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Photo courtesy of Redditor u/writing-nerdy

The Apex Legends community is tired of the server issues in Season 10. While Apex Legends might have an all-time high of players thanks to problems with Warzone, Respawn is not capitalizing on the numbers. Instead of a polished product, the game is having some of the worst server issues in the game’s history.

In the past, Apex Legends struggled to maintain its growth out of the gate because of a lack of content. The game had Season 0, 1, and 2 all on the same map; a difficult to sell compared to Fortnite’s drastic changes every eight to 12 weeks. Eventually Respawn found a good rhythm of content, but server issues have been a nuisance.

That’s where Redditor u/writing-nerdy decided to do something about it. Fed up with the current state of the game, Writing-nerdy decided to create a strike where players would boycott Apex Legends in hopes of getting Respawn’s attention. Their goal is to push Respawn to start focusing on server capacity and fixing bugs and exploits. The game is filled with them and some have been around for months.

One Respawn developer has responded saying that this is most likely not going to happen. According to the developer, too many members of Respawn’s team would be sitting around doing nothing if the company just focused on maintenance. This goes to show, maybe Respawn needs to hire more members of its team to focus on server and gameplay maintenance.

Either way, I doubt this will do anything in the longterm, but Respawn is aware of the problem and is working on a fix.

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Here’s every MTG Innistrad: Crimson Vow mechanic

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Wizards of the Coast is expanding upon returning Magic: The Gathering mechanics within Innistrad: Crimson Vow while introducing three new ones. 

Scheduled to digitally launch on Nov. 11 and globally on Nov. 19, Innistrad: Crimson Vow (VOW) will contain a total of six mechanics. The MTG set is a continuation of the events that happened during MID, centered around Olivia Voldaren’s wedding and the Gatewatch attempting to bring back daylight to the plane of Innistrad. The returning Magic mechanics are Day/Night, Disturb, and Exploit. The three new VOW mechanics are Blood Token, Cleave, and Training.  

Returning MTG mechanics in VOW

Daybound and Nightbound will once again be a mechanic focused on werewolves featured in VOW. An upgraded version of Disturb will also return, featuring Double-Face cards with a creature on the front side and a variety of Magic types on the backside.

Daybound/Nightbound

The MTG mechanic Daybound/Nightbound, introduced in MID, will remain mostly exclusive to werewolves within the VOW set. 

Disturb

Disturb returns to VOW with an upgrade to the MTG mechanic. Creatures with the Disturb mechanic in MID were Double-Faced cards with the backside featuring another creature type, primarily as spirits. Within VOW, creatures with Disturb have a backside with a variety of Magic types.

Dorothea, Vengeful Victim
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The legendary creature Dorothea, Vengeful Victim, for example, returns to the battlefield upon paying the Disturb cost of 1WU as an Aura Enchantment called Dorothea’s Retribution. 

Dorthea's Retribution
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Exploit

The Exploit mechanic was most recently showcased in Modern Horizons and first introduced into Magic via Dragons of Tarkir. Synergizing with sacrificial themes in both MID and VOW, a creature entering the battlefield gains the player or that creature a bonus for sacrificing an existing creature already on the battlefield. 

Fell Stinger
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Fell Stinger is a VOW zombie scorpion with the Exploit mechanic, drawing two cards for its controller at the cost of two life points and sacrificing a creature upon entering the battlefield.   

New Innistrad: Crimson Vow mechanics

A total of three new MTG mechanics are contained within VOW: Blood Token, Cleave, and Training. 

Blood Token

Blood Tokens in VOW are the vampire mechanic, similar to how Day/Night is primarily the werewolf mechanic. Players can use these tokens to draw a card upon paying one, discarding a card, and sacrificing the Blood Token. Another option is to stack the Blood Tokens until at least five are obtained, providing a power-up to vampire creatures.

Voldaren Bloodcaster
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Voldaren Bloodcaster is a VOW creature who creates a Blood Token whenever another nontoken creature you control perishes or the vampire wizard herself is taken out. Upon having five Blood Tokens on the battlefield, Voldaren Bloodcaster transforms from a 2/1 with Flying into a 3/3 Flying vampire called Bloodbat Summoner. 

Bloodbat Summoner
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Her transformation also includes an upside that turns a Blood Token you control into a 2/2 Bat with Flying and Haste at the beginning of combat on your turn. 

Cleave

The VOW mechanic Cleave is only found on Instant and Sorcery spells. For an extra cost, Cleave removes any text on an Instant and Sorcery spell that’s in brackets. 

Dig Up
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Dig Up, for example, is a Sorcery speed spell that allows a player to search for a basic land, reveal it, and then put it in their hand. When the Cleave cost is paid on Dig Up, players can find any card and don’t have to reveal it.

