Kokusho, the Evening Star


Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Iconic Masters (IMA) Rare
Modern Masters (MMA) mythic rare
From the Vault: Dragons (DRB) Rare
Champions of Kamigawa (CHK) Rare

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Kokusho, the Evening Star

Legendary Creature — Dragon Spirit


When Kokusho, the Evening Star is put into a graveyard from play, each opponent loses 5 life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.

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Kokusho, the Evening Star Discussion

Stanoley on Meren EDH

2 weeks ago

First off, I really like your deck so far and it seems like you put a lot of time in it, so good job :)

But still i have a few recommendations:

I would probably cut Awakening Zone aswell as From Beyond for Putrefy and Beast Within, because the synergy with enchantments in your deck is limited and interaction is something your opponents should be afraid of. These cards can shut down many combos aswell as swings for letal.

To fine tune a little bit more i would suggest you think about more removal on creatures such as Ravenous Chupacabra or Nekrataal.

If you want to get a step further i think cutting the really expensive cards like razaketh, the foulblooded , Woodfall Primus, Sheoldred, Whispering One, Avenger of Zendikar and Grave Titan would be a good first step on lowering your curve.

Meren is more of a midrange deck wich wins by having more value than you opponent while keeping them at bay. And two or three big finishers like Craterhoof Behemoth, the Protean Hulk combo aswell as Kokusho, the Evening Star and Gray Merchant of Asphodel should be enough.

Furthermore i would say Mycoloth, Thragtusk and Phyrexian Arena are just really slow and don't really fit into a more "competetive" deck. All other cards in your maybeboard seem like a good addition.

Hope this helped and if you have any questions or just want to tell me why you may think otherwise, feel free to message me :) <3

cdkime on Kaalia of the Vast

2 weeks ago

Here are a couple cards to consider cutting:

  • Sire Of Insanity hinders your opponents, but also proves quite counterproductive. One of Kaalia's strengths is being able to cheat in the creature you need that turn, which requires options. Being forced to discard your hand limits these options.

  • Kokusho, the Evening Star is not that exciting. Its ability requires some work or your opponents being generous to use, and its otherwise a 5/5 flyer for six. That's not ideal. While you'll generally want to be cheating out your creatures, sometimes Kaalia will not be in play or has been hit by a Song of the Dryads and is out of commission. In those instances, Kokusho is a fairly disappointing card if you are forced to hard cast it.

  • I would not run Razia's Purification, even with the graveyard antics you have.

  • On that note, I might consider cutting the graveyard recursion spells and enchantments. Kaalia does not really need them.

  • Tariel, Reckoner of Souls is a fun little card, but is not great and can probably be cut.

  • Thunder Dragon is okay, but I would say generally inferior to Balefire Dragon. If your meta has a number of token decks, this card's utility increases some.

  • You have lots of artifact/enchantment removal but might want to cut these and add some more permanent removal. Vindicate and Anguished Unmaking are decent cards.

Otherwise, you have a bunch of very powerful creatures, but think it might be best to focus on the best of the best. What you decide to cut should depend on the decks you tend to play against. Looking at your creatures you plan to add, I would say Balefire Dragon, Iona, Shield of Emeria, and Linvala, Keeper of Silence are the best three.

Hope some of this helps!

Figured I'd also let you know how to link decks without simply pasting a URL. You can use the following steps:

First, you have to copy the red part of the URL for the deck.


Then use:


If you just want a simple link to the deck, like so: Kaalia of the Vast



If you want a more detailed list, like so:

Kaalia of the Vast

Commander / EDH Titus78


JoosetheMuice on Karador, Soul's of the Undying copy

2 weeks ago

You should add Anguished Unmaking and Utter End for sure. Final Parting would also be great here. Kokusho, the Evening Star has gone down in price so that would be a good add. Gonti, Lord of Luxury would also be pretty solid. Unburial rights and Living Death are also pretty solid and I like Increasing Ambition too. Noxious Gearhulk could be pretty dirty too. Artisan of Kozilek and Oblivion Sower might not be bad either. Since karador casts, bringing back artisan allows you to reanimate two things from your graveyard with Karador, and the sower is something ive been testing lately that I have been kind of liking.

shaggyfox91 on Muldrotha, the Solitaire

3 weeks ago

Helm of the Host is in because who doesn't like making multiple copies of Rune-Scarred Demon or Kokusho, the Evening Star or any of the big threats. Slimefoot, the Stowaway is in there because I often have times where I have excess mana or need more creatures to sac. Plus if we land our infinite mana combo we have an infinite army. Same with Wolfbriar Elemental, granted we do have to cast it from hand instead of the graveyard as you pointed out. I have considered both of your suggested artifacts, however it requires a lot of mana to use and in my play group, tutoring means you're about to win so I want my tutors to be able to play multiple roles instead of just searching.

