Kozilek, Butcher of Truth

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Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters 2015 Edition Mythic Rare
Rise of the Eldrazi Mythic Rare

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Kozilek, Butcher of Truth

Legendary Creature — Eldrazi

When you cast Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, draw four cards.

Annihilator 4 (Whenever this creature attacks, defending player sacrifices four permanents.)

When Kozilek is put into a graveyard from anywhere, its owner shuffles his or her graveyard into his or her library.

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Kozilek, Butcher of Truth Discussion

IDKWhatToBe on Liliana, A discarding Disgrace

4 hours ago

First off, you need to find a wincon for your deck or some general idea of a path you want to follow into. This is the whole bases to winning more! Looking over your deck your theme seems to run around discarding and -/- counters but in all honesty your deck is pretty much everywhere, you should look into just choosing a single or secondary main component.

Run more cards like Bottomless Pit, Necrogen Mists, Oppression and Painful Quandary if you want to run more of the discarding option, yes of course some of these affect also include you but in the long run it stops your opponents from having more answers to your spells.

I would drop all these cards either they're not within your theme, there are better versions or they're not needed.
Burnished Hart & Solemn Simulacrum
Gonti, Lord of Luxury; very situational, he's a great card for possibly taking out their wincons but he's honestly only great as a commander.
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth; I love Kozi but he honestly isn't necessary in this deck and mostly just a fill in card.
Pack Rat; seems useless since you're not a rats based deck.
Zulaport Cutthroat; unless you plan on doing the Gravecrawler combo he's not useful.
Hero's Blade; extremely limited because you don't run many legendary creatures and even then if you use it for Lilli she'll flip later on.
Lashwrithe; equipment isn't recommended because it's not your main theme.
Panharmonicon; even though this is pretty much a stable in EDH you don't run enough ETB effects that'll make this more useful.
Faith of the Devoted; basically Zula Cutthroat but worse.
Torment of Scarabs; a really weak card that isn't that useful in EDH since we all start off at 40 life.
Triumph of Cruelty; in most cases you wont be the player with the largest creature on the field.
Words of Waste; because you'll be discarding a lot your hand will be very small this doesn't help at all with that.
Both Liliana planeswalkers; you'll almost everytime have your Lilli flipped so you wouldn't be able to use them.

Granted all of these are suggestions, do whatever you'd like with my advice! :D

enpc on Marchesa'a School of Wizardry and Mischief

5 days ago

Neither of your infinite mana combo are actually infinite mana outlets. The problem is that all of them are using card draw to fuel them and at some point your library will run out. Plus Azami, Lady of Scrolls + Mind Over Matter doesn't actually net you anything - You draw a card with Azami, only to discard it to untap her. She lets you dig, but that's it. With 99 cards in your deck, This means that with the Arcanis the Omnipotent engine you can net a mximum of 66 cards (99 drawn, 33 discarded to untap him). Using Inalla (which I'm presuimng is your primary win condition) You can do a grand total of (65/5)X7 = 77 damage, which isn't enough to wipe the board (you technically need 126 = (7X6)X3 to win assuming no opponent has gained life).

Adding a Kozilek, Butcher of Truth however makes the combo viable as you can draw your deck, discard it all and then pitch Kozilek to reshuffle it. But again, that combo only works with Arcanis, not Azami. Just some food for thought.

elitestgen on Neheb, the Eternal - (Burn Deck Wins)

1 week ago

Price of Progress and Comet Storm are some of the best burn cards in EDH. Stuffy Doll is great with most all types of red Blasphemous Act style removal. Speaking of removal: Spine of Ish Sah, Chain Reaction, Pyrohemia, Caldera Hellion are all absent at the moment. Solemn Simulacrum because red ramp. Maybe some doublers Gauntlet of Might, Gauntlet of Power, Caged Sun. Is Whispersilk Cloak more valuable than Darksteel Plate in your meta? Lastly since red draw is minimal you might want to consider Wheel of Fortune, Reforge the Soul, Kozilek, Butcher of Truth.

flaminghome on flaminghome

1 week ago

ThatAudioGuy, the idealized version of this deck runs a single copy of each titan, replacing the second Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger with Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre and Eldrazi Devastator with Kozilek, Butcher of TruthI'm going to replace Kozilek's Channeler and Breaker of Armies with 2 more copies of Conduit of RuinI'll probably also replace Endbringer, Thought-Knot Seer and Oblivion Sower with 3 more It That BetraysAnd finally replace 4x Gruesome Slaughter with 4x All Is Dust and 4 times Scour from Existence with 4x Titan's Presence. But a part of me also just runs to run an army of 1x ROE eldrazi + the Titans.

