Kozilek, Butcher of Truth
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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Vintage Legal

Kozilek, Butcher of Truth

Legendary Creature — Eldrazi

When you cast this spell, draw four cards.

Annihilator 4 (Whenever this creature attacks, defending player sacrifices four permanents.)

When Kozilek, Butcher of Truth is put into a graveyard from anywhere, its owner shuffles their graveyard into their library.

Cowmmunist on *Steel Prism* (Child of Alara Deck) 88 Lands

1 week ago

how about a nice Kessig Wolf Run? It might be worth taking out Transguild Promenade because I absolutely hate that card lol. But seriously Kessig is inexpensive and fits the theme. I love this deck! This is very similar to a Lord Windgrace deck I play online. that deck utilizes cards like Dakmor Salvage and Kozilek, Butcher of Truth to loop the graveyard over and over again, so I can storm off with Underworld Breach. I love lands, ever since I first played against it at a legacy tournament.

cyeRunner on 【Emotional】▷ RANT ◁ WOTC's GREED has RUINED MAGIC!

1 month ago

wallisface: I agree with you on the point that modern is currently quite healthy.
Regarding your argument of reprinting: It is just not enough to reprint these cards, but they need to be reprinted in a lower rarity.
It's nice that expensive cards like: Wrenn and Six, Force of Negation, Seasoned Pyromancer, Cavern of Souls, Emrakul, Kozilek, Ulamog etc. get reprinted in Double Masters 2022 if they get reprinted as Mythic Rares, but all in all that just feels like a drop in the bucket.

RadicalCrawdadx on Darwin’s Dirty Onus

2 months ago

Hey dude! Are you excited for the Kozilek, Butcher of Truth Reprint in 22' Double Masters: https://www.mtgnexus.com/cards/double-masters-2022/72925-kozilek-butcher-of-truth

Decrepit_Angel on [Primer] Colored Mana is for the Weak

3 months ago

Profet93

Thanks. This has definitely been a pet deck of mine over the years.

Winter Orb is less useful in cEDH as those decks also tend to run less lands in favor of random mana rocks and mana dorks. It is still reasonably useful but it underperforms when compared to the rest of the stax effects the deck runs.

I actually cover why I think Kozilek, Butcher of Truth is significantly stronger than Kozilek, the Great Distortion in the (admittedly outdated) primer. I'll copy it here for convenience:

Kozilek, the Great Distortion: This is one I have had many arguments about and have even run as a commander for a while. His ability to counter spells is weirdly relevant, he does fun shenanigans with Silent Arbiter effects, and he can situationally draw you more card than the Butcher can. However, that is exactly his downfall. He situationally draws you more cards. Draw X where X = a number between 0 and 7 is not as good as draw 4. If the game goes long and you finally cast Kozilek with 7 dead cards already in hand, drawing 0 for 10 mana is unacceptable. This has cost me many games and forces the deck to run bad enablers such as discard outlets to ditch bad cards. Butcher will always draw you 4 cards, Distortion will not.

Additionally, Butcher goes wins on the spot with infinite mana and a sacrifice outlet whereas Distortion does not. Butcher in the command zone also means that any card in the library can be looped an arbitrary number of times (with infinite mana) permitting Mindslaver hard locks, arbitrary amount of permanent removal with Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger (sacrifice him, shuffle with Kozilek, draw him again, cast and repeat) and much more. He even provides other weird random benefits such as preventing you from decking out when playing against mill decks (or just one of the various cEDH decks that wins by milling you with Brain Freeze. Distortion is a very fun card, but objectively weaker as a commander. I even stopped playing him in the 99 and maybe 1 in every 30 games (typically when Drannith Magistrate is involved) do I ever even find myself missing him.

Decrepit_Angel on [Primer] Colored Mana is for the Weak

3 months ago

Profet93

Yeah, that is an unfortunate downside of mono-colorless. Collector Ouphe, Null Rod, and Stony Silence are really bad cards for this deck to see. I always try to tutor or mulligan for an Inspiring Statuary when I expect to see those cards as it allows me to still use my artifacts to cast stuff like Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger, Karn Liberated, All Is Dust, Emrakul, the Promised End, etc. Typically I try to outspeed the artifact hate but as that is not always an option, Inspiring Statuary or politics tends to be the best option. It also helps that other decks tend to get hurt by such artifact hate so I am not always the one that has to deal with it.

