Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Hour of Devastation Mythic Rare

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Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh

Planeswalker — Bolas

[+2]: Target opponent exiles cards from the top of his or her library until he or she exiles a nonland card. Until end of turn, you may cast that card without paying its mana cost.

[+1]: Each opponent exiles two cards from his or her hand.

[-4]: Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh deals 7 damage to target opponent or creature an opponent controls.

[-12]: Exile each nonland permanent your opponents control.

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Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh Discussion

ACDAMAN on Grixis Control, Hour of Bolas

5 hours ago

psychosmurf96 Hmm... interesting adaption! I just don't enjoy using Chandra, Torch of Defiance as the only reason I see her in the deck is to ramp into Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh, but she does it extremely infrequently

samuelmood11 on "Let me use your stuff" ...

16 hours ago

I'm desperate to find a way to make Hedonist's Trove work. I want it in a sort of, "I'm gonna use your stuff if you don't mind, thanks" deck that's control centered. So I was thinking Grixis colors, with cards like Dragonlord Silumgar, Kefnet's Last Word, and Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh. I need some help with it though. Anyone smart enough to help? And, just to be clear, I don't care if it doesn't end up being competitive. I just want to make it work properly so I can screw with my brother next time we play each other.

GrixisconTrollsyou99 on Crosis, The Baby Dragon

1 day ago

Mindslicer is a great and underused discard creature. Yes it hits everyone including yourself but you are already playing with wheels so it shouldn't be that bad at all.

Handful of specters in these colors too that push the theme like Liliana's Specter or Hypnotic Specter

Also new Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh makes all opponents exile 2 from their hand

Hope this deck makes people hate you! Good luck!

cenazwalker on Grixis Control

2 days ago

Will do. I'm just putting this together so I will tweak things here and there as I go. I'll probably get another copy of Hour of Devastation and Disallow for starters. Still deciding between how many copies of Essence Scatter and Negate to run. Local meta at the moment is very creature heavy but there are also quite a few control decks (grixis specifically) so I need to work on the sideboard for mirror matches. I have a lot of card draw going on so it may be right to run only 1 Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh main and 1 sideboard. My rationale for running two main is the possibility of exiling one with Chandra's +1, that would be really annoying. I'll make updates as things progress.

Ol_man on Ol_Man's Ramp'in Gods Deck

3 days ago

-1 Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons +1 Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh

This build can definitely cheat him in early.

Unicornsareevil on Cheaty Cycling

3 days ago

First Standard Tournament Results

Round one: W/U control. (Not monument)Game one - Found the combo relatively quick and won. Was concerned about about my Cunning Survivor getting tapped by his Fan Bearer but luckily he was tapped out when New Perspectives entered the battlefield.Game two - Sided in Countervailing Winds for Haze of Pollen. Pulled of the combo again and won.(2-0)

Round two: B/W Zombies.Game one - Got run over fast. Without either combo piece and missed land drops meant the combo flopped.Game two - No sideboard. Had a faster hand but the zombies were too fast. Managed to pull a Haze of Pollen during one attack saving 6 life but a In Oketra's Name from the opponent the next turn killed me.(0-2)

Round three: R/B/U/W/G Planeswalkers.Game one - Seemed pretty even but ended in a lose. The game started slow for both despite the turn three As Fortold by the opponent. I waited a couple of turns before playing New Perspectives while Cunning Survivor was out so that i could afford a Censor.I did pull of the combo but Cunning Survivor only became a 15/3 after i got stuck with three New Perspectives, three Cunning Survivors and four basic lands in hand.Game two = Sided in Shadowstorm Vizier for Haze of Pollen. The second game was not as slow after my opponent used Deploy the Gatewatch and got a Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh and a Nissa, Voice of Zendikar out. I played Shefet Monitor to try and kill them but it kept getting blocked by plants. Grrrrrrrrrrrr. game ended when he hit me for seven with Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh -4 ability and played another copy of Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh and hit for another seven. (yes he did sac the old one.)(0-2)

So the deck went 1-2 overall. I didn't expect much from it but wanted to see what the consistency of the combo was.

I found that i need Supreme Will to protect or dig for New Perspectives. Some removal would be great but there is none with cycling, unfortunately. Control seems to be my LGS's metta at the moment with almost half of the decks being R/B/U bolas control. For this reason i'm considering putting Haze of Pollen in the sideboard since it only stops some aggro decks. Also wondering if Canyon Slough and Sheltered Thicket would be worth adding to splash for Sweltering Suns. it would be risky and would remove Beneath the Sands from the deck but would increase the number of cycling cards.

Yellowpop58 on UR Eldrazi Land Destruction

4 days ago

Cool idea! It seems pretty nice right now - here are a couple more things that might be worth thinking about.

In terms of your creature/spell ratio, I'd say that this deck's goal seems to better belong in a control deck, so it might be worthwhile to consider cutting some of your cheaper creatures (ex. Matter Reshaper and maybe even Baral, Chief of Compliance) in favor of some more burn/counter/draw spells. (I see that you have Abrade and Disallow in your maybeboard - those would probably be some of the best cards to add. Also Supreme Will, Tragic Lesson and Anticipate are my personal favorites in terms of card draw. Maybe add Sweltering Suns as well, if you have room.)

I'm also not a huge fan of Scour from Existence or Warping Wail in this deck - they just feel really underpowered. Might be worth cutting for some of the aforementioned cards.

On the opposite end, I would consider running a full playset of Oblivion Sowers, as they seem to be kind of the deck's centerpiece.

Besides that, I really do think that this is a neat concept. One wild idea might be Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh, as his +1 and +2 would play nicely with Oblivion Sower, although it's yet another color and off curve. Just a random thought.

Again, most of this is assuming that you want your deck to go in a more control-ish direction. If you had more of an aggro-ish build in mind, then this probably isn't great advice. :P

Neat build! +1

Plato_Karamazov on Nicol's Undead Army

4 days ago

I don't think you need The Scorpion God in there. The only thing that generates -1/-1 counters is the Ammit Eternal. I would do another Dark Intimations or a second Swarm Intelligence. And, is there a fetch card for Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh?

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