Innistrad Crimson Vow Limited Review

May 27, 2023
David Sunnyside

The vampires and werewolves have succeeded in their goal of bringing about eternal night, and only the Moonsilver Key can bring back day. Chandra, Kaya, and Arlinn will need to infiltrate the wedding of the vampire matriarch, Olivia Voldaren, and her grandfather to recover it. The set will continue the story from September’s Innistrad: Midnight Hunt with a new set of missions for the planeswalkers to infiltrate and fight.

The mechanics of innistrad crimson vow limited review

Unlike Midnight Hunt, which focused on two tribes, this set has a variety of mechanics across all five colors. These mechanics help shape decks and synergies that may not have been possible with the previous set. One of the most notable is Exploit, a mechanic last seen in Dragons of Tarkir that lets you sacrifice creatures for an effect. This can give you a way to get rid of early creatures that are no longer useful, or even to gain value from creatures that die on the battlefield.

Another interesting mechanic is lifegain, which can be extremely powerful in limited formats where games are usually long and grindy. Several cards in the set have ways to increase your life total, including the aforementioned blood tokens. Additionally, cards like Restless Bloodseeker make blood tokens if they have gained life that turn, and Courier Bat returns a creature from your graveyard to your hand.

Finally, Izzet has access to a few more ways to win with its spellslinger decks. This includes the new Training ability, which puts +1/+1 counters on a creature when it attacks alongside something with greater power. This can fuel a fast creature-heavy deck that’s capable of beating opponents on curve and then pinging them throughout the game.

David Sunnyside
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