Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Archenemy: Nicol Bolas (AC2) 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

cdkime on The Grixis Wheel of Death

3 days ago

I would cut the following:

  • Temple Bell - I have found this does not make as much of an impact as I would like. Nekusar draws a significant amount of ire, and fills your opponents' hands with their counters. In my experience, you want to focus on big plays that finish the game quickly--forcing your opponents to draw a single card does not do much for you. Same goes for Howling Mine

  • Spiteful Visions - Some people swear by this card and it can lead to fairly quick kills. In my experience, however, it is a bit too risky, as it damages you as well. It also does not play nice with cards like Curiosity, as you will be drawing more than your opponents. Same goes for Phyrexian Tyranny.

  • Olivia Voldaren does not really further your victory.

  • I think both Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker and Price of Knowledge are a bit too costly for Nekusar. Nekusar ensures opponents fill their hands with answers--it is not particularly fun to waste a turn casting your Nicol Bolas, only to have him be hit by the Dreadbore someone just received from the wheel you just cast. I only run two 6 drops, and both win the game outright-Forced Fruition and Hive Mind (which I forgot to suggest earlier--a single wheel is deadly; 4+ wheels at once is game winning).

Chasmolinker on Grixis Cruel Control

3 days ago

Good to know. Cool build. The first time I ever saw a Cruel Ultimatum deck it ran Living Lore. I also was able to get a Grixis deck in a Cube with Cruel Ultimatum and Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker.

Easybr0wnies343 on Nightmares of Grixis

1 week ago

This looks like a perfect shell to run Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker in. +1

APileOfCards on Tri-Color Moderate Damage

1 week ago

Thanks! I was always thinking of getting some lightning bolts for the deck, and I always thought 4 planeswalkers sounded a bit outrageous. Chandra, Flamecaller is put in there mostly as a joke, I have a different personal deck for her. Sadly, the place I get all my cards doesn't have the best ones I want! I'll most likely order online. So say I look at getting rid of God Pharaoh and Chandra, then I have some more aggressive creatures, like ones with haste or flash, then mix in some spells that open up a gateway to my enemies' weakness, say All Is Dust then having my colorless eldrazis for creatures when all colored permanents go poof. Of course all is dust is expensive as hell, so any cards that tap creatures or make mine unblockable. So...

Lightning Bolt (And other damage cards to make my enemy panic, not think, or kill them outright)Haste, Flash, Unblockable, etc creatures A planeswalker like Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker to seal down the final ends of the gameSome creatures that allow for others that enter the battlefield to be more powerful (counters, abilities, etc)And finally, cards like Evolving Wilds that allow me to search for land I need, and not just be there as I sit there smashing my head against the table, manalocked.

A strategy including evolving wilds where I search for a red mana or black mana in my deck to rack up a couple cards like Monastery Swiftspear or other low mana cost creatures, then playing some damaging spells like Lightning Bolt early on in case my current creatures on the battlefield are weak, tapped, or down with a common cold form being summoned. At this point then doing whatever else I can.

Good idea? Because I can exclude cards (or keep in sideboard) like Hedron Archive because Kozilek's Channeler just exists, as I'm sure I'll have enough mana. I still want to keep cards like the banners, to play nicol bolas, if I make it a more 2 color deck. But, I can instead use Chandra, Flamecaller and just go with a red and black, or something, deck, to keep that endless onslaught going for as long as possible. I could make it a red and blue to counter my enemies' counter spells against Lightning Bolt or other spells I may include. This way I keep my plans in motion without too many interruptions. The last modern game I went to, this guy with a blue deck just destroyed me because I didn't have responses to his spells. I have another blue deck, based more around milling, that I can take out some counters from to seal the strength factor of a red and blue deck. And other damaging cards like Prophetic Bolt can be useful.

I'm talkative and repeat things a lot, excuse me if i repeat stuff. Now, which one sounds like the best idea? I would expect red and blue, but both red and black and red and blue are still good. Danke!

slowpoke2004 on No More Friends / Grixis Prison

2 weeks ago

I built this deck for Commander league. I played 3 round in it tonight. I had lots of fun playing it. Round 1 placed 2nd with 1 guy scoping kinda sucked that he did that. then proceeded to sit there and say we wouldn't let him do anything. 2nd round I in a pod with the same guy that scoped and now he is playing a land destruction deck turn 2 Impending Disaster and end up in last place. Last round I turn 3 i Maralen of the Mornsong an let the fun combo decks go off 1 guy scoops cause no one will kill my Maralen of the Mornsong and him being mono green i don't think he had any real answers for it. All in all i had a blast. Still learning it and did some of the leaner meaner swaps taking more of the tutor stuff. still not really sure is i should copy Mana Leak or Vision Skeins to Isochron Scepter mostly just played it by ear. As a new magic play I'm still leaning a lot and lots more to learn. went with Never, Cruel Ultimatum, Obelisk of Grixis, Manalith, Evacuation, Planar Portal, Razaketh's Rite, and Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker.

Lokotor on Marchesa, The Black Rose - Primer

3 weeks ago
removed Flayer of the Hatebound high casting cost meant I rarely ended up casting it and the effect wasn't critical to the win strategy. not many token swarm decks or similar that can't be broken through via stax so the direct damage wasn't necessary.

added Basilisk Collar additional source of lifegain for the mid-late game. too many games are leaving me at low life and unable to use cards like necropotence, etc...

added Decree of Pain testing out an extra board wipe, with the number of rocks we're running the deck should be able to play it, but it's between this and Damnation

removed Nevinyrral's Disk not enough enchantment decks or similar problems to deal with, we have spot removal and counter spells to deal with the occasional problem artifact or enchantment as it is so a more immediate, creature wipe is probably the way to go.

added Bloodcrazed Paladin he should function as another copy of Rakdos Cackler with the added benefit of being able to get large for attacking/blocking.

removed Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker CMC made it so he was never cast

dropped Slave of Bolas added Mark of Mutiny should hopefully be able to take and retain whatever the best threat on the board is without the built in sacrifice for 2 less mana and easier color requirements.

added Massacre Wurm extra synergy with grave pact and should fit well as a stax piece.

removed Crumbling Necropolis added Fellwar Stone drawing too many lands, better to drop a rock than hold onto a land.

KumaLKS on Photosynthesis (Colossus Format)

3 weeks ago

One last question. Basalt Monolith? All it does is make mana and untap itself but does the untap abillity make it illegal? Also planeswalkers? Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker for example? it has 7 converted mana cost but is there a ruling that you can't use planeswalkers?

JeremyX2 on Vial-Smasher and Kraum. Partners Forever.

1 month ago

Revenge note: Evan took my Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker with Zealous Conscripts on his turn with enough loyalty for ultimate. I folded.

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