Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker


Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Archenemy: Nicol Bolas (E01) Mythic Rare
Magic 2013 (M13) Mythic Rare
Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas (DDH) Mythic Rare
Conflux (CON) Mythic Rare

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Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker

Planeswalker — Bolas

+3: Destroy target noncreature permanent.

-2: Gain control of target creature.

-9: Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker deals 7 damage to target player. That player discards seven cards, then sacrifices seven permanents.

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Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker Discussion

Chopwood on Rainbow Superfriends

1 week ago

AethericDoom Thanks for your suggestions, I'll take them under consideration! The reason to why Oath of Teferi didn't make it to the mainboard at the moment is that I at the present don't see any reason to why casting it would be preferable to casting a (additional) planeswalker. A Doubling Season let's me "ult" the planeswalker on the same turn that it enters the battlefield, while the Oath rarely does that. That also falls true for The Chain Veil, which is ultimately very expensive to cast + use. The problem with Primevals' Glorious Rebirth is that it requires a legendary permanent on BF to even be cast, which in this case would be either a PW or sometimes Oath of Nissa, again this is a very situational card and often you would get the same or a better effect from just a casting a PW the old fashioned way.

The "Pay 2 life" lands are called "Shock lands" and "Pay one and fetch" are called "Fetch lands". The combination of using fetch and shock lands is one of the keys to building a stable mana base in the Modern format. This is especially true in a five color deck, since it lets me fetch just the color I need to play my hand. Note that all the shock lands are Gx lands, meaning that they all have the type forest so that they can be targets of both Utopia Sprawl and Arbor Elf, leading to both great mana fixing and sometimes crazy ramp. For example

T1: play Temple Garden, pay 2 life cast Arbor Elf T2: Play any land that taps for green mana, cast Utopia Sprawl on (untapped) Temple Garden, chose the color you need. Now it can tap for 2 mana, get untapped by the elf and again be tapped for 2 mana - giving you the possibility of casting Turn 2 Nahiri, the Harbinger, Jace, Architect of Thought or Tamiyo, Field Researcher.

If you're really lucky you can cast Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker on T3 using this trick.

bicebice on Only Cats Allowed (G/W Standard Cat Tribal)

1 month ago

What about an [Ajani, adversary of tyrants]? and a Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker

JoeNathan37 on Red/Blue/Black Dragons (Kolaghan)

1 month ago

You may want to consider having the ultimate Blue/Black/Red (also known as Grixis for future reference) dragon in here: Nicol Bolas. He has multiple incarnations, including the new one from M19 (Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip) and several planeswalkers (Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker, Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh, and Nicol Bolas, the Deceiver). He fits the colors of your deck and the control theme, although he may be a bit expensive.

TypicalTimmy on Card creation challenge

1 month ago

Arcades, Valiant Shield

Legendary Planeswalker - Arcades

+3 Target permanent gains Indestructible and Hexproof until your next turn.

-2 Exile target creature.

-9 You get an emblem with "Creatures you control gain +0/+10 and have Indestructible, Hexproof, and Flying." Draw up to seven cards.


Modeled after Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker. And yes I am aware that Indestructible and +0/+10 are redundant. But when dealing with things such as Dismember, Engulf the Shore, or Wither it will come in handy. Also partners nicely with the new Arcades, the Strategist.

Go to a random page in this entire thread and redo the 5th challenge from the top. Be sure to cite the original challenge and page number.

drwhosmith4 on Taco Bolas

1 month ago

In regards to Tezzeret and Sarkhan I am at least putting a copy of Tezzeret the Schemer in the sideboard because I have an extra. I am still debating on getting at least a copy of Sarkhan. Regarding the copies of Bolas I am planning on getting Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker but this list comprises only the cards I currently possess. He is listed under the Acquireboard. The OG Bolas I have as the placeholder commander until the new one arrives in the mail. He may get sideboarded for now. I only hope this deck is a much fun to play as I imagine.