As for the power level, I tried to make it as powerful as possible for the sake of having a decent chance at a cEDH power level table. A max power level Kozilek is typically around the power level of a budget cEDH deck so it tends to play well at that kind of table. Given the ridiculous speed of the deck though, I have had good matchups against full pods of max power cEDH decks. Very few decks can shrug off Annihilator 4 on turn 3. Also, Mindslaver effects are hilariously good against cEDH decks. Especially with how many Necropotence, Ad Nauseam, Tainted Pact, Demonic Consultation, etc. effects are common in cEDH. Even outside of that, just using their own removal spells on their stuff or exiling their commander if it is a deck that relies on it to win (and choosing to put it into exile of course) can completely kill off opposing players on the spot. Emrakul, the Promised End is my go to answer for cEDH decks as the cast trigger almost always just kills an opponent on cast, even if she gets countered.

As for additional stax, I already run Torpor Orb and I quite like it. Cursed Totem is interesting (and if nothing else is a good budget option). I liked Cursed Totem a lot more when Flash + Protean Hulk was a thing. Perhaps it is just my meta but I don't see too many decks that make me want a Cursed Totem effect. Winter Orb has been underperforming of late so I might trade those out and see if I like it. It cuts off my Metalworker, Palladium Myr, and Burnished Hart but I think that is acceptable given how much it can hurt some decks. Worst case scenario, I could always just treat it the same way I use something like The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale where I just mulligan or Bazaar of Baghdad it away if it is a meta that it isn't useful.

Decrepit_Angel on [Primer] Colored Mana is for the Weak

3 months ago

Profet93 Thanks for the recommendations.

I have messed around with Mystic Forge and it's associated combo a bit but I ended up cutting Sensei's Divining Top as I felt that it was unnecessary more often than not and not having ways to shuffle consistently made it way worse if I didn't have a way to go infinite with it. I mighy try Mystic Forge again but I felt that it was too slow in my testing. cEDH nowadays has the "turn 3 rule" where you need to be threatening a win or overwhelming advantage by turn 3 consistently by turn 3 if you want to be relevant. From my testing, cutting a lot of the random value pieces for extra ramp has allowed for a lot more turn 2 or 3 Eldrazi Titans and a lot more success against cEDH decks.

Manascape Refractor has been very good in testing. Mishra's Workshop is my personal favorite but it also copies Inventors' Fair pretty frequently. Ancient Tomb or City of Traitors makes it into a Worn Powerstone (which I already run). Bazaar of Baghdad and Eye of Ugin are useful as well, especially when I have access to Unwinding Clock and can repeatedly activate a random tech land every turn. At one point, this deck ran Candelabra of Tawnos as a way to repeatedly use tech lands but I would argue that Manascape Refractor is a much better way to accomplish that. High Market, Homeward Path, etc. are also surprisingly useful. On that topic, using it as a High Market with access to infinite mana through Rings of Brighthearth + Voltaic Key + Chromatic Orrery (also gives infinite untaps of all artifacts) allowed me to win once as I didn't have access to a different way to sacrifice and recast Kozilek, Butcher of Truth.

I had no idea that Soul-Guide Lantern even existed. I'm not sure if I would call it a strict upgrade to Relic of Progenitus but it is definitely good. I might swap out Tormod's Crypt for it so that all of my graveyard hate can be cycled if it isn't relevant.

Regarding the Metalworker combo, a lot of the primer is outdated. I tried updating it a few times but I ended up changing out 20ish cards so I figured I would wait until I had a pretty stable list to update it. The Metalworker combo is absolutely a backup option though. Typically by the time I would go for that combo, I would have access to casting Kozilek. As for Field of the Dead, I am not a fan of tap lands and roughly 1 out of every 20 games with this deck would even go long enough to get to 7 lands for it's ability to be relevant. I think Field of the Dead would be good in a casual meta but I try to play this at cEDH tables as this deck is ridiculously unfair to play at casual tables.

Reliquary Tower is a good budget option but it might as well be a Wastes with the way the deck runs most games. I typically mulligan for some form of acceleration and try to immediately get to 10 mana which usually empties my hand. Kozilek will get me a new hand, but very rarely will I pass with more than 7 cards in hand, and if I do, I haven't had the scenario yet where I had to ditch anything useful.

