Food Chain


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

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Set Rarity
Mercadian Masques 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.

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Food Chain Discussion

chaus12 on Prossh Food Chain

14 hours ago

adamcord, but how do you get infinite mana with Food Chain? As far as I can see, you only get mana plus one of the creature. You don't have infinite creatures, right?

adamcord on Prossh Food Chain

22 hours ago

Yes chaus12, I can explain it.

You see, with cards like Walking Ballista, Impact Tremors, and Purphoros, God of the Forge I can win the game. I win with Walking Ballista by having the Ballista come in as an infinite power and toughness with the mana provided by Food Chain.

thegigibeast on [List - Multiplayer] EDH Generals by Tier

4 days ago

I agree with sonnet666 here. We are considering the power of every commander ever printed, and demoting them just like that would be an error I think.

I think a good example is Karador. Yes, sure Thrasios + Tymna murdered him, I agree on that. But, the deck running Karador is still playable, I mean it is nowhere complete jank, and still on par with something such as The Mimeoplasm, also outclassed by Thrasios + Tymna.

I think we should calm down on demoting everything and changing everything. Let's colleclt some datas. Let's gather some decklists. Let's optimize things a little before moving that many cards around. And I won't even join the Kess discussion...

That being said, I also wanted to comment about two commanders that have been talked about recently, Dralnu, Lich Lord and Reaper King.

Even if some people are not considering it really good, I like Dralnu quite a lot. He offers some potential of a cheap, easy to build UB storm deck which might be a good entry point for cEDH, a good way to learn how to play storm and Doomsdayon a somewhat budget (like I am forced on now because of school). However, like it have been said before me, it has a pretty huge drawback. If ever damage was to be dealt to him, we are pretty dead. Sacrificing our board to a damage spell would be pretty bad. Sure, I have not saw a lot of damage spells in cEDH (except for the ones mentionned by sonnet666, even those I have not really seen...). Definitely does not belongs to tier 4. I would agree on moving this commander up to tier 2.5. He is not the most powerful cEDH deck ever built. However, the deck can win without the commander, and if the commander survives to untap, it is pretty much a guaranteed win, since we could go double High Tideand double Bubbling Muckin a single turn, Paradox Engine...

Now, onto Reaper King. There definitely is some sleeping potential over there. Food Chain generating so much mana from our commander... We have seen what 5c Chain decks are available (just take a look at General Tazri if you don't know what I mean). Sure, the deck will be nowhere as strong, but I definitely think there are a lot of things that could be done with it. I am not sure going for a BloodPod deck is the best idea, even if it seems attracting. I will have to look more in depths to it before moving it though, it is too early to say. But it has a lot of potential.

thegigibeast on [List - Multiplayer] EDH Generals by Tier

5 days ago

Ok so viperfang4, your decklist is really cool. I have been brewing a 5c artifacts combo deck with Reaper King as my commander for so long and never thought about Food Chain (I don't know why but...)

I like your decklist a lot. Except for the manabase, it is a pretty easy to build cEDH deck, which is even more cool.

Reaper King for sure will move around if more people join us, but I am sure it could at least be moved to tier 2. I really like your list, and can't wait for a primer.

Oh and sorry if my comment seems strange, my gf forced me to drink while I was preparing sushis, that's why. Sushis where good BTW.

Gennten on Advertise your COMMANDER deck!

6 days ago

Flash and Show

Commander / EDH* Gennten


This is a year old and I devote the most effort on this than any of my other decks. It's a strong control shell filled with various strategies. Some of the inclusions are adjustments to various metas I play (For instance, Red Elemental Blast and Pyroblast vs. blue-focused metas). I hope this deck could get some good suggestions, but it's fine if any reader is stumped. Sorry if I'm too lazy to write a description. Happy reading.

1) Flash + Protean Hulk -> Nomads en-Kor + Cephalid Illusionist Laboratory Maniac

2) Show and Tell / Flash + Academy Rector -> Omniscience, try to win.

3) Eternal Scourge + Food Chain -> General Tazri + Halimar Excavator/Kalastria Healer

Others: Ad Nauseam + Angel's Grace/Laboratory Maniac + Tainted Pact

nyoumans on Zegana edh

1 week ago

Setting up a good Intuition is an art, similar to the way that setting up a good Fact or Fiction is. "Which card do I need? What card does my opponent think I need? What will my opponent prioritize?"

The nice thing about Intuition in this deck (as I see it) is that the win condition is based on the interaction between Eternal Scourge or Misthollow Griffin and Food Chain, and you have two functionally identical tutors to search them out in Manipulate Fate and Foresight. That means you can search out those two and Noxious Revival to ensure that you get it. Or just go directly for the two creatures and Noxious Revival, depending upon the situation. That's my take on it.

Also, if someone is about to win, you can intuition for an answer and ask another player to give you that answer. It's a quite versatile card, I find.

Wurmlover on I'm looking to build doomsday ...

1 week ago

Hey everyone,

I am looking at a new EDH deck in the realm of fast combo. I'm looking at Doomsday especially since it isn't brainless to play like Hermit Druid or Food Chain. My problem is my budget. I'm looking for something sub-$1000 that can threaten wins turn 2 and on. I live in a pretty competitive meta, and I want to make a deck thats on the opposite end of the spectrum from my brago stax deck. Fast combo seemed like the option. let me know what you guys think!

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