Deck spotlight: Marunga’s Kozilek 2

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In every meta there has to be an apex predator, and currently in my meta, I’m sad to say it’s not one of my own creations. It is clearly my friend’s Kozilek, the Great Distortion deck, and boy is it scary!

Because he’s been kicking the ass of most decks in the meta, I wanted to feature it on here. A link to the list: Marungas’ Kozilek deck (link to TappedOut.net).


What does the deck do? How does it win?kozilekthegreatdistortion
The deck works very well with a, mana only, starting hand. Ex. Ancient Tomb, Sol Ring, Thran Dynamo, Eldrazi Temple and some Wastes. Once you cast your commander you will refill your entire hand and have a threat on the board, ten or more mana and the ability to counter almost half of the spells your opponent will use to remove Kozilek.
The deck usually wins through commander damage but if that fails, there are a lot of heavy hitters in the deck that can take his place. The key is simply to cast Kozilek at least once.
The worst possible scenario is when you emptied your entire hand, and waiting to untap, and tap for ten, only to see an overloaded Vandalblast. Being thrown back on four or mayby five mana with one card in hand and no cheap card advantage is devastating for a deck like this.
If you ever played with Kozilek, Butcher of Truth as your commander, this deck will work quite the same. Play mana-stones -> play Kozilek, refill and repeat. Once the deck starts running like this it’s simply overwhelming for a single opponent and you will most likley win unless the entire table turns against you.

What made you build this deck?
I bought Kozilek, the Great Distortion just to have it in my card-pool but since I have played a Karn-deck before I had almost all the cards needed to build a colourless Kozilek-deck. And just by looking at it I realized he does two things colourless decks usually struggle with, card advantage and contolling the stack.

Did you consider any other commander in the available (lack of) colours?
Maybe Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger but even if “exile two permanents” and Indestructible are strong abilities, he will be the only thing you got left once he hits the board. You might have exiled two threats or some realy annoying permanent but you probably won’t have any cards left in hand and he will die to a Swords to Plowshares, Path to Exile leaving you with nothing left.
Kozilek can be played more aggressive and he won’t leave you empty-handed ( <-nice ) after his departure.

solring.fullWhat are the best cards in the deck?
Sol Ring, “Sol”-lands, Thran Dynamo, Thought Vessel and Urza’s Incubator. Realy, any cards that help you kast Kozilek as soon as possible.
For the longer games, cards like, Ugin, the Spirit Dragon and All is Dust are realy strong, both defensive and aggressive since they are one-sided wrath-effects that ignores indestructible.
Staff of Nin, Conduit of Ruin and Endbringer will help you get back on your feet after after a Vandalblast or Austere Command resolves.
For the deck’s own threats, Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger, Oblivion Sower, Wurmcoil Engine and Artisan of Kozilek really puts you in a good position but none are as devastating for an opponent as Kozilek himself.

Any changes you’re looking to make?predator,flagship.hq
Loxodon Warhammer and Darksteel Plate will probably be leaving this deck quite soon. Very few of my creature needs those equippment to be threatening and can simply be replaced by threats themself or more mana-stones.
Predator, Flagship looks good since you can produce a loot of mana but I have not played it once. When I get that amount of mana Kozilek is always a better option.
Gruesome Slaughter looked good on paper but doesn’t perform as promised.
A lot of you might wonder where the “old” eldrazis are (Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre)? Bribery and Act of Treason still has a strong precence in our meta and the Annihilator-ability simply is to much for the deck to handle since it realy needs all the mana-producing permanents to stay on the battlefield. Homeward Path is the only thing in the deck that can get them back and my wraths (Ugin and All is Dust) won’t take care of them.

What’s the percentage of games where you’ve drawn Eldrazi Temple before turn 4?
I’m not that good at math but since I play at least five, depending on my mood, it’s at least 50 percent chance I got one in the first 10 cards (starting hand included).


 

And that’s it for this time folks! Props to my friend Marunga who was kind enough to share his list and answer my questions, despite the salty one in the end (it’s true that he seems to draw that damn broken land way too often). Also props to Wizards for the Eldrazi design; I do feel like I’m fighting an unfathomable alien entity when I’m up against this list.

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  1. Grim Lavamancer

     /  March 17, 2016

    Playing against this deck is pretty much an uphill battle against the clock. You simply have to throw everything you’ve got at it to either slow it down or deal so much damage that even the arrival of Kozilek can’t turn the tide. Mostly though you’re at your fourth “land go” turn in a row when he drops – the most potent strategy at that point is to whimper and look pathetic so he’ll hit someone else instead.

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  2. Marunga

     /  March 17, 2016

    Cavern of Souls has entered the list.

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