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DCI Sanctioned
Paper {Cross}
Magic Online {Tick}
Type Constructed
Multiplayer {Tick}
Add. rules Deck Commander
20-30 life points
Singleton deck:
Exactly 60 cards

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

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-one-one start at 20 life, not 40.[3]
  • Decks consist of 60 cards, not 100.
  • Any Planeswalkers can be a commander regardless of they have the ability to become a commander or not.
  • Only cards from Standard-legal sets can be used; consequently, Brawl uses their 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.[3]

Banned list[edit | edit source]

On May 10, 2018 the banned list for Brawl was seperated 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.[3]

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.[4]

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 c Gavin Verhey. (May 10, 2018.) “The Future of Brawl”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Rosewater. (May 04, 2018.) "Could you do the honors of coining a separate name for Brawl where silver-border is legal?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
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