I've had a lot of fun with the new Brawl format – provided everyone agrees not to bring Baral, Chief of Compliance to the table. I recorded last week with Tatyova Turboland with Tatyova, Benthic Druid as the commander, and it was a blast, something that the viewers seemed to enjoy as well.
So we're back. Back in Brass. Admiral Beckett Brass. And we are the beatdown.
Most decks in Brawl are trying to go over the top – they want to draw a million cards with The Locust God out. They want to play a million lands with Tatyova. They want to make a million power with Ghalta. They want to counter a million spells with Baral.
All those things take time. And time is the one thing Beckett Brass Beatdown aims to take away. It's a short walk down the plank, and we can end games before the bigger decks get set up.
At least, that's the idea. In practice, it's very important for us to curve out, which is ambitious for a three-color, singleton deck. Still, when the mana base cooperates this deck packs quite a punch, and I've lived the dream of stealing cards with Admiral Beckett Brass – including in one game a Captain's Hook, which is a flavor win if I've ever seen one.
The goal of the deck is straightforward – attack with a bunch of Pirates. Admiral Beckett Brass punishes opponents for letting you develop a board, while the deck has removal to clear the way and even a nasty combat trick/combo finisher in Buccaneer's Bravado. A lot of the Pirates from Ixalan block come with handy abilities, from Warkite Marauder to Siren Stormtamer to Dire Fleet Daredevil to Fathom Fleet Captain and so on. Sure, there are some cards that are best left in Limited (Storm Fleet Aerialist, Goblin Trailblazer and Dire Fleet Hoarder come to mind), but we also get access to Standard standouts in Captain Lannery Storm and Fanatical Firebrand even a Modern all-stars in Kitesail Freebooter.
When the deck is rolling, it's a thing of beauty. And it's a heck of a lot more fun that sitting back and countering spells every turn with Baral. If you've enjoyed Brawl and want to do some tricky attacking that doesn't involve Dinosaurs, then Beckett Brass Beatdown is for you.
Enjoy the videos and the deck, and if you want to see more Brawl content let me know what commander you'd like to see built around!
Thanks for reading,