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Herald of Kozilek
Creature — Eldrazi Drone
Devoid (This card has no color.)
Colorless spells you cast cost less to cast.
Latest as Commander
Herald of Kozilek Discussion
1 week ago
I don't know if you will ever see this again or need it because it is such a late response, but it is best to put in 2 cost or lower artifacts to get that easy card draw from Jhoira.The main way the deck should win is to draw out all your cards. You'll need Laboratory Maniac and Jace, Wielder of Mysteries to do this. then just pretty much load up your deck with mana rock artifacts such as Manakin or Silver Myr . Lastly, you'll need some counterspells and some artifacts that are really good, such as Aetherflux Reservoir . Oh, and you will definitely need cost reduction creatures/artifacts. The ones I use are Semblance Anvil , Etherium Sculptor , Jhoira's Familiar , Herald of Kozilek , and Foundry Inspector . A couple of infinite/ win combos you can use would be: Dramatic Reversal and Isochron Scepter . Those two require you to tap two mana to cast a copy of dramatic reversal, so if you tap two of your artifact mana rocks, you can untap all your artifacts. Ancestral Statue can also bounce itself back to your hand, so if you have enough cost reduction to make it free, you basically draw unlimited cards until you win.
1 month ago
jaymc1130: I opted against Jhoira's Familiar and Herald of Kozilek as mana reducers. Herald isn't super great because of its specific UR cost, not benefiting from the majority of the other cost reducers in the deck, and not counting as "Historic" makes it a bit too unreliable in the list. Jhoira's Familiar I desperately wanted to include for flavor, but it was too hard to keep in a 4CMC cost reducer when all of the other reducers are cheaper (at 2 or 3CMC instead).
I honestly dropped Foundry Inspector at first, thinking Scrap Trawler was a better include for some recursion and combo with the KCI, but the more I've tested this here the more I find I skip over the Trawler in favor of a different play. It probably is better to replace the Trawler with a Foundry Inspector, as getting at least two cost reducers is incredibly important for preventing whiffs. Good recommendation.
That is a really interesting loop you've presented with Coveted Jewell and Words of Wind, though honestly this deck's interactions are already complex enough for me to lose track of things easily if I'm not careful. A complex internal loop like that will probably mess up my personal cadence, and it will definitely infuriate my playgroup due to the incidental bouncing all of their stuff. I personally will opt not to run it in my list here, but by all means that is a great idea to include in a similar decklist!
Springleaf Drum is a fantastic recommendation that I didn't even think of! A great cheap artifact that also acts like a mana rock to help prevent whiffs or pay for activation costs once I have certain pieces on the board. Jhoira and all the other creatures in the deck do their thing whether they are tapped or not, so tapping them to the Drum for mana when necessary doesn't hinder the chain in the slightest. What a great budget option over the other 0cmc mana artifacts I noted in the description.
Thanks so much for your insights here, I really appreciate the feedback!
1 month ago
For about 10 bucks you could add Coveted Jewel , Words of Wind , Foundry Inspector , Jhoira's Familiar , Herald of Kozilek and Springleaf Drum . The Drum helps turn your creatures into rituals off of Recall and Retract effects, empowering your storm turn. The Herald, Familiar, and Inspector are other cheap cost reducers for a buck or less. Words of Wind and the Jewel work as a combo in tandem with the cost reducers. As long as you have cost reduction of 4 with Words out you can play the Jewel, draw the first card from Jhoira, tap the Jewel for mana, then skip one of the Jewel draws to return the Jewel to hand to play it again and draw the whole deck. At 5 or more cost reduction this combo also generates net positive mana per loop turning the Jewel into a ritual that draws cards.
Cloud Key is also worth considering, but it's about 15 bucks by itself.
1 month ago
I'm not sure what kind of budget you're looking at, so I'm going to try to keep from suggesting anything too up there.
I'd swap out Purphoros for Reckless Fireweaver . You'll probably end up doing the same amount of damage, but I've found it paints less of a target on you. And Riddlesmith can give you an effect that's similar to Jhoira's, if you want the redundancy.
Stoic Rebuttal is at best Counterspell , and at worst no better than Cancel , so I would just run Counterspell. I know you'll have the Metalcraft 99% of the time, but other than flavor there's no reason to use it instead.
One of the nice things about this deck is how little color mana you need, so I'd upgrade your lands. Since you're running two artifact lands you may as well add in Darksteel Citadel too. Buried Ruin is great for any artifact heavy deck. And Ash Barrens , Grixis Panorama , and Shivan Reef can help color fix for you without slowing you down or hurting you too much. You only have four potential triggers (plus I guess two more for the X spells you have) for Sanctum of Ugin , so I would run another tutor over it, but that's a personal preference. I would also swap out more Mountains for Islands, since your deck is blue heavy, but if you don't have any problems with the ratio then don't worry about it.
Hope some of this was helpful!
4 months ago
7 months ago
Also, Sensei's Divining Top + Helm of Awakening or any other reducer such as Cloud Key, Semblance Anvil, Etherium Sculptor, Herald of Kozilek, Foundry Inspector and Jhoira's Familiar is amazing because it allow you to use Top to draw in response to Jhoira's draw trigger so you get 2 draws.
You can take a look at my Jhoira deck here: Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain - Storm
7 months ago
I do agree with you Darth_Savage about the lands. Basics are in the list simply as place holders as this deck is not physically put together yet. Etherium Sculptor is weaker than Herald of Kozilek and prone to Shock style removal (which runs rampant in my meta.) I realize Herald is dual color cost but I'm willing to make that sacrifice for a bigger body..plus he adds to Vile Aggregate's power. I'll keep the other cards you mentioned in mind.
8 months ago
- Druid of Horns
- Herald of Kozilek
- Slippery Bogle
- Labratory Maniac
- Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker
Thank you all!!!
Herald of Kozilek occurrence in decks from the last year
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All decks: 0.01%