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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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The 5 Best Magic: the Gathering Formats That No One Plays

One of Magic’s biggest first-world problems is the overabundance of ways that people have cooked up to play it. If you head to your local game store on a Friday night, you’re very likely to be able to play Standard or get in a draft with the latest set. And if you have a larger store in town you can usually play Modern, Commander, and maybe even Legacy throughout the week.

However, that leaves a large handful of formats that are awesome to play but just don’t show up on game stores’ rosters. These are formats that people often play regionally, online, or on their own kitchen table, but just don’t have the presence to become mainstays. Read on for a breakdown of what I consider to be the five sweetest of these niche formats, and why you should be playing (or watching) them whenever you get a chance.

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