College Cup: Test of Leadership Event Guide and Strixhaven Brawl Decklists

Codie, Vociferous Codex Art by Daniel Ljunggren
Codie, Vociferous Codex Art by Daniel Ljunggren

Strixhaven College Cup Guide

Week 1: May 13-18Week 2: May 20-25Week 3: May 27-31
Test of KnowledgeTest of WitTest of Leadership

Hello everyone! Today will be the final guide on the three part event series that is the College Cup. Each week there was a different variation of a Standard format you can battle in to earn points for your preferred Strixhaven School! Make sure to check out the main guide for the full details and the leaderboard on which college is leading!

The third event is called Test of Leadership and the format is Strixhaven Brawl! The trick though, is that players are required to build Brawl decks that only contain legendary creatures and planeswalkers from Strixhaven, and of course, any non-legendary card from Standard.

Although no cards are specifically banned here, most people aren’t familiar with Brawl’s banlist so I’ll post it here.

Event Details

  • Duration: May 27, 2021 at 8:00 AM PST – May 31, at 8:00 AM PST
  • Format: Strixhaven Brawl
  • Entry Fee: 2,500 Gold or 500 Gems
  • Ends After: You can keep playing, but rewards do not go past four wins.
  • Match Structure: Best-of-one matches (BO1)

Event Rewards

Strixhaven Brawl Decklists

NOTE: THE DECKS SHOULD HAVE 59 CARDS IN THEM AS THE 60TH IS YOUR COMMANDER.

I have 7 lists to start you out with, but definitely flex those brewing muscles to see what you can come up with as well. Unlike the other events I don’t have any special tips on how to build your deck as this is just normal Brawl with a limited Commander pool. To take a look at what is good in Brawl, you can check out the lists below or our compendium of Brawl decks here.


Velomachus Lorehold - Test of Leadership Strixhaven Brawl 

Commander
1
Velomachus Lorehold
Creatures (9)
1
Selfless Savior
1
Magmatic Channeler
1
Bonecrusher Giant
1
Leyline Tyrant
1
Tectonic Giant
1
Baneslayer Angel
1
Brash Taunter
1
Goldspan Dragon
1
Realm-Cloaked Giant
Spells (14)
1
Emeria's Call
1
Sejiri Shelter
1
Shatterskull Smashing
1
Fire Prophecy
1
Thundering Rebuke
1
Fateful End
1
Idyllic Tutor
1
Seize the Spoils
1
Soul Sear
1
Draconic Intervention
1
Reconstruct History
1
Starnheim Unleashed
1
Clash of Titans
1
Lorehold Command
Artifacts (6)
1
Arcane Signet
1
Mazemind Tome
1
Letter of Acceptance
1
Palladium Myr
1
Replicating Ring
1
Solemn Simulacrum
Enchantments (7)
1
Alseid of Life's Bounty
1
The Birth of Meletis
1
Banishing Light
1
Faith's Fetters
1
Felidar Retreat
1
Fires of Invention
1
Elspeth Conquers Death
Lands (23)
1
Castle Ardenvale
1
Command Tower
1
Furycalm Snarl
9
Mountain
1
Needleverge Pathway
9
Plains
1
Temple of Triumph
Cards (59)

Unlike most of the other decks, this Lorehold deck is entirely built around resolving our Commander. Ideally we can ramp into Velomachus then protect it long enough to kill the opponent in a few turns!

Professor Onyx - Test of Leadership Strixhaven Brawl 

Commander
1
Professor Onyx
Creatures (14)
1
Blackbloom Rogue
1
Foulmire Knight
1
Nullpriest of Oblivion
1
Order of Midnight
1
Skyclave Shade
1
Callous Bloodmage
1
Liliana's Standard Bearer
1
Murderous Rider
1
Nighthawk Scavenger
1
Pharika's Spawn
1
Gray Merchant of Asphodel
1
Burning-Rune Demon
1
Massacre Wurm
1
Reaper of Night
Spells (15)
1
Agadeem's Awakening
1
Hagra Mauling
1
Malakir Rebirth
1
Pelakka Predation
1
Bloodchief's Thirst
1
Cling to Dust
1
Agonizing Remorse
1
Grasp of Darkness
1
Heartless Act
1
Inscription of Ruin
1
Soul Shatter
1
Baleful Mastery
1
Drag to the Underworld
1
Eat to Extinction
1
Blood on the Snow
Artifacts (5)
1
Arcane Signet
1
Mazemind Tome
1
Clockwork Servant
1
Cosmos Elixir
1
Solemn Simulacrum
Enchantments (2)
1
Elspeth's Nightmare
1
Nightmare Shepherd
Lands (23)
1
Castle Locthwain
1
Crawling Barrens
1
Faceless Haven
1
Field of Ruin
19
Snow-Covered Swamp
Cards (59)

A solid midrange deck with one of the best top end cards available in Professor Onyx. Use your cleaner manabase to always cast your spells on time and have access to more utility lands!

