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Nivmagus Elemental
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Nivmagus Elemental
- Return to Ravnica

Reviewed December 5, 2012

Constructed: 2.88
Casual: 3.38
Limited: 2.13
Multiplayer: 2.25

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Nivmagus Elemental
This card seems like it wants a combo deck of some sort built around it, but it's hard at first blush to see exactly what that deck might involve. There are lots of blue and/or red instants and sorceries, but it seems like you usually want them to resolve, and exiling a spell to boost this guy seems like it might not be ideal, even if you also have something like Kiln Fiend that also only wants them to be "cast." It could be used to get an extra benefit out of a spell that would be countered or fizzled anyway, but you won't always be casting those when he can attack or block imminently. I feel like this card could be good, but its use is not entirely obvious. If it gets some more help from future sets, it could end up being a contender in surprising places.
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 2/5


Nivmagus Elemental
Welcome back readers todays card of the day is an interesting creature that can get bigger the more spells of your own you exile. While there exists the potential to be a powerful creature this card is hampered by the fact you are putting all your eggs in one basket and just asking for a blowout meaning you lost all your spells and the creature you spent time powering up. Exiling one spell nets you a ¾ however which is really solid and the potential to exile a spell that is likely to be countered exists. In standard I don’t see this card seeing more than fringe play and it’s a high risk and reward card, but while dies to removal is not a good critique of a card this one suffers slightly more than other creatures because you lose our potential spells. In modern once again I could see fringe play as it could possibly combine well with spells available in the format but the downsides still apply as well. In legacy and vintage to much effort but could be part of some bizarre combo. In casual there exists some combos to make use of this creature. In multiplayer I am not a fan at all, dumping all your spells into a somewhat fragile creature is not the way you handle multiple opponents at a kitchen table its just asking to be Terminated. In limited it’s a solid creature that could turn dead spells into a powerful creature. Overall a really niche card that can provide a powerful creature or a waste of spells, results may vary.
Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2.0
Multiplayer: 1.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Nivmagus Elemental which is a one mana Blue or Red 1/2 that allows you to exile an instant or sorcery spell you control to put two +1/+1 counters on it.  A one mana 1/2 available to two colors isn't bad and the effect is notable as both colors tend to use many instant and sorcery cards.  Aside from a response to being countered it can turn otherwise unnecessary cards into threat or be used in combination with copy effects.  Overall a card that requires a fairly offbeat design to really shine, but has the potential to do a great deal and will see play in prototype builds until something stable is found.
In Limited this is mainly a 1/2 for one that works in most decks and has a potentially useful effect in some situations.  The general reduction of non-creature spells in the format keeps this from being a dominant force, though even a vanilla 1/2 for a hybrid mana belongs in every on color Sealed deck.  As a first pick in Booster it is kind of shaky by not having evasion and requiring cards and mana to power up.  If nothing really top end is in the pack this is a flexible pick that won't lock you into anything too specific.
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.0


Niv-Magus Elemental Card of the Day

Welcome to a new week of card of the day reviews here at Pojo.com. We begin the week looking at Niv-Magus Elemental from Return to Ravnica. Niv-Magus Elemental is a rare red/blue creature elemental that costs one hybrid red/blue mana for a 1/2. Niv-Magus Elemental has an ability that says exile target instant.or sorcery spell you control: put two +1/+1 counters on Niv-Magus Elemental.

The Niv-Magus Elemental is simply awesome. The ability to cast a spell, and respond to its possible countering by exiling it to pump the elemental is amazing. Bug that is just the half of it. You will still benefit from casting the spell, so carda that look at that will still trigger, and then you exile it to pump.the elemental. Cards such as Guttersnipe are my personal favorite for these types of effects.

Definitely a great card, especially at a one drop.
Limited: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

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