|Symbol description||A vampire bat|
Mark Rosewater (lead)|
Adam Prosak (co-lead)|
Erik Lauer (co-lead)
|Art direction||Taylor Ingvarsson|
|Release date||November 19, 2021|
|Themes and mechanics||Vampires, Blood tokens|
|Keywords/ability words||Cleave, Daybound and Nightbound, Disturb, Exploit, Transform, Training|
|Set size||277 + 135|
|Streets of New Capenna Standard|
|Magic: The Gathering Chronology|
- 1 Set details
- 2 Themes and mechanics
- 3 Cycles
- 4 Reprinted cards
- 5 Notable cards
- 6 Preconstructed decks
- 7 Gallery
- 8 References
- 9 External links
|“||Fear What You Become||”|
Both Innistrad sets are full size sets and they are both are Standard-legal. Although they come out only two months apart in the latter part of 2021, R&D is not changing how many sets are being added to Standard during the rotation window, but just shifted the timing around slightly. The sets are designed to draft by themselves, but they also will draft well together. The two sets are synergistic and overlap in spots. This will be further explored as parts of the sets are reprinted in the Innistrad Double Feature set that will be released in early 2022.
Innistrad: Crimson Vow contains 277 regular cards (100 commons, 83 uncommons, 64 rares, 20 mythic rares, 10 basic lands) and includes randomly inserted premium versions of all cards. The regular cards include 10 "Eternal Night" basic lands. Each type has two different pieces of black-and-white art with colored accents. Alternate card frames have another card number than the original version. Borderless planeswalkers are numbered #278-280, borderless dual lands are #281-285, "Fang frame" showcase cards are numbered #286-316, "Eternal Night" showcase legendaries are #317-328, reskinned Dracula cards are #329-345 and extended artwork cards are numbered #346-397. The regular framed basic land cards from the Bundle are numbered #398-402. The Buy-a-Box card is #403 and the Bundle promo is #404. The are no FNM-treatment cards available for this set. The dark-frame Play Promos are #405-407. #408-412 are promo basic lands labeled "The Moonlit Lands". The latter differ from their "Eternal Night" counterparts in that they lack colored accents.
The black and white horror movie inspired "Eternal Night" showcase cards are all basic lands and legendary creatures that aren't a Vampire. The spikey "fang" showcase cards with gothic architecture elements feature each of the 30 vampires in the main set, as well as Sorin the Mirthless.
A change to how token naming works avoids that you can name Blood tokens with Pithing Needle. Going forward, if a spell or ability is creating a token without specifying its name, the name will be the same as its subtypes plus the word "Token." For example, a "Goblin Scout creature token" is named "Goblin Scout Token." Similarly, the name of a Blood token created in the game is "Blood Token" and choosing the name "Blood" (as in Flesh // Blood) for an effect will not cause that effect to apply to Blood tokens.
Crimson Vow continues the new Innistrad storyline begun in Innistrad: Midnight Hunt. As humanity turned to the hope of rituals and a Harvesttide festival to save them from the Eternal Night in Midnight Hunt, those that stalk from shadows aren't just the mindless zombies and frenetic werewolves, but also the eternally undead with calculating, grand designs of their own. This set features the biggest vampire wedding in Innistrad history, a bonding between the Markov and Voldaren bloodlines. Olivia Voldaren is the bride, and aims to form a pact with the Markovs to take control over Innistrad. "The bride pledges her heart to the groom and he, his undying affection to her. Blood and famine, violence and peace—In eternal life and through moment's struggle, the two shall rule this land until its people are no more. The Heron's blood make it so."
The cards that represent the Story Spotlights in Crimson Vow are:
MarketingCrimson Vow is sold in regular 16-card Draft Boosters (one card being a marketing card), Theme Boosters, Collector Boosters, Set Boosters, the Crimson Vow Bundle (including a Gift Edition), and two Commander decks. The Draft Boosters feature artwork depicting Sorin Markov. They contain two double-faced cards in each and every pack. The Set Boosters feature art depicting Olivia Voldaren, and the Collector Boosters feature a stylized depiction of a wedding. The Theme Boosters feature art from Welcoming Vampire (5 color vampires), Adamant Will ( ), Steelclad Spirit ( ), Bloodvial Purveyor ( ), Blood Petal Celebrant ( ) and Wolf Strike ( ). With the release of Crimson Vow, 75 cards were rotated into The List, many of which were thematically or mechanically linked to the set. These can be found in the Set Boosters. In addition, eight cards with the VOC code can be found in the Set and Collector Boosters that aren't found in the Innistrad: Crimson Vow Commander decks.
Each booster box contains a box topper. These skinned cards, called the Dracula Series, feature Dracula themed "skins" on reprints of regular cards. The name of the original card is featured in a small font below the Dracula name of the card. The skin name is considered flavor text and has no effect on game play.