Rowan, Scholar of Sparks - Test of Leadership Strixhaven Brawl 

Commander
1
Rowan, Scholar of Sparks
Creatures (7)
1
Magmatic Channeler
1
Thassa's Oracle
1
Bonecrusher Giant
1
Brazen Borrower
1
Galazeth Prismari
1
Goldspan Dragon
1
Voracious Greatshark
Spells (22)
1
Shatterskull Smashing
1
Silundi Vision
1
Blitz of the Thunder-Raptor
1
Curate
1
Deliberate
1
Disdainful Stroke
1
Expressive Iteration
1
Negate
1
Thassa's Intervention
1
Thundering Rebuke
1
Neutralize
1
Prismari Command
1
Saw It Coming
1
Soul Sear
1
Behold the Multiverse
1
Rewind
1
Serpentine Curve
1
Boon of the Wish-Giver
1
Discontinuity
1
Sublime Epiphany
1
Alrund's Epiphany
1
Magma Opus
Artifacts (4)
1
Arcane Signet
1
Mazemind Tome
1
Midnight Clock
1
Solemn Simulacrum
Enchantments (2)
1
Shark Typhoon
1
Kiora Bests the Sea God
Lands (24)
1
Castle Vantress
1
Command Tower
1
Frostboil Snarl
10
Island
9
Mountain
1
Riverglide Pathway
1
Temple of Epiphany
Cards (59)

Casting spells is the name of the game with this deck and it does it well. Get your Commander out early to to make all your early spells cost less then grind them out later with huge hitters like Kiora Bests the Sea God and Magma Opus.

Test of Leadership Mardu Extus Brawl 

Commander
1
Extus, Oriq Overlord
Planeswalkers (1)
1
Professor Onyx
Creatures (17)
1
Archfiend's Vessel
1
Serrated Scorpion
1
Acquisitions Expert
1
Discordant Piper
1
Elderfang Disciple
1
Piper of the Swarm
1
Skyclave Shade
1
Stormfist Crusader
1
Bonecrusher Giant
1
Callous Bloodmage
1
Liliana's Standard Bearer
1
Murderous Rider
1
Nighthawk Scavenger
1
Woe Strider
1
Immersturm Predator
1
Goldspan Dragon
1
Ox of Agonas
Spells (12)
1
Agadeem's Awakening
1
Kazuul's Fury
1
Shatterskull Smashing
1
Bloodchief's Thirst
1
Claim the Firstborn
1
Village Rites
1
Forbidden Friendship
1
Heartless Act
1
Call of the Death-Dweller
1
Inscription of Ruin
1
Lorehold Command
1
Ruinous Ultimatum
Artifacts (1)
1
Arcane Signet
Enchantments (4)
1
Bastion of Remembrance
1
Demonic Embrace
1
Nightmare Shepherd
1
The Akroan War
Lands (24)
1
Blightstep Pathway
1
Brightclimb Pathway
1
Castle Locthwain
1
Command Tower
1
Furycalm Snarl
4
Mountain
1
Needleverge Pathway
1
Savai Triome
1
Shineshadow Snarl
9
Swamp
1
Temple of Malice
1
Temple of Silence
1
Temple of Triumph
Cards (59)

Brawl decks tend to be on the clunkier side, so this deck looks to take advantage of that. Get on the board quickly with your early dudes and keep casting Awaken the Blood Avatar over and over.

Test of Leadership Beledros Witherbloom Brawl 

Commander
1
Beledros Witherbloom
Planeswalkers (1)
1
Professor Onyx
Creatures (12)
1
Kazandu Mammoth
1
Tangled Florahedron
1
Ilysian Caryatid
1
Lotus Cobra
1
Llanowar Visionary
1
Murderous Rider
1
Nighthawk Scavenger
1
Scute Swarm
1
Elder Gargaroth
1
Burning-Rune Demon
1
Beanstalk Giant
1
Reaper of Night
Spells (14)
1
Bala Ged Recovery
1
Hagra Mauling
1
Pelakka Predation
1
Bloodchief's Thirst
1
Cling to Dust
1
Emergent Sequence
1
Epic Downfall
1
Heartless Act
1
Cultivate
1
Soul Shatter
1
Baleful Mastery
1
Eat to Extinction
1
Migration Path
1
Harness Infinity
Artifacts (4)
1
Arcane Signet
1
Mazemind Tome
1
Esika's Chariot
1
Solemn Simulacrum
Enchantments (3)
1
Wolfwillow Haven
1
Dryad of the Ilysian Grove
1
Binding the Old Gods
Lands (25)
1
Castle Locthwain
1
Darkbore Pathway
11
Forest
1
Necroblossom Snarl
10
Swamp
1
Temple of Malady
Cards (59)

Similar to the Zimone deck, Witherbloom wants to ramp hard and start slamming heavy hitters each turn to overwhelm the opponent. Beledross lets you have insane turns where you can cast two huge threats by using the activated ability to untap all your lands!

