Chains of Mephistopheles


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Masters Edition Common
Legends 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

goblinguiderevealpls on Taigam and Maralen's Sinister Song

21 hours ago

Personally I would playtest or ask your playgroup, if they're ok with it, run them, if not theres tons of blue filler available, yea he is not a leovold in the command zone, but the 3 card combo maralen, mindlock and taigam seems very similar to functionality as Notion Thief plus a Windfall in my nekusar, i guess the comparison i meant was more of a "draw denial" theme.

I may have spoken from experience, but the "color hate" im referring to is more the card pools, my playgroup is very high end so legacy cards like Force of Will Mana Drain Timetwister Chains of Mephistopheles The AbyssNether Void Jace, the Mind Sculptor Imperial Seal Vampiric Tutor Mana Crypt and Candelabra of Tawnos, obviously there are other budgetless cards in white red and green, but blue/black in a legacy pool is perhaps the strongest 2 color, the most prominent example being Underground Sea and it being one of the most expensive dual lands.

In a budgetless playgroup, black and bluehas the scariest selection of spells, its also the colors needed to run the competitive storm archetype due to needing black for Doomsday and blue for Laboratory Maniac and a "draw 4 cards" spell such as Read the Runes or Breakthrough in the doomsday pile, and those decks are definition of unfun, turn swamp, Dark Ritual, Doomsday putting lab maniac on bottom, then win in 5 or less turns when you cast LM and draw with 0 cards in deck... Laboratory Maniac is EXTREMELY useful in mill decks for obvious reasons: opponents die to mill but you dont

goblinguiderevealpls on Taigam and Maralen's Sinister Song

1 day ago

Oops competitive nekusar bad link, but yea, one of the best cards in nekusar i proxy and NEED is Chains of Mephistopheles, if you ever win the lottery that card locks your opponents down and taigam ignores it!

As far as discard/draw hate, heres some options


Bottomless Pit

Painful Quandary

Breathstealer's Crypt

Notion Thief

Lim-Dul's Vault

Consecrated Sphinx

Whispering Madness

Zenaku17 on Daxos the Terminator

4 days ago

I'm going to build this I just can't include Chains of Mephistopheles

jwe94 on Drowning in Drawing

1 week ago

@ShadyPear and TrentenEnder pretty much what tNag552 said yes Dark Deal isn't always optimal but that's alright. Intuition is a good tutor but it really flourishes when you have 3 redundant copies of a wincon (and Grafted Exoskeleton costs too much for me). Exhaustion and Cerebral Vortex fail in the sense they're targeted spells. The maguses work alright but they're definitely budget options because of slowness. Finally I kinda like the idea of Gitaxian Probe (but maybe Telepathy instead).

@goblinguiderevealpls Lion's Eye Diamond is the next card I save up for already but thanks, Chains of Mephistopheles is to rich for my blood, and Toxic Deluge is already in the deck.

goblinguiderevealpls on Drowning in Drawing

2 weeks ago

Why no Lion's Eye Diamond? Budget? Cuz budget doesnt seem to be an issue here, Its literally black lotus in nekusar.. i dont know how to link mine but check it out if you wish, i run less situational pain and rituals and more board wipes, artifact ramp, and control due to how focused i get, but my deck is about 50-60% identical in the foils, land base and shit like Imperial Seal, Lion's Eye Diamond, Force of Will, Chrome Mox and Chains of Mephistopheles, which ive done plenty of research and proxy testing on and its perhaps the best card in the deck, yes it negates draw damage but 3 wheels later you win via mill and opponents have no cards in hand

Zenaku17 on Daxos the Terminator

4 weeks ago

Is there a budget substitution for Chains of Mephistopheles, Nether Void and The Abyss ?

thegigibeast on [List - Multiplayer] EDH Generals by Tier

4 weeks ago


FOr now I don't think there has been a lot of discussion about Daxos the Returned, so unfortunately we have no decklist available for him ATM, but I still have a few suggestions for you.

If I was to build this deck, I would try to include things like Glistening Oiland Phyresis. You could have fun sacrificing Glistening Oilto cards like Auratog, returning it to your hands to cast it multiple times a turn and stack on exerience counters. From there, you could simply create some huge tokens with your commander, give them infect and swing to take down a player in 1/2 swings.

Luckily for you, W/B has access to good enchantments, enchantment support, good tutors, removal... For a tier 3 deck you are not in a bad spot. For sure, all the black tutors allowed by your budget (Demonic Tutor, Vampiric Tutor, Imperial Seal, Grim Tutorare amongst the best) would be good. More specific tutors like Enlightened Tutor, Idyllic Tutor would be good as well.

You have a lot of enchantment support, and depending on the route you decide to go you might need different enchantments, but on top of my head I would for sure try things like Ghostly Prison, Worship, Phyrexian Arena, Necropotence, Chains of Mephistopheles, Moat, Island Sanctuary, Luminarch Ascension, Sphere of Safety...

Speaking of enchantment support, I would try Academy Rector, Mesa Enchantress and mann others.

For lands, you always have the white version of Gaea's Cradle, Serra's Sanctum. You could also include Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth+ Cabal Coffers, with lots of tutors you could get those reliably and you would never miss mana.

You also have access to enchantment creatures, they would also trigger your exerience counters. Some hatebears also would not be that bad, and I am thinking about Spirit of the Labyrinth.

And also don't forget removal (lots of options so I won't list them all here.)

Good luck and if your decklist seems optimized enough don't be afraid to come back here for a review and improvements!

LabManiac_Cameron on Tasigur Seasons Past / Season Pastigur

1 month ago

Abysswalker-: Intuition is usually a Life from the Loam value pile (Life from the Loam > coffers+urborg > fetch+cycling > utility land -- any combination of these depending on current state) or it is a double entomb when you need a Counterspell and no one else has one. If everyone is tapped out and only you have it, tutor for a counterspell and two other things and you get free value by putting relevant things in the bin.

In a four player pod Manifold insights is great. We get the same level of card selection as Tasigur does when he's just activating for value, and the big thing is that it gets around Chains of Mephistopheles/Notion Thief.

Not a fan of Grim Flayer. Too many Thrasios's to see him ever get real value. He's similar to Sensei's Divining Top but a lot harder to cast and activate.

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