Another Innistrad: Crimson Vow spoiler supporting werewolf tribal decks within Magic: The Gathering Standard dropped today, filling in the much-needed one-drop slot.
Volatile Arsonist was revealed during the first week of Innistrad: Crimson Vow (VOW) spoilers. It’s a powerful five-drop werewolf that also synergizes with today’s Ascendant Packleader one-drop. The werewolf tribal build needed a one-drop desperately to apply early pressure while synergizing with the rest of the deck. Ascendant Packleader, revealed by MagicTCG Reddit, accomplishes this with its 2/1 baseline stats and late-game upside.
- CMC: G
- Type: Creature—Wolf
- Rarity: Rare
- Stats: 2/1
- Ability: Ascendant Packleader enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it if you control a permanent with a mana value of four or greater
- Ability: Whenever you cast a spell with a mana value of four or greater, put a +1/+1 counter on Ascendant Packleader
Despite filling the one-drop slot within werewolf tribal Standard builds, Ascendant Packleader doesn’t have Daybound/Nightbound. Upsides attached to the wolf are also on the narrow side, only gaining a +1/+1 counter in conjunction with either a four mana or greater permanent on the battlefield or entering the battlefield.
Ascendant Packleader helps trigger day to night with Tovolar, Dire Overlord and can draw a card if your opponent doesn’t have proper blockers by turn three when you drop the werewolf lord. The VOW wolf is a better option than what the werewolf tribal build had in MID, but it’s unknown whether Ascendant Packleader is a good enough card to compete with other top MTG meta decks within the Standard format.
VOW is set to be released digitally on Nov. 11. A global launch is scheduled for Nov. 19.