|Innistrad: Midnight Hunt|
|Symbol description||Wolf head in front of the full Innistrad moon|
Ethan Fleischer (lead)|
Ian Duke (co-lead)|
Erik Lauer (co-lead)
|Art direction||Taylor Ingvarsson|
|Release date||September 24, 2021|
|Themes and mechanics||Werewolves, TDFCs, Graveyard matters|
|Keywords/ability words||Coven, Daybound, Disturb, Decayed, Flashback, Investigate, Nightbound, Transform|
|Set size||277 + 114|
|Streets of New Capenna Standard|
|Magic: The Gathering Chronology|
- 1 Set details
- 2 Themes and mechanics
- 3 Cycles
- 4 Reprinted cards
- 5 Preconstructed decks
- 6 Notable cards
- 7 Gallery
- 8 References
- 9 External links
|“||Become What You Fear||”|
The set was originally announced with the provisional name Innistrad: Werewolves. Based on the registration of public domains on September 18, 2020, the final name was speculated to be Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, which was confirmed on March 18, 2021.  Both Innistrad sets are full size sets and they both are Standard-legal. Although they come out only two months apart, R&D is not changing how many sets are being added to Standard during the rotation window, but are just moving around when they come out. 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: Midnight Hunt 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, "Equinox" showcase cards are numbered #286-311, "Endless Night" showcase legendaries are #312-325 and extended artwork cards are numbered #326-379. The regular framed basic land cards from the Bundle are numbered #380-384. The Buy-a-Box card is #385 and the Bundle promo is #386. The FNM-treatment cards from the Universal promo pack are numbered #387-391.
The black and white horror movie inspired "Eternal Night" showcase cards are all basic lands and legendary creatures that aren't a Werewolf or Warlock. The brighter "Equinox" showcase cards with autumnal decorations are all Werewolves and Warlocks .
For the Midnight Hunt storyline R&D wanted to reset Innistrad to the "2011 version where horror monsters from classic horror films are menacing humanity and who is going to protect them? because Avacyn is dead now" and without Avacyn's protection the humans have to "turn to older, and perhaps darker forms of magic to stave off the onslaught of the different monsters, most particularly the werewolves" who have gone "plumb loony." Midnight Hunt begins the new story ripped right from the worries of Innistrad's populace: a night that may never end. With the sun rising later and setting sooner each day, they turn to the hope of the Harvesttide festival and a ritual with warlocks to maintain the balance. Despite plenty of werewolves and other denizens of the night, there's strength and hope for the humans gathered deep in the woods of the Kessig countryside.
The first chapter of the Innistrad: Midnight Hunt story was posted to the Magic: the Gathering website on September 2, 2021. The storyline began in Midnight Hunt will be continued with Innistrad: Crimson Vow and both stories "revisit what we learned first about Innistrad, showing us again why the wisest humans there never stop fearing nightfall."
The cards that represent the Story Spotlights in Midnight Hunt are:
Midnight Hunt is sold in regular 16-card Draft Boosters (one card being a marketing card), Theme Boosters, Collector Boosters, Set Boosters, the Midnight Hunt Bundle, and two Commander decks. The Bundle comes with 8 Set Boosters instead of 10 Draft Boosters. The set also features a Welcome Booster. The Draft Boosters feature artwork depicting Wrenn. The Set Boosters feature key art of attacking werewolves, and the Collector Boosters a brightly colorshifted version of the art of Candlegrove Witch. The Theme Boosters feature art from Village Reavers (Werewolves), Sungold Sentinel (), Component Collector (), Bat Whisperer (), Falkenrath Perforator () and Harvesttide Sentry (). With the release of Midnight Hunt, 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 MIC code can be found in the Set and Collector Boosters that aren't found in the Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Commander decks. Every Draft Booster contains two double-faced cards, a common card and either an uncommon or a rare or mythic rare card. They also contain a DFC helper card.
- Magic Online and MTG Arena release: September 16th, 2021
- Tabletop Prerelease: September 17, 2021
- Launch party: September 24–26
- Friday Night Magic: September 24–November 5
- Commander Nights: September 27–November 11
- Commander Party Events: October 30–31
- A one-day event where players are immersed in a story affected by their in-game choices.
- Store Championship: December 4-5 (combined with Crimson Vow)
- Prerelease: a stamped card that can be any rare or mythic rare of Midnight Hunt.
