Eldrazi Spoiler – Kozilek, Butcher of Truth March 1, 2010Posted by Norm in Spoilers.
Tags: Kozilek Butcher of Truth, Rise of the Eldrazi
Happy March everyone. This morning Wizards of the Coast said the same thing and shared the first Rise of the Eldrazi spoiler Kozilek, Butcher of Truth. You can see the card below but I also suggest you check out today’s Arcana update and watch the animation. Just click the “Eye” of Ugin.
A 5.0 Upgrade
My first thought was Darksteel Colosus 2.0, but who am I kidding more like DC 5.0. First off it costs 1 mana less and has one more power. Simple upgrade yet extremely significant. If you are playing with Eye of Ugin getting to this guy two turns earlier is also quite a big deal. A 12/12 that you can cast with any color mana and possibly only pay 8 is really awesome. A quick search in Gatherer relveals that there is only one creature with converted mana cost of 8 with power 10 or greater, Denizen of the Deep. At 10 mana we have two creatures, Progenitis and Krosan Cloudscraper. Well we do have a 13/13 for one mana in Worldwake so maybe I shouldn’t be so excited.
To Cast or Not to Cast
If you are willing shell out the 8 to 10 mana for Kozilek, you don’t just get a 12/12 colossus you get a card drawing bringer of death that scoffs at Terror. How crazy is draw four cards on any creature. I can’t think of any other creature card that gets you four cards as you cast it. Cast is a very important word on that ability. If you some how cheat Kozilek into play via Polymorph or Elvish Piper you didn’t cast the spell and that ability won’t trigger. So sorry guys who were planning on tweaking decks with Summoner’s Trap. Getting those four cards is going to require you to cast this guy.
With that said there are ways to cast for free, like Windbrisk Heights or Hypergenesis. I’m sure there are some other possibilities as well, are their any Mirrodin block spells that give all artifacts affinity?
UPDATE: So I wasn’t paying close enough attention to the type line and this creature isn’t an artifact. Not an artifact.
Progenitis Say What?!?
Assuming you find an awesome way to bring this guy into play, lets take a look at his Annihilator. Whenever Kozilek attacks the defending player sacrifices four permanents. That can be really devastating. Before damage, before blockers are declared your opponent will have to choose between land, creatures, and Planeswalkers.
Also Kozilek makes Progenitis look like a wall. A wall with a clock at that, even if your opponent fogs, they still loose four permanents, pretty soon they won’t have any mana or creatures to deal with your awesome threat.
Finally take a look at the card number, 6 of 248. We could be looking at a colorless block. Unless Wizards has some hybrid artifact spells up their sleeve we are look at a ton of lands and colorless spells. Ghostfire anyone.
Finally I love the new card art. Are we going to see a shift away from the boarder on this set. Makes the art jump even more and feel more like the cards from Future Sight, minus the sci-fi boarder.