Kozilek, Butcher of Truth

Kozilek, Butcher of Truth

Legendary Creature — Eldrazi

When you cast this spell, 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 their graveyard into their library.

Kozilek, Butcher of Truth Discussion

Lanzo493 on Best Stompy Commander?

6 days ago

I definitely second what Metroid_Hybrid says about Xenagos, God of Revels being one of the strongest big stompy commanders. I'm a green player at heart, so I've always searched for a commander to satisfy my Timmy urge to curb-stomp people in a single combat step. Repeatedly if necessary. Xenagod was the only one that did it good enough for me (not even Atarka, World Render dragon tribal was enough).

Xenagos, God of Revels is strong because 1. He gives haste (that's HUGE), 2. He gives +X/+X, 3. Most of cards worth running in this deck have trample anyway. Nyxbloom Ancient, Blightsteel Colossus, Emrakul, the Promised End, Ghalta, Primal Hunger, Pathbreaker Ibex, and Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger to name a few. As for Eldrazi, what more could you ask for than having haste on Kozilek, Butcher of Truth? That's why I love this commander.

enpc on Mono green v2

1 week ago

Stuff like Tooth and Nail is in there as a tutor more than for cheating creatures into play. Tutors are good. Tutors win games. Also, Ulamog is ok but Kozilek, Butcher of Truth is probably better for the same reason.

shwanerz88 on My Deck is my Phylactery

1 month ago

Hey really nice deck +1 from me I especially like the inclusion of Angel's Grace, Solemnity to make use of cards like Nine Lives. Just started using that Card in my Zedruu deck as a kill shot. I understand the point of having Mycosynth + Forge combo for immortality but 9 + 6 mana are such high CMC's to get to and you really don't have a lot of ramp, not to mention only 34 lands. You Average CMC for the deck is 2/3 which is fine with your current mana base but the Darksteel Forgeand Kozilek, Butcher of Truth just are very out of place. I'd take those 3 cards out and maybe put in some other win cons/extra turns. Approach of the Second Sun is one of my personal favorite cards for pillowfort decks.

Oloro_Magic on Price of the Eldrazi Titans

1 month ago

I love the fact that we are talking about them dropping into the $30-40 range, I remember when these cards were all cheap as anything, it's just a little funny. As for the recent price drop I think there are likely three main factors to this.

The first may have been speculation on the part of some smaller stores on tcg that one or all of the titans would have seen a reprint in double masters. The first couple days of spoilers were heavily saturated with cards that often see play in modern Tron and e-tron, meaning there was the risk that one or all of these found itself into the set, of course however this did not happen, so then why are the prices still relatively low.

The more likely explanation looking at these graphs is that many of these have been steadily rising for a while now, with some notably experiencing a series of small spikes in the lead up to Double Masters which is common enough with reprint sets as buyers try to cash in on at risk cards. Below I have attached the price graph of Kozilek, Butcher of Truth to illustrate this trend:

As we can see, the titans have had a fairly unpredictable price trend the past few months, but from what I see here, the market for them reached its bursting point. This happens from time to time, the cards kept going up as demand increased (in this time frame modern tron began to play more titans occasionally), and then would crash a bit as these spikes seemed to be largely artificial from opportunists. Recently however it got so high, and factoring in that many people aren't in the position to be buying cards these days with the pandemic still raging, that the price was no longer sustainable, suppliers couldn't move them in the numbers they wanted to. Therefore it has begun to drop into what seems to me to be it's plateau price for the time being, the price people are willing to spend for it even though they are still too high in my opinion.

I will say though I'm not seeing much in way of titans under $40 as far as Kozilek, Butcher of Truth is concerned having checked a few sites. Infinite Gyre however does seems to be dropping quite a bit. Given recent trends now seems as good a time as there has been in a while at least to buy that card, as well as Aeons Torn which has been low for a while now, but I think you should be wary if anyone is thinking of investing in these, for the time being it looks like they are pressing up against their cap of supply and demand, and to me are more likely right now to collapse and drop before they rise (pun intended).

DeinoStinkus on Price of the Eldrazi Titans

1 month ago

I was just perusing decks today and found that Emrakul, the Promised End's price was kind of low. I said, okay, what else? All of the titans prices have dropped, as far as I can tell, all of them are under $40.

Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre

Kozilek, Butcher of Truth

Emrakul, the Aeons Torn

Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

Kozilek, the Great Distortion

Emrakul, the Promised End

Gyre has dropped from almost $50 to $32 in only a week.

Butcher has dropped a bit, from like $42 (?) to $36.

Aeons Torn has remained about the same, likely because without the audience if EDH it doesn't see the audience that the other titans enjoy.

Hunger has also dropped quite a bit, from like $45 to $39.

Distortion climbed up to $15 recently, and is now back at the price I originally bought it at ($8 something in late 2018)

Promised End has stayed about the same. It's price has lowered a little bit, but overall not too much, and certainly not as much as Gyre.

I might actually buy Gyre if this continues. Are there recent events in certain formats that might contribute to the drop? They haven't been reprinted in the past year as far as I know (the last old Eldrazi reprint was in Ultimate Masters), and I can't really see any correlation between this and the recent bannings. Any insight on the matter would be helpful.

