Inquisition of Kozilek

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Historic Brawl Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Inquisition of Kozilek


Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it with converted mana cost/mana value 3 or less. That player discards that card.

DMFF on Black and White Soul Sisters - MODERN

18 hours ago

Firstly, welcome to the MTG community! Modern is definitely a more hostile format, but Soul Sisters can hold their own, especially in Orzhov. One of my close friends in my "close friends playgroup" built his own rendition of Orzhov Soul Sisters as well and it can certainly give any aggro deck a run for its money. Since Lifegain is more of a Control-esque strategy, I do have a few suggestions for your main and side:

Main: - Fatal Push, Solitude (ik a little more expensive, but so so good), or Path to Exile for cheap/"free" removal of onboard threats. I would cut 2-3 copies of March of Otherworldly Light since it requires more resources, but can be great in the mid/late game.

  • Guide of Souls, the new Soul Brother! (It could be called Soul Siblings!) This card is a more powerful version of the Soul Sisters, so I definitely recommend running 4x of this card once it drops in MH3. I would drop the 4x Auriok Champion for this due to the lower mana cost and higher power level.

  • Thoughtseize is a great handrip card and the -2 life is barely noticeable in your build. Until you pick up any copies, I would move Inquisition of Kozilek into your main board for better control and knowledge of your opponent's gameplan right from game 1. I would also suggest a combination of both of these cards in your mainboard to equal 6 total. My wife runs 3 of each in her own rendition of the meta Yawgmoth deck.

  • I would cut the Ghost Quarters for Field of Ruin, reduce them to 2 or 3 copies and move them to your mainboard, cutting some basic lands. My wife actually runs this in her mainboard to mess with greedy manabases to great success.

Side: - Having both Sanctifier en-Vec & Rest in Peace is a bit redundant. I would personally cut them both and replace with 3 or 4 Leyline of the Void to have a good chance of hurting Graveyard strategies before turn 1 even starts. Keep all the Surgical Extractions in though because it is great targeted GY removal that can outright cripple decks.

Hopefully this will be helpful for you, let me know if you have any questions!

wallisface on Black and White Soul Sisters - MODERN

2 weeks ago

With the upcoming Mh3, there’s two cards you may want to consider fitting into this brew: Sorin of House Markov  Flip, and Guide of Souls.

I really strongly feel like your mainboard needs 22 (maybe even 23?) lands instead of 21.

As far as your sideboard goes, it feels like you are particularly weak to the opponents interaction and/or combo strategies. In that vein i’d run something like:


In relation to some of the cards already in your sideboard selection, i’d suggest against them for the following reasons:

  • Stony Silence doesn’t do enough to artifacts decks, as many don’t use activated abilities too often - namely this hurts Scales, but not-really Affinity.

  • Inquisition of Kozilek is good against control and some kinds of combo. But only being able to hit 3-or-less mana makes this awkward against both. Combo decks you should already have answers for with my above suggestions. I don’t see this deck beating control whatever it does, so i don’t think there’s point trying to fight it with this card.

  • Kor Firewalker is only useful versus burn. Your deck should have absolutely no problem beating burn naturally, so this isn’t needed.

  • Sanctifier en-Vec feels like overkill if you’re already running Rest in Peace. Furthermore, it’s more red-hate in a deck already generally positioned well against a lot if red gameplans

  • Ghost Quarter i’m not sure why you’re running this? I assume for tron, but this really won’t slow them down enough to matter, and is more likely to mess with your own tempo.

  • Surgical Extraction is generally only good versus combo, but requires being in a deck with a LOT if ways to force discard/mill so you can reliably exile what you need to.

zapyourtumor on Strong guys in Jund

3 weeks ago

I'd run more removal and cut some of the mid creature threats like Rakdos Roustabout. PRimeval Titan is a good card but not super good in this deck, if you're on a budget I think there are better options for the same price point. Stuff like Chandra, Torch of Defiance, Bloodbraid Elf.

25 lands is a bit heavy, esp since you have mana dorks, 23 seems like a good number to me.

