Unstable Mutation

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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Set Rarity
Ultimate Masters (UMA) Uncommon
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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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Block Constructed Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Modern Legal
Pauper Legal
Oldschool 93/94 Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Casual Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

Unstable Mutation Discussion

Kjartan on Unstable Unblockables

4 months ago

If a creature with either a +1/+1, or a -1/-1 counter on it, receives one of the opposite counters. Both will be removed entirely.

This means Unstable Mutation type effects are somewhat counterproductive with Ordeals.

I don't know if that's what you're going for. And you just want to use the ordeals to prevent your creatures from getting -1/-1 counters. But I feel that's pretty underpowered, intentional or not.

Funkydiscogod on Mono U aggro

7 months ago

I disapprove of Constricting Tendrils , Dazzling Lights , and other -X/-0 spells: These are basically Healing Salve , and I think they can be replaced with no loss.

I don't recommend splitting your win condition on infect, but I'd like to point out that Blighted Agent + Unstable Mutation = win over 4 turns, because 4+3+2+1 = 10

Cafelattis on

1 year ago

The decklist looks cool, some suggestions. If you are going to run Delver of Secrets  Flip you are gonna need a lot more spells and scrying so that it can be flipped more consistantly (Also run 4 of Delver, and 4 Pteramander. Cut out Mistcloaked Herald). That also works well with Pteramander so you can adapt it a bit easier. The one thing that you REALLY should run is Remand , it is a great tempo play, and you also draw another card. Spell Pierce is great. Serum Visions for the scrying. A great budget option for blue is Nimble Obstructionist , since it is a flying threat with flash AND can counter any activated or triggerd ability you do not control. Depending on your budget you really cannot go wrong with Snapcaster Mage , since you can reuse any spell. Vendilion Clique is great for tempo, another threat in the air and lets you take an important card from your opponents hand it is great against combo decks. I would take out Favorable Winds since it is a bit slow and Pteramander , Tempest Djinn and Delver of Secrets  Flip are great finishers, seems a bit redundant. Not so sure about the Unstable Mutation but i do se the appeal of it. These are just some suggestions and it kinda depends on what direction you want to take it in, your budget and if you want it to be competative. Hope this helps in any way.

heckproof on Bant Bogles!!!

1 year ago

Kumi First off, thanks so much for the feedback!

While I do want to build W/U (mainly for the off-the-radar vibes), I realize that G/W is probably the better option just because it has access to Gladecover Scout . That being said, I have some reasoning for some of the card choices here:

(and a disclaimer: I do not profess to be a Bogles veteran, so feel free to tell me if I'm completely off on something)

I wanted to play W/U specifically to make the bad matchups less bad; these matchups include Ad Nauseum or Prison decks (decks that run Ensnaring Bridge ). I do see what you’re saying, that 5 counterspells might be too many. I just felt like I wanted to see one to two every game, and 5 felt like the right number.

I agree that Dryad Arbor is super important in the Jund/GB Rock matchups, but I assumed that the real key player was Leyline of Sanctity , because, from what I’ve seen of the matchup (and this is super limited experience here, so feel free to take it with a grain of salt), the real danger in the G/B midrange matchup is the discard that they have available. I feel like a turn 1 Thoughtseize or Inquisition of Kozilek taking a hexproof dude would be a much earlier game over. In terms of Liliana of the Veil , my plan was just countering it with Spell Pierce or Stubborn Denial .

In terms of Spellskite , I wasn’t even thinking about Burn or Scapeshift, but rather Infect. As Infect seems to me like a garbage-fire of a matchup, I was considering Spellskite as a way to slow them down and build my own clock. Also, Spellskite seems like it would be absolutely busted in the Bogles mirror. But, as neither of these decks are particularly prevalent in the current meta, I see your point. Faster is better.

I totally get the Gladecover Scout over Invisible Stalker argument. But going down to two Kor Spiritdancer seems strange to me, just because I’ve heard from several Bogles players that, depending on the matchup, it’s straight gas and better to have in the mainboard.

I also understand the concern of not having enough Auras, which is why I made the decision to run Curious Obsession over Unstable Mutation . I think I’ll be going up one Curious Obsession to have a full playset; maybe I’ll take out the mainboard Spell Pierce .

And...I think that’s about it. Once again, I’d just like to say thanks so much for the feedback. While I do adore W/U, I’m strongly considering switching to Bant Bogles because of the boost I’d get from both Rancor and Gladecover Scout .

Oh yeah! One final question: considering how prevalent Humans is in the current meta, should I keep the two Tocatli Honor Guard in the board? It seems like a ridiculous bomb against that deck.

mal099 on Dog Eat Dog World

1 year ago

Nice deck! Shadow Rift , Aqueous Form and Distortion Strike might be good alternatives for Ghostform , as they're cheaper and all have other potential advantages. Also, Demonic Appetite and Vampire's Bite might be nice as an alternative to Unstable Mutation if you happen to not draw it at the right time. Could potentially replace Supernatural Stamina , Carrion Feeder or Vapor Snag ? Especially Carrion Feeder doesn't seem all that useful, as this deck doesn't seem to have all that many weak creatures to sacrifice. You might also consider one additional Dark Ritual to get those Mortis Dogs out as early as possible.

zenozia on Aura aura aura! (V2.3)

1 year ago

for aggro I think Invisible Stalker could be a good choice of creature to enchant

Remand is really good to keep the tempo and protect against big stuff

Stubborn Denial is incredible in this deck

Steel of the Godhead is pretty good for 2$ and is a good budget upgrade (replace if you have 4 Daybreak Coronet , Ethereal Armor )

Geist of Saint Traft is a monster but cost 3 mana

Unstable Mutation if you want to be REALLY fast take this card

Gryff's Boon make the late game more fair

Path to Exile play 4 it's so freaking good

Hyena Umbra it's cheap and can protect Kor Spiritdancer

for sideboard

Stony Silence against tron afinity hardened scaled and artifact deck

Leyline of Sanctity against burn,storm,jund and black deck with discard

Rest in Peace against dredge, control, jund, storm and graveyard deck

card to cut

Bruna, Light of Alabaster incredibly slow card

Banishing Light is 3 cmc which is a lot in a agro deck (we dont want to trade 1 for 1)

Gift of Immortality is slow and pretty much useless because it doesnt bring back the counter or the aura

Pentarch Ward , Emerge Unscathed , Dive Down doesnt serve much because we like enchanting creature with hexproof

Grand Abolisher should be in the sideboard for control matchup

Open the Armory I love this card but it's sadly too slow for modern

Grubbernaut on Pauper mono blow stompy land destruction

1 year ago

Sadly, Unstable Mutation is not pauper-legal, as it was never printed in an MTGO set at common. Otherwise, the deck looks sweet!


Grubbernaut on Epic Blue Paper Pauper

1 year ago

"Therefore, because Pauper is anything that's been printed as a common at any point in it's history"

That's not how pauper legality works. It must have been printed as a common in an MTGO set, which often leads to the confusion of paper vs online for new pauper players. This is the same reason Chainer's Edict is legal despite never receiving a paper printing at common.

Scryfall is the best pauper legality checker. For example, it accurately reflects that Unstable Mutation is not legal:


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