Welcome to Food Chain Niv-Mizzet Reborn cEDH decklist discussion

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First of all, this deck is essentially an alternative to FC General Tazri where 80% of the cards are the same by simply putting in all the cEDH staples in each color. The early game plan is also the same, due to both are 5-color commanders that focus on combo-ing off Food Chain . So the main difference is the execution of the win-con. I will break down the pros and cons why do I choose this commander Niv-Mizzet Reborn instead of General Tazri .

I am sure there are plenty of decklists with explanation of the concept, combo, strategies, match-ups for Food Chain combos.

Since I based off the decklist here is credit to the owner who has very good primer: Food Chain Tazri

The main strategy is to assemble the combo pieces: Food Chain and any of the three CFE (cast from exile) creatures ( Eternal Scourge , Misthollow Griffin , or Squee, the Immortal ) in hand or exile zone. Each time you cast the CFE creatures you exile it again with Food Chain to net 1 creature mana. After you have infinite "creature mana", cast the commander over and over again by exiling using Food Chain to win the game.

Manipulate Fate , Foresight , and Extract are particularly useful to search for the CFE creatures and redundant cards in the library.

Other useful ways to benefit from CFE creatures are imprint with Chrome Mox , exile with Gemstone Caverns , or pinch Misthollow Griffin to Force of Will .

Food chain deck runs very powerful tutors that exile cards in library while looking for a card: Demonic Consultation , Plunge into Darkness and Tainted Pact . They synergize well with Laboratory Maniac , with him on the board you can exile your entire library before a draw effect on instant speed. Be sure to do so with protection.

Choosing the Commander

In cEDH, the main elements to win are speed, consistency, and interactions. You need to be able to win fast with consistent manner as well as be able to answer treats or protect your combo. Do expect your plan get interrupted multiple times. Without Food Chain this deck is just as hard to win as General Tazri , only chance is pretty much left with Laboratory Maniac and Tainted Pact or Demonic Consultation your whole deck and pray he doesn't get removed.

When playing with General Tazri there are situations where you fail to win with Food Chain because all three allies ( Hagra Diabolist , Halimar Excavator , Kalastria Healer ) win-cons got exiled through Tainted Pact / Demonic Consultation / Plunge into Darkness or gone to graveyard for any reason. It is not uncommon that you are left with 1 ally and it dies to Swords to Plowshares / Lightning Bolt in a cEDH table.

Therefore, I rather sacrifice a bit of consistency for backup plans.

For those who aren't familiar with cEDH; every turn in cEDH is critical, many events can happen in a turn. Often if you don't take the risk and pass the turn it will never get back to you. Food Chain deck is the best decks that can leverage off the exiling tutors (hopefully exile CFE creatures rather than your win-cons on the way finding Food Chain or counterspells). That's why FC decks are powerful, but the reward comes with some risks: It is the main reason that I want to mitigate risks choosing Niv-Mizzet Reborn over General Tazri . (Risk management is what actuaries do!)
As mentioned earlier, General Tazri heavily rely on the three allies to be accessible when Food Chain combo is online. Niv-Mizzet Reborn build has more combo pieces that allow more room for backups.

Creatures to win when you have infinite Food Chain mana: Circu, Dimir Lobotomist Vela the Night-Clad Sparkcaster Walking Ballista

There are also creatures to draw your entire deck so you will have many counterspell backups: Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain Sawtooth Loon (need at least one more bi-color card in the library)

Niv-Mizzet Reborn is more likely to provide value after cast on a turn you have nothing to do.

A 6/6 flyer beater can be very useful in cEDH

Niv-Mizzet Reborn bypass Stranglehold and Aven Mindcensor

Instead of using three allies now I have more creatures to prevent combo pieces lost means I have increased chance of dead-draws. I will explain the opportunities it opens up with including more of those creatures and some are not completely useless if drawn early.

Niv-Mizzet Reborn is much harder to cast because of the colors.

Vela the Night-Clad is very high mana cost that hurts when you reveal with Ad Nauseam . Seek to switch it out when there is better choice.

1: The allies in General Tazri are almost completely useless, if drawn early they are played just for the Food Chain food.

2: Hagra Diabolist and Kalastria Healer vs Vela the Night-Clad and Sparkcaster they serve exactly the same purpose. Downside of Vela the Night-Clad costs a lot more so it will never be cast without combo, and Sparkcaster can be a very expensive repeatable removal or bounce Riftsweeper for reuse.

3: Halimar Excavator vs Circu, Dimir Lobotomist . This one Circu, Dimir Lobotomist clearly win, you exile opponents' libraries oppose to mill. This bypass shuffle graveyard Eldrazi in The Gitrog Monster and Animar, Soul of Elements decks. On its own, Circu, Dimir Lobotomist can be played without Food Chain combo just to disrupt powerful library top tutors such as Imperial Seal , Vampiric Tutor , Enlightened Tutor ...etc with blue/black instants.

4: Walking Ballista can't be accessed with commander directly, but it ends the game with infinite mana and it's a great mana-dork removal even drawn early.

5: Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain and Sawtooth Loon . Why?

Apparently this deck has less chance to lose all the pieces before you get the Food Chain combo. But this CAN HAPPEN.

Here are some situations where you have many combo pieces got exiled and how to recover when you have Food Chain combo online


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Test played few hours (around 10 games). It is very fast, consistent, and resilient. Real game play is much more dynamic and unpredictable than test playing myself. Depending on other player's decks, hand sizes, mana available, and board position, strategy often may change. I also tried many times using Demonic Consultation and Tainted Pact aggressively, the deck build pays off: exiling some win-cons still allowed me to win because of backup plans. One game Food Chain at 8th from the bottom of library I still pulled off the combo.

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