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Brawl - Instants and Sorceries Are My Tribe
By Dan Freagarthach
Wizards have announced that the new Brawl format will be added to Magic Online on April 18th. While I am not personally sold on the format long term, it is a rare pleasure to test out a new supported format of Magic. Thinking on what I wanted to see and play first did not take long. How does a zero nonland permanents (outside the command zone) deck perform within the constraints of this new format?

Brawl Approach - Brawl format legal, 60 cards

1 Kambal, Consul of Allocation

Lands (26)

1 Aether Hub
1 Concealed Courtyard
12 Plains
12 Swamp

Instants (19)

Blazing Hope
Bright Reprisal
Cruel Finality
Deft Dismissal
Forsake the Worldly
Hour of Glory
Impeccable Timing
Moment of Craving
Perilous Predicament
Pressure Point
Reaver Ambush
Renewed Faith
Ritual of Rejuvenation
Sandblast
Scarab Feast
Shadow of the Grave
Slash of Talons
Vanquish the Weak
Vraska's Contempt

Sorceries (14)

Approach of the Second Sun
Call to the Feast
Contract Killing
Daring Demolition
Diabolic Tutor
Doomfall
Fumigate
Harsh Scrutiny
Hour of Revelation
Lay Bare the Heart
Live Fast
Mastermind's Acquisition
Razaketh's Rite
Yahenni's Expertise

There are effectively 4 copies of Approach of the Second Sun available between Diabolic Tutor, Mastermind's Acquisition, and Razaketh's Rite, meaning that this deck can function similarly to a Standard legal Approach deck with one difference - a particular weakness to library and hand disruption. There are a few ways to work around that weakness, with the deck having its own hand disruption as well as Shadow of the Grave for potential defense when it is not providing additional card draw and even life gain from Renewed Faith.

Kambal as the command zone element provides an early defensive buffer against fast aggro decks, with a cost that allows replaying from the command zone before endgame. Contract Killing provides a chance that Approach can be cast on turn 6, putting the overall speed of the deck in the same general frame as a Standard variation.


What are your initial designs for the advent of the new Brawl format? I look forward to being surprised.

Feedback welcome here

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