Daedalus19876 on The Ten Plagues: Locust God EDH | *PRIMER*

1 week ago

Apparently I can't actually OPEN those accordion folders I created, because clicking them just hyperlinks to the users in question. Dammit.

Here's the gist of it, abbreviated (sorry):

RazortoothMtg: I felt I had a few options, but I needed to be able to use that combo even when holding up 0 mana. That leaves me 2 options: a free spell like Snapback or Pyrokinesis, or Simian Spirit Guide+Pyroblast. The former seemed better, and I got to kill a Kaalia deck with Snapback so I like it, hehe.

TheRedGoat: Sorry for how curt this is about to sound; I lost probably 700 words in those damnable spoiler boxes above :/ In short:

Words of War is inefficient and requires extra setup alas. I find Leyline of Anticipation to be subpar in this case, and slots are tight. Breath of Fury goes infinite with a draw outlet as long as I have any one undefended opponent, but I cut it anyway because it's too easy to disrupt. My deck is fast enough now (average T4 win) that Mystic Retrieval is too much mana. Hostility works for a couple combos in place of Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, but it's a very bad substitute because it won't save you from decking yourself if the effect in question draws more than 1 card. Also, you can't use Hostility as recursion to re-draw your GY. I would honestly try to get Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre if you want to cut a few $$s, but you do need an "Eldrazi shuffle" for the deck to function right. Purphoros, God of the Forge is virtually never a creature (barely have enough devotion in the deck to turn him on) so I'm not running Curiosity. I did add Mind Over Matter for the Niv-Mizzet combo tho. And when you do make that more casual Locust God deck, feel free to link me! :)

Again, sorry for the curtness. If you want more detail feel free to ask for clarification.

Daedalus19876 on The Ten Plagues: Locust God EDH | *PRIMER*

1 week ago
I agree that having Laboratory Maniac in play beforehand (or Purphoros, God of the Forge, or a Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind) does the trick with the Kindred Discovery combo, but that's just ASKING for removal to kill me. I want an instant I can cast from hand that can terminate the loop, and I want to be able to cast it even when tapped out. This leaves me 3 options: Pyrokinesis, Snapback, or Simian Spirit Guide+Red Elemental Blast. Of those three, I like Snapback because it's also decent as an answer for a Blightsteel Colossus or Protean Hulk or what-have-you, even when I'm tapped out. I got to kill a Kaalia deck with Snapback yesterday, so I'm not unhappy with how it's playing so far haha.
Thanks for your continued thoughts on the deck haha! IN order:

I don't like Leyline of Anticipation much TBH. It's always a "cute" card that doesn't actually give me enough advantage to matter :(

Breath of Fury's combo works as long as at least one player has no flyers (very likely in 4-to-5-player), because I can keep hitting that player with the enchanted Locust while my other Locusts swing at other players.

With regards to Faithless Looting vs recursion, this deck is getting increasingly fast, to the point where I am consistently winning T4 or earlier. In that light, the mana needed for the recursion spells is too high.

With regards to Kozilek, Butcher of Truth vs Hostility - Hostility only works in half of the combos, I'm afraid. It won't let you go infinite with Skullclamp, and it cripples your combo with Kindred Discovery. The biggest effect, however, is that you can't use discarding him as a source of recursion. When I have infinite draw but no win-con left in my deck (which happens a LOT) I can discard Kozilek, Butcher of Truth to functionally put my GY into my hand. Hostility won't let you do that :( Finally, you can't cast Hostility off of Ashnod's Altar and/or Mana Echoes. All in all, I really suggest biting the bullet and buying a copy, I'm afraid. He's pretty central to the deck's strategies.

Curiosity (and by extension, Ophidian Eye) are too situational when I don't have Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind out. I love the idea of pairing them with Purphoros, but he's virtually never a creature :( I only have 17 devotion to red in the entire deck! I am, however, going to put in Mind Over Matter, which does combo with Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind ;)

And when you post your more creature-centric build, please link me! I'd love to take a look hahahaha.

DarkEclipse18: Thanks for both suggestions! I was actually planning on putting in Mind Over Matter already haha (hadn't finished the next update lol), and I'll definitely consider Aggravated Assault :) Mind re-clicking that upvote button, though? It didn't seem to have worked the first time.

Avulth on Wheel and Deal With It

1 week ago

Have you considered Kozilek, Butcher of Truth or other Eldrazi titans to help prevent getting decked? Only problem is that it doesn't save you from Plagiarize/Consecrated Sphinx.

DudelRok on Rakdos, Lord of Riots featuring ...

2 weeks ago

You'll want "ping" effects to actually get Rakdos into play. Stuff like Pestilence and Pyrohemia or Plague Spitter, and don't forget to find yourself a Maga, Traitor to Mortals 'cause you might as well kill someone before you cast your 0 mana Kozilek, Butcher of Truth.

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