Kozilek, the Great Distortion
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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

Kozilek, the Great Distortion

Legendary Creature — Eldrazi

When you cast this spell, if you have fewer than seven cards in hand, draw cards equal to the difference.

Menace (This creature can't be blocked except by two or more creatures.)

Discard a card with converted mana cost/mana value X: Counter target spell with converted mana cost X.

Decrepit_Angel on [Primer] Colored Mana is for the Weak

2 months ago


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why I think Kozilek, Butcher of Truth is significantly stronger than Kozilek, the Great Distortion in the (admittedly outdated) primer.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

2 months ago


I forgot to mention, as for why I tried to make this cEDH power level, I personally enjoy cEDH and like to mess around with strange things that people don't typically see at that kind of power level. A lot of the most powerful decks in the format have no good answer to giant creatures and I find that entertaining. No one I play against cares about proxies so we all have a few max power level decks to play with and other stuff of varying power for playing in pods and stuff at random local gaming stores. Also, the deck has kind of just gotten stronger over time as a side effect of lower power level tables not ever wanting to play against it (but cEDH players always welcoming the challenge). Annihilator 4 is very rude and the deck has a lot of other rude things it can do (Mindslaver locks, exiling large portions of someone else's library with Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger, etc.). I still have a Kozilek, the Great Distortion as a backup commander in case someone wants to play a lower power level game against it and have somewhat of a chance given how much harder it is to go infinite with the lesser Kozilek and how much less of a threat he is.

Epicurus on Satoru, the green ninja

2 months ago

A couple evasion creatures that I like to use with Ninjutsu are Soulsworn Spirit and Fogwalker, because of their reusable ETB triggers on top of being unlockable (or, at least hard to block, in the case of Fogwalker).

As for your big creatures, the Eldrazi are all awesome just for having big bodies, but remember that you don't get the "as you cast" triggers when you use Ninjutsu to cheat them onto the battlefield, nor would their attack triggers activate (i.e. Annihilator). So I would limit how many of them you use down to just Kozilek, the Great Distortion, because it has a good activated ability. I'd replace the others with creatures that either have ETB triggers or damage triggers.

I have a running list of creatures I'd like to use for Satoru, but I don't want to name off a million cards. The highlights, though, are:

And even that is a long list, so I apologize. Obviously, Palinchron would be great, even without the combo(s), but you already mentioned that.


DrukenReaps on Looking for a casual but …

3 months ago

So I usually play pretty clunky commanders and decks but I feel like as I've gotten back with my friends to play again I get targeted. This in itself isn't an issue. I have 2 decks that keep up just fine. I just don't want to play my Ayara, First of Locthwain or Kozilek, the Great Distortion all the time.

I'm looking through some options but I'm curious what casual decks y'all have fun with that start off the game doing stuff. Decks where you don't spend the first 4 turns feeling like ok I need this and this and this then I can start playing xD Thanks.

Cosmicberry on Need Help buliding a budget …

4 months ago

I wanna build a deck on Kozilek, the Great Distortion but i dont know where to start as i have never really built a deck before. I want to theme it around the eldrazi and colorless stuffs. I have a budget to around 100-250€ but that is abit flexible. Does anyone have a good decklist to start from and any tips?

NV_1980 on Eldrazi cEDH Ramp

4 months ago


I would cut the following:

  • Blinkmoth Urn: you already have plenty of mana resources of your own and you don't want to be giving free mana to your opponents.
  • Eldrazi Conscription: I would favor the actual Eldrazi over this enchantment any day of the week.
  • Fractured Powerstone: again, already plenty of mana resources and this one is not great; especially if your games do not include planar dice.
  • Ghirapur Orrery: this is awfully friendly to your opponents; I wouldn't include it for that reason.
  • Liquimetal Torque: I presume this is in here for combo or synergy reasons; I can see some combo potential but it's rather scarce so this is why I would drop it.
  • Null Brooch: meh, maybe handy in an emergency (like when someone casts a Vandalblast), but I think you have better countering options.
  • Prismatic Lens: you have much better rocks in here already.

Aside from cutting, I would really recommend you consider making Kozilek, the Great Distortion your commander instead; the usefulness of his countering ability should not be underestimated.



