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MTG Arena Budget Historic Brawl Decks and Guide for Beginners

A beginner's guide to Historic Brawl: Managing your collection, and the best budget deck recommendations for Historic Brawl. We make use of the free cards, minimal rares and mythics, and a majority of cards consisting of commons and uncommons!

Historic Brawl is quickly becoming a beloved format on Magic: The Gathering Arena. Today we are going to look at the cost to get into the format, how to manage your collection and why it is so incredibly free-to-play (F2P) friendly in the long run. With 19 budget decks to pick from, there is something for everyone, even if you only have four common and one uncommon Wildcards left!

How to get cards in the first place

In a previous article we discussed what Historic Brawl actually is, and today we are talking about how to get into the format without having to spend tons of wildcards to do so.

The most important thing you have to remember is that in order to play Historic Brawl decks you only need one copy of each card (Singleton). This makes the format very cheap to maintain in the long run compared to other formats, at least if you are a player that switches decks often and likes to experiment. There are a couple of ways to gain a decent quantity of first copies, let’s go through all of them:

Color Challenges & New Player Starter Decks

After completing the tutorial you get access to five mono-color decks and after doing a couple of quests you also get the ten newcomer decks, one for each two color combination. These decks rotate each year and grant you a bunch of rares and mythics. This guide is written with that in mind and also strongly considers the Arena Base Set for card choices. If you want to learn more about the Starter Decks you can read about them here:

Draft

Drafting is hands down the best way to expand your collection and this is especially true for Historic Brawl. If you have a strong win rate and draft on a regular basis you don’t really have to do anything different but the average drafter will likely play three drafts per set with a 50% win rate and call it a day.

If the latter is the case, I highly recommend picking desirable rares a bit higher if you don’t own a copy yet to grow your collection. You should also definitely watch out for older draft formats as these will be your bottleneck. Sealed is also a decent alternative but gives you less control.

Packs

Opening random packs is generally not a great strategy if you want to get into most other formats in MTG Arena but it is pretty optimal if you want to get into Historic Brawl. Remember: we only want the first copy of any given card so you will run into diminishing returns if you focus on one set too much. If you go to Profile -> Set Collection you can see how many unique cards you are missing from any given set and can make your decisions based on those numbers.

You should also redeem all free pack codes, they give an absolutely insane boost to your collection.

Jump In!

Jump In! is a great and cheap way to earn tons of cards for very cheap. To get the most out of Jump In for Historic Brawl you should stop once you have picked every pack once. I highly recommend doing this if your collection is not very large as the value you gain is absolutely massive. You can also check out our complete event guide here:

What Cards to Craft

This is not a guide to crafting staples for Historic Brawl (that is for a separate guide) but you generally want to spend Wildcards on cards you will unlikely to open in packs. This means you will  prioritize sets like JumpStart, Anthologies and everything that has rotated out of Standard as you are unlikely to open packs from these sets.

If you Intend on opening packs for any given set I would also recommend waiting to craft cards from that specific set as any card you open a second copy of is wasted. A very important principle to remember is to stick to one, maybe two colors at the start, craft a lot of good cards in those colors and then expand your collection color by color. This ensures that you have consistently strong decks instead of a lot of medium power decks.

Deckbuilding Philosophy for Budget Decks

As previously mentioned, these decks all require you to spend no more than ten rare/mythic Wildcards each, with some of them technically requiring zero. A lot of decks also try to only include rares and mythics you will also likely use in other lists. Not counting towards the rare and mythic count are the free cards you get from the base set and the 2023 starter decks.

A bottleneck for newer players are also common and uncommon wildcards, the provided lists also try to minimize the amount of different commons and uncommons you have to craft, especially for the mana base. The goal was to offer a list for every playstyle, every guild and color, as well as a 5 color list.

Every single one also comes with a few crafting recommendations and which deck you can try to build next in this article to be more efficient with your Wildcards.

Honorable Mentions

There are two decks in the format that are famous for being very budget friendly: Angrath, Captain of Chaos + Rat Colony and The First Sliver + Tibalt's Trickery Both decks are also infamous for requiring very few decisions during piloting, but I can definitely recommend the rat deck as it will cost you a total of 4 commons and 1 uncommon to build.

The Sliver deck is budget friendly because it utilizes the free dual lands from the Starter Decks very well and only needs The First Sliver, Maze's End, Tibalt's Trickery and Cultivator Colossus.

