Kokusho, the Evening Star

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Custom 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
Iconic Masters (IMA) Rare
Modern Masters (MMA) mythic rare
From the Vault: Dragons (DRB) Rare
Champions of Kamigawa (CHK) Rare

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Kokusho, the Evening Star

Legendary Creature — Dragon Spirit

Flying

When Kokusho, the Evening Star is put into a graveyard from play, each opponent loses 5 life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.

Kokusho, the Evening Star Discussion

Vlasiax on The Ur-Dragon

1 day ago

You might be right about switching to Scion of the Ur-Dragon for a more competitive build, however, I can't do that since I want The Ur-Dragon as a commander so I want to include as many on-theme powerful spells and interactions as possible. Sure it won't be as powerful but might be enough at 80-90%.

As for card draw I'd love to see more cards like Harmonize but with 2-3 CMC because I could just add Hunter's Insight or Rishkar's Expertise but they're reliant on you having a boardstate (or at least that 1 creature with power 4+) and this particular strategy needs mostly early card advantage to start.

And as our discussion went more towards the playstyle and core of the deck... Maybe we should become more graveyard-reliant to get huge amounts of Dragons into play? Like with Kokusho, the Evening Star + Sneak Attack or something like that? That still means we ramp and cast them "the fair way" but we are more prepared to shift gears into more powerful plays depending on the playgroup power level :)

Unha110w3d on K'rrik's Suicide Prevention Hotline

1 week ago

Ohhh Kokusho, the Evening Star is a great addition people are not sure what to do, if they kill it they loose life and you get a lot of life, if they let it live then it's 5 damage every turn.

ZombieCat on Let the Nightmare Go On..

2 weeks ago

Hey, got a couple of suggestions for you..

Kokusho, the Evening Star - Can kill a table when combined with Chainer

Blood Artist - Slowly kill the table

Zulaport Cutthroat - See above

Sangromancer - Since you have a disard theme

Mindcrank - The more your opponent's have in their grave the more you can reanimate

Hope this helps

Abaques on Who say's dreams (NIGHTMARES) don't come true?

3 weeks ago

I just played two games with my Chainer deck at my LGS and while Doomed Necromancer was the star I wouldn't have won without Kokusho, the Evening Star . I'd add that for sure. I'd also say that Gamble is just about a perfect tutor for Chainer.

Also, let me know what you think of my take if you get a chance: Chain Me Down

BS-T on Who say's dreams (NIGHTMARES) don't come true?

4 weeks ago

WUBRG87 Last thing I'd want is to sculpt your deck into something that doesn't feel like yours(!) - I love EDH's lack of homogeneity. Happy to give you my 2 cents with the direction I'd be thinking of from here though and with not too bad of a budget...

More of a sacrifice direction that isn't 'aristocrats'; add another altar ( Phyrexian Altar or Altar of Dementia ), maybe switch Dark Ritual for Culling the Weak - then you would have a good level of sac outlets to have some heavy hitters like Gray Merchant of Asphodel and Kokusho, the Evening Star replace Noble/Zula/Buccaneer. It's a bit contradictory adding sac outlets and removing aristocrats I know but I think the aristocrats make better use of volume (like tokens) and our boy Chainer is better off packing more value into a big recur-able punch.

Blood for Bones , Whisper, Blood Liturgist and Diabolic Intent could be included then too. I like your use of Desecrated Tomb here and it gives you fodder for those last three I mentioned.

If it were me, I'd be thinking:

Also, to your point about the 'Compet-o-meter', I'd say the impact will be from the system rating Zula/Noble highly because of combo involvement in decks that revolve around them and the Buccaneer showing up in Nekusar, the Mindrazer lists, which tend to be pretty savage!, rather than necessarily your changes being significantly worse one-for-one. I actually really like Embodiment of Agonies in this, it's cheap and can be a massive beatstick pretty easily.

SideBae on Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord

4 weeks ago

So I think you probably don’t want 36 lands... frankly, I think you want 33 at most. The reason I say this is that, being green, your deck has access to the best ramp in the game. You should strongly consider running any/all of the following: Llanowar Elves , Elves of Deep Shadow , Fyndhorn Elves , Elvish Mystic , Deathrite Shaman , Birds of Paradise , Arbor Elf , Utopia Sprawl and/or Wild Growth .

You want your creatures to be synergistic with your general and be more than midrange value. I think cards like Mindslicer , which effect the board when sacrificed as well as being a body, are likely a lot better than Wall of Blood , Splinterfright , Rhizome Lurcher , etc. Other creatures to consider for these slots: Stinkweed Imp , Golgari Grave-Troll , Eternal Witness , Entomb , Kokusho, the Evening Star ...

This list could also benefit from more card-drawn. Phyrexian Arena is the classical example, but there’re other good options. I like the Shamanic Revelation in your MB; I suggest considering Night's Whisper , Blood Divination , Life's Legacy , Minions' Murmurs , Syphon Mind and Succumb to Temptation .

Also, Diabolic Intent as a more budget Demonic Tutor .

Good luck!

MFStrudel on Cap'n Kirk's Goon Squad

1 month ago

multimedia All great suggestions. I've been thinking about replacing Ob Nix for either Kokusho, the Evening Star or Pontiff of Blight , just havent played around with either of them yet to see how they do.

The fast colorless mana is another issue i've been trying to remedy, but I'm running into the "these are all awesome, what do I cut?" problem. Caged Sun is a sensible cut, but i like Tendrils and Vampiric Link for the added lifegain potential. I play in a pretty creature-heavy meta, so Tendrils comes in clutch.

Swapping Crypt with Nykthos is a cut that I've been considering, but haven't made yet due to current money situations. Gravecrawler and Carrion Feeder is a combo that I hadn't even considered, but that's a great one; same with Leshrac's Sigil

Dead of Winter is in with normal Swamps, simply because I don't have the Snow-Covered Swamp s to replace them yet. I play almost exclusively kitchen table Magic, and my playgroup is cool just pretending for now until I get them lol

Thanks for all of the suggestions. They're incredibly helpful and much appreciated.

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Kokusho, the Evening Star occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.05%

Black: 0.38%

Golgari: 0.2%

WB (Orzhov): 0.71%