Magic: The Gathering's upcoming Standard set, Innistrad: Crimson Vow, is almost here. Crimson Vow brings more Vampires, Werewolves, and Zombies to the plane of Innistrad. Excitingly, Crimson Vow includes new versions of Legendary Vampires Olivia Voldaren and Edgar Markov.
Crimson Vow contains 30 Vampire cards — double the amount of Vampires in Innistrad: Midnight Hunt. Interestingly, Crimson Vow features 14 Werewolf cards, versus the 19 that appeared in Midnight Hunt. The additional Vampire and Werewolf cards found in Crimson Vow are exciting for both Standard and Commander players.
Since Vampires are one of THE most popular tribes in Commander, a surge in new Vampire cards is bound to cause some older cards to skyrocket in price...although they're not the only cause for recent price spikes. Let's take a look at some of the more notable cards that spiked due to Crimson Vow.
Fans of sea creature Commander decks may be excited for Runo Stormkirk. Runo Stormkirk is a fascinating Dimir Vampire Cleric that transforms into a Kraken Horror named Krothuss, Lord of the Deep. The Kraken's main appeal is its ability to create two creature token copies of another target attacking Kraken, Leviathan, or Octopus. Transforming Runo Stormkirk is fairly achievable, thanks to its enters-the-battlefield ability.
Runo Stormkirk's spoiler led to Quest for Ula's Temple spiking in price. After placing three or more quest counters on Quest for Ula's Temple, you may put a Kraken, Leviathan, Octopus, or Serpent creature card from your hand onto the battlefield at the beginning of each end step. Both Runo Stormkirk and Quest for Ula's Temple want a Commander deck to include plenty of sea monsters with six mana or more casting costs.
The above chart for Quest for Ula's Temple shows units sold per day across the green bottom bars, and the average market price along the blue line. Quest for Ula's Temple saw its average market price rise from about $3 on October 29th to a current price of around $9 — that's a 200% increase.
According to EDHREC, Quest for Ula's Temple sees play in over 50% of Arixmethes, Slumbering Isle and Slinn Voda, the Rising Deep Commander decks. Quest for Ula's Temple is a soon-to-be staple in Runo Stormkirk decks. Don't expect Quest for Ula's Temple's price to subside soon due to its single printing in Worldwake.
Another card with one reprint that spiked in price is Patron of the Vein. It's an excellent curve-topper, as it distributes +1/+1 tokens to each Vampire you control whenever a creature controlled by an opponent dies. Anticipation of new Commander-playable Vampires in Crimson Vow caused Patron of the Vein to surge in unit sales on September 12th.
Crimson Vow's Vampiric Bloodline Commander deck
Patron of the Vein's price increased from $10 to $21 between September and October before finally settling around $17 as of November 10th. However, Patron of the Vein got spoiled as a card inclusion in Crimson Vow's Vampiric Bloodline Commander deck. As such, expect the Patron's average market price to fall soon.
Bloodline Keeper is a powerful Vampire for Commander that escaped a reprint in Crimson Vow's main set and Vampire Bloodline. As a double-sided 3/3 flying Vampire for four mana, Bloodline Keeper can tap to produce a 2/2 black Vampire creature token with flying. If you control five or more Vampires, you may pay one black mana to transform Bloodline Keeper into Lord of the Lineage. You'll want to transform Bloodline Keeper quickly, because Lord of the Lineage increases the power and toughness of other vampires by +2/+2 while maintaining its token generating ability.
Bloodline Keeper saw a sales unit spike on October 6th, driving its average market price well above $15. After sustained demand pushed Bloodline Keeper's average market price to $24, the price point subsided to $20. Since Bloodline Keeper avoided a reprint, we may see its price rise again to $24.
Edgar Markov Commander 2017
Although there is a double-sided Edgar Markov in Crimson Vow, copies of the Commander 2017 Edgar Markov continue to sell for over $100 each. According to the chart below, player interest in Edgar Markov drove unit sales since September!
Edgar Markov's average market price steadily increased from $60 to $80 throughout September and October, and on October 28th, it soared from $80 to $120 — that's 50%! Organic demand appears to be the driving force behind Edgar Markov's ascent to a $100+ market price.
Players interested in purchasing a copy of the most famous Vampire tribal commander must pay a premium. Don't expect the new judge promo for Edgar Markov to sell for a discount, either.
Based on the packaging reveal for Crimson Vow back in August, players anticipated Olivia Voldaren's return to Innistrad. While neither of Olivia Voldaren's previous printings recently spiked in price, her average market price rose gradually between July and October.
A noticeable unit sales spike for Olivia Voldaren occurred in July, but the sales activity had minimal price impact. Organic demand is probably why Olivia Voldaren's average market price increased from $7 to $12 over four months. Olivia Voldaren's current price may hold in the short term as players build new Vampire Commander decks or attempt to upgrade Vampiric Bloodline.
Abundance is a four-mana green enchantment that spiked in both price and unit sales due to Cultivator Colossus. Abundance supplements card draw, with the option to choose land or nonland and reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a card of the selected kind. Notably, you get to put all other cards revealed this way on the bottom of your library in any order.
After Cultivator Colossus got spoiled on November 1st, the average market price for Abundance catapulted from $1 to $5 or 400%. Abundance's market price continues to hold around $5 for multiple versions. Based on the TCGplayer historical sales data, individuals speculated fervently on Abundance. There's an eye-opening sale where a single transaction contained 170 copies of Abundance from Commander: Zendikar Rising for $0.54 each!
You may be wondering how Abundance and Cultivator Colossus synergize together. Cultivator Colossus has an enters-the-battlefield ability that allows you to put a land from your hand onto the battlefield tapped, and if you do, to draw a card and repeat the process. When you draw a card to repeat the process, Abundance's ability replaces the draw effect, thus enabling you to put a land into your hand. You may continue the process until you've put all lands from your deck into play. By choosing land and failing to find one in your library, you then get to stack the entire library in any order.
Rhythm of the Wild
The interactive combo between Abundance and Cultivator Colossus does have a few drawbacks. Cultivator Colossus is a seven-mana creature requiring three green mana. Second, Cultivator Colossus's ability puts lands into play tapped, preventing you from utilizing them for mana generation. Lastly, Cultivator Colossus cannot attack on the turn it hits the battlefield unless you grant it haste with cards like Rhythm of the Wild, Concordant Crossroads, or Fervor.