Artisan of Kozilek

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ultimate Masters (UMA) Uncommon
Commander Anthology 2018 (CM2) Uncommon
Duel Decks: Zendikar vs. Eldrazi (DDP) Uncommon
Modern Masters 2015 Edition (MM2) Uncommon
Commander 2014 (C14) Uncommon
MTG: Commander (CMD) Uncommon
Archenemy (ARC) Uncommon
Rise of the Eldrazi (ROE) Uncommon
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Artisan of Kozilek

Creature — Eldrazi

When you cast this spell, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield.

Annihilator 2 (Whenever this creature attacks, defending player sacrifices two permanents.)

Artisan of Kozilek Discussion

multimedia on Deck of PunkFace

3 weeks ago

Hey, Sol Ring is a staple mana rock in Commander. Ancestral Statue can by itself put a lot of counters on Animar. After it's on the battlefield it can bounce itself back to your hand and since it's mana cost is colorless then four counters on Animar makes it free to cast. Neoform and Eldritch Evolution after sacing a two drop or three drop creature are budget ways to tutor for Statue and put it onto the battlefield.

Artisan of Kozilek is a powerful budget colorless creature. Fierce Empath can tutor for Artisan or one of five other creatures you currently have including Broodmaster. Good luck with your deck.

Permafrost on The Best Pies in London

1 month ago

Vraska, Golgari Queen is another great include, although she has gotten pricey as well. This card doesn't see much play, but i like Curse of Opulence . You will get way more use out of the tokens it makes than your opponents. Revel in Riches would be nuts in this list as well. If you wanted more token producers, From Beyond and Dreadhorde Invasion are both cheap and effective. Running From Beyond could open the door a bit for cards like World Breaker , Artisan of Kozilek , or Decimator of the Provinces for a nice finisher. Those are all pretty synergistic with your strategy as well.

multimedia on Nikya, the New Way

2 months ago

Hey, 64 creatures? I understand Nikya doesn't let you cast noncreature spells, but 64 is kind of overkill.

Temur Sabertooth lets you take some advantage of Nikya's ramp by bouncing her to your hand to then use the ramp on a noncreature spell such as Primal Surge. Some noncreature spells within the budget to consider adding:

Other cards within the budget to consider adding:


Cards to consider cutting:

  • 3x Mountain
  • 2x Forest
  • Hungering Hydra
  • Zhur-Taa Druid
  • Fertilid
  • Primeval Protector
  • Nessian Wilds Ravager
  • Cyclops of Eternal Fury
  • Burning Sun's Avatar
  • Nessian Game Warden
  • Heroes' Bane
  • Stone-Seeder Hierophant
  • Arbor Colossus
  • Waker of the Wilds
  • Dictate of Karametra

multimedia on Rakdos Beatdown

2 months ago

Hey, you're welcome :)

I don't want to discourage you by suggesting to add so many cards and cut so many cards. You have a really good plan for when you get Rakdos onto the battlefield, but the problem is you haven't included many ways to cast Rakdos. Because can only cast him if an opponent loss life for the turn. You have a great late game base of creatures, really good, but there's not very much, if any, early game plays to make. Commander decks want three plans at various stages of a game. One for the early game, one for the mid game and one for the late game. Right now you have planned out the mid and late game well, but have neglected the early game. My advice is sacrifice some mid and late game cards for early game cards.

Some examples of different plans for each stage of the a game.

Early game (ramp and pingers):

Mid game (Rakdos and reanimation):

Late game (Eldrazi and other big creatures)

In my opinion it's better to have a lot more early game plays then mid and late game. The early game plays should help to setup and get into the mid and late game. Low mana cast reanimation/enablers is an an example of early game plays that can be just as good as a mid/late game plays. Tutors are an excellent bridge between each stage of the game because they let you get a certain card for what ever stage you're at and in of need at the time.


As I said in my last comment I think you can cut quite a few of the big creatures and replace them with more early game cards that let you interact with Rakdos faster.

Cards to consider cutting:

  • Cinder Barrens
  • Bloodfell Caves
  • 1x Mountain
  • 1x Swamp
  • Chainer, Dementia Master
  • Endling
  • Garna, the Bloodflame
  • Geth, Lord of the Vault
  • Greven, Predator Captain
  • Hythonia the Cruel
  • K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth
  • Massacre Girl
  • Nighthowler
  • Overseer of the Damned
  • Soul of Innistrad
  • Tetzimoc, Primal Death
  • The Haunt of Hightower
  • The Scorpion God
  • Fated Return
  • Phthisis
  • Blackblade Reforged
  • Whispersilk Cloak
  • Loxodon Warhammer
  • Sword of Truth and Justice

All these cards are by no means bad, they're just in my opinion worse than the other cards here. In my last comment I listed about 20 cards for you to consider adding most except Heartless Hidetsugu and Artisan of Kozilek were one to three CMC. Which included pingers ( Spear Spewer , etc.), mana rocks ( Rakdos Signet , etc.), reanimation/enablers ( Doomed Necromancer , Buried Alive , etc.) and instant removal ( Chaos Warp , etc.).


