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Colorless Beatdown
Why Play Kozilek?
Colors are overrated.
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth epitomizes the power of a colorless deck.

There are 3 completely colorless generals (Memnarch is and Bosh, Iron Golem is ) Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre, Karn, Silver Golem , and Kozilek, Butcher of Truth. Ulamog is a powerful general, and when equipped with Lightning Greaves (or others of that ilk), he can be nigh impossible to remove. However, he costs 1 more mana for 2 less P/T, and doesn't have as good a cast ability. Karn is another very common general, but he is geared towards a combo deck that utilizes his ability. This deck is not designed to combo out with him, but is a toolbox deck that utilizes Kozilek to oppress your opponents.

How this deck works

This deck is build around 3 Stages.

Stage 1


The first stage is all about ramping with the mana rocks so that later stages can have access to enough mana to work smoothly.

0-drops: Everflowing Chalice, Lion's Eye Diamond, Mana Crypt and Mox Opal .

1-drops: Mana Vault and Sol Ring

2-drops: Doubling Cube , Grim Monolith and Helm of Awakening.

3-drops Ashnod's Altar, Basalt Monolith, Chromatic Lantern , Coalition Relic, Kyren Toy , Metalworker, Semblance Anvil and Worn Powerstone.

4-drops: Krark-Clan Ironworks, Sisay's Ring , Thran Dynamo, Ur-Golem's Eye

5-drops: Blinkmoth Urn and Gilded Lotus.

6-drop: Dreamstone Hedron

Each one of these cards has been chosen intentionally, and if I can secure 2-3 of cheaper rocks in my opening hand, this deck can ramp past even the biggest Omnath, Locus of Mana deck. That is one the key points of this, don't be afraid to mulligan away everything but mana rocks and a single land. Casting Kozilek will give you the card advantage to draw the engine parts.

Stage 2

The second stage is to cast Kozilek as many times as necessary to build up a hand and develop locks and engines.

First- cast Kozilek, Butcher of Truth. Drawing 4 cards is insane in this deck, and it will help keep you replenished with enough cards to keep going. He is likely to get the boot many times, but with the amount of mana this deck can generate, it is not uncommon to see him cast for 30+ mana.

Second- the locks that this deck has available will often times completely take your opponents by surprise, as you can often dump multiple of them in one turn.

Third- your tutors and untap cards will give you the extra boost to get past the locks when your opponents can't. It is important to know when to wait and cast the locks at the right time so that you can survive them.

Stage 3


Once you have the draw and mana engines running (along with some possible opponent locks), it is important to get the win conditions running A.S.A.P. Competitive EDH is filled with decks that run , and once you get to turns 4 or 5, they will often have Counterspells in hand to disrupt the plays. Getting a Voltaic Key, Clock of Omens, or Unwinding Clock allows you to create ridiculous engines with mana rocks and token producers.

I will get into the engines in more detail later (and describe the individual ones), but the important thing to do is to get them running so that you can cast Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, Steel Hellkite,Blightsteel Colossus, and Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre for the win.

The First Stage

Card Choices

Mana Rocks: The most efficient mana rocks are Sol Ring, Mana Crypt, and Mox Opal . They all speed you up on the turn you cast them, allowing for even faster casts of Kozilek. (Reaching Mox Opal s Metalcraft is never a problem, as I commonly drop 3-4 artifacts a turn for the first couple turns. The next most powerful rocks are the more costly rocks that set you back on mana when you cast them: Thran Dynamo, Gilded Lotus, Everflowing Chalice, Worn Powerstone, Ur-Golem's Eye , Sisay's Ring , Dreamstone Hedron, and Chromatic Lantern . These all provide massive amounts of mana in later turns. ( Chromatic Lantern is the least powerful rock, but it allows me to tap Eye of Ugin, the tabernacle of pendrell vale and Ancient Tomb for 1). The two charge counter rocks: Kyren Toy and Coalition Relic, each can tap for each turn, but if their mana isn't necessary, then you can give them an extra boost for later turns. With Unwinding Clock out, you can easily get 3 counters on them before your next turn. Which is huge in casting Kozilek over and over again. Without untap effects, Grim Monolith, Basalt Monolith, and Mana Crypt aren't as potent as the other rocks, but that rarely ever happens so they are worth their spots. Lion's Eye Diamond is rarely used until right before I cast Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, so that I don't have any tempo loss from card disadvantage. Metalworker was recently unbanned, and is a powerhouse in this deck. Casting him on the first turn, then tapping him for or on the second turn can easily net you that turn 2 Kozilek, with mana for other casts.

