14, Sep, 21

This Archetype is Going to Dominate Standard with Innistrad: Midnight Hunt

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It’s time for day 2 of new standard deck brews for Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Standard! Yesterday we looked at some Delver of Secrets decks for standard. Today’s deck archetype is one that I think will be a top tier strategy in the format: Werewolves.

Current Meta Cards

Since the archetype is pretty straight forward, we’re going to take a look at the cards that you’ll want to play and test. To start, looking at the existing cards we have in Standard right now, there’s 2 cards that are easy pickings for the deck. Ranger Class and Werewolf Pack Leader are right in line with what we want to be doing. These are already staple in the mono green aggro deck, so with some additional support, they’ll be even better.

Arlinn, the Pack’s Hope / Arlinn, the Moon’s Fury

The first new card that we definitely want to look at is Arlinn, The Pack’s Hope. This new Werewolf planeswalker that fits so well into this deck. She makes 2 Wolf creature tokens, and becomes an attacking wolf herself. Not to mention, this slots in on our curve very nicely since we don’t have many other good 4 drops.

Tovolar, Dire Overlord

The next new crucial piece for our deck is Tovolar, Dire Overlord. Giving us a draw when our creatures connect to our opponent is really big. The backside giving us a Kessig Wolfrun is incredibly powerful. Wolfrun was a staple effect back in original Innistrad, so it should be great here. Also since Tovolar is only 3 mana, he fits in the curve really really well.

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Primal Adversary

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The last big player card in this deck is Primal Adversary. This card acts as our closer to push for a wide board state. This card comes in cheap enough that we can get the “multikicker” a couple times after casting it. This also comes down on curve as a solid threat as well so it’s worth just casting.

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Other Cards

We need a few other cards to round out our deck, and so a couple cards that I’d want to test out are going to be Reckless Stormseeker and Kessig Naturalist. Reckless lets us gives a creature haste for free on the front, and adds trample on the back. Naturalist gives us some extra mana to help us to cast more creatures or level up our Ranger Class if we need to.

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After reviewing the options, here’s a sample list of how I’d build the deck.

The extra spell inclusions are some protection / removal options. We’re playing the snow basic package so we can use Blizzard Brawl. Obviously, this set is going to help the werewolves, but who knew that these cards would be so good! I don’t think that they reach the broken levels of Throne of Eldraine, but they are great. I’m very excited to look into the rest of the format and how these cards are going to impact multiple formats. Tomorrow we’ll be exploring the Coven decks to see what those look like.

Innistrad: Midnight Hunt is the first of two new Innistrad sets coming to Magic: the Gathering. It’s being released in tabletop on September 24th, 2021, and online on September 17th, 2021. Previews started on September 2nd, 2021. Be sure to check out our Preview Gallery to stay up to date with all the new previews. You can also preorder Innistrad: Midnight Hunt product here.

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