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Custom Nicol Bolas (Archenemy: Nicol Bolas)

Archenemy* Control UBR (Grixis) Vorthos


Archenemy: Nicol Bolas was a product released in June 16, 2017 with the, at the time, intentions of reviving the Archenemy format and to be the first step of a line of products that would be something along the lines of "MTG as a boardgame". In my humble opinion, this product was a failure being a boardgame since it lacks a lot of objects (dice for the gatewatch players, +1/+1 counters...) for a "Playable out of the box" experience and it's horrible in terms of balance and lore.

With these problems in mind, i've decided to customize each deck for a more lore-friendly and balanced experience. Keep in mind that i've restricted my options to any card up to Hour of Devastation, which is when the battle that this product showcases happens. So if you're wondering why i'm not using a certain card of an expansion that showed up after Hour of Devastaion, you just got the answer.

Nicol Bolas' deck was simple to modify. By default it was a cruel controlish deck so i just had to make it a midrange deck and add some restrictions in its deck building in order to make things more balanced. The restrictions are the really strong cards being one ofs, only 4 instants and they are all single-target removal and most of the deck's cards require double mana of the same color or they are multicolored. I also don't allow the Archenemy to draw from the scheme deck on the first two turns so the Gatewatch can prepare themselves for a bit instead of having some turn 1 bullshit show up.

Nicky B's deck isn't a shit deck to pilot though. You can wear the dragon's horns proudly as you fight the Gatewatch with your Titans, abhorrent creatures, spells that ruin everyone's day and the Scheme Deck, which adds even more cruelty with its bullshit effects.

Check out the other 3 decks with the links below.

Gideon's Deck
Nissa's Deck
Chandra's Deck


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This and the other three decks are done. I'm not modifying them anymore. It was a fun ride and i hope my decks are fun to you as well.


Date added 2 years
Last updated 1 year

This deck is not Archenemy legal.

Rarity (main - side)

7 - 0 Mythic Rares

7 - 0 Rares

3 - 0 Uncommons

22 - 20 Commons

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 4.00
Tokens 2/2 Zombie, None Copy Clone
Folders Customized Archenemy: Nicol Bolas, Archenemy Decks
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