Chains of Mephistopheles


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Masters Edition (MED) Common
Legends (LEG) Rare

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Chains of Mephistopheles


If a player would draw a card except the first one he or she draws in his or her draw step each turn, that player discards a card instead. If the player discards a card this way, he or she draws a card. If the player doesn't discard a card this way, he or she puts the top card of his or her library into his or her graveyard.

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Chains of Mephistopheles Discussion

tlk_lone_knight on Screw your Cards - Gwendlyn di Corci

4 days ago


in regards to the Breathstealer's Crypt forcing a player to draw a card or them naturally drawing a card triggers the effect. They MUST reveal the card and if it is a creature they MUST pay 3 life or discard it. using Cephalid Looter would cause them to draw, reveal said drawn card, if a creature pay the life/discard, then discard a card from hand.

I was incorrect with Chains of Mephistopheles unfortunately it has not been reprinted and does cost around 400$ because i believe it sees legacy play

Instead of Jace's Archivist maybe playing Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur would be better if you intend to be so low on cards. Huge card advantage but also a high CMC which is normally very doable in EDH.

K4m4r0 on Screw your Cards - Gwendlyn di Corci

5 days ago

tlk_lone_knight Thank you for your suggestions and the +1!

Breathstealer's Crypt looks very interesting, I will check how it works with abilities like Cephalid Looter.

Chains of Mephistopheles is a brutal card I have not seen before. But it is also really expensive. Where did it get reprinted?

Wound Reflection has a high CMC but it should be awesome in this Deck. I will definitely give it a try. Thank you for that.

Dragon Mage could be tricky, would probably fit better in a wheel Deck. I don't know if it would stay long on the stack.

Consuming Aberration and Library of Leng were both in an earlier version of this Deck. It could be an alternate Wincon but I think wheel decks would benefit a lot more.

Jace's Archivist is great but in most cases me and my opponent both have almost no handcards. Would be a little bit better if you could draw a fix amount of cards.

tlk_lone_knight on Screw your Cards - Gwendlyn di Corci

5 days ago

Love the deck. Love the idea.

Breathstealer's Crypt would be a decent hate card for the creature heavy decks sense you are using low powered utility creatures and dont have a lot of ways to stop people from attacking you.

Chains of Mephistopheles use to be an extremely expensive card but due to recent reprint the price as dropped. Super utility in for additional discard. if using this card i would recommend that you also run Library of Leng as it will prevent you from losing cards to the graveyard.

Wound Reflection is another source of additional damage for opponents however will make you a heavy target.

Dragon Mage would make for a good discard engine while also giving you some block potential.

With all the discard effects you are using Consuming Aberration would be a valid win con.

Jace's Archivist is another great utility creature. I understand that this creature would however effect you. But if you are using the Library of Leng it would not be as devastating on you.

RMC13135 on Uncage Me

4 weeks ago

Actually I suppose there is the interaction with Chains of Mephistopheles that I didnt consider. That's interesting. I feel Winds of Change maybe just better than playing Burning Inquiry if that's what you're really after.

Though, that interaction would really mess you up too. It would actually mess you up way more than your opponent. Ugh.

PartyJ on Nath of the STAX-Leaf | cEDH | Primer

1 month ago

To raise the odds of finding cards like Chains of Mephistopheles. The odds that you have chains out sooner are slimmer than one of the other cards you mention. And if Chains does not show up, it's a great way to refill your hand. My opponent will always suffer more from chains than I ever will... under the impression that your Commander is out.

Let's assume you have Sylvan out... getting a free ponder every turn for just 1G is a good investment to swoop though the deck. Life is just a resource.

My past 20 games gave me a great deal of extra cards in the early game, while sadly I hardly saw the chains pop up. So far so good...

And with Geier in play and Chains it's discard heaven. It means at best 2 discard per opponent. Yes, I have to discard too, but I aim to get my locks setup by then and starting chipping away lives with many many tokens that ETB.

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