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Mayor of Avabruck
Howlpack Alpha
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Mayor of Avabruck /
Howlpack Alpha


Reviewed April 6, 2012

Constructed: 3.95
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 3.20

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Mayor of Avabruck

Mayor of Avabruck will always be a valuable card, as it's the first and currently only lord of THREE popular tribes-- Humans, Wolves, and Werewolves. Better yet, because all Werewolves have the same transform trigger, you almost never have to worry about it being "out of sync" with the creatures it's supposed to be granting its bonus too. Sure, the Wolf tokens it generates never transform into anything, and in a straight Human deck where the Mayor is the only double-faced card, there'll be awkward moments. But Humans don't currently have any other lord, so it's the Mayor or the Highway for them, really.

But even when the Mayor is rampaging across the moors and failing to lead his Human township, he's making up for it by generating Wolf tokens he can lead. I'd love to see a deck around this guy and Master of the Wild Hunt.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Mayor of Avabruck
Back in the era of Lorwyn, one member of my playgroup had a "two tribes" beatdown deck, which used tribal synergies for Kithkin and Soldiers. Mayor of Avabruck reminds me a little of that era - since all werewolves are human in the "daytime," he acts as a very efficient lord at all times. Unfortunately, since other human tribal cards don't go the other way and look at werewolves, the Mayor is somewhat pigeonholed as a werewolf deck card. Still, he's fairly good at what he does, seeing as he synergizes with Immerwolf and he brings along more minions to inflate and beat down. You can't ask for much more than that.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5


Welcome back readers it’s hard to articulate my love for this card benefitting both human tribal and being a lynchpin in any competent werewolf deck Mayor of Avabruck comes out early and left unanswered can truly dominate the game. In standard werewolves see a small amount of play making this a key card there has been instances where this card has seen play in RUG style decks with counterspell back up and just efficient threats and burn spells making this a versatile card as well as a key card in werewolf decks. In extended and modern this creature is still powerful pumping out tokens at a fast rate and presenting a must deal with threat. In legacy and vintage this card is kind of outclassed by all the power things players can do in the format making this an interesting if not competitive choice for the format. In casual werewolves have a lot of support from the new set and a tribal focus could be quite powerful. In multiplayer I have experimented with werewolves and an early  Mayor of Avabruck wreaks havoc on the board as you can soon pump out an army opponents can’t deal with in a timely fashion and werewolves as a whole are powerful once flipped but getting to that point is trouble Moonmist and Isochron Scepter is pretty nifty as is Immerwolf. In limited this is a bomb if I ever seen one either built around or just splashed into a deck this card is powerful. Overall a powerful card that I love casually and competitively.
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Mayor of Avabruck which is a two mana Green
1/1 that gives other humans you control +1/+1 and can transform into Howlpack Alpha which is a 3/3 that gives your other werewolf and wolf creatures +1/+1 and puts a 2/2 wolf token into play at your end step. 
This is an excellent lord for werewolf decks as it powers them up in either form and has a very low casting cost for a lord as well.  The addition of tokens that it can strengthen is a strong bonus and overall any deck with a werewolf theme should run four of these, though multicolor human decks can easily add him as well.
For Limited this is a great first pick as unlike many lords that only have a small number of cards they can impact, humans make up a very large portion of the current sets.  In Sealed or Booster it should not be passed over as even a small number of Green cards with this splashed into a deck should be beneficial.  A Green/Red werewolf deck in particular works very well, but anything with humans is an effective build.
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


      Welcome to the Pojo.com card of the day section. Today we close out our week looking at Mayor of Avabruck from Innistrad. Mayor of Avabruck is a rare green creature human advisor werewolf that costs one generic and one green mana for a 1/1. Mayor of Avabruck gives other humans you control +1/+1. At the beginning of each upkeep, if no spells were cast last turn, transform Mayor of Avabruck into Howlpack Alpha. Howlpack Alpha is a 3/3 Werewolf that gives other wolf and werewolf creatures you control +1/+1. At the beginning of the end step, you put a 2/2 Wolf onto the battlefield.

      I love the Mayor of Avabruck. He is simply so amazing in a wolf or werewolf deck that it is ridiculous. Whether your wolves are transforming or not, this guy gives them a pump. And once transformed, you begin dropping out more wolves. When combined with Immerwolf, it becomes truly scary what you will be able to accomplish with a single Mayor of Avabruck. Now imagine if you have more than one.
Limited: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Constructed: 5/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

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