Hey guys, I have been playing magic for about six years now and have just now finally built one of my favorite legendary creatures. Nin, the Pain Artist . I have always thought this card was mediocre so I never played with it but I always thought the ability was intriguing. I first started playing mono blue Azami, Lady of Scrolls but of course had no idea what I was doing so gave up on that quickly. A friend of mine got me started on Golgari, which was a lot of fun, but didn’t tickle my fancy as I wanted to be that constant spell slinger that could control the game. Fast forward about a year. I built Riku of Two Reflections . I built this because I could never win a game at my local game store, I would come so close then BAM! Here comes the combo and I lose. So with much frustration in mind I built it. It was a fast paced Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker combo deck also abusing Worldgorger Dragon I won most games and was hated out fairly fast and people refused to play with me at certain stores. The deck was great, unfortunately the deck was stolen from me and I stopped playing for about a year. Then I got to thinking. Why not build a deck I have been told multiple times would be bad? I thought on it and decided to really start playing again. This deck has evolved from a janky mill deck to a highly tuned combo control deck. I have really enjoyed playing again. I have always enjoyed unique cards. So naturally I have built this deck in a very special way. Every card is either foil, foreign, signed, full art, or a combination of all. This deck is still not yet completed but I feel like it is on its way. I would not claim this as an absolute tier 1 deck but I can hold its own against them. It is a solid tier 1.5 and I strive to make it tier 1 one day.
This is not a terribly easy deck to play by any means and most of the time you need to be the bad guy to protect yourself. I understand it runs very few lands but normally you with curve out higher than most with the mana artifacts. Running the good amount of cantrips offers the ability to keep sketchy hands as search for those combos. There is an alternate commander is use to slow the deck down and that is Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind for most casual games. That is why there are wheel effects in here.
There are many combos in here. I will not list them all but we will go through the main ones. The deck is called the Ningine for a REASON! But people just hate when Paradox Engine hits the field. Many combos are accelerated by the card. Isochron Scepter and Dramatic Reversal is the main combo to generate infinite mana off of artifacts or infinite draw with Azami, Lady of Scrolls Paradox Engine with Isochron Scepter and a few mana artifacts, doesn’t necessarily matter what you imprint on the scepter as long as it is not a counterspell. You can easily storm off on this deck and kill with Ignite Memories with or without the combos discussed above. My favorite combo is convoluted as all get out. One of my favorite cards is Lightning Bolt . My goal is to cast it infinitely. After you get infinite mana with Isochron Scepter your next goal is to get Azami, Lady of Scrolls then Elixir of Immortality . Cast Lightning Bolt then shuffle with Elixir of Immortality then find with Azami, Lady of Scrolls . This is the easiest way to do this but with discarding Kozilek, Butcher of Truth it can be done a little faster.
If you enjoy controlling the board and bluffing counterspells to win then this is deck for you! It can combo very fast as soon as turn one if you get a great hand. If you enjoy big stompy creatures then this is not for you. We do not attack. It is not in our best interest this is not aggro and is actually fairly weak to it. There is not really a “fair” way to play this, it is very straight forward and you need to stick to the plan. It is hard to deviate and play “randomly” some may say but that is just not the nature of the deck.
You can win on turn one with the correct cards in hand 1. Any land that comes in untapped 2. Mana Vault 3. Sol Ring 4. Mox Opal 5. Isochron Scepter 6. Dramatic Reversal 7. this will be any direct damage spell such as Comet Storm , Walking Ballista , or Ignite Memories First you play land and tap for Sol Ring . Cast Mana Vault and you will have 1 mana floating. Tap Mana Vault to have 4 colorless floating. Use 2 to cast Isochron Scepter and imprint Dramatic Reversal . With the two floating you can use Isochron Scepter to untap the artifacts. Cast mox opal for free that way you can have colored mana to cast your win con.
I appreciate everyone that comes and looks at this deck as I have spent quite a bit of time on it. I hope it inspires you to build a deck around your favorite legendary whether if it is a great card or not. If you did enjoy this deck, an upvote would be greatly appreciated. I would like this to become the most popular Izzet deck on this sight so please share it around if you thought it was interesting! All questions and commentary are welcome and appreciated. Thank you.


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94% Competitive

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Date added 4 months
Last updated 1 week

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 2.03
Tokens 3/3 Ape, Dack, Jace
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