40 lands is a lot of lands, consider cutting some for additional mana sources (mana rocks)?

I think you're better off adding mana rocks then having lots of lands and equipment. I think it helps your deck more to have color fixing and ramp then equipment. Mana rocks are excellent early game plays. Equipment are mid to late game plays and they only do something if you have creatures on the battlefield who can attack. Rakdos or Sin Prodder could be good sources of a creature for equipment, but equipment overall is not doing much here. Because of mana cost for Rakdos then mana rocks that can make colored mana are more desirable then ones that can't. However if you have the powerful mana rocks that only make colorless mana ( Sol Ring , etc.) still play them because they're some of the best cards in Commander.

Lots of basic lands can be problematic when the main casting cost you're trying to make is for Rakdos. Some other playable Rakdos dual lands to consider adding:

king-saproling on Fight me bro

2 months ago

Nice you picked a really cool general for your first EDH! Nice to see Gruul getting some love. You do have a lot of noncreature stuff though, which your general seems to hate.

You might swap some of those noncreature things out for some of these: Ruric Thar, the Unbowed , Krosan Restorer , Magus of the Candelabra (this guy is super good when your general is out, all your lands will effectively make 3 mana each!), Voyaging Satyr , Reclamation Sage , Genesis Hydra , Savageborn Hydra , Apocalypse Hydra , Garruk's Horde , Garruk's Packleader , Duskwatch Recruiter  Flip, Drumhunter , Artisan of Kozilek , Ulvenwald Tracker , Foe-Razer Regent , Gruul Ragebeast

multimedia on Rakdos Beatdown

2 months ago

Hey, you definitely like high mana cost cards (5 CMC plus). There's 28 here!

How do you expect to be able to cast Rakdos? Consider more cards that make an opponent lose life? This deck will have a difficult time functioning without having Rakdos on the battlefield, being able to reduce the casting cost of creatures. With a 4.9 avg. CMC even being able to cast Rakdos is going to be a problem.

My advice is focus much more on the early game and much less on the late game. You don't need 25 high mana cost creatures for Rakdos, it's overkill.

Cards to consider adding:

In the early game you want to make it easier to cast Rakdos this means mana rocks that can help make mana for his difficult casting cost and repeatable pingers to be able to make your opponents lose at least one life to be able to cast Rakdos.


Heartless Hidetsugu can reduce a ton of colorless mana with Rakdos with one activation. Use this reduction to free cast Eldrazi (Ulamog and Emrakul). Artisan of Kozilek can be reanimation and Void Winnower is also good. These Eldrazi are really the only high mana cost creatures you need because lets face it there's not a lot of other creatures that can even compare in power level.

Other high mana cost creatures of the ones here to consider keeping are: Ilharg, the Raze-Boar , Sidisi, Undead Vizier , Urabrask the Hidden , Etali, Primal Storm , Archfiend of Despair , Vilis, Broker of Blood , Sheoldred, Whispering One . This is a base to consider:

  • Heartless
  • LLharg
  • Sidisi
  • Urabrask
  • Eltali
  • Archfiend
  • Vilis
  • Sheoldred
  • Ulamog
  • Ulamog
  • Emrakul
  • Artisan
  • Winnower

There's beginnings of a reanimation strategy here with Chainer, Nightmare Adept . Reanimation is a good a backup plan to be able to get big creatures onto the battlefield without Rakdos. Reanimation needs two parts: enablers to get creatures into your graveyard and the actual reanimation to cheat them onto the battlefield. Consider expanding on each of these parts?

The Necromancers are good with Chainer. Discard a big creature than cast one of the Necromancers from your graveyard, it gets haste, sac it to reanimate the big creature you just discarded.

Other cards to consider adding:

If you would like I can give you a list of cards to consider cutting. Good luck with your deck.

RNR_Gaming on Atla's Eggs

3 months ago

You only seem to have one titan. I'm assuming you'll be adding the rest later. Kozilek, Butcher of Truth and Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger should definitely be in. Additionally, the lesser eldrazi: It That Betrays , Artisan of Kozilek and Pathrazer of Ulamog would all be great includes. You could also think about Darksteel Colossus and Blightsteel Colossus (I would wait for a reprint on blightsteel though)

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Artisan of Kozilek occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.05%

Green: 0.11%

Rakdos: 0.29%