- Other events: cards from the Midnight Hunt universal promo pack.
- Buy-a-Box: foil alternate art Champion of the Perished
- Bundle promo: foil alternate art Triskaidekaphile
- Bring-a-Friend: Mind Stone
- Store Championship promos: Arbor Elf (participation), Collected Company (Top 8), Wurmcoil Engine (winner)
- Commander Party promo: Conjurer's Closet
The sixteenth card in the boosters is a token creature card, an emblem or a marker, with advertisements on the back side. It can also be a helper card with a standard card back. There are 19 tokens and emblems:
- 1/1 Human creature, for Adeline, Resplendent Cathar, Cathar's Call, Clarion Cathars, Dawnhart Mentor, Jerren, Corrupted Bishop, Join the Dance, Slaughter Specialist and Sunset Revelry.
- 1/1 Spirit creature with flying, for Blessed Defiance
- 1/1 Bird creature with flying and "This creature can block only creatures with flying," for Ominous Roost.
- 1/1 Bat creature with flying, for Bat Whisperer
- 2/2 Zombie creature with decayed, for Diregraf Horde, Falcon Abomination, Flip the Switch, Ghoulcaller’s Harvest, Ghoulish Procession,Hobbling Zombie, Jadar, Ghoulcaller of Nephalia, No Way Out Poppet Stitcher, Revenge of the Drowned, Rotten Reunion, Startle, and Tainted Adversary.
- 1/1 Devil creature with "When this creature dies, it deals 1 damage to any target," for Burn Down the House
- */* Elemental creature with trample and "This creature's power and toughness are each equal to the number of instants and sorceries in your graveyard plus the number of cards with flashback you own in exile," for Seize the Storm.
- 4/4 Beast creature, for Shadowbeast Sighting
- 3/3 Insect creature, for Rise of the Ants
- */*+1 Ooze creature with "This creature's power is equal to the number of card types among cards in your graveyards and its toughness is equal to that number plus 1," for Consuming Blob.
- 1/2 Spider creature with reach, for Brood Weaver
- */* Treefolk creature with reach and "This creature's power and toughness are each equal to the number of lands you control," for Wrenn and Seven.
- 2/2 Wolf creature, for Arlinn, the Pack's Hope and Tovolar's Huntmaster // Tovolar's Packleader
- 3/1 Vampire creature with trample, lifelink and haste, for Hungry for More.
- X/X Zombie creature with menace, for Corpse Cobble.
- Clue artifact, for spells with investigate: Briarbridge Tracker, Dennick, Pious Apparition, Fateful Absence, Foul Play and Secrets of the Key
- Emblem for Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset.
- Emblem for Wrenn and Seven.
- Day/night marker.
Themes and mechanics
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, 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.
- Werewolves mean the return of transforming double-faced cards, now with their transformation as a keyword mechanic. They have daybound and nightbound, tweaked transformation clauses from previous Innistrad sets. If it becomes day or night or if a daybound permanent enters the battlefield, track day/night for the rest of the game. As it becomes day, transform all nightbound permanents. As it becomes night, transform all daybound permanents. Permanents enter the battlefield nightbound (i.e. transformed) if it is night.
- Humans now work with in a coven, a new ability word that provides an effect if you control three or more creatures with different powers.
- Spirits rise from the dead with disturb, a keyword ability that allows you to cast these cards transformed from your graveyard.
- Decayed creatures can't block: and when they attack, they are sacrificed at the end of the turn. It appears on zombie tokens and zombie-related cards.
- Vampires gain additional abilities if an opponent has lost life during the turn, usually upon entering the battlefield.
