Nivmagus Elemental


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Return to Ravnica Rare

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Nivmagus Elemental

Creature — Elemental

Exile an instant or sorcery spell you control: Put two +1/+1 counters on Nivmagus Elemental.

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Nivmagus Elemental Discussion

MTGJustice on One drops?!?

1 week ago

Ground Rift combos well with Nivmagus Elemental. he can eat all the storm copies or you can let them resolve to get damage through.

Kjartan on Think Twice about casting that...

1 week ago

Okay, I can see in your discription that you know how the mechanic works.

I think that it'll underperform in the long haul, though.

Consider a card like Augur of Bolas as a possible replacement. In contrast to Nivmagus Elemental (which is designed to be a combo piece), the Augur generates value.

You are not going to kill an opposing player with your fragile 1 drop that eats all your own value in order to become good. (Losing value is the last thing you want a control deck to do).

You are not going to stop an opponents unslaught with it either. What does an opposing zoo player care about you being able to block and kill his Wild Nacatl if it means that you literally won't be able to do anything else because you just traded all your answers for that ability.

Furthermore, it's a removal magnet. Your opponents are often going to have wasted removal spells in their hand against control, Nivmagus Elemental is just going to get pummeled by removal all the time.

Further, furthermore, with such an expensive curve, your Nivmagus Elemental literally need to drop with 5 land on the taple to be able to do what you discribe it to. Wouldn't you rather wait another turn to cast Sphinx of Jwar Isle at that point anyways.

I think I know what you see in Nivmagus Elemental. You feel it's a way to clean up your counter-spells when you don't need them. I think the answer lies in playing fewer counterspells instead.

On another note, you need Spell Snare and AEtherspouts. I know Spell Snare is expensive, but you have to have an un curve counter spell in mono-blue control. They are going to sneak dangerous threats in right under your nose if you don't.

More land (Especially Faerie Conclave) would do wonders here. Also 1-2 Dismember is your gateway of actually being able to combat thing once they fit the field.

Jace, Architect of Thought is another great threat in mono blue control decks. (As far as the decks potential goes.)

These are just ideas though. The primary focus, I would say, should be on getting AEtherspouts and Spell Snare.

Kjartan on Think Twice about casting that...

1 week ago

Are you sure you know how Nivmagus Elemental works. You seem awfully excited for it.

JediCat on Think Twice about casting that...

1 week ago

Nivmagus Elemental is vital in protecting me from early aggro and is even capable of eating big attackers when fed two spells. I don't deny though, that he seems better in a RUG build with Quirion Dryad. I tried that version, but overall it turned out worse than pure U-control because I have always to keep some mana open or my growing beatstick will be destroyed and I will lose.

Kjartan on Think Twice about casting that...

1 week ago

Nivmagus Elemental seems very off here.

TheSurgeon on Steamblast

4 weeks ago

@weter123- if you read The Aggressors section of the description, you will see that I already understand that the spells are exiled for Nivmagus Elemental, and (more importantly) why I have it in this deck. I even give an example on how to use it.

While I agree that the "glass cannon" strategy is a a bit faulty on longer games, the deck's design is still one of the quickest kills in modern that's still legal, and one of my favorites.

Games 2-3 changes gears. Subsequent games don't rely so much on dealing 20+ damage in one turn, but rather 4-5 damage here and there picking the opponent apart while they foolishly wait to remove a 22/7 creature, that isn't forthcoming.

weter123 on Steamblast

4 weeks ago

i would like to mention that Nivmagus Elemental exiles spells, thus they wont resolve. i understand that your are trying to create a safety net, however, your strategy would only succeed in the beginning of the match. so if your early attacks fail then your unlikely to win. replacing Nivmagus Elemental with 2 more Blistercoil Weird might be a more viable option to increase the chance of having an aggressor in your opening hand.

also, speed is very intial to win so having the deck mono-colored may mnprove your chances of winning

Thucydides on Lightning Strikes Thrice

1 month ago

That could work, although I think you could also use the Illusionist's Bracers to net extra copies of the spell and then feed those copies to the Nivmagus Elemental

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