Training

Training is a new VOW mechanic that synergizes well with creature decks. When a Training creature attacks alongside another creature that has a power greater than it, its controller can place a +1/+1 counter on the creature with less power. 

Savior of Ollenbock
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Creatures with Training can also have other added bonuses, like Savior of Ollenbock. When the Savior of Ollenbock trains, it exiles up to one other target creature from the battlefield or from any graveyard. Upon leaving the battlefield, all exiled cards by the Savior of Ollenbock are returned to the battlefield under their owner’s control. 


The six VOW mechanics were revealed during the Wizards of the Coast preview stream of the new MTG set. Any additional mechanics revealed prior to launch and updates to existing ones will be updated in this article when that information is released. 

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Every type of MTG Innistrad: Crimson Vow alternative art card style

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Alternative art card styles are returning to Magic: The Gathering within the upcoming Innistrad: Crimson Vow set, featuring a new showcase frame and the Dracula card style series. 

Releasing globally on Nov. 19 and digitally on Nov. 11, Innistrad: Crimson Vow (VOW) focuses on vampires, with a wedding involving Olivia Voldaren as the story backdrop. Blood petals are featured throughout the artwork in VOW, flavorfully incorporating the power of blood and the new Blood Token mechanic. 

Eternal Night showcase frames return, featured on all legendary creatures who aren’t vampires. Basic lands within VOW will also have the Eternal Night showcase art and Borderless lands return with the completion of Rare lands introduced within MID. Planeswalkers will have borderless art versions, along with a Fang card style version just for Sorin the Mirthless.

Every VOW vampire can have showcase Fang frames and there’s a special Dracula card style series that taps into traditional vampire folklore. Here are all of the set’s alternative art card styles.

VOW Fang frame

Showcase Fang frames can be found on every vampire within VOW, along with legendary ones. The frames are meant to show off the elegance and power that are associated with MTG vampires. Fang frames can be found on cards within Draft, set, and collector VOW booster packs.

VOW Dracula series

Similar to the Godzilla card styles found in IKO, a number of vampires within VOW will get alternative art cards from the new Dracula series. The text on a card is the same within the series, while the artwork pays tributes to all things Dracula. Some of the cards will also feature flavor text with quotes directly from Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Dracula series cards can be found as a box topper with a traditional foil treatment found in Draft, set, and collector booster displays. Non-foil and foil versions can also be found in collector booster packs. 

Eternal Night frame

Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
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All legendary creatures within VOW that aren’t vampires will get an Eternal Night frame card style option, continuing on the gothic horror theme associated with the plane of Innistrad. 

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Here’s every MTG Innistrad: Crimson Vow spoiler from the preview stream

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Wizards of the Coast revealed a number of new Magic: The Gathering cards within the upcoming Innistrad: Crimson Vow set today that will release in November. 

MTG spoilers revealed in the preview stream by WotC for Innistrad: Crimson Vow (VOW)—scheduled to globally launch on Nov. 19 and digitally on Nov. 11—ranged from legendary creatures and planeswalkers to vampires and humans with new mechanics. Olivia Voldaren’s wedding to Edgar Markov is the main focus of the story, with Sorin joining up with the Gatewatch to prevent it from happening.  

Double-Faced vampires are included in the upcoming set and players can expect vampires in the MTG colors White and Blue. Alternative art was included in the VOW spoilers, along with the commander face cards for each preconstructed deck. And blood petals are depicted in a good amount of vampire art, providing flavor for the new Blood Token mechanic within the set. 

From Olivia and Sorin to the completion of the Rare dual lands, here’s every VOW spoiler from the MTG preview stream. 

Sorin the Mirthless

A total of three planeswalkers are in VOW: Sorin, Chandra, and Kaya. The only planeswalker card fully revealed during the MTG stream was Sorin the Mirthless. 

Sorin the Mirthless Dracula Series
Sorin the Mirthless Dracula Series

All three planeswalkers will have borderless alternative art options, while Sorin will also have a showcase fang frame and a Dracula Series alternative art card style.

Olivia, Crimson Bride

Olivia, Crimson Bride
Olivia, Crimson Bride Fang Showcase Art

The centerpiece of VOW is Olivia Voldaren’s wedding, so it’s only natural that her legendary card—Olivia, Crimson Bride—was revealed during the preview stream. 

Olivia, Crimson Bride Dracula Series
Olivia, Crimson Bride Dracula Series

Olivia, Crimson Bride also has a showcase fang border, as do all vampires in VOW, and has a Dracula Series alternative art style card.

Dual Rare lands

The five VOW Rare dual lands with enemy MTG colors join the allied color Rare dual lands from MID, with the borderless alternative art of the five lands revealed during the preview stream. 

Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben Showcase Eternal Night Art

Thalia, Guardian of Thraben is a reprint from Dark Ascension and has an Eternal Night showcase alternative art version. 

