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Innistrad: Crimson Vow Buyer’s Guide

Magic’s return to Innistrad continues this November with an exciting event – it’s a high society vampire wedding, and you’re invited! Read on to learn everything you need to know about Innistrad: Crimson Vow in this Crimson Vow Buyer’s Guide.

 

 

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Innistrad: Crimson Vow releases digitally for MTGO and MTG Arena on Thursday, November 11th

Tabletop prerelease events begin on Friday, November 12th; contact your Local Game Store for more information on in-store and at-home event options. The full tabletop set release takes place on Friday, November 19th.

 

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Blood Tokens

Tokens with specific abilities are nothing new – Treasures, Clues, Food and more have shown up in Magic over the years, and now we have a new Vampire-related token: Blood! Blood is sort of like Clues (which is a strange thing to type for sure) – you pay one, tap it, sac it and discard a card, and for all that, you draw a card.

Blood lets you keep cards flowing by filtering unwanted cards out of your hand while also letting you leverage any graveyard synergies or abilities like madness. Quite a few Vampires in this set also incentivize you to use Blood tokens or, like Anje here, give you alternate uses for them.

 

Cleave

Cleave is one of the wildest mechanics in recent memory – it actually lets you change the text of the card it’s on! Cast the spell normally and it’ll do everything it says, [including the text in brackets]. Cast it for its cleave cost, though, and you ignore the bracketed text to get a more powerful version of the spell!

 

Training

Back in Guilds of Ravnica, we had creatures with mentor that would put a +1/+1 on another attacking creature with lesser power. Training is basically the opposite – when a creature with training attacks along with another creature that has greater power, you put a +1/+1 counter on it. Eventually the trainee grows to be tied with your highest power creature and can’t learn anything more. 

 

 

 

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Daybound/Nightbound

 

The new Werewolf mechanic from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt is back. This mechanic creates a new state for the game: a day/night cycle. Each game of Magic starts out neutral – neither day nor night. Once a daybound or nightbound card enters the battlefield, it becomes day or night as appropriate – usually, this’ll be a daybound card, since it’s usually hard to put the nightbound side in when it’s not already night.

At that point, the day/night cycle is in full effect – if a player casts no spells during their own turn during day, it becomes night. If a player casts at least two spells during their own turn during night, it becomes day. When Day turns to Night or vice versa, cards with daybound/nightbound are transformed to their appropriate sides, and any daybound/nightbound card entering the battlefield will enter on its appropriate side.

 

Disturb

 

Disturb, the other double-faced card mechanic from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, returns as well. Disturb lets you cast the card from your graveyard transformed for its disturb cost – it’s sort of a flashback mechanic for creatures, but it gives you the opposite side. In Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, these were Humans on the front and Spirits on the back. In Innistrad: Crimson Vow, they’re Spirits on the front that disturb into enchantments – sometimes regular ones, sometimes Auras.

 

Exploit

 

Exploit is back! First seen in Dragons of Tarkir, exploit is a creature keyword that lets you sacrifice a creature when it enters the battlefield. You don’t have to do it, but if you do, these creatures will have an additional ability that gives you a bonus for it. These creatures can also sacrifice themselves to their own exploit abilities, and you’ll still get that bonus. How dystopian.

 

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Dracula Series

Reminiscent of the Godzilla series from Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, 18 cards from Innistrad: Crimson Vow appear as part of the Dracula series, where they feature alternate names (though they count as the same card as their normal version for gameplay and deckbuilding purposes) as well as alternate art. 17 of these cards appear in one-card Box Topper boosters, one of which is included in each Draft, Set and Commander booster box, as well as in Collector boosters. The 18 – the “Castle Dracula” version of Voldaren Estate – is available only as a Buy-A-Box promo.

 

 

Showcase – Fang Frame

The fang frame is, as you might expect, an alternate treatment for Vampires only. To tell you the tooth – er, truth – I think these are fantastic. These appear in Draft, Set and Collector boosters.

