Food Chain

Food Chain


Exile a creature you control: Add X mana of any one color to your mana pool, where X is the exiled creature's converted mana cost plus one. Spend this mana only to cast creature spells.

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Mercadian Masques (MMQ) Rare
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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Food Chain occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Food Chain Discussion

Mortlocke on I will have just a sliver of that rainbow cake.

5 days ago

I do have a deck where I have interchangible commanders that I like to use based on the overall "power" of the other decks at the table (basically what turns each deck is expected to go off and attempt to win). However, with Slivers it's not always a simple swap when changing out commanders, especially when it comes to The First Sliver. The previously mentioned is a cEDH commander that has more success being in Food Chain decks as opposed to Sliver Tribal. Food Chain archetypes are purpose built to exploit the commander's cascade effect to it's fullest potential. Sliver Overlord is the traditional Control oriented Sliver Tribal archetype commander. The point is: these two legendary creatures aren't interchangible. A deck designed around Sliver Overlord would be more compatible with either Sliver Hivelord or Sliver Legion.

Just becuase you can occassionaly cascade into spells you don't want to cast - doesn't mean you have to cast them. You can simply exile the Swords to Plowshares, then as the Cascade trigger resolves you can just shuffle it back onto the bottom of your library. This is the official ruling (at least from the mtg wiki):

Casting a card with the cascade ability is optional. If you choose not to, the card is put on the bottom of your library in a random order along with the other cards exiled with cascade. So, just because you have an occassional bad Cascade doesn't justify removing interaction - at least that's my opinion.

Didn't realize Lavabelly Sliver was already in the 99, in that case just cut the Leeching Sliver for some more interaction. Krosan Grip/Beast Within/Generous Gift/Winds of Abandon are all good options. OR you could toss in more ramp, Farseek/Kodama's Reach/Pir's Whim/Skyshroud Claim are all good options.

hkhssweiss on Eternally Cursed | Primer

6 days ago

ertai111 No not every deck run Elves/Priest of Titania. It really depends on what you want to do. If you have a W/G deck that runs mostly hatebears, Gaea's Cradle or Growing Rites of Itlimoc  Flip would probably be better for you. I.e. this decks runs it because I can use it for fast combo and can also be used for fodder for Food Chain, however in my Teneb deck I don't run priest because it won't net me as much mana and would rather have card draw over mana.

Hope that answers your question as I didn't quite follow what you were trying to say.

hkhssweiss on Eternally Cursed | Primer

1 week ago

Thanks for the upvote and comment shwanerz88! Mindblade Render is only in for the card draw as having card advantage is always key, however I am still testing it out and its better than Runic Armasaur in the current moment. Orcish Lumberjack has been meh when I tried it as it would be better in a lands build. As for Goblin Bombardment it generally is good but when used with Food Chain it doesn't become an outlet or its a dead card in hand, it's better for a Prossh deck.

Appreciate the look over!

Epicurus on Cleverly Named Graveyard Deck

1 week ago

Magus of the Disk is a definite maybe. As for the others, good cards one and all, but not for this deck. False Prophet has little control (I would want to be able to activate such an effect on my own terms, not at the whim of someone's lightning bolt). Plus, he exiles, and I wouldn't be able to bring them back. That's why I begrudgingly did not include Food Chain. Cataclysmic Gearhulk and Massacre Girl cost one mana more than I'd like to spend on such an effect (if I need to board wipe, it's because an opponent went wide early).

Targeted removal might work well, but if I used it, there are far better options in black or Golgari than white. Path to Exile is great in Stax or Death & Taxes - where the land bump does them no good - or mono-white or Sylesnia, where there's no red, black or blue for better targetted removal. Having said this, I'm a huge fan of Swords to Plowshares, but not, I don't think, for this deck.

As for the combo, it looks amazing. However, I forgot to mention at the beginning that I don't play combo decks. If either of the cards were something that I thought would fit this deck better than anything that's already there, I'd include either or both and potentially have the combo as a last resort game ender when it goes too long. But I have plenty of recursion, some of which is cheaper. So while I respect the competitive quality of the combo suggestion, I respectfully decline.

You are absolutely right about the rats. They're honestly in there because they're 2 CMC and unearth. They really do me no real good. I'm definitely not going for a discard theme here. I do, however, need some (probably more than I have, with or without the rats) CMC 2 or less creatures that fit into the reanimator theme. For that matter, I probably don't need Spore Frog either, but cutting it has the same problem.

bantrules12 on Prossh

1 week ago

Well I would recommend for one adding more Mana rocks the talismans/signet's are definitely a cheap option if you have the funds add Mox Opal,Mana Crypt,Mox Diamond,Chrome Mox, the card Food Chain is an instant wincon with prossh on the field if you would like see my prossh deck

Apotheosis616 on I'm Walking on Sunshine

2 weeks ago


I have tested some of the lands that give life, they aren't really good. This deck is really hungry for white mana and drawing those in the early game feels really bad. It is nice that they have some incidental synergy with the commander and the combo, but it is really not enough to include them.


That is a hard question to answer because it is very situational. Obviously you want to grab Walking Ballista and then the second target can be anything that will help you. For example, if you are playing vs decks with Food Chain, you may want to grab a Suture Priest. If you think there will be counter magic or removal, you can grab Salvage Scout. what you grab depends on the board state and the decks you are playing against. This deck has answeres to almost, if not all, of the decks in the format.

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on Korvold's Conundrum

3 weeks ago

It's nice to see a Korvold deck that isn't going full cEDH into Food Chain.

You have a bit of a token sub-theme going so maybe some token doublers like Parallel Lives or the criminally expensive Doubling Season would be good. Plus Parallel Lives/Doubling Season + Clock of Omens + Cauldron Familiar + Witch's Oven is a hilarious infinite combo.

Also, Artifact Mutation might be a solid removal spell that provides fodder.

Dreadhorde Invasion (and the more expensive Ophiomancer and Bitterblossom) can ensure that you always have something to sack.

LabManiac_cobblepott on Antihulk Food Chain

4 weeks ago

Hipparchos, Cloudstone is a secondary Food Chain that goes infinite with Dockside Extortionist and essentially any other creature. Most people, upon revealing commanders, see The First Sliver and immediately make it their mission to be all over disrupting your Food Chain. Cloudstone Curio does effectively the same job without all the stigma, so it's often more likely to go through.

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