I'd also cut Gaea's Blessing and Manamorphose, they don't really fit the deck.

Definitely go up to 4 bolts, maybe run some Inquisition of Kozilek, 1-2 Angrath's Rampage (better than sheoldred's edict for RB decks since you can kill one rings, and its cheaper too), 1-2 Molten Collapse, 0-1 Maelstrom Pulse etc.

wallisface on Surgical Forfeit

2 months ago

Some thoughts:

  • Lazotep Plating seems really underwhelming considering you have no permanents outside of lands, so all you're really making is a piddly 1/1 army to act as block-fodder. Why not something more impactful here?

  • Why Inquisition of Kozilek instead of Thoughtseize? Particularly in any midrange/control matchup, Inquisition of Kozilek just doesn't hit enough targets. But even in combo decks there's a lot of high-mana cards you'd really be needing to hit.

  • Mind Funeral is possibly the most underwhelming mill card out there - there are a LOT better options.

wallisface on Jund Saga

2 months ago

Some thoughts:

YesterdaysGhost on Cash-Strapped Black Racks

2 months ago

Great question, seshiro_of_the_orochi! When I initially built this some 10 years ago Thoughtseize was indeed kept out due to it's price point. It was quite a staple at the time in Standard during Theros block too!

But the main reason it doesn't come in nowadays is the life point defecit for casting. With the speed of Modern and the very precarious position life can be in at the end of a game every 2 life points matter.

Inquisition of Kozilek and Extirpate both fill a similar outcome to Thoughtseize. If someone were looking to use it however I would say you could drop Cry of Contrition and a single Raven's Crime to put three of them into the deck :)

wallisface on Modern Vampire/lifelink

4 months ago

MotelWifi the big problem with your revised list is that your mana curve is still waay too high - decks often can’t justify more than 3-4 cards costing 4-or-more mana, and you’ve got 15. Your revised list also still has almost no 1-mana cards, which means you’ll often be starting a full turn behind your opponent.

And finally, 63 cards might not seem like much over 60, but every card over that 60 number is weakening the deck & making it less consistent.

A good tip for new players for deckbuilding is to pick 9 cards and run 4-of each of those (for 36 cards) alongside 24 lands. The mana costs of those 9 cards should look something like 1,1,1,2,2,2,3,3,4.

For an example deck and/or inspiration, if I were building a White-Black vampire deck, and trying to keep to your budget, it’d look something like this:

Now, this list is by no means perfect, and could still do with more thought, but it covers some important points:

  • the mana curve is efficient/low
  • most cards are run as playsets (4-ofs) to keep the deck consistent
  • the deck is just 60 cards
  • there’s a good selection of turn-1 plays
  • the cards work well with one-another
  • the lands enter untapped, so you don’t lose tempo
  • the deck has ways to both pressure the opponent while also disrupting them

wallisface on Infested

4 months ago

You’ve done well for your first brew! - here’s some of my thoughts:

  • your mana curve is very high. Modern decks typically won’t have more than 3-4 cards costing 4 mana, and run nothing above that value. Your current curve is going to lead to some very slow/clumsy turns.

  • Added to this, your land count is very low. Most midrange decks want to be running around 23-24 lands.

  • you’re running a lot of cards as 1-ofs/2-ofs instead of as playsets (4-ofs). This will lead to consistency issues and make the deck more unreliable/chaotic.

  • you don’t really have anything in the way of interaction at the moment, which is dangerous as it means basically letting the opponent do what they want. Imo you want around 2-4 playsets of interaction - cards like Fatal Push, Abrupt Decay, Assassin's Trophy, Sheoldred's Edict, Infernal Grasp, Thoughtseize, Inquisition of Kozilek.

What I would suggest for new deckbuilders is to pick 9 cards, and run playsets (4-ofs) of each of those (making 36 cards) alongside 24 lands (for a 60 card deck). For those 9 cards you want a reasonable mana curve - something like 1,1,1,2,2,2,3,3,4 would be ideal. Make sure at least 2-4 of those 9 cards are interaction pieces.

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