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Kozilek's Return deals 2 damage to each creature.
Whenever you cast an Eldrazi creature spell with converted mana cost 7 or greater, you may exile Kozilek's Return from your graveyard. If you do, Kozilek's Return deals 5 damage to each creature.
Kozilek's Return Discussion
1 week ago
So, I feel like I should mention that Erayo, Soratami Ascendant / Erayo's Essence is super-duper banned in EDH. If your playgroup is alright with it, keep it in; but be aware that about 95% of players would not be happy.
I suggest replacing it with something like Counterbalance , which works nicely with your Sensei's Divining Top . Also, if your general is on the field, being able to look and see if you want to reveal the top card of your deck to counter a spell is pretty valuable.
Mystical Tutor is awesome if your general is on the field, as it becomes a pseudo-tutor-to-hand effect.
Narset, Parter of Veils is a pretty busted card -- she even lets you clear a creature off of the top of your deck if you need it, in addition to her static hate-ability. Pairing her with a Windfall is especially powerful. Faithless Looting is another way to get past uncastable creatures and/or lands.
I've had good success with Treasure Cruise in my Elsha of the Infinite list. Similarly, I think Dig Through Time is probably a better Drawn from Dreams , as it is instant-speed. Other mass-draw spells to consider include: Fact or Fiction , Chemister's Insight , Chart a Course .
If you run only monks and your meta isn't tribal-heavy, Harsh Mercy may be worth including.
Your ramp package has some room for improvement. I've never been impressed with three-mana mana-rocks in EDH, since two-drop rocks are available and tend to be better. I suggest running some of the following instead of your Chromatic Lantern , Commander's Sphere , and a few other cards if you want to make cuts: Talisman of Progress , Talisman of Conviction , Talisman of Creativity , Mind Stone , Thought Vessel , Azorius Signet , Everflowing Chalice (which can be cast for zero off the top, if you really want to get past it), Prismatic Lens , Coldsteel Heart (maybe), Arcane Signet , Fellwar Stone or even Guardian Idol . This has the added bonus of allowing you to cut some lands -- I don't think you should be running more than 34, and probably want to be around 32 or 33.
If you craft your creature-package carefully, you can run effects like Kozilek's Return or Pyroclasm . Keep in mind that these trigger prowess, so your Monastery Mentor will survive a Pyroclasm , assuming you're the one who casts it.
Counterspells are tough in Elsha of the Infinite , since you can't cast them without a target and thus can clog the top of your deck. To fix this, try modal counters that can be cast with an empty stack. Some to consider: Pyroblast , Red Elemental Blast , Archmage's Charm , Mystic Confluence , Izzet Charm .
You appear to do very little library-searching. You can take advantage of this with Mindlock Orb , which punishes tutor-tribal decks (decks anything like the ones I build and play against) hard.
Steel of the Godhead is, I think, better than your Aether Tunnel . It does cost one more mana, but it gives Elsha of the Infinite lifelink, which means it can likely also replace Basilisk Collar and free up a card-slot.
Alright. That's all I got. Good luck!
1 month ago
Speaking as something of an EDH sadist, you should run Curiosity . Enchanting Niv-Mizzet, Parun and then drawing a card creates a loop, provided you continue targeting opponents with the ping. Unfortunately, in EDH you're usually going to have to deal 120 damage to win, and this loop only works so long as you have cards in your library. So in all likelihood, you'll only kill one and a half opponents. You can end the loop by targeting a creature (including your general, if he's the only one on the field), in order to not deck yourself.
One solution to this is to add Timetwister effects. The card itself is in excess of $2,000 these days, so, if you have that kind of money, just buy a small boat. Consider Day's Undoing , Diminishing Returns , Clear the Mind or Time Spiral in addition to your Echo of Eons ... If you cast these after drawing your deck with the Curiosity loop, you can continue shooting people.
