Nicol Bolas, the Ravager


Nicol Bolas, the Arisen


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Brawl Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual 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

FastIsFaster on R/b/u dragons part deux

1 day ago

Not sure what you V1 looked like or if this is a direction you want to take the deck in, but I have explored Skirk Prospector with a fair degree of success. Being able to drop something like Verix Bladewing, Glorybringer, or Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip early is a big play. Perhaps instead of Heart of Kiran, maybe Aethersphere Harvester, since it still gives you an artifact to trigger Unlicensed Disintegration and can be crewed by something like Prospector if you try/include it.

FSims81 on Exciting Cards in M19

1 day ago

I was able to pull Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip during FNM on the 13th and was able to use him twice that night. He is a beast with very few immediate answers. That 4 cost 4/4 flying is nice, and then 3 turns later....end game!

Enticer on Grixis Bolas Control

2 days ago

Nice deck! I would cut down on the Guttersnipe, maybe even remove it completely. Also, definitely add in another Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip (if you can afford it). I wouldn't run 4 Disallow. Also, Opt? Shock? Maybe some more Murder-esq cards?

Anyways, I like it.


multimedia on G/R midrange (Trying to improve my deck building)

3 days ago

Hey, when playing Llanowar Elves you want more than nine sources of green from lands that can ETB untapped turn one. You also don't want the same number of basic Mountains as Forests. Consistently you want to have a Forest more than a Mountain in your opening hand. Consider 9x Forests and 5x Mountains?

Consider moving Vine Mare to the sideboard replacing it with Jadelight Ranger? The tandem of explore Branchwalker and Jadelight is great with green, they help to find red sources of mana. They give green selection and card advantage in the early game.

I'm part of the 4x main deck Blossoming Defense crowd. I think the card is a huge reason to play green. It's very good vs red especially protecting against Chainwhirler's ETB or combat or Earthshaker/Crasher/Glorybringer's abilities. It's even better now because of Thorn Lieutenant. You're playing Hungering Hydra Defense is great to protect it; easier to get counters from damage on it when it's pumped and protected. Defense can also be a blowout for one mana against four mana Vraska's Contempt. Consider 4x Defense and 4x Abrade? Moving Spray to the sideboard?

Speaking of sideboard I don't see one. A big part of getting better at deck building is utilizing the sideboard. If you're playing in a specific meta at FNM then the sideboard will be much different than if you're planning it for an overall Standard meta. In my opinion the most important cards to plan for with the sideboard for an overall Standard meta are: Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip, Scrapheap Scrounger, Teferi, Hero of Dominaria, The Scarab God, Seal Away and Lyra Dawnbringer. 4x Abrade main deck helps a lot against a lot of threats in Standard like Chainwhirler, Siphoner, Grace/Malice, God-Pharaoh's Gift, Heart of Kiran, etc. 4x Defense main deck helps against all the two for one removal that's in Standard Glorybringer, Chandra and Teferi.

Good sideboard card options to consider (in no order):

Good luck with your deck.

Backinthefrey on competitive grixis

5 days ago

ive been playing around with grixis control running the god pharo as the win con, however recently its started to look like U/B midrange with a splash of red would be more effective. and now with Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip i feel i can cut the god pharo and go all in on the ravager and go full grixis midrange. and would like thoughts on it and any tips you have to offer grixis midrange

DraGonSpell on Nicol Bolas, the Card Ravager

6 days ago

Actually, you can get Bolas out on turn 2 with a perfect hand and some signets...

Turn 1: - Island+Sol Ring+Rakdos Signet= turn 2 Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip


bradtheimpaler13 on Un-FLICKING-believable!!!!!!!!!!

1 week ago

Wow so cool. +1 all day. Its too bad you cant use Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip as your commander would be a perfect fit. I like the Garna, the Bloodflame idea suggested above.

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