VOW mechanics

A total of six MTG mechanics are within the VOW set. Returning mechanics are Daybound/Nightbound, Disturb, and Exploit. New mechanics in VOW are Blood Token, Cleave, and Training.

Voldaren Bloodcaster

Voldaren Bloodcaster
Voldaren Bloodcaster

Voldaren Bloodcaster is a vampire who has the new VOW mechanic Blood Token. 

Bloodbat Summoner
Bloodbat Summoner

Blood Tokens can either draw cards or power up vampires like Voldaren Bloodcaster, who transforms into Bloodbat Summoner. In addition to becoming stronger upon transformation, Bloodbat Summoner also has an ability that creates a 2/2 Bat with Flying and Haste at the beginning of combat on your turn. 

Dig Up

Dig Up
Dig Up

The card Dig Up highlights the VOW Cleave mechanic. Dig Up is a solid one-drop land fetcher in Green that can also grab any card when its Cleave cost is paid, adding value to Dig Up during the later stages of a match. 

Savior of Ollenbock

Savior of Ollenbock
Savior of Ollenbock

Highlighting the Training mechanic in VOW was Savior of Ollenbock. The Savior of Ollenbock is a unique card in that players can exile creatures from their own graveyard and then destroy the Savior of Ollenbock to bring those creatures back onto the battlefield all at once. The human soldier can exile an opponent’s creature off the battlefield, similar to Brutal Cathar from MID, at the risk of it returning under the opponent’s control upon the Savior of Ollenbock getting destroyed. 

Fell Stinger

Fell Stinger
Fell Stinger

Highlighting the returning MTG mechanic Exploit, Fell Stinger offers players the ability to draw cards by sacrificing a creature with Exploit upon entering the battlefield. 

Dorothea, Vengeful Victim

Dorothea, Vengeful Victim
Dorothea, Vengeful Victim

Dorothea, Vengeful Victim highlights the returning MID mechanic Disturb, with a new twist in that the backside of creatures with Disturb may return to the battlefield as a variety of MTG types. 

Dorthea's Retribution
Dorthea’s Retribution

In the case of Dorothea, paying her Disturb cost returns Dorthea’s Retribution, an Aura Enchantment. 

Commander 

Wedding Ring
Wedding Ring

There are two preconstructed Commander decks in VOW: Spirit Squadron and Vampiric Bloodline. Commander cards will also appear in set booster packs, with the reveal of the Wedding Ring being one of those possible cards.

Millicent Restless Revenant

Millicent Restless Revenant
Millicent Restless Revenant

Millicent Restless Revenant is the face commander of the Spirit Squadron VOW preconstructed Commander deck. 

Strefan, Maurer Progenitor

Strefan Maurer Progenitor
Strefan Maurer Progenitor

Strefan Maurer Progenitort is the face commander of the Vampiric Bloodline VOW preconstructed Commander deck. 


Daily MTG Innistrad: Crimson Vow spoilers start on Oct. 28 and run through Nov. 4. The digital release of VOW will take place on Nov. 11 via Magic Online and MTG Arena. A global launch is scheduled for Nov. 19.

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Innistrad: Crimson Vow introduces new look for Olivia Voldaren

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Olivia Voldaren is attempting a power grab by marrying Edgar Markov to unite the most powerful vampire bloodlines in Magic: The Gathering’s upcoming set, Innistrad: Crimson Vow.

As one of the primary characters in the set, Olivia was sure to receive a powerful card. She’s making her third appearance in Crimson Vow.

Olivia debuted with Olivia Voldaren in 2011’s Innistrad. She returned in Shadows Over Innistrad five years later in 2016 as Olivia, Mobilized for War.

Olivia, Crimson Bride is the new, six-mana incarnation that’s a must-kill threat when she enters the battlefield.

Olivia, Crimson Bride

  • Mana value: 4BR
  • Type: Legendary Creature Vampire Noble
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Stats: 3/4
  • Keywords: Flying, Haste
  • First ability: Whenever Olivia, Crimson Bride attacks, return target Creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield tapped and attacking. It gains “When you don’t control a legendary Vampire, exile this Creature.”

This card is a strong late-game play for R/B reanimator decks in Standard and other decks looking to use the graveyard for value. Olivia, Crimson Bride comes in as a 3/4 hasty threat with evasion. This already sets her apart as an effective attacker.

When Olivia attacks, you return a creature card from your graveyard tapped and attacking. Each turn, you could get an attacking body back. The creature card also can stick around for a long time. As long as Olivia sticks around, the reanimated creatures will remain on the battlefield.

If Olivia reanimates a legendary vampire, an opponent can kill Olivia and the reanimated creature will stick around. Look to pack a handful of legendary vampires to most effectively use Olivia’s attack ability.

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