With the October 24 game update, we’re officially adding Constructed Brawl to MTG Arena. We will be celebrating with a special week-long Brawl event, where you can win a copy of five rare cards and their respective card styles. These cards were previously only available in MTG Arena through Wildcard redemption, as these cards were built for brawling and are not found in booster or Limited packs.
These rewards can only be earned once, but don’t worry—you can continue playing in the event beyond five wins.
BREW. BUILD. BRAWL.
For those of you who enjoyed our Courtside Brawl event back in September, it’s the same format (play a deck built around a specific legendary creature or planeswalker from the Standard card pool), but now you get to choose the legendary creature or planeswalker to build your deck around!
When building a Brawl deck, the first thing you should do is decide which card shall be your commander, as their color identity will determine the color identity of the 59 other cards in your deck. Once you’ve chosen your commander, the deck builder will automatically filter based on their color identity—no need to add any additional filters—and enforce the singleton (one copy of any card) deck-building requirement (except basic lands, of course)
Beyond our Brawl launch event, there will be a Brawl play queue every Wednesday, starting on November 6 at 8 a.m. PT (16:00 UTC) and available for 24 hours. Like our other Standard play queues, there will be no entry fee and no additional rewards, but games will grant quest progress and contribute toward any daily or weekly win counts.
MTG Arena Brawl Rules and How to Build a Deck
Other than that, though, it mostly shares its gameplay and rules with the traditional Commander mode. Players can select a partner to be their best friend in combat, and they will be with them right from the start of the match, helping them out.
The normal Commander mode allows for players to participate in multiplayer matches up to six players, but we aren’t sure just yet if the Brawl match format will have the same options available. Regardless, constructing a Brawl deck will be a bit different than what players are used to.
For one, the very first thing that a player will need to do is select the partner that will be their Commander for that deck. There are only two categories of cards that you can pick for your partner in a deck, and they are the legendary creatures or a planeswalker card.
Those are the only two available, and they must be standard-legal per usual. From there, players must create the other 59 cards of the 60-card minimum deck. MTG Arena Brawl follows the format of Singleton in that players are only able to have one copy of each card in their deck as well.
Finally, the colors of all the other cards in a player’s deck is determined by which legendary creature or planeswalker that they choose. If you pick a legendary blue creature, you are stuck with blue for all the other cards in your deck.
So, if you are a fan of a certain color or two, be sure to find a partner that embodies those colors and allows you to pick cards from that mana color. To celebrate the launch of the new match mode, Wizards of the Coast is hosting a launch celebration event for a limited time only.