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By: CheshirePlaysGames, Albert Caynes
Sep 11 2020 12:00pm

C20 has been out long enough for people to devise devilish and delicious ways to kill, maim and otherwise CRUSH their opponents. Today, let's SNACK!
Back in the before times when we could leave our places of living, I made the trek to Brisbane Australia for Magic Fest, I wanted my delicious Sol Ring promo card and by George I was going to get it. But when I arrived, I decided to also hit up the stall holders and see what gems I could nail down. I visited my long time friends from The Games Cube and sold off a mix of Commander Sol Rings, Fellwar Stones and other staples for a cool $500. Yes, most of that was $400 in Sol Ring......Not a joke. Walking by a stall, I saw a flash of green and a sign stating “all cards in this folder damaged, prices as marked”, right on top? One of my grail cards, Food Chain with edge wear for half the cost. I snapped at it and saw the next folder. Right on the first page was Aluren and Carpet of Flowers. So here we are, playing a super gross deck due to super poor purchasing decisions. Great cards, but also some of the most hated in all of EDH.
Food Chain



Food Chain is pretty well known in EDH and cEDH circles as being linked to multiple infinite mana combos and is frowned upon by multiple playgroups as being too good, too gross and just downright MEAN. So, let's build around it.
The combo is pretty easy, get Food Chain into play with either Misthollow Griffin or Eternal Scourge, exile one to Food Chain to generate the CMC of the creature plus one, cast it from exile over and over and over and BAM! But previous decks have had to rely on another card they needed to tutor for the most part to ensure they could win the game, but then Ukkima,Stalking Shadow was released and we now have a great infinite combo outlet to kill everyone in one foul swoop.


Cadaverous Bloom
Comboing out at warp 4.6 is made fairly easy thanks to Aluren making Ukkima, Stalking Shadow free and instant speed, add in Eternal Scourge and our suite of mana dorks and that's a whole lot of free bodies to mash to your board at the end of the last player's turn. Playing mana dorks means that we have extra mana on hand to soak up other costs and freeing up land for counterspells and protection. In addition to this we have Alchemist's Refuge, though this is a MUCH slower path to flash. Seedborn Muse also lets us take out the table by supplying fresh mana on every turn.
First off the line is Deathrite Shaman, as the whammy shammy is really just a Planeswalker in disguise and the best one mana PW at that. Boreal Druid, Elvish Mystic, Birds of Paradise, Llanowar Elves, Incubation Druid, Rishkar, Peema Renegade, and our POT lite Elvish Archdruid help us to free up lands, for some reason I couldn't fine my Priest of Titania, but if you have one you should absolutely throw it in. Speaking of mana, I have thrown in a copy of Cadaverous Bloom, but have yet to get it online before I kill the table.....


We also HAVE to protect ourselves and our combo from the other players to ensure we don't get disrupted right when we're ready to drop us the bomb. Destiny Spinner is like the combo protection everyone knows about, but no one talks about. This protects us against the dreaded Blue Mage issue, right? Well, just in case we don't get that, we have multiple other ways to protect ourselves. 
Stifle is the outlier here but can stop many things for doing whatever they do, such as stopping a fetch like a GORN. Spell Pierce, Spell Snare, Mental Misstep, Swan Song, Delay, Counterspell and Memory Lapse. Veil of Summer does double the work, allowing us to save our hand, negate direct blue or black removal or just straight up say NO to counterspells. Misdirection allows us to chuck any nasty targeted spells back at their owner for almost free, most of the time and is our replacement for Force of Will. Foe additional disruption we have Windfall and Whispering Madness to ensure we can keep the table off their game plan without risking too much.


Tutors are the name of the game for any deck that wants to win as fast as possible, as we are running a mostly budget cEDH or high EDH level 8 deck, we have plenty of options that we cobbled together from my collection. First up, we should discuss “political” tutors. Scheming Symmetry and Wishclaw Talisman are both fairly political as they also give one of your opponents a free tutor, you will either using this when you're about to win or using it when it seems most advantageous to you. Regular good old tutors are Diabolic Intent, Demonic Tutor, Beseech the Queen, Grim Tutor, Demonic Collusion and Rhystic Tutor. Notably missing is Demonic Consultation because I actually don't own a copy.


Psychosis Crawler
Even though the main combo is Food Chain, it's always good to have a fall back plan just in case something goes wrong. My new fave combo is Psychosis Crawler and a nice new, though expensive, instant win card in the form of Peer into the Abyss. Peer is VERY expensive, even for this deck, but has some really amazing potential to just end the game on the spot. I can see Peer as a way to potentially kill in multiple decks too, so it's not going to be a one and done for this deck alone!

1x Birds of Paradise
1x Boreal Druid
1x Deathrite Shaman
1x Destiny Spinner
1x Elvish Archdruid
1x Elvish Mystic
1x Eternal Scourge
1x Incubation Druid
1x Laboratory Maniac
1x Llanowar Elves
1x Misthollow Griffin
1x Notion Thief
1x Psychosis Crawler
1x Rishkar, Peema Renegade
1x Seedborn Muse
1x Abrupt Decay
1x Brainstorm
1x Cabal Ritual
1x Counterspell
1x Cyclonic Rift
1x Dark Ritual
1x Delay
1x Memory Lapse
1x Mental Misstep
1x Misdirection
1x Mystical Tutor
1x Reclaim
1x Snap
1x Spell Pierce
1x Spell Snare
1x Stifle
1x Swan Song
1x Veil of Summer
1x Beseech the Queen
1x Demonic Collusion
1x Demonic Tutor
1x Diabolic Intent
1x Explore
1x Gitaxian Probe
1x Grim Tutor
1x Merchant Scroll
1x Peer into the Abyss
1x Ponder
1x Rhystic Tutor
1x Scheming Symmetry
1x Toxic Deluge
1x Whispering Madness
1x Windfall
1x Aluren
1x Cadaverous Bloom
1x Carpet of Flowers
1x Food Chain
1x Imprisoned in the Moon
1x Necropotence
1x Rhystic Study
1x Arcane Signet
1x Commander's Sphere
1x Fellwar Stone
1x Lotus Petal
1x Mox Amber
1x Sol Ring
1x Wishclaw Talisman
1x Alchemist's Refuge
1x Bloodstained Mire
1x Breeding Pool
1x Cephalid Coliseum
1x Command Tower
1x Darkwater Catacombs
1x Drowned Catacomb
1x Exotic Orchard
1x Fabled Passage
1x Forbidden Orchard
5x Forest
1x Hinterland Harbor
6x Island
1x Morphic Pool
1x Overgrown Tomb
1x Polluted Delta
1x Reflecting Pool
1x River of Tears
1x Strip Mine
4x Swamp
1x Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1x Watery Grave
1x Wooded Foothills
1x Zagoth Triome
Cazur, Ruthless stalker
Ukkima, Stalking shadow


Well that's all we have time for today, I hope you enjoyed this gross and disgusting cEDH lite budget deck. It has power and can really be super gross once upgraded!