Eldraine Courtside Brawl Event Guide and Decklists
MTG Arena players were caught surprised by the latest 0.18.00.00 update which introduced Brawl to MTG Arena – Wizards even had a great full guide prepared to the event! So rather than us trying to reinvent the wheel, we re-purposed their guide here.
The Eldraine Courtside Brawl is a special Brawl event for Magic: The Gathering Arena. During the event, players can pick from one of four preconstructed decks to play both Brawl and select cards from the upcoming Throne of Eldraine set for the first time ever!
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- Duration: September 4, 9 AM PT to September 9, 11 AM PT
- Format: Preconstructed Brawl
- Entry Fee: Free
- Ends After: Players will earn rewards based on the total number of wins; losses are not counted.
- Match Structure: Best-of-one (BO1)
- 1 Win: 4 (playset) of Heraldic Banner and 1,000 XP
- 2 Wins: 4 of Syr Konrad, the Grim
- 3 Wins: 4 of Faerie Vandal
- 4 Wins: 4 of Savvy Hunter
- 5 Wins: 4 of Inspiring Veteran
- 6 Wins: 4 of Order of Midnight
Event rewards can only be earned once! You can keep playing once you’ve reached 6 wins, but you will not receive additional event rewards (games will still count towards any daily/weekly wins and quest progression).
Note: These cards will only be available as event rewards during for Courtside Brawl! You will not be able to craft any Throne of Eldraine cards until the set officially releases on September 26.
What is Brawl?
Be the first to play Throne of Eldraine in this special event, using one of four preconstructed decks in our newest format, Brawl!
Play a deck built around a specific creature or planeswalker Commander, and play one-on-one games! You can learn more about Brawl by clicking here.
Players will not receive the Brawl decks in their collections, but Throne of Eldraine cards shown below in rewards can be used in Standard 2020 events starting September 9 and in other events starting September 26.
For complete information, including a link to the comprehensive rules, please refer to the official Magic: The Gathering website.
Introduction to Brawl
Brawl is a little like Standard, a little like Commander, and a uniquely exciting deck-brewing challenge. Build a deck around a specific legendary creature or Planeswalker from the Standard card pool, and battle against friends in one-on-one or multiplayer free-for-all games.
Important Note: Currently, Magic: The Gathering Arena only supports one-vs-one games.
A Brawl deck consists of the following:
- 1 commander card (any legendary creature or planeswalker from a set currently in Standard)
- 59 other cards (also from sets currently in Standard) that share a color identity with your commander.
- Only one copy of any card, except for basic lands
A card’s color identity is not quite the same as a card’s color: it can come from any part of that card, including its casting cost and any mana symbols in its rules text.
- Every card in your Brawl deck must only use mana symbols that also appear on your commander.
- Colorless cards are allowed in any deck.
This is the special game zone where your commander resides when it is not in play.
- Each commander starts the game face up in its controller’s command zone.
- A commander can be cast from the command zone, as though it were in your hand, for its normal costs, plus an additional two mana for each previous time it’s been cast from the command zone this game (informally known as the “commander tax”)
- If your commander would change zones (i.e., be put into your library, hand, graveyard, or exile from anywhere), you may return it to your command zone instead.
Starting a Game
- With 3 or more players, start at 30 life; with only 2 players, start at 25 life
- The first mulligan is to seven cards, then each mulligan afterward results in one fewer card (six, five, four etc.)
- All commanders start in their command zone
- Commanders can be cast for their mana cost, plus 2 mana more for each time they’ve been put back in the command zone
- Last player standing wins!
Eldraine Courtside Brawl Decks
Players will be able to pick from one of four preconstructed decks based on the tabletop product that will be released later this year:
Commander: Syr Gwyn, Hero of Ashvale
This deck also has two multiplayer specific cards in the tabletop version of the deck – Embereth Skyblazer and Silverwing Squadron. It is replaced by Shivan Dragon and Tajic, Legion’s Edge in MTG Arena. You will still be able to craft them in MTG Arena once Throne of Eldraine is released.
1 Midnight Reaper 1 Knight of the Ebon Legion 1 Skyknight Legionnaire 1 Corpse Knight 1 Skyknight Vanguard 1 Single Combat 1 Bond of Discipline 1 Response // Resurgence 1 Despark 1 Mortify 1 Integrity // Intervention 1 Icon of Ancestry 1 Ancestral Blade 1 Mask of Immolation 1 Colossus Hammer 1 Godless Shrine 1 Temple of Triumph 5 Plains 3 Swamp 5 Mountain 1 Bloodfell Caves 1 Boros Guildgate 1 Command Tower 1 Evolving Wilds 1 Orzhov Guildgate 1 Rakdos Guildgate 1 Scoured Barrens 1 Wind-Scarred Crag 1 Mace of the Valiant 1 Silverwing Squadron 1 Embereth Skyblazer 1 Knights' Charge 1 Shining Armor 1 Venerable Knight 1 Belle of the Brawl 1 Foulmire Knight 1 Order of Midnight 1 Smitten Swordmaster 1 Syr Konrad, the Grim 1 Crystal Slipper 1 Embereth Shieldbreaker 1 Inspiring Veteran 1 Steelclaw Lance 1 Wintermoor Commander 1 Fireborn Knight 1 Arcane Signet 1 Ob Nixilis's Cruelty 1 Marauder's Axe 1 Tournament Grounds 1 Syr Gwyn, Hero of Ashvale
Commander: Korvold, Fae-Cursed King
In this deck, there are two multiplayer specific cards in the tabletop version of the deck – Gluttonous Troll and Chittering Witch. Since MTG Arena does not support multiplayer yet, it is replaced by Izoni, Thousand-Eyed and Mask of Immolation in MTG Arena. You will still be able to craft them in MTG Arena once Throne of Eldraine is released.
