MTG Innistrad: Crimson Vow card previews include a powerful new ring

Magic: The Event concludes a scary double function on Thursday with its 2nd set of cards from the airplane of Innistrad, now reside in Magic: The Event Arena. Innistrad: Crimson Vow is the follow up to Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, and will be offered at retail in November. Here’s your very first take a look at what’s in shop, with commentary by item designer Mike Turian and world structure and narrative style supervisor Meris Mullaley.

Mullaley states that Crimson Vow need to be a great deal of enjoyable for fans of Magic’s deep tradition. When Midnight Hunt was launched in October, Wizards set the table with 5 pieces of longform fiction composed by K. Arsenault Rivera. They’re still offered online if you’d like to get up to speed with the story, or simply require a dosage of meaty pulp fiction in your life. In quick, the people of the world went all-in for the yearly Harvestide routine, intending to bring back the balance of day and night. That was disrupted by a fatal monster attack. As an outcome, the land has actually been tossed into unlimited night — the best setting for starving vampires to come out and play.

The focal point of this specific set, Mullaley states, is Olivia Voldaren’s wedding event. The vampire aspires to combine her power in Innistrad, unifying 2 of the airplane’s most effective households. Her groom? None aside from Innistrad’s very first and most effective vampire, Edgar Markov. That indicates it’s up to the Gatewatch (or a minimum of what’s left of it, following the death of Gideon Jura) to crash the celebration and complimentary the human population.

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Turian states that gamers need to anticipate more than 30 vampire cards in the primary set. Accompanying them will be blood tokens, which will be produced by particular cards and actions and taken in to make some vampires more effective.

A returning mechanic for this brand-new set is called interrupt. It’s function has actually been modified from previous versions, Turian states. For example, on Dorothea, Vengeful Victim it permits gamers to transform an animal into a magic. Expect additional clever uses of the mechanic that leverage these kinds of double-sided cards throughout the set.

The exploit mechanic also returns with Innistrad: Crimson Vow. It was first introduced with Dragons of Tarkir in 2015.
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A new mechanic for this set is called training. It permits creatures to grow more powerful by fighting alongside other more powerful creatures.

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One early example shared with the press is called Savior of Ollenbock, a human soldier creature shown wielding twin chakram. Once they’ve been all charged up, hopefully their death will help splash some extra chaos on the battlefield by bringing a few exiled animals back into play.

Finally, cleave ups the cost of a card in order to “literally cleave the words out” Turian says, making those spells more effective. Cards, like Dig Up, that include that mechanic, could become a must-have asset in many different formats.

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Fans of the Commander format should be on the lookout for the red/black Vampiric Bloodline preconstructed deck, featuring Strefan, Maurer Progenitor on the cover. You’ll find lots of the hungry undead inside. Meanwhile, Millicent, Restless Revenant leads the Spirit Squadron preconstructed deck, bringing lots of ghosts and spirits to the party.

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Set and Collector Boosters will include some Commander-focused cards. Of particular note, Turian states, is Wedding Ring. It’s an artifact that creates a duplicate of itself on your opponent, allowing you to draw cards and gain life whenever they would.

It’s one of those great Magic cards that feels like a troll when used, but is actually both thematically appropriate and mechanically interesting.

Innistrad: Crimson Vow arrives for digital formats on Nov. 11 and at retail, as physical cards, on Nov. 19. The range of products will consist of Draft, Set, Collector, and Theme Boosters as well as a full-fledged Bundle and a Gift Bundle, plus the two Leader decks noted above. You can pre-order cards at your friendly regional video game shop and online.


Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.