AlphaBanana on Jodah, Superfriends

2 months ago

Literally half of your deck is land fixing. While that is cool and all, you need more draw ability or at least more spells to happen more regularly. I think you can afford to drop down to 37 or 36 lands without any concern at all. Planeswalkers work best for me if I think of them as auto shutdowns or just fogs. When I use them like fogs, I want to see more cards. I think this deck will run out of cards and start top decking mana very quickly. My suggestions would be: Remove any planeswalker that does not either replace itself, net you legitimate board presence against any kind of creature deck, or strictly win the game with doubling season or fishboi.

My examples I would not want to play: Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker He is a thing, I'll agree to that. But none of his abilities are consistently game breaking in Commander, if he's all you have. And the pace of this deck is going to be a lot of "DEAL WITH ME" until either they do or can't. For what he costs and when he can be doubled, he needs to strictly win. The other Nicol is a game changer. Freyalise, Llanowar's Fury The mana dork doesn't produce enough variety to be efficient. The removal doesn't work as well as Fracturing Gust. Harmonic Sliver, Reclamation Sage, Spring Cleaning. Vandalblast, etc. It's her timing that makes her hard to play. And her last ability doesn't do enough. You're better off picking one of her abilities and slotting the card version of that. If you could replace Enlightened Tutor with Vampiric Tutor I think you'd be better off. Nature's Lore is bad with all these colors. And that makes two cards that specifically say forest. You're going to have a dead card out of the second one more than not. I think play testing will bring out the consistency in this deck though. It looks like you should be a big problem for the table.

DrkNinja on Schemes of the Omnipotent

2 months ago

I have one really big problem with this deck! Where's Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker? If you are going for control or turning people against them nothing says that better than him! "Oh you played a Ulamog, that's cute. Now I played YOUR Ulamog! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"

So I understand your theme, but I think you are going a little heavy on the theme and a little light on the execution. You have all these super expensive creatures with no way to cheat them out and not enough ramp in the deck.

Also just some card cuts I'd suggest:

  • Thraximundar: Great commander, otherwise it's just too expensive
  • Quicksilver Gargantuan: Just play Phyrexian Metamorph it's much cheaper and copies anything
  • Prince Of Thralls: People will always pay the 3 life for any creature that is actually worth you bringing back
  • Blood Tyrant: Too expensive
  • Diluvian Primordial: I get it... But your assuming you're going to have a good target with this.
  • Dragon Tempest: you don't have enough dragons to get value out of this
  • In Garruk's Wake: Great card, too expensive, just run Damnation

Some card suggestions:

  • Bribery: Just a better version of Primordial
  • Disciple of Bolas: oh the flavor! Besides flavor, this is a solid card in your deck
  • Wheel of Fortune: This is gonna be a much better card than Windfall because if you have no hand you still draw seven! Plus this can help you put a creature in the grave to Scarab God into play
  • God-Pharoah's Gift: if you decide to play with all these high casting cost creatures the best way to cheat them out is grave recursion, and this is a free Reanimation every turn
  • Liliana of the Veil: If you are going to play discard she is the best.
  • Memnarch+Liquimetal Coating: Great combo and it would let you steal any permanent you wanted.
  • Leyline of Anticipation/Vedalken Orrery: Since you are playing control, meaning you are holding up mana for turns on end, you should always be able to respond with any kind of answer including permanents not just counters
  • MORE REMOVAL, LESS COUNTERS: what about the one time you tap out and you can't counter something? You need cards to deal with threats. Ex: Hero's Downfall, Vraska's Contempt, Doomblade
  • MORE TUTORS!: You can't be a schemer(insert joker meme) without ways to make your schemes unfold when you want them too!

Just a few cards for ramp:

Yesterday on If a creature is stolen ...

2 months ago

I just stole a creature from Player A with Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker, and Player B stole it from me with Cytoplast Manipulator.

If Player B's Cytoplast dies, do I gain control of the creature again or does Player A?

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