Nicol Bolas, the Ravager


Nicol Bolas, the Arisen


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker 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


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

: 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.

Nicol Bolas, the Ravager Discussion

BlurredRain on Super Friends, Competitive

4 weeks ago

Great deck but why would you use the original Nicol Bolas when there are better ones to choose from? Such as Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God or even Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip and to the other persons comment about why there isn't a Chandra in there, I second their opinion. A Chandra would work well in here especially if you have Chandra's Regulator with The Chain Veil or Oath of Teferi and a dragon god would give you almost ten casts of the same Chandra ability in a single turn. Almost any Chandra would do but my personal favorite for this particular combo is Chandra, Awakened Inferno . Just some food for thought, let me know what you think of my suggestion.

Titus7007 on Grixis Fires

1 month ago

ShadowAblaze Yeah the only reason Opportunistic Dragon is in this deck is because he's the cheapest dragon I could find. I don't even particularly like him, especially since hes replacing Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip. I do fell like that extra point of damage in valuable though. I could see side boarding him or getting rid of him I guess. I think I could be convinced that Drawn from Dreams is a much better use of 4 mana. Perhaps that's what I'll do with that slot. I have no particular fondness for creatures in this deck, but Fae of Wishes seems very useful for this type of deck.

What is the breakdown for a good mana curve? Is it something like: 8 ones, 8 twos, 10 threes, 8 fours

ScionsStillLive on Nicol Bolas, the Original

1 month ago

Skyler1776 I don't run Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip because I've seen him so many times that I'm sick of him.

JohnMichaelBushman on Nicol Bolas the OathBreaker

1 month ago

Cool concept, but I suggest the following:

  1. Lower your deck's curve. Yes, it is on flavor to be Bolas tribal, but they cost a lot to cast. Speaking of which...

  2. Add in Evolving Wilds and Myriad Landscape . The more lands that tutor for lands, the better. You can also add in Rocky Tar Pit and other similar Slow Fetchlands if you have a budget.

  3. Look at EDH lists for Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip, especially since you want to go the Superfriends route. There're a handful of versions that could help you make this deck more efficient.

ScionsStillLive on So you want to feel like Bolas do you?

1 month ago

Yes! YES! Someone else (besides me) has finally used the actual Nicol Bolas as their commander, not Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip!

Darth_Savage on Butt deck

1 month ago

I'm not really sure what your trying to do here. You have a lot of singleton cards and none of the traditional ramp like Arbor Elf + Utopia Sprawl / Birds of Paradise / Search for Tomorrow not even the budget friendly Llanowar Elves / Elvish Mystic or Fertile Ground

Your deck simply doesn't have the foundation to play your more expensive spells and the odds of you being able to firstly cast and then transform Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip seem fairly low. Then there is a card like Sporecap Spider, this might (just) see play in draft, but in a constructed deck it doesn't really have a place.

I realise these might be the cards you have, but there is no coherent plan on display within your card choices. This isn't a ramp deck, it also isn't a lifegain deck, nor does it have a way to "cheat-out" the big creatures. The best decks are focussed, they have a plan and every card helps move the deck in a direction which executes it.

Titus7007 on Grixis Fires

1 month ago

MrBoombastic Thank you very much for the help

Yeah, I think I am going to pull Torbran out of here. As I've fiddled with this, there is less and less for him to do. I liked the idea of him strengthening my threats as larger creatures start to hit the board, but I need to find something easier to play and with more synergy. Though I feel like I could cast him with Lotus Field but those might come out too for more Fabled Passage s anyway. Right now, I'm leaning towards pulling Torbran and Fae of Wishes for 2 x Opportunistic Dragon and 2 x Doom Whisperer . I really miss Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip...

As far as Drown in the Loch is concerned, do you think the instants plus Thought Erasure may feed it enough to be strong? I don't believe I'll need it till around turn 4 or 5 anyway. I have a lot of cards for early threats, but not much else now to handle tougher creatures. Should I just go back to Ionize in your opinion?

Skyler1776 on Nicol Bolas, the Original

1 month ago

Alright. After looking through, I have a few ideas. 1. Instead of stealing other’s artifacts for 4+ mana, perhaps running things like Abrade , Artifact Possession , Copy Artifact , or Bedevil to either create copies of other’s artifacts, or destroy them with more options than what you currently have.

  1. Mana fixing Drowned Catacomb , Dragonskull Summit , Watery Grave , Command Tower , Arcane Signet , Grixis Obelisk, and Grixis Panorama would all help in your ability to cast Bolas on curve.
  2. Holding off the other players.

Wrath of God , Vraska's Contempt , Bontu's Last Reckoning , Cast Down , and Cavalier of Night all keep the board clear while you set up for the victory!

  1. Creatures. Zahid, Djinn of the Lamp , Wall of Stone , Norritt , Chainwhip Cyclops , and Vraska's Finisher are all bad cards. I suggest cards like Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip, Sheoldred, Whispering One , Notion Thief , Archfiend of Depravity , and Massacre Girl could be more beneficial than the current ones you have.
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