Budget Angrath
by ImNotFine
Buy on TCGplayer $10.92
Historic Brawl
best of 1
0 mythic
60 rare
1 uncommon
39 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Commander
Creatures (60)
60
Rat Colony
$209.40
Lands (39)
39
Swamp
$9.75
100 Cards
$219.5
Budget Sliver Trickery
by ImNotFine
Buy on TCGplayer $121.64
Historic Brawl
best of 1
3 mythic
11 rare
12 uncommon
74 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Commander
1
The First Sliver
$24.99
Creatures (2)
Instants (1)
Lands (97)
7
Forest
$1.75
7
Island
$1.75
7
Mountain
$1.75
7
Plains
$1.75
7
Swamp
$1.75
1
Aether Hub
$0.35
1
Maze’s End
$3.49
1
Command Tower
$0.29
1
Evolving Wilds
$0.25
1
Rupture Spire
$0.25
1
Khalni Garden
$0.49
1
Thornwood Falls
$0.25
1
Jungle Hollow
$0.25
1
Bloodfell Caves
$0.25
1
Scoured Barrens
$0.25
1
Tranquil Cove
$0.25
1
Thriving Moor
$0.25
1
Thriving Heath
$0.25
1
Thriving Isle
$0.25
1
Thriving Bluff
$0.25
1
Thriving Grove
$0.25
1
Archway Commons
$0.25
1
Sundown Pass
$7.49
1
Rockfall Vale
$0.99
1
Deathcap Glade
$7.49
1
Haunted Ridge
$13.99
1
Shipwreck Marsh
$3.49
1
Deserted Beach
$8.99
1
Uncharted Haven
$0.25
1
Brokers Hideout
$0.49
1
Dimir Guildgate
$0.25
1
Izzet Guildgate
$0.25
1
Gruul Guildgate
$0.25
1
Boros Guildgate
$0.25
1
Simic Guildgate
$0.25
1
Gateway Plaza
$0.25
100 Cards
$160.71

Light-Paws Voltron

The deck tries to put a ton of Auras on the Commander and protect her with cheap instants. You technically only require the Commander, although I highly recommend spending the Mythic wildcard on Mox Amber.

Total Wildcards:

  • 4 Rares
  • 1 Mythic

Recommended Crafts:

Recommended Lists:

Difficulty: Medium

Budget Light-Paws
by ImNotFine
Buy on TCGplayer $49.9
Historic Brawl
best of 1
1 mythic
3 rare
26 uncommon
70 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Commander
Artifacts (7)
1
Mox Amber
$34.99
1
Portable Hole
$2.49
1
Leather Armor
$0.25
1
Mind Stone
$0.39
1
Guardian Idol
$0.49
1
Arcane Signet
$1.29
1
Coldsteel Heart
$1.49
Lands (38)
100 Cards
$73.84

Emry Paradox Combo

This list tries to assemble Paradox Engine and the commander on the battlefield at the same time to loop artifacts from the graveyard, draw the deck and win with Explosive Apparatus.

Total Wildcards:

  • 4 Rares
  • 2 Mythics

Recommended Crafts:

Recommended Lists:

Difficulty: Hard

Emry Paradox Combo
by MTG Arena Zone
Buy on TCGplayer $77.36
Historic Brawl
best of 1
3 mythic
3 rare
30 uncommon
64 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Commander
Planeswalkers (1)
Instants (16)
1
Unsummon
$0.25
1
Miscast
$1.99
1
Fading Hope
$1.79
1
Wash Away
$0.29
1
Negate
$0.25
1
Essence Scatter
$0.25
1
Metallic Rebuke
$0.25
1
Supreme Will
$0.35
1
Reality Heist
$0.25
Sorceries (4)
1
Hard Evidence
$0.25
Lands (36)
34
Island
$8.50
1
Buried Ruin
$1.29
100 Cards
$109.25

Yawgmoth Sacrifice

Play a ton of cheap creatures to sacrifice to the commander and draw tons of cards to win with cards like Blood Artist. You only need the commander, but you will notice having additional interaction and win conditions if you spend the Wildcards.

