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Kozilek, the Great Distortion
- Oath of Gatewatch

Reviewed January 6, 2016

Constructed: 3
Casual: 2.25
Limited: 3.25
Multiplayer: 2.5
Commander [EDH]: 3

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David Fanany

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Kozilek, the Great Distortion
Much like Ulamog, Kozilek's title has changed this time around, though I don't know if his character really has. That, of course, is assuming that terms like "personality" have any meaning in the context of Eldrazi in the first place. A Great Distortion sounds superficially less menacing than a Butcher of Truth, but on a scale as large as that of the Eldrazi, it probably adds up to more or less the same thing in the end.
Most of the discussion so far is probably going to be about the new orthography in his mana cost. I do like that we now have a way to differentiate generic mana from colorless mana, even if it does make him less strong in mono-green ramp compared to his previous version (it can't be paid with ten colored mana). Although, come to think of it, a colorless repeatable counterspell effect might be something that it's worth stretching your mind around the new symbols for - mono-green ramp can deal with planeswalkers using any number of creatures, but discarding a copy of Conclave Naturalists to counter End Hostilities is beyond price.
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5

New Kozilek
the new <> cost (IE: colorless) makes this a little tricky to hard cast, but the idea, as a whole makes the game messier. mana fixers which add any COLOR don't work here. Painlands have a bit more value, as do some other colorless enablers, though the inclusion of a colorless land base makes the curve even trickier. As for Kozilek, it's a big beater with a draw to 7 function on the cast which hurts it a bit in terms of playability. menace is a slightly strange inclusion but flavorwise it makes sense. Odds are you won't be using the counter ability often even with the drawing. It's a nice try, but I still don't like this card. sure, it might get played, people have decked worse. but with the new un-fixable (As of this writing) mana type, unless there's some killer colorless spells (And don't call devoid, we're into spoiler season for OGW and still haven't seen anything that makes that relevant) this experiment in tinkering with a new "color" might just blow up in wizards' face. 
Constructed: 2
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 1.5
Multiplayer: 1
EDH: 2 

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