Innistrad Crimson Vow Prerelease Information

by Phoenix Comics and Games

This November wedding bells are ringing on the plane of Innistrad! It's time for a vampire wedding, complete with marital mayhem, courtly carnage, and everything else you might expect when two vampires say 'I do.' You're invited to a wedding unlike any other, so save the date and dress to impress as we celebrate the release of Innistrad: Crimson Vow.

Innistrad: Crimson Vow Prerelease Info

Let's start with dates and times. The prerelease weekend for Innistrad: Crimson Vow runs November 12 - 14. We've chosen to run six in-person events during that time period - 2 events per day. Each event has a cap currently of 44 players. 

In-Person Events

Okay, dates + times = check. Let's talk about what you need to be ready to play at an in-person event during a global pandemic.

Preparing for an In-Person Prerelease at Phoenix

Once you've preregistered for your event(s) of choice, there's a small checklist of things to do before prerelease weekend rolls along. If you're planning to play at one of the in-person events, here's what you'll need to be aware of:

  • Familiarize yourself with our current guidelines regarding in-store play.
  • Get fully vaccinated! If this is your first time playing in an event with us post-pandemic, we will need to see your vaccination card showing that you are one fully vaccinated planeswalker (that's 2 shots + 2 weeks for most regimens, or one-shot + 2 weeks for the J&J).
  • Wear a comfortable and well-fitted mask to the event, and be prepared to keep it on while indoors. (Please note: drinks are permitted inside, but food is not, so please be prepared to eat outside if you need a snack)
  • Optional, but highly recommended: Download the Magic Companion app to your phone or tablet.
  • Optional, but highly recommended: Make sure you have a login setup with the MTG Companion App (if you play Arena, these login credentials are the same for both game and app).

What to do during Prerelease Weekend

If you're playing in one of our in-person events, just make sure you arrive at the store before the event's start time. We recommend aiming for about 30-45 minutes prior to the event to make sure you can get checked in, find a seat, and get comfortable in the space. You can do some trading, or pick up some sleeves or what have you, and it's way easier if you do that ahead of start time rather than during deck construction.

The Prerelease "How to"

All six of our Crimson Vow prerelease events will be a sealed (or limited) format events. That means you'll be given 6 boosters of Crimson Vow along with a foil prerelease promo inside of your prerelease kit. You'll be given about 45 minutes to open those packs, sort them, and build deck out of the contents inside. Here are all the deck building requirements: 

  • Minimum Deck Size is 40 cards
  • You may use whatever is in one single prerelease kit (plus the promo) to build your deck.
  • Aside from basic land, you may only use whatever is in your prerelease kit to build with. (No trading with other players or combining multiple pools, please).
  • There's no cap on the number of cards of the same name you can have in the deck (ex: if you open 5 of the same card, you can use all 5 if you want).
  • You may adjust your deck between games or matches. If you're just not doing well with what you built, maybe try a different combination of colors!

Once you've got your deck built, set the rest of your card pool aside until the end of the event. Don't trade anything away yet, cause those leftover cards will be your sideboard. 

Prerelease Prize Support

All of our prerelease events are run with an eye towards having the best possible time, learning, and trying out new ideas and strategies that come from every new set. Normally, we stick to a simple pack-per-win prize structure. However, due to shipping and production delays, our prize support will be paid out in draft boosters instead of set boosters. This gives us a few extra packs to work with, so we're awarding a bonus pack to players who get 3 or 4 wins, as well as for players who win zero matches.

  • 4 Wins - 5 Packs
  • 3 Wins - 4 Packs
  • 2 Wins - 2 Packs
  • 0-1 Win - 1 Pack

With the exception of the Friday at 3 PM event, each event will have a maximum of 4 rounds. All prizes will be awarded to players in the form of Innistrad: Crimson Vow Draft boosters once they've finished with the event. Only play 2 rounds and need to drop? No problem! Just let us know you're leaving and we'll give you whatever prizes are owed at that point.

