Kokusho, the Evening Star


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander 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

SufferFromEDHD on Council of Ghosts

4 days ago

I recently built Teysa Karlov but I'm liking the idea of a sac outlet as the commander.

Flesh Carver , Hallowed Spiritkeeper , Kokusho, the Evening Star , Yosei, the Morning Star have been surprisingly strong in my list and would probably do work in this list too.

Seventy7INa45 on Golgari Combo Queen - Meren EDH Reanimator

2 weeks ago

Gorbah - Thanks for the feedback. I had Kokusho, the Evening Star in here a long time ago, and he is really good, but I found that I get more mileage out of Gray Merchant of Asphodel . In the late game, Gary usually wins it for me

I also had Sheoldred, Whispering One in here for a while too, and he abilities are seemingly made for Meren. Problem was, she was so good I drew a ton of hate as soon as I played her, and maybe only got to one person's upkeep before she was dealt with. I determined I would rather have the high-mana creature slots for something I could get more value out of before they died.

Plaguecrafter is already in the deck, and I have thought about running more effects like it, but I'm not really going for Stax Meren (hence why there isn't Contamination or Mindslicer ). I have built it before, but it just isn't my preferred way to play. Stax Meren is powerful and likely better than this deck most of the time, but I have more fun with this version.

Thanks for the feedback!

Gorbah on Golgari Combo Queen - Meren EDH Reanimator

2 weeks ago

Kokusho, the Evening Star , once you can get this easily out and in the grave its a powerhouse !

Sheoldred, Whispering One , Letting people sac each upkeep and recurring from the grave on your upkeep, what else can Meren ask for ?

Mindslicer ; Very nice stax creature ! We can recurr enough cards out of the grave.

And since im talking about stax, my favo playstyle with Meren I always run : Fleshbag Marauder , Magus of the Abyss , Manglehorn , Merciless Executioner , Plaguecrafter All the ETB sac affects are extremely powerful if you have a Dictate of Erebos or Grave Pact on the field !

Hope i can change your mind a bit and play more stax :) your friends will love it !!! :D :D


[email protected]_only on Teysa's Token Engine

2 weeks ago

Love the deck - been wanting to make a similar one for a while. accordianing suggestions to avoid filling the page.

Origin Spellbomb - double dips as part of "Lay me Down to Rest" here, allowing extra card draw for token generation.

Roc Egg - double dips as well, making multiple 3/3 flying tokens when it dies with your general on the field.

Sorin, Lord of Innistrad - pumps out lifelinkers, pumps out emblems. double win.

Hallowed Spiritkeeper - the bigger the graveyard, the bigger the swarm

Anointed Procession - Double up on tokens. works with Treasure & Clue tokens too

Wurmcoil Engine - double dips into a on death trigger

Hangarback Walker - double dips into, you guessed it, a death trigger. sensing a theme in my suggestions...

Sifter of Skulls - acts as an additional Pawn of Ulamog , but gives them 1/1 s instead of 0/1s

Pitiless Plunderer - gives treasure tokens on you creature's death.

Revel in Riches - gives treasure tokens on enemy creature's death, and an alternate win con

Sacred Mesa - also triggers a sac proc each turn you keep it around

Hidden Stockpile - a sac outlet that grants creatures.

Elspeth, Sun's Champion - pumps out tokens 3 at a time, or wide down the fatties. or both.

Twilight Drover - make tokens when tokens die. the cycle continues.

Custodi Soulbinders - makes tokens based on how many creatures were in play.

White Sun's Zenith - EoT mana dump for all the tokens. follow up with general cast, swing.

Entrapment Maneuver - force a solo attacker to die, makes tokens. handy little overlooked combat trick.

Legion's Landing  Flip - makes a single token for 1. lingers a bit, then turns into a land that makes tokens.

Lingering Souls - kind of a staple of Orzhov spirits, was kinda supprised not to see it.

Luminarch Ascension - stall to make stupidly cheap angels.

Massacre Wurm - each creature of theirs that dies will take another nibble out of their health. it all adds up.

Shadows of the Past - lets you dig quickly through your deck with aenough death effects. doubles as a recurable life drain effect once your yard is deep enough

Sangromancer - death is life. who knew?

Pious Evangel  Flip doesn't look it, but his flip is another Zulaport Cutthroat for your deck.

Bloodchief Ascension starts out small, but starts draining hard once it gets rolling.

Martyr's Bond is Butcher of Malakir for ALL permanent types you control.

gravepact and / or Dictate of Erebos act as non-wrathable butchers as well.

Vampiric Rites is a solid, cheap card draw engine for tokens.

Thallid Soothsayer is it's legged, slightly more expensive brother (no life gain, but no black mana cost. more expensive, but has legs. bit of give and take, really)

Perilous Myr - can be a decent source of colorless burn as needed, when paired with a good reanimation engine.

Seraph of the Scales - this card is solid, if not amazing, so I was rather suprised to not see it here.

Yosei, the Morning Star - either lock down 2 opponents for a turn, or one opponenet for 2 turns. either way is a solid win.

Archon of Justice - exile a threat on death. simple enough.

Ashen Rider - triggers coming and going, but kinda pricey mana wise. worth looking at if nothing else.

Kokusho, the Evening Star - drain ALL THE THINGS!

Solemn Simulacrum - goes in most decks, didn't see it here so I figured I'd mention it.

Vindictive Lich - gives alot of options for a single death effect.

TypicalTimmy on Can Xantcha be the most ...

3 weeks ago

Well, since your opponent automatically gains control of her, you don't have time to equip things such as Darksteel Plate to keep her alive.

What I'd suggest is Rakdos Ramp. Literally every single stone you could possibly get your hands on and smash that as relentless as possible.

Sanguine Bond and Exquisite Blood and similar cards are an absolute must. You want to feed off of their pain and torment.

Compile this with cards that force damage or trades; We're talking Browbeat , Mogis, God of Slaughter , Indulgent Tormentor , Ryusei, the Falling Star , Kokusho, the Evening Star , Risk Factor , Vexing Devil , etc.

aceshigh08 on Teysa Karlov’s Double D’s

3 weeks ago

Bloodghast with Skullclamp is crazy good. 1 mana draw 4, then make your land drop and do it again. Sun Titan , Massacre Wurm , Kokusho, the Evening Star also work really well in my build.

legendofa on Fall of the Star Dragons

3 weeks ago

Maybe I'm wrong, but this is what I see happening. Equip Blade of Selves to let's go with Kokusho, the Evening Star . Attack with Kokusho, the Blade creates a token copy for each opponent you're not attacking. Those tokens are legendary creatures with the same name as the original, so they immediately go to the graveyard. That triggers their effects. The Blade exile effect applies at end of combat, well after the tokens have gone awa

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Kokusho, the Evening Star occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.05%

Black: 0.38%

Golgari: 0.2%

W/B (Orzhov): 0.71%