1 Angrath, Captain of Chaos 1 Priest of Forgotten Gods 1 Judith, the Scourge Diva 1 Orzhov Enforcer 1 Plaguecrafter 1 Vindictive Vampire 1 Goblin Cratermaker 1 Rapacious Dragon 1 Evolution Sage 1 Paradise Druid 1 Pollenbright Druid 1 Golgari Findbroker 1 Thrashing Brontodon 1 Leyline Prowler 1 Mayhem Devil 1 Woodland Champion 1 Find // Finality 1 Deathsprout 1 Bloodsoaked Altar 1 Dreadhorde Invasion 1 Rhythm of the Wild 1 Moldervine Reclamation 1 Temple of Malady 1 Stomping Ground 6 Swamp 2 Mountain 6 Forest 1 Bloodfell Caves 1 Cryptic Caves 1 Command Tower 1 Evolving Wilds 1 Golgari Guildgate 1 Gruul Guildgate 1 Jungle Hollow 1 Rugged Highlands 1 Rakdos Guildgate 1 Chittering Witch 1 Taste of Death 1 Thorn Mammoth 1 Gluttonous Troll 1 Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin 1 Bake into a Pie 1 Syr Konrad, the Grim 1 Keeper of Fables 1 Savvy Hunter 1 Golden Egg 1 Witch's Oven 1 Arcane Signet 1 Korvold, Fae-Cursed King
Commander: Alela, Artful Provocateur
1 Massacre Girl 1 Empyrean Eagle 1 Winged Words 1 Mortify 1 Bag of Holding 1 Ancestral Blade 1 Bloodsoaked Altar 1 Scrabbling Claws 1 Guild Globe 1 Mana Geode 1 Smothering Tithe 1 Angelic Exaltation 1 Conclave Tribunal 1 Prison Realm 1 Temple of Silence 1 Watery Grave 6 Plains 5 Island 4 Swamp 1 Azorius Guildgate 1 Command Tower 1 Dimir Guildgate 1 Dismal Backwater 1 Emergence Zone 1 Evolving Wilds 1 Orzhov Guildgate 1 Scoured Barrens 1 Tranquil Cove 1 Mace of the Valiant 1 Shimmer Dragon 1 Workshop Elders 1 Banish into Fable 1 Sephara, Sky's Blade 1 Kaya's Wrath 1 All That Glitters 1 Animating Faerie 1 Corridor Monitor 1 Frogify 1 Witching Well 1 Shinechaser 1 Arcanist's Owl 1 Golden Egg 1 Arcane Signet 1 Chemister's Insight 1 Lawmage's Binding 1 Heraldic Banner 1 Shambling Suit 1 Alela, Artful Provocateur
Commander: Chulane, Teller of Tales
1 End-Raze Forerunners 1 Incubation Druid 1 Biomancer's Familiar 1 Forbidding Spirit 1 Spectral Sailor 1 District Guide 1 Kraul Harpooner 1 Silhana Wayfinder 1 Paradise Druid 1 Frilled Mystic 1 Leafkin Druid 1 Gyre Engineer 1 Sharktocrab 1 Risen Reef 1 Meteor Golem 1 Time Wipe 1 Circuitous Route 1 Flower // Flourish 1 Growth Spiral 1 Incubation // Incongruity 1 Parhelion II 1 Firemind Vessel 1 Prison Realm 1 Hallowed Fountain 1 Temple of Mystery 5 Plains 4 Island 6 Forest 1 Azorius Guildgate 1 Blossoming Sands 1 Command Tower 1 Evolving Wilds 1 Selesnya Guildgate 1 Simic Guildgate 1 Tranquil Cove 1 Thornwood Falls 1 Faerie Formation 1 Steelbane Hydra 1 Thorn Mammoth 1 Tome of Legends 1 Faerie Vandal 1 Run Away Together 1 Beanstalk Giant 1 Keeper of Fables 1 Rosethorn Acolyte 1 Maraleaf Pixie 1 Arcane Signet 1 Chulane, Teller of Tales
These decks use cards from throughout Standard, from Guilds of Ravnica all the way through Throne of Eldraine. They also contain unique cards that aren’t found in typical boosters, but are still Standard legal and playable!
