Historic Brawl – Festival of the Gods: Erebos’s Memoir of Death Event Guide and Decklists
MTG Arena is officially supporting the Historic Brawl format for the first time in this week’s Festival of the Gods! In Historic Brawl, we can build a Brawl deck using any of the cards available in MTG Arena (except for the specified banned cards). Read on for event details, information about the format, and a host of decklists to get you started. If you wish, you can click here to skip straight to the decklists in this guide or go straight to our Historic Brawl or Brawl section!
Erebos, God of the Underworld is calling forth is champions from the shadows to rise again in this week’s Festival of the Gods event! Reanimate the past by building a historic brawl deck and then deploy misfortune and ill fate on your enemies under the leadership of your chosen commander.
The following cards are banned:
Erebos is a jealous and tyrannical ruler, proud of his domain as lord of all that ever lived. His areas of influence include death, the Underworld, envy, bitterness, and wealth, as gold is abundant and without value in the Underworld.
- Duration: March 13 2020 at 8:00 AM – March 17 at 8:00 AM
- Format: Historic Brawl
- Entry Fee: 2500 Gold or 500 Gems
- Ends After: You can keep playing, but rewards do not go past three wins.
- Match Structure: Best-of-one matches (BO1)
Note that the event is extended for an extra 24 hours compared to the previous Festival of the Gods events as this is anticipated to be a very popular format.
To clarify, you do not have to re-enter the event and you only have to pay the entry fee once. There is no limit on the number of losses (or victories). Play as much as you want for the duration of the event.
- 1 Win: Drag to the Underworld card style
- 2 Wins: Tymaret, Chosen from Death Showcase card style
- 3 Wins: Erebos, Bleak-Hearted Showcase card style
What is Historic Brawl?
Brawl is a singleton format in Magic: The Gathering that is a variant of the popular Commander (also known as EDH) that normally allows only Standard-legal cards. In Historic Brawl, we can use all cards available in MTG Arena. This includes cards rotated out of Standard, Historic Anthology and from Brawlers’ Guildhall (e.g. Rhys the Redeemed, Talrand, Sky Summoner).
Friendly Brawl vs. Historic Brawl
Before we get into things further, we wanted to clarify the definition between Friendly Brawl and Historic Brawl as MTG Arena still incorporates both of terms in the deck builder when you go to choose a format for your deck. Prior to this event, players could only play Historic Brawl via Direct Challenges, and the terms were used synonymously (though I don’t think I’ve seen anybody refer to it as Friendly Brawl so far).
- In Friendly Brawl, the idea is that in Direct Challenges, it is meant to mimic “kitchen table” Magic, where there is no enforcement of banlists or restrictions and you are casually playing between friends.
- In Historic Brawl, it looks like MTG Arena is now officially supporting the format and that means there is a separate banlist enforced. Hopefully this means we get more events or even queues going forward!
How do I play Historic Brawl?
Outside of this event, there is currently no official ways to play Historic Brawl. You can coordinate a Direct Challenge between other players through two main ways:
- Brawl Hall: This is a Discord server created by the popular MTG YouTuber and streamer Merchant. There are over 3000 people currently in the server that you can connect with to play Brawl on demand and have friendly chat with each other.
- ArenaBrawl.net: This is a matchmaking website that allows you to enter your MTG Arena ID and find other players that are currently available for Direct Challenge. You can find players interested in Standard or Historic Brawl.
Building a Historic Brawl Deck
For a more detailed explanation on the rules of Brawl and rules of building a Brawl deck, check out our Brawl Format Guide. The main points to takeaway for Historic Brawl are:
- Uses the Historic card pool – you can use cards from the all cards available in MTG Arena. This includes cards introduced through Historic Anthology and the Brawl events:
- Choose a legendary creature or planeswalker as your commander.
- Choose 59 other cards – a single copy (singleton) of each – as your deck, that matches the color identity of your commander.
- Color identity is your commander’s casting cost and any mana symbols in its rules text.
- Your commander is available for you to cast in the command zone (without having to draw it from your deck). Each time your commander dies, it costs 2 more to cast for each time it died.
- Each player starts at 25 life and you get a free mulligan.
- The following cards are banned in Historic Brawl:
In our previous Brawl Launch event guide, we covered some tips and strategies on building a good Brawl deck. Most of the information remains true, except we are working with a much larger card pool and overall increased power level. It also opens up a huge variety of Commanders available to us, and hopefully we will see some wacky decks out there.
Lastly, Brawl only requires one copy of a card but crafting cards specifically for this event is probably not worth it if you only started playing MTG Arena recently. Go to our standard Brawl decks to get you started if you are missing a lot of cards from the Historic Brawl decks below – they should be at least good enough for the required three wins for the event. Or, work backwards and fill in the missing cards with cards that fill a similar role.
Historic Brawl Decklists
Today we will be featuring some fun Historic Brawl decks crafted by sidetraK who is also responsible for maintaining our regular Brawl deck section, some by myself and some from the Brawl community. Our Historic Brawl deck section will be the place to go to for all the decklists that we collect, so be sure to check back often if you need inspiration!
More on the way soon!
Let us know how you found the event in the comments below – was it too competitive? Did you see a lot of variety? What decks did you use to get your three wins? After you are done with the event, we have other events going on in MTG Arena starting this weekend also:
- Historic ranked queues are now available and we are actively brewing, testing and collecting decklists.
- Ranked Draft Ravnica Allegiance is up for the next two weeks so be sure to check out Compulsion’s guide and brush up on your knowledge.
- Ikoria Mythic Invitational Qualifier #2 starts tomorrow, and we’ll have the top performing decklists posted as soon as they become available.
Also remember, you can always engage in our growing MTG Arena Zone community: