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
6 Islands
6 Mountains

— Nicol Billas

Originally Published October 15, 2012 @ castlesandcooks.com