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt features the following limited archetypes:
- : Spirits (Devoted Grafkeeper)
- : Zombies (Bladestitched Skaab)
- : Vampires (Vampire Socialite)
- : Werewolves (Kessig Naturalist)
- : Humans (Dawnhart Wardens)
- : Sacrifice (Fleshtaker)
- : Instants and Sorceries (Storm Skreelix)
- : Life and Death (Grizzly Ghoul)
- : Aggression (Sunrise Cavalier)
- : Flashback (Rootcoil Creeper)
Midnight Hunt has ten cycles.
|Adversaries||Intrepid Adversary||Spectral Adversary||Tainted Adversary||Bloodthirsty Adversary||Primal Adversary|
|Five mythic rare creatures with multikicker-esque abilities. Each kicker payment gives them gets a counter that gives them +1/+1, and also another scaling effect.|
|Rare Werewolves||Brutal Cathar||Suspicious Stowaway||Graveyard Trespasser||Reckless Stormseeker||Tovolar's Huntmaster|
|Five rare Werewolves with Daybound and Nightbound. The white and blue Werewolves are noted as 'off-color' in a mirrored pair.|
|Nonmechanical DFCs||Bereaved Survivor||Delver of Secrets||Vengeful Strangler||Flame Channeler||Deathbonnet Sprout|
|Five uncommon DFC creatures that don't use the transforming mechanics of the set (Disturb and Daybound).|
|Common Tribal spells||Flare of Faith (Humans)||Shipwreck Sifters (Spirits)||Crawl From the Cellar (Zombies)||Neonate's Rush (Vampires)||Howl of the Hunt (Werewolves)|
|Five common spells that reward playing the major tribe in those colors.|
|Hunt lands||Deserted Beach||Shipwreck Marsh||Haunted Ridge||Rockfall Vale||Overgrown Farmland|
|Five rare dual lands that enter the battlefield tapped, unless you control two or more other lands.|
|Black werewolves||Graveyard Trespasser // Graveyard Glutton||Baneblade Scoundrel // Baneclaw Marauder||Shady Traveler // Stalking Predator|
|A vertical cycle of black werewolves, giving the tribe a third color.|
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt has four mirrored pairs.
|Brutal Cathar () // Moonrage Brute ()||Suspicious Stowaway () // Seafaring Werewolf ()||Two rare "cameo" werewolves. Each of which is a color not commonly associated with werewolves on the daybound (human) face, and a color commonly associated with werewolves on the nightbound (non-human) face.|
|Village Watch // Village Reavers ()||Hound Tamer // Untamed Pup ()||Two uncommon werewolves. Each have an evergreen keyword, and when transformed, get +1/+1 and share that keyword with their other Werewolves and Wolves.|
|Larder Zombie ()||Siege Zombie ()||Two common zombies. Both of them has an activated ability that costs "tap three untapped creatures you control".|
|Fading Hope ()||Play With Fire ()||Two uncommon instants. If they are used on less-than-optimal targets, the controller scries 1.|
- Bladebrand — first printed in Ravnica Allegiance, last seen in Commander Legends
- Clear Shot — first printed in Eldritch Moon, last seen in Double Masters
- Delver of Secrets / Insectile Aberration — first printed in Innistrad
- Devious Cover-Up — first printed in Guilds of Ravnica
- Dissipate — first printed in Mirage, last seen in Magic 2015
- Duress — first printed in Urza's Saga, last seen in Jumpstart: Historic Horizons
- Evolving Wilds — first printed in Rise of the Eldrazi, last seen in Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
- Field of Ruin — first printed in Ixalan, last seen in Time Spiral Remastered
- Immolation — first printed in Legends, last seen in Fourth Edition
- Pithing Needle — first printed in Saviors of Kamigawa, last seen in Secret Lair
- Plummet — first printed in Magic 2011, last seen in Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
- Return to Nature — first printed in War of the Spark, last seen in Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Commander
- Stormrider Spirit — first printed in Shadows over Innistrad
- Thermo-Alchemist — first printed in Eldritch Moon, last seen in Jumpstart
- Timberland Guide — first printed in Avacyn Restored, last seen in Iconic Masters
- Unruly Mob — first printed in Innistrad, last seen in Shadows over Innistrad
- Vampire Interloper — first printed in Innistrad, last seen in Explorers of Ixalan
- Vivisection — first printed in Mirrodin Besieged
- Abandon the Post is a functional reprint of Nightbird's Clutches.
- Borrowed Time is a functional reprint of Banishing Light.
- Dawnhart Rejuvenator is a functional reprint of Centaur Nurturer, except for creature types.
|Coven Counters||W||G||Leinore, Autumn Sovereign|
|Undead Unleashed||U||B||Wilhelt, the Rotcleaver|
- Champion of the Perished is a colorshifted, undead, version of Champion of the Parish.
- Enduring Angel is an alternate-lose card.
- Triskaidekaphile is an alternate-win card.
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