Last updated on September 15, 2021

Sorin Markov art - Illustration by Magali Villeneuve

Sorin Markov print | Illustration by Magali Villeneuve

It’s an interesting time for Standard sets in Magic. Rotation is coming up fast with Midnight Hunt, which means one of the most influential (and sometimes controversial) sets will be leaving us. We’re also getting a unique treat this year: the next set after rotation is being released way sooner than normal.

That’s right, Innistrad: Crimson Vow is set to be released on November 19, just two short months after its wolfish predecessor on September 24. This vampiric set is still pretty hush-hush, but that doesn’t mean I can’t bring you the basics or speculate my little heart out. I’m super excited for the Innistrad twins, so I’m more than happy to get on my soapbox about the whole thing.

Let’s just dive right in!

Innistrad Crimson Vow: Basic Information

Innistrad Crimson Vow art - Illustration by Lenka Šimečková

Innistrad: Crimson Vow art | Illustration by Lenka Šimečková

Set Details

Set SymbolInnistrad Crimson Vow set symbol
Set CodeVOW
Hashtag#MTGCrimson and #MTGInnistrad
Number of CardsTBA
RaritiesTBA
LanguagesTBA
MechanicsVampires, TBA

Important Dates

EventDate
Previews startTBA
Available on Draftsim’s draft simulatorNovember 5, 2021 (estimated)
Release on MTG ArenaNovember 11, 2021
Available on Arena TutorNovember 11, 2021 (estimated)
Prerelease weekNovember 12 to 19, 2021
Paper release dateNovember 19, 2021
Launch partyNovember 19 to 21, 2021

About the Set

Rakish Heir - Illustration by Winona Nelson

Rakish Heir | Illustration by Winona Nelson

There isn’t much out there about Crimson Vow yet. We’ve got a handful of dates, the obvious vampire theme, and a couple of characters. There’s plenty of room for speculation but definitives are in short supply.

Wizards has already confirmed that we’ll be getting more details on this iteration of Innistrad in October, while the set itself is set to be released mid-November. In case yours got lost in the mail, WotC has extended us all an invitation to this exclusive event. Don’t miss it!

In the meantime, here’s absolutely everything we have on the set, its story, the mechanics, and what I expect to see from this blood-curdling set.

The Story

Bloodline Keeper - Illustration by Jason Chan

Bloodline Keeper | Illustration by Jason Chan

Together, Innistrad: Midnight Hunt and Innistrad: Crimson Vow revisit what we learned first about Innistrad, showing us again why the wisest humans there never stop fearing nightfall.

WotC

Crimson Vow continues the story that starts in Midnight Hunt: humans battling against things that go bump in the night. An ultra-exclusive wedding, eternal night, and every spooky classic-monster-movie creature you can think of. It sounds like a grand old time, doesn’t it?

The heart-stopping event surrounds the union between the Markov and Voldaren bloodlines as they scheme to take over Innistrad, together. Olivia Voldaren is our blood-sucking bride and while her husband-to-be has yet to be announced, Sorin Markov is the obvious choice. There’s also Edgar Markov, the other only named member of the Markov bloodline so far.

Considering Sorin has been featured in some of Crimson Vow’s promotional material, I’d say he and Olivia must have worked something out since their last encounter. And her pseudo-betrayal when she left him to his stony fate and stole his sword. I’m sure it’ll be fine.

Getting back on track, the humans of Innistrad are turning to rituals to aid them, and there’s also a fun festival going on: Harvesttide! Olivia is known for throwing the best parties, so I’m sure the whole thing will turn out to be a biting good time.

Set Mechanics

Stormkirk Patrol - Illustration by Karl Kopinski

Stromkirk Patrol | Illustration by Karl Kopinski

All right, enough vampire puns. Let’s get to the nitty-gritty of the set: the mechanics! There’s going to be vampires. Obviously. But what else? Nothing has been confirmed yet, but there’s plenty of common mechanics that go along with our favorite fanged friends.

Olivia Voldaren has the power of flight, and she’s also been paired with haste and +X/+X counters in her past appearances.

If we’re looking at our other two stars, Sorin Markov and Edgar Markov, there are some more mechanics and keywords we can expect to see. Edgar only features on his namesake card, and he’s got haste and +X/+X counters going too, along with first strike and creating new vampires. I imagine tokens will probably be pretty common, especially if the older Markov makes an appearance.

Sorin is the odd-man-out of the group as the only planeswalker. Here we have deathtouch and lifelink in equal measures as well as “deal X damage and gain X life” effects. There’s also the obligatory vampire tribal boosts in the form of +X/+X counters, and more vampire token creation.

