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Kozilek, Butcher of Truth
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Kozilek, Butcher of Truth
Rise of the Eldrazi

Reviewed April 23, 2010

Constructed: 3.90
Casual: 4.25
Limited: 4.40
Multiplayer: 4.25

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Kozilek, Butcher of Truth

First of all, ten mana is actually a bargain for a 12/12. And you draw four cards when you cast it! Not when it enters the battlefield, mind you, but when you CAST it. If it gets countered, you still draw four cards. Then it swings for 12, and before your opponent can even assign blockers, he has to sacrifice four permanents. Given that whatever blocks Kozilek is likely dying, that's five cards on your opponent's side of the table gone, and you got four for the price of playing one. With an advantage like that, it's hard to lose.

Also, it has the Gaea's Blessing-like clause of causing your entire graveyard to get shuffled back into your library if it ever goes there, which means just having this in your deck pretty much makes you immune to mill.

Constructed- 3.75
Casual- 4.75
Limited- 4.5
Multiplayer- 4.75

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Kozilek, Butcher of Truth
I, for one, welcome our new Eldrazi overlords. Kozilek is arguably the weakest of the three elders, having no built-in protection abilities, but may have the best extra ability when he is cast. And the day a 12/12 creature that destroys everything when he attacks isn't good enough, I will eat ten M10 foils and, I dunno, post it on YouTube or something.
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Kozilek, Butcher of Truth which as a 12/12 for 10 mana is already a bargain, but add in drawing four cards and Annihilator 4 to the mix and you have a very powerful creature.  The cost is a bit high for most decks to manage, but with some support from spawn tokens or Green acceleration this is playable.  Even if your opponent is able to remove the threat somehow you gain the advantage of drawing four cards while costing them a powerful source of removal.
For Limited this is a very solid card in such a slow format and ten mana is still faster than several other Eldrazi cards.  Easily a first pick in Booster and well worth serious consideration in any Sealed deck as well.  Drawing four cards is a tremendous advantage later in the game and even if Kozilek never uses the Annihilator effect the damage should already be done with the card advantage.
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

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