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Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius
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Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius
- Return to Ravnica

Reviewed October 12, 2012

Constructed: 3.75
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 4.40
Multiplayer: 3.70

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Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius

It is the most sacred of privileges of any Izzet to be granted an audience with the supreme parun of the Izzet. Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius does not suffer fools or dissent, but for those with the wit and wherewithal to be graced by his presence, he does not disappoint. Parleying force of spellcraft into force of genius into force of fire, he has mastered the science of inspiration and the secrets of magic and martial might alike.

Constructed- 4.5
Casual- 4.9
Limited- 5
Multiplayer- 4.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius
I hate to sound like a bitter veteran player, but whenever I look at this card, I can't help but think that the new Niv-Mizzet is just the old Niv-Mizzet with slightly reworded abilities and +1/+1 because "creatures have always sucked (except for all those times when they were the best deck)." Yeah, he's a one-dragon draw engine; yeah, he still goes infinite but with a different Aura than the original; yeah, if you draw this guy in limited you have to basically go out of your way to lose. Let's just hope the other guilds got a comparable leader, and not just the one Mark Rosewater likes (look it up, kids).
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Niv Mizzet, Dracogenius which is a Legendary six mana Blue/Red 5/5 with Flying that allows you to draw a card whenever it deals damage to a player and for one Red and Blue it can
deal one damage to target creature or player.   A six mana 5/5 with
Flying is okay, but the repeatable damage and draw effects to burn the opponent are quite solid.  Even with just the six mana it can equal three damage and three cards to hand or alternatively burning a three toughness creature away each turn.  None of which prevents the attack of five in the air, which will likely be clear if any potential blocker was the target.  Overall this is a playable endgame threat for an Izzet deck and will probably see a bit of high end play in addition to appearances in Commander builds.
In Limited this is an absolute game winning card with removal, burn, card advantage, and a large evasive body all for a very reasonable cost.  An easy first pick in Booster and a defining card in a strictly Blue/Red deck, as adding colors only weakens the damage effect.
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


      Welcome to the Pojo.com card of the day section. We are closing out our week where we looked at Izzet based cards by concluding with the Guild leader himself, Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius. Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius is a mythic rare legendary creature dragon wizard. Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius costs two generic and two red and two blue mana, and is a 5/5. Niv-Mizzet has flying. Niv-Mizzet says whenever he deals damage to a player, draw a card. Niv-Mizzet also has the ability of pay one red and one blue mana: deal one damage to target creature or player.

    All of the guild leaders are amazing. But Niv-Mizzet is one of the better ones. He is vastly improved from the original Niv-Mizzet in Guildpact. For starters, he is now a 5/5. Second, he can now pay to deal multiple damage per turn, while drawing cards for each one that hits a player.

     Some people would still claim allegiance to the original Niv-Mizzet over this one since you could so easily combo him off. But I honestly like the new one. Sure, no more curious Niv-Mizzet. For we now have a Dracogenius. There are still plenty of ways to have fun with the new Niv-Mizzet. Some more fun then others.

Limited: 4/5
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


Welcome back readers todays card of the day is the new Niv Mizzet an interesting possible control finisher, unlike his previous version this new Niv has little combo potential but is more of a solid card by himself being able to draw cards getting aggressive and providing a decent ping ability. In standard it could be a decent control finisher if you have a butt load of mana it came help clear the board and draw you a ton of cards. In modern this is expensive and mana intensive making it a poor choice. In legacy and vintage too expensive. In casual and multiplayer this will get a nod as a possible commander general but doesn’t stack up to the original Niv Mizzet but still provides a powerful ability that can control the game if you get to that point. In limited it’s a bomb a flying card drawing bomb. Overall a powerful limited and multiplayer card that may see a small amount of tournament play.
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.0

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