Completely shifting gears, I love that you're running Ponder and Brainstorm . Xerox cantrips like these dig you to what you need and past what you don't. Preordain is similarly busted, and Brainstorm goes from good to great with shuffle effects like your Evolving Wilds or Terramorphic Expanse . The Zendikar/Onslaught fetches, like Scalding Tarn or Flooded Strand , are the gold standard here, though they do tend to be very expensive. Slow fetches, like Bad River or Mountain Valley , are similar, cheaper, and still powerful. Faithless Looting is a great card in EDH, as it is in many ways a red Preordain . If you want to go the combo-route, Gitaxian Probe is great for checking for enemy counter-magic.
Dig Through Time is similar to the above suggested Treasure Cruise . I suggest running one or the other, but not both; delve tends to get in its own way, if there're too many delve cards in the deck. Since Dig Through Time sees more cards, if you want to use the Curiosity loop, I think it's better; if you have ethical qualms about infinite loops in EDH, Treasure Cruise is better in that it provides more card-advantage.
A similar source of card-advantage is Mystic Remora . Landing this one turn one can slow down your opponents if you have a slower hand, and in more inexperienced metas it can easily be an Ancestral Recall or two. It's similar effect to your Rhystic Study with a higher cost on the trigger means you can get some real value fast.
Your artifact-ramp can use some work. Chrome Mox is great if you draw your deck and need to cast a Timetwister effect, though it is $40-ish. Talisman of Creativity is extremely powerful, as is Prismatic Lens , Fellwar Stone , the soon-to-release Arcane Signet , Thought Vessel and Coldsteel Heart . In general, two-mana ramp is a lot better than three-mana ramp in EDH, as once you hit three mana you should be trying to do more powerful things. Mana Vault is good for casting Thousand-Year Storm early.
One card I think would be fun to try is Goblin Welder . He lets you reanimate your Inkwell Leviathan for cheap, if you discard it early in the game. Wurmcoil Engine is a great card to sac-recur, as its splitting in two means you end up, over time, netting more and more artifacts to the field. However, this synergy is very slow if you can't untap your Goblin Welder . One thing to consider that is often forgotten with Goblin Welder is that you can use it to target your opponents' stuff. If you're facing down a Blightsteel Colossus and it's controller has an artifact in the 'yard, you can make your opponent sac the Blightsteel and return the (presumably less powerful) artifact.
Depending on your meta, you may want to consider Pyroclasm , Anger of the Gods , Kozilek's Return , etc. These are cheaper than your Mizzium Mortars , and if you're careful you can avoid killing your own dudes.
Presumably, after the first game or two your opponents will start trying to kill your general on sight. Increased cheap interaction will protect him and maintain any advantage you have; Swan Song , Turn Aside , Dispel , Spell Snare , Spell Pierce or even Mental Misstep (in some metas) are all worth considering.
Right. That's all I got. Good luck!
1 month ago
I've got to disagree. The statue on Idol of Oblivion looks like the one on the left of Shrine of the Forsaken Gods . The armored and helmated one that looks like Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre . Not the robed and "crowned" one that looks like Kozilek, the Great Distortion Although you can see the spikey halo that the "crown" evokes better on Kozilek's Return . If it is one of the three Old Gods of Zendikar it is definitely Ula.
2 months ago
Sideboard is very close to where I would like to be. Here are my thoughts:
Let me know what you think of the revamp!
5 months ago
Switched out Blightherder for Eldrazi Obligator . Herder is super fun, but without a playset of Relics in the mainboard, on top of some lower CMC exile spells, it's just too hard to fuel it correctly.
Blisterpod out for a 2x of Talisman of Impulse . I liked being able to cast Kozilek's Return without being worried about losing my ramp, but I think the benefit really ended there. For the sake of the removal package I need to be able to make both green and red, and Birds was barely cutting it either.
Scion of Ugin is a placeholder for new Ugin. I think it works well with the new Karn, and with the number of colorless and Devoid spells I have in the deck, the cost reduction will be put to good use.
