Limited Report: Innistrad Crimson Vow

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By: variancekills - 25 Nov 2021

A lot of players are curious about how good you need to be in draft in order to profit from MTGA draft events. In response to this, I am writing this article as part of a series where I provide details of my limited run every set.


As I discussed in a previous article, part of what makes playing MTGA efficient for the FTP or almost FTP player is being decent in limited. Having enough clout in this format will make the entire experience of collecting cards much more pleasant. How much clout? The following figure provides a good idea.

As shown in the figure, you need at least a 30% win rate in Quick Draft in order to make it more efficient on average than just buying packs with your gold. On the other hand, you need a higher win rate, about 53%, to say the same about premier or traditional draft. Furthermore, if you do have a high win rate in Premier/Traditional, you are better off playing that than Quick Draft on average. As for choosing between Premier or Traditional, that is a more complicated question. However, I have chosen Premier over Traditional since ZNR.

VOW Limited Run

For Innistrad Crimson Vow, I did 30 Premier Draft runs. This is many more than my usual practice, and was mainly driven by the need to practice for the Arena Open on December 4-5 which will have draft as its format. Also as a consequence of this, I rare-drafted for set completion a lot less, and towards the later runs, not at all. At the end of my 30 runs, I was able to reach mythic for the first time in limited, which is nice, but is probably something I will only attempt in these situations where there are draft events that I want to practice for.

My overall win rate across 30 drafts was 58.54%, which is much lower than what it was in MID (which was itself an outlier) but still good enough to come out with a good chunk of value. My total cost for 30 drafts was only 10,200 gems which yielded 100 packs, 85 rare pulls, and 11 mythic rare pulls. The packs alone would have already cost 20,000 gems to purchase, which means by going the draft route, it is comparable to puchasing 51 packs at full price and getting 49 additional packs and 96 random rare/mythics for free.


Impressions about VOW draft

I streamed all of my drafts in Twitch and ported them to Youtube if you are interested in watching them. As already mentioned from many other sources, this set is much more bomb-centric than the previous sets we have had. Rares like Dreadfeast Demonimage of Hullbreaker Horrorimage are so powerful that anyone who opens them will play them, and as a result, you get to see them much more often. When the game goes long, it is important to be aware that your opponent may have a bomb, and it is often worth it to save a counterspell or removal for when they find it. Blood token is certainly the most prominent feature of the set. Valuing what a blood token can do for you is important, from keeping extra lands in hand to discard to them to picking cards like Persistent Specimenimage during the draft that can be discarded to blood (or other effects) for value.

VOW has certainly been a different experience for me, and I look forward to playing at the open next week.

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About variancekills:

Hi, I'm Mark. I've won exactly one World Magic Cup Qualifier, one Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier, one Arena Open ($2k) one CFB Pro Showdown (April, 2021), and one Mana Traders Series (Oct, 2021) and I am looking to win more. I've played in almost every Mythic Championship Qualifier Weekend. Follow my FB page or my Twitch channel for no frills, competitive Magic. You won't see my face, but I won't hide my gameplay and deckchoice flaws. I play both MTGA and MTGO and stream most of the time when I do. I will lose often, and I will make mistakes, but I try my best to let you know when I do (and I think I will still win a lot more times than I lose).

I'm a dad and husband first, a statistician, teacher, and researcher second (I know those are 3 things but bear with me), a Magic player third, and a content creator only because I am a Magic player. 

So yeah, let's play some Magic and may the shuffler be with us all.

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