Kozilek, Butcher of Truth


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
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
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 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

Reyemile on Phenax Mill Deck (first homebrew deck)

1 day ago

A few suggestions:

Given that you're a mill deck, "on top of library" effects get extra valuable. There's a lot of them, but Commit deserves special mention for its power and low price.

If you're looking for more combos, you can toss Eater of the Dead in--that plus Phenax is often enough to kill the table. Be prepared to be a target forevermore after your first win, though!

Finally, your deck appears to straight-up lose to Kozilek, Butcher of Truth and Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre. Nihil Spellbomb, Ravenous Trap, Undead Alchemist, and Eater of the Dead (again!) are all affordable solutions to that problem.

floopthepig on The Good (Finished) *Primer*

4 days ago

Trophy Mage should be in this list shouldn't it? If your deck contains Aquamoeba , Kozilek, Butcher of Truth and a Phyrexian Altar the deck goes truly infinite off your Skullclamp combo a 1 of Altar of the Brood can give you an alternative win con over damage or lab maniac but it takes up a bit of room. an alternative to rituals which you have on the maybe board perhaps Turnabout could be an option. Also I like your list as is Thumbs Up

The_Mike on Elves are cute

4 days ago

Looks solid. Resists getting wiped out of the game by drawing cards and regen from the commander.

Still scared of wipes before getting set up for the kill?

In the sideboard I see cards that I'd include as they turn your little elves into spiky value that lasts even if your elves die. Wouldn't pass on these myself.

  • Beastmaster Ascension Just so strong and finishes the game when there's many able bodied elves on the board. Doesn't completely wiff on boardwipes since it's on a permanent. Dies to enchantment removal though.

  • Harvest Season This scales just soooo goooood with Elves. Turn 1 mana dork, Turn 2 two more elves, Turn 3 Profit 3 - 4 lands to the table? Count me in. Later gets a bunch of lands out of the deck. Basically makes a copy of your mana elves that do not die to removal like usual. And the nut start with Heritage Druid....? Moist sounds

In the deck cards I'd replace with the before mentioned ones are either inconsistent when everything goes according to the plan, you have enough redundancy of it, or it's basically replaced by a more fitting function. Critical mass I'd say for a tribal deck to have tribal creatures is around 30, and you got 33 Elves. For a creature based deck 30 to 40 is a good amount, 30 being maybe a bit too little and 40 a bit too much. There's still space to cut from the 41 if need to be but I agree on not touching at least the Elves too.

  • Skullclamp Grave recursion from Renaissance or Counsel replace this as card draw. The other card advantage engines in the deck seem to also be sufficient and more consistent than the clamp. One lord turns off all instant draws. Great in early/mid game to find more elves to get the ball rolling, doesn't push you for the win in the late game like storming off with stuff like Soul of the Harvest.

  • Lurking Predators Never seen it do consistently do anything amazing, and neither have you, right? It can also trigger some ETB effects when you wouldn't want them like Craterhoof Behemoth. Land to the bottom, Land to the bottom, Land to the bottom.

  • Argothian Elder Seems kinda mediocre unless you can go infinite with both Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx and Wirewood Lodge + a bunch of devotion. Untapping just Nykthos itself is sweet too, but as there's next to nothing to get either lands on to the table to make this card matter consistently, I'd make the cut.

  • Sylvan Messenger Possible card draw and an elf body to the field? Yes please. But I feel there's still better elves and better card draw in the deck that missing this one wouldn't be the end of the world.

  • Kozilek, Butcher of Truth Well... It's not an elf for what that's worth. Really though even if this card is amazing and draws a solid 4 with huge body to the field, milling out shouldn't be a problem. I'd see you rather having the cards back in your hand with Counsel or Renaissance than in the deck. When facing mill you get all your elves back if Renaissance gets milled basically as free value from the grave. Get the cards right back in to your hand, use them right away from the hand to win the game.

NoobusMagnus on Brago likes cards too

6 days ago

I'm gonna be honest, I'm thinking I'd like to see an addition in the creature category, in a way that wins with infinite ETB triggers. Laboratory Maniac would allow you to win the game off of your absolutely mental amount of draw effects. Maybe running an O.G. Eldrazi (like Kozilek, Butcher of Truth) for an emergency shuffle effect would be beneficial also, or having Elixir of Immortality.

Maybe cut Sphinx of Uthuun? It seems underwhelming to me, but I haven't played it. I'm just feeling more ways to exploit Brago, King Eternal + Strionic Resonator + Sol Ring.

jacedaniels on PolyOath Tyrant

1 week ago

i feel like this deck wants to set up like a typical mid-range strategy and then stick a game changer right before your opponents try to go off. That said, I feel like the tutors need additional examination. try adding man-lands plus Tolaria West to have additional targets that don't clutter your deck. and there ought to be more than tyrant here. perhaps also Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, Consecrated Sphinx, or Void Winnower are also quite good winners here. Other cards that come to mind are Scroll Rack, Rhystic Study, Sylvan Library, Bribery, and Tooth and Nail (entwined). also i would update the mana base with not only more man lands, but also more basics supplemented with cards such as Rampant Growth and Cultivate to ramp and thin out your library in place of some of your mana rocks. other than that, your deck opens up a lot of interesting possibilities with the hidden commander concept. that is, wanting to play cards that don't fit into you commanders color identity or you want to center your deck around a non legendary creature/permanent, so you instead put it in the 99, and use a general with multiple colors and jamming the deck with a ton of tutors with the aim of getting out the card of choice quickly.

Pieguy396 on If a Commander has no ...

1 week ago

Yep, colorless color identity cards can go in any commander deck - wouldn't want Kozilek, Butcher of Truth players to have all the Sol Ring fun, now would we?

ToffMcSoft on ANIMAR commander help. Please

1 week ago

Take a look @ Animar, Soul of Combos - Turn 3 Win - You can tone this down to be casual by removing some of the higher end cards.

This Animar build is highly tuned for competitive play but will give you the tutorial on playing the commander.

Such as:

CommanderNeyo on Gitrog Control

1 week ago

OK, good to know. XD

I would recommend throwing in Skirge Familiar and Kozilek, Butcher of Truth/Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre. Combined with Dakmor Salvage, you can have limitless mana by dumping Dakmor to Skirge, and you can (in theory) draw your entire deck because you keep repeating the process until only one of the Eldrazi and one other card are left. For reference, see Ender666666's Gitrog primer.

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