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Nivmagus Elemental ... exile each spell that IS CAST as Cipher, and put 2x +1/+1 counters.
Talrand, Sky Summoner ... even if the spell was Exiled from the above Elemental, it would still count as "Being Casted" and you would get a 2/2 Bird Token.
both work nicely with the Cipher decks and even better with unblockable cipher decks...
a little more costly but Last Thoughts is a nice cipher spell too.
I could almost see a B/R/U deck working for you.
1st, welcome back to MTG.
3rd, At least start a Sideboard. Some starting ideas for ya, (but some might work MainBoard)???
-Searing Blood 's. I love this card, But..... bye-bye
Other worthy mention additions for this deck. Do any of these work/help in a Modern Deck, or just make you deck building that much more harder? LOL :)
WOW, just reading this after hitting "preview-this-post-button".... and... + combo????
I just had a RTFC (read-the-fk'en-card) moment (Searing Blood is A "Player-Burn-Spell)....
AND now with a Firedancer OTB, cast a Searing on Target creature for 2xdamage, hits player for 2x and then 2 more damage to Target Creature... ahhhhhhhhh MTG deck building,
Welcome Back, Happy Tapping.
Thank You Tapped Out,
Monastery Swiftspear is almost strictly worse than Nivmagus Elemental . That deck is weak enough to removal/disruption that it isn't played much at all. It's certainly never getting banned, and it's certainly never getting near good. Not to rain on your parade, but the deck is too fragile to stand up to tier decks.
Eduardogbg's math is a little shaky, but the point still stands that the hand that actually kills on turn 1 is very rare, and the chances of them having something is pretty high. I don't think the card fits into Delver either, as Young Pyromancer makes additional guys instead of putting all your eggs in a glass basket. (Is that even a thing?)
The shock lands are fine, they potentially slow the deck down a small amount, but its not a major deal. Not running a sword or two, or even 1 Jitte is a bad idea though. You want a solid win-con that will stay on the battlefield if they manage to kill your little creature. Not running 1-3 equipment cards in a deck with evasive creatures designed to run equipment is not a great idea. As far as creatures are concerned, you really only should be considering a few. 4x Delver of Secrets Flip , 3-4x True-Name Nemesis , 4x Snapcaster Mage , 1-3x Vendilion Clique are your options. If you decide to go with a couple equipment 2-4x Stoneforge Mystic then 1x Umezawa's Jitte and 1x Batterskull . (Batterskull can be cheated into play by Stoneforge Mystic which is half the reason for it being so good) Nivmagus Elemental really isn't a good card because in legacy, you need every single counterspell in your deck to be played, not pitched. There are decks that he can be good in, but they are decks designed for him, not Delver decks. And Judge's Familiar just isn't a great legacy card. The Merfolk version is good because it has that ability and benefits from a great tribe, where as the Familiar is just a 1/1 bird with a mediocre ability. Also, you usually want to run 6-8 fetch lands to help with deck thinning. Batterskull can help with the life-loss.
You should google the archetype "Mono-blue Delver". It plays out very similar to what you have here, but usually runs Umezawa's Jitte or some Swords (Sword of Fire and Ice , Sword of Feast and Famine , etc) to put on the Delver of Secrets Flip and True-Name Nemesis . If you want to go 2 colors, blue/white works better for this strategy. It lets you run Swords to Plowshares as some excellent removal and Stoneforge Mystic to search for those Swords. Nivmagus Elemental , Judge's Familiar , and Dark Confidant don't do a ton for you in this deck. You can also run real dual lands instead of shock lands, ie: Underground Sea , Tundra , etc and they can be fetched with Polluted Delta and other fetch lands.
Portfolio, I considered him, but as much as I love +1/+1 counters (I'm a reformed Evolve, Scavenge, and Heroics player), I don't find them quite as effective here as the cards I have. It might depend on what you'd replace to fit him in, but he doesn't pump-big-and-swing like my other dudes. How does Nivmagus Elemental win on T2 as you say?
|0.05 TIX||0.25 TIX|
|Power / Toughness||1/2|
|Avg. draft pick||1.88|
|Avg. cube pick||12.65|
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Return to Ravnica||Rare|