Bazzul on One card combo Demonlord Belzenlok

2 months ago

CyborgAeon Thank you for your post! It's indeed a very interesting idea... It's very similar to the The Gitrog Monster cEDH combo with dredge, I think the combo is better explained by paraphrasing the description from the Gitrog primer (https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/gitrog-land-combo/)

With Bone Miser and a "discard outlet" (Skirge Familiar) on the battlefield and a Nightmare Void in our hand, we first discard two shufflers ( Kozilek, Butcher of Truth + Dread for example) to gain 2 black mana (Skirge Familiar). They are both shuffled into the deck. Then we discard Nightmare Void to the outlet to gain 1 black mana (Skirge Familiar). Nightmare Void hits the graveyard, causing Bone Miser's "Whenever you discard a noncreature, nonland card, draw a card." When this trigger resolves, we replace the draw with a dredge, getting Nightmare Void back to our hand and milling two cards in the process. If we run at least two shufflers ( Kozilek, Butcher of Truth + Dread for example) we are always guaranteed to have at least 2 cards on top of our deck, which allows the Dredge trigger to always to happen when we discard Nightmare Void. Thus, we can discard Nightmare Void infinite times through Skirge Familiar and gain infinite black mana. We can finish the game with any finisher (for example Syr Konrad, the Grim).

In other words, the win con becomes: Have both Skirge Familiar and Bone Miser on the field and Nightmare Void in our hand. In my experience playing this deck you rarely win the turn you cast Belz because you usually get interrupted (by countermagic for example). Thus, you always need a plan to try to combo off in the next turns… Here Living Death, Ever After and Twilight's Call can provide combo recursion.

Because you need a discard outlet (Skirge Familiar) you are not immune to Cursed Totem but you are indeed immune to Damping Matrix specifically. This is a small advantage over the Necroozy combo.

However, the main advantage from the Necrotic Ooze combo is that creature removal is virtually ineffective (because you can restart the loop on top of any interaction). This combo is vulnerable because when the Nightmare Void trigger is on the stack opponents can cast creature removal such as Path of Exile. This is the reason why I swapped it over the Mike-Trike combo.

I do like the fact it requires less cards and I will add the cards to the maybeboard, however I still think it’s better to run the Necrotic Ooze combo for it’s resilience (in spite of the extra damage taken for requiring more cards).

MTGBurgeoning on Gruul Stompy Featuring Xenagos, God of Revels

2 months ago

So the changes have been made. Here's what I decided:

1) Easily, Atarka, World Render improves the 99 by replacing Rampaging Brontodon. The double strike-enabling for dragons is more valuable than the power toughness buff of Rampaging Brontodon's attack trigger.

2) Questing Beast replaces Vivien's Arkbow. Vivien's Arkbow requires a lot of resources and the deck seems smoother with Questing Beast in its place. Questing Beast is too good to not be included in the deck.

3) Savage Ventmaw replaces Mana Geyser. I actually prefer Savage Ventmaw over Kozilek, Butcher of Truth in this spot. Without any of the spells that used to be included with the previously discussed token package, keeping Mana Geyser in the deck seemed to be an oversight. Savage Ventmaw's attack trigger will help mitigate the loss of this ramp spell.

4) Deflecting Swat replaces Chord of Calling. Chord of Calling is more difficult to cast without the presence of token creatures to help convoke it. In this exchange, a premium for protection was eye-balled. Unfortunately, a copy of Heroic Intervention currently is unavailable, but Deflecting Swat is a great runner-up!

5) I will continue to play-test and game-play with Lurking Predators. In the current deck list it replaces Gratuitous Violence, which was going to be replaced by Fiery Emancipation. This is a work in progress, as Gratuitous Violence has been a great card in the deck for me for a while. I'm open-minded, however, and will continue to give Lurking Predators a chance.

6) Lastly, Inkmoth Nexus is out and Field of Ruin is in. Inkmoth Nexus will find residence in another EDH/Commander deck. Its ability is rarely activated, if ever, by me in this deck. As such, substituting a more helpful land like Field of Ruin and its Maze of Ith-destroying capabilities seems like an easy swap.

And that's the way the news goes. I look forward to continue play-testing and game-playing Xenagos, God of Revels.

CyborgAeon on One card combo Demonlord Belzenlok

2 months ago

Now this might not have occurred to you, but an alternative line to victory is:

1: belzenlok

2: unmask pitching phantasmagorion

3: pitch skirge familiar, any two black cards barring Nightmare Void & Bone Miser

4: cast hollow one, deep wood legate;

5: dread return skirge familiar

6: discard cards to add {b}{b}{b}{b}{b}

7: cast bone miser

8: discard Kozilek, Butcher of Truth (or Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre)

9: discard Nightmare Void endlessly for unbounded mana (always dredge thanks to bone miser)

10: cycle Razaketh's Rite/Death Pulse / Stir the Sands for unbounded card draw (if anybody knows of a similarly cyclable noncreature, nonland card without cycling to use in place of these that would work great too).

11: now with unbounded mana and your entire deck available to be cast - you can do anything you wish:

ulamog or Scour from Existence all their permanents,

make unbounded creatures (if you used stir the sands)

Play soul spike 10-billion times, etc.

This version needs: Bone miser, phantasmagorion, nightmare void, belz, dread return, skirge familiar, ulamog, phantasmagorion, deepwood legate, hollow one, unmask, a cyclable instant/sorcery

(12 cards)

Whereas the current combo needs:

Phantasmagorion, belz, dread return, skirge familiar, deepwood legate, hollow one, unmask, konrad, skittles, cinderhaze wretch, necrotic ooze, lotus guardian, dread, endling

(14 cards)

Not only is this 2 cards more efficient, you are able to perform this through more star pieces such as Damping Matrix, hexproof/otherwise troublesome stax that affects activated abilities.

This contains 4 cards outside of the original combo and can likely be reduced further with some ingenuity. Please let me know what you think @Bazzul

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