Nicol Bolas


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Masters Edition III (ME3) Rare
From the Vault: Dragons (DRB) Rare
Time Spiral "Timeshifted" (TSB) Rare
Chronicles (CHR) Rare
Legends (LEG) Rare

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Nicol Bolas

Legendary Creature — Elder Dragon


At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice Nicol Bolas unless you pay .

Whenever Nicol Bolas deals damage to an opponent, that player discards his or her hand.

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Nicol Bolas Discussion

Sulk on What happened to Bolas's fingers?!

20 hours ago

In the original Nicol Bolas card art, it depicts the elder dragon gripping a book with a five fingered hand, but in the art of Chandra's Defeat, it only shows him with three, what happened to him? Is it childhood trauma which made him so self punishment?

elgosu1337 on Thraxibolas (UBr Control)

1 day ago

Well why not add in Nicol Bolas and Cruel Ultimatum for the Bolas theme? You could also add in more Bolas minions like The Scarab God, The Locust God, and The Scorpion God.

KingRamz on 4C Kaalia Dethrone EDH

4 days ago

This might be too late, but in case it isn't: this feels like a Kaalia deck with just the barest splash for Marchesa. I feel like you could be abusing Marchesa a bit more. You don't get Dethrone triggers for creatures that Kaalia puts into play, so your fatties are going to be vulnerable for a round unless you have other ways to put counters on them.

Speaking of which, I think Cathars' Crusade would play great in here. Also Archangel of Thune. Sunscorch Regent, Ob Nixilis, the Fallen and Ob Nixilis, Unshackled all bring their own counters to the party and work with Kaalia.

I love Nicol Bolas in all varieties, but this doesn't feel like the right deck for him (or at least, not the Planeswalker - dropping Nicol Bolas into play off Kaalia sounds downright filthy to me even if you don't pay his upkeep). It's really hard to justify expensive noncreature spells in a deck like this since you're already running expensive creatures. Ajani Goldmane is much easier on the mana and puts counters on all your creatures! Something to consider.

If this is already too late, I hope you had fun at your league. Sounds interesting.

Double0Brennan on Ur dragon upgrades & discussion

1 week ago

Blazfemur Nicol Bolas is definitely a good card and you can slot it in if you want. However I think he is better in a Scion of the Ur-Dragon deck because here he hits the board doesn't do anything and consistently drains your mana. Whereas in a scion deck you pay two for him attack and send him to the yard.

Milesfuzz on Grixis EDH - Nicol Bolas Tribal

3 weeks ago

No Nicol Bolas. Flavor fail!

bobanderson on Bolas Evil Plan

4 weeks ago

A few cards that seem like auto-includes:

Nicol Bolas

Nicol Bolas, the Deceiver

Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh

Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas

Approach of the Second Sun or As Foretold to get some of the Amonkhet story


Tormenting Voice for the Ugin interactions

Cruel Ultimatum because the art is amazing

Maybe some Liliana card

This deck seems really really really cool, upvote from me!

Phaetion on Rivals of Ixalan Spoilers

1 month ago

From what I can see:

Mono-: I get 8 cards out of this. Pretty good.

Nicol Bolas "cube": The Immortal Sun, Vraska, Scheming Gorgon, and Mastermind's Acquisition (Juicy flavor!)

Admiral Beckett Brass: A lot of pirates.

Other: I wanted to build Azor and/or Zacama, but idk...Bolas and have my attention, and are fighting over my devotion.

Jonny994 on Scion of the Grave

2 months ago

+1 for No-Combo-Scion

Have you considered Nicol Bolas instead of Crosis? Also I suggest Urza's Incubator, a little expansive but a must have in heavy tribal, you can replace it with a mana ramp.

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