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Will Historic Brawl Become the Next Commander?

Commander is Magic‘s most popular constructed format for a reason. Or rather, a couple reasons.

Commander decks are fun and easy to build, and fun and easy to play. Most every Magic player owns enough cards to build a Commander deck, even if their deck isn’t optimized or especially competitive. And Commander allows players to play cards that would otherwise have sat idle in their collections (RIP Splinter Twin), within an exciting, engaging singleton format.

Most every selling point Commander has for paper Magic applies to Magic Arena‘s best “secret” format: Historic Brawl. Historic Brawl allows players to use Arena cards they’d otherwise not be able to use, building and playing decks that are as interesting and fun as most any casual Commander deck.

So with Magic Arena‘s audience growing, is Historic Brawl set to become the next Commander? Below, I’ll examine a few reasons I think Historic Brawl could become Magic‘s next big format, as well as a few factors holding Historic Brawl back.

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Niv-Mizzet Reborn Brawl Deck Tech

Back when I wrote about Throne of Eldraine Brawl a couple months ago, I said I was really excited to try out a Niv-Mizzet Reborn deck … but was worried I might not have enough wildcards to build the deck on Magic Arena.

Well, it turns out that I worried for naught! Random booster pulls had already provided nearly every card I needed for a glorious, all-gold Niv Mizzet Reborn Brawl deck. (Turns out, you really can play Brawl with your Draft chaff.) Keep reading for a rundown on Brawl’s second best, but most fun, five-color Commander.

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Can Izzet Phoenix Survive Rotation Into Throne of Eldraine Standard?

Yes, the blog that was founded on “not caring about Standard” now cares about Standard rotation. (Blame Magic Arena.)

Truly, the end times are here … but not for Izzet Phoenix. Read on to see how I think my favorite Standard deck will survive rotation into Throne of Eldraine season Standard.

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My Top Throne of Eldraine Season Brawl Commanders

Brawl has finally come to Magic Arena! After a bit of finagling and a fun preview event, Magic‘s newest Wizards-supported format has finally found its way to Magic‘s newest online platform.

If the fun I’ve had playing Standard Singleton events is any indication, I’m going to have a blast playing Brawl on Magic Arena. But first, I have to select my Throne of Eldraine season Brawl Commander – and the Legendary Creatures and Planeswalkers below are at the top of my list.

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Was Gonna Write a Real Post, But Spent All My Time Playing Izzet Phoenix Instead

I’m in the midst of writing a lengthy post on how to manage Magic‘s bonkers-fast release schedule on a budget. I promise. However, “researching” that post required me to dive back in to Magic Arena, and I have yet to find my way out.

Reader, I’ve fallen in love with the latest version of Izzet Phoenix.

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