Want to learn more? Check out today’s card preview article, where we take a step inside the box to examine the Brawl decklists.
Two decks each have two different cards than the tabletop versions of these decks. Mask of Immolation and Izoni, Thousand-Eyed were added to the Savage Hunter deck. Additionally, Shivan Dragon and Tajic, Legion’s Edge were added to the Knights’ Charge deck. All four cards were added to replace cards in the tabletop decks that were designed for multiplayer play (so didn’t make sense for MTG Arena’s 1v1 event).
Throne of Eldraine Set Mechanics
Two new mechanics from Throne of Eldraine will be playable as part of the Courtside Brawl event. For more information, check out the Throne of Eldraine set mechanics article.
“You may cast this card as an Adventure, after you do exile it. You may then cast the creature later from exile.”
When you cast a card that features an Adventure, you will be given an in-game browser that lets you select which half you wish to cast:
If you cast the card as an Adventure, it will appear as a near-hand castable that you can play from exile:
When you cast the creature from exile, the creature half of the card will be highlighted while on the stack (the adventure portion will be dimmed).
“2, Tap: Sacrifice this artifact. You gain 3 life.”
Food – Confirmation Interface
We’re trying out a new confirmation interface when sacrificing Food tokens: When you click the food token a small notification pops out of the card: clicking the notification or card itself confirms, clicking anywhere else dismisses:
Let us know what you think, as we’re considering spreading this to more interactions!
Playing Courtside Brawl in MTG Arena
Choosing a Deck
Once you have joined the Courtside Brawl event, you will have an option to choose from one of the four preconstructed Brawl decks provided for you: Knights’ Charge, Savage Hunter, Wild Bounty, and Faeries Schemes.
Starting a Game
Per the Brawl format rules, each player is given a “free” mulligan.
The Eldraine Courtside Brawl will be played on the new Throne of Eldraine themed battlefield! Watch out for faeries!
- Each player begins the game with 25 life.
- When a player’s commander is in the Command zone, it will appear as a ‘near-hand’ castable. You can hover both your and your opponent’s commander card to view a larger version.
- The commander’s name is also listed below the both players; you can click this to view an enlarged version of the card as well.
- The total cost for the commander will automatically update when in the command zone. You can hover the card to see the mana cost (without the “commander tax”).
Casting Your Commander
- When played, the commander will have a distinct border on the battlefield.
- Commander cards also have a special hanger that will list the additional cost.
- In the example above, Chulane has been played twice, so the next time the card is cast from the command zone it will cost an additional 4 mana.
- If your commander would change zones (i.e., be put into your library, hand, graveyard, or exile from anywhere), you will receive a prompt to choose which zone to send it to – sending it to the command zone is a may ability!
When will Constructed Brawl (the ability to build and play with your own Brawl decks) be coming to MTG Arena?
While we currently don’t have an exact ETA, but we hope to include Constructed Brawl as part of our October game update.
Can I make any changes to the pre-constructed decks?
The decks come “as is”, and you won’t be able to make any changes to the decklist.
Will the pre-constructed decks be added to my collection?
Will the tabletop Brawl decks include codes for MTG Arena like the Planeswalker decks?
The tabletop Brawl decks will not include a code for MTG Arena.
How do I add the 20 unique Brawl cards to my collection?
You’ll be able to craft any of the unique Brawl cards using Wildcards – including the four that were swapped for this event. Please note that just like the Planeswalker decks, these unique cards will not appear in booster packs or as individual card rewards, but they are all Standard legal!
When can I craft cards from the Brawl deck?
You’ll be able to craft Throne of Eldraine cards once the set officially releases on September 26. This includes both the unique cards in the Brawl decks, as well as the event rewards!
Can I craft the event rewards?
Yes, we’re answering this one twice: Until the set officially releases, you can only earn the Throne of Eldraine cards by playing the Courtside Brawl event. Once Throne of Eldraine is available, the event rewards will appear in all the places cards can be found (booster packs, Limited Packs, ICRs, and through Wildcard redemption).
What about the cards that were swapped? Will those still be in MTG Arena?
Yep, and you’ll be able to craft them once Throne of Eldraine releases.
Do I get to keep the event rewards cards?
Of course! Once cards in your collection we have no intention of taking them away. You’ll be able to play these cards in the Standard 2020 events, as well as any constructed formats once Throne of Eldraine releases.
This concludes our event guide series for the Plane-cation Chronicles – we hope you found them useful! It’s a pity that Pauper was left out contrary to the initial announcement, but hopefully it will still come in one of the special Mastery XP catch up events. We plan to continue this series of guides for future events, so keep your eyes peeled.
On another note, as we prepare for the release of Throne of Eldraine, we will be working behind-the-scenes and try and come up with ideas for MTG Arena articles and guides. If you have any suggestions for the type of content you’d like to see, you can contact us on our social channels on Discord or Twitter, email us, or leave a comment below! Your contribution and feedback is what drives us.