Total Wildcards:

  • 2 Rares
  • 3 Mythics

Recommended Crafts:

Recommended Lists:

Difficulty: Easy

Budget Yawgmoth
by ImNotFine
Buy on TCGplayer $114.96
Historic Brawl
best of 1
3 mythic
5 rare
28 uncommon
64 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Commander
Planeswalkers (1)
Instants (9)
1
Fatal Push
$2.49
1
Village Rites
$0.25
1
Malakir Rebirth
$6.49
1
Cut Down
$0.59
1
Heartless Act
$0.35
1
Deadly Dispute
$2.99
1
Sudden Edict
$0.35
1
Infernal Grasp
$1.99
Sorceries (12)
1
Duress
$0.25
1
Thoughtseize
$16.99
1
Spark Harvest
$0.25
1
Bone Shards
$0.25
1
Eaten Alive
$0.25
1
Mind Spike
$0.00
1
Feed the Swarm
$0.79
1
Soul Transfer
$0.35
Artifacts (4)
1
Mind Stone
$0.39
1
Arcane Signet
$1.29
1
Relic Vial
$0.35
Enchantments (4)
1
Nest of Scarabs
$0.39
Lands (39)
39
Swamp
$9.75
100 Cards
$145.27

Magda Paradox Combo

Magda tries to get 5 treasures on the field to fetch Paradox Engine. From there you can fetch Ancestral Statue into Aetherflux Reservoir to go for a combo kill or take an entirely different route all together and go for an aggro win.

Total Wildcards:

  • 2 Rares
  • 3 Mythics

Recommended Crafts:

Recommended Lists:

Difficulty: Hard

Budget Magda
by ImNotFine
Buy on TCGplayer $76.14
Historic Brawl
Ramp
best of 1
4 mythic
2 rare
22 uncommon
72 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Commander
Instants (7)
1
Shock
$0.25
1
Play with Fire
$2.49
1
Voltage Surge
$0.25
1
Frost Bite
$0.25
1
Abrade
$0.25
1
Big Score
$0.25
Sorceries (5)
1
Strike It Rich
$0.35
Enchantments (2)
1
Sticky Fingers
$0.29
Lands (39)
1
Buried Ruin
$1.29
1
Dwarven Mine
$0.25
100 Cards
$118.82

Freyalise Elfball

Ramp with your elves and search up Craterhoof Behemoth for the win. Notably there are lots of great elves you should definitely craft if you enjoy this deck.

Total Wildcards:

  • 2 Rares
  • 5 Mythics

Recommended Crafts:

Recommended Lists:

Difficulty: Easy

Budget Freyalise
by ImNotFine
Buy on TCGplayer $161.72
Historic Brawl
best of 1
5 mythic
4 rare
22 uncommon
69 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Commander
Planeswalkers (3)
Instants (3)
1
Tail Swipe
$0.25
Sorceries (4)
1
Blizzard Brawl
$0.35
1
Smell Fear
$0.25
Artifacts (4)
1
Mind Stone
$0.39
1
Arcane Signet
$1.29
1
Herald’s Horn
$7.99
Enchantments (2)
1
Guardian Project
$10.99
Lands (40)
100 Cards
$188.48

Yorion Blink

Yorion Blink tries to abuse the commander’s ability to reuse “enter the battlefield abilities” and loop them repeatedly.

Total Wildcards:

  • 5 Rares
  • 1 Mythic

Recommended Crafts:

Recommended Lists:

  • Little to no overlap with other lists

Difficulty: Medium

Budget Yorion
by ImNotFine
Buy on TCGplayer $77.24
Historic Brawl
best of 1
3 mythic
10 rare
21 uncommon
66 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Commander
Planeswalkers (2)
Instants (10)
1
Unsummon
$0.25
1
Cloudshift
$0.25
1
Essence Flux
$1.99
1
Stern Dismissal
$0.25
1
Fading Hope
$1.79
1
Wash Away
$0.29
1
Momentary Blink
$0.25
1
Planar Incision
$0.25
1
Blur
$0.25
Artifacts (6)
1
Mind Stone
$0.39
1
Guardian Idol
$0.49
1
Prophetic Prism
$0.25
1
Arcane Signet
$1.29
1
Coldsteel Heart
$1.49
1
Panharmonicon
$4.49
Lands (40)
16
Island
$4.00
17
Plains
$4.25
1
Command Tower
$0.29
1
Evolving Wilds
$0.25
1
Tranquil Cove
$0.25
1
Thriving Isle
$0.25
1
Thriving Heath
$0.25
1
Deserted Beach
$8.99
100 Cards
$106.41

Xanathar Control

The deck tries to resolve the commander to drown the opponent in card advantage while controlling the board.