Looking at some of the cards in Midnight Hunt, I think there could be hints of madness making another appearance as well. We saw how well that worked in Shadows Over Innistrad.

Speculation

Stalking Vampire - Illustration by Slawomir Maniak

Stalking Vampire | Illustration by Slawomir Maniak

In an effort to not repeat myself, I won’t mention anything relating to Olivia or the Markovs since I just covered that under Set Mechanics. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of other things to speculate about! Vampires are pretty diverse and there are some other clues as to what we can expect to see in this set, even this far from any concrete details.

They’ve already been confirmed for Midnight Hunt, so I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to see vampiric versions of transforming double-faced cards. They’ve existed before with Voldaren Pariah / Abolisher of Bloodlines, and I doubt it’ll be overlooked considering how intertwined the two Innistrad sets are. Plus, how cool would it be to battle it out between transforming werewolves and transforming vampires? I’ll answer that for you: incredibly cool.

Next up is a spirit theme, potentially going so far as tribal. One of our Commander precons, Spirit Squadron, is clearly aiming for a ghostly good time. I’ll get to more details of what that could include when I cover the deck, so I’ll leave this at that and move on.

Both of the Innistrad sets are clearly occult-inspired with lots of classic monster-movie themes. MID has werewolves, witches, and zombies. VOW has vampires, spirits, and… something else to counter witches, I hope. Or maybe just more witches. Here’s hoping.

Spoilers

Bloodcrazed Neonate - Illustration by Cynthia Sheppard

Bloodcrazed Neonate | Illustration by Cynthia Sheppard

We don’t have any spoilers yet and it’ll probably be a hot minute before that changes. I’ll keep you updated as soon as we get anything new, so make sure to bookmark us and come back to stay on top of the wickedly tasteful Crimson Vow cards!

Unofficial Spoilers / Leaks

And… nothing here yet too! Don’t worry, when the inevitable leaks start coming out, we’ll track them here with our [SPOILER] protection included.

Available Products

Wizards hasn’t released any official details for any of VOW’s products short of some product images, so we only have past iterations to go off of. Basically I’m just going to go over what we usually get with these and update as soon as we get more details.

If nothing else, enjoy the gorgeous art!

Draft Boosters

Crimson Vow Draft Booster Box

A pack of 16 cards that’s curated around Limited play. You can buy individual packs or a box of 36 boosters. Wizards usually offers buy-a-box promos with exclusive cards if you opt for the bigger purchase. The Crimson Vow draft booster packs feature art of the vampiric planeswalker Sorin Markov.

Draft boosters contain:

  • 1 basic land
  • 10 commons
  • 3 uncommons
  • 1 rare / mythic rare
  • 1 marketing card / token card
Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Crimson Vow Draft Booster Box | 36 Packs + Box Topper (541 Magic Cards)
  • 36 Innistrad: Crimson Vow MTG Draft Boosters
  • 1 box topper card
  • 15 Magic cards per Draft Booster
  • Rare or Mythic Rare card in every pack
  • Return to the gothic horror plane of Innistrad for a sumptuous vampire wedding—as honored guest or delicious entrée

Set Boosters

Crimson Vow Set Booster Box

Set boosters are the bread-and-butter of set products, hence the name. These 14-card packs are targeted to players that aren’t particularly interested in Limited. You can also buy a box of 30 of these instead of individual packs, with their own buy-a-box promo as incentive. The Crimson Vow set boosters feature art of the legendary Olivia Voldaren as a vampiric bride.

Set boosters contain:

  • 1 art card
  • 1 basic land
  • 6 commons / uncommons
  • 1 unique common / uncommon
  • 2 “wild cards” (any rarity from common to mythic)
  • 1 rare / mythic
  • 1 foil card
  • 1 marketing / token card
Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Crimson Vow Set Booster Box | 30 Packs + Box Topper (361 Magic Cards)
  • 30 Innistrad: Crimson Vow Set Boosters
  • 1 box topper card
  • Best MTG booster to open just for fun
  • 12 Magic: The Gathering cards per booster
  • 1–4 Rares and/or Mythic Rares in every booster

Collector Boosters

Crimson Vow Collector Booster Box

These packs are for the collectors out there. If you’re looking for unique and aesthetic cards to add to your collection, this is the product for you. Just like the set and draft boosters, you can get a box of these instead of buying individual packs. The Crimson Vow collector boosters feature a stylized depiction of a vampiric wedding.

