Magic: the Gathering – Arlinn Kord, planeswalker werewolf

Vampires are not the only monsters in Magic: the Gathering lore as the game also includes werewolves.

Werewolves reside through different planes in Magic: the Gathering, including Innistrad. One of the notable werewolves from the plane is the planeswalker Arlinn Kord.

Arlinn is described as a tormented werewolf who has fought her change since she was a teenager. She managed to hide her affliction from her teachers when she studied to become an Archmage of Goldnight – that is until one evening when she succumbed to her transformation, killed many hierarchs and her planeswalker spark ignited and transported her to another plane.

During this time she regained her human mind in her werewolf form, giving her a new appreciation for her wolf side. Arlinn can now control her transformation and while she is horrified by the bloodshed, she has grown to appreciate her werewolf form.

Arlinn is also focused on the survival of her pack, especially with rival forces seeking to destroy all werewolves. She will go to great measures to save them.

Arlinn Kord is represented in the game by two cards – Arlinn Kord/Arlinn – Embraced by the Moon.

The card is a legendary planeswalker costing four mana – one green, one red and two of any color – to summon and begins with a loyalty of 3.

In the human version, the player adds a loyalty counter and one target creature will receive a +2/+2 bonus and gains vigilance and haste until the end of the turn.

For 0 loyalty, players can create a +2/+2 green wolf creature token and transform her.

Arlinn – Embraced by the Moon has three abilities. Adding one loyalty token allows the players to receive a +1/+1 bonus and trample until the end of the turn.

For the second ability, a player can remove a loyalty counter to allow Arlinn, Embraced by the Moon deals 3 damage to any target. After that, it appears the planeswalker is transformed back into Arlinn Kord.

When a player removes six loyalty counters, they can emblem with “Creatures you control have haste and tap the creature to deal damage equal to its power to any target.

Players can utilize different creatures for decks based around Arlinn Kord, mainly those utilizing red and green colors.

Players can find different examples of decks focused on Arlinn Kord by visiting sites like MTG Goldfish and Tapped Out.

All in all, Arlinn Kord has cool abilities when it comes to her human and werewolf form. She also has an interesting backstory and as a fantasy fan, it is nice to see a werewolf portrayed a noble person and not just bloodthirsty.

Magic: the Gathering featured all sorts of creatures. What are some of your favorite monsters to use in your MTG deck?

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