3 decks to try out on Crimson Vow Release Day

Crimson Vow’s launch day is finally here, and exciting new cards are available to players around the world in Magic: Arena. As with any new release, it is quite difficult to decide on a new deck on the first day. Sometimes players don’t want to get too crazy to save up wild cards. For others, the wildcard investment is worth just trying a new deck. With Crimson Vow launch day arriving today, here are just a few lists for players to try with brand new cards from the set.

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RB vampires

Creatures (27)
2x Anje, maid of shame
4x blood tent harvester
4x bloodthirsty adversaries
2x Floran, Voldaren sprout
4x Falkenrath ancestors
4x Falkenrath pit fighters
2x Everstrum Predator
1x Ruthless Stormseeker
4x vampire socialite

Non-Creature Spells (10)
2x heroic death
4x Infernal Grip
4x play with fire

Countries (23)
4x Plague Step Path
2x cave of the beetle
4x haunted ridge
2x Beehive of the Eye Tyrant
6x mountain
5x swamp

The werewolves were the stars of Midnight Hunt, but now it’s time for the vampire tribe to take over Standard. Players have already tinkered with the idea of ​​an aggressive, vampire-centric deck only to encounter mediocre results. The problem was the lack of meaningful vampires to play with, suitable for aggro strategies. Eventually, some players decided to go for a midrange style deck, but the archetype still couldn’t make its way into the meta.

With the introduction of Crimson Vow, standard vampires have a new life. Early game threats like Bloodtith Harvester and Falkenrath Forebear add much-needed firepower to the deck alongside Vampire Socialite. Anje, Maid of Dishonor is a card that acts as a bridge for this aggro deck to deal the last few points of damage. It’s not a Siege Rhino, but it will make its best impression.

Grixis reanimator

Olivia, purple bride

Olivia, purple bride

Creatures (18)
4x greedy castaway
2x Dread Festival Demon
2x hull breaker horror
2x coma, cosmos snake
4x Olivia, Crimson Bride
4x wobbling ghast

Non-Creature Spells (18)
1x change of luck
4x fatal quarrel
1x introduction to the night
4x otherworldly view
4x strategic planning
4x unexpected stroke of luck

Countries (24)
4x Plague Step Path
4x Clearwater trail
4x haunted ridge
2x island
2x mountain
4x river glide path
2x storm-carved coast
2x swamp

Resuscitation strategies had been bad in Standard for a long time. For a lot of players, that’s a very good thing. Reanimating threats is a difficult path for Magic, as it is usually somewhere between unplayable and totally excommunicable. The last few standard sets had a few options for reviving creatures, but the creatures were usually bad. Coma, cosmos snake was the target of choice, but it was really easier to just cast them off than to trick them onto the battlefield.

Olivia, Crimson Bride, comes to the rescue. Olivia flies into the battlefield with an incredibly powerful text box. She can resurrect any creature, and she won’t leave the game or end of turn. Even more exciting is the idea that reviving another legendary vampire means that the new creature won’t leave the field when Olivia dies. Dreadfeast Demon is the best option for this deck because you can start creating multiple threats. Combine that with a coma on the board and the game will surely end very quickly.

Sultai frog

Creatures (19)
4x Grolnok, the omnivore
3x old Rutstein
2x Slogurk, the glum
1x old stick finger
4x evil spawn spider
4x cemetery stray
1x scare dog

Non-Creature Spells (17)
2x Harvest of the Ghoul Caller
4x Infernal Grip
4x downfall of the hero
2x Meathook massacre
1x excavation
4x Lolth, spider queen

Countries (24)
4x bark canal path
4x Clearwater trail
4x Darkbore path
2x forest
3x island
4x shipwreck swamp
3x swamp

This is probably the “roughest draft” of the list in this article, as there are simply endless ways this deck would like to play. The core of the deck consists of Old Rutstein and Grolnok, the omnivore. The idea for this deck is to generate value with Old Rutstein and then play the milled cards as soon as Grolnok and OR are on the field at the same time. Once the engine is running, the plan is to simply overestimate the opposition.

This deck looks like it should have a good game plan against the hordes of aggro decks in Standard right now. The combination of green and black offers everything the deck could ever want, while also allowing access to some real-life threats to end a game. While this version of the deck may not be a world champion, the bones seem to be there. There are many new midrange cards that can potentially bring a new deck into the format. Sooner or later someone is going to get some great victories with the frog.

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