Dockside Chef

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed 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
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Pre-release Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Standard Legal
Standard Brawl Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Dockside Chef

Enchantment Creature — Human Citizen

, Sacrifice an artifact or creature: Draw a card.

DemonDragonJ on Waste Not

6 days ago

I have replaced Psychic Drain and Twisted Justice with Dockside Chef and Phenax, God of Deception, which reduced the average converted mana cost of this deck from 3.71 to 3.68. which is very nice, since the previous cards could be used only once, each, whereas the newer cards can be used, repeatedly.

DemonDragonJ on Tenacious D and the Sac of Destiny

3 months ago

I like this deck, very much, but have you considered putting Dockside Chef into it, or is the chef's ability to expensive to be reliable?

DemonDragonJ on Savage Destruction

4 months ago

I have replaced Mindcrank with Thought Vessel, because this deck does not care about plundering my opponents' graveyards, and it is always nice to have both an additional source of mana and a way to increase my hand size. Unfortunately, I no longer have an infinite combo with Bloodchief Ascension, but that combo did not fit with the theme of this deck, either, so I have replaced that enchantment with Dockside Chef, which is a quite awesome card, in my mind.

wallisface on Why Are So Many Recent …

8 months ago

DemonDragonJ there’s a few things to consider here:

  • Dockside Chef, Soulreaper of Mogis, and Thallid Soothsayer all cost 2-3 mana to use their ability, while Stormclaw Rager only costs 1. That makes it significantly easier to hold-up mana to trigger instantly, and abuse. The difference between 1 mana and 2 is HUGE.

  • Dockside Chef, Soulreaper of Mogis, and Thallid Soothsayer all only draw a card from their effect, while Stormclaw Rager also pumps itself, which at instant speed could easily be abused for combat tricks.

  • the set that Stormclaw Rager was printed in was one where sealed/draft events were very-centric on players dropping massive “bomb” threats and just winning the game with them. In such a format interaction needs to be strong and usable to ensure its not entirely a race to see who can drop their bomb first. Stormclaw Rager’s ability being instant-speed would slightly undermine the power of those interactive spells, and potentially allow players already-ahead to snowball - this is something Wotc might have wanted to avoid.

Crow_Umbra on Why Are So Many Recent …

8 months ago

I think it's the push and pull of design and balance. Stormclaw Rager's ability is 1 colorless mana, and can use a creature or artifact as part of the activation. We have all kinds of utility token artifacts that have been introduced in recent years: Blood, Clue, Treasure, Map, Food, and Powerstones.

Dockside Chef costs 2 to activate, has Black as part of the activation cost, and although it can also sac a creature or artifact, is more vulnerable to removal as an enchantment creature. That adds some potential drawback/vulnerability, despite the ability to activate an instant speed without a per-turn limitation.

Soulreaper of Mogis is also a bit more restrictive for its activation cost at 3, needing Black for the activation, and is also more vulnerable to removal as an enchantment creature.

Soulreaper and Thallid Soothsayer are from 2020 and 2018 respectively. Given that WotC designs about 2-3 years before a set actually debuts, it's likely that this type of instant speed activation was still seen as acceptable during that time frame of design (likely designed in 2015-2017), and something they decided to scale back in the 3-5 years since then those sets released.

Kind of like how mechanics are now considered "deciduous" or "Evergreen", I think it could make sense that other elements of design might see phases of waxing and waning. Maybe they're doing less instant speed ability activation for now, but that could change and come back a couple of years from now.

DemonDragonJ on Why Are So Many Recent …

8 months ago

wallisface, I do understand that, so how are cards such as Dockside Chef, Soulreaper of Mogis, and Thallid Soothsayer allowed to use their abilities as instants? Did WotC change their minds on that subject?

pedroedmarcos on Can I attack with a …

1 year ago

Hey there,

I was playing yesterday and this question came the mind of one player. He had a Dockside Chef on the battlefiedl and a zombie with decayed. He attacked me with it, and wanted to sacrifice it to dockside after the damage and before it have to be sacrificed by the decayed trigger. Is it possible? Is there a window ?

DemonDragonJ on Stacking a Triggered and Activated …

1 year ago

if a player controls both a Dockside Chef and a Warteye Witch and sacrifices one of those creatures to the chef's ability, can they decide the order in which the creatures' abilities are put onto the stack?

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