The Decks Files, part 9: Blue – Red

Having so many decks means that it’s REALLY time consuming to keep decklists updated. Not every deck is on TappedOut.com, and many that are have changed significantly. That said, IF YOU WANT A DECKLIST: leave a comment or send me a message and I will find time to fix, or create, the decklists on TappedOut.

Here’s the Quick Rubric I’ll use for some of the questions.

How often do I want to Play it? How “Good” is it? How much do I like it?
5=  More than once in a Row  I’d play it against “Competitive decks” or if I actually want to try to win  One of my very favorites
4=  Often  It can hold its own  I really like it
3=  Sometimes  It might win under special circumstances  It’s okay
2=  Under certain circumstances  Just for Fun  Something’s not quite right
1=  Rarely / have to be in a certain mood  Winning would be a miracle I might actually take it apart… maybe

 

Commander: Niv-Mizzet, the FiremindNiv-Mizzet, the Firemind, Magic, Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari
Name: 
Style: Creatureless
Tribe?: Spells
Want to play? 2
“Good?”: 3
Like?:  3
Deck Notes:  Niv-Mizzet was the second or third deck I ever built. It was originally designed to generate a lot of Mana with Tolarian Academy and cast Emrakul (clearly that’s not an option any more).  Over time I decided to remove every other creature and make it my first “Creatureless” deck.  I’ve won games with this one, including one with an epic plagiarize in response to Balthor’s Graveborn Muse trigger.  I may allow Mizzix to take a turn as the general.

Commander: Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius — GUILDNiv-Mizzet, Dracogenius, Magic, Return to Ravnica
Name:  The Izzet Guild
Style: Guild Wars
Tribe?: Izzett Guild
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 3
Deck Notes: Standard guild-wars style deck. Izzet is one of the more fun Guild Decks to play.

 

Commander: Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius
Name:  Ping!Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius, Magic, Return to Ravnica
Style:  Theme
Tribe?: Tims
Want to play? 2
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 3
Deck Notes: If it says “T: deal damage to target” it probably fits in here. Lots of fun damage-triggered toys.

Commander: Nin the Pain Artist
Name:  The SufferingNin, the Pain Artist, Magic, Commander
Style: Theme
Tribe?: (formerly Kobolds)
Want to play? 3
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 3
Deck Notes:  I’ve recently changed this deck to make it more of a “Pain and Suffering” Theme. It used to be kind of a Storm deck, but now it plays a lot more of the Black Vise et. al artifacts and makes use of Nin’s ability even more. I’ve whipped MANY kobold tokens into oblivion for value. This IS a game of “kick the ouphe”

Commander: Melek, Izzet Paragon
Name:  Not Your Normal Izzet DeckMelek, Izzet Paragon, Magic, Dragon's Maze
Style: Aggro
Tribe?:
Want to play? 2
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 3
Deck Notes:Red-Blue typically means counter-burn. This deck is all about making a lot of creatures and pounding through. It uses spells to do that. Haze of Rage is a great card in this deck.  It’s a bit similar to the Mizzix deck (Mizzix Goblin Tribal) I’m going to build soon, but different enough.

Commander: Jhoira of the Ghitu
Name:  Time StormJhoira
Style: Suspend
Tribe?:
Want to play? 2
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 4
Deck Notes: Jhoira is one of those generals that people have negative expectations in regards to.  I decided to build one after a good friend took his apart and sold me his cool altered copy of Jhoira.  I’d been bouncing around ideas for a P/T switching deck for a long time and some of those are in here. The other thing it tries to do is get a really high storm count… in slow motion that you can see coming a mile away (a storm on the horizon).  I just suspend as much stuff as possible and then use a variety of time counter manipulating tricks to try to make everything happen all at once. It’s totally not broken, but really entertaining.

 

In the Works….

Mizzix – Goblin Tribal with Zada Hedron Grinder. Not as much about Casting huge sorceries for cheap, more about reducing buyback costs on creature buffs

Yet To Be Printed U/R Artifact General (currently slotted as Keranos or Tibor and Lumia) –  Thopter Tribal.  Seriously Wizkids. Print a U/R Artificer.  F You!,  Puzzle-Box-Stapled-To-Sphinx.

 

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