Because the 3 PM Friday event will be constrained to 3 rounds in order to make sure that the 7 PM event can start on time, it will have a similar prize structure to the one listed above, but adjusted to accommodate the missing round:

  • 3 Wins - 4 Packs
  • 2 Wins - 3 Packs
  • 0-1 Win - 1 Pack

Crimson Vow Preorders + Buy-A-Box Promo Information

During the prerelease for Innistrad: Crimson Vow, we'll be offering Draft boxes for sale once again! We'll have a smaller number of them available alongside an allocation of Collectors Booster Boxes, so if you're wanting to spend prerelease weekend drafting with your friends, go preorder a box today!

Important Note Regarding Set Booster Boxes - due to shipping and production delays, Set Boosters will not be available during prerelease or on release weekend. These will be rolled out approximately 1-2 weeks after release (so expect them somewhere around November 26). Preorders placed will be filled as we receive the product, but please be aware that this is an issue we have no control over at this time.

Buying boxes gets you something else too - an extended border buy-a-box promo card! You'll receive one buy-a-box promo for every purchase of the following items:

  • Draft Booster Display
  • Collector's Booster Display
  • 6 Innistrad: Crimson Vow Prerelease Kits 
  • Set Booster Display

You'll get 1 promo per qualifying item(s) purchased. So if you preorder 6 prerelease kits and a set booster display, you'll get 2 of these lovely promo cards.

Crimson Vow Prerelease FAQ

Here's a few commonly asked questions about prerelease events and in-store play events. If your question isn't on this list, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at the store! We're happy to answer any questions you might have.

Q: How well do I have to know Magic to play at a prerelease?

A: Not that well really! We ask that you have a working knowledge of the game (i.e., you know how to play, and no one's going to need to explain turn order or any of the basics), but beyond that we'll do our best to accommodate any and all skill levels. Prerelease events are a fun and casual environment, and if you're having a tough time with something we'll have a judge or tournament organizer available to help you through it.

Q: What should I bring with me to the event?

A: Here's a short checklist of items that are either required or good to have:

  • Required: Your vaccination card (or a photo of it)
  • Required: A well fitted mask to wear while in the shop
  • A water bottle and energy bar or dry-snack (you'll need to step outside to eat it, but it's a good idea to have something if you're hungry and a round goes long).
  • Sleeves and a deck box (you also can buy these at the shop if you forget them)

Q: Should I preregister for the event?

A:  If you're able to, yes absolutely! Preregistration locks in your spot at the event. The last thing you need or want is to show up on the day of and find out we sold out the night before (which is a thing that has happened in the past).

Q: If I preregister and can't make the event, what happens?

A: That depends on you! In the event you aren't able to make it to the event, you can either contact us to request a refund, or stop by as you're able to and pick up the prerelease kit we would have handed you if you had gone to the event. If we don't hear from you, we'll assume you want the prerelease kit and hold it til the next time we see you.

Q: I've never built a deck for limited before. Any pointers?

A: We've got a few! Here's a short list of handy tips when building a limited / sealed deck:

  • Stick to 40 cards! That's roughly 23 spells and creatures + 17 land. Those numbers will shift a little bit depending on what you open, but broadly that's where you should aim to be.
  • Try to stick to 2-3 manageable colors. Only splash something if you have multiple ways (3-4) to get that missing color.
  • Play the colors that let you play your best cards. 
  • Don't be afraid to experiment! You can switch your deck around between rounds and between games. Every card you're not actively using in your deck is part of your sideboard, so if one color combo just isn't working for you, maybe wait until the match is over and try swapping it around.
  • It's okay to ask for help from other players. This is a prerelease; we're here to have fun and enjoy the new set. You'll often find that we've got several players at each prerelease that enjoy helping and mentoring newer players through the deck building process.

Q: Any other advice on getting ready for a prerelease?

A: Yup! If you can, try to familiarize yourself with the set ahead of time. Keep an eye out for spoilers! By the time you're reading this, spoiler season will already have started and you can bet that there's a few really cool looking cards and mechanics out there that need reading up on. 

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