Historic Five-Color Niv-Mizzet by Vinnie Silverman
For today’s Deck Highlight, I just wanted to make sure that we have an updated list of Five-Color Niv-Mizzet. Vinnie Silverman was the highest finishing Niv player in the Neon Dynasty Set Championship in 39th place.
The relatively newest addition is the playset of Territorial Kavus which adds a nice proactive element into the deck. Niv is great against other creature decks because you have so many great removal spells to choose from, but it can struggle against control where all these cards are pretty much dead. Kavu and cards like Hydroid Krasis at least allow you to pressure the opponent a little bit. At the same time, Kavu is an excellent blocker against aggro decks and I particularly feel that as a Gruul player, often staring down a two-mana 5/5 that’s almost impossible to get through if you don’t have Embercleave or Ahn-Crop Crasher.
This deck is also particularly great against Auras because thanks to Vanishing Verse, Lightning Helix, Teferi, Culling Ritual and sometimes even cards like Tyrant’s Scorn, you just have way too many good answers for their two-drops, including too many exile effects that don’t care about Selfless Savior.
If you’re worried about the Food matchup, you can add a few more Hidetsugu Consumes All into the sideboard. That card has been absolutely brutal against them. It destroys Squirrel and Oven early and then exiles their graveyard to make sure they cant bring them back with Lurrus.
I wouldn’t say the deck is particularly well positioned to break into the top five decks of the format at the moment, but it’s great against most creature decks, so if you expect that kind of metagame, it can be a fine choice. Thanks to playing all five colors, there’s also always a lot of room for innovation.