Will Niv-Mizzet be the Next Major Villain?

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Posted on March 26, 2024, 8:41 p.m. by DemonDragonJ

It seems to me that WotC is hinting that Niv-Mizzet may be the next major villain in the story, with how he wishes to control the omenpaths and make Ravnica a center of interplanar commerce, but I worry that he may be too similar to Bolas, in that regard, as both are ancient and incredibly powerful dragons, so I am not certain if I wish to have two major villains who are similar to each other.

What does everyone else say about this? Do you believe that Niv-Mizzet shall be the next major villain of the story, or is WotC misleading the players?

Coward_Token says... #2

I'm more inclined to believe it's Jace and/or Ruhan of the Fomori & pals

March 27, 2024 12:46 p.m.

TypicalTimmy says... #3

I want Niv to be the big bad evil guy. That would be so awesome.

As for being to comparable to Bolas? Well both are ancient elder dragons. It's kind of what they do. Dragons are notoriously evil and cunning beings. Truthfully, Ugin (and Ojutai from Tarkir) are the exceptions.

March 28, 2024 4:15 p.m.

legendofa says... #4

New Phyrexian was five-color, led by . Nicol Bolas was . The Eldrazi were . Most of the Dominaria arc had villains. I'd like to see a two- or three-color villain that doesn't include , break out of the mold a little. Niv-Mizzet seems to be solidly five-color now.

March 30, 2024 10:27 p.m.

DemonDragonJ says... #5

When was the last time that there was a major villain who was at least partially green? I would like to see a new major villain who has the color in their identity.

March 31, 2024 6:55 p.m.

legendofa says... #6

Green is kind of a hard color to make a villain out of by itself, but I think it works well with other colors. As long as it doesn't collapse into "buildings bad, trees good," and gets into some of the deeper philosophy (predestination, value of predation, rule by strength), I'd really like a green+ villain.

March 31, 2024 8:05 p.m.

DemonDragonJ says... #7

legendofa, most players seem to believe that Ras al Ghul from Batman is a white/green villain, so a character similar to him could work for this game.

Xenagos was red/green, but I presume that he does not qualify as a "major" villain, since he was around only for the original Theros block?

April 1, 2024 8:32 p.m.

legendofa says... #8

DemonDragonJ A Ra's al Ghul-style villain would be interesting.

Yeah, I should have specified major arc villains. Xenagos was solid, but he was only around for three sets and more or less perma-killed. Garruk was never really at the forefront of the story while he was cursed, Vraska is more antihero, and both of them were/are black-aligned. I thought Calix would have more potential. Who else has been a green villain/antagonist?

April 2, 2024 3:40 a.m.

I may be biased but I would personally like to see Slivers taken seriously as a 'main villain' sort of threat. Maybe Rukamurel uses something like the Hivestone to control them as a weapon or the Omenpaths somehow come to connect Sliver hives on other planes with eachother making them a force of far greater numbers and potential than they've ever been depicted.

April 2, 2024 5:11 a.m.

DemonDragonJ says... #10

legendofa, I am very disappointed that WotC wasted Calix, as I feel that he had great potential to be a villain, or at least an anti-hero.

April 2, 2024 8:28 p.m.

Jfc actually thinking about it what if Slivers evolved the ability to Planeswalk lmao.

April 3, 2024 2:09 a.m.

It does seem like they're leaning towards Jace and Vraska as the next villains. It's a very interesting idea. We've always had 1 big bad (the other Eldrazi titans were technically following Emrakul.) If I may make some leaps... Loot, the Key to Everything appears right at the end before the next standard set, Bloomburrow. Loot is frickin adorable. A little bit monstrous, but adorable. Bloomburrow is set to be an animal plane with a bunch of natural animal creatures. Loot isn't what I'd consider to be a natural occurring creature, but if he's one of a kind, he could be Bloomburrow's "God" or leader or something. Anyway, that's not important to what I'm thinking. Just a passing thought.

I'm wondering if we might have "villains" acting as heroes next. Because we have previously seen heroes acting as villains (Phyrexia, and now potentially Jace and Vraska).

What if Ashiok gets to blur the lines a little more? What if they find out Jace used their image to accomplish what Vraska and he have, and then we head into Duskmourn, a nightmare plane we've never seen before, but could now be revealed because of Loot, same as Bloomburrow, and Ashiok is the pseudo-god of the nightmare plane? The theme of resetting the multiverse sounds a lot like the mending. And who better to stop the need for another mending, and the "villains" that would cause the need (they are attempting to reset the multiverse, this sounds like pre-mending bs to me. Lol) then a mysterious nightmare Planeswalker, potentially from a previously undisclosed plane of nightmare now made evident because of Loot's multiverse mind map being discovered? And flavorfully, Dimir is really good at discard, Jace is really good at card draw. The two are destined to be pitted against one another somehow. I just think flipping the script and having Ashiok be forced into a hero's role for a time would be sick.

April 4, 2024 8:54 a.m.

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