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Innistrad: Crimson Vow Budget Gems


Welcome back for another week of budget card discussion! Through the next few articles, we are going to discuss cards from Innistrad: Crimson Vow that are currently budget friendly as well as those with a higher price tag that have the potential to go higher! Hopefully you consider what you read today and keep an eye on some of these gems!

Cemetery Gatekeeper
Cemetery Gatekeeper is the first card on our docket today. There are several versions of the card, but the ones to keep an eye on are the regular non-foils and prerelease foil printings. The non-foils are currently at $9.69, and prerelease foil copies are $12.00 (mtgstocks.com). It looks like it is slowly going down in price, but that may or may not continue when we consider its use in Modern and Legacy. Use in formats outside of Standard is something you should seriously consider when acquiring cards. Outside of those two formats, it is most certainly going to see use in some Commander Vampire brews. I cannot speculate on the Standard meta, but I am it could very well pop up in burn decks. Its low toughness is a major downside, but with a cost of only two mana, the upside could be worth it. It can also act as a lightning rod, luring our opponents into using their resources to remove it, leaving them with nothing for when our bigger play comes. Keep that in the back of your mind as a player. It is a great early play with good long-term potential! I would not buy this just yet, but I would consider throwing some trades at it!

Next up is Dawnhart Geist. The price is currently $0.25 for non-foils, and $0.32 for foil copies. Although this isn't the flashiest of cards, it does have potential in Orzhov (Black/White) decks. For decks that like to cast both control enchantments and life gain/loss cards, this is your new best friend! If it's paired with something that turns your life gain into your opponents' life loss, the damage can pile up fast and incidentally as you execute your game plan. The life loss will stack up even faster with multiple geists in play. Outside of Orzhov, we could throw it in a spirits brew with enough enchantments, where it would buffer our life total and help us stay in the game. This one is not going to shoot up in the $5.00 range, but it does have potential to go to the $1.00-$2.00 range. Just keep an eye on it, and when it looks like it has hit its floor, trade in!

Dorothea, Vengeful Victim // Dorothea's Retribution

Dorothea, Vengeful Victim // Dorothea's Retribution is an interesting card. Non-foils currently come in at $0.51, and prerelease foils come in at $2.00 (mtgstocks.com). I like this card in aggressive Azorius (Blue/White) builds. For two mana, we get a 4/4 creature out on the board turn two, and that is huge. We do have to sacrifice it after attacking or blocking, but the aura side is where the real value lies. Imagine playing Bant (White/Blue/Green) and throwing this on hexproof creatures. Having something that they may not be able to remove with creature damage or removal is annoying enough. An additional 4/4 flier after attacks are declared is icing on that beautiful hexproof cake. Another thing to consider is "enter the battlefield" and "leaves the battlefield" triggers. Esper (Blue/Black/White) decks would love this with something like Cruel Celebrant or Corpse Knight on the board. I'm not sure how the pricing on this will go considering the number of versions, but it is a great budget friendly card to add to any collection!

Cemetery Prowler is our next card up for discussion, currently coming with price of $8.29 for non-foils, $8.99 for foils, $13.00 for prerelease foils, $10.71 for extended art non-foils, and $15.00 for extended art foils. As much as it pains me to say this, control players are probably going to abuse this card the most. It will be used in more aggro styled builds, but I see Simic (Green/Blue) and Sultai (Green/Black/Blue) players loving this. Being able to counter a spell for two mana, or even one mana depending on the card, is a control players dream. Considering it has a mana value of three, this is a low-risk, high reward card. Four toughness puts it out of Lightning Bolt range, and it can be a great attacker as well. As of now, it looks like the price is trending downward, but keep an eye on it. If it looks like it's at its floor, consider trading into the prerelease version or the regular non-foil copies!

By Invitation Only
Looking for a board wipe to get around indestructible? By Invitation Only is what you seek! Its price is currently $1.25 for non-foils and $3.00 for prerelease foils. In Commander, finding creative ways to get around abilities is key. This allows us to wipe the board without having to worry about things like indestructible or protection. Unless a card like Tajuru Preserver is on the board, we should have nothing to worry about. I like this for Pioneer, as well, to get around anything our opponent has on their creatures. I can also see this being used in control decks that want to use planeswalkers as win conditions over creatures. For its current price, it is definitely worth keeping an eye on!

The last card we have for today is Headless Rider. The current price is $1.50 for non-foils, and $5.00 for prerelease foils. There are a few different angles to choose from when building zombies, and Headless Rider is an auto-include in a deck that wants to sacrifice and recur other zombies. In Commander this will help out tremendously in bolstering our creature base. This and Open the Graves would be an awesome combo. Being able to get two 2/2 tokens when a non-token zombie dies is a lot of value! Certainly, Headless Rider has much more potential in Commander than Pioneer, but don't rule the latter out just yet! With the rider's current price, I would consider trading into it!

That's all for today folks. I hope you enjoyed the read, and I will be back next time with more cards from Innistrad: Crimson Vow!

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