Izzet? Genius!

Posted in Feature on November 22, 2012

By Conley Woods

Ravnica, both the original and our return there, introduced us to many unique and memorable characters. Perhaps none were as memorable as the Firemind leader himself, Niv-Mizzet. Over at GatheringMagic.com, Jules Robins decided to tackle the smartest of all dragons, Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius for his Commander column. And since this is Izzet week, what could be more appropriate? [This Daily Deck originally ran on November 15, 2012, which was during Izzet Week. —Ed.]

Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius

If there is one thing Niv-Mizzet is good at, its drawing cards, and Jules is quite aware of that. But unlike with the original Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind, Jules points out that this new breed only asks for one thing in order to draw cards: mana. So, despite green traditionally harboring the ramp decks in Commander, Jules is sure to include plenty of ramp in here to allow him to ping the opponent as many times as possible, therefore drawing as many cards as possible. Whereas the first Niv-Mizzet rewarded you for drawing cards, the new dragon wants to do you the favor of drawing them in the first place!

With all these cards in your hand, though, yet no mana to cast them, what is a Planeswalker to do? Jules thought of that, too, as he included cards like Reliquary Tower to keep you from discarding all of those spells, but, better yet, he also included a lot of mana cheats. For example, think about drawing all of those cards with a Dream Halls in play! Now you are casting a big portion of your deck! Or, if you want to dream really big, you can always turn to the biggest free enabler in the game: Omniscience!

Jules Robins's Pure Dracogenius

Download Arena Decklist
99 Cards

Latest Feature Articles


June 24, 2022

Double Masters 2022 Release Notes by, Jess Dunks

Compiled by Jess Dunks Document last modified April 4, 2022 PDF Download Links:English | 中国话,汉语;中文 | Français | Deutsch | 日本語 The Release Notes include information concerning the relea...

Learn More


June 17, 2022

Social Play Opportunities in D&D and Magic: The Gathering by, Wizards of the Coast

We're back, following our third and final Office Hours for the Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate set. We recently welcomed our final set of guests, Game Designer Ellie Rice, Sen...

Learn More



Feature Archive

Consult the archives for more articles!

See All