There are 18 total Dracula series cards in Innistrad: Crimson Vow inspired by beloved characters from the 1897 novel, and they can be obtained in a few different ways. 17 of these cards can be found in Collector Boosters (both foil and non-foil) and the single-card Box Topper boosters (foil), while the eighteenth card is only available as a Buy-a-Box promotion.
- Magic Online and MTG Arena release: November 11, 2021
- Tabletop Prerelease: November 12, 2021
- Commander Party: November 16, 2021
- Launch party: November 19–21, 2021
- Friday Night Magic: November 19–February 4, 2021
- Commander Nights: November 22–February 10, 2021
- Store Championship: December 4-5 (combined with Midnight Hunt)
- Box toppers: 17 foil cards reskinned as characters, places or events from Bram Stoker's Dracula.
- Prerelease: a stamped card that can be any rare or mythic rare of Crimson Vow.
- Other events: cards from the Midnight Hunt universal promo pack. There is no separate pack for Crimson Vow.
- Buy-a-Box: foil alternate art Voldaren Estate (reskinned as Castle Dracula)
- Bundle promo: foil alternate art Sigarda's Summons
- Bring-a-Friend: Mind Stone
- Crimson Vow dark-frame Play Promos: Geistlight Snare, Fell Stinger and Dominating Vampire
- Commander Party: Conjurer's Closet
There are 21 tokens and emblems:
- 1/1 Human creature, for Cemetery Protector and Wedding Announcement.
- 1/1 Spirit creature with flying, for Brine Comber, Brinebound Gift, Heron-Blessed Geist, Kaya, Geist Hunter, Nurturing Presence, and Whispering Wizard.
- 4/4 Spirit creature with flying, for Dorothea's Retribution.
- */* Spirit Cleric creature with "This creature's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Spirits you control", for Hallowed Haunting.
- */* Zombie creature, for Geralf, Visionary Stitcher.
- 1/1 Slug creature, for Toxrill, the Corrosive.
- 2/3 Vampire creature with flying and lifelink, for Sorin, the Mirthless.
- 2/2 Zombie creature, for Doomed Dissenter, Dying to Serve, Headless Rider and Skull Skaab.
- */* Dragon Illusion creature with flying and haste, for Manaform Hellkite.
- 1/1 Human creature, for Stensia Uprising.
- 3/2 Wolf creature, for Kessig Wolfrider.
- 3/1 Boar creature, for Rural Recruit.
- 1/1 Insect creature, for Crawling Infestation, Infestation Expert, Infested Werewolf, Hiveheart Shaman, Old Rutstein and Vilespawn Spider.
- 2/2 Wolf creature, for Child of the Pack and Howling Moon.
- 1/1 Human Soldier creature with training, for Torens, Fist of the Angels.
- 1/1 Vampire creature with lifelink, for Edgar Markov's Coffin.
- Blood artifact, for Anje, Maid of Dishonor, Belligerent Guest, Bloodcrazed Socialite, Blood Fountain, Blood Petal Celebrant, Blood Servitor, Bloodsoaked Reveler, Bloodtithe Harvester, Bloodvial Purveyor, Bloody Betrayal, Ceremonial Knife, Falkenrath Celebrants, Falkenrath Forebear, Gluttonous Guest, Grisly Ritual, Lacerate Flesh Odric, Blood-Cursed, Old Rutstein, Olivia’s Attendants, Pointed Discussion, Restless Bloodseeker, Sanguine Statuette, Sigarda’s Imprisonment, Syphon Essence, Vampire's Kiss, Vampires’ Vengeance, Voldaren Bloodcaster, Voldaren Epicure, and Voldaren Estate.
- Treasure artifact, for Old Rutstein.
- Copy token, for Dollhouse of Horrors, Dreadfeast Demon, Ghastly Mimicry, Krothuss, Lord of the Deep and Necroduality.
- Emblem for Chandra, Dressed to Kill.
- Day/Night marker
As following from the previous Innistrad sets, focuses on five allied-colored tribes, each of which have a mechanic associated to them - however, these mechanics can appear outside of those two colors.
- Vampires feed off and divine the future through Blood tokens.
- Werewolves, Transform and Daybound and Nightbound is a returning mechanic from Midnight Hunt.
- Spirits, once vanquished, influence others with Disturb.
- Whereas the disturb cards in Midnight Hunt were creatures on both sides (specifically, non-Spirits on the front and Spirits on the back), the ones in this set are Spirit creatures on the front and Auras on the back.
- Humans mentor each other through Training.
- Zombies have Exploit, which was first seen in Dragons of Tarkir.
- Exploit lets you sacrifice a creature for a benefit.
