Nicol Bolas, the Ravager

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

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Set Rarity
Core Set 2019 (M19) Mythic Rare

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Nicol Bolas, the Ravager

Legendary Creature — Elder Dragon

Flying When Nicol Bolas, the Ravager, enters the battlefield, each opponent discards a card.

4UBR: Exile Nicol Bolas, the Ravager, then return him to the battlefield transformed under his owner's control. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.

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Nicol Bolas, the Ravager Discussion

Shwang on Grixis midrange Control

7 hours ago

Only big change I'd make is bringing Ritual of Soot up to 4. Boros Aggro is the strongest and most popular deck in competitive standard. Ritual messes that deck up! I like the deck though. I'm a huge fan of Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip. This deck looks like it uses it well. Total control until you can take over the game with that guy. Hell yeah.

Legendary_Shadow on Fun Commander to build?

1 day ago

What commander should I build next? I currently have Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip control deck. Im pretty open to any ideas.

David_H18 on Kamo's Crash and Burn

6 days ago

My third color for this would definitely be blue, that gives you access to Drowned Catacomb, Watery Grave, Steam Vents and Sulfur Falls, which will actually improve your mana base. It also allows you to play 3 Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip at your four drop in place of 3 Raiders' Wake. Moment of Craving is going to allow you to live long enough to set up your value inevitability against mono red, so I would think about going to 2 on Shock and put two more in the side board instead of Urgoros, the Empty One. This next one hurts me to say, since Fell Specter is one of my favorite cards, but you will definitely get more value out of Chemister's Insight, drawing cards is essential for you and being able to ditch a land late for two more cards is great. Also, with blue you get access to a couple of counter spells, which is fantastic against all the etb abilities on creatures right now. I would think about running two Syncopates in place of Liliana's Spoils which will help your curve as well, and go for 2 Essence Scatters and 2 Lava Coils (Now that I'm saying it, Shock and Lightning Strike would probably be out for me) so cards like Rekindling Phoenix, Arclight Phoenix, or either izzet drake can't trade for more than one card. Finally, you will have to make a choice on whether you want to get more aggressive, or more control. I would lean more toward control, as the value in this deck is difficult to overcome late game. If, however, you decide you would rather get an early advantage, simply swap the two Essence Scatter and Lava Coil for 4 Thief of Sanity. If he is not killed, he will win you the game simple as that (if he were a 2/3 I would be way more inclined to play him, but there's just too much out there to kill him for me). Anyway, didn't mean to write a book, but these are the changes I would make and why! If you like them let me know, and if you don't, then feel free to tell me that too and have fun playing with a fun deck!

David_H18 on Kamo's Crash and Burn

1 week ago

Hey IWantYouBad! I like the thoughts behind the deck, but I think if you're going down the discard route, you would be better off playing to win with value then looking to discard your opponent for game. For this reason, I would definitely go with The Eldest Reborn as a four of, in place of Raiders' Wake as it is a 3 for 1 advantage, that won't be dead weight in the control matchup. I'd also get to 4 Ravenous Chupacabras, that card is automatically a 2 for one if your opponent has any creature on the field. The aggro red deck may also give you fits, I would recommend three Moment of Cravings main deck or sideboard to give you extra time to out-value them. If Golgari is a worry for you, I'd look to switch out Lightning Strike for Lava Coil (this also matches up really well against Rekindling Phoenix. Since we don't have any shock lands in rakdos, I would recommend splashing a third color (if this is looking to be competitive, if it's just for fun, then you don't want to waste that much money), it will actually make your mana base better. I would personally go with blue for access to more control like Syncopate, and card draw like Chemister's Insight. Finally, it's a budget breaker but Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip would be a stud in this deck, as he is a 2 for one flying 4/4 that is an easy win condition if not answered. If you don't want to break the bank, then Hostage Taker at the four spot is a good value as well (provided your opponent does not have an answer). Anyways, great deck! I've been playing something similar in MTG Arena and it does work!

David_H18 on I’m sorry :(

1 week ago

If you're going away from budget, you'll find that Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip is both a two for one value when played and another win-con... But your budget deck stops being even close to budget as soon as you try it.

Natalbee on Grixis midrange Control

1 week ago

How do you normally win with this deck? It seems like if your opponent can deal with Doom Whisperer and Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip you're kind of dead in the water, hoping to top-deck removal spells.

You probably don't need 4x Disinformation Campaigns, and I personally don't see the merit of Dead Weight in any deck running board wipes like Ritual of Soot or Golden Demise. You could cut 2x Campaign, both Weights, 2x Vraska's Contempt, and add in some cheaper, single-target removal like Cast Down, Murder, Lava Coil or Fight with Fire.

I've had a lot of success running Gilded Lotus - I put it in every midrange deck, if possible. Playing a Lotus on Turn 5 still leaves up mana for a Murder, Sinister Sabotage, Golden Demise, Azcanta, the Sunken Ruin, etc. I've also really enjoyed running a couple Tetzimoc, Primal Deaths, as he gives you something to sink excess mana into and he usually forces your opponent to play more reserved.

I would also cut down on 2x Discovery / Dispersal and 1x Search for Azcanta  Flip, put in 1x Connive / Concoct and 2x Chemister's Insight/Dark Bargain/Notion Rain.

I would also add in Shocks and/or Lightning Strikes, but I think I'm turning this into my old Grixis Midrange I played when Tamiyo, the Moon Sage was in Standard. 6 years ago. Damn... where does the time go? TELL ME.

Gidgetimer on Copy of Accursed Witch Interaction

1 week ago

Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip and Withengar Unbound enter the battlefield with their back sides up (so as Nicol Bolas, the Arisen and Withengar Unbound) as per 711.8 and not attached to anything per 303.4h.

711.8. A double-faced card enters the battlefield with its front face up by default. If a spell or ability puts it onto the battlefield “transformed,” it enters the battlefield with its back face up.

303.4h If an effect attempts to put a permanent that isn’t an Aura, Equipment, or Fortification onto the battlefield attached to an object or player, it enters the battlefield unattached.

Nicol Bolas remains in the graveyard per 711.8a.

711.8a If a player is instructed to put a card that isn’t a double-faced card onto the battlefield transformed, that card stays in its current zone.

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