Theros Beyond Death Brawl Decks

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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 of Theros’s mono-colored gods, featuring the powerful abilities of each god and their mortal champion.

Heliod

Heliod, Sun-Crowned gives your creatures lifelink and puts +1/+1 counters on your creatures and enchantments when you gain life. His deck is full of small creatures with life-gain and +1/+1 counter interactions, including Ajani’s Pridemate and Heliod’s champion Daxos, Blessed by the Sun.

Commander: Heliod, Sun-Crowned

Creatures
Ajani’s Pridemate
Angel of Vitality
Archon of Falling Stars
Archon of Sun’s Grace
Dawn Evangel
Daxos, Blessed by the Sun
Eidolon of Obstruction
Grateful Apparition
Haazda Marshal
Healer’s Hawk
Hero of the Pride
Hero of the Winds
Lagonna-Band Storyteller
Makeshift Battalion
Martyr for the Cause
Nyxborn Courser
Pious Wayfarer
Reverent Hoplite
Squad Captain
Starfield Mystic
Sunblade Angel
Taranika, Akroan Veteran
Victory’s Envoy

Noncreature Spells
Ajani, Strength of the Pride
All That Glitters
Banishing Light
Commanding Presence
Conclave Tribunal
Dawn of Hope
Deafening Silence
Elspeth Conquers Death
Idyllic Tutor
Leyline of Sanctity
Nyx Lotus
Pacifism
Prison Realm

Lands
Cryptic Caves
Idyllic Grange
21 Plains

Thassa

Thassa, Deep-Dwelling taps down your opponents’ creatures and lets you flicker your own creatures at the end of your turn. Her deck is packed with ETB effects and takes advantage of Theros Beyond Death’s blue theme of casting spells on your opponent’s turn by including as many permanents with flash as possible. Her champion, Callaphe, Beloved of the Sea, protects your creatures and enchantments from removal by increasing the cost of spells that target them.

Commander: Thassa, Deep-Dwelling

Creatures
Aven Eternal
Brazen Borrower
Brineborn Cutthroat
Callaphe, Beloved of the Sea
Cloudkin Seer
Corridor Monitor
Dungeon Geists
Faerie Duelist
Faerie Vandal
Fblthp, the Lost
Frost Lynx
Gadwick, the Wizened
Nadir Kraken
Naiad of Hidden Coves
Shoal Kraken
Serpent of Yawning Depths
Spectral Sailor
Stinging Lionfish
Threnody Singer
Thryx, the Sudden Storm
Tome Raider
Vexing Gull
Wavebreak Hippocamp

Noncreature Spells
Deny the Divine
Essence Capture
Ichthyomorphosis
Kiora Bests the Sea God
Negate
One with the Stars
Opt
Sea God’s Scorn
Slimebind
So Tiny
Thirst for Meaning
Unexplained Disappearance

Lands
Mystic Sanctuary
23 Island

Erebos

Erebos, Bleak-Hearted lets you pay life to draw cards when your creatures die. He also gives you opportunities to sacrifice your creatures to weaken your opponents’. His deck is built around sacrificing creatures, with a little bit of life-gain from his champion, Tymaret, Chosen from Death; this should help offset the life you’re paying for his card-draw ability.

Commander: Erebos, Bleak-Hearted

Creatures
Aphemia, the Cacophony
Ayara, First of Locthwain
Cauldron Familiar
Cavalier of Night
Discordant Piper
Dread Presence
Eternal Taskmaster
God-Eternal Bontu
Gray Merchant of Asphodel
Hateful Eidolon
Lampad of Death’s Vigil
Massacre Girl
Mire Triton
Murderous Rider
Nightmare Shepherd
Pharika’s Spawn
Rankle, Master of Pranks
Spinal Centipede
Syr Konrad, the Grim
Tymaret, Chosen from Death
Vampire of the Dire Moon
Vindictive Vampire
Woe Strider

Noncreature Spells
Drag to the Underworld
Eat to Extinction
Erebos’s Intervention
Inevitable End
Kaya’s Ghostform
Minion’s Return
Mire’s Grasp
Omen of the Dead
Revenge of Ravens
Tymaret Calls the Dead
Unholy Indenture
Witch’s Oven

Lands
Witch’s Cottage
23 Swamp

Purphoros

Purphoros, Bronze-Blooded gives your creatures haste and lets you put expensive red creatures or artifact creatures into play for just three mana. The goal of a Purphoros deck is to cast him as early as possible and then start adding big attackers to the board, but Brawl doesn’t have a lot of mono-red ramp right now. Instead, this deck takes things a little more slowly, allowing you to protect yourself until you can cast Purphoros. His champion, Anax, Hardened in the Forge, rewards you for taking risks in combat by replacing your creatures with Satyr tokens when they die.

Commander: Purphoros, Bronze-Blooded

Creatures
Anax, Hardened in the Forge
Bonecrusher Giant
Brimstone Trebuchet
Burning-Tree Vandal
Careless Celebrant
Clamor Shaman
Embereth Paladin
Embereth Shieldbreaker
Goblin Banneret
Goblin Cratermaker
Goblin Smuggler
Ilharg, the Raze-Boar
Immolation Shaman
Immortal Phoenix
Legion Warboss
Ornery Goblin
Ox of Agonas
Phoenix of Ash
Scorch Spitter
Tectonic Giant
Terror of Mount Velus
Torbran, Thane of Red Fell
Underworld Rage-Hound

Noncreature Spells
Chandra’s Triumph
Electrodominance
Ferocity of the Wilds
Jaya, Venerated Firemage
Lava Coil
Leyline of Combustion
Omen of the Forge
Purphoros’s Intervention
Searing Barrage
Shock
Shadowspear
The Triumph of Anax

Lands
Castle Embereth
23 Mountain

Nylea

Nylea, Keen-Eyed makes your creatures cheaper to cast and lets you sort through your deck to find more creatures. Her deck is all about creature combat and taking advantage of Theros Beyond Death’s enchantment creature synergies. Her champion, Renata, Called to the Hunt, makes your creatures even stronger with +1/+1 counters.

Commander: Nylea, Keen-Eyed

Creatures
Arasta of the Endless Web
Beanstalk Giant
Beast Whisperer
Chainweb Aracnir
Destiny Spinner
Dryad of the Ilysian Grove
Feasting Troll King
Flaxen Intruder
Garenbrig Carver
Ilysian Caryatid
Incubation Druid
Keeper of Fables
Leafkin Druid
Nessian Wanderer
Nylea’s Forerunner
Nyxbloom Ancient
Nyx Herald
Pelt Collector
Questing Beast
Renata, Called to the Hunt
Setessan Champion
Voracious Hydra
Woodland Mystic

Noncreature Spells
Feral Invocation
Guardian Project
Hydra’s Growth
Klothys’s Design
Mystic Repeal
Oakenform
Prey Upon
Relentless Pursuit
Return to Nature
Shadowspear
Warbriar Blessing
Wolfwillow Haven

Lands
Castle Garenbrig
23 Forest

Conflict is Brewing

Theros’s gods demand devotion, and these deck ideas provide enough colored mana symbols to convince any god that you’re worthy to fight for them. Let us know what powerful brews you come up with for the Theros Beyond Death Brawl season.