Innistrad: Crimson Vow features the following limited archetypes:
- : Spirits / Auras (Brine Comber)
- : Zombies / Exploit (Skull Skaab)
- : Vampires / Blood (Bloodtithe Harvester)
- : Werewolves (Child of the Pack)
- : Humans (Sigardian Paladin)
- : Lifegain (Markov Purifier)
- : Spells Matters (Wandering Mind)
- : Toughness Matters (Ancient Lumberknot)
- : Aggro (Markov Waltzer)
- : Self-Mill (Vilespawn Spider)
Crimson Vow has ten cycles.
|Cemetery creatures||Cemetery Protector||Cemetery Illuminator||Cemetery Desecrator||Cemetery Gatekeeper||Cemetery Prowler|
|Five mythic rare creatures. Each exiles a card from the graveyard when they enter the battlefield, then give you a benefit depending on the exiled card.|
|Double-faced mythic rares||Faithbound Judge||Jacob Hauken, Inspector||Henrika Domnathi||Volatile Arsonist||Avabruck Caretaker|
|Five mythic rare transforming double-faced creatures.|
|Uncommon tribal hate spells||Circle of Confinement (Vampires)||Lunar Rejection (Werewolves)||Parasitic Grasp (Humans)||Rending Flame (Spirits)||Sawblade Slinger (Zombies)|
|Five uncommon spells that have a bonus when cast on the tribe the color is opposed to.|
|Uncommon colored artifacts||Bride's Gown||Soulcipher Board||Groom's Finery||Honeymoon Hearse||Spiked Ripsaw|
|Five uncommon colored artifacts that can add to the board: either as an Equipment, Vehicle, or transforming creature. The black and white members are a lore pair.|
|Uncommon tribal support spells||Resistance Squad (Humans)||Geistlight Snare (Spirits)||Archghoul of Thraben (Zombies)||Markov Retribution (Vampires)||Wolfkin Outcast (Werewolves)|
|Five uncommon spells that have a bonus when controlling a tribe the color is a major in.|
|Common tribal support spells||Supernatural Rescue (Spirits)||Chill of the Grave (Zombies)||Gift of Fangs (Vampires)||Hungry Ridgewolf (Werewolves)||Dawnhart Disciple (Humans)|
|Five common spells that have a bonus when controlling a tribe the color is minored in (as opposed to the major in Midnight Hunt).|
|Rare cleave spells||Lantern Flare ( )||Winged Portent ( )||Path of Peril ( )||Alchemist’s Gambit ( )||Dig Up ( )|
|Five rare monocolored spells with multicolored cleave costs.|
|Hunt lands||Sundown Pass||Dreamroot Cascade||Shattered Sanctum||Stormcarved Coast||Deathcap Glade|
|Five rare dual lands that enter the battlefield tapped, unless you control two or more other lands.|
|Rare legends||Dorothea, Vengeful Victim||Runo Stromkirk||Anje, Maid of Dishonor||Halana and Alena, Partners||Torens, Fist of the Angels||Edgar, Charmed Groom||Eruth, Tormented Prophet||Old Rutstein||Odric, Blood-Cursed||Grolnok, the Omnivore|
|Ten rare legendary creatures.|
|Uncommon signpost creatures||Brine Comber||Skull Skaab||Bloodtithe Harvester||Child of the Pack||Sigardian Paladin||Markov Purifier||Wandering Mind||Ancient Lumberknot||Markov Waltzer||Vilespawn Spider|
|Ten uncommon gold creatures, each supporting a draft archetype.|
Innistrad: Crimson Vow features three pairs.
|Olivia, Crimson Bride ( )||Edgar, Charmed Groom ( )||The bride and the groom.|
|Bride's Gown ( )||Groom's Finery ( )||Equipment that cost 1M, grant +2/+0, and equip for 2, representing the wedding attire of the couple. If the other card is also equipped, the wielder gets +0/+2 and a keyword.|
|Gluttonous Guest ( )||Belligerent Guest ( )||Two common Vampire creatures that are guests of the wedding. Each has 2M as mana cost and a Blood creation ability.|
- Abrade, first printed in Hour of Devastation, last seen in Commander Legends
- Adamant Will, first printed in Dominaria
- Bramble Armor, first printed in Innistrad: Midnight Hunt
- Crushing Canopy, first printed in Ixalan, last seen in Jumpstart
- Doomed Dissenter, first printed in Amonkhet, last seen in Core Set 2019
- Evolving Wilds, first printed in Rise of the Eldrazi, last seen in Innistrad: Midnight Hunt
- Hero's Downfall, first printed in Theros, last seen in Secret Lair Drop Series: All-Natural, Totally Refreshing Superdrop
- Mulch, first printed in Stronghold, last seen in Mystery Booster
- Snarling Wolf, first printed in Innistrad: Midnight Hunt
- Splendid Reclamation, first printed in Eldritch Moon
- Sure Strike, first printed in Battle for Zendikar, last seen in Core Set 2021
- Syncopate, first printed in Odyssey, last seen in Guild Kit: Dimir
- Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, first printed in Dark Ascension, last seen in Secret Lair Drop Series: Thalia - Beyond the Helvault
- Valorous Stance, first printed in Fate Reforged, last seen in Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms/Commander decks
|Spirit Squadron||W||U||Millicent, Restless Revenant|
|Vampiric Bloodline||B||R||Strefan, Maurer Progenitor|
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