Total Wildcards:

  • 5 Rares
  • 3 Mythics

Recommended Crafts:

Recommended Lists:

Difficulty: Medium

Budget Xanathar
by ImNotFine
Buy on TCGplayer $77.99
Historic Brawl
best of 1
3 mythic
10 rare
33 uncommon
54 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Commander
Planeswalkers (3)
Creatures (2)
Instants (24)
1
Opt
$0.25
1
Fatal Push
$2.49
1
Spell Pierce
$0.25
1
Consider
$1.79
1
Wash Away
$0.29
1
Negate
$0.25
1
Essence Scatter
$0.25
1
Heartless Act
$0.35
1
Sudden Edict
$0.35
1
Infernal Grasp
$1.99
1
Power Word Kill
$0.39
1
Supreme Will
$0.35
1
Silundi Vision
$0.79
1
Saw It Coming
$0.35
1
Memory Deluge
$0.49
Sorceries (16)
1
Duress
$0.25
1
Innocent Blood
$0.25
1
Mind Spike
$0.00
1
Feed the Swarm
$0.79
1
Check for Traps
$0.35
1
Pilfer
$0.25
1
Languish
$1.29
1
Crux of Fate
$2.99
Artifacts (11)
1
Mind Stone
$0.39
1
Guardian Idol
$0.49
1
Arcane Signet
$1.29
1
Coldsteel Heart
$1.49
1
Mana Geode
$0.25
1
Hedron Archive
$0.35
1
Firemind Vessel
$0.35
Enchantments (2)
100 Cards
$122.19

Tibalt Control

Very similar to the list above, resolve the commander and win with pure card advantage while removing the opponents threats.

Total Wildcards:

  • 2 Rares
  • 5 Mythics

Recommended Crafts:

Recommended Lists:

Difficulty: Easy

Budget Tibalt
by ImNotFine
Buy on TCGplayer $86.73
Historic Brawl
best of 1
5 mythic
6 rare
29 uncommon
60 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Commander
Instants (20)
1
Fatal Push
$2.49
1
Cut Down
$0.59
1
Frost Bite
$0.25
1
Abrade
$0.25
1
Heartless Act
$0.35
1
Cinderclasm
$0.35
1
Sudden Edict
$0.35
1
Infernal Grasp
$1.99
1
Power Word Kill
$0.39
1
Murder
$0.25
1
Fiery Cannonade
$0.25
1
Flame Sweep
$0.35
1
Price of Fame
$0.35
1
Big Score
$0.25
Sorceries (17)
1
Duress
$0.25
1
Innocent Blood
$0.25
1
Strangle
$0.25
1
Mind Spike
$0.00
1
Feed the Swarm
$0.79
1
Check for Traps
$0.35
1
Pilfer
$0.25
1
Soul Transfer
$0.35
1
Crux of Fate
$2.99
Artifacts (13)
1
Mind Stone
$0.39
1
Guardian Idol
$0.49
1
Arcane Signet
$1.29
1
Coldsteel Heart
$1.49
1
Rakdos Locket
$0.25
1
Mana Geode
$0.25
1
Hedron Archive
$0.35
1
Firemind Vessel
$0.35
Enchantments (2)
100 Cards
$135.22

Minsc & Boo Aggro

Try to play the commander as fast as possible and overwhelm the opponent with threats.

Total Wildcards:

  • 4 Rares
  • 3 Mythics

Recommended Crafts:

Recommended Lists:

Difficulty: Medium

Budget Minsc & Boo
by ImNotFine
Buy on TCGplayer $193.88
Historic Brawl
best of 1
5 mythic
15 rare
23 uncommon
57 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Commander
Planeswalkers (3)
Instants (5)
1
Shock
$0.25
1
Play with Fire
$2.49
1
Frost Bite
$0.25
1
Abrade
$0.25
Sorceries (2)
1
Blizzard Brawl
$0.35
1
Into the North
$0.99
Artifacts (4)
1
Bonesplitter
$0.25
1
Eater of Virtue
$0.35
1
Arcane Signet
$1.29
1
The Great Henge
$69.99
Lands (42)
1
Command Tower
$0.29
1
Evolving Wilds
$0.25
1
Rockfall Vale
$0.99
1
Racers’ Ring
$0.25
1
Highland Forest
$0.39
100 Cards
$227.73

Sythis Enchantments

Resolve the commander and draw a ton of cards with cheap enchantments.

Total Wildcards:

  • 6 Rares
  • 1 Mythic

Recommended Crafts:

Recommended Lists:

Difficulty: Medium

Budget Sythis
by ImNotFine
Buy on TCGplayer $86.7
Historic Brawl
Ramp
best of 1
1 mythic
10 rare
34 uncommon
55 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Commander
Sorceries (1)
1
Explore
$0.25
Artifacts (2)
1
Arcane Signet
$1.29
Lands (38)
15
Forest
$3.75
16
Plains
$4.00
1
Command Tower
$0.29
1
Evolving Wilds
$0.25
1
Thriving Heath
$0.25
1
Thriving Grove
$0.25
1