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
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

Heliogabale on Discarding Dragon Spectors

42 minutes ago

This is exactly the style of deck I like. I also enjoy pushing the themes to their full extent, looking for unusual wincons and infinite combos are banned in my group.

I believe you have too many lands. I use the formula 40-(Rocks+Fetch+Other Mana sources), which in this case would be around 35. I suggest you lose the Vivids and the Bounce Lands, and add Crypt of the Eternals, Geier Reach Sanitarium and Crosis's Catacombs. If you own them or have budget, you could easily replace the lesser fetch lands (Evolving Wilds, Grixis Panorama, Terramorphic Expanse) with Blood Crypt, Steam Vents and Watery Grave.

If you are not going to use Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip as your commander, should he not at least be in the deck? Maybe replace Nicol Bolas, the Deceiver, which is expensive and doesn't do much in here?

This deck needs Sire Of Insanity. And Rackling. And Bloodchief Ascension.

I would add more wheels: Reforge the Soul and Wheel and Deal.

I am not usually very fond of tutors, but you really need Megrim or Liliana's Caress (or Bloodchief Ascension) to kickstart, so in this case I would run 2 or 3.

Many of your discard spells, like Cruel Ultimatum are single occurrence, whereas Liliana of the Veil can activate each turn.

Scourge of the Throne is a nice dragon.

If you have one or your group allows proxy, add Chains of Mephistopheles will turn these wheels into double the discard and prevent your opponents from building hands. Note that it affects you as well.

Oath of Scholars may very well backfire; if you are the only one holding cards, you are basically letting your opponent draw 3 each turn. I am not sure what the rationale is for including it.

I hope this inspires you!

multimedia on Elves of Ravnica (GRN)

19 hours ago

Hey, KiroiSenko, welcome to TappedOut :) Conclave Cavalier is a good suggestion, the card is definitely strong, but it's not amazing enough to have to change the manabase for it's CMC. It's CMC is very difficult to consistently make. I'm playing Steel Leaf Champion he's a core Elf, many people including myself say he is the reason to play green in Standard. Even with Unclaimed Territory's help (Cavalier is a Knight) it's still too difficult to play both Champion and Cavalier in the same deck, is the problem. Adding Song of Freyalise back into the deck would help.

If I was going to add a card four drop to this deck it would be Ajani, Adversary of Tyrants. Ajani is very versatile being a counters engine or reanimation of Thorn, Emmara or Collector. He's very good with Collector and Emmara putting counters on either getting Collector closer to trample and giving Emmara more toughness so she can safely attack. I'm currently playing one Ajani in the sideboard, wish I could play more, but can't consistently cast cards.

Lava Coil is going to be a big problem for midrange decks in Standard. It's the card red aggro needed to combat Champion, Rekindling Phoenix and Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip. If Cavalier get killed by Coil it's exiled and as a result I don't get the tokens. Loxodon also has 4 toughness, but I got value from him when he ETB since he gives all creatures used to convoke him counters. I'm less upset if Coil exiles Loxodon.

Pelt Collector is an amazing card and I've taken your advice and added a fourth copy cutting 1x Seal Away, thanks. I'm not willing to cut a creature to add a fourth Collector, but cutting 1x Seal is fine. Four Collector does make him potentially worse as a top deck later in the game, but it also increases the consistently, my chances of having him turn one which is more important for the strategy of this deck.

Adding blue for Bant will have to wait until Jan. 2019. Then all ten Shock lands will be in Standard and it will be a wild ride for brewing in Standard. When this deck has access to Breeding Pool then blue and Bant has potential for Negate and Hadana's Climb  Flip. Mirror Image is an interesting suggestion, but I don't think it's good enough card to warrant cutting something else. Maybe as a one of.

-Arcanity- on Grixis Control

19 hours ago

I think you should run more finishers (Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip?) since Expansion / Explosion has a pretty bad rate and ultimating Ral isn't always possible. Also, cheap turn one value cards are always good to have. Opt is a good example. As with mission briefing, I like the utility it provides. I would definitely play 1-2 copies in a deck like this.

