Kozilek, Butcher of Truth


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
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ultimate Masters Promo (UMAP) Mythic Rare
Ultimate Masters (UMA) Mythic Rare
Modern Masters 2015 Edition (MM2) Mythic Rare
Rise of the Eldrazi (ROE) Mythic Rare

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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

Cat_With_Headphones on Selvala, Waifu of the Wilds

2 days ago

Yay mono green! My baby is similar to yours, though I like to run “fight” cards like Pounce , Rabid Bite and Nature's Way to get rid of bad creatures. I’ve never been a fan of Impervious Greatwurm as it doesn’t even have Trample, so I use the pricier Kozilek, Butcher of Truth since it makes unprepared mill decks cry.

Great job, keep it up!

iAzire on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

1 week ago

Daxos the Returned is High Power I believe. My deck list on here is outdated, I'll try to update it soon.

I play other decks that are tiered like Kaalia of the Vast (High Power), Ghoulcaller Gisa (Mid Power), Marrow-Gnawer (Mid Power), Kozilek, Butcher of Truth (Mid Power).

Daxos the Returned is at least a Tier above those decks, and Kaalia is not High Power, she should be Mid.

cdkime on Can you still be milled ...

1 week ago

You do not lose for having 0 cards in your library; you lose for drawing a card when you have 0 cards in your library.

Rule 104.3c If a player is required to draw more cards than are left in their library, they draw the remaining cards and then lose the game the next time a player would receive priority. (This is a state-based action. See rule 704.)

So, even in the absence of Kozilek, Butcher of Truth , the mill will not cause them to lose the game.

To illustrate, here's how things play out in your situation.

You mill them to 0, one of those cards being milled is Kozilek, Butcher of Truth . At this point, they have not lost the game, because they have not drawn from an empty library.

Kozilek, Butcher of Truth 's ability triggers and goes on the stack. The trigger resolves and shuffle's their library back into their graveyard. They now have cards in library, so will not be drawing from an empty deck on their draw step.

EvilSquirrelz on Can you still be milled ...

1 week ago

Scenario: my opponent has 10 cards left in my library and one of them is Kozilek, Butcher of Truth . I hit them with a mill 20 cards (actual numbers are irrelevant; just that they have to mill more cards than what remains in their library). Does Kozilek's ability save them or do they lose because the ability needs to wait for the milling to complete to resolve on the stack?

Ixthinon on Neheb, around the world

2 weeks ago

Hey there!

What about a Sword of Feast and Famine ?

Sword of Feast and Famine + Aggravated Assault is also infinite.

Also maybe either Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre or a Kozilek, Butcher of Truth ? They let reshuffle your graveyard into library if you toss them in the discard pile, which is amazing because you won't deck yourself with all the wheel of fortune effects. They're also amazing to use with haste effects.

Cool Deck!

enpc on "Ashes can't be embalmed" | Neheb Champion EDH

2 weeks ago

IAmTheWraith: That's true, I forget that there are other bits of text on the eldrazi. I would say that the only one you would want is Kozilek, Butcher of Truth for more card draw though. I don't think the rest of them add enough value personally, not for the mana cost at least. Kozilek has the benefit of card advantage, which works well in the deck.

PhotogenicParasympathetic on Losing to Precons and annoying ...

3 weeks ago

Personal favorite EDH memory: my opponent playing his $1500 Kozilek, Butcher of Truth deck against my at-the-time ~$50 Toshiro Umezawa deck and getting salty because he didn't understand why my cheap deck was thrashing his expensive one. Turns out, when your opponent has Akroma's Memorial , but then repeatedly kills your Spine of Ish Sah , you get a free answer.

TL;DR, this is a game of skill, not a game of who-has-the-best-deck.

StopShot on Why isn't EDH's The Gitrog ...

3 weeks ago

For those who are not familiar with this combo it goes something like this: (Otherwise skip to the second paragraph if you know how this works.)

All you need is The Gitrog Monster and a card like Noose Constrictor on the battlefield with the card Dakmor Salvage in hand. (Note: it doesn't need to be Noose Constrictor as Lotleth Troll , Olivia's Dragoon , Oblivion Crown , or any other free discard outlet will work for this.) By discarding Dakmor Salvage to the Noose Constrictor , The Gitrog Monster will trigger allowing you to draw a card for having a land enter your graveyard, however; you can then replace that draw trigger with the same Dakmor Salvage you discarded to dredge it back into your hand. Essentially through continuous dredges you'll put more lands into your graveyard from your library allowing you to draw extra cards into your hand. In your deck you'll also have either an Emrakul, the Aeons Torn , Kozilek, Butcher of Truth , Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre , or Gaea's Blessing to eventually mill into your graveyard. This will allow you to shuffle your graveyard into your deck an infinitely repeatable number of times until you can draw all the cards in your deck for free due to stacking draw triggers. At this point you can probably utilize any win condition of your choice such as exiling multiple Simian Spirit Guide 's to cast Conflagrate or Lightning Storm for lethal.

While 5 mana is a big asking price for the fast Modern environment, Ad Nauseam decks still see some degree of play, whereas this strategy I don't believe sees any. The Gitrog Monster is also very resistant against a lot of common Modern removal such as Lightning Bolt , Lightning Helix , Abrupt Decay , Inquisition of Kozilek , Fatal Push , Dismember , Lightning Axe , Thing in the Ice  Flip, and unlike Ad Nauseam decks it also survives against Duress , Collective Brutality , Dispel , Negate , and Spell Pierce . Furthermore if you try to remove the discard outlet or exile their graveyard while the first draw/dredge trigger is on the stack, the Gitrog Monster player may still have the option to discard another land or activate a different draw effect ( Street Wraith , Ghost Quarter ) in response to the removal spell to put another draw/dredge trigger on the stack on top of the removal spell, effectively allowing the Gitrog player to draw out their deck with the removal still on the stack. Lastly, there a lot of tutor/search effects that can make assembling this combo more consistent such as Adventurous Impulse , Oath of Nissa , Grisly Salvage , Sylvan Scrying , Summoner's Pact , Time of Need , Traverse the Ulvenwald , and even Goryo's Vengeance can make pulling off this combo much faster as well as consistently.

Given all the card support in the Modern format why doesn't The Gitrog Monster EDH infinite combo see play in Modern or at least as much play in comparison to Ad Nauseam decks?

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Kozilek, Butcher of Truth occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.06%

Green: 0.19%

Golgari: 0.13%

Rakdos: 0.16%