January 25, 2016

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Cosi, The Great Trickster

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all enjoyed playing Standard, Modern and/or Limited events with Oath of the Gatewatch cards for the first time this weekend! It’s something I’m looking forward to doing tomorrow! When I last discussed this set from an EDH standpoint I found it quite under-whelming, but the spoiler had not yet completed. Now? I still find it rather disappointing, but I will admit it’s given us a few interesting generals to play with in the best of all formats – EDH!

Today, we are going to talk about one of those Commanders, Kozilek, The Great Distortion.

What’s With Those Diamonds?

If you’re someone who doesn’t keep up with new sets, you may be confused by the two symbols after the eight in Kozilek’s mana cost. These are a new symbol that reflect a necessity to use colourless mana to cast our inter-dimensional god. Essentially, cards that would tap for FePyJva now tap for Colorless-symbol, cards like Sol Ring tap for Colorless-symbolColorless-symbol. I’m not going to go too much further into the mechanics of colourless, but if you want to learn how it works, check out this great article by one of my fellow contributors, Brendan Butt.

What’s The Game Plan?

You’d probably expect that a deck with no access to the colour pie is fairly straightforward in terms of battle strategy. You’re not wrong. Kozilek’s goal is basically to ramp like mad using notorious colourless sources such as the mentioned Sol Ring, as well as Mana Vault, Metalworker, Mana Crypt, and others. However, with the new basic land Wastes and actual colourless spells such as Warping Wail. Besides these specifics, the deck is essentially what’s called “good stuff.”

The Deck List

Cosi, The Great Trickster

Commander (1)
Kozilek, The Great Distortion

Creature (16)
Conduit of Ruin
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth
Matter Reshaper
Oblivion Sower
Phyrexian Revoker
Platinum Angel
Sandstone Oracle
Solemn Simulacrum
Soul of New Phyrexia
Thought-Knot Seer
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre
Void Winnower

Artifact (40)
Basalt Monolith
Brittle Effigy
Clock of Omens
Crucible of Worlds
Doubling Cube
Everflowing Chalice
Expedition Map
Fractured Powerstone
Gilded Lotus
Grim Monolith
Hedron Archive
Lotus Bloom
Mana Crypt
Mana Vault
Mind Stone
Mind’s Eye
Mox Opal
Nevinyrral’s Disk
Null Brooch
Oblivion Stone
Perilous Vault
Pithing Needle
Planar Portal
Prototype Portal
Relic of Progenitus
Ring of Three Wishes
Rings of Brighthearth
Scroll Rack
Sculpting Steel
Sensei’s Divining Top
Sol Ring
Spine of Ish Sah
Staff of Domination
Strionic Resonator
Thought Vessel
Torpor Orb
Ugin’s Nexus
Unwinding Clock
Vedalken Orrery
Voltaic Key

Spells (7)
Not of This World
Scour from Existence
Spatial Contortion
Titan’s Presence
Warping Wail
All Is Dust
Skittering Invasion

Planeswalkers (2)
Karn Liberated
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

Land (34)
Ancient Tomb
Arcane Lighthouse
Buried Ruin
Cavern of Souls
City of Traitors
Command Beacon
Darksteel Citadel
Deserted Temple
Dust Bowl
Eldrazi Temple
Encroaching Wastes
Eye of Ugin
Ghost Quarter
Hall of the Bandit Lord
Homeward Path
Mystifying Maze
Phyrexia’s Core
Reliquary Tower
Rogue’s Passage
Sanctum of Ugin
Sea Gate Wreckage
Shrine of the Forsaken Gods
Strip Mine
Tectonic Edge
Thespian’s Stage
Urza’s Mine
Urza’s Power Plant
Urza’s Tower

Hope you all have a great time playing this deck, I’m already piecing it together as I write! Have a great week, and I’ll be back next Monday! Thanks for reading!