Scytec on Who Needs $150+ Decks???

3 weeks ago

Of course. And no rush, I may or may not make more changes. :p Wish I could playtest more. Unfortunately goldfishing can only tell so much. Someone recommended Kokusho, the Evening Star to me today and it was basically an auto include for me. Seems quite powerful.

Scytec on From the Graves of the Nel Toth

3 weeks ago

Dropped Mycoloth for Kokusho, the Evening Star. I didn't need the additional sac outlet and without some of the other token cards I've removed, Mycoloth was substantially less effective. Though at one time he was a BOMB. Once dropped 57 57/57's thanks to him...oh the good old out of the box days. Haha. Much more consistent now though.

Scytec on From the Graves of the Nel Toth

3 weeks ago

@SynergyBuild - That is some pretty sweet tech. I'm gonna have to look into that little guy. Thanks!

@Aiding - Sorry this took awhile, really appreciate the recommendations...let me break them down.

Vampire Hexmage - Decent in my meta, I'll certainly consider it...if I decide to use it, I'll probably go ahead and add Dark Depths as well.

Spore Frog going in as soon as I get one.

Night's Whisper is good, but I dump my hand so fast, and my meta is actually pretty slow, so the three cards ultimately just outweighs it for me personally.

Harmonize on the other hand is strictly better, so it will replace Cravings as soon as I acquire one. :p

Life // Death - Another meta call, board wipes are often at instant speed in my meta due to other effects and getting my entire mana base scrubbed would be devastating.

Carrion Feeder seems interesting...i may tinker with this but ultimately I'd prefer one of the Altars or Viscera Seer.

Both Zeni...Zeniths?...are great, I just don't own them and while I do ramp, it seems little underwhelming unless I buff my ramp package.

Triumph of the Hordes - I absolutely adore giving people poison counters! This has been on the acquire list for awhile, I just haven't gotten there yet. :p

Birthing Pod should be here...just Another case of I yet to own it. Haha.

Pattern of Rebirth into Craterhoof Behemoth seems legit...but another non-creature spell...may think about Fauna Shaman here actually...

Dark Prophecy is another card on the acquire list...along with Necropotence I don't really have a budget constraint...I'mjust not gonna pick up something like Gaea's Cradle. Anything under like $50 is probably cool tho.

I actually have Kokusho, the Evening Star in another deck...but he fits much better here. I'll make that swap for sure. What would you take out?

Aiding on From the Graves of the Nel Toth

3 weeks ago

So personally, I love Meren and all that she does. Because of that, I have a good amount of cards that I really enjoy that you may also like..

Vampire Hexmage is a free sacrifice that can kill walkers and make some permanents bad - but its totally a meta call.

Spore Frog AKA fog frog should be in every Meren deck because of how BEAUTIFUL he is in negating combat.

Night's Whisper I think is better than ambition's cost. It's half the mana for one less card. Usually, you want 4+ mana things to be doing big stuff and taking the turn off to draw 3 is medium sometimes. If you are looking for that kind of effect, Harmonize does the same thing in a different color.

Life // Death is a GREAT budget card. Reanimates things from your graveyard, can make your lands into creatures to sacrifice with Ashnod's Altar to get experience and lots of mana.

Carrion Feeder can be seer #2

Black Sun's Zenith and Green Sun's Zenith (depending on budget) can be good additions for wiping/searching

Triumph of the Hordes is a personal favorite of mine, but if you dislike infecting people, I understand.

Birthing Pod I think should be in all the Merens, but that also depends on budget and how your people react to that sort of thing.

Pattern of Rebirth can be a tutor for combo-y things if you ever go that way or you can just get a big dumb thing by trading in a little guy.

Dark Prophecy is a budget Necropotence that draws lots of cards.

Kokusho, the Evening Star is my favorite card in MtG and he has a home in all my Meren builds. CoCo Puffs the dragon is a house!

Sorry for the wall of words.. I just enjoy naming cards I enjoy in decks I also enjoy! Make your choices around what you want your deck to remain and make your friends fear the swamp lady!

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