Chain Devil

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Historic Brawl Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Chain Devil

Creature — Devil

Animate Chains — When Chain Devil enters the battlefield, each player sacrifices a nontoken creature.

Gleeock on Why Do Recent Sacrifice Effects …

5 months ago

I love those effects. Balor has become a big pet-card for me. Chain Devil is fun.

A less-discussed aspect of this is how it enables strategies that are reliant on using cards out of opponent's graveyards. If sac-dependent decks only allowed for opponents to cherrypick their least important tokens all the time, then you would never see any cards (tokens not being cards & all) of importance going to opponent's graveyards & you would not be able to synergize with decks that like to resurrect out of opponent's graveyards (not without having to make a mill deck). Not that I advocate for cEDH Tergrid... but there are much more casual & interesting cards & decks that do this.

It also presents a good balancing option against death-by-Voltron, where a few voltron decks will swing tall with an important (hexproof/indestruct) card, then incidentally spit out some token-fodder.

WoTC has been HEAVY on the rapid token-pooping decks with low versatility lately as well, so I think it is nice to have options to balance that. Or make players have to add some versatility to token decks. Also, token decks can still "token it up" with this type of removal, it just may remove a piece of a token engine.

Gleeock on Your Cheap Obscure Overperformers?

1 year ago

Chain Devil - really anything causing players to sacrifice nontokens seems to pan out well.

Creative Technique - always demonstrate, it is crazy good particularly in Timmie decks.

Mob Rule - causes so many 1-sided blowouts

Prosperous Partnership - boros ramp that gives you a combatants at the solid 3 mana value

Clackbridge Troll

Descent into Avernus - groupslug done well. This can just change the entire outlook of a game.

Madnus on Official missing/incorrect card/token thread

1 year ago

Chain Devil (black card) is shown under Colorless when Grouped by Color.

Gleeock on None

1 year ago

Of the new stuff I have been having tons of luck with forced sac for nontokens or specific parameter forced sac. Chain Devil is kickass. Balor has nailed so many opponents with that odd little nontoken artifact sac.

Demonstrate cards: Creative Technique & Incarnation Technique have a way of bringing me back in to games.

DreadKhan on

1 year ago

Chain Devil and Slum Reaper can be a lot better than Fleshbag Marauder with your Commander. The fact that they cost 4 mana base means they'll work with your Commander, which seems like a pretty big asset. Could be too slow I guess? Anyways, probably not worth bothering with, but Skullport Merchant and Dockside Chef can each nab an extra card off of a Blitz creature after they swing/tap.

MeneerDutchy on Henzie “The Toolman” Taylor ETB

1 year ago

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