GAMING | Attend a Vampire wedding in Magic: The Gathering: Crimson Vow

Innistrad’s second set this year hosts darker mechanics, the return of Vampires and a party to die for.

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Wizards of the Coast will release Crimson Vow, the newest set for the world’s oldest and best trading card game, Magic: The Gathering (Magic), for tabletop on 19 November. Set in the lavish halls of the affluent Voldaren Estate on the fan-favourite Innistrad plane, Crimson Vow is brimming with Vampire goodness (including Dracula inspired cards) as it unites Vampires with Werewolves in an epic conclusion to Magic’s Halloween-themed saga. The set contains 267 cards.

Continuing the story and themes of Midnight Hunt, the card set released on September, players will descend back into the land of fear. The efforts to reverse the day/night cycle imbalance during Midnight Hunt failed, and eternal darkness now threatens to befall the plane of Innistrad. Crimson Vow follows the journey of Sorin, an iconic Vampire Planeswalker, who attempts to thwart the fiendish Vampire noblewoman, Olivia Voldaren, and her plans to wed herself to the Markov bloodline and assume control over the plane.

Great feasts, extravagant costumes and eternally undead patrons await the wedding ceremony of Crimson Vow, which introduces fiendish new mechanics in the fight to return day to Innistrad. Blood tokens are the signature mechanic of Vampires and can be sacrificed in addition to discarding a card to draw another card. Humans fighting against the horrors of the night also have a unique ability of their own, with the new mechanic, Training, providing a +1/+1 counter whenever a creature attacks with another creature of greater power. For new spells, Cleave can be used to alter their function by omitting words in their description, allowing for more tactical play against opponents. Sacrifice a creature each time to unleash the power of new ones through Exploit, a familiar mechanic which debuts in Innistrad sets.

Paying homage to iconic gothic lore, Crimson Vow resurrects the legendary Vampire Dracula, who appears in multiple alternate forms in foil and non-foil treatments.

Source: Wizards of the Coast
Source: Wizards of the Coast

Fang Frame card treatments are available alongside the Count, each decorated with a unique border design as extravagant as the characters they contain.

Source: Wizards of the Coast
Source: Wizards of the Coast

Returning from Midnight Hunt, Eternal Night Legendary Creatures, Lands also feature in Crimson Vow. These will be available in Draft Boosters, Set Boosters and Collector Boosters, including the Crimson Vow Bundle.

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