Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Brawl Legal
Standard Legal
Arena Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Casual Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

Printings View all

Set Rarity
Guilds of Ravnica: Guild Kit (GK1) Rare
Masters 25 (A25) None
Commander 2017 (C17) Rare
Modern Masters 2015 Edition (MM2) Rare
Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari (DDJ) Mythic Rare
From the Vault: Dragons (DRB) Rare
Guildpact (GPT) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind

Legendary Creature — Dragon Wizard

Flying

Whenever you draw a card, Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind deals 1 damage to target creature, player or planeswalker.

: Draw a card.

Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind Discussion

DemonDragonJ on Diabolical Machinations

2 days ago

I have replaced Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind with Niv-Mizzet, Parun , because the latter is superior in almost every way; he does have a stricter casting cost, but I specifically gave this deck a mana base that could handle such costs, so I am certain that I shall not encounter too many problems in summoning him.

DemonDragonJ on Patriotic Pride

2 days ago

I have replaced Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind with Niv-Mizzet, Parun , because the latter is superior in almost every way; he does have a stricter casting cost, but I specifically gave this deck a mana base that could handle such costs, so I am certain that I shall not encounter too many problems in summoning him.

DemonDragonJ on Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind or Niv-Mizzet, ...

3 days ago

In both my red/white/blue and red/black/blue EDH decks, I have Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind , but I am contemplating replacing him with Niv-Mizzet, Parun , since the latter card is superior in virtually every way, but the only reason for which I have not yet done so is because of the latter card's very heavy color weight, so I am seeking advice from the other members of this forum on this subject.

Three mana of each of two colors may be extreme for a three-colored deck, but each of those decks has plenty of three-colored cards, and I specifically gave those decks mana bases that can support cards with color-heavy casting costs, so I really see no reason to not make that replacement.

What does everyone else say on this subject? Should I replace Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind with Niv-Mizzet, Parun ?

DemonDragonJ on Elemental Storm

1 month ago

After much deliberation, I have replaced Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind with Bloodwater Entity , which lowered the average converted mana cost of this deck even further, from 4.11 to 4.06, because, as great as Niv-Mizzet is, the entity better suits the overall theme of this deck.

DemonDragonJ on Elemental Storm

1 month ago

I have replaced Borborygmos with Sunder Shaman and Simic Sky Swallower with Winged Coatl , which lowered the average converted mana cost of this deck from 4.23 to 4.11, and those creatures are also better when copied.

I still feel that there is room for improvement in this deck; specifically, neither Ral Zarek nor Sarkhan Unbroken contribute to its overall theme, so I may possibly replace them. I already have Prophetic Bolt in this deck, but Ral's Outburst would be nice for its redundancy. Izzet Charm is nice, but Growth Spiral also is would be great for this deck. I also am hoping to find a way to put either Eternal Witness or Mulldrifter in this deck, and I wonder if I should replace Akroma, Angel of Fury , Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind , or Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir , as well; Bloodwater Entity would be a nice addition to this deck, since its abilities are cumulative when it is copied. What does everyone else say about that?

Caerwyn on Nekusar, the Mindrazer EDH Deck

1 month ago

I am going to disagree with _jeremy3's suggestions of Howling Mine and Kami of the Crescent Moon . Effectively, these cards are card disadvantage--you are drawing one additional card per turn, your collective opponents are drawing 3 (assuming a four-player game). That serves to further increase the odds that at least one opponent will find an answer to Nekusar, while only dealing a piddly amount of additional damage.

I have a similar issue with Forced Fruition . Seven cards is a whole lot to allow your opponent to dig, so Forced Fruition often reads "your opponent plays a low-cost spell, draws into their Nekusar answer, casts that to remove the risk from Forced Fruition , then draws into their game-winning combo."

Curiosity is a pretty solid card to put on Nekusar. It also combos with Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind , who would make another strong inclusion.

Bloodchief Ascension is a great card, and a single go-around of the table with Nekusar fielded will enable its second ability. Not only does it burn your opponents and net them life, it also combos infinitely with Mindcrank to mill your opponents.

Personally, I found using cards like Psychic Corrosion for a mill subtheme to be rather lacklustre and not worth running. The one exception is Mindcrank for the above combo.

Glistening Oil provides another way to confer infect. That it will eventually kill your Nekusar does not really matter--once he has Infect, you're either going to win in the next three turns or he will have been removed, so you rarely reach the point where Oil kills him.

Hope some of that helps!

Nemesis on Niv-Mizzet Parun EDH

2 months ago

Hey there! I've got a few suggestions, though it's kind of hard to offer any tips since I don't know what your budget is or what your playstyle is. I'll just throw them out there anyway and if you've got any questions let me know. :)

Curiosity - this is the second half to the classic instant win combo with Niv. Almost an instant win when you get it enchanted.

Ophidian Eye - same as curiosity, just a backup

Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind - if you're going for the combo win, this provides you with a backup for your Niv in case he gets too expensive to cast.

Tandem Lookout - another backup for Curiosity.

Talrand, The Sky Summoner - great if your plan is to cast a boat load of spells.

Primal Amulet  Flip - cheapens spells, does other stuff too!

Baral, Chief of Compliance - more spell discounts!

Curious Homunculus  Flip - WILL THE DISCOUNTS EVER END!?

Cyclonic Rift - one of blue's best removals

Sapphire Medallion - DISCOUNTS DISCOUNTS DISCOUNTS

Lightning Greaves - protection for your commander

Swiftfoot Boots - more protection for your commander

Jace's Sanctum - foams at the mouth

Narset, Parter of Veils - stops your opponents from having fun, excellent when paired with Wheel effects like Windfall

Lastly, lands. there are toooons of good lands that you can add here, I'll make a separate post for them later though.

If you want more suggestions or want to gear the deck towards a specific strategy, let me know and I can make better suggestions.

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Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

UR (Izzet): 0.9%