Nivix Guildmage is an underplayed creature from Wizards of the Coast’s latest expert “Magic: The Gathering” expansion set “Return to Ravnica.” This Izzet card is a fantastic addition to decks packing powerful spells which this guildmage can copy.
Nivix Guildmage – UR
Creature – Human Wizard (Uncommon)
1UR: Draw a card, then discard a card.
2UR: Copy target instant or sorcery spell you control. You may choose new targets for the copy.
“The only action worth taking is one with an unknown outcome.”
Featured in the “Izzet Ingenuity” intro pack, Nivix Guildmage will transform dead cards in your hand into business spells as it digs for answers or threats to overwhelm your opponent with, and then copy them.
One way to take advantage of Nivix Guildmage’s first ability is in a deck utilizing flashback spells. The “Sweet Revenge” event deck is full of great flashback cards like Silent Departure, Think Twice, and Desperate Ravings that you can discard to Nivix Guildmage and cast from your graveyard.
Although Nivix Guildmage’s second ability costs a hefty four mana, one way to help negate its large cost is by reducing how much mana you’ll pay to cast your spells with Goblin Electromancer.
From Pillar of Flame and Searing Spear to Flames of the Firebrand, there’s a lot of great cheap burn burn spells floating around Standard that Nivix Guildmage can copy.
If you’re worried about creatures, splashing for black adds several destructive spells to choose from. Dreadbore is undeniably a great card on its own or copied. Ultimate Price is a fine alternative for budget players. Sever the Bloodline also makes a worthy candidate alongside Nivix Guildmage’s first ability thanks to flashback.
In decks running lots of small spells Archaeomancer, or if you can afford it Snapcaster Mage, is a great inclusion.
One spell in particular begs to be copied by Nivix Guildmage: Temporal Mastery. Now that’s a miracle play.
With so many instant and sorcery spells in your deck, Talrand, Sky Summoner would be a deadly inclusion. You’ll be able to create a massive army of drakes after a successful Spelltwine.
While Nivix Guildmage won’t be appearing in the top eight decks of any major competitive events in the foreseable future don’t let that stop you from having fun with it at your next Friday Night Magic.
How will you use Nivix Guildmage?
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Catch up on “Return to Ravnica”
Event decks: “Golgari: Creep and Conquer” and “Rakdos: Wrack and Rage.”
Intro packs: “Rakdos Raid,” “Azorius Advance,” “Golgari Growth,” “Selesnya Surge,” and “Izzet Ingenuity.”
Card lists: White, Blue, Black, Red, Green, Azorius, Izzet, Golgari, Rakdos, Selesnya, Hybrid, Artifact, and Land.
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