November 26, 2019

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Commander’s Brew Episode 221 – Niv-Mizzet Reborn

Restrictions breed creativity, and Niv-Mizzet Reborn has a built-in restriction in that it asks us to use as many guild-coloured spells as possible, to maximize his trigger upon entering the battlefield. Sean decided to go even further and brew up a deck that’s primarily Abzan. That’s right, we’re “dropping” Niv’s main colours! The Abzan core of the deck is a recursion-based package with lots of value, but we still get to take advantage of Niv’s draw triggers by including colours that are technically in different guilds, but we’ll be able to cast them with merely White, Black or Green mana. We’re talking hybrids, split cards and Aftermath cards.
Take a look at the list below and let us know what you think! Are there any other hybrids you would have added instead?
Commander (1)
Niv-Mizzet Reborn

Creatures (25)
Ashen Rider
Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim
Baloth Null
Cartel Aristocrat
Cold-Eyed Selkie
Corpse Knight
Cruel Celebrant
Glowspore Shaman
Inkfathom Witch
Izoni, Thousand-Eyed
Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord
Knight of New Alara
Korozda Guildmage
Leyline Prowler
Mistmeadow Witch
Murderous Redcap
Poison-Tip Archer
Restoration Gearsmith
Shambling Shell
Storrev, Devkarin Lich
Teysa, Orzhov Scion
Trostani Discordant
Trostani’s Summoner
Wild Cantor
Nyx Weaver

Artifacts (9)
Commander’s Sphere
Cryptolith Fragment
Crystal Shard
Cultivator’s Caravan
Dragon’s Hoard
Fellwar Stone
Renegade Map
Sol Ring
Traveler’s Amulet

Instants (14)
Ancient Excavation
Aura Mutation
Crop Rotation
Deathsprout
Final Payment
Leave // Chance
March of the Multitudes
Memory Plunder
Mercy Killing
Mortify
Orzhov Charm
Response // Resurgence
Turn to Mist
Leave // Chance

Sorceries (17)
Attune with Aether
Call to the Feast
Caravan Vigil
Discovery // Dispersal
Farm // Market
Flower // Flourish
Fork in the Road
Grave Upheaval
Nissa’s Triumph
Obzedat’s Aid
Open the Gates
Rampant Growth
Repudiate // Replicate
Spitting Image
Toil // Trouble
Treacherous Terrain
Treasured Find

Enchantments (1)
Hidden Stockpile

Lands (33)
Blossoming Sands
Command Tower
Evolving Wilds
Forest
Gateway Plaza
Golgari Guildgate
Golgari Rot Farm
Island
Jungle Hollow
Mountain
Orzhov Basilica
Orzhov Guildgate
Plains
Rupture Spire
Sandsteppe Citadel
Scoured Barrens
Selesnya Guildgate
Selesnya Sanctuary
Swamp
Terramorphic Expanse
Tranquil Thicket
Transguild Promenade