Chains of Mephistopheles


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase 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

mmcgeach on Control Zur

1 month ago

@Wurmlover Yeah, like VelvetVendetta mentioned, Spirit of the Labyrinth is pretty similar. I like it a little less as a tool for windfall/twister interactions (since your opponents each get 1 card and you get zero) than I do Chains of Mephistopheles. But on the other hand it's probably slightly better against The Gitrog Monster and a lot better against reanimator decks. One downside is being a 3/1 creature makes it easier to remove; and another is you can't fetch it out with Zur through a Grafdigger's Cage.

mmcgeach on Control Zur

1 month ago

Testing Induced Amnesia.

It's pretty inconsistent. It's good in basically two scenarios:

1) you have a large hand of medium stuff, particularly no combo pieces, and want to draw a new hand.

2) you have Chains of Mephistopheles or Notion Thief in play and have an opponent with enough cards that you want to mind twist them.

For the most part, drawing it is kind of brick. But fetching it out in either of these situations is pretty strong, except that these situations are kind of rare, and probably win-more.

BoozeUsually on meren

1 month ago


I was just wondering if there will be an update on this deck and how things are going with the lower land count and Protean Hulk combo.

Also, are there any cards you would suggest to fill the spots of Chains of Mephistopheles , Nether Void , and The Abyss ?


bradtheimpaler13 on Hellraiser (WIP)

1 month ago

I've considered getting an pinhead alter of Chainer, Dementia Master. He always seemed pinheadish, he reanimates creatures and turns them into nightmares (cenobytes). Plus when you think of hellraiser, you think of chains. Speaking of, Chains of Mephistopheles would be really on theme. Ooooh maybe Angrath, the Flame-Chained could be the club owner of the boiler room in the 3rd movie? Please see this project thru.

Profet93 on When to Run Chains

2 months ago

I've been thinking of adding Chains of Mephistopheles in my mono black edh deck. I already own two copies of the card (2 Chainz!), so I figured I might as well take one out of the binder and put it good use.

I have 6 cards in the deck which draw me cards...

  1. Read the Bones
  2. Sign in Blood
  3. Night's Whisper
  4. Phyrexian Arena
  5. Sensei's Divining Top
  6. Trading Post

The last 2 are mostly irrelevant. Given this, is it still worth it to run in the deck? I have a hard time against blue players who continuously counter my spells and accrue card advantage through draw spells.

rdeller on Liliana, Defiant Discard

2 months ago

Yea, I know there are cheaper versions of Chains of Mephistopheles, but its just very hard to justify that high of a price tag on a card thats difficult to resell. I can justify spending that much on a Tundra, Gaea's Cradle, or Expedition Polluted Delta because those are cards I know I can sell off relatively easily, for close to what I bought them for, since they are in relatively high demand. Chains is a niche 1 of sideboard card in some Legacy decks. Its significantly harder to resell if I ever need to liquidate my collection due to some major expenses.

Guizee on Staples for Nekusar

3 months ago

I'm going to include Bojuka Bog and Rakdos Charm. I'm also thinking about copying my Memory Jar but I also have a combo that will make everyone hates me: Teferi's Puzzle Box + Chains of Mephistopheles + Tomorrow, Azami's Familiar.

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