Save the date! The pleasure of your company is requested to the most lavish vampire wedding in ages. And because this is 2021, of course this celebration is going digital!
The ceremony begins on November 11, and we made sure there are plenty of things for you to sink your teeth into. Without further "I do's," here's an overview of how we'll be commemorating this sanguine celebration on MTG Arena.
Innistrad: Crimson Vow Mechanics
In addition to the return of daybound, nightbound, and disturb from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, Innistrad: Crimson Vow will be bringing both new-to-Magic mechanics and one new-to-MTG Arena mechanic to the upcoming occasion. While we've already revealed our full itinerary of included mechanics, this wedding is all about showing off and that includes us as well.
With the vampires of Innistrad ready to party, those of us with warm blood flowing through our veins may want to reconsider skipping leg day. Better yet, bring a friend! Cards with the new training ability make creatures stronger when attacking. Whenever a creature with training attacks alongside a creature of greater power, put a +1/+1 counter on the creature with training.
Be sure to mark "plus one" on your reservation!
Ah, words. You either love them or cleave them. Literally, in this case. This new keyword ability cleave allows you to pay an alternate cost when casting a card, and in exchange, you get to rid the rules text of certain words and phrases contained within square brackets that may stand in the way of your fun, like "[At the beginning of that turn's end step, you lose the game]." Talk about a killjoy.
When playing on MTG Arena, the game will automatically take care of certain editorial duties when using this ability—if you cast a card for its cleave cost, the words will automatically be removed.
Well, we all knew this event was going to be a bloody good time! And here's the token to prove it
While exploit is not a new mechanic per se, it is new to MTG Arena, so we figured we should give a quick overview of this triggered ability. When a creature with exploit enters the battlefield, you may sacrifice a creature. What happens next depends on the card.
As you can see here, if you choose exploit when Rot-Tide Gargantua enters the battlefield, each opponent must also sacrifice a creature.
Innistrad: Crimson Vow Sealed and Draft Events
While our weekly announcement blog is the best place to learn about and be reminded of all our upcoming events, this is a card set release, and we know which dates you're going to ask us about the most. So, without further ado:
- Sealed: November 11–December 3
- Premier Draft: November 11–February 10
- Traditional Draft: November 11–February 10
- Quick Draft: November 26–December 10
A Note on Innistrad: Crimson Vow Player Draft
Speaking of drafts, we do want to call out that when participating in Innistrad: Crimson Vow player drafts (traditional or premier), you will not be able to see the display name of your opponents at the table. This is not a bug. This is intentional, and it's intentional because
Announcing the Arena Open – Draft Edition
First things first, you know the drill:
- You must be 18 years or older to participate.
- Regional eligibility restrictions apply, void where prohibited.
- Receiving monetary rewards requires having or creating Wizards, DCI, and i-Payout accounts. (i-Payout accounts cannot be created in advance.)
- Refer to the official Terms and Conditions for complete details—these will be available as we get closer to the date.
It's been a while since we've held an Arena Open that featured a Limited format, and the answer for that is simple—we know you enjoyed Sealed, but we know that what you really wanted was Draft. Well, like a wedding planner working behind the scenes, our developers have been leaping technical hurdles and answering logistical questions just in time to keep the Innistrad: Crimson Vow party going right into December.
Our full announcement article will go over everything in depth soon, but for those who have their calendars handy, the event is scheduled to take place December 4–5. Day 1 will be available in both Best-of-One and Best-of-Three Draft formats, and Day 2 will be Best-of-Three Draft using a new draft pool.
Jump In! to Innistrad: Crimson Vow
Who leaves a wedding before the ceremony has even begun? Not Jump In!, that's for sure! This event continues to be popular with our players, so Olivia was generous enough to extend an invitation to allow this format to partake in the festivities—assuming we paid the proper blood tithe of course. And by blood tithe, we mean ten new Innistrad: Crimson Vow-themed packets. This is all a fancy way of saying we're extending and updating the Jump In! event with the release of Innistrad: Crimson Vow, and we'll periodically check in to ensure this format hasn't overstayed its welcome.
Midweek Magic's Crimson Change-Up
Just as the sun has set on Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, we have decided it's time to lay to rest our in-store promotional codes for Midweek Magic. As more locations are once again hosting in-person sanctioned events, we encourage players to safely support their local games store whenever possible.
We will continue to support Midweek Magic for the foreseeable future and have instead revamped the rewards to extend to three wins, including a cosmetic reward in addition to the rare individual card rewards players have been receiving in-game. So, while Innistrad gives us plenty to fear, removing Midweek Magic as our no-entry weekly event is not on the menu.
And no—your eyes do not deceive you! Our November 16 Midweek Magic event will be a special Innistrad: Crimson Vow Phantom Quick Draft, allowing you to try out the Quick Draft format with no entry fee!
Last, but not least—as we head from wedding season into the holiday season, we want to keep spirits high and joy in the air. From November 24–28, enjoy an All-Access Standard Singleton event, where you can build and play with decks even if the cards are not in your collection. The event will have no entry fee and will feature special rewards to remind us all to spend time with the people we love.
Let's raise a glass to the beauty and power of our latest card set, all our exciting events, and of course, our lovely vampire bride. In addition to bug fixes and other improvements, Innistrad: Crimson Vow will be available on MTG Arena starting on November 11, 2021. As a fiendish reminder, you have until the chapel doors close (which happens to coincide with scheduled maintenance) to preorder the Olivia pack or Sorin play bundle.
Thanks for reading, and we'll see you in-game!