The main form of drawing power in the deck is my commander. Mikokoro, Center of the Sea, War Room, Ugin, the Ineffable, sacrificing Mind Stone, Hedron Archive, or Dreamstone Hedron are the only other ones I have for card advantage. This deck is basically an all or nothing deck intent on playing really early Eldrazi Titans, going infinite, or playing stax to slow everyone else down (usually some combination of the 3). As colorless does not have access to particularly great interaction, I have tuned the deck to be about as fast as physically possible. Most games I am able to cast Kozilek, Butcher of Truth on turn 3 or earlier (admittedly almost always at least 1 mulligan for fast mana). Although some times people will have answers, that early in the game is enough to cause problems for most decks. The plan from there is to either just kill my oponents or do as you said where I cast Kozilek, draw some cards, ramp some more, and repeat. Although the situation will occasionally show up where the game goes long, this deck absolutely shines when it is doing terrifying things really early.

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.

Tippycat on king-saproling

4 months ago

Hey - would love to talk to you about janky fun decks! I've been trying to make cards like Homarid Spawning Bed work (that one more in Legacy format than EDH - my playgroup is pretty lax with emphasis on fun - no infinite combos, frowns on lockouts and too many tutors and over-powered cards like Kozilek, Butcher of Truth and often votes to run Planeschase cards over our game which creates all kinds of crazy). I love being able to barely survive and game and then out of nowhere win due to playing Sea Kings' Blessing with Willbreaker out. Anyway, kudos to your great attitude about the game!

Wuzibo on Questioning the Iona Banning

4 months ago

ZendikariWol

5 mana to exile a permanent and give a land back is bad in white but, in the other colors that don't really have access to exile effects, that's one of the most efficient exile effect they have access to - being able to hit any target permanent. It's not just "removing" a permanent. Chaos Warp and Generous Gift remove permanents. Doomblade removes creatures. Even bolt and Whipflare remove creatures. Sometimes, they just don't do it, though, and you need an exile effect, because it's just going to be brought back from the graveyard or regenerated, or the lesser "destroy" and "damage" based removal doesn't affect it.

Let's say I'm playing vs an alesha deck or purphuros or something and i really need them to stop bringing squee back because they're abusing him for an etb. Destroying him just doesn't work. This is mainly about mono black, mono-red, blue, and maybe green. If youre in orzhov or mardu you can use utter end and stuff like that. That is better. If i can run that, I do. No argument there. However, having an exile effect or two in your deck that can just hit anything is very nice. To be fair anyone could just run relic and exile the graveyards when he hits the graveyard, but that's kind of less efficient because they can blow up you relic before squee hits the graveyard. It's an ace in the hole or something like that. I'd be much more apt to agree if it was 5 mana to "destroy". Then it would be bad, no doubt. In like, white and white color combos, yeah, this would be bad. In like, mono blue, red, or black even, this isn't bad. Blue can't just exile a target permanent. Black, like red, also has very few cards to deal with enchantments. I think the main thing they can do is find ways to make the enchantment controller sac it, or like Debt to the Kami, which might not work if they have two enchants.

I get that it is expensive. That expensiveness is worth it just due to the sheer amount of versatility and power it offers. It's exiling any target permanent for 5 mana. It's not just "removing" it. Removing something can be as simple as nuking it with 3 damage from Marath, Will of the Wild. Generous Gift or Beast Within are "removal" of any target permanent for 3, but they only destroy. They don't exile. You are paying the 2 extra for the exile. That's worth. I think most people consider Generous gift and beast within efficient because the cost is 3 mana and giving the opponent a 3/3 to kill anything. This is 5 mana and giving the opponent a land to exile anything. Giving a land can be bad sometimes, but, to deal with a threat it's pretty worth it, and you know it will just be a land. Outside landfall, that's not a problem.

I'm running into Darksteel forge, the little lieutenant dude in white who makes commander creatures you control indestructible, avacyn, Sliver Hivelord, and general big indestructible creatures who I need more than a chump blocker for, Like Ulamog or Blightsteel. I might also want to not give them a graveyard or death trigger, or i might know they have a big reanimator spell on the scale of Scrap Mastery or something that returns all creatures from a or all graveyards to play. I might just want to stop them from getting delve fuel. One opponent might have Tariel out and untapped. I don't want to send Kozilek, Butcher of Truth to my one opponent's graveyard because that will be the only creature in the graveyard, tariel can be tapped in response to it hitting the graveyard, and then he gets it. There's a lot of situations where you just need exile instead.

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