Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind
Legendary Creature — Dragon Wizard
Whenever you draw a card, Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind deals 1 damage to target creature, player or planeswalker.
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|Commander 2020 (C20)||Rare|
|Guilds of Ravnica: Guild Kit (GK1)||Rare|
|Masters 25 (A25)||None|
|Commander 2017 (C17)||Rare|
|Modern Masters 2015 Edition (MM2)||Rare|
|Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari (DDJ)||Mythic Rare|
|From the Vault: Dragons (DRB)||Rare|
|Promo Set (000)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind Discussion
13 hours ago
Thanks again Geschlechts,
Growth Spiral and Coiling Oracle are both nice early game and I have a tougher time cutting such low CMC cards, which because of the draw basically become cantrips in my deck. I do have probably an unhealthy attachment to the sad robot and you are right about him.
Sakiko, Mother of Summer was recently moved out of the deck. I have found that most of the named Legendary Snakes, which I originally had in here are slowly finding their way out.
If I already owned a Doubling Season, it would definitely go into this deck. But at $45+ price tag, its just too pricey for me.
17 hours ago
I'd recommend dropping:
Growth Spiral - Good cantrip but doesn't combo with your commander.
Solemn Simulacrum - I think better options are out there.
Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind - for the reason you listed above.
Humble Defector - A little slow but you can play politics with it.
That makes room for 6 cards.
Sakiko, Mother of Summer - Of all the cards in your maybeboard this looks like the most useful.
Doubling Season - The recent reprint has made the price not too ridiculous.
3 days ago
Those were great suggestions...
Wheel and Deal I originally discounted because I don't get to draw a full hand, but have noticed that really doesn't matter to me so much with this deck. Is now on my list to re-add.
Prosperity is also on the possible list now. I like the idea of others paying for the Minds Aglow, but would be nice to have an extra.
Sudden Impact was on its way out of the deck. Already moved it from active to maybe. The couple times I got it I could always find something better to spend 4 mana on. But the idea of having a 1 version is kinda nice.
Folio of Fancies is probably a no, only because it ends up being a mana sink, and I almost always have a fist full of cards.
3 weeks ago
4 weeks ago
Ominous Seas gets krakens out quicker then you might think when drawing cards so much with cycling.
1 month ago
Thank you for the suggestions. Having alternate win cons defintitely sounds good to have.
Peoni Thank you for the suggestions. I forgot to ask about Notion Thief I definitely see the synergy with the wheels however I was wondering if I should be concerned about it lower damage potential on the wheels.
Currently I'm thinking of Black Sun's Zenith over Damnation Mostly because its reusable.
I am now wondering if I should also remove Bottomless Pit, Necrogen Mists, Oppression and double down on more mill mechanics.
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1 month ago
@ellie-is Thank you for the comment!
While Niv-Mizzet, Parun is definitely a cooler and in most cases stronger card than the two variants of him I chose, I think the other two provide more combo potential in this particular deck.
Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius is really just a mana sink I can tutor onto the field at any given time with Scion. I never really want to actually cast him and use him for board presence. He's just there to give me an easily accessible wincon if I assemble my Animate Dead + Worldgorger Dragon combo.
I chose Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind over Parun because Firemind can initiate the Curiosity infinite himself without the aid of an additional card, which is nice when I'm again just picking him out of my deck with Scion when I need him. Like Dracogenius, I don't even want to be casting Firemind or using him to generate long term value on the field. I only want to see him when I'm capable of using him.
The only reason I didn't include Parun is because I likely wouldn't have an easy time hard casting him due to his intensive cost, and if I tutored him out with Scion I would need to have in hand and be able cast to instant or a sorcery immediately to kick off the combo. I do honestly like Parun more as a card though. If the Niv-Mizzet strat turns out to be more impactful than I expected then I might consider adding him in alongside Dracogenius and Firemind and just running allll the Izzet Nivs for the hell of it.
I appreciate the suggestion! I'm always grateful for feedback. :^)
1 month ago
kei1 So Niv-Mizzet, Parun is good because it is pretty much guaranteed to resolve on cast, rewards you whenever your opponents do things, and has a slightly better stat line. It is, however pretty mana intensive in requiring 3 blue and 3 red and it also requires some form of catalyst to access its card draw. Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind is a little easier to cast with 2 of its cost being colorless, and he doesn't need a catalyst to access his draw because it's a tap ability. It is only 1 card you get to draw from him though on his own, and his stats are slightly weaker. Overall I'd say Parun is probably stronger but there's nothing wrong with running both. Just improves your odds of finding one of your combo pieces.
As far as Thassa's Oracle and Jace, Wielder of Mysteries go, self-mill is actually one of the most powerful as most competitive win cons in EDH. It's extremely common for high tier cEDH decks to rely on cards like Thassa's Oracle as their primary win condition. Before Flash got banned, Flash Hulk decks were one of the strongest and most oppressive archetypes in the format because all you needed were flash and hulk in hand with the right cards in your deck and you could mill your entire library at instant speed and win with Laboratory Maniac. There are a lot of ways to mill your whole deck out there. If you wanted to do it in this one just take your Dramatic Reversal + Isochron Scepter combo and any X draw spell like Prosperity or Blue Sun's Zenith and there you go. Library gone. Alternatively, you could use targeted X draw like Blue Sun's Zenith to just mill an opponent to death. Primarily with your Isochron you're going to be wanting Dramatic Reversal imprinted on it. That's why Muddle the Mixture is a good transmutation here. :^)
You're going to want to keep your mana rocks cheap and efficient. Additionally you want to be ramping hard and fast, so 3+ cost rocks aren't really ideal for a deck that's wanting to be more than casual. Spend your first few turns ramping as much as possible, then by turn 4-5 (or even 3 if you ramp fast enough) you want to be making your plays. For example, let's say you have potentially 5 mana turn 3. Would you rather cast Nekusar with a Force of Will/Force of Negation ready or a Gilded Lotus? You don't want to be dropping rocks when you could be making plays. Plus expensive rocks like Gilded Lotus are going to be big removal targets. If you cast it and it gets blown up, you're gonna be set back quite a ways.
As for Cowardice you're mainly just going to want to protect stuff like Nekusar with your counters and as was mentioned before Swiftfoot Boots and Lightning Greaves. It's more important to just keep him on the field. And if it's the commander tax you're worried about consider this: how much mana are you going to be spending over the course of the game recasting Nekusar from your hand every time someone targets him with anything at all? Just make sure that when you cast him from your command zone you have the ability to make him stick on the field.
Finally with bounce keep in mind that sure you can bounce a card and then potentially wheel it out of their hand into the graveyard, but removal does exactly that anyway without the extra step or the risk of them being able to cast it again before you wheel. Keeping some bounce in isn't a bad idea like you said to potentially deal with stuff that's indestructible, but I would advise you focus on removal first and foremost and run bounce as a secondary thing. Don't take out Cyclonic Rift though. That card is almost an auto include (there are no actual auto includes, but this one is pretty close) for any deck running blue. Very good card. Plus if you took out some of your bounce you could run some cards more suited to your general strategy, like Notion Thief! Seriously though wheeling out your opponents and then flashing in a Notion Thief so they get 6 less cards than you is just dirty.
Hope this helps! Anymore questions just let me know. Always happy to help. :^)