The Trinisphere Talks - S2E9 - Is Brawl the future of EDH?



10 April 2018


This episode, the Trinisphere discusses the implications of Wizards' new format and the future of EDH.

Are you excited for Brawl? Post in the comments and let us know you thoughts on Brawl and any Brawl decklists that you'd like to see us play.

The Trinisphere: Where Timmy, Johnny, and Spike battle over all things EDH.



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Tezdemona says... #1

Speaking as an enthusiastic new player who is ready to try ALL the things-I think Brawl is a neat idea. I already have an EDH precon and try to play commander every once and a while, but I would like to try Brawl- it's an easier sell among my friends who are less in to Magic.

April 10, 2018 2:38 p.m.

berryjon says... #2

There's a hiccup in the video at 10:09-10:10. Did you guys cut something out?

But my concern with Brawl is that it's trying to 'fix' Standard - a running problem for Wizards - without actually trying to address any of the problems in Standard. Generate more interest by keeping the same card pool, but not actually develop the format.

April 10, 2018 10:29 p.m.

Boza says... #3

berryjon, I think I understand the point but how do you think that this is in any way related to Standard fixing (the format that has very little to do with constructed standard, besides the card pool being the same)? Besides, even if that is the point, how is taking away attention from Standard fixing any of its problems?

I think Brawl is intended to fill the gap between the typical new player progression from Prerelease -> Standard -> EDH/Modern. Plus it is a great thing for MTG Arena as well.

You can do little adjustments to your prerelease pool and participate in Brawl super easily.

April 11, 2018 4:25 a.m.

Sir_Garde says... #4

Personally I really like the idea of brawl as a format but I don't much like the cycling aspect of standard, so I'm a bit conflicted.

April 11, 2018 6:24 a.m.

Tezdemona says... #5

I have mixed feelings about the cycling aspect of standard in general. Part of me is happy about the fact the card pool stays small, and the other part of me wonders how much time I'll actually have with a decent deck once I finally manage to pay for it.

April 11, 2018 9:31 a.m.

killroy726 says... #6

As a devoted EDH player I think that this'll probably go the way of tiny leaders. the whole reason I like EDh is because its an eternal format. I hate having to shell out over $100 for a deck just for it to become aged out in a few months. Same issue here.

April 11, 2018 3:40 p.m.

Sir_Garde says... #7

Yeah. I think the idea of brawl being standard would appeal to the kind of players who would want to play it in the first place more.

April 11, 2018 3:45 p.m.

berryjon says... #8

Boza: The point I failed to get across is that Brawl is designed to synergize with Standard as a format, with the progression being Standard -> Brawl -> Commander as opposed to Standard -> Modern -> Vintage/Legacy. By creating a unified starting point for the two divergent game types, Brawl appears to be an attempt to draw more people into playing Standard (a problem Wizards themselves have admitted to) by giving them another outlet for those cards.

Personally, I don't like the idea, but I'm willing to support it with my $$$. Assuming any of my LGS' are willing to run the format.

And that gives me an idea for a PR article. I'll have to do some research on it first though....

April 11, 2018 10:21 p.m.

Sir_Garde says... #9

Wouldn't appeal*

April 12, 2018 4:49 a.m.

Scoop_All_Day says... #10

Tiny Leaders 2.0. F*ck that.

April 14, 2018 12:11 p.m.

Argy says... #11

Since Brawl is a casual format, you can play it anyway you like.

I actually think that Frontier Brawl is the way to go.

Same rules as Brawl, but using the Frontier card pool.

The pool is any card from M15 onwards, with no ban list.

The reason why this works is:

  1. No rotation.

  2. Not as expensive as Frontier since it is a singleton format.

  3. No really "broken" combos like Felidar Sovereign + Saheeli Rai, due to singleton format.

My friends have been playing this format and it has worked for us.

People on the Facebook Frontier group have been reporting success with this format.

April 15, 2018 5:08 a.m.

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