Historic Brawl Fest Event Guide and Decklists – January 2021
The Historic Brawl event is a weeklong event on MTG Arena that gives players an unlimited matchmaking queue for Historic Brawl. This is your chance to go wild, have fun and take a break from the competitive Standard and Historic queues. This event works similarly to the Brawler’s Guildhall events we’ve had in the past, before we were granted the permanent Brawl queue we have now. View our Historic Brawl decklists updated for Kaladesh Remastered, come up with your own, and share them with us!
Bring a Brawl deck using any cards on MTG Arena – not just Standard! Change it at any time during the event. For more details on this format, including a list of banned cards, click here.
- Duration: January 2 2021 at 8:00 AM PST – January 8 2021 at 8:00 AM PST
- Format: Historic Brawl
- Entry Fee: Free
- Ends After: You can keep playing, but rewards do not go past one win.
- Match Structure: Best-of-one matches (BO1)
- 1 Win: Mystery Cosmetic
What is Historic Brawl?
As the name suggests, Historic Brawl is an extension of the regular Brawl format, which is dictated by Standard legal sets and rotation. We choose our Commander, a Legendary creature or a Planeswalker that we can cast as if they were in our hand (similar to Companions, which we can still use together), and create a singleton 60-card deck that ideally fits into your theme using any of the cards in MTG Arena!
The known banlist for Historic Brawl is as follows:
- Drannith Magistrate
- Gideon’s Intervention
- Runed Halo
- Nexus of Fate
- Meddling Mage
- Teferi, Time Raveler
- Lutri, the Spellchaser
- Winota, Joiner of Forces
- Oko, Thief of Crowns
- Golos, Tireless Pilgrim
- Sorcerous Spyglass
As for the logistics, Historic Brawl is not quite an “official” format yet as we can only play it in occasional events and direct challenges, coordinated through unofficial methods such as a Discord server. Wizards will gauge interest in both Standard and Historic Brawl formats to see if it can “support a healthy play environment simultaneously”, so players don’t “suffer from long queue times and repeated mirror matches because we’ve split the player base in twain”.
The Historic format is undoubtedly more diverse and arguably more fun, as new sets and especially the Remastered sets are added retroactively will increase the card pool significantly. This should increase diversity, rather than seeing the same Commanders like we do in Standard Brawl. Ideally if both queues become available, we can even see regular Brawl not be played anymore especially with no rewards on the line, and it could even be merged with Historic Brawl to create one format.
Jodah, Archmage Eternal Historic Brawl Deck Video
Here is a game play video by Brewer’s Kitchen showcasing one of his decks featured here today. It demonstrates one of many possibilities we are able to achieve in this format!
Here are our Historic Brawl decks, all updated for this event. You can also click on the link to go to our dedicated section and see them all, including the older ones. We have added a tier of the deck also, indicating their general strength compared to the other decks. You’ll see the most powerful and consistent decks in tier 1 where the best cards are jammed together, almost similar to the tier 1 decks we see in regular Historic. Towards the bottom we’ll see more fun janky decks that rely on certain synergies or combos to work, which is harder to do in singleton decks.
We’ll be adding and updating more throughout the week, so check back later! If you have any that you wish to share leave a comment below or follow us on Twitter and show us your best brews.