25-30 life points
Exactly 60 cards
Brawl is a Commander variant that uses only Standard-legal cards. It was designed and introduced by Wizards of the Coast staff Gerritt Turner, and subsequently became a Magic Online sanctioned format.
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.
- 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 mulligan a player takes doesn’t count toward the number of cards that player will put on the bottom of their library or the number of mulligans that player may take. Subsequent mulligans are counted toward these numbers 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.
- An option for the Commander casual variant. See rule 903.11, “Brawl Option.”
Four special Brawl Decks were designed for Throne of Eldraine. These 60-card decks use cards from throughout Standard, from Guilds of Ravnica all the way through Throne of Eldraine. There are 20 unique cards in these decks that aren't found in Draft Boosters (but they can still be found in Collector Boosters.) Each deck has seven of them — four cards unique to that deck, one card shared with one other Brawl Deck, and two cards shared with each other Brawl Deck. These cards are all legal in Standard, Brawl, and all other formats that allow the latest sets. (Or at least ones where cards in new sets are legal. A life wheel is included in the packaging.
There are no new Brawl Decks planned for the sets immediately following Throne of Eldraine. Further releases are dependent on the reactions to the initial release.
Differences from Commander
Brawl is very similar to Commander, with the following exceptions:
- Players in multiplayer games start at 30 life, not 40.
- Players in one-on-one start at 25 life, not 40.
- Players in one-on-one get one free Mulligan like in Multiplayer games.
- 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.
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.
Some players choose to play Brawl using different card pools.
- Commander Brawl — Uses the Commander card pool and ban-list.
- Oathbreaker — It's Commander but with planeswalkers instead of legendary creatures. There is a signature spell in the command zone and uses the Commander card pool with 60 card decks instead of 100 cards.
- Post-Modern Commander Brawl — Uses any card printed in the post-Magic 2015 cardframe.
- Frontier — Uses cards from Magic 2015 onward.
- Origins — Uses cards from Magic Origins onward.
- Historic — Uses Ixalan and onward. Based on MTG Arena.
- Kerfuffle — Includes silver-bordered cards.
- Eternal — Decks are made from historical Standard formats; currently legal decks become Eternal Brawl decks after Standard rotates.
- Ravnican Guild Blitz — Uses only guild-affiliated cards.
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- Eternal Brawl Wordpress
- Ravnican Guild Blitz Wordpress