Historic Brawl – FNM at Home Event Guide and Decklists
Tired of Standard decks looking and playing out the same? Just pining for a magic experience where decks aren’t ultra-consistent, you get to play with plenty of wacky cards, and each game feels completely new and fresh? Well, have I got news for you!
The special FNM at Home event is back on Arena for the next 24 hours, offering up a code for an Arena FNM Promo Pack from your local game store for participating. This week’s format is Historic Brawl, where you can use cards from every single set on Arena to build the most interesting and divergent Brawl decks you possibly can! Read on for more information and for decklists you can use in the event.
- Duration: May 15, 2020 @ 12:00 AM PT – May 16, 2020 @ 12:00 AM PT
- Format: Historic Brawl
- Entry Fee: Free
- Ends After: You can play as much as you like for the duration of the event.
- Match Structure: Best-of-one matches (BO1)
- 1 Win: Rare Individual Card Reward (ICR)
- 2 Wins: Rare Individual Card Reward (ICR)
You can also redeem one code for a MTG Arena Promo Pack every week, which will reward you with two in-game cosmetic items from the 36 available (the Ajani sleeve will be temporarily unavailable as it was recently featured as a separate reward). There are sleeves on offer featuring the Japanese Planeswalker alternate art, new Guild themed sleeves, Ikoria card styles, the Tamiyo player avatar, and more. The code is obtained from your local game store’s online community, as outlined in the Wizard’s official article:
HOW TO GET A REWARD CODE FROM YOUR STORE
Some stores have robust online communities, and others will be forming them for the first time. If you’re already part of such a community, great! Check with them and get connected.
If you aren’t part of a local game store’s online community, or if they don’t have one set up, there are a couple ways you can get connected. One is to simply reach out to your store and ask (give them a little bit of time—many of them are getting this information today as well). Another is to head to locator.wizards.com to find your local game store’s website. Not every store has a website on there right now, but our teams here are reaching out to our stores to help them set up options and connect them to our store locator. Many of them will be setting up online communities through Discord, WhatsApp, and Facebook, so you may have to join or download one of those applications.
Step-by-step, here’s how it works:
- Play in the event (win or lose as much as you want)
- Take a screenshot of your event page
- Go to locator.wizards.com to find your local game store’s website
- Join their social media channel
- Share your screenshot with a nice message on their channel
- The store will message you a code* back.
*Note: While supplies last. Not all stores are participating. Limit one code per account. Sharing a screenshot with your local game store does not guarantee you will receive a code.
Tuning, tweaking, and messing around with these decklists is highly encouraged! Half the fun in Brawl is in wacky deckbuilding and testing out new and weird cards, and it doesn’t make sense to expend a ton of wildcards on one of these decks if you don’t have many, since Historic Brawl only surfaces intermittently. Build around your means, play with what you have if necessary, and throw in some pet cards! Individual card choices aren’t as important in a Singleton format where you’re only going to see them every several games anyway. Become a true Rogue Refiner!
Note: This is a list of every Historic Brawl deck available on the site. As such, some of them aren’t updated for Ikoria. If you want ones that guaranteed are, pick from the ones with description paragraphs below; I made all of those personally for the event. We also have new and updated decks from sidetraK as usual, and remember to check out his Twitch stream!
My Recommendations (The decklists I think best mix good and fun!)
Vadrok, Apex of Thunder (Cycling)
This is my biggest brew for the event, my eureka moment! I think it’ll be a lot more fun than a regular Cycling deck, since the payoffs you’re playing are, by necessity, much more diverse. I was shocked to find there were actually enough cyclers to make this happen, and this deck should be far more consistent than a regular Brawl deck since when you’re looking at half your deck each game, you’re very likely to find your best cards (sometimes even Zenith Flare, which will just kill them!), so I suspect this deck will be able to overwhelm most of the competition. You can really play any Jeskai Commander here, but I felt Vadrok edged out Narset of the Ancient Way in being able to attack and recur the payoffs.
The deck has precisely two flex slots: I have gone with Teferi and Dovin’s Veto; I think all the payoffs pull their weight enough to warrant inclusion. If you don’t want to craft one of the rare payoffs like Buccaneer, you can simply run another land, though I do think 19+Arcane Signet should be enough. As with all Cycling decks, this deck has a serious weakness to Narset, Parter of Veils, but luckily opposing decks will only be able to play 1 and you do have a lot of pressure to kill her with.