Feltrix on GRN - Grixis Control

3 days ago

I'm not crazy about Hypothesizzle, 4x Chemister's Insight is a few too many in my opinion, and I like Sinister Sabotage and Ionize better than Syncopate. I'd add a third Search for azcanta . Maybe try Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip? Still, fun deck.

_Delta_ on GRN - Grixis Control

1 week ago

Well Dream Eater and Doom Whisperer are looking like your best options besides maybe Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip.

I have to find new win cons for my 2 standard decks also. My control loses of course Approach of the Second Sun, and then my other deck needs a complete overhaul as all of the counter related stuff like Winding Constrictor, Verdurous Gearhulk etc.

While mine hasn’t been around as long as yours, I have been playing a deck in various forms since Kaladesh now also lol. Was around delirium, then energy/counters, now it’s becoming either aristocrats with Vraska, Golgari Queen and the like or simply a midrange good stuff deck with maybe cards like Doom Whisperer, or others like Ghalta, Primal Hunger, Steel Leaf Champion etc.

idiotbane on 4C Control *WIP*

1 week ago

Jeskai or Grixis have my vote. Currently running Jeskai Control through the ropes with positive results. If you own Vraska's Contempt and Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip, I would stick to Grixis just for the investment.

multimedia on Nicol Bolas test

2 weeks ago

Hey, yes there are times in Commander games, just like all other games of Magic where you get land flooded. Some games you don't get flooded instead you get land screwed nothing you can really do about this, that's just Magic. In Commander you can help to mitigate these problems by playing low mana cost tutors and draw/dig spells. I say low mana cost because these spells let you cast them when your land screwed or if you're flooded. Using Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip as Commander does give you an advantage if you all you draw are a lot of lands because his ability to flip into a Planeswalker is seven mana. He gives you a sink for all the lands you draw.

It is hard to make cuts, but there's always a card that's better than another card and my philosophy of making cuts is start with the higher mana cost cards (5 CMC and above) pick one or two and cut the rest for low CMC cards that can help you to find the better cards in the deck. An example is Consecrated Sphinx. This six drop, 6 CMC, is one of the most powerful in Commander. When you play it if it's not answered right away by your opponents then it gives you a huge advantage and can win the game for you. Compare this to Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind who's also 6 CMC. There's no comparison, Sphinx is just the better card therefore you don't also need Niv-Mizzet. Yes Sphinx and Niv have nice interaction, but oh well you don't need this interaction because of the power level of Sphinx. What I'm saying is technically the only six drop you need here is Sphinx because all the others are less good.

You can apply this same idea to all the cards in the 4 CMC to 6 CMC and above spots of the mana curve. Here an example:

    4 CMC (best cards here)
  • Notion Theft
  • Phyrexian Metamorph
  • Kess, Dissident Mage (with more low CMC instants/sorceries)

  • 5 CMC
  • Bribery
  • The Scarab God
  • Liliana Vess

  • 6 CMC
  • Consecrated Sphinx
  • The Locust God

You can keep these cards and cut all the rest of the same CMCs and replace them with lower mana cost, 1, 2, 3 CMC cards. You don't need the other Bolas Planeswalkers or any of the other 7 and 8 CMC cards. With Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip as your Commander you have a unique advantage because you first have a flying 4/4 beater who can attack and do Commander damage and then you also have a powerful Planeswalker on the other side of Ravager who can draw cards or reanimate any of yours or opponent's creatures. You already have your high 7 CMC card to play and that's pumping seven mana into Ravager to flip him into a Planeswalker. Mana rocks are good with Ravager for this reason if you draw a lot of them that's fine because you can use all the mana they produce to flip Ravager.

Grixis colors give access to some of the best low mana cost cards, play these cards to tutor or draw/dig into your best cards to play. Several of these cards are in my first comment here.

Good luck with your deck.

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