Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind

Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind

Legendary Creature — Dragon Wizard


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

: Draw a card.

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Set Rarity
Commander 2020 (C20) Rare
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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Format Legality
Unformat Legal
Limited Legal
Leviathan Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Legacy Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Modern Legal
Custom Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Vintage Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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

Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind Discussion

Reznorboy on

1 week ago

So, first, you need 100 cards for it to be playable, you have 92. (And you have 8 Reliquary Tower, 2 Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind and 30 Command Tower. You can only have 1 of each of those.)

Second, I would pick a different commander. You actually already have quite a few better commanders in the main deck, so (assuming you are playing in paper) that makes things convenient. The two best options are Rielle, the Everwise and Niv-Mizzet, Parun.

Lastly, in Commander, often times, you want your deck to synergize with your commander and focus on that. So, even though the creatures in your deck may be alright as stand alones, you'd be better off replacing them with more cards like Windfall (that do mass discarding of your hand) if you plan on playing Rielle, the Everwise or more cards like Sigil of Sleep and Curiosity (cards that reward you for doing damage) if you plan on playing Niv-Mizzet, Parun.

(Also, I'd generally try to get rid of the cards that "tap target creature, it doesn't untap during their next untap phase" cards. In 4 player games, it's not only not effective, but makes that person want to attack you. I'd recommend more counterspells, draw, and Lightning Bolts instead.)

Hybrow on Snakes on a Planeswalker - Xyris EDH swarm

3 weeks ago

Thanks again Geschlechts,

Growth Spiral and Coiling Oracle are both nice early game and I have a tougher time cutting such low CMC cards, which because of the draw basically become cantrips in my deck. I do have probably an unhealthy attachment to the sad robot and you are right about him.

Lorescale Coatl and Humble Defector have both under performed when on the board. And Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind, I end up parking in my hand cause there is always a better choice to play.

If I swapped out those three for Anger, Fervor, and Chord of Calling (usually to pull out a god) I think that would improve the deck dramatically.

I am even thinking that Seshiro the Anointed could be replaced by Obelisk of Urd pretty easily. Or even swap Solemn for the Obelisk and keep both.

Sakiko, Mother of Summer was recently moved out of the deck. I have found that most of the named Legendary Snakes, which I originally had in here are slowly finding their way out.

If I already owned a Doubling Season, it would definitely go into this deck. But at $45+ price tag, its just too pricey for me.

Geschlechts on Snakes on a Planeswalker - Xyris EDH swarm

3 weeks ago

I'd recommend dropping:

Growth Spiral - Good cantrip but doesn't combo with your commander.

Solemn Simulacrum - I think better options are out there.

Coiling Oracle, Lorescale Coatl - Great flavor but minimal impact.

Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind - for the reason you listed above.

Humble Defector - A little slow but you can play politics with it.

That makes room for 6 cards.

Anger + Fervor

Chord of Calling + Obelisk of Urd - Put that convoke to use.

Sakiko, Mother of Summer - Of all the cards in your maybeboard this looks like the most useful.

Doubling Season - The recent reprint has made the price not too ridiculous.

Hybrow on Snakes on a Planeswalker - Xyris EDH swarm

3 weeks ago

Thanks xram666,

Those were great suggestions...

The only reason I went with Overwhelm over Overrun is that I generally have a bunch of snakes that entering on my turn, so they have summoning sickness. But I like the idea of Trample better.

Wheel and Deal I originally discounted because I don't get to draw a full hand, but have noticed that really doesn't matter to me so much with this deck. Is now on my list to re-add.

Prosperity is also on the possible list now. I like the idea of others paying for the Minds Aglow, but would be nice to have an extra.

Sudden Impact was on its way out of the deck. Already moved it from active to maybe. The couple times I got it I could always find something better to spend 4 mana on. But the idea of having a 1 version is kinda nice.

Folio of Fancies is probably a no, only because it ends up being a mana sink, and I almost always have a fist full of cards.

Thanks again for the suggestions, I think at least 2 of them are going to make it in. Probably tossing Lhurgoyf and Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind, as too expensive for what they do.

Kaowool on Target opponent is your teammate [BANG!]

1 month ago

Hoobynobber7395 on Draw your Victory

1 month ago

maybe also check out Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind and Akim, the Soaring Wind

Ominous Seas gets krakens out quicker then you might think when drawing cards so much with cycling.

kei1 on Nekusar EDH Cards for Everyone

2 months ago

Caerwyn Thank you for the suggestions. Having alternate win cons defintitely sounds good to have.

Peoni Thank you for the suggestions. I forgot to ask about Notion Thief I definitely see the synergy with the wheels however I was wondering if I should be concerned about it lower damage potential on the wheels.
Currently I'm thinking of Black Sun's Zenith over Damnation Mostly because its reusable.

I am now wondering if I should also remove Bottomless Pit, Necrogen Mists, Oppression and double down on more mill mechanics.

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Peoni on Scion & Associates

2 months ago

@ellie-is Thank you for the comment!

While Niv-Mizzet, Parun is definitely a cooler and in most cases stronger card than the two variants of him I chose, I think the other two provide more combo potential in this particular deck.

Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius is really just a mana sink I can tutor onto the field at any given time with Scion. I never really want to actually cast him and use him for board presence. He's just there to give me an easily accessible wincon if I assemble my Animate Dead + Worldgorger Dragon combo.

I chose Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind over Parun because Firemind can initiate the Curiosity infinite himself without the aid of an additional card, which is nice when I'm again just picking him out of my deck with Scion when I need him. Like Dracogenius, I don't even want to be casting Firemind or using him to generate long term value on the field. I only want to see him when I'm capable of using him.

The only reason I didn't include Parun is because I likely wouldn't have an easy time hard casting him due to his intensive cost, and if I tutored him out with Scion I would need to have in hand and be able cast to instant or a sorcery immediately to kick off the combo. I do honestly like Parun more as a card though. If the Niv-Mizzet strat turns out to be more impactful than I expected then I might consider adding him in alongside Dracogenius and Firemind and just running allll the Izzet Nivs for the hell of it.

I appreciate the suggestion! I'm always grateful for feedback. :^)

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