For me, I'm normally busy preparing for one tournament or another, which leaves very little time for simply sitting down and playing whatever format I like. However, when these chances do come along Brawl is a format that is both quite interesting and enjoyable. Jodah, Archmage Eternal is a card I love in terms of flavor – Jeskai colors speak to me, but five color decks are the best! Being able to play all five colors using only the Standard card pool isn't easy, but Jodah, Archmage Eternal provides the incentive to make it happen. This is the place where you see the text of casting spells off Jodah for their alternative casting costs come into play.

There are a few different versions of this decks out there but they all involve casting big expensive spells. Here is the the list I went with.

The general idea of the deck is to assemble one mana source of each color and start casting big spells. The issue is that your opponent will know that's the plan once they see Jodah, Archmage Eternal as your commander. The opponent is incentivized to use any removal they have on Jodah, Archmage Eternal to stop the deck from getting to make crazy plays. This happened a few times, though you can simply cast all the spells in the deck without Jodah.

Opening hands can be a little bit awkward if you don't have any mana acceleration. Having early mana fixing rather than a hand of all expensive cards is very important. Since the deck does have a lot of top end it is more vulnerable to get run over by a Mono Red deck for instance. Settle the Wreckage and Fumigate are nice reset buttons to have access to, but sometimes double white is asking a lot.

Overall, I really enjoyed playing with Jodah in Brawl. I don't think this is the top deck in the format, but it arguably is the one that can make the most broken plays. Drawing like six spells off Demonlord Belzenlock was pretty sweet, and the deck gives you a chance to play cards that you wouldn't normally be able to. The legendary theme turning on the legendary sorceries provides another angle of attack.

Thanks for reading,

Seth Manfield