Bolas's Citadel

Bolas's Citadel

Legendary Artifact

You may look at the top card of your library at any time.

You may play the top card of your library. If you cast a spell this way, pay life equal to its converted mana cost rather than pay its mana cost.

: Sacrifice ten nonland permanents: Each opponent loses 10 life.

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Set Rarity
War of the Spark (WAR) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Standard Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Bolas's Citadel Discussion

Traitor_Kratos on Big Black Deck (K'rrik)

3 days ago


Insidious Dreams is a card I was unaware of and has made it to the top of my buylist. That card with Bolas's Citadel out is a win. Entomb will be great for my Gravecrawler combo as well. I'm mostly not putting in most reanimating spells because I'm not really using many creatures for combos. I am however considering picking up a Yawgmoth's Will to recast combo pieces which have been removed. The top is definitely on my buylist as well.

The only reason I went for Zombie Infestation over Dreadhorde Invasion was because I could make the zombies at any given moment. I know Invasion is a better card for the most part though. I might play around with it in my deck for a while.

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed is another one I've been debating to play around with as well. I think if I do throw it in, it makes sense to add Walking Ballista with it.

multimedia on Big Black Deck (K'rrik)

3 days ago

Hey, your deck is already pretty damn competitive. Well done making it.

Some ideas to make it more competitive is fast reanimation for Vilis or Razaketh as well as other win condition combos. Ways to tutor for and put Gravecrawler into your graveyard can speed up the Altar combo. I think Dreadhorde Invasion would be a good addition so would Bitterblossom.

Cards to consider adding:

The combos are Mikaeus + Ballista + Seer or Carrion Feeder to kill opponents with damage from Ballista. Bolas's Citadel + Aetherflux + Top to kill opponents with Aetherflux.

If interested in adding these cards then I offer more advice of what cards to cut. Good luck with your deck.

AlistarFiend on Alela, Enchantress of the Fae

5 days ago

Winter, if I can get one or two small lifegain cards like Underworld Coinsmith, Ajani's Welcome, Authority of the Consuls or Daxos, Blessed by the Sun along with Bolas's Citadel out, I can usually get a board state to win the game without dying to it’s cost. Sensei's Divining Top helps me get around the lands. The lifegain also helps offset Bitterblossom.

SatisfactionDay on Alela's Glittering Enchant-ifacts

1 week ago

Aiding I had Sephara, Sky's Blade in an earlier build and was removed, but I've been tempted to add her back in. As for Zur the Enchanter, he was a card I passed on originally because the deck focused more on artifacts, but now with more enchantments he is very relevant. Bolas's Citadel I've never really paid much attention to, but I might slot it in. Again, an earlier build had tons of counterspells, but with my playgroup I changed then out for other cards. Force of Negation may very well be added here soon too as I have an extra copy. And I'll have to see how Mycosynth Lattice plays with my playgroup. I do agree it does open up a massive weakness.

I appreciate the