RhythmBeast on Rielle - Izzet Discard

8 months ago

I love Rielle deck builds. I always feel like Rielle was one of the overlooked bombs from Ikoria. I've been piloting a similar build for a while now, and I've found the deck does some real fun stuff pretty quick. I think the hardest decision with putting Rielle as the commander is deciding which direction to go with Izzet possibilities. I think it's obvious that you've gone the route of using Rielle's ability to simply dig to combos. Here are a few cards I think could suit the deck: Gamble, Jace's Archivist, Illuminate History, Fervent Mastery, Lier, Disciple of the Drowned, Prismari Command, The Locust God, Spark Double, and Sakashima of a Thousand Faces. Then there are cards that may or may not be stupid expensive, but helpful: Kozilek, the Great Distortion (and/or any of the "owner shuffles their graveyard into their library" Eldrazi), and Wheel of Fortune.

Grasshoppeh1 on Lost and Afraid

9 months ago

Played a bunch today and here is results of changes.


  • -1 Apex Devastator to sideboard, moved to sideboard to swap out with blightsteel/eldrazi for newer players
  • -1 Temur Sabertooth, removed due to the amount of cardraw available. I feel I would rather draw than bounce.
  • +1 Blightsteel Colossus to maindeck, Blightsteel is a counter to my local playgroup. We've got a lifegain deck and one deck running Pariah and Pariah's Shield. Along with Akroma's Memorial and Finale of Devastation this is my nuclear option.
  • +1 Bala Ged Sanctuary  Flip, land and recurrence is very valuable.
  • +1 Mirrorpool, ehh fine seems ok to drop a copy of a big creature that does something,, what's the worst that can happen? :)
  • -1 Mana Crypt to maybeboard, don't have one is the only reason. If I can get one,, maybe?
  • +1 Jeweled Lotus, replacement for mana crypt... Now let me tell you,, jeweled -> azusa --> lotus cobra --> two fetches --> Tooth and nail.. That was a quick game!
  • +1 Maze of Ith, This is at tech, really aggressive in my area! There are some cases it's death to not have an air blocker!
  • +1 Petrified Field, Testing it at this time, not sure how to abuse it yet
  • +1 Momentous Fall, Does not feel as bad as I initially thought. Use this defensively often times.
  • +1 Cryptic Caves, niche card testing it out. Turns your crucibles into three draw for 3 mana + land drops.. 3 mana draw 3 cards... seems decent
  • +1 Thespian's Stage, what does it do? answer: yes
  • -1 Beast Whisperer, I have enough creatures, but the costs are too high
  • +1 Zendikar Resurgent, replacement for beast whisperer, has the potential to double mana while going off
  • -1 Guardian Project, same problem as beast whisperer
  • +1 Return of the Wildspeaker, another large draw effect to combo off of to replace guardian
  • +1 Inkmoth Nexus, bad habits die hard, keeping one in deck for "that guy" at the table.
  • -1 Field of the Dead -> maybeboard, only reason I'm taking it out is I don't own it. Dropping it into maybe board

Other Thoughts:

  • Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger is here to stay. When you go off with a large draw dropping him is amazing. He will give you enough mana to combo off and finish on the stop at times. He's also a good target for Natural Order.
  • After drawing 10 cards and drawing into Rude Awakening,, it has a new place in my heart, seems to be a keeper
  • Once I hit 25 basics, I think I can just win the game. The amount of basics should stick between 24-26 and 45 lands in total to facilitate the engines. If we're slightly under half I think we're good.
  • Kodama of the East Tree was potentially good enough to combo off a large draw with vorin, need to test this more!

Thinking of Cutting:

Why the sideboard was added:

  • Core creatures for swapping on the sideboard are Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger, Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, Kozilek, the Great Distortion, Blightsteel Colossus, and Craterhoof Behemoth.
  • Each of these creatures fills a different role. voice of hunger is a creature to combo off with on a large draw or to slow down my opponents. Butcher of truth fills your hand then wins by sacing against a single opponent or threating multiple attack if they don't sac a specific permanent (politics yeeehhh). Blightsteel teaches people that lifegain decks don't work against green edh.... craterhoof teaches people that lifegain deck's don't work against green in edh (AZUSA SMASH!!)... please stop playing lifegain decks in edh... Great Distortion draws and controls the game if your ahead.

If I'm playing against my friends then these are great. If we're trying to include someone I will swap them out for cards in the sideboard and leave in a couple.

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