Food Chain


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Mercadian Masques (MMQ) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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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.

Food Chain Discussion

BMHKain on Beyond (Censored as it discerns "something")

4 days ago

UPDATE: I need 23 cards cut for the strict amount of 100. However, this time around, there will be new rules exclusive to this deck for chopping:

1: Key pieces will not be cut regardless of Binary Speech or any kind of Tongue, verbal, physical, data, or some fourth way that doesn't exist. The Key pieces are:

  1. Riftsweeper
  2. Runic Repetition
  3. Pull from Eternity
  4. Squee, the Immortal , Misthollow Griffin , Eternal Scourge , & Food Chain
  5. Necropotence & Bag of Holding
  6. Torrent Elemental
  7. Void Maw
  8. Any card w/ Flashback that is especially great here.

2: I actually need some ideas for an Exile Based Doomsday Package; & all while keeping this balanced.

3: I actually wanted to revise the Landbase; Not for the 10/10/10 method, or the one I already presently have here, but from a way that I actually have not used at least twice now for Five Color.

4: I dunno if it'll work, but how does Animate Dead + Worldgorger Dragon work? Or is there a combo that fits this deck's purpose moreso; Exiling powerful cards just to bring them back through means of Exile Retrieval.

5: Not all the Flashback cards are good, I can acknowledge this for sure. So what aren't pulling their weight?

And that's it, actually. I'll add a Dragon, & a Maw after this post. I just need a combo for Worldgorger Dragon that complements this deck's themes, & the Doomsday Package centering on pure exile. Now I have one more job to do...

Hissp on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

6 days ago

Sephyrias I don't endorse the RC's logic in banning (and especially their stubbornness in blatantly ignoring cEDH) BUT their logic on Paradox Engine is that it enables big combo turns without intentional setup. If you'd running Food Chain you're much more likely running cast-from-exile creatures and infinite mana payoffs. A lot of casual folks identify Engine as a powerful card with a cool effect and then randomly look up and think "WOW I CAN Capsize THE BOARD because I have Gilded Lotus , Sol Ring , AND Mind Stone !

Sephyrias on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

6 days ago

The Paradox Engine ban makes sense for casual, since it lets decks do long noninfinite combo turns with low cmc spells and mana rocks.

However if the rules committee really wanted to commit to making their banlist directed at casual (meaning "ban all undercosted non-buildaround op cards"), then they would also have to hit Necropotence , Food Chain , Survival of the Fittest , Mana Crypt , etc.

Instead, they banned Iona, Shield of Emeria . Turn 1 Entomb , turn 2 Animate Dead Iona can be pretty annoying, but still, she isn't that oppressive either, not even compared to turn 2 Blightsteel Colossus .

CrimsonWings3689 on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

1 week ago

Captain Sisay is 100% losing her place in Maximum Power. Competitive is stretching it now as well considering that it was THE game plan... In a format where 2 card combos run wild, it was one of the few things that enabled other decks to remain competitive.

It's like Teferi losing The Chain Veil , Godo losing Helm of the Host , or multiple decks losing access to either Protean Hulk or Food Chain ...

Meanwhile, we get freakin Painter's Servant + Grindstone back and whatever other awful combinations will come about from it... yeah, that makes sense...

Also, RIP collection value. Bought/traded for 5 copies of Paradox Engine for use in 5 of 14 decks...

jaymc1130 on engine out, painters servant in

1 week ago

To be honest, Paradox Engine is a good ban. The card had pretty single handedly defined the entire cEDH meta. The biggest problem I see with banning it is that they didn't ban anything else important for cEDH. Unfortunately the only decks really keeping reliable and consistently fast decks in check were the decks that freed up card slots for cheap interaction with card slot efficient Pengine based combos. DD decks are now significantly better in the meta, Flash Hulk decks are now significantly better in the meta, Gitrog Monster is much better, Yidris is much better, Food Chain decks are much better, etc. Other slower decks that would tend to rely on Pengine decks to share the load in terms of burden of interaction are now significantly weaker.

Ultimately this banning probably does more to stifle meta diversity than improve it, which is extremely unfortunate. If Food Chain , Doomsday , and Flash or Protean Hulk had also seen bans the meta would probably have opened up more, but that would leave Gitrog Monster as probably the default best deck in the format.

I guess it's back to the extremely unfun every game ends on turn 3 meta that existed before.

multimedia on Beyond (Censored as it discerns "something")

1 week ago

Manipulate Fate and Foresight can tutor for and put any three cards into exile.

Tainted Pact , Demonic Consultation , Plunge into Darkness can find Food Chain while also putting the important three creatures into exile to combo with it.

BMHKain on Help wanted for The First ...

1 week ago

Yep, an "Exile Matters" Deck; though I think I went too far in this case. Stuff like Food Chain are in for stuff like Squee, the Immortal , Misthollow Griffin , & Eternal Scourge to fuel the mana, but I can't find enough stuff that exiles themselves to be reused. Basically, if the card says "Exile (Card Name with this Ability)" on the text, tell me why it needs to be there. Recently, Someone actually decided to use Manifest/Morph/Megamorph effects here for the sake of Inverter of Truth . I also have stuff like Eater of Days , & Leveler ; basically, stuff requiring ETB activations as drawbacks. Even worse, Riftsweeper is an ETB creature requiring this kind of ability; so stuff w/ "Creatures entering the battlefield don’t cause abilities to trigger." like Torpor Orb , Hushwing Gryff , & even Tocatli Honor Guard can't be used. Which is ironic as one theme of my Kykar, Wind's Fury Vorthos Deck is just doing anti-meta; so she can even say "NO" to ETB Triggers. I hope you can understand this BTW.


  1. I need help finging more Cards that Self-Exiles itself to be used again.

  2. Awesome amounts of power, but it also negates everything else when using Anti ETB stuff like Torpor Orb & Hushwing Gryff . Any possible way I can still do ETB effects besides the ones that ends games for me VERY FAST, & prevent any opponent do the same?

Thanks for the help if you wish; I'm quite in a bind right now...

skyhaven on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

2 weeks ago

Gilady089 as stated before The First Sliver is a better combo piece for Food Chain then both Niv-Mizzet Reborn or General Tazri He belongs there.

Food chain First sliver combo Show

About Urza, Lord High Artificer . As of the state if he should belong in tier 1 is up for debate but you can not deny that he's is better then Teferi, Temporal Archmage not saying that Teferi is bad, Urza, Lord High Artificer is simple faster. Don't Make the same mistake I did , do your research or read the comments before this one.

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Food Chain occurrence in decks from the last year

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