Collector boosters contain:

  • 1 extended-art rare / mythic
  • 1 foil rare / mythic
  • 9 foil commons / uncommons
  • 3 special-frame cards
  • 1 ancillary card
  • 1 foil token
Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Crimson Vow Collector Booster Box | 12 Packs + Box Topper (181 Magic Cards)
  • 12 Innistrad: Crimson Vow MTG Collector Boosters
  • 1 box topper card
  • 15 Magic cards + 1 foil token in each booster
  • Loaded with rares, foils, special treatments, and more
  • 5 Rare and/or Mythic Rare cards per pack

Theme Boosters

Theme boosters are my personal favorite product from each set. They’re aimed towards players who value deckbuilding over all else, curating a selection of cards that follow a theme to go straight into a deck or be built around. Flavor-lovers will also appreciate these.

Each set releases five different theme boosters, either by color or color pair if there’s a clear theme of the combos within the set. Strixhaven, for example, used the enemy color pairs to represent each of the five “colleges.” Time will tell whether Crimson Vow brings us mono- or dual-colored theme boosters.

Theme boosters contain 35 cards. The rarities vary between each pack with mostly commons and uncommons plus a handful of rares or mythics.

Prerelease Packs

Innistrad Crimson Vow prerelease

Prerelease packs are available during prerelease events. I know, the naming conventions for these products are so unexpected, right? The idea behind this product is to give new players a look at the set and what to expect from it, plus just giving out some goodies. The Crimson Vow prerelease packs feature art of a scene from a vampiric get-together, assumingly the set’s main event.

Prerelease packs contain:

  • 1 themed insert
  • 6 booster packs
  • 1 spindown life counter
  • 1 premium rare / mythic promo card

Crimson Vow Bundle

Crimson Vow Bundle

Set bundles are what you want if the set really speaks to you. This has everything you need to get started in a new format, add to your collection, or enjoy a new set with your friends! The Crimson Vow bundles feature art of Olivia Voldaren in her vampiric-bride persona, same as the draft packs.

Set bundles contain:

  • 8 set boosters
  • 20 basic lands
  • 20 foil basic lands
  • 1 oversized spindown life counter
  • 1 foil promo card
  • 1 card storage box
Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Crimson Vow Bundle | 8 Set Boosters + Accessories
  • 8 Innistrad: Crimson Vow MTG Set Boosters
  • 1 foil alt-art promo card
  • 40 basic land cards (20 foil + 20 nonfoil)
  • Spindown life counter + card storage box
  • Return to the gothic horror plane of Innistrad for a sumptuous vampire wedding—as honored guest or delicious entrée

Crimson Vow Gift Bundle

Crimson Vow Gift Bundle

Gift bundles are pretty similar to set bundles, with a few minor tweaks. Obviously these are meant to be purchased as gifts for your Magic-loving friends, or if you want to treat yourself. There’s a bit more to them than the regular bundles but the thought is the same. The Crimson Vow gift bundles feature art of the lovely Olivia Voldaren looking like she’s ready to host the party of the century.

Set gift bundles contain:

  • 8 set boosters
  • 1 collector booster
  • 20 basic lands
  • 20 foil basic lands
  • 1 oversized spindown life counter
  • 1 card storage box
Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Crimson Vow Gift Bundle | 8 Set Boosters | 1 Collector Booster | Accessories
  • 8 Innistrad: Crimson Vow MTG Set Boosters
  • 1 Collector Booster full of rares, foils, and special card treatments
  • 1 foil alt-art promo card
  • 40 basic land cards (20 foil + 20 nonfoil)
  • Exclusive Spindown life counter + foil card storage box

Commander Decks

Crimson Vow Both Commander Decks

We don’t know too much about the Commander precons we’re getting with Crimson Vow just yet, but I can definitely speculate. I mean, we’ve got the deck names. That’s plenty to go on, so let’s get guessing!

Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Crimson Vow Commander Deck Bundle – Includes 1 Vampiric Bloodline + 1 Spirit Squadron
  • Bundle of 2 Innistrad: Crimson Vow Commander Decks—Vampiric Bloodline + Spirit Squadron
  • Both ready-to-play MTG decks contain 100 Magic cards (2 traditional foil + 98 nonfoil)
  • Each deck comes with 1 foil-etched Display Commander, 10 tokens, 1 life tracker + 1 deck box
  • Decks include a total of 30 MTG cards not found in the main set—15 in each deck
  • Reduced-plastic packaging

Spirit Squadron

Geist of Saint Traft - Illustration by Igor Kieryluk

Geist of Saint Traft | Illustration by Igor Kieryluk

This almost feels too easy. I mean, obviously this deck is going to focus on flying! I’m only partially joking. Spirits are going to be at the helm for sure, and lots of spirits can fly.

This creature type appears in all colors and is pretty strongly represented everywhere but red, so it’s anybody’s guess what color combo we can expect to see in this precon. My personal guess is Azorius (), but green is another reasonable contender. Selesnya () is also a solid spirit combo, or we could get three-for-one with Bant ().

