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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.
|Have (2)||metalmagic , gildan_bladeborn|
|Want (2)||BasedNorseman , Starboost|
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|Core Set 2019 (M19)||Mythic Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Nicol Bolas, the Ravager Discussion
23 hours ago
Ugin, the Redeemer
Legendary Creature - Elder Dragon
When ~ enters the battlefield, draw 2 cards, then each opponent may pay . Any opponent who does draws a card.
: Exile ~ and return it to the battlefield transformed. Use this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.
Ugin, the Arisen
Legendary Planeswalker - Ugin
+2 Draw two cards
-3 ~ Deals 5 damage to target creature or planeswalker. Create a 4/4 colorless dragon spirit creature token with flying
-4 Gain control of target creature or planeswalker with CMC 5 or less. It gains devoid.
-12 Destroy all permanents with at least one color. Your opponents get an emblem with "you may not cast spells that have at least one color."
1 week ago
Mana curve would be faster with Mox Diamond, Mox Tantalite, or Mox Opal, but I am keeping the cost down. Demonic Tutor would also be a welcome addition. Duplication spells would be fun as well, such asFlameshadow Conjuring and/or Copy Enchantment. For additional win con, I am thinking of adding Nicol Bolas, the Ravager Flip.
2 weeks ago
e, thanks for the comment! I agree, Kess, Dissident Mage could be a good commander. She could easily be swapped in. I'm sure i'll switch it up occasionally but I like Nicol Bolas, the Ravager Flip for now at least.
Pain Magnification says 3 damage from any source. So anything that deals 3 damage to an opponent, including anything from another opponent. So Lavaborn Muse's ability would activate this. Any attack from one opponent to another that does 3 or more damage, etc. I haven't tested it enough to say that it is staying in the deck forever. If I end up not liking it I may swap it for Wheel of Torture or Shrieking Affliction. If I ever end up getting Bloodchief Ascension that would also be a good replacement for it as well.
3 weeks ago
4 weeks ago
Hi Mrs and Mr. NV_1980
Thanks a lot for your suggestions! I'll firstly reply on the cuts, because those are always the hardest ;)
I have to agree with you on the Kess, Dissident Mage en the Shocker. Both cards are pretty cool but they now I've played this deck a couple of times I can't really say that their presence made a change in the game. Capsize neither, but I find it a too strong mechanism to cut it yet. Nicol Bolas, the Ravager Flip on the other hand I can't really cut. I mean, come on, it's Nicol Bolas. He's just awesome. He's worth that 1 card slot not fitting 100% to my strategy haha!
I like your thoughts about Teferi's Puzzle Box and Torbran, Thane of Red Fell! I've never even heard of that Dwarf! I'm having a little doubt if his isn't going to be a problem but he'd definitly be awesome on the field! I think I can change those 2 cards for the 2 cuts. I don't really want to go to that milling strategy as I have already have another mill deck and I'm convinced that a little mill doesn't work. It's either full pull mill or not at all, in my opinion. The Wheel and Deal I took out because it happend more often then not that I had a disadvantage of my opponents getting a new hand and I couldn't! I back then changed it for another wheel effect which I think I have enough now. Echo of Eons is another good suggestion. It misses out on the discard effect, but it has the flash back option so I'll reconsider that one. Torment of Hailfire is sick. I completely forgot about that card. I actually think I have it somewhere in my collectionfolder. I definitely have to find it!
The problem in the last couple of games is my manabase. I'm more often than not mana screwed or I can't seem to get the right colors fixed. I've already added 2 Mountains, Nightscape Familiar and a Goblin Electromancer (however this last one could maybe be cut because of the same reason you gave me with Kess, Dissident Mage)..... I play 38 lands (I don't count Maze of Ith in this) and 4 rampspells (3 signets and a Sol Ring). That should be enough, right?!
Anyway, a big thank you for your reply, your help and the eyeopener!
Kind regards, Mat
1 month ago
We would recommend adding Library of Leng, so that you're not forced to (truly) discard when you do not want to. Teferi's Puzzle Box seems to make a lot of sense in this deck. Torbran, Thane of Red Fell makes Nekusar's damage dealing ability a lot more terrifying. We would also definitely consider additions like Wheel and Deal, Echo of Eons, Torment of Hailfire, Mindcrank, Psychic Corrosion and Painful Quandary. Last but not least, consider adding some tutors; your deck contains a few combo's that are not bound to go off all that often unless you can search for the necessary cards.
Cards we would recommend to drop from the deck would be:
- Kess, Dissident Mage; your deck doesn't contain enough instants and sorceries to make her addition worth it.
- Nicol Bolas, the Ravager Flip; this card doesn't do all that much for your overall strategy, is freaking expensive to turn into a planeswalker and it will almost never ult because he's a prime target for removal.
- Shocker; the idea is nice, but this creature is zapped off the field too easily by the time he starts to get useful.
- Capsize; not a bad card but some of the suggestions we have given above are worth more, considering your game-plan.
Hope this helped. Wkr,
Mrs. and Mr. NV_1980
1 month ago
You can look at my deck, Gleaming Arbiter, for inspiration if you'd like, but keep in mind that mine is Modern, not Pioneer. So there will be some differences.
For adding noncreature spells, Honor the God-Pharaoh is one of my favorite cards to cast in my deck. Two cards for one, and adds 1 to the army. Next, Toll of the Invasion might do better for you than me, since you already run some discard. Commence the Endgame is, I believe, the best amass spell, period. However, you really would only have to run a couple of them, because they're a late-game spell. Now, if you did flip the balance more toward noncreature spells, Invade the City becomes brutal, albeit conditional. Furthermore, if you went that route, then Widespread Brutality is an even better choice than Massacre Girl that I mentioned before. However, it will very likely wipe your creatures also, so only if you went that route.
For creatures, I'd remove Aven Eternal, Eternal Skylord and Lazotep Reaver. They all either cost too much or don't help much. The other creatures are not necessarily unhelpful, so you'll probably have to playtest to find a good balance between creatures and others. I do, however, question your idea of adding Liliana, Dreadhorde General. She's more suited for a traditional zombie token deck. Remember that amass doesn't create multiple tokens, just one potentially gigantic one. In a similar vein, I wouldn't say to remove Nicol Bolas, the Ravager Flip, but to seriously playtest and determine how much it aids the theme of the deck. It's never a bad draw in any situation, but if worrying about it takes away from building the army, then it diminishes the effectiveness of the rest of the deck. Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God can stay, though, because why wouldn't you use him. I'm going to consider adding him to my own deck.
Sorry, I'm long winded. Hope that all was helpful.
axeil on Grixis Gang
1 month ago
Hi, saw your comment on my deck and figured I'd check yours out.
Having played with The Hatewatch I can say the most effective things are proliferate effects. I found during my games with that deck I was generally ignored until I was able to cast Nicol Bolas, the Ravager Flip, flip the next turn and use Bolas's Citadel or Demonic Tutor to tutor for proliferate effects to put me in range of using the -12. That would generally attract everyone's attention and I was able to then wheel and deal with who I would target the -12 at.
Given that you're running 23 planeswalkers, I'd see about adding something like Flux Channeler as the static ability adds up very quickly. The Elderspell is another good choice. Looks like a fun deck!