The Chain Veil


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Magic 2015 (M15) Mythic Rare

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The Chain Veil

Legendary Artifact

At the beginning of your end step, if you didn't activate a loyalty ability of a planeswalker this turn, you lose 2 life.

{4}, {T}: For each planeswalker you control, you may activate one of its loyalty abilities once this turn as though None of its loyalty abilities have been activated this turn.

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The Chain Veil Discussion

deakmana on Estrid Stax cEDH

3 days ago

So I've done some initial testing with Smothering Tithe & Wilderness Reclamation . Reclamation was just bad and win-more with Stasis/Winter Orb. Smothering Tithe I'm still testing but it feels swingy. Some games it allows easy recasting of Estrid and pays for Stasis , some games I just don't need the mana and it doesn't do anything, and sometimes it gets ruined or feels clunky because of Null Rod and Stony Silence .

I might consider testing a list removing Rod and Stony and including this and The Chain Veil . That would give it another purpose by powering out a normally very expensive Chain Veil and activation.

SynergyBuild on Competitive Aurelia Com(bat/bo)

5 days ago

I could argue a drop for Valorous Stance , it does a lot for its mana cost, but just doesn't have the extreme effect that Nahiri can bring to a table, where in nearly every board state it does work. Someone has a nice Nevinyrral's Disk they dropped just now? Gone. A big fancy The Chain Veil is tapping every turn to give a guy with Freyalise as their commander a ton of value? Hah! Laughable. Enchantments like Rhystic Study clogging your playgroup... nope.

No threats that can be exiled? No worries. Build up loyalty and craft a better hand before winning by cheating a Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker out with your Restoration Angel already on the field!

Also, while looking through the list, Felidar Guardian could also be a good card to slot in. It doesn't protect like Restoration Angel , but it has 1 power, so you can fetch it with Imperial Recruiter , then flicker the recruiter with it to fetch Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker , making a recruiter the whole combo in one card! It does cost like 12 mana to do it all in one turn, but is able to be done turn 3, 4 and 5 one after another with just land drops for a turn 5 win with a single card. Pretty cool, right?

Bigcupofjoey2000 on F*R*I*E*N*D*S

1 week ago

Paradox Engine Would be a great card for this deck. Cause The Chain Veil and Paradox Engine Can go infinite as long as you have the mana rocks on the field.

Daedalus19876 on Experimental Teysa Superfriends

1 week ago

Okay! Now that I have a few more minutes to write detailed responses...

IAmTheWraith: Ajani, Adversary of Tyrants has been...surprisingly helpful? He's not the most powerful walker in the world, but his ult is neat (and this deck can actually get there). The 3 white tokens per turn are one free exile with Teysa. I could see Ajani, Caller of the Pride in that slot I suppose, but I wanted my wincons to not be defeated by a board wipe (hence why I've largely avoided "one-time" token effects). I may rethink this in the future.

Liliana, Death's Majesty has been AMAZING in this deck. Sure, her ult doesn't help much, but her -3 is invaluable and her +1 is really nice, to produce a consistent stream of blockers/sac fodder (not to mention the fantastic art). Liliana Vess is definitely an option, though - I'm still tinkering with my PW composition.

TheRedGoat: I've included The Chain Veil in the newest draft here, but it's been pretty inconsistent. I'll keep testing. I'll also see if I can find a home for Gideon, Ally of Zendikar here.

Suns_Champion: Thanks! I'm not surprised you like it, TBH, since Elspeth, Sun's Champion is one of the central cards XD

I'm not fully convinced by Oath of Liliana, but Oath of Gideon seems pretty decent here. I do not like Deploy the Gatewatch, since you need twenty-eight PWs in your deck to consistently hit 2 in the top 7 cards. And I'll think on Selfless Spirit!

Thank you all for your advice! (And is there anything you'd change in the newer draft?)

TheRedGoat on Experimental Teysa Superfriends

1 week ago

Given what you said before, I'd feel hesitant to advise and substitutions of one card for another. I am however a sucker for "win more" cards and am curious why you're not using The Chain Veil even though it cannot go infinite in your build.

I would mention that while Teysa does provide protection via removal, I'm not so sure she's the best fit for an Orzhov superfriends deck. Vona, Butcher of Magan or Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim provide non-land removal for one, but Daxos the Returned provides bodies to throw in the way of aggressors (and he could throw anthems and pillow fort down while staying on theme). Worst case scenario there's always the second Teysa.

