Bolas's Citadel

Bolas's Citadel

Legendary Artifact

You may look at the top card of your library at any time.

You may play the top card of your library. If you cast a spell this way, pay life equal to its converted mana cost rather than pay its mana cost.

: Sacrifice ten nonland permanents: Each opponent loses 10 life.

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Set Rarity
War of the Spark (WAR) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Pioneer Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Brawl Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Standard Legal
Historic Legal
Arena Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Casual Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

Bolas's Citadel Discussion

Skwiche on Jodah, lover of jank

1 day ago

From 1 jodah player to another Why not add a Bolas's Citadel

Arboreal Grazer For an extra turn 1 land drop Crystal Quarry Or perhaps some scry lands Temple of Deceit to help filter thru cards that aren't needed there and then or cycling land, Fetid Pools a few check lands Sunpetal Grove or battle landsCanopy Vista will help keep the cost down and still have dual land types and can still be searched for with some cards rather than going crazy buying shock lands or original duals. Just because jodah reduces the cost to wubrg doesn't mean every spell needs to be high cmc some low cmc counterspells or protection spells may benefit you too e.g Eerie Interlude To protect from board wipes

There is also no harm in having basics as it reduces the chance of having land entered tapped having a mix of all 4 of the land types mixed above also will reduce chances of some of the land entering tapped, also having cycline will help with more card draw if the land isn't needed

andy1988c on Golos Superfriends, Walking through Planes

3 days ago

Man.... this looks like a REALLY fun deck to run. I just put together my first Golos superfriends deck. This have given me some idea's on how to further tune my deck up.

Also, I agree with you that Bolas's Citadel is one of best cards ever. I run a copy of it in my Edgar Markov deck, and it has lead to more then one table scoop once it resolves... :)

Moixa137 on Sidisi's Sacrificial Toolbox

4 days ago

My primary win con is probably going to be Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + Triskelion as I can assemble it easily with Buried Alive + Victimize and it can win right away.

Secondary win con is any of my Ashnod's Altar + Nim Deathmantle combos. They take longer to set up, and they don't win right away as the tokens don't have haste; however, I thought it would be a fun combo to try out. That said..additional protection / recursion may necessary if I continue with this combo.

Aetherflux Reservoir + Bolas's Citadel + Sensei's Divining Top. Haven't played with this combo to much yet, but so far top and citadel offer great utility even if I don't assemble all 3 pieces of the win con (Further testing in the works.)

As far as artifact / enchantment removal I currently have Karn Liberated, Ratchet Bomb, and Pharika's Libation. Im considering adding Oblivion Stone or Nevinyrral's Disk. I may play Ugin, the Spirit Dragon if/when I get my hands on one.

I've been considering the Contamination + Bitterblossom lock. It'll depend on how my group reacts to playing against stax.

SteelSentry on Looking for viable budget aggro ...

5 days ago

With the new normal of degenerate combo and busted value engine commanders, my plan is to come out of this with a lower curve, aggressive deck to put the pressure on the Muldrothas and Atraxas of the world earlier in the game. I have come across two main problems in my brewing, however:

1) A lot of my decks just aren't good enough to beat some of these decks. My perfectly serviceable Ephara, God of the Polis deck could stand on it's own 2 years ago, but now I am constantly run over, and my creature theft deck does nothing against someone who can play Bolas's Citadel and basically win on the spot without creatures.

2) For the life of me, I cannot escape Jund. My 3 decks that are still able to hold their own are mono-, , and . I also frequently catch myself brewing in the Jund colors, and I want to branch out.

The two that initially caught my eye were Daxos of Meletis voltron/tempo, and Adeliz, the Cinder Wind spellslinger aggro. However, while I have seen these generals perform well in the past, I'm worried if they've become outclassed by the precons of recent years. Does anyone else here have insight, or perhaps another (preferably 2 color) commander that will fit the bill for me?

KittenPetter on King Rhys, Elven Warlord

1 week ago

Vash13 Yeah people do that to me too when I start filling my grave too quickly and get a Splendid Reclamation or World Shaper and even if I have nothing else going on, having 9 lands on turn 4 upsets people as it should and they all wisely attack me. Getting a Bolas's Citadel out is hella fun but you risk so much if you get it out turn 4 or 5, hit nothing but land on top, and pass and now everyone wants to murder you like they understand how deadly Bolas's Citadel is, especially with its often forgotten third ability that lets you sacrifice ten nonland permanents to make each opponent lose 10 life. With Izoni, Thousand-Eyed as your commander and some creatures in the grave, it can be very relevant in an aristocrats deck.

Mortlocke on The Phyrexian Chef

1 week ago

Adding in Ad Nauseam would be a good experiment. It's effect is similar to Bolas's Citadel, but the only issue is that it's far less forgiving when it comes to execution. If you don't go off on the turn you cast that card, then you may possibly be in a weaker position even after casting a bunch of cards and having a stronger board presence. Additionally, Ad Nauseam is an Instant - and from what I can see the deck doesn't exactly take advantage of that speed so it may not be used to it's highest potential as some of the the usual suspects combined with this card are Angel's Grace (as you just draw out your entire library without fear of going below 0 life) - basically what i'm trying to get at is that you need to build a bit more around Ad Nauseam to make the best use of it.

GreenHamma on The Phyrexian Chef

1 week ago

Mortlocke Yea i didn't see that when you first suggested the card. Mind changed.

so a combo i found out playing mtgo Bolas's Citadel also works well with Razaketh, the Foulblooded on the field. I should have thought about it but it came up in play and Lightbulb went off. Play Shadowborns, and if i hit a land sac to shuffle.

Then after they are on the field sac them to get Crypt Incursion, and Songs of the Damned life gained back.

Maybe even add Ad Nauseam back to the deck?

GreenHamma on The Phyrexian Chef

2 weeks ago

Mortlocke I added Bolas's Citadel. I havent gotten to playtest it yet with the deck, but I did find out in standard how broken it is. I made a ajani, bolas citadel deck in standard.

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