear turn 1 on the play, since if I don't have a 1 cmc blocker, they can then go Lightning Bolt/Lava Spike X 2 in turn 2, and attack for another 3. Net result is 10 damage by turn 2.

For variation, you can exchange Bomat Courier for Abbot of Keral Keep. Abbot is a "late-game" play for RDW - turn 3 or 4. It's lacking haste, which is a real drawback, but prowess is pretty good, even one turn later. Anyway, it's another card that tries to keep the attack going for red decks. If it's real card advantage you want, you could go for a slightly longer game, and play Smuggler's Copter and Bedlam Reveler (copter helps stock the graveyard with relevant cards for reveler - and if you wanna go real deep on this synergy, you add Flame Jab, since it can play from your graveyard, and triggers prowess), but in a deck with this many creatures, I don't think it would work.

Skred - instant speed is a plus, but otherwise, it's questionable if it's better than Flame Slash before you get so late in the game, that it doesn't matter anymore. You could play Skullcrack instead - doesn't really do the same, but cutting opponent of from lifegain can be a real gameturner.

Same calculation for Blaze vs. Lava Spike, just without the instant speed - yes, you can potentially hit harder with blaze... when you have 5 lands in play. I guess that there is some advantage to being able to target both opponents face and creatures, but I can't recall having seen any modern RDW play x-spells, and that is probably because they play everything else at very low casting cost, and has few lands, and therefore the x-spells never become very impressive. Also, they are horrible on your opening hand.

Someone else wrote that Furnace of Rath was a bad choice. That was pretty much spot on.

Actually Consuming Fervor is pretty interesting. I mean... I wouldn't splash blue to play Unstable Mutation but when it's colorshifted into red, it might be ok. Slow speed makes it easier for opponent to respond to than a buffing instant, otoh it stays for a while.

Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle is a pretty iffy choice here. It doesn't turn your lands into Lightning Bolts until you play your 6th mountain, and has valakut in play. I'm not an RDW afficionado, but I have played it every now and then, and played against it too, and a game where you have 7 lands in play, is a game that has gone twice as long as supposed to. If valakut didn't enter the battlefield tapped, it wouldn't matter, but it does, and that is a definite no-no, since it might show up in your opening hand.

Sorry for suggesting overplayed and boring cards.

Sjorpha on Blue/Black Horror Aggro

4 months ago

So, not sure how competitive you're trying to be here, but some of these cards are just not good. For example Skittering Horror and Sivitri Scarzam, it's much better to simply play full playsets of the infect creatures.

I think with infect you should play some buff spells such as Unstable Mutation and some evasion spells such as Artful Dodge

Mind Harness and Steal Artifact should be in the sideboard since they are dead against many decks.

Also the deck seems to not be pauper legal, so if you're looking to play in pauper events or pauper queue online you'll need to fix that. Otherwise probably change the format to "casual".

Austin_Smith_of_Cards on P/EDH Enchantment Battlemage infect Please Help

4 months ago

Absolutely surprised Distortion Strike isn't here.

Briar Shield, Defiant Strike, Hunger of the Howlpack, Prey's Vengeance, Seal of Strength, and Unstable Mutation are all good pump contenders.

Portent is an often-forgotten cheap cantrip effect that's sweet in Pauper.

Auramancer/Monk Idealist may not have infect, but enchantment recursion is sweet.

soggybag on Unstable Pride

5 months ago

Blighted Agent looks really good especially paired with Unstable Mutation. It doesn't fly so it lacks synergy with Pride of the Clouds. Maybe this doesn't matter too much.

Funkydiscogod on Unstable Pride

5 months ago

To make it modern legal, replace the Spire Owl with Sage Owl, and Memory Lapse with Lapse of Certainty.

All of your critters fly, so why not Favorable Winds or Gravitational Shift?

Though, I feel like Unstable Mutation would be better paired with Blighted Agent, who would kill the opponent if left unanswered.

eyes2sky on Gattison

5 months ago

Can you spare one Unstable Mutation? cool thanks!

TheCatHerder on Mono U Burn

6 months ago

Sigil of Sleep is pretty hilarious with pingers as is Basilisk Collar. If you want full on aggro Ornithopter + Pongify + Unstable Mutation never fails to make me laugh.

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