In the Innistrad set, at least 1 of the double faced cards is a werewolf with the ability to upgrade other werewolves and wolves in play. What other wolves have good potential to combine with the Mayor of Avabruck//Howlpack Alpha card?

I'm thinking primarily of Commander games, but if you think something fits a different format, please note that.

Mayor of Avabruck // Howlpack Alpha


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Why settle for two or three wolves when you can have seven or more of them instead?

Howl of the Night Pack


If just having a ton of 3/3 wolves isn't enough for you - why not have them fall upon your opponent's creatures like, er, a pack of wolves?

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With Howlpack Alpha, you get a free creature token every turn for zero mana. It's crying out for a Juniper Order Ranger.

Juniper Order Ranger

That guy's going to get large. So now you're getting a lot of creatures with counters on them. Maybe they're still too small… And maybe you still don't have enough of them…

Plaguemaw Beast Doubling Season

EDIT: Just a note on how insane Doubling Season is…

  • Howlpack Alpha + Doubling Season = two effectively 3/3 wolves every turn
  • add J.O. ranger = two effectively 5/5 wolves every turn, ranger grows +2/+2 each turn
  • add Plaguemaw Beast = Sac. a wolf to grow all other wolves and ranger +2/+2

Here are some ways of generating more wolf tokens to play a swarming strategy.

Fable of Wolf and OwlTurntimber Ranger

This kicker might be more appropriate to EDH/Commander games where mana is more plentiful, likewise Master of the Hunt is expensive but if mana is plentiful, it might be an option.

Wolfbriar ElementalMaster of the Hunt

For true EDH play, here's your general for this deck:

Rhys the Redeemed

  • Note that Master of the Hunt has errata on him so that the tokens he produces are Wolf tokens named Wolves of the Hunt; previously, since they had no specified creature type, their type was the same as their name and they wouldn't have gotten the Alpha's bonus! Nov 16, 2014 at 16:20

These cards have Human and Wolf or Warewolf in their creature types, and would gain +1/+1 from the Mayor regardless of which face was up.

Gatstaf Shepherd//Gatstaf HowlerGrizzled Outcasts//Krallenhorde Wantons

These (formerly human wolf) cards are (now, Sept 2011) werewolves and benefit when Howlpack Alpha is face up.

Treacherous WerewolfLesser WerewolfGreater Werewolf

  • +1 for the cool factor of getting the bonus from either face of the Mayor/Alpha, even if it's not exactly the most powerful combo! Sep 20, 2011 at 13:16
  • Options for the Green/Black player :)
    – Stephen
    Sep 20, 2011 at 13:18
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    Garruk Relentless doesn't technically ever require black mana to play, but he'd look pretty cool as a "champion" for the G/B Werewolf deck nonetheless... Sep 20, 2011 at 13:24
  • I'd be surprised if the old black Werewolf cards weren't errata'd to be just of the Werewolf type, to be consistent with the back face of the double-faced Werewolves.
    – adamjford
    Sep 20, 2011 at 15:41
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    This answer will no longer be entirely correct once these Oracle change come into effect later today. Lesser/Greater Werewolf is now a Werewolf, and Treacherous Werewolf is now a Wolf Werewolf Minion.
    – adamjford
    Sep 22, 2011 at 15:12

Metal wolf! Not only does he get the boost from the Mayor/Alpha, he also boosts the Mayor/Alpha if you set his type to Werewolf. It's a win/win partnership!

(I've noticed that Pat has requested that we amalgamate our answers into one decisive one, so my final answer is this guy plus the two other cards I've posted so far. A pretty good start to creating a nasty pumped-up werewolf package.)

Adaptive AutomatonBrass Herald

  • Another great card that should be included. The collection of answers is strongly suggesting an interesting deck.
    – Stephen
    Sep 20, 2011 at 17:14
  • Brass Herald is another artifact "lord" that can give all Werewolves +1/+1... unfortunately this one is much less of a bargain at cc 6! Door of Destinies might be worth a look, if you can accommodate the idea of wolves having destinies of course... Sep 20, 2011 at 17:22

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These cards if played in order shown will get you twice many wolves as you have land on top of the wolves from your howlpack alpha and however many wolves you have played after door of destinys comes into play they get pumped. I had 80 80/80 wolves after i used one howl of the night pack and one reverberate.

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    How does Door of Destinies get any charge counters here? You need to play a Wolf spell for it to get a charge counter, playing Howl of the Night Pack won't give you any charge counters.
    – GendoIkari
    Nov 16, 2014 at 3:52

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