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The Evil Touch of Bolas~

Commander / EDH*



Nicol Bolas, the most powerful planeswalker in the world of MTG. He is the oldest living thing ever now. And with that time alive he spent the majority of it learning, as most elder dragons do.

With his touch alone, Nicol Bolas causes all coherent thought to cease, which will be the theme of this deck. This deck is meant to be powerful and controlling by forcing the opponents to loose their resources faster than they can recover, aka force them to discard. I have a lot of wheel and feel effects that are fantastic in the deck but I need a bunch more win combos in the deck.

The best way to help me out is with a lot of discard hate/graveyard hate so that no one can recover their madness.

This deck needs help. I will be glad to hear your thoughts on it. This evil character deserves an equally evil play style.




Eiti3 says... #1

Best combos I've ever seen with Nicol Bolas is the Dragon Tempest, Electropotence, Pandemonium, or Warstorm Surge combo. Play Nicol Bolas, have him immediately deal damage and wipe your opponent's hand without the need of combat. This also helps a few of your other damage dorks that don't require combat.

Out of these, I highly recommend Dragon Tempest and Warstorm Surge. You could also run a Panharmonicon if you will be using this in pods, so you can wipe 2 hands at once.

Lastly, I'd like to suggest Mizzix of the Izmagnus. Your Instant and Sorcery CMCs are all over the place. This guy could help make them become a lot more reliable. You could also then add in more instants and sorceries to protect your board like many of the counterspells and straight removal.

March 30, 2017 5:32 p.m.

Workman4137 says... #2

Nice. Didn't think about that. I'm trying to run uncounterable counterspells like Overwhelming Denial, Disallow, and the likes. An AEtherize would help too.

Anything else I need to include?

March 30, 2017 10:13 p.m.

fabiomarley says... #3

If you wanna use Cabal Coffers i advise you to put Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth and you could replace Crosis's Catacombs with Command Tower.I didn't like Dictate of Erebos in this deck.. you play only 12 creatures! The same for Warped Devotion, you don't have enough "Boomerang" to take advantage from it.Gem of Becoming don't help you with ramp like Burnished Hart in my opinion.Dark Intimations with only a Bolas planeswalker is useless.. you could replace it with Crux of Fate, it has more sense in this deck.And.. where is Sangromancer ? it is strictly forbidden not put it in this deck ahahah xD

March 31, 2017 4:57 a.m.

GobboE says... #4

Bolas makes for a great thematic deck.My main advice is to remove both Izzet Signet and Dimir Signet for Commander's Sphere and Darksteel Ingot if you have them.

I walked the same path, but with a focus on discard and came up with this: Bow to Bolas

March 31, 2017 8:26 a.m.

Workman4137 says... #5

fabiomarley thanks for the advice. This deck is still in the "beta phase" since I just made it yesterday. I'll be sure to consider my options with these.

Thank you for the help.

March 31, 2017 10:50 a.m.

Workman4137 says... #6

Thank you both for the offers and helpful advice. I won't build this deck until I can iron out all the kinks in it.

I'm trying to find more ways to protect myself from being hit since the average CMC of my deck is about 4-5 and with very little ramp that is not a good way to start. Especially when Bolas himself costs 8 mana and with an upkeep cost! The Burnished Hart and the Gem of Becoming both help out with the land issue and be deck thinners. And if I were to make it more discard heavy I would add a Crucible of Worlds in there so I won't be hindered so badly.

The entire theme of this deck is madness, which is the lack of a hand in the mtg community. So if I were to do that I would have great pleasure in having everyone helping me make this deck into such a powerful and flavorful ode to Bolas, the biggest, baddest, and strongest planeswalker! w

March 31, 2017 12:14 p.m.

WillySmasher says... #7

here's a few other wheel effects to consider Wheel of Fate, Memory Jar, Dark Deal, Chandra Ablaze all decent cards and makes things more chaotic.

No Mercy is a good way to ward off attacks.

maybe some more sweepers Toxic Deluge is one of my favorite black ones besides Damnation

Also what about some ways to protect Bolas maybe Swiftfoot Boots and Lightning Greaves plus the haste is nice.

Oh and since Bolas has a high CMC I'd run some more ramp Thran Dynamo, Gilded Lotus Commander's Sphere and Darksteel Ingot are all good options Mana Crypt is good yet pricey.

Have fun building the deck I can't wait to see it fleshed out, seems like a fun idea! +1

March 31, 2017 12:45 p.m.

Workman4137 says... #8

Thanks for the help. I completely forgot about the shoes. Thanks for reminding me. And the gilded lotus is perfect for a mana needing deck. I've added Sheoldred, Whispering One for some more control and recursion effects.

Also, I'm trying to make myself harder to hit and harder to kill with protection cards like Propaganda, counterspells, bounce spells, board wipes, the likes.

Thank you for your opinion, I appreciate the help greatly. Thank you. w

March 31, 2017 12:51 p.m.

Camel-Senpai says... #9

Not really our prime choice for budget, but Chains of Mephistopheles mills out your opponent as well as getting rid of any topdecking power they have. You can combo this with Necropotence to make it so you get an insane card advantage whilst still being under the effect of Chains. Dark Ritual may just be a one time thing, but gives you a nice boost in mana that can lead to thing being played on turn 1 that definitely should never be played on turn 1.

April 1, 2017 11:01 p.m.

Workman4137 says... #10

Those chains will help greatly, as does necropotence. But I run very little life gain in the deck so more time than not I will probably kill myself with it.

It'll go great with a deck like Karlov of the Ghost Council! But it's not what I'm going to be using.

Thanks for the tip though. :3

April 3, 2017 9:39 a.m.

Abhinav7354 says... #11

I think running Dragon mage could be useful because you can force your opponents to keep discarding their hands and starting from scratch.

April 4, 2017 10:58 a.m.

If you're looking for a easy way to exile graveyards swap out a swamp for Bojuka Bog, free exile with no downside or real change to the deck (except it enters tapped).

April 21, 2017 3:14 p.m.

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