Exploring Magic’s Hidden Gem – EDH #2

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by Francis Toussaint

In his previous article, Franstar revealed two of his EDH decks (one with Empress Galina, the other with Omnath).  Today, he goes over his competitve Kozilek deck and the changes he has made to it since Scars of Mirrodin was released.

I was expecting Scars of Mirrodin to give a huge boost to my Kozilek, the Butcher of Truth EDH deck, but I wasn't expecting ten cards! Ten cards is the most cards I've had from any one set, with Mirrodin coming in a close second with eight cards. Today I'm going to give you guys a look at my Kozilek deck before the addition of the new cards, and then show you the process I went through to update my deck.

The main issue with building a mono brown EDH deck is that there aren't very many cards to choose from to build a synergistic deck. To remedy this issue you have to use all of the most powerful cards at your disposal, but the problem with that is that with such big threats on the table you'll have a big target on your head, so if you are playing this deck, prepare to fight the whole table if need be.  To be able to fend off multiple opponents the deck plays cards like Nevinyrral's Disk, Meekstone, Portcullis, and Oblivion Stone.

The plan, with my Kozilek EDH deck in particular, is to use as much mana acceleration as possible to ramp into Kozilek, and other such threats, as soon as possible to try and take over the game. My favourite thing about Kozilek as a general is that card advantage is guaranteed as long as you have enough mana.

Here is where my Kozilek deck was at before the rotation:

General:
Kozilek, the Butcher of Truth

Creatures – 8
Arcbound Reclaimer
Duplicant
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
Pentavus
Stuffy Doll
Sundering Titan
Triskelion
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre

Non creature – 31
Akroma's Memorial
All is Dust
Bottled Cloister
Brittle Effigy
Clock of Omens
Crucible of Worlds
Darksteel Forge
Erratic Portal
Goblin Cannon
Lightning Greaves
Magistrate's Scepter
Meekstone
Memory Jar
Mind's Eye
Mishra's Helix
Moonring Mirror
Myr Incubater
Nevinyrral's Disk
Null Brooch
Oblivion Stone
Phyrexian Portal
Planar Portal
Portcullis
Predator, Flagship
Relic of Progenitus
Rings of Brighthearth
Sculpting Steel
Serum Tank
Voltaic Key
Ward of Bones
Winter Orb

Mana Acceleration – 19
Basalt Monolith
Blinkmoth Urn
Coalition Relic
Darksteel Ingot
Doubling Cube
Dreamstone Hedron
Everflowing Chalice
Expedition Map
Felwar Stone
Gilded Lotus
Grim Monolith
Mana Crypt
Mana Vault
Mindstone
Sisay's Ring
Sol Ring
Thran Dynamo
Ur-Golem's Eye
Worn Powerstone

Lands – 41
Ancient Tomb
Blasted Landscape
Blinkmoth Nexus
Blinkmoth Well
Darksteel Citadel
Deserted Temple
Dread Sanctuary
Dustbowl
Eye of Ugin
Eldrazi Temple
Gargoyle Castle
Gemstone Caverns
Ghost Town
Ghost Quarter
High Market
Lotus Vale
Maze of Ith
Maze of Shadows
Mikokoro, Center of the Sea
Miren the Moaning Well
Mishra's Workshop
Mishra's Factory
Mutavault
Mystifying Maze
Petrified Field
Quicksand
Reliquary Tower
Rishadan Port
Scorched Ruins
Springjack Pasture
Stalking Stones
Strip Mine
Tectonic Edge
Temple of the False God
Tower of the Magistrate
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Urza's Factory
Vesuva
Wasteland
Winding Canyons
Zoetic Cavern

When looking at spoilers usually I'm trying to figure out what cards are going to be influential in whatever constructed format is most important for tournaments at the time, and what cards will be important in limited, but I can't help myself from speculating what cards will be powerful in EDH. Scars definitely didn't disappoint, and here are the cards that were included from the new set, or as a result of the new set:

Cloudpost
This was added due to Glimmerpost. Because there are no color requirements for the deck, so you want to try and get as much value as possible from the lands.

Contagion Engine
I'm not sure if this card is good enough yet, but in theory a one-sided wrath seems pretty solid. The proliferate also has a few other applications.

Darksteel Juggernaut
Indestructible, plus this guy gets pretty huge in this deck. A solid addition.

Glimmerpost
See Cloudpost.

