Big Daddy Brews Kozilock

Hey guys, last Big Daddy Brews I promised a budget deck. Budget can mean something a little different for everyone so here I’m specifically aiming to keep the deck at around $100 total. Every single card in the deck (at the time that I am writing this) is under $10. I did cheat the budget just a tad by not counting Wastes into the budget. If you have to order all of the Wastes, then the deck is $2 and some change over budget. So, what deck is playing Wastes you ask? Well, a colorless one of course! Kozilek, the Great Distortion never got the Standard love that his fellow titans received. We’re going to give him a little love today.

Commander: Kozilek, the Great Distortion

1 Myr Retriever
1 Burnished Hart
1 Foundry Inspector
1 Junk Diver
1 Shimmer Myr
1 Solemn Simulacrum
1 Kuldotha Forgemaster
1 Conduit of Ruin
1 Duplicant
1 Endbringer
1 Oblivion Sower
1 Soul of New Phyrexia
1 Steel Hellkite
1 Bane of Bala Ged
1 Deceiver of Form
1 Sandstone Oracle
1 Colossus of Akros
1 Ulamog’s Crusher
1 Artisan of Kozilek
1 Void Winnower
1 Metalwork Colossus
1 Pathrazer of Ulamog
1 It That Betrays
1 Warping Wail
1 Titan’s Presence
1 Not of This World
1 Scour from Existence
1 Everflowing Chalice
1 Tormod’s Crypt
1 Codex Shredder
1 Elixir of Immortality
1 Expedition Map
1 Sol Ring
1 Voltaic Key
1 Wayfarer’s Bauble
1 Journeyer’s Kite
1 Mask of Memory
1 Mind Stone
1 Swiftfoot Boots
1 Thought Vessel
1 Basalt Monolith
1 Daredevil Dragster
1 Magnifying Glass
1 Mimic Vat
1 Unstable Obelisk
1 Worn Powerstone
1 Eye of Doom
1 Hedron Archive
1 Nevinyrral’s Disk
1 Oracle’s Vault
1 Thran Dynamo
1 Tower of Fortunes
1 Trading Post
1 Unwinding Clock
1 Ring of Three Wishes
1 Tamiyo’s Journal
1 Dreamstone Hedron
1 Planar Bridge
1 Planar Portal
1 Staff of Nin
1 Spine of Ish Sah
1 Arcane Lighthouse
1 Blasted Landscape
1 Buried Ruin
1 Crystal Vein
1 Darksteel Citadel
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Haunted Fengraf
1 High Market
1 Inventors’ Fair
1 Mage-Ring Network
1 Mirrorpool
1 Mystifying Maze
1 Phyrexia’s Core
1 Reliquary Tower
1 Rogue’s Passage
1 Sanctum of Ugin
1 Sea Gate Wreckage
1 Shrine of the Forsaken Gods
1 Spawning Bed
1 Throne of the High City
1 Tomb of the Spirit Dragon
17 Wastes

Unwinding Portal Kozilek

Typically budget tables mean that things are going to be a bit lower in overall power level. That means there’s more room to play fun and unusual combinations like this one. It requires some setup and is a bit “magical Christmas land” as people like to call it, but if you can assemble the pieces, you have a bit of a soft lock here. Here’s how it works. You have Unwinding Clock on the battlefield with at least six mana available to you via your artifacts (Hedron Archive, Thran Dynamo, Sol Ring, etc.). It’s your opponent’s turn. They tap five mana to cast a spell. In response, you pay 6 to tutor for a card with Planar Portal that has a CMC of 5 and pitch it to Kozilek to counter their play. You can then do this once a turn for each opponent ensuring that they never resolve a meaningful play again for the rest of the game. It’s janky, and I’m not honestly sure that it’s better than tutoring up Shimmer Myr and using this engine to play repeated Flash threats, but it’s easily my favorite interaction in the deck.

Hart Bauble Solemn

For the deck to work you have play an abundance of ramp cards. Most of our impactful plays sit atop the curve past the 6 CMC mark. The deck can fall victim to drawing all of its top end without finding the ramp to get there first. If you have an opening hand full of bombs and no ramp be sure and mulligan. If you have all ramp and no bombs you’re good to go. Casting Kozilek will refill your hand, and he’s the one card you always have access to. Since we’re playing roughly the same number of basics that a colored deck would we get to play cards that land ramp in addition to our artifact ramp. This adds a bit of resiliency to artifact sweepers, helping us cast our big creatures even if all our mana rocks get destroyed.

Tower Bridge JournalWhen you are playing an abundance of mana rocks, you want to have something to spend your mana on each turn. The mana sinks are expensive but help make sure that you’re not sitting each turn with 10+ mana and nothing to spend it on.

Betrays Pathrazer Artisan
We may not be playing the best Eldrazi due to our budget restriction, but their smaller kin can and will still take over a game. The Kozi-soft lock plan is even better when you have a couple of large creatures on the field. Just protecting them for a few turns is usually enough to put yourself in a winning position. The soft lock and disruption are to back up our big tentacle monsters. These are our Plan A.

World Wail Soul

As discussed the soft lock is difficult to assemble and maybe not even great. So, these are our more reasonable forms of protection. Warping Wail counters a sorcery, and that’s its most important mode. Unless something game-winning is being cast by an opponent (such as Tooth and Nail), then I try and hold it for when a sweeper comes. Countering an Austere Command on the modes of big creatures and artifacts could be the difference in winning or losing the game.

Sandstone Staff Throne

Colorless card draw does not come cheap. I touched on this a tad earlier, but one of the strongest aspects of your Commander is that he draws you cards. I typically don’t just jam Kozilek as soon as I have ten mana, but instead, wait until I have deployed all of my hand. Casting your Commander to draw six cards will put you firmly in the driver seat. You have a full seven cards in hand, at least ten mana at your disposal to cast all of your new cards, and a massive threat sitting on the board. If you’re lucky, your new seven cards might even line up in such a way that you can discard some of your cards to counter key opposing disruption.

Alright fam, that’s it for today. As always, let me know what you think in the comments below! I think this deck is quite a bit of fun and I hope that you enjoy it as well. See you back here next time for *really over the top announcer voice* Big Daddy Brews!

-Brandon “Big Daddy B” Dauer
Twitter: @BrandonDauer
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