6 months ago
I'm not actually super confident that this deck needs blue at all, it seems to me that it plays out relatively similar to Grishoalbrand type decks, and to this end I think the shell could pretty solidly be B/R. The problem with cards like Contingency Plan is that if it wiffs what exactly did you get from it? The answer is nothing. Taking a lesson then from Grishoalbrand's playbook the package of Discovery / Dispersal , Cathartic Reunion , and the immensely powerful Faithless Looting are the best options to ensure Protean Hulk finds it way into the graveyard, whilst also providing at least some value for you. The way I see it is that the only blue card that is necessary to win is Body Double and you aren't actually casting it. That kind of covers it for the combo/dig part of the deck, so what about the rest of the deck. Well considering the combo happens all on one turn I would strongly recommend the playset of Simian Spirit Guide which enables a very improbable, but possible turn one win which looks something like this:
Turn One: Exile Simian Spirit Guide , cast Faithless Looting , discard Protean Hulk and any card not in the list above (note one or two of those cards can be found off Faithless Looting meaning you essentially have 9 looks), play the swamp, exile the two other Guides and cast Footsteps of the Goryo , win at end step.
That is very improbable, but it could happen, and the addition of Guide really would speed up your cloak, regardless if you take it to B/R or not. I also wouldn't play the full playset of Fatal Push , instead I would diversify, likely with 1-2 Fatal Push in the sideboard and only 1-2 copies of Collective Brutality in the main simply because it can discard Protean Hulk (I realize this card is expensive though so it is only a suggestion for if you decide to invest in this deck; the same can be said for some of the other cards I will suggest; if you want budget alternatives I'm more than happy to start digging around to see what I can come up with). Filling out the deck, I think I want doubles of most of the combo creatures as I would hate to draw them, though that doesn't feel optimal and I would have to test to see, and maybe some form of protection. As you are winning the turn you play Protean Hulk perhaps Pact of Negation , its fast, free, and versatile.
The land also needs a good amount of work. No matter what you do I firmly believe you want at least 3 scry lands, whether that be Temple of Deceit or Temple of Malice depending on the direction you go, ideally a playset of fetches as well for the marginal advantage of deck thinning. I would also encourage playing both Gemstone Caverns here, as the math with that luck counter could be interesting, and Gemstone Mine as if your opponent plays a Leyline of the Void you are functionally dead, to get around this, in addition to hate in the sideboard, it would be advantageous to actually be able to cast your cards, I mean, a 6/6 is a 6/6, it can win games in desperation.
As for your sideboard, I think you want a healthy mix of hate and protection; on the side of protection I would consider Pact of Negation , Silence , Chalice of the Void (turns off opposing hate and with a diverse cantrip base built around two-cost spells, is amazing against Phoenix). The other half of the sideboard I would devote to staying alive and more general hate: cards like Lightning Axe , Kozilek's Return , Bontu's Last Reckoning , Engineered Explosives , Blood Moon , and Shatterstorm .
If I was building a sideboard for a large tournament with the proposed B/R shell it would look something like this (obviously though this needs to be tested and the numbers better figured out):
2x Pact of Negation (unless in main)
2x Blood Moon
2x Wear / Tear
IF PACT IS IN MAIN
1x Fatal Push
I realize what I am proposing here is a totally different shell that just happens to use the same combo, but I strongly believe a B/R shell is the more competitive build of the deck in terms of consistency and speed. Either way good luck and good draws
6 months ago
@SP3CTR3_chelts yeah I actually kind of missed playing him. I ran this sultai deck (with a red splash) when he was legal in standard. It was so much fun. It Prized Amalgam , Haunted Dead , and some graveyard enablers like Vessel of Nascency , Grapple with the Past , and Noose Constrictor .
It was pretty consistent at getting a Haunted Dead into the graveyard early, then pitching a Prized Amalgam or two to bring it back during my opponents upkeep, then in response to the ETB trigger on Haunted Dead sac it to Elder Deep-Fiend to tap all their lands down (triggering Sanctum of Ugin and Kozilek's Return when needed) leaving me with amalgams, a spirit, and elder deep-fiend and then repeating the process. Essentially time walking my opponent from turn 4 and on. I'll have to see if I can remember the deck list so I can show it to ya some time. It really was a blast to play.
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