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Brawl Bash: Azorius Brawlers (Brawl, Magic Arena)


Welcome to the first official episode of Brawl Bash! Awhile back I did a few decklists for Brawl and this week we finally get to take a crack at Brawl on MTG Arena. I was torn between which deck should be the first deck of the series. Should it be Teferi or Nicol Bolas? I went with the first option and here's what I queued up with!

Gameplan

The deck is just an Azorius Control deck. At first, I wasn't playing a ton of counterspells when I queued into Brawl, but after a discussion with my Twitch chat, I realized I can't let a ton of things like Golos and Oko run wild. That's when I decided to be less tap out control, so I ditched Esper for a better mana base. One of the counterspells that have been amazing in Brawl has been Tale's End.

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It counters a commander for a turn and is a super punishing spell if the commander is expensive. Not only that, this can counter some random planeswalker ultimates which have been huge. In this format, I felt like I either A) needed to counter everything or B) play a deck that can remove everything.

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I am also trying to be a little cute with the whole Narset Wheel combo in standard. Speaking of wheels, a card I was thinking about but didn't end up adding was Midnight Clock but maybe that's worth a look. 

Matchups

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The deck has a real bad time with any kind of Chandra, Awakened Infero. Not only is it uncounterable but it gives the opponent inevitability as we mostly just do nothing and hope to win by stealing our opponent's stuff or drowning an opponent in card advantage. As an emergency plan, I also did add Folio of Fancies to help us mill opponents. Outside of any Chandra's, the next big threat would be an Oko, Thief of Crowns deck. 

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We have an issue dealing with planeswalkers already and Oko comes down super early. If they land the turn two Oko, the match is about 80% in their favor so whatever you do, just make sure Oko doesn't resolve or die trying!

Conclusion

Teferi, Time Raveler is a fun commander but didn't feel that great as a commander (I SAID IT). The thing is, Teferi doesn't actually win us the game. It helps make our opponents feel like their in an emotional prison but it doesn't actually win. In a format like this, I would probably look to finding a commander that can kill an opponent and maybe steal you a game like Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God, who I think might be the most powerful commanders in this format right behind Oko, Thief of Crowns.


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