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DCI Sanctioned
Paper {Cross}
Magic Online {Tick}
Magic Arena {Cross}
Type Constructed
Multiplayer {Tick}
Add. rules Deck Commander
25-30 life points
Singleton deck:
Exactly 60 cards

Brawl is a Commander variant that uses only Standard-legal cards.[1] It was designed and introduced by Wizards of the Coast staff Gerritt Turner,[2] and subsequently became a Magic Online sanctioned format.

Rules[edit | edit source]

Since its rule set is derived from Commander, the Comprehensive Rules consider Brawl to be an option of how to play Commander, even though in practice, it's a very different format.

From the Comprehensive Rules (June 14, 2019—Modern Horizons)

  • 903.11. Brawl Option
    • 903.11a Brawl is an option for a different style of Commander game. Brawl games use the normal rules for the Commander variant with the following modifications.
    • 903.11b Brawl decks are usually constructed using cards from the Standard format.
    • 903.11c A player designates either a legendary planeswalker or a legendary creature as their commander.
    • 903.11d A player’s deck must contain exactly 60 cards, including its commander.
    • 903.11e If a player’s commander has no colors in its color identity, that player’s deck may contain any number of basic lands of one basic land type of their choice. This is an exception to rule 903.5d.
    • 903.11f In a two-player Brawl game, each player’s starting life total is 25. In a multiplayer Brawl game, each player’s starting life total is 30.
    • 903.11g In any Brawl game, the first time a player takes a mulligan, they draw a new hand of as many cards as they had before. Subsequent hands decrease by one card as normal.
    • 903.11h Brawl games do not use the state-based action described in rule 704.5v, which causes a player to lose the game if they’ve been dealt 21 or more combat damage by a commander.

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (June 14, 2019—Modern Horizons)

An option for the Commander casual variant. See rule 903.11, “Brawl Option.”

Differences from Commander[edit | edit source]

Brawl is very similar to Commander, with the following exceptions:[2]

  • Players in multiplayer games start at 30 life, not 40.
  • Players in one-on-one start at 25 life, not 40.[3]
  • Players in one-on-one get one free Mulligan like in Multiplayer games.[3]
  • Decks consist of 60 cards, not 100.
  • Any Planeswalker can be a commander regardless of whether they have the ability to become a commander or not.
  • Only cards from Standard-legal sets can be used; consequently, Brawl uses its own banned and restricted list.
  • Commander damage rules (from Commander) do not apply.
  • You can use multiple copies of any one basic land in decks with a colorless commander.[4]

Banned list[edit | edit source]

On May 10, 2018 the banned list for Brawl was separated from the Standard banned list. Aetherworks Marvel, Attune with Aether, Felidar Guardian, Rampaging Ferocidon, Ramunap Ruins, and Rogue Refiner were all unbanned. Smuggler's Copter stayed banned. Baral, Chief of Compliance and Sorcerous Spyglass were banned.[4]

Variants[edit | edit source]

Some players choose to play Brawl using different card pools.

  • Commander — Uses the Commander card pool and ban-list.
  • Post-Modern Commander — Uses any card printed in the post-Magic 2015 cardframe.
  • Frontier — Uses cards from Magic 2015 onward.
  • Origins — Uses cards from Origins onward.
  • Kerfuffle — Includes silver-bordered cards.[5]
  • Eternal — Decks are made from historical Standard formats; currently legal decks become Eternal Brawl decks after Standard rotates.[6][7]
  • Ravnican Guild Blitz — Uses only guild-affiliated cards.[8]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Blake Rasmussen (March 21, 2018). "Dominaria Buy-A-Box Pre-order Promotion". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. a b Gavin Verhey (March 22, 2018). "Join the Brawl". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. a b Gavin Verhey (July 9, 2018). "Checking in on Brawl". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. a b Gavin Verhey (May 10, 2018). "The Future of Brawl". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater (May 04, 2018). "Could you do the honors of coining a separate name for Brawl where silver-border is legal?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  6. Brandon Isleib. (April 3, 2018.) "Introducing Eternal Brawl",
  7. Eternal Brawl Wordpress
  8. Ravnican Guild Blitz Wordpress