Kuldotha Forgemaster
Even a bad Tinker on a stick is more than good enough for this deck.

Mimic Vat
This is easily my favourite card from the new set since the first time I got to use it at the pre-release. At the pre-release I got the opportunity to gank a guy when he tapped out to play a Putrifax, attack with everything, and I surprised him by bringing back the Putrifax on his endstep and my main phase for the one hit K.O. This card could potentially be very exciting in EDH, I can only imagine how exciting some situations could be.

Mox Opal
Any Mana acceleration is welcome to this EDH deck.

Palladium Myr
Worn Powerstone on legs? Yes please.

Prototype Portal
Not sure about this card yet either, but it seems like it could potentially be extremely strong if it sticks.

Semblance Anvil
This card seems absolutely busted in this deck. Possibly getting two-for-one'd is a small cost to pay to for all the mana that could potentially be saved if this card happens to stick.

Steel Hellkite
One sided Engineered Explosives on demand is absolutely huge. I've seen Steel Hellkite in Vintage lists already, and I know it's definitely powerful enough for EDH. This deck makes so much mana that the power pumping ability is very relevant.

Next, I'm going to list for you the cards that I decided to cut to make room for the new additions. I'm not going to give an explanation other than I just cut the weakest cards to keep the power level of the deck as high as possible. Here they are:

Blinkmoth Nexus
Stalking Stones
Mikokoro
Blinkmoth Well
Serum Tank
Null Broach
Magistrates Scepter
Goblin Cannon
Brittle Effigy
Triskilion
Pentavus

And for those of you who are interested in copying and pasting the final list, here it is:

General:
Kozilek, the Butcher of Truth

Creatures – 10
Arcbound Reclaimer
Darksteel Juggernaught
Duplicant
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
Kuldotha Forgemaster
Palladium Myr
Steel Hellkite
Stuffy Doll
Sundering Titan
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre

Non creature – 29
Akroma's Memorial
All is Dust
Bottled Cloister
Clock of Omens
Contagion Engine
Crucible of Worlds
Darksteel Forge
Erratic Portal
Lightning Greaves
Meekstone
Memory Jar
Mimic Vat
Mind's Eye
Mishra's Helix
Moonring Mirror
Myr Incubater
Nevinyrral's Disk
Oblivion Stone
Phyrexian Portal
Planar Portal
Portcullis
Predator, Flagship
Prototype Portal
Relic of Progenitus
Rings of Brighthearth
Sculpting Steel
Voltaic Key
Ward of Bones
Winter Orb

Mana Acceleration – 21
Basalt Monolith
Blinkmoth Urn
Coalition Relic
Darksteel Ingot
Doubling Cube
Dreamstone Hedron
Everflowing Chalice
Expedition Map
Felwar Stone
Gilded Lotus
Grim Monolith
Mana Crypt
Mana Vault
Mindstone
Mox Opal
Semblance Anvil
Sisay's Ring
Sol Ring
Thran Dynamo
Ur-Golem's Eye
Worn Powerstone

Lands – 39
Ancient Tomb
Blasted Landscape
Cloudpost
Darksteel Citadel
Deserted Temple
Dread Sanctuary
Dustbowl
Eye of Ugin
Eldrazi Temple
Gargoyle Castle
Gemstone Caverns
Ghost Town
Ghost Quarter
Glimmerpost
High Market
Lotus Vale
Maze of Ith
Maze of Shadows
Miren, the Moaning Well
Mishra's Workshop
Mishra's Factory
Mutavault
Mystifying Maze
Petrified Field
Quicksand
Reliquary Tower
Rishadan Port
Scorched Ruins
Springjack Pasture
Strip Mine
Tectonic Edge
Temple of the False God
Tower of the Magistrate
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Urza's Factory
Vesuva
Wasteland
Winding Canyons
Zoetic Cavern

I recommend this deck to anyone that's interested in putting it together. Playing with some of the most powerful cards in the game is always a good time. Also, it's funny seeing peoples expression when you bust out a colorless EDH general, and trying to explain to people that you can only play different colorless lands is a good time too. Emrakul, the Aeons Torn and Karn, Silver Golem are also solid options for a general.

If you enjoyed this format for an EDH article, have any tips for me, or if there is some other topic you'd like to see in an EDH article, let me know. Thanks for reading, and long live EDH!

FrancisT