Hello and welcome to another edition of Droppin' Baums. This week we are taking a look at one of my favorite decks of all time. Niv-Mizzet, Parun Control was a deck that was very popular in our last Standard format. Treasure Map was really the card that made this deck go from good to great. It was an absolutely dominating strategy that lost a lot of steam with the inclusion of Kaya's Wrath. Esper just became the new go-to control strategy. Jeskai Control is truly where Kaya pointed all of her wrath.

The last Standard metagame was very centered around Deafening Clarion. All of the creature strategies were trying to make that card as ineffective as possible. Which in turn made the deck worse. Those creature strategies were given a Rude Awakening when the new "Wrath of God" of the format turned out to be unconditional removal. That really forced our new Standard metagame into what it is today: fast aggro decks that try to win before Kaya's Wrath resolves. This shift we are seeing is having a very favorable effect on our Izzet dragon lord Niv-Mizzet, Parun. The more creature decks try to be fast and furious the more we are going to see lifelink and destroy-all-creature strategies rise back to the top. Let's check out the list!

This deck might not have a ton of new toys but it has just enough of them to make this deck new and exciting. Deputy of Detention, in particular, is a card I am in LOVE with right now. It absolutely crushes Mono-White and has relevant text against the rest of the field, outside of Red and Esper Control. I think this deck is back, and back for good.

Sideboard Guide

Vs. W/U Aggro

Vs. Esper Control

U/G Nexus of Fate

Vs. Sultai Midrange

Vs. Mono-Blue

Vs. Red

This deck was a complete delight to play. I am going to keep working on this deck because I enjoy it. Stay tuned on my twitch channel for deck updates!

Corey Baumeister

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