Tuesday, September 13, 2011

New MtG Expansion "Innistrad"

From a VtES perspective, or at least if you're interested in the whole vampire/werewolf/.. theme, it's interesting to note, that the next Magic: the Gathering expansion named Innistrad has a very strong horror angle. The expansion is subtitled "Horror Lurks Within" and the product information reads as following:
"Innistrad is a plane of menace and dread where every creature hides a darker aspect. Here, hedonistic vampires stalk the shadows to quench their thirst, and the full moon can transform a simple villager into a savage werewolf. Best to huddle inside, Planeswalker, lest the horrors of this world rend you limb from limb."

Each of the five colors has it's specific focus on an aspect of the horror theme:
  • White -- Angels/Clerics
  • Blue -- Ghosts/Mutants/Zombies
  • Black -- Vampires/Zombies/Demons
  • Red -- Vampires/Werewolves
  • Green -- Werewolves/Shamans
One of the most interesting aspects of the new expansion are the so-called double-faced cards (although the practical handling in the game is a nightmare). These double-faced cards are cards with two faces (two side with card text), but no regular MtG card back. The card is put into play with one specific side up, but this can change depending on certain conditions (if a creature died this turn, the number of spells being played, etc.) I think this gives the whole horror theme a nice twist in terms of the game mechanic.

And last not least, there are (at least) two cards in this MtG expansion that share names with cards in VtES, namely Murder of Crows and Wooden Stake.

Reference: Innistrad product page.

Post Scriptum: Yes, I am a little envious of the money WotC is able to spend on the artwork for the Magic cards (in contrast to most VtES cards).


Jason said...

There's also a "Bloodcrazed Neonate" card — and I'm pretty sure neonate (as a young vampire) is a VtM conceit.

Tiago Brum said...

Rumor has it that Richard Garfield himself (as the main developer of this expansion) wanted to create a WoD-like set.
And yes, the names of some cards are not a coincidence.
He still claims to enjoy VtES. But not Imbued.

Anonymous said...

Not to mention their Sensory Deprivation, with mouth and eyes sewn shut...