Magic: The Gathering's Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Stream Recap

At 9:00 AM Pacific Time, or 12:00 PM Eastern Time, Wizards of the Coast conducted a stream on YouTube and Twitch pertaining to their upcoming Magic: The Gathering set, called Innistrad: Midnight Hunt. This stream revolved around the theme of the "Harvesttide Festival", a ritual enacted by humans on Innistrad to ward off evil. In the stream, Wizards showed us all a number of interesting cards with super-spooky mechanics. As a quick note, the many Magic cards showcased in this article are shown in no particular order compared to the streaming video on YouTube and thereabouts, but all are cards from the set that we are sure will elicit some interesting responses from the lot of our reader base. So, without further ado, let's dig in!

The terrifying key art from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, the next upcoming expansion set for Magic: The Gathering.
The terrifying key art from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, the next upcoming expansion set for Magic: The Gathering.

The first mechanic we would like to address is the Daybound/Nightbound mechanic that is prominent on all of the Werewolf creatures in the set. This is a tuned-up and modernized version of the original mechanics that made Werewolves in earlier sets from Innistrad what they were. Daybound creatures are a bit less powerful than their nightbound counterparts, but even then they can be fairly powerful. Just look at Tovolar, Dire Overlord!

The front face of Tovolar, Dire Overlord, a card from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, the next upcoming Magic: The Gathering expansion set.
The front face of Tovolar, Dire Overlord, a card from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, the next upcoming Magic: The Gathering expansion set.

That's right, Werewolf fans; we are finally getting a better tribal Werewolf commander than Ulrich of the Krallenhorde (with no offense meant towards Ulrich or his rapidly decreasing fanbase, of course)! However, this is only the front face of Tovolar. With a front face like this, who needs a nightbound face?

Tovolar, The Midnight Scourge, the back face of Tovolar, Dire Overlord, a card from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, the next upcoming Magic: The Gathering expansion set.
Tovolar, The Midnight Scourge, the back face of Tovolar, Dire Overlord, a card from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, the next upcoming Magic: The Gathering expansion set.

Well, one may suppose this face is icing on a bloody, gore-drenched cake.

And Werewolf creatures are not the only cards getting a transformative daybound/nightbound twist. Arlinn Kord, the Werewolf Planeswalker native to Innistrad, is also getting this mechanic.

The front face for Arlinn, the Pack's Hope, a card from Magic: The Gathering's next set, Innistrad: Midnight Hunt.
The front face for Arlinn, the Pack's Hope, a card from Magic: The Gathering's next set, Innistrad: Midnight Hunt.
Arlinn, the Moon's Fury, the rear face for Arlinn, the Pack's Hope, a card from Magic: The Gathering's next set, Innistrad: Midnight Hunt.
Arlinn, the Moon's Fury, the rear face for Arlinn, the Pack's Hope, a card from Magic: The Gathering's next set, Innistrad: Midnight Hunt.

A few more mechanics from this set include the Decayed mechanic, primarily used as a means to make it easier to generate tokens (in this case, Zombies), and Disturb, which acts similar to Flashback does for spells, but for double-faced cards instead.

A Zombie creature token with Decayed, from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, the next set for Magic: The Gathering.
A Zombie creature token with Decayed, from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, the next set for Magic: The Gathering.

Decayed is all downside, but will facilitate the creation of many tokens at once through the source of these tokens, for a more efficient cost. Whether these tokens will be used in a metagame post-rotation in Standard certainly remains  to be seen, but we know we're dying to find out!

With regards to Disturb, you can cast a card with the keyword from the graveyard for an alternate cost, and it enters play transformed as a result. The ability is likely to mainly be seen on Spirit creatures, or at least cards that turn into Spirits as a result of the disturbance, such as Beloved Beggar and Generous Soul, two sides of a very poignant, and perhaps emotionally stirring, card.

The front face of Beloved Beggar, a double-faced card from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, the next set for Magic: The Gathering.
The front face of Beloved Beggar, a double-faced card from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, the next set for Magic: The Gathering.
Generous Soul, the back face of Beloved Beggar, a double-faced card from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, the next set for Magic: The Gathering.
Generous Soul, the back face of Beloved Beggar, a double-faced card from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, the next set for Magic: The Gathering.

But where are the vampires, we hear you ask? Well, as the vampires of Innistrad will feature more prominently in Innistrad: Crimson Vow, the answers aren't entirely clear. However, we do know that the vampires aren't extinct or anything like that, so fret not, bloodsucker-fans!

Some final points to cover in this article include the following: We have an allied-color cycle of nonbasic lands that look a bit like this:

Overgrown Farmland, part of a new nonbasic cycle of allied-color lands from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, the next set for Magic: The Gathering.
Overgrown Farmland, part of a new nonbasic cycle of allied-color lands from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, the next set for Magic: The Gathering.

Aaaaaand this:

The stunning borderless "Booster Fun" version of Haunted Ridge, another member of the nonbasic, allied-color cycle of lands from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, a new set for Magic: The Gathering.
The stunning borderless "Booster Fun" version of Haunted Ridge, another member of the nonbasic, allied-color cycle of lands from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, a new set for Magic: The Gathering.

And, as we (likely) all had hoped, we are also seeing a new iteration of Sigarda, the legendary Angel creature who survived Emrakul's onslaught unto Innistrad during Eldritch Moon where her sisters did not.

Sigarda, Champion of Light, a new legendary Angel creature card from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, the next set for Magic: The Gathering.
Sigarda, Champion of Light, a new legendary Angel creature card from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, the next set for Magic: The Gathering.

As expected, Sigarda is a leader of the religious and superstitious Humans who devote themselves to her and her flight of angels. She shares the Human keyword, Coven, which is a keyword that triggers if you control three or more creatures with different power values. The ability is a bit ambiguous in what "powers" means, but we have it on good intel that "powers" refers to the individual power of each of three creatures you control. It does not mean whether or not creatures have abilities or even keyworded abilities, simply for clarification's sake.

Speaking of good intel, we are also aware that, unlike in past sets featuring double-faced cards, where you only open one per Draft Booster, Draft Boosters of Innistrad: Midnight Hunt will feature two double-faced cards and these DFCs (as they've been come to commonly be known as online) will take up the rarity slots of their rarity, meaning that unless you open up a foil rare/mythic rare, you'll only open one rare regardless of if it's a DFC or not, in a given Draft Booster.

That about wraps up what we know about the stream's contents! So, are you excited about Innistrad: Midnight Hunt? We think it will be a killer time! Are you going to draft this Magic: The Gathering set when it arrives on Magic Arena on September 16th, or attend prerelease events on the weekend immediately following? Let us know your thoughts 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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