4, Oct, 21

What Will Happen to the Price of MTG Vampire Cards When Crimson Vow Releases?

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Vampires have a long history in MTG, and they're about to get new support in Innistrad: Crimson Vow. This will have major financial implications on older vampire cards.
Article at a Glance

It feels as though Midnight Hunt was just released, but the next set, Innistrad: Crimson Vow is just around the corner. We already know the set has a central theme: VAMPIRES! While it’s exciting to think about all the new vampires to come, this will also have big implications for already-existing vampire cards.

In this article, we’re going to observe the outrageous demand certain archetypes got from Midnight Hunt, as this will serve as an indicator for the demand to come for vampires when Crimson Vow releases. We’ll also have some fun speculating on the future of certain vampire cards.

Read More: MTG Innistrad Crimson Vow: Pre-Orders, Where to Buy, Commander Decks & More

The Effect of Midnight Hunt on the Market

New Magic: the Gathering sets always shake up the game. The metagame needs time to adjust and accommodate new cards and strategies. But just as the game changes in strategic regards, it also changes financially-speaking. Card prices are subject to change as new synergies are discovered, old cards get new support, or pricey cards get reprints.

Innistrad: Midnight Hunt was released only a few weeks ago, but the secondary market is still trying to stabilize in response to the set. Werewolves and zombies have gotten the most attention. Let’s take a quick look at some of the biggest price movements to happen directly because of Midnight Hunt:


We finally got a good legendary werewolf creature in the form of Tovolar, Dire Overlord to head our Commander decks. Yay! But at the same time, Wizards of the Coast announced well before Midnight Hunt released that there would be no preconstructed werewolf Commander deck. This meant we’d be getting no reprints of popular werewolf cards from the past. Consequently, werewolf cards have seen increases in price across the board. Just looking at a few:

  • Huntmaster of the Fells was $10.00 before Midnight Hunt. Today it is approximately $30.00.
  • Mayor of Avabruck was around $3.00 before Midnight Hunt. Today it is pushing $13.00+.
  • Arlinn Kord was $4.00-$5.00 before Midnight Hunt. Today it is approaching $20.00.


Zombies have recently been getting a lot of attention in our weekly finance articles, The MTG Marketplace: Biggest Winners, Losers and Trends. The demand for zombies has proved so high that some cards have spiked in value one week, only to spike again a week later.

Unlike werewolves, we knew going into Midnight Hunt that we’d be getting a Commander deck focused on Zombies. As such, we all expected some number of reprints, but no one knew which zombie cards would get reprinted and which would not.

We ended up getting a few good reprints in the Undead Unleashed Commander deck like Endless Ranks of the Dead and Rooftop Storm. But anything that didn’t get reprinted received a massive surge in demand as players wanted to upgrade their new zombie decks. A lot of zombie cards spiked in price because of this. Just to look at a few:

  • Grevecrawler was $9.00 before Midnight Hunt. Today it is about $22.00.
  • The Scarab God was $15.00-$18.00 before Midnight Hunt. Today it is verging on $40.00
  • Undead Warchief was $6.00 before Midnight Hunt. Today, all of its printings have gone up in price and are about $13.00

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Crimson Vow: Vampires are Going to Drain our Blood and WALLETS

The future of vampire card prices are going to look more like what happened with zombie cards rather than what happened with werewolves. We know we are going to get a preconstructed Commander deck called Vampiric Bloodline and likely a few good vampire reprints with it. But like zombies, vampires have a longstanding history in Magic: the Gathering. There are so many vampires in the game already, that Wizards of the Coast won’t be able to reprint everything.

I want to make it clear that I do not know what vampire cards will get reprinted in Vampiric Bloodline. But what I do know, is that whatever doesn’t get reprinted in the new Commander precon will receive a massive wave of demand and subsequently a spike in price.

Let’s look at a few vampire cards that are already popular and could rise in price with the release of Crimson Vow. Again, at this point in time, all price projections are speculatory. The future prices of all vampire cards are entirely dependent on what comes out of Crimson Vow and Vampiric Bloodlines. But in some cases, cards are already starting to rise purely in anticipation of these two products.

Read More: Everything We Know About MTG’s Innistrad: Crimson Vow – Release Date, Previews & More

Edgar Markov

Wizards of the Coast

Edgar Markov was once a $5.00 card. Today it’s a little more than that, and by ‘a little’, I mean $75.00! The reason being is that Edgar Markov is currently the go-to vampire commander and the most popular Mardu (red-black-white) Commander as indicated on EDHREC.

It is possible the new face-Commander of Vampiric Bloodlines could compete with Edgar’s popularity. But a lot of players may cannibalize the new Commander deck, and use the support to bolster their Edgar Markov decks. Edgar certainly could use a reprint and soon, but until he does, he may continue to rise further in price.

Sorin, Imperious Bloodlorde

Wizards of the Coast

Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord has been a four-of in Pioneer mono-black vampire decks. It has steadily risen in price over the course of the year from $12.00 to $20.00+.

If Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord does not get reprinted in Vampiric Bloodlines, I think it could easily jump to a $30.00 card for two reasons. 1) It is a unique, vampire-focused Planeswalker for Commander players. 2) The vampire Pioneer deck could rise in prominence with the new vampire support to come out of Crimson Vow.

Cordial Vampire

Cordial Vampire
Wizards of the Coast

Vampires have never had a truly competitive Modern deck. Will this change with Crimson Vow? Only time will tell. Cordial Vampire has been waiting around for stronger bloodsucking friends ever since its printing in Modern Horizons. If we do get enough vampire support to make a Modern deck, Cordial Vampire will likely be a big player in that deck.

Cordial Vampire was only $2.00-$3.00 a couple of months ago. In anticipation of everything Innistrad this year, it recently climbed to about $5.00. If it does not get a reprint in Vampiric Bloodline, it could easily climb higher.

Twilight Prophet

Wizards of the Coast

Twilight Prophet is the Dark Confidant of the Commander format. Whereas Confidant is a staple in Modern for its card-drawing ability, it is more difficult to play in Commander, where the average mana values of your cards are higher, causing Confidant to deal you more damage. Twilight Prophet on the other hand, can still draw you an extra card in your upkeep, but instead of taking the damage yourself, the Prophet deals the damage to your opponents.

I hope Twilight Prophet is reprinted in Vampiric Bloodlines because it is already a $27.00 card. If it does not get reprinted, however, the new demand for vampires in Commander could easily drive the price of the Prophet higher.

Bloodthirsty Adversary

I ranked Bloodthirsty Adversary as my #1 pick in The Adversary Cycle of Midnight Hunt: A MTG Financial Set Review. I didn’t expect Bloodthirsty Adversary to have immediate effects on the Standard format. In fact, my #2 pick, Intrepid Adversary, has had the most success in Standard thus far. But the reason I ranked Bloodthirsty Adversary as the best of its mythic rare cycle financially speaking, is because it had the most room to grow.

Bloodthirsty Adversary is a strong card by itself but doesn’t currently have the support it needs to shine in Standard. That’s going to change with Innistrad: Crimson Vow when we get a ton of new vampire cards. Actually, Bloodthirsty Adversary is already starting to rise in price. It was about $4.00-$5.00 on the release weekend of Midnight Hunt. It has already grown to almost $7.00. I’d definitely pick this card up sooner than later.

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