Ivy, Gleeful Spellthief Historic Brawl Decklist

When I first started building around Ivy, I wasn’t sure if I’ll be able to make it work. Arena doesn’t have all the cards that Commander has, which could be problematic. However, once I dove deep, I found many synergies available. When I played with the deck, I found out that it’s actually good. So, I proudly present this Ivy, Gleeful Spellthief Historic Brawl decklist:

Ivy, Gleeful Spellthief Historic Brawl 

Commander
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Ivy, Gleeful Spellthief
Creatures (29)
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Benthic Biomancer
1
Elvish Mystic
1
Gilded Goose
1
Holographic Double
1
Llanowar Elves
1
Shoreline Scout
1
Spectral Sailor
1
Ilysian Caryatid
1
Incubation Druid
1
Stormchaser Drake
1
Suspicious Stowaway
1
Tangled Florahedron
1
Brazen Borrower
1
Cosima, God of the Voyage
1
Glasspool Mimic
1
Sea-Dasher Octopus
1
Setessan Champion
1
Trumpeting Gnarr
1
Gemrazer
1
Migratory Greathorn
1
Mirrorhall Mimic
1
Orvar, the All-Form
1
Parcelbeast
1
Spark Double
1
Toski, Bearer of Secrets
1
Auspicious Starrix
1
Dreamtail Heron
1
Pouncing Shoreshark
1
Sawtusk Demolisher
Spells (11)
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Blossoming Defense
1
Charge Through
1
Irresistible Prey
1
Shore Up
1
Slip Out the Back
1
Snakeskin Veil
1
Tamiyo's Safekeeping
1
Aggressive Urge
1
Double Major
1
Heroic Intervention
1
Quandrix Command
Artifacts (2)
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Arcane Signet
1
The Great Henge
Enchantments (18)
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Combat Research
1
Curiosity
1
Curious Obsession
1
Kami of Bamboo Groves
1
Sixth Sense
1
Cartouche of Knowledge
1
Rune of Flight
1
Rune of Might
1
Sanctum Weaver
1
Season of Growth
1
Setessan Training
1
Warbriar Blessing
1
Ancestral Mask
1
Cartouche of Strength
1
Curator's Ward
1
Dryad of the Ilysian Grove
1
Prodigious Growth
1
Colossification
Lands (39)
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Barkchannel Pathway
1
Boseiju, Who Endures
1
Botanical Sanctum
1
Breeding Pool
1
Castle Garenbrig
1
Castle Vantress
1
Command Tower
1
Dreamroot Cascade
1
Fabled Passage
12
Forest
1
Hall of Storm Giants
1
Hinterland Harbor
11
Island
1
Lair of the Hydra
1
Otawara, Soaring City
1
Temple of Mystery
1
Vineglimmer Snarl
1
Yavimaya Coast
Cards (99)

Quick Guide for Ivy in Historic Brawl

One great thing about Ivy is that it only costs two mana, so you can easily protect it. You could also set up a scenario, where you play Ivy, and get value from its ability on the same turn.

Ivy, Gleeful Spellthief Historic Brawl Decklist

Speaking of the ability, it’s really a special one. I’ve built the whole deck around it. It was a bit tricky to do so, until I realized that I want to use two themes to do so.

Mutate

The first theme was mutate. Mutate is a mechanic from Ikoria, and it comes with a lot of rules baggage. I won’t go into details here, but if you’re unfamiliar with the mechanic, you can find mutate rules here.

Since mutate targets a single creature, you’ll want to mutate on something besides Ivy, then copy the spell on Ivy. You’ll get two mutate triggers, and you’ll usually improve two creatures. A lot of mutate creatures get better if you mutate on them multiple times, like Auspicious Starrix. That’s why I decided to include a big package of creatures with mutate.

Sneaking In

The second theme is dealing combat damage in order to draw cards with various auras like Sixth Sense and Combat Research.

Combat Research Ivy, Gleeful Spellthief Historic Brawl Decklist Combos

These auras combine nicely with Ivy. You put them on another creatures, and you get a copy for Ivy. Pretty good, right? Thanks to these auras, the deck also features a small enchantment subtheme.

Cheap Non-Humans

What ties both themes together are cheap non-Human creatures. This way you’ll be able to have a curve of, turn 1 creature, turn 2 Ivy, turn 3 use an aura or a mutate creature. Of course, you should do this only when you suspect that opponent won’t be able to kill Ivy before you untap with it.

Why is it important that creatures aren’t Humans? Because you can only mutate on non-Humans. I still included some Humans in the decklist, but only the ones I really like in this shell.

Tips

Here are some parting tips for playing Ivy, Gleeful Spellthief in Historic Brawl.

  • If an opponent targets one of their creatures with a beneficial spell, you can also copy it with Ivy.
  • The deck needs various pieces to function properly, so don’t be afraid to mulligan aggressively. I have certainly mulliganed more with this deck than with others.
  • If possible, you’ll want to play Ivy when you have something to protect her with and enough mana to do so. If your opponent tries to kill Ivy, you can use something like Blossoming Defense on another one of your creatures. You’ll get the copy anyway.

Conclusion

That’s it for today. If you want to upgrade this deck, you can certainly do so, as I believe there’s still room for improvement in almost all areas. I’ll certainly continue to keep on upgrading it – how could I not when it’s so fun to play. See ya!

If you’re planning on drafting Dominaria to possibly open Ivy, check our Dominaria United Draft Guide.

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