Dragon Rocks Redux & Dragonbuster Burgers Recipe

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A few weeks ago, I tempted you with a couple of recipes – one for Dragon Bites (cheese-stuffed, bacon-wrapped jalapenos) and one for a Magic: the Gathering deck EDH dragon deck featuring Scion of the Ur-Dragon. At the time, I confessed my love of dragons – that has not changed. Also at that time, I mentioned that I had some uber-love for Niv-Mizzet.

As it happens, there was a recent unveiling of a new Niv-Mizzet. It wasn’t quite as smexy as the Nicol Bolas Planeswalker treatment, but it was nice to see Dracogenius grow in power with a decent twist to his abilities. That said it was easier to abuse the old version, which might be why the Firemind features more prominently in the following deck.

Yes, there are loads of spectacular cards coming out in Return to Ravnica and I can’t wait to take a crack at them. But for now, we will look at a fast two-colour Niv-Mizzet/Curiosity deck. Sure most people know the combo, but this one is built for a little more speed and even for winning in multi-player with just 60 cards!

For those that don’t know the combo, it goes like this. Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind states that when you draw a card, he does a point of damage to target of your choice. Put Curiosity on him and whenever you damage an opponent, you draw a card. Rinse-Repeat until your opponent is out of life.

Now I also play in a group where if you go infinite, you are just considered out of the game and the rest will continue playing as if you weren’t there. This won’t quite go infinite because you don’t have infinite cards in your deck and in most cases you will only have enough to actually take out one, maybe two people with direct damage.

That is until you throw in the Laboratory Maniac and you draw out winning in multi-player. Or if you want, play Land’s Edge and pitch all the land in your hand for two to the dome of anyone you want to relieve of life.

As a side-note, the Accorder’s Shield is used to protect your Soramaro from the effects of Mindmoil since you pitch your hand on the bottom of the library and it would technically perish. If you can’t get a hold of Mindmoil, you could use Teferi’s Puzzle Box. And a better substitution for Soramaro, especially in multi-player is Psychosis Crawler – it will kill everyone but that’s a little ruder.


Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind
Niv-Mizzet Dracogenius
Laboratory Maniac
Izzet Signet
Soramaro, First to Dream
Library of Leng
Land’s Edge
Feldon’s Cane
Prophetic Bolt
Accumulated Knowledge
Consecrated Sphinx
Accorder’s Shield
Urza’s Mine
Urza’s Power Plant
Urza’s Tower
Forgotten Cave
Lonely Sandbar

As for a recipe to help refill your coffers try out these gutbuster burgers. In this case, I’m giving you the makings of a special burger and how to finish everything together. It is a burger to make even those with a dragon-sized appetites do a double take.

Dragonbuster Burger

1 Blackened Burger (see recipes below)
2 grilled cheese with tomatoes
Sautéed onions

The simplest way to make the Dragonbuster is to use a pre-made burger patty seasoned with Cajun seasoning; or you could use my burger recipe (see recipe below). Sauté your onions with the jalapenos – I prefer to use butter, Lowry’s Seasoning, powdered garlic and a little cayenne on julienned veggies. And then do a grilled cheese with sliced tomatoes – I would prefer Pepper Jack sliced cheese, but it’s hard to find in Canada. You could put the jalapenos in with the grilled cheese if you don’t want to sauté them – they will be hotter without the sauté.

So the sandwich goes one grilled cheese, a slice of cheese, bacon, the burger, onions with jalapenos, a slice of cheese and another grilled cheese on the bottom. If you don’t want as much cheese, eliminate the cheese on the patty and use another binder such as Jala-Quila Mayo.

Bill’s Burgers

1 lb. hamburger
1 egg
1/4 cup oatmeal
1 tbsp. poured honey
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. Lowry’s seasoning
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

Combine all the ingredients, form your patties and then let them cool before you cook them. If you don’t then they will fall apart on you.

Blackening (aka Cajun) Seasoning

1 tbsp. paprika
1 tbsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. oregano

Mix all ingredients together and store in an air tight container.

Jala-Quila Mayo

1 large egg
2 tbsp. tequila
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tbsp. cilantro
1/2 tsp. salt
1 jalapeno

Puree the egg, tequila and garlic in a covered blender until smooth. Slowly pour 1/2 of the olive oil through the hole at the top of the blender in a steady stream, until mixture begins to emulsify or thicken. Add the lime juice and slowly pour in the rest of the olive oil. When the mayo is creamy, turn the blender off and add the remaining ingredients pulsing the blender to mix them in. Chill for about an hour before use.

This was a recent rendition without bacon but fresh tomatoes and jalapenos from the garden. Hope you enjoy!