Nicol Bolas


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper 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

Enlightened_Magi on Advertise your deck!

10 hours ago

I'm not normally one to advertise my deck but I built a Nicol Bolas EDH deck and playtesting went very poorly. I honestly don't remember winning once with the deck. I made changes to it and I would really appreciate constructive criticism or suggestions.

The goal of the deck is to lock opponents down and, while it is successful in that aspect, it paints a target on my forehead and I can't defend against three other players working together to kill me.

Nicol Bolas the Burninator

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Derpsofdoom on Who needs a Scion, when Ur-the Dragon?!

2 weeks ago

Heyo VexenX. I might have to try Somberwald Sage then. I loved it back in my Prossh, Skyraider of Kher deck and it was an all star there. Somberwald might prove to be something here, but I still want to add Selvala, Heart of the Wilds to my deck over somberwald. However, another all star dork that I ended up using instead of somberwald, especially since I have all the fetch lands, is Deathrite Shaman. I notice that you don't have all the fetch lands in your deck and can understand for some due to price reasons, but with all ten, Deathrite Shaman is awesome. If your opponents also use fetch lands, then you can use deathrite to hit their lands as well so he generally always has a target. It can also get rid of annoying graveyard cards that you don't want to be dealing with. Like Meren of Clan Nel Toth recurring something very dangerous over and over again.

I might have to add a Taurean Mauler myself, though I don't like the fact that it looks like a bull but he is a changeling so still counts as a dragon. Will not doubt the fact that he is strong, especially as a two drop creature for this deck. Wasitora, Nekoru Queen is also awesome and I like her affect. Works very well against voltron decks so would recommend her. I would remove a few creatures for them and my suggestions would have to be Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon, Scion of the Ur-Dragon, and Hellkite Overlord. I haven't tested Hellkite Overlord yet, but I like the fact he is a beater so I would say of the three, I wouldn't remove him, but still on the back burner compared to other dragons. Knollspine Dragon might be one to consider due to his powerful draw affect, but could also be to much if one doesn't monitor the amount of damage done, or if you have no way to maximize your hand size.

I suggest Skithiryx because of what he is, an infect dragon that will be targeted and destroyed if left alone, plus it is infect damage. If you have no way to pump him and one shot the opponent with him, then I wouldn't use him. Scion of the Ur-Dragon is one that I feel is pretty lackluster in his father's deck due to how he plays. Yes it can get you a big dragon if you possess a recursion spell in your hand, but scion doesn't receive any of the creature discounts that you are running like Urza's Incubator and etc. Also scion does much better with the idea that you do combat tricks like dumping Nicol Bolas when nobody blocks him upon attacks. I just think that for 5 mana with a 4/4 flyer might provide something more useful, but the idea of making him into Atarka, World Render before attacking is appealing. I ended up cutting mine just because I think he doesn't do enough for his dad.

Another card you could cut, could possibly be Fist of Suns. I did end up cutting mine and think something like Sylvan Library or Mirari's Wake could be more useful. Yes Fist of Suns is good early game, but getting it late game, it just falls hard and is lackluster with all the creature discounts you get from your other artifacts and commander. I love Selvala, Heart of the Wilds because she is like another Ramos, Dragon Engine when The Ur-Dragon and her are on the field together.

I would say if you want to add Anguished Unmaking, then maybe remove Path to Exile. It won't ramp your opponents, and we really don't care if the opponents get life from Swords to Plowshares when our creatures can easily just wipe out whatever was gained and more. I also think most of our removal is going to target enchantments and artifacts more than it will target creatures as we generally will have the larger creature, plus can fly over them most of the time. However, if you want, something to replace either Swords to Plowshares or Path to Exile, Crib Swap is hilarious in this deck, especially since it gets discounted by our commander.

I am also iffy on Cultivate and Kodama's Reach due to lack of basics, but with not having all 10 fetches, I can see them being useful for the fixing. Could also add the Skyshroud Claim to replace them. Fellwar Stone or any of the signets are great two drops that could provide more fixing if needed. If you end up deciding to put in Prismatic Geoscope though, then leave in the Cultivate and Kodama's Reach for the basics.

I have typed a lot and give you something to read/think about. I apologize if it is a lot, want The Ur-Dragon to be more than just a fun deck. I want him to be fun and competitive, which is why this deck is going to be were all my expensive resources are going. I will also leave an updated version of my deck here if you want to have a look and see how they compare. If you have suggestions for it as well, I am all ears and would love to see what you have to say. Thanks gain and sorry for my long post. Have a great day!

Here is my deck. The Ur-Dragon Initiative

filthyc4sual on Rainbow Dragons

2 weeks ago

I would add Nicol Bolas. I also like Crucible of Fire and Dragonlord's Servant.

Daedalus19876 on Ernesbro

1 month ago

Hi! Sorry it took a while for me to get back to you :(

I can definitely suggest some cards for that, but assuming you want it to be an EDH deck, a few words of warning:

1) Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker is not (technically) a legal commander. If your playgroup is okay with it, though, no worries! :)

2) I don't think that Amonkhet has a deep enough card pool to really make it good. The strength of EDH is that you can use cards from throughout MtG's history, so you can select the exact effects you want. There's enough cards from Amonkhet to make up the 99, but it might be sub-par in performance.

3) If your goal is a Nicol Bolas-themed deck, using a lot of cards from Amonkhet, I know a guy who's making a pretty darn good Nicol Bolas deck with those traits :) I could connect you to him if that's more along the flavor of what you want.

I hope that helps! :)

lionbart on Battle For Zendikar

1 month ago

je commander is Nicol Bolas? als je groen er ook in gooit kun je Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder ook gebruiken als commander. als je dan een eldrazi cast, gooi je meteen een tweede op.denk ook nog aan:

Urza's Incubator

Sol Ring

Chromatic Lantern

Temple of the False God

Spawning Bed

Eldrazi Temple

Shrine of the Forsaken Gods

Sanctum of Ugin

als er staat dat ze colorless mana maken, dan maken ze aangezien dat de nieuwere definitie is van colorless.

iAzire on [List - Multiplayer] EDH Generals by Tier

1 month ago

To be fair Grixis Storm can be led by any Grixis Commander 95% of the time. If you want a Competitive Nicol Bolas deck, then just use him instead of Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge. You might lose a couple of games you might not have running Jeleva, but it should run the same the vast majority of the time.

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