MTG removes bans on Golos, Tireless Pilgrim and Winota, Joiner of Forces in Historic Brawl

A Historic Brawl event kicks off with the unbanning of two commanders.

Wizards of the Coast kicked off Strixhaven spoiler week with a focus on Red/White Lorehold College, revealing Blade Historian, a human cleric who provides all creatures attacking with Double Strike. Scheduled to release digitally on April 15, Strixhaven: School of Mages (STX) contains five colleges that are represented by enemy mana colors. Lorehold College was the focus of today's STX spoilers, revealing Blade Historian, a Hybrid RW Human Cleric. CMC: Four Hybrid RW Type: Creature—Human Cleric Rarity: Rare Stats: 2/3 Ability: Attacking creatures you control have Double Strike. Providing all attacking creatures Double Strike within the MTG Limited format is a powerful ability that can quickly end games. Aggro and Midrange STX Draft builds will want Blade Historian as a first pick. The cleric may also have a home in Standard, specifically in the Boros Winota, Joiner of Forces deck. Winota has an ability that activates whenever a non-human creature attacks. The ability has her controller look at the top six cards of their library and put all human creature cards from that six onto the battlefield and attacking. The addition of Blade Historian in that group provides all attacking creatures Double Strike. The color pair Red/White has typically been referred to as Boros in Magic, based on the Ravnica Guild. With the introduction of STX, the colors Red and White are now associated with Lorehold College. Players can test out the power levels of Blade Historian with the release of STX on April 15 and tabletop launch on April 23.
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Wizards of the Coast unbanned two MTG Arena Historic Brawl cards today based on the power level of commanders and matchmaking.

Revealed during the MTG Arena June update today, Golos and Winota are no longer banned in the Historic Brawl format. WotC has been “tracking and weighting specific commanders in both Brawl and Historic Brawl” since last August, according to the MTGA June update. The goal of the system was to “better match players with similarly weighted commanders, keeping the challenge for competitive players while ensuring the formats remain hospitable to casual players.”

The weighting system has “been largely successful,” according to WotC, leading to the unbanning of Golos, Tireless Pilgrim and Winota, Joiner of Forces. Players can test these cards out via MTG Arena during the Friday Night Magic June 18 Historic Brawl event. 

Starting on June 19 at 10am CT and running until June 25, MTG Arena is hosting a special Historic Brawl event. The event has an entry fee of 500 gems or 2,500 gold, offering Japanese Mystical Archive card styles as rewards based on wins. 

The unbanning of Winota and Golos is just the beginning of possibly more unbanned MTG cards within the Historic Brawl format. Shifting from bans to weighting as a tool within Brawl prevents players from losing out on wildcards within MTG Arena

WotC will “continue to adjust the weighting of various commanders as the format develops.” The removal of Golos, Tireless Pilgrim and Winota, Joiner of Forces from the Historic Brawl ban list will go into effect immediately.