Brawl Deck Ideas for Core Set 2021

Mara Katz Brawl

Core Set 2021 is focused on telling the story of Teferi, a recurring character from Magic‘s history. But alongside the memorable moments from Teferi’s life and the people he’s met along the way, the set introduces a number of exciting legendary creatures and Planeswalkers with great Brawl deck-building potential. Here are some examples of what you can build with the legends …

Cycling in Commander and Brawl

Mara Katz Brawl, Commander

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths is packed with exciting new mechanics, but the mechanic that’s made the biggest splash is a returning one: cycling. Cycling lets you discard cards you can’t use in order to draw different ones. Ikoria has introduced not only cards with unusually cheap cycling costs, but also some interesting payoffs for cycling that can have consequences above …

Companion in Commander and Brawl

Mara Katz Brawl, Commander

Editor’s note: On June 1, 2020, Wizards of the Coast announced a change to the companion mechanic. Companions may no longer be cast from the sideboard; instead, players must pay 3 mana of any color to put a companion from their sideboard into their hand. The Commander Rules Committee has clarified that “[c]ompanion will operate in Commander similarly to other …

Ikoria in Brawl

Tom Anderson Brawl

Hop in, magicians — we’re going Brawling!  If there’s one thing Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths has in abundance, it’s cool legendary creatures to build around! The Apex cycle opens up powerful three-color options, and the various companions can be used as your Brawl commander even if you don’t meet their special deck-building requirements. The various legendary humans and new Planeswalkers …

Brewing for Brawl: Calix Enchantress

Mara Katz Brawl

Theros Beyond Death introduces a new Therosian Planeswalker to Magic Story: Calix, Destiny’s Hand. Calix was created by Klothys, the god of destiny, to bring Elspeth back to the Underworld and restore order to Theros. As Klothys’ champion, Calix has a close relationship to the enchantment-based magic that keeps Theros running. His loyalty abilities reflect that, presenting an interesting deck-building …

Theros Beyond Death Brawl Decks

Mara Katz Brawl

The gods of Theros are constantly in conflict. They fight for power and respect from their divine peers, love and worship from the people of Theros, and control over increased spheres of influence. What better way to represent this conflict than with a set of Brawl decks designed to be played against each other? Here is a deck for each …

How to Rebuild Your Oko Deck

Mara Katz Brawl, Standard

Oko, Thief of Crowns was recently banned in Standard and Brawl, to the joy of players tired of losing to Simic and Sultai food-based decks. But not everyone is rejoicing. Some players invested heavily in cards for Oko decks and are now disappointed that they can’t use those decks any longer. Fortunately, there are plenty of other uses for Oko …

Planeswalkers in Brawl

Tom Anderson Brawl

In a much-anticipated move, Wizards of the Coast have used the Throne of Eldraine preview season as a chance to debut their Commander-lite format, Brawl, on Magic Arena. Fans of digital Magic finally have the opportunity to build decks commanded by their favorite legendary creature – or Planeswalker! Yes, one of the highlights of Brawl is that it allows you …

What Brawl Needs to Succeed

Mara Katz Brawl

When Brawl was announced as a new format in spring 2018, my playgroup and I immediately started building decks for it. It’s my ideal format as a Magic brewer who loves the creative constraints of Commander and Oathbreaker, but finds the massive size of those formats’ card pools stressful to work with. But my playgroup and I were soon surprised …

Playtesting Brawl with Magic R&D’s Melissa DeTora

Brandon Isleib Brawl

Thanks to having a government holiday off that Wizards of the Coast employees do not, I had the opportunity to travel all the way (three miles) to Wizards headquarters and talk to R&D’s Melissa DeTora about Brawl’s development and gameplay. We talked for over an hour and got on plenty of tangents (entirely my bad), but she had fantastic insights …