 

Showcase – Eternal Night

 

Just like in Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, the Eternal Night showcase style is back! Each legendary creature has an Eternal Night showcase version, and there are 10 Eternal Night showcase basic lands as well. These appear in Draft, Set and Collector boosters.

 

Borderless & Extended

 

As is now customary, we have some borderless and extended-art versions of cards as well. Planeswalkers and rare dual lands in this set get the full borderless versions, while a select group of rares and mythics can be found in extended art versions. Borderless and extended versions appear only in Collector boosters.

 

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Draft Boosters

Price as of this writing: $108 per box

Draft Boosters come in boxes of 36 packs each, with each Draft Booster box also containing a Box Topper Booster with a single foil Dracula Series card inside. Draft Boosters contain one rare or mythic rare each as well as three uncommons, 10 commons and one Eternal Night basic land, with one in three containing a foil card in the place of a common. 

Draft Boosters are designed to be used in Limited events, and they’re what you’ll see used at Limited tournaments. If you want to run a Draft event or play Sealed Deck with some friends, then you’ll want Draft Boosters. 

 

Set Boosters

Price as of this writing: $119.25 per box

Set Boosters come in boxes of 30 packs each, and once again, each comes with a Box Topper Booster containing a foil Dracula Series card. These boosters contain twelve cards each plus one art card and a final slot – 75 percent of the time, that’s a token, but 25 percent of the time, it’s a card from The List, which features 300 possible cards from Magic’s history.

All cards from the main set are available in Set Boosters. Additionally, there are a few cards that don’t appear in Draft Boosters but can show up in Set Boosters – eight unique cards designed for Commander that don’t show up in the Commander decks, as well as the four traditional foils from the Commander decks. Each Set Booster also contains a guaranteed foil! Overall, Set Boosters are designed to be opened, and if you’re looking to have a good time cracking lots of packs, Set Boosters should be your top choice.

 

Collector Boosters

Price as of this writing: $208 per box

Collector Boosters come in boxes of 12 packs each, and they’re the premium offering as far as boosters go. Each Collector Booster contains 15 cards and a token, with five of the cards guaranteed to be rares or mythics – one regular foil, one extended art from the main set, one extended art from the Commander cards, one Dracula, Showcase or Borderless, and one foil Dracula, Showcase, Borderless or Extended-Art card. If you’re looking for lots of foils and alternate treatments, or if you’re hoping to collect all of the Dracula Series, Collector Boosters are what you’re looking for.

 

Theme Boosters

Theme Boosters are 35-card packs centered around, unsurprisingly, a theme. Players who want to build up their collection for a particular color or set-specific theme are likely to enjoy these! Innistrad: Crimson Vow has six Theme Boosters available – one for each color and one Vampire-themed booster.

 

Commander Decks

 

Innistrad: Crimson Vow will feature two preconstructed Commander Decks, each featuring some cards from the main set, some reprints from old sets, and a few cards, including Commanders, designed specifically for the Commander decks. The Spirit Squadron deck is a blue and white Spirit-themed deck headlined by Millicent, Restless Revenant, and the Vampiric Bloodline deck is a red and black Vampire-themed deck with Strefan, Maurer Progenitor at the helm.

 

Bundles

Price as of this writing: $38.45

If you’re looking for some Set Boosters but don’t want a whole box, a Bundle is a great choice! Each bundle comes with 8 Set Boosters, 40 basic lands – 20 nonfoil, 20 foil, all in traditional, non-Eternal Night form, an oversized Spindown die for tracking life, and an alternate art Sigarda’s Summons promo!

 

Gift Bundles

Price as of this writing: $53.95

Looking for an upgrade from the traditional Bundle? Perhaps, something to give as a gift? A Gift Bundle may be what you’re looking for! It’s the same as the above Bundle, but it includes an additional Collector Booster. 

 

Single Cards

Of course, if you’re looking for singles, there are plenty available for you to order on the new ChannelFireball.com. With hundreds of stores on our platform, you can preorder Innistrad: Crimson Vow singles today at great prices!

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