Whether this deck outperforms the three Busted ones I list below, we’ll have to see, but I have high hopes!
Judith, Scourge Diva (Obosh Companion)
As one would expect, Judith’s deck is a fast and aggressive Rakdos build. Obosh leads us to eschew all even drops, which makes for some interesting inclusions, but is well worth it, being a devastating finisher that you always have access to; while Companions aren’t as good in Brawl since they compete with Commanders, they certainly are in aggressive decks with so many 1 drops, which are going to be empty-handed quickly without them! I suspect this is one of the most powerful things you can do in this event, where people won’t be well-prepared for aggro so this deck will just steamroll them.
Adeliz, the Cinder Wind (Budget)
I know a lot of you won’t want to craft cards for this event, so for the low low price of 0 mythic/rare wildcards, I bring you a fast and powerful deck! The style of play is to establish a rapid board presence, use Adeliz to hit really hard, and have countermagic up to protect her. Adeliz can often do 3-4 damage per spell cast, which ends up being pretty absurd. The obvious upgrades if you have them are: Steam Vents, Sulfur Falls, Fabled Passage, Gadwick, the Wizened, Naru Meha, Master Wizard, Rielle, the Everwise, Brazen Borrower, and Benthic Biomancer.
Busted & Boring (Probably the best decks, but try not to fall asleep)
Note: I suspect the Cycling deck I brewed up above may be able to compete with these, but I could be way off!
I mostly updated/improved my Standard Winota deck for this purpose (I include a longer description in that article), and I suspect this is still going to be one of the best Historic Brawl decks. Most of the upgrades are at the 1 drop slot, where you get a swarm of good ones that should give the deck some very savage starts.
As with Winota, I mostly updated my Standard Kinnan deck for this purpose (longer description in that article). Not a ton has changed, but some of the big nonhumans for Kinnan’s ability are both more interesting and more fun, and Llanowar Elves, as with many decks that card is in, is the best card you can draw in any opening hand. Again, likely to be one of the best Historic Brawl decks, though certainly on the expensive side.
Everyone knows Niv Mizzet is one of the best Brawl decks at this point; that trend will continue to Historic. Niv-Mizzet at least has the advantage of the previous two of being very fun to play, so I would recommend him over those if you really want to go for a busted & boring deck. I’ve included more ramp than most of the lists include since the deck has tons of ways to make use of mana anyway, so I think it should be a significant improvement.
Misc Sweet Decks
Time for some Timmy bait! The best part of Ixalan, a block that got more hate than it deserved (aside from its dreadful draft formats), was all the Dinosaurs stomping around crushing innocent Merfolk settlements underfoot… recapture the spirit of that with Ikoria’s most memorable dinosaur at the helm, the King of the Monsters in his rightful place! Reconnect with all the old dinosaur payoffs, a bunch of ways to give them haste and eke out additional value from them, cast a Ghalta or two once more… when your opponents finally give up the ghost, they’ll be on -30 or whatever; it’s just a guaranteed great time!
The Heliod deck is full of lifegain to work with its Commander, and creatures that benefit from being buffed up. Historic offers a wealth of new options to it, from Soul Warden to Resplendent Angel to Ranger of Eos. This is a aggressive deck that’s difficult to take off the board, since Heliod rapidly makes any creature a huge threat.
A fairly classic Control deck, Narset has all manner of good removal, counterspells, and wraths available in Historic alongside some sweet enchantment & planeswalker payoffs. Narset’s penchant for ramping and looting away cards makes 6 drops more consistent and allows us to add some fairly situational cards like Aether Gust and Spell Pierce.
You can literally just pick whichever of these sweet Nicol Bolas cards you want for the Commander; this Grixis Control shell will be happy with either. Personally, I’d go for Ravager since I get to play with that card less, and like it more, but it doesn’t make much difference either way. One cool aspect is this deck had few real creatures and a few token generators so I decided to slot Lukka in for some shenanigans; Lukka works slightly better with the Ravager variant but really you don’t want to sacrifice that card that much anyway. I suspect this deck is very good, but not quite as nuts as the ones in the Busted & Boring section above, and significantly more fun.
Kykar is a cross between an Izzet Flash and Azorius Fliers deck, making good use of Historic’s better mana options, that looks to leverage a lot of 1 drops and beat down until it can play Kykar, hopefully with some form of protection up, and rapidly swarm the board with flying tokens and buffs.
Thanks for reading! We’ll be adding some extra decks during the Event tomorrow so check back in with us soon.
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