I do feel at the least that you should look closely at running the Gideon line of walkers. Gideon Jura gives all of your other walkers a reprieve from being attacked. The Amonkhet one can flat stop you from losing (and, mind you, can be targeted by Sun Titan). And lastly the Zendikar one provides free tokens and anthems.

Wurmlover on cEDH!!

2 weeks ago

Gitrog is a hell of a deck, it's combos are also intricate as fuck. The main idea is to assemble Dakmor Salvage, gitrog and a discard outlet. You discard the dakmor, gitrog triggers, but instead of drawing, you dredge dakmor. You can repeat this as much as you want, and you stack draw triggers for each land that is dredged off of dakmor, and you keep from milling with Kozilek, Butcher of Truth. you keep this going until you have draw triggers stacked up so you can let them all resolve and draw your deck.

Winning from there is the fun part. you can then make infinite mana by looping kozilek, a land and Lotus Petal. Basically you discard in such a way so your library consists of kozilek and a land (called the KoziLand state) you can use this in combination with dredging dakmor to put any number of draw triggers on the stack. In this case, you want to dredge dakmor twice to put 2 triggers on the stack, then once more, cracking petal before the last shuffle trigger resolves, then draw your three cards, and repeat. After this you can use the same technique to exile your opponents' libraries with Praetor's Grasp or deal infinite damage with Rath's Edge and Crop Rotation.

Here's the primer which explains the main combo as well as all the other cool stuff better than I can: Gitrog Dredge Combo [Primer]

The best version of thras/tymna flash hulk right now is shuffle hulk which fetches blood artist, nomads, illusionist, and blood artist and then wins by milling the deck and infinitely looping kozilek and Narcomoeba. It's just generally more resilient than breakfast or other variants.

Here's a list: Shuffle Hulk

Chain Veil Teferi is also a decent deck, the main goal is to get 6 mana in up to 3 rocks to activate The Chain Veil and then activate teferi untapping veil, and three rocks totaling 4+ mana. you can repeat this until teferi dies and then hopefully you have enough mana to recast him. at that point the ruling on chain veil is that you get a number of free activations when you recast teferi, so you should have 6 free activations of him when you recast, making the rest of the combo easy. then you end up with infinite activations and infinite mana, draw your deck, and then play Blue Sun's Zenith to draw everyone out.

Here's a list: Chain Veil Teferi

Brainerd covered najeela pretty well, it's a tempo deck that uses key removal and tutors to stop other combos while gaining a missive advantage with najeela and something like Edric, Spymaster of Trest. it can then combo with any of the things that he mentioned.

Here's a list: Warrior Queen [Najeela Midrange/Tempo cEDH Primer]

Like you would in any format, do your homework on your deck, but keep in mind everyone at a cEDH table is going to be really paying attention to everything you do, so invisibility is not an option. There's also a certain mindet that comes with cEDH that isn't the case in EDH: there's always an objectively best play, politics have no push or pull. If you play a spell the players don't like, it will be countered, if you are objectively the biggest threat, people will try to stop you, etc. It's all about the deck and pilot skill. It'll take a little getting used to but it's fun once you get into the swing of it.

Apologies for the wall of text lol, hope it helped!

SynergyBuild on Tenebu's Gravedigging Tendencies | Primer

2 weeks ago

Oh! Didn't see your message, Fragmentize hits more than Natural State, things like Humility, The Chain Veil, Pattern of Rebirth, Birthing Pod, Aetherflux Reservoir, Nature's Will in the new Najeela lists, Thran Dynamo, Stranglehold, Leyline of the Void, Ancestral Statue (Super rare this will ever resolve and not kill on Animar's turn, but still), Parallax Wave, Breya, Etherium Sculptor, Living Plane, Helm of Obedience, Greater Good, etc. all get hit by Fragmentize, unlike Abrupt Decay/Natural State, so I like it a lot, despite the sorcery speed.

Paranoiac on Aminatou - Superblink

2 weeks ago

Consider a Heart of Kiran. It has never disappointed me when I've played it in my Aminatou deck. :)

Tezzeret the Seeker would also be a nice addition to help you tutor up The Chain Veil. If you do add Tezzeret, then consider adding a Throne of Geth. You can play Tezzeret, then tutor up the Throne of Geth. Blink Tezzeret, then sac the throne to proliferate getting Tezzeret to 5 loyalty. Then search for the Chain Veil and you will still have Tezzeret around. If you happen to have Sol Ring and Mana Vault or similar mana rocks around you might be able to go infinite.

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