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 …

Selesnya Then and Now

Brandon Isleib Brawl

There are three eras of Selesnya in Standard – and all of them have convoke. “Wait!” your expanding brain retorts. “Selesnya in Return to Ravnica had populate as its mechanic, not convoke!” “Aaaah,” my galaxy brain re-retorts. “Magic 2015 had several convoke cards, including reprints from Ravnica: City of Guilds.” What does this have to do with anything? With Guilds …

Brawling in Ravnica

Brandon Isleib Brawl

Put on my blue-red shoes And I traversed the planes Touched down from the land of The Aether Flues In the middle of the Caustic Rain Dearest Trostani, Won’t you look down over me Yeah, I got a Privileged Position But I’m targetable as can be I was brawling in Ravnica Locking in an X of ten for Repeal I …

Chromium, the Mutable: A Brawl Deck Tech

Brandon Isleib Brawl

Unlike every other shard, Standard hasn’t had a legendary Esper card since the days of actual Esper (Sen Triplets and Sharuum the Hegemon). For Brawlers, getting Chromium, the Mutable is the first opportunity to build an Esper deck, and it’s an interesting card to boot. While its flash, flying, and resistance to removal are best suited for a control deck …

Top 19 Brawl Cards from Core Set 2019

Brandon Isleib Brawl

Did you have relatives who gave you dollars on your birthday equal to how old you were? I’m really glad they don’t expect quid pro quo on that…Regardless, the return of Core Sets with years in them enables top X lists, just like those old birthdays. Before we go through my top 19 Brawl cards from Core Set 2019, I …

Eternal Brawl: Black Devotion

Brandon Isleib Brawl

Since the parameters of Brawl synchronize decks to a Standard environment, expanding Brawl historically into Eternal Brawl gives an opportunity to explore nostalgia for old Standard decks cheaper and in multiplayer. Nostalgic theme decks in Commander are hampered as a group by competing against 25 years of good stuff; Eternal Brawl restricts everyone to two years of good stuff, making …

Darigaaz: Two-Time Brawler

Brandon Isleib Brawl

Expanding Brawl into older Standard formats allows for Dominaria to be an even more nostalgic set than it already is. When I went through my initial Eternal Brawl deckbuilding phase, I decided Darigaaz, the Igniter would be my Commander for Invasion block-era Standard, largely because Darigaaz Reincarnated was coming out. As I built the original Darigaaz deck, it turned out …

Gonti Brawl and Creative Constraints

Bradley Rose Brawl

So, you lost another game of Magic. (Cue Captain America meme.) It wasn’t one of those Archenemy Planechase Two-Headed Giant Commander extravaganza games worthy of future-told tales. And you made some sloppy decisions during that game. Yet you’re grinning from ear to ear. What gives? What happened was that your deck got to do “its thing” in a game. Another …