Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind

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Legality

Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Vintage Legal

Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind

Legendary Creature — Dragon Wizard

Flying

Whenever you draw a card, Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind deals 1 damage to target creature, player or planeswalker.

: Draw a card.

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SpartArticus on New hub suggestion

3 months ago

I am suggesting a hub for decks that focus on drawing cards, as I have made a Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind EDH deck that heavily focuses on drawing cards.

enpc on

5 months ago

Unfortunately Curiosity and Ophidian Eye don't combo with Queza. While damage causes loss of life, it's not interchangeable with damage and so you won't draw a card from Queza's ability triggering. This combo works with Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind specifically because he deals damage.

golgarigirl on Spellslinger Deck

7 months ago

Step 1 was strategy. Step 2 is wincon. If we're going for Niv/Curiosity combo as a main win, with a self-mill backup, we want as many cards to enable those as possible. Is there any other way to duplicate these effects in your deck in case your opponents blow one up? For Curiosity effects, I would add in Tandem Lookout. Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind is just like your commander's ability. They are the only two with that draw effect, but Brallin, Skyshark Rider  Flip (not a flip card, by the way) and Glint-Horn Buccaneer can pair with any Curiosity effect during your discard phase, if you have more than 7 cards in hand, to do what Niv does (though this makes cards that give you no maximum hand size, like Spellbook and Wizard Class bad, if you want to use these as backups...not saying you have to, just an idea). Finally Laboratory Maniac is another Jace. Reminder that if your deck is going to rely on a combo wincon, you are announcing the deck's weak point from the start. So the deck needs to focus a lot of energy on defending that weak point.

A few other cards I'm going to single out: Crackling Drake, Convolute, Inescapable Blaze, Smelt, Capture Sphere, Enthralling Hold, Fissure Vent - see if you can figure out why I may be picking on these.

VensersJournalist on What are some combos that …

10 months ago

If your opponent has more life than you have cards in your library, then Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind + Curiosity could mean you end up milling yourself out. Unless of course you have a Laboratory Maniac or Jace, Wielder of Mysteries in play.

Caerwyn on Wheel and Deal

1 year ago

Couple suggestions:

  1. Cut Day's Undoing - Because it ends the turn, you do not receive any of the damage triggers from Nekusar.

  2. Font of Mythos/Howling Mine/Dictate of Kruphix/etc. effects are a bit of a trap. They look like they should be good with Nekusar but, in actuality, are rather lackluster and tend to help your opponents more than they help you. Nekusar's biggest problem is that he gives your opponents additional cards, making it easier for some opponent to draw into whatever they need to stop you. Each Font of Mythos or similar effect increases the chance your opponents will draw into the card they need to stop you, while only providing a small amount of damage--and only providing that damage if you can keep your Nekusar-like effects on the field. I would include Temple Bell and Geier Reach Sanitarium on this list of cards that should be cut.

  3. Add Teferi's Puzzle Box--unlike Font of Mythos effects, Teferi's Puzzle Box does not provide card advantage to opponents, and can severely disrupt their ability to run tutors and such. It can provide massive, consistent damage per turn, helping you win the game rather quickly.

  4. Curiosity combos with Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind to draw your entire deck and take out an opponent in the process.

  5. Helm of the Ghastlord also draws your entire deck with Niv-Mizzet and has the added advantage of forming a soft lock when put on Nekusar. If you play a wheel-type effect (including having Teferi's Puzzle box afield), Ghastlord will force an opponent to discard each card they draw, locking them out of anything other than instants or cards with flash.

  6. Phyresis and Glistening Oil greatly reduce the amount of effort it takes to win with Nekusar.

  7. Bloodchief Ascension is relatively easy to get online with Nekusar and goes infinite with Mindcrank to mill your opponents to death.

  8. Sigil of Sleep is a low-cost enchantment that turns each of your wheel effects into a mini-Cyclonic Rift.

  9. Windfall is another wheel effect that you missed that isn't all that expensive.

  10. Do not run Izzet Boilerworks, or any others of these bounce lands, ever. They are just bad cards, and are actually worse in a budget mana base, because of the high likelihood you might have to bounce (and eventually replay) a "this land enters tapped" land.

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