Commander: Innistrad: Crimson Vow adds 38 new cards to the pool of cards available to Magic: The Gathering players interested in the formats Commander, Legacy, and Vintage. Besides the new cards, the two preconstructed decks, Spirit Squadron and Vampiric Bloodline, contain some sought-after reprints. The bulk of cards that make up Commander: Innistrad: Crimson Vow are found in the two hundred-card decks, both of which are ready to play out of the box.
With Strefan, Maurer Progenitor as your commander, you will be looking to ping your opponents in order to amass Blood tokens. The tokens can later be cashed in to put vampires into play. Alternatively, you can sacrifice your Blood tokens to rummage through your deck and fill your graveyard.
The other commander, Millicent, Restless Revenant, works best with lots of cheap spirit token generators. Millicent generates even more spirits to make it easier to re-cast the card from the command zone, despite commander tax and a somewhat scary mana cost.
Which of the two commanders is better depends on your taste when it comes to gameplay.
When it comes to which one is more valuable, however, the market has spoken in favor of the red and black vampire deck. A week before the release date, the blue and white spirits deck was almost a full 10,00 EUR cheaper. A great part of this difference in price is due to the reprints found in Vampiric Bloodline. The deck contains both Nirkana Revenant from Rise of the Eldrazi and the first reprint ever of Patron of the Vein originally from Commander 2017. It also counts in favor of Vampiric Bloodline that the vampire tribe is a more popular with Commander players than spirits are.
Among the reprints in the two decks, there are two uncommon cards which never seem to get enough reprints to satisfy the market. Blood Artist is reprinted in the vampire deck and the buyers of spirit decks get a new copy of Swords to Plowshares. Swords to Plowshares even comes with an all-new artwork from veteran artist Jesper Ejsing.
Both Vampiric Bloodline and Spirit Squadron come with 15 cards each - all new to Magic. On top of that, you get an etched foil display commander, plus all the tokens you need to play your deck.
Besides the 30 new cards printed directly into the two decks, eight additional cards are being released, bearing the expansion set code VOC. This new way of releasing cards was first tried in Innistrad: Midnight Hunt. These eight cards can only be found in the set boosters and collector boosters of Innistrad: Crimson Vow. They are not, however, legal in Standard nor Modern.
Adding extra cards to the set means that green is also represented with Hollowhenge Overlord and Thundering Mightmare. Other cards tied to the release but not found in the preconstructed decks include Umbris, Fear Manifest and Wedding Ring.
Commander: Innistrad: Crimson Vow is available beginning 19 November 2021.