Historic Niv-Mizzet by Autumn Burchett
Autumn brought a really cool looking take on Historic Niv-Mizzet.
On the outside, it looks like a normal Niv-Mizzet Reborn deck with a lot of multicolored cards to get the most value out of its trigger. But if you look closely, it actually plays out like Dimir Control with some light splashes for versatile removal and better card selection.
Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek help you disrupt your opponent, which is very important right now when Jeskai Turns is gaining a lot of popularity, while Vanishing Verse and Lightning Helix make sure you have good, cheap removal that’s good in the early game, but also later. Vanishing Verse in particular seems like a great answer for Arclight Phoenix.
Autumn actually went 6-0 against Izzet Phoenix in the Strixhaven Championship, which should tell you how good that matchup really is. On the ladder, it currently has a 50.1 percent win rate, according to Untapped.gg.
The rest of the deck is mostly value cards – Teferi, Hero of Dominaria, Expressive Iteration and Hydroid Krasis all get you deeper in the deck and Drown in the Loch is an all-around versatile answer for a lot of problems. Niv-Mizzet is the glue that holds it together and most of the time, it’s going to draw you a handful of cards in addition to the 6/6 flying body.
I’m not sure how good the matchup is against other control decks or Taking Turns, but I’ll definitely be trying to find out in the next couple of days because this deck looks really cool!