Deck Tech: Food Chain with Wes Dawson
Everyone loves a stab at the ol’ Food+Chain deck these days, and Wes Dawson has one of the cooler lists I’ve seen. The addition of Manipulate+Fate functions as a tutor for Misthollow+Griffin that cantrips, very handy, and as a blue card it can even be pitched to Force or Misdirection!
To be honest, I didn’t even remember this card existed, and it sounds like a pretty sweet fit. It’s a smidge slow for Legacy—two mana and no tempo advantage means you’ll often be running it into Daze without any choices, but that’s probably not so bad considering that most of the deck’s win conditions aren’t “Legacy-cheap” either! The cantrip is a nice bit of icing on the cake.
The creature base Wes is running is unique compared to most Food+Chain lists. Sure, he has the Griffins, and he’s also got Fierce+Empath for Emrakul. In fact, three Empaths give him the ability to Intuition for the little guy, in a pinch. But past that, things get weird!
Sower+of+Temptation is particularly spicy. Against opposing Show+and+Tells, Sower is among the best cards you can have in your hand, period. It steals their Griselbrand or Emrakul instantly, granting you a potential win on the next turn. Playing it as a four-drop is also acceptable, and with Food+Chain around you can even chuck the creature you steal! Sower’s also reasonable against Reanimator, since you can try to force it down for the steal or just use it as a blue card to help fight the counter wars.
The sideboard Wes brought to the fight also has a clear bias against these kinds of combo decks, with lots of hate for Reanimator and Show+and+Tell, plus some weapons against Dredge. In fact, Wes appears to be largely ignoring decks like Maverick and RUG Delver with his strategy. Perhaps he doesn’t mind doing so because the matchups are fine?
Mother+of+Runes seems a little troubling for a deck with this many control magic men, but we shall see.
After all, if your opponent just wants to attack with dorks, combo-killing them with protection is a totally fine angle. With everyone warping their deck to fight Griselbrand, Wes can exploit the fact that hate cards like Maverick’s Karakas don’t actually stop him—he’ll take his extra turn with Emrakul, and just use that turn to combo again and recast the Eldrazi for another turn before killing them!