Izzet? Genius!

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The letter R!avnica, 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?

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
Commander – Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius

Main Deck

99 cards

Academy Ruins
Arid Mesa
Bloodstained Mire
Cascade Bluffs
Flooded Strand
Izzet Boilerworks
Izzet Guildgate
Minamo, School at Water's Edge
Misty Rainforest
Polluted Delta
Reliquary Tower
Scalding Tarn
Spinerock Knoll
Steam Vents
Sulfur Falls
Tolaria West
Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
Volcanic Island
Wooded Foothills

34 lands

Aeon Chronicler
Akroma, Angel of Fury
Avatar of Fury
Balefire Dragon
Bogardan Hellkite
Consecrated Sphinx
Fire Dragon
Hellkite Charger
Hoarding Dragon
Jhoira of the Ghitu
Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
Lobber Crew
Magmatic Force
Myojin of Seeing Winds
Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind
Psychosis Crawler
Solemn Simulacrum
Steel Hellkite
Stormtide Leviathan
Tandem Lookout
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre
Utvara Hellkite
Viashino Heretic

24 creatures

Basilisk Collar
Caged Sun
Chromatic Lantern
Coalition Relic
Darksteel Ingot
Disrupting Shoal
Doubling Cube
Dream Halls
Elixir of Immortality
Empyrial Plate
Expedition Map
Force of Will
Gilded Lotus
Inner Fire
Izzet Signet
Mana Flare
Mana Geyser
Mind Over Matter
Mind's Desire
Mogg Salvage
Ophidian Eye
Recurring Insight
Rite of Replication
Seismic Assault
Sigil of Sleep
Swiftfoot Boots
Sword of Kaldra
Sword of War and Peace
Venser's Journal
Wayfarer's Bauble

41 other spells

Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius

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