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Exile an instant or sorcery spell you control: Put two +1/+1 counters on Nivmagus Elemental.
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Nivmagus Elemental Discussion
2 weeks ago
I second going for the Kiln Fiend route. Your play style seems to want to go fast on weenie creatures and end the game quickly, rather than U/R Delver that just wants to play a single creature on turn 1 and spend the rest of the game stalling until that creature can end the game.
I'd also recommend not playing Wings of Velis Vel. Really what it does is make your prowess creatures get +3/+x because prowess goes on the stack first. So for example, Monastery Swiftspear would become a 2/3 from prowess triggering off of Wings of Velis Vel, then a 4/4 after Wings of Velis Vel resolving. It wouldn't become a 5/5.
Wings of Velis Vel is nice when you first start the chain to "go off" and kill your opponent, but it's terrible when you draw it in the middle of the chain. You don't want to cast 4 spells, make your Monastery Swiftspear a 5/6, then cast Wings of Velis Vel to turn it into a 4/4. Swap out the Wings of Velis Vel for Temur Battle Rage. Your Monastery Swiftspear still becomes a 2/3, but now it has double strike, so it gets in for 4 damage total or kills a chump blocker that has more than 3 power but only 2 toughness.
Lastly, there's Mutagenic Growth. The card is nuts. But wait! You're out of room in your list of 60 cards! The solution is simple. Since you're playing a bunch of draw spells (Serum Visions, Manamorphose, Thought Scour, Slip Through Space), you'll rarely miss land drops. Go ahead and cut 3 lands and replace them with Mutagenic Growths. To fit the 4th. copy in, I'd cut an Expedite, since you'll rarely be in a position to play a creature, give it haste, and still have enough mana to pump the creature up. It would require the game to go until at least turn 3, and you'd rather just kill them outright.
I'd then cut the remaining copies for Apostle's Blessing. Not only can you save one of your creatures from removal, you can also make them unblockable by giving the creature protection from whatever colors your opponents' creatures are.
For a sideboard, I'd play something like:
4x Young Pyromancer (you board these in and turn into a tempo deck against decks with a lot of removal)
2x Mizzium Skin/any extra copies of Apostle's Blessing to have 4 copies total between the main andd the side.
3x Twisted Image (otherwise, Spellskite will fuck your shit up).
2x Stubborn Denial (Counterspell their problematic cards, like planeswalkers)
1x Dispel (Counterspell their removal and Counterspells)
2x Vapor Snag (bounce creatures, including your own, while getting damage in if you bounce their creatures)
1x Noxious Revival (get back your creatures after they die, recur draw spells to build up prowess triggers, etc.)
4 weeks ago
1 month ago
-4 Temur Battle Rage (too expensive to be casting)
-4 Young Pyromancer (doesn't work well with all your pump effects)
+2 Tainted Strike (the biggest reason you play RB over UR is this card, RB trades consistency for explosiveness)
+4 Ground Rift
1 month ago
1 month ago
This is an interesting idea. Have you tried shells that use Nivmagus Elemental as a creature to pump to be huge in order to fling? Also Kiln Fiend could work if you go that route along with cheap instants/sorceries.
1 month ago
There are a number of cheap, effective red kards Keldon Marauders has fallen out of favour, but is a 2 mana lava axe when it works. Nivmagus Elemental is cheap and provides limited counterspell protection and the oppertunity for combo finishes with Temur Battle Rage. Sin Prodder is dirt cheap and very effective, even without cheap delve.
With super budget the lack of lightning bolt hurts red, and lack of boros charm red white so janky combo is usually the most functional option. Board flooding with Mogg War Marshal, Foundry Street Denizen Dragon Fodder Battle Hymn Dragonrage Akroan Crusader Empty the Warrens, Haze of Rage and so forth to spam out a win. Guttersnipe used to be good but has fallen to more efficient options, leaving him pretty cheap.
Human tribal with Keldon Marauders/Thatcher Revolt/Kessig Malcontents is functional, especially with Gather the Townsfolk and Dearly Departed/Cathartic Reunion. For the non-$10 version there are some very competitive lists out there, but there are a lot of cards in modern that aren't valuable because they just aren't in short supply but are still super good.
2 months ago
How about Nivmagus Elemental to make use of spell copies that you would prefer to not resolve or to create a late game beater?