Nivix Cyclops


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Mind vs. Might (DDS) Common
Dragon's Maze (DGM) Common

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Nivix Cyclops

Creature — Cyclops


Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, Nivix Cyclops gets +3/+0 until end of turn and can attack this turn as though it didn't have defender.

Nivix Cyclops Discussion

Funkydiscogod on Izzet's Army

2 months ago

The classic method is to run creatures like Kiln Fiend Blistercoil Weird alongside your Nivix Cyclops as your only creatures. Then, fill the rest of your deck with instants and sorceries like Mutagenic Growth and Assault Strobe , and try to beat the opponent in one attack.

JKRice on Almost 5C Kiln Fiend

3 months ago

5c suicide rush (this deck archetype) is one of my old favorite decks, and the very first modern deck I ever built. I'm not sure if you want suggestions, but I have some.

In general, this deck seems to contradict itself. You want a turn three win, but then you also have tempo cards like remand, pact of negation, force of negation, and cantrips. I know it is tempting to put in cards like these to create consistency and protection, but the point of suicide rush (as I have seen it played, and as I have played it myself) is to win fast enough that consistency and protection in the mid and late game are meaningless. You don't want to wait until turn four to play kiln field and leave up mana for remand. I can understand the pact of negations, but I would still advise against those. Instead, I would go for defensive buff cards like Blossoming Defense . Furthermore, although I can understand cantrips, I personally would rather play a deck with more creatures, decreasing the need for cantrips, alongside dual nature cards like Slip Through Space . Also on the creatures, it seems like you have gone the wrong direction with Nivix Cyclops , making the curve higher instead of lower. In my versions of this deck I have played Monastery Swiftspear (which can also win turn three, and sometimes on turn 2), and my personal favorite, Immolating Souleater , making a total of 11-12 creatures. Furthermore, I was surprised to see that you aren't running both Assault Strobe and Tainted Strike , which are staples of the kiln fiend combo since they both make it very easy to win turn three with any of the creatures listed above. Finally, on the land base, in decks like this it would probably be better to protect your life total by playing fast lands and Gemstone Mine .

Then again, you might be going for tempo kiln fiend, and therefore my suggestions would be irrelevant

legendofa on A Complete Hub Glossary for TappedOut

4 months ago

DarkStarStorm How about the following wording, just to keep it consistent with the other entries:

"a deck that gains advantages through casting instants and sorceries to support aggressive creatures like Nivix Cyclops or card advantage sources like Niv-Mizzet, Parun ."

Thanks for helping me out with this one, I was a little soft on it.

For the accordion, I'll start working on that tomorrow.

DarkStarStorm on A Complete Hub Glossary for TappedOut

4 months ago

Your definition for Spellslinger misses the mark:

"a strategy usually seen in EDH/Commander that focuses on and rewards casting instants and sorceries, sometimes almost or entirely creatureless."

Izzet Phoenix in Modern, U/R Prowess in Legacy, Izzet Blitz in Pauper, and Inside Out Combo in Pauper are all spellslinger decks. It is a common archetype in all formats and is usually accompanied by creatures.

My take:

Based around instants and sorceries, a spellslinger deck uses effects that trigger on spellcasts to pull ahead. This can play aggressively with cards like Nivix Cyclops or use cards like Niv-Mizzet, Parun to garner card advantage.

DarkStarStorm on Deck Tags are Outdated

4 months ago

Silver Bullet

This archetype uses a suite of tutors to fetch a narrow answer from a wide selection of one or two-of cards, called "Silver Bullets". Examples: Kiki-Evolution in Modern, Nic Fit in Legacy, or Yisan, the Wandering Bard in Commander.

Izzet Phoenix

An aggressive modern deck that utilizes cheap spells to transform Thing in the Ice  Flip or put multiple copies of Arclight Phoenix into play from the graveyard.


Based around instants and sorceries, a spellslinger deck uses effects that trigger on spellcasts to pull ahead. This can play aggressively with cards like Nivix Cyclops or Niv-Mizzet, Parun to garner card advantage.

Value Engine

A broad term to encompass decks that utilize a combination of cards with repeatable effects to generate card advantage. These can range from recurring Strip Mine with Crucible of Worlds to casting Eerie Interlude with Eternal Witness in play.


kaluzzay on Budget Formatless Decks

6 months ago

Hello everyone.

Me and my friends are trying to build ultra-budget formatless decks to play "competitively" against each other. The restriction is it cant be more expensive (based on a particular website min. price) than 15 dollars.

I started sketching some decks online based on strong cards that are also cheap or banned in other formats. For example i could use Ponder and Brainstorm and even Treasure Cruise and Hymn to Tourach .

i came up with this:

1 - UR Spells shell deck, using Thermo-Alchemist and Electrostatic Field together with Curiosity and cheap shocks/bolts, cantrips. Link -> UR Spells

2- Monoblack shell with discards, Smallpox , Pox , Shrieking Affliction and The Rack Link -> Budget Smallpox

3- UR Shell with Kiln Fiend and Nivix Cyclops Strategy. Link -> UR Kiln Fiend

4- Infect based, since we have acess to Invigorate , but the list seems too fragile and slow without room for Mutagenic Growth , even running BS and Ponder.

Ill be linking the decks ASAP here.

do you guys have any cool ideas for decks that i can come up with that are strong and fast, or maybe some weird control or combo deck would be nice too. Id like some kind of Balance deck xD

Chungus2 on Fiend’s with benefits

8 months ago

instead of Nivix Cyclops , you should either run Pteramander of Thing in the Ice  Flip, as those cheaper cards to cast, fitting more with your aggro build. You could also replace delver with Pteramander as it will most likely give you a 5/5 flyer instead of a 3/2 flyer. You can check out my decklist for ideas- Kiln Fiend

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