Test of Leadership Simic Zimone Brawl 

Commander
1
Zimone, Quandrix Prodigy
Creatures (16)
1
Kazandu Mammoth
1
Kianne, Dean of Substance
1
Tangled Florahedron
1
Ilysian Caryatid
1
Lotus Cobra
1
Maraleaf Pixie
1
Llanowar Visionary
1
Scute Swarm
1
Quandrix Cultivator
1
Thunderous Snapper
1
Battle Mammoth
1
Elder Gargaroth
1
Voracious Greatshark
1
Beanstalk Giant
1
Cragplate Baloth
1
Thorn Mammoth
Spells (10)
1
Bala Ged Recovery
1
Sea Gate Restoration
1
Turntimber Symbiosis
1
Primal Might
1
Emergent Sequence
1
Cultivate
1
Roiling Regrowth
1
Eureka Moment
1
Migration Path
1
Sublime Epiphany
Artifacts (3)
1
Arcane Signet
1
Midnight Clock
1
Esika's Chariot
Enchantments (6)
1
Confounding Conundrum
1
Wolfwillow Haven
1
Dryad of the Ilysian Grove
1
Shark Typhoon
1
Kiora Bests the Sea God
1
Nyxbloom Ancient
Lands (24)
1
Barkchannel Pathway
1
Castle Garenbrig
1
Castle Vantress
1
Command Tower
11
Forest
7
Island
1
Temple of Mystery
1
Vineglimmer Snarl
Cards (59)

I still consider Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy to be one of, if not the best Commander in standard Brawl. Zimone is no Kinnan, but she works in a similar shell where you want to ramp a bunch and start casting fatties.

Test of Leadership Temur Codie Brawl 

Commander
1
Codie, Vociferous Codex
Spells (35)
1
Sea Gate Restoration
1
Shatterskull Smashing
1
Silundi Vision
1
Disdainful Stroke
1
Expressive Iteration
1
Fire Prophecy
1
Into the Roil
1
Negate
1
See the Truth
1
Thassa's Intervention
1
Thundering Rebuke
1
Cultivate
1
Demon Bolt
1
Mystical Dispute
1
Prismari Command
1
Roiling Regrowth
1
Saw It Coming
1
Behold the Multiverse
1
Draconic Intervention
1
Eureka Moment
1
Experimental Overload
1
Migration Path
1
Mythos of Illuna
1
Rewind
1
Serpentine Curve
1
Escape to the Wilds
1
Practical Research
1
Boon of the Wish-Giver
1
Discontinuity
1
Sublime Epiphany
1
Alrund's Epiphany
1
Creative Outburst
1
Elemental Masterpiece
1
Mascot Exhibition
1
Magma Opus
Lands (24)
1
Barkchannel Pathway
1
Cragcrown Pathway
1
Fabled Passage
4
Forest
1
Frostboil Snarl
6
Island
1
Ketria Triome
3
Mountain
1
Riverglide Pathway
1
Temple of Abandon
1
Temple of Epiphany
1
Temple of Mystery
1
The World Tree
1
Vineglimmer Snarl
Cards (59)

I’m not saying you’ll win every game you play with this deck and achieve all your goals, but I’m certainly not saying that you won’t either. Codie is one of the coolest cards to come out in awhile and there’s no way I could not build a deck around it! With a grand total of 0 permanents, this deck is all about casting a bunch of spells and making Codie look nuts.

Thank you for reading! Hope you enjoy the College Cup!

DoggertQBones

Robert "DoggertQBones" Lee is a streamer and high ranked Arena player. He has one GP Top 8 and pioneered popular archetypes like UB 8 Shark, UB Yorion, GW Company in Historic, and Temur Koma in Historic. Beyond Magic, his passions are writing and teaching! Twitch Discord

5 Responses

  1. Dingo says:

    A lot of these decks contain cards not legal in the College Cup Brawl format, just as an FYI.

    • DoggertQBones says:

      Check the streamdecker links by clicking the button. For some reason, it’s not displaying correctly on the article

      • Curtis Blackwell says:

        Got it. Thanks for putting these together, the format is pretty miserable. Not sure why so many cards are banned.

  2. MAKEOUTHILL says:

    Codie deck is so fun!!
    Went 4-1 easily. I switched discontinuity for body of research and Think it was a good addition. Had a ~40/40 on the field every game!

  3. no you says:

    Shouldn’t have locked winnable stuff behind the challenge then. Netdecking has been a thing since forever quit being a baby.

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