Grim Lavamancer’s Mizzix wants to Dispose of Them

Mizzix bannerIt’s time to once again talk to Grim Lavamancer about one of his decks, this is one of two decks played by him that happens to be helmed by very smart goblins. This time, we’re looking at his take on Mizzix of the Izmagnus!

A link to the deck: Dispose of Them! on


What does the deck do? How does it win?brainstorm.hq
The goal of this deck is to act as much as a mad scientist as possible. Get Mizzix on the table, and start out humble, a Brainstorm, perhaps? Then as you start racking up more and more experience and drop crazier and crazier spells maybe you begin to cackle a bit? That’s good – it means the deck is working.

The next step is to draw a healthy amount of cards, remember that the experience counters you’ve been collecting makes cards such as Stroke of Genius or Blue Sun’s Zenith into very cheep mass draw effects. Like the previously mentioned scientist you’re going to get a lot of ideas, and you’ll want to explore as many of these as possible, why try to win in one way when you can try for them all!

By now you should have plenty of ways to begin to control the table. That guy who’ve been hitting you with creatures the last couple of turns? TURN HIS CREATURES INTO PIGS! Or why not wait until he attacks and copy all his creatures with Mirror Match? You’ve probably begun to notice that you’ve started punctuating everything for additional emphasis, you’re no longer playing Scour from Existence (for free, I might add) you play: Scour. From. EXISTENCE. Don’t worry, this is quite normal.
Right now you’ll probably start to think about winning. You’ll also probably get an almost irresistible urge to tell your opponents exactly how you’re going to win and why it’s too late to stop you. Good for you, those fools deserve to now how you’ve utterly outwitted them. There are several different ways to win. Creatures such as Guttersnipe and Psychosis Crawler can add up horrible damage while you simply do your thing. Comet Storm can do a lot to finish a game that’s been going on for a bit long (don’t forget to combine it with Reiterate). Your graveyard is probably quite large by now, and Psychic Spiral can wipe the grin from someone who is quite probably smirking at you behind your back. If beating someone to death is more of your thing, then cards such as Talrand, Sky Summoner, Rite of Replication and Insurrection can help you with that.

But really, the purest way to win is to play Laboratory Maniac, draw your entire library and transcend as a being of pure knowledge! What? You’re laughing so maniacally that you can no longer efficiently remain seated on your chair? Excellent. That means you’ve won!

What made you build this deck?
Because the others called me mad. They laughed at me. BUT NOW WHO IS LAUGHING!? Ah-ha-ha-ha!! <cough>

Did you consider any other commander in the available colours?
Actually, yes. I originally began working on this deck with Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenious at the helm. Then I preordered the Izzet deck from Commander 2015 to get a few cards that I needed to complete the deck. I ended up playing a few games against the other Commander 2015 decks and Mizzix was simply so much fun that decided to go with her instead. Niv-Mizzet was originally one of the 99 but ended up getting cut in an early draft of the deck since I needed to get more instants and sorceries into it.

What are the best cards in the deck?riteofreplication
That’s a difficult question. Most of the cards rely very heavily on synergies with each other and it’s hard to single out one card that works better than the rest. In terms of game winning Rite of Replication or Insurrection are probably the best cards.

What are your most favourite cards in the deck?
Epic Experiment. It’s such a fun card, X frequently gets very high in this deck and an experiment for about 14 is just hilarious. For bonus points you should shout the card name with a faux German accent and laugh as you play it. Very therapeutic.

Any changes you’re looking to make?
A lot of changes. The deck is still very new and I’m constantly trying out new cards. The most recent changes includes Long-Term Plans and some mana fixers. At the moment I’m thinking about adding Time Spiral and Misdirection. If I wanted to build the most brutal variant of this deck that I could, I’d probably add a couple of storm cards and some more combos, but that would be a bit too cut-throat for my group.

Name one reason I shouldn’t just point the first, best spotremoval spell at Mizzix the second she hits the table?
Because she’s a proper lady and should be treated as one? No? Failing that I got a couple of counter spells to protect her, but the low survivability of Mizzix is currently one of my main issues.


And that’s all folks! Truly the maddest of scientist, I fear Mizzix will keep haunting my dreams as the sugar-high goblin’s cackle never cease.

Until next time!

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  1. Grim Lavamancer

     /  December 8, 2015

    So far I’ve been having a blast with this deck! It feels a bit weird without my usual big pile of creatures, but I think I’ll manage.

    Oh, and in an act of shameless advertising, you really can’t play this without the appropriate Mana Burn Experience Counters (TM)


  2. psykopatmullvad

     /  December 8, 2015

    After reading this, I wish Zurgo had a brain. I too, want to be a mad scientist :S
    Stupid Zurgo :S


    • Grim Lavamancer

       /  December 9, 2015

      Zurgo may not be a scientist, but he’s an expert in his own (admittedly small) field. I think he at least deserves an honorary PhD in Helm Smashing.

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