So, spirits can fly. What else can they do? Well, the original Innistrad block supported the blue and white “geist” tribe, which is a type of spirit. We saw them again in Shadows over Innistrad’s block, so I’d be surprised if they weren’t included somewhere in this new iteration.

We’re also returning to Kamigawa next year with Neon Dynasty, and spirits had a little something special the last time we were there: a mechanic with a triggered effect when you played spirit or arcane spells. It was unofficially called “spiritcraft.” Ki counters were also prominently featured on many of these cards. Maybe we’ll see a return to these mechanics in preparation for Neon Dynasty?

Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Crimson Vow Commander Deck – Spirit Squadron
  • 100-card ready-to-play Innistrad: Crimson Vow Commander deck
  • Deck includes 2 traditional foils + 98 nonfoil cards
  • 1 foil-etched Display Commander
  • 10 double-sided tokens + life tracker and deck box
  • Introduces 15 MTG cards not found in the main set

Vampiric Bloodline

Olivia Voldaren - Illustration by Eric Deschamps

Olivia Voldaren | Illustration by Eric Deschamps

Vampires are everywhere in this set, so it’s no surprise that we’re getting a vampiric precon. There are plenty of directions this deck could take. Let’s take a look at some of the options, shall we?

Black is a pretty solid guess for one of the colors, since more than half of MTG’s vampire cards are black. Next we’ve got red, which would give us a Rakdos () Commander deck. Sounds like it would be a good vampire build to me. White is the only other color that has a notable vampiric presence so we could conceivably get Orzhov () instead, or even a triple threat with .

I imagine Olivia Voldaren or Sorin Markov will be at the helm of this deck. I hope we get Olivia as our general, which seems more likely considering how heavily she’s been featured on all of the product art so far. She is the bride, after all. This is her day.

Now let’s talk mechanics. I already mentioned plenty of stuff we usually get with vampires in Magic. Deathtouch, lifelink, “deal X damage and gain X life” effects, a sprinkling of flying, an army of vamp tokens, and transforming double-faced cards are all possibilities. If Countess Voldaren is our leader, my money’s on flying along with her signature haste and +X/+X counters. I also really hope she gets another mount, or we see Olivia’s Dragoon return.

Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Crimson Vow Commander Deck – Vampiric Bloodline
  • 100-card ready-to-play Innistrad: Crimson Vow Commander deck
  • Deck includes 2 traditional foils + 98 nonfoil cards
  • 1 foil-etched Display Commander
  • 10 double-sided tokens + life tracker and deck box
  • Introduces 15 MTG cards not found in the main set

Innistrad: Double Feature

Innistrad double feature

Bryan covered this new product in his Midnight Hunt feature, but I’ve got you covered in case you missed it. The two Innistrad sets are inextricably linked in both story and in flavor, and Wizards is adding draft to that list now. These products boast a unique draft experience by mixing Midnight Hunt and Crimson Vow together in one-of-a-kind draft boosters.

The Innistrad sets feature clear occult themes and a vibe reminiscent of old monster movies (just in time for Halloween might I add), and the Double Feature products take that one step further. We’ll be getting unique art inspired by classic black-and-white monster movies on all of the cards selected to partake in this dangerous, gloomy product.

Combining the two sets in this way is very reminiscent of the old “block” style sets where Wizards would release several thematically and mechanically linked sets in a row. The sets would be combined for draft, often with two packs of one set and one pack of another.

The last time we saw that was Rivals of Ixalan and Ixalan.

Wrap Up

Crimson Vow art - Illustration by Justyna Gil

Innistrad: Crimson Vow art | Illustration by Justyna Gil

That’s all we’ve got for the set so far. It’s still super early on, so make sure to bookmark us and check back to stay updated on all the Crimson Vows news as soon as it breaks!

What are your thoughts on the Innistrad twins so far? Are you more eager to get your hands on Midnight Hunt or Crimson Vow? Or are neither of them your cup of tea? I’m personally really excited for the whole what-goes-bump-in-the-night theme we’ve got going on between the two sets. I’m especially pumped for Innistrad: Double Feature and the mixed draft that it’ll bring.

I have nothing more for you. Not here, at least. Our infamous blog is the go-to spot if you’re jonesing for more content. It’s where we store all of our set pieces! Oh, and make sure you’re prepped for our return to Innistrad on MTGA with Arena Tutor. Track your matches using Draftsim’s signature AI, check out your stats, get help with draft picks, and more.

I’ll see you all in the next set guide. Stay safe, stay healthy, and (most importantly) stay thirsty!

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