Magic: The Gathering Crimson Vow Presentation Stream Recap

Hello players, collectors, and other fans of Magic: The Gathering, the premier trading card game by Wizards of the Coast! Today, there was a major preview presentation streamed over YouTube and Twitch for Innistrad: Crimson Vow, the next upcoming expansion set for the illustrious card game. There will be a lot to unpack for you in this preview recap article, so buckle up – we're attending one helluva wedding!

Innistrad: Crimson Vow, the next expansion set for Magic: The Gathering, releases on November 19th, with prerelease events happening the weekend prior, from November 12th-14th. It also releases on Magic: Arena and MTGO on November 11th.
Innistrad: Crimson Vow, the next expansion set for Magic: The Gathering, releases on November 19th, with prerelease events happening the weekend prior, from November 12th-14th. It also releases on Magic: Arena and MTGO on November 11th.

Mechanics

With the release of Crimson Vow, we will be getting a number of cards with new mechanics. These mechanics are as such:

  • Exploit, a returning mechanic from Dragons of Tarkir from 2015. The reminder text on Exploit, as a refresher, states: "When this creature enters the battlefield, you may sacrifice a creature." Exploit tends to have a payoff for using the ability.
  • Training, a new mechanic. The card below, Savior of Ollenbock, has training. Training works as an inverse Mentor ability, in that when a creature with training attacks alongside a creature with greater power, a +1/+1 counter is put upon the training creature.
Savior of Ollenbock, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering.
Savior of Ollenbock, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering.
  • Cleave, another new mechanic. The card Dig Up has cleave. Unlike any other mechanic before it, Cleave works to remove text from cards. Logically speaking, this is the mechanic that Mark Rosewater alluded to in his blog post with teasers for Crimson Vow.
Dig Up, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering.
Dig Up, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering.
  • Blood tokens, which work similarly to Clue tokens, draw players a card by having the player pay one generic mana, discard a card, and sacrifice the Blood token. Many cards in the set will have payoffs for having a glut of Blood tokens, and the set will have many ways to generate them as well.
Voldaren Bloodcaster, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering.
Voldaren Bloodcaster, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering.
  • Double-faced cards, such as Voldaren Bloodcaster (shown above), which transform into other cards:
Bloodbat Sumomner, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering.
Bloodbat Sumomner, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering.
  • Disturb, a mechanic returning from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, has a new twist upon how it functions. Instead of Human creatures becoming Spirits, Spirit creatures turn into enchantments.
Dorothea, Vengeful Victim, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering.
Dorothea, Vengeful Victim, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering.
Dorothea's Retribution, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering.
Dorothea's Retribution, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering.

Between all of these mechanics, new, old, and twisted, mechanically Crimson Vow seems lush with some great Magic: The Gathering cards for Standard and Commander alike. But this isn't all that Crimson Vow has to offer Commander players.

Crimson Vow Commander Cards

During this presentation, we were treated to a few cards from Crimson Vow's two Commander decks and at least one card we will see on The List, which, as it's soon to contain the Universes Beyond cards added to Secret Lair drops recently, seems to be gaining traction as a major way to get ahold of some of the cooler cards released lately. Let's take a look!

Millicent, Restless Revenant, a new card from the Commander decks of Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering.
Millicent, Restless Revenant, a new card from the Commander decks of Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering.

Millicent, Restless Revenant is the face card of the white and blue Spirit Squadron Commander deck to release alongside the new set. On the flip side, so to speak, Strefan, Maurer Progenitor is the face commander of the black and red Vampiric Bloodline Commander deck.

Strefan, Maurer Progenitor, a new card from the Commander decks of Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering.
Strefan, Maurer Progenitor, a new card from the Commander decks of Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering.

But wait, there's more! There will be cards on The List that have not been released before appearing in Set Boosters of Innistrad: Crimson Vow that will be Commander-legal, such as Wedding Ring, because no wedding can be complete without one:

Wedding Ring, a new card from the Commander decks of Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering.
Wedding Ring, a new card from the Commander decks of Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering.

Booster Fun

Also of note is the continued use of the Booster Fun initiative to enhance the game for collectors. Much like the Harvesttide borders in Innistrad: Midnight Hunt showcasing Warlock and Werewolf creatures, the Fang showcase border is strictly for Vampire creatures… and Sorin.

Sorin the Mirthless, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering. Shown here in his standard version.
Sorin the Mirthless, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering. Shown here in his standard version.
Sorin the Mirthless, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering. Shown here in his Fang showcase version.
Sorin the Mirthless, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering. Shown here in his Fang showcase version.
Olivia, Crimson Bride, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering. Shown here in her Fang showcase version.
Olivia, Crimson Bride, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering. Shown here in her Fang showcase version.

Furthermore, we will be getting the enemy-color dual lands from the cycle introduced in Innistrad: Midnight Hunt in this set. The cycle includes the following cards, which will additionally receive a borderless treatment much like Midnight Hunt's dual lands:

Deathcap Glade, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering. Shown here in its borderless showcase version.
Deathcap Glade, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering. Shown here in its borderless showcase version.
Dreamroot Cascade, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering. Shown here in its borderless showcase version.
Dreamroot Cascade, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering. Shown here in its borderless showcase version.
Shattered Sanctum, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering. Shown here in its borderless showcase version.
Shattered Sanctum, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering. Shown here in its borderless showcase version.
Stormcarved Coast, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering. Shown here in its borderless showcase version.
Stormcarved Coast, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering. Shown here in its borderless showcase version.
Sundown Pass, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering. Shown here in its borderless showcase version.
Sundown Pass, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering. Shown here in its borderless showcase version.

Even More Booster Fun – the Dracula Series

The final absolutely huge thing that Innistrad: Crimson Vow offers is a taste of the world of Bram Stoker's iconic novel DraculaDracula has been a huge influence on the vampire subgenre of horror, the story itself inspired by the real-life figure of Vlad the Impaler of Transylvania. Therefore, it only makes sense that Magic: The Gathering would pay homage to Dracula by showcasing his visage, and others, in the Dracula Series! Much like the Godzilla Series, this showcase series is found in Collector Boosters of Innistrad: Crimson Vow as well as in box topper packs that come with each booster box of Draft, Set, and Collector Boosters. Here are two of the cards in the series:

Sorin the Mirthless, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering. Shown here in his Dracula Series showcase version as Count Dracula himself.
Sorin the Mirthless, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering. Shown here in his Dracula Series showcase version as Count Dracula himself.
Olivia, Crimson Bride, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering. Shown here in her Dracula Series showcase version as the Sisters of the Undead.
Olivia, Crimson Bride, a new card from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering. Shown here in her Dracula Series showcase version as the Sisters of the Undead.

Are you excited about this new set for Magic: The Gathering? Is Crimson Vow already living (or unliving) up to your expectations? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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About Joshua Nelson

Josh Nelson is a Magic: The Gathering deckbuilding savant, a self-proclaimed scholar of all things Sweeney Todd, and, of course, a writer for Bleeding Cool. In their downtime, Josh can be found painting models, playing Magic, or possibly preaching about the horrors and merits of anthropophagy. You can find them on Twitter at @Burning_Inquiry for all your burning inquiries.
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