When to Play

This deck requires the very early mana ramp. It is important that if you don't have at least 2-3 mana rocks in the opening hand you need to mulligan away. Being able to cast Kozilek on turn 3 or 4 is a key part of this deck, and you need the man to do it. Casting a or drop on the first turn and ramping into multiple other 3 - drops on each of the next turns is how this deck is able to overcome others.Don't be afraid if your opponents remove 1 or 2 of your rocks, they will be afraid of you hitting Kozilek, Butcher of Truth so early, and will have wasted their options for your more powerful artifacts. It will set you back a step, but casting Kozilek on turn 5 or 6 will still net you more cards, which are likely to contain cards that will help you speed up.You want to wait and play the engine pieces on later turns, preferably after you have a full hand from casting Kozilek 1 or more times, and when you have other options to back them up in case they get removed. It is important to know when to wait with this deck, waiting until a player is tapped out will give you a much better chance of getting the pieces onto the field.

The Second Stage

Card Choices

When you cast Kozilek, Buthcer of Truth, you will be able to draw 4 cards even if he gets countered and/or tucked. That is an important factor in this deck, as most EDH decks aren't able to draw 5 cards on their 3rd turn. Even if you aren't able to attack with him (hopefully with Lightning Greaves or Swiftboot Boots), the card advantage generated from his multiple castings will often win you the games (if the opponent doesn't concede from a turn 3 Kozilek cast). Winter Orb is one of the most deadly cards to see in an EDH game. Dropping this baby on your first or second turn will slow down your opponents to the point where the cast a single spell every few turns, and when you are able to ramp to 30+ mana on the fifth turn with the mana rocks. Though not as potent as Winter Orb, Tangle Wire is another strong card to slow down your opponents. When used in conjunction with Strionic Resonator, it become insanely broken, you can't play for four turns.

When to Play

That third turn Kozilek, Butcher of Truth is the single most powerful thing this deck can do. He will often make opponents quit on the spot, as a 4 card drawing, 12/12 body with annihilator 4 will almost break the game. A Winter Orb, Fading Wire or even a Torpor Orb (use only when absolutely necessary) cast around the same time as Kozilek will slow down opponents enough so that they won't have answers for you. That is the power of this deck, that it can so consistently hit Kozilek so early, and continue the pressure until they lose or concede.

The Third Stage

Card Choices

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When to Play

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If you enjoyed this deck please leave any ideas and a +1!



After multiple playtests on untap today, I have not lost a game yet. 5-0 in multiplayer and 1v1, many turn 3 Kozileks and Blightsteels.


In re to your forum post:

Unstable Obelisk

Perilous Vault

Oblivion Stone

I'll post more if I remember them. +1 though.

February 25, 2015 3:52 p.m.

Guardians says... #2

Karn, Silver Golem. all the artifacts become big creatures.

February 25, 2015 4:54 p.m.

Kryzis says... #3

I will consider Unstable Obelisk canterlotguardian, but the others are mass removal that I am hesitant to include.

Do you think that Karn, Silver Golem would well as one of the 99 instead of as a commander, Guardians? I stated why I chose Kozilek, Butcher of Truth over him in the Primer. Also, if you had any ideas as to what I should change to include him, I am all ears. Until then, I will put him in the maybeboard.

February 25, 2015 5:21 p.m.

Guardians says... #4

I suggested him as a part of the 99. Kozilek, Butcher of Truth seems to work amazingly in here. I would keep him as the commander.

February 25, 2015 5:23 p.m.

Kryzis says... #5

Guardians what would I remove in his place? The only card I am considering right now is Mimic Vat, but it is very important to this deck because of the small number of creatures it controls.

February 25, 2015 5:29 p.m.

Guardians says... #6

does Ashnod's Altar help because it seems you have little to no creatures to sacrifice.

February 25, 2015 5:37 p.m.

Kryzis says... #7

Ashnod's Altar is used to abuse Kozileks cast trigger, drawing 4 cards. It allows me to sometimes cast him 3 to 4 times a turn with the ramp, and I can then have the cards to win. When combined with Basalt Monolith and Rings of Brighthearth it allows you to draw and cast your whole deck.

February 25, 2015 6:01 p.m.

Freeble says... #8

Naked Singularity, the best way to screw your opponents.

February 25, 2015 11:18 p.m.

Have you considered Dark Depths

March 1, 2015 1:49 p.m.

markbeloit says... #10

June 13, 2015 12:07 a.m.

Minelia5 says... #11

jsyk, the button for why kozilek and show overview aren't working. Maybe it's just my problem, but I'm pretty sure everyone else will have the same problem.

August 15, 2015 8:04 a.m.

Falc0npnch says... #12

Lifeline? nicee (say it like borat) lol

May 31, 2017 8:29 p.m.

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