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Briarpack Alpha
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Briarpack Alpha
Dark Ascension

Reviewed March 9, 2012

Constructed: 3.13
Casual: 3.25
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 3.13

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BMoor

Briarpack Alpha

Any similarity to Briarhorn is probably completely intentional. Briarpack Alpha makes a good combat trick in a deck that doesn't really want to play more than one spell per turn. I'd gladly run it in a Werewolves deck, especially considering the fact that most Werewolf cards benefit Wolves as well. Considering that this is a surprise blocker as well as an instant +2/+2, you're getting your mana's worth all right. Don't be afraid to play it on the attack, either. Most times your opponent makes blocking decisions based on what he thinks you'll have to block with next turn-- a surprise 3/3 can foil an opponent's plans during any combat phase.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Briarpack Alpha
 
Am I the only one who finds it hilarious that we're now doing mechanical and name-related Easter eggs calling back to Lorwyn? It wasn't that long ago! Innistrad may not have as many obviously tournament-powerful cards as a world like Mirrodin or Zendikar, but it's positively overflowing with card advantage, and Briarpack Alpha is a viable source of it. It's easy to imagine turning a fairly straightforward attack into a massacre in your favor, and there are even a few non-obvious uses for it, like gaining more value out of a card like Greater Good or Drumhunter. Giant Growth may still not be the most exciting card in a set even when it's attached to a creature, but that does make it rather more flexible.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Briarpack Alpha which is a four mana Green
3/3 with Flash that gives a target creature +2/+2 when it comes into play.  While this has some usefulness as a potential 5/5 surprise blocker or improving an overall defense, particularly in a werewolf/wolf deck, it isn't overly impressive outside of the turn it enters play. 

Four mana is a bit high to keep untapped and an opponent will expect it after the first usage in a match, which has some minor psychological benefit.  Overall this isn't really a bad card and may find some supporting role in certain builds, but is just not quite impressive enough to truly stand out.
 
For Limited a four mana 3/3 with one only one specific mana symbol is quite playable, add in the Flash and +2/+2 to get an easy second or third pick for any deck using Green mana.  An easy splash in Sealed and excellent topdeck, as it can be played on an opponent's turn for maximum impact, Briarpack is definitely welcome in any build that can cast it. 
Aside from a clear field or major advantage in attackers this should almost always be played as a method of destroying one or two attackers from an opponent, then having the 3/3 available for the next turn's attack.  Used in that way it is a drastic shift to the game and possibly the winning play with any luck.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 2.5

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

       Welcome to the Pojo.com card of the day section! We are closing out this week by taking a look at Briarpack Alpha. Briarpack Alpha is an uncommon green creature wolf that costs two generic and two green mana for a 3/3. Brairpack Alpha has flash and when it enters the battlefield, target creature gains +2/+2 until end of turn.

       Brairpack Alpha is a very fun uncommon for green. Having Flash means that it is a trap blocker, especially due to it’s ability. Thinking the coast is clear, although you have untapped mana, an opponent will likely send something down range at you. That is when you spring the trap. Drop the Briarpack Alpha, and then if you have another creature out, pump that creature, but if it would still be a smaller blocker than the attacker, you could always pump the Alpha with his own ability, making him a 5/5. Not too bad for just four mana. But Briarpack Alpha also could be used to pump the one creature that gets through off of an attack. And then be a blocker for you.

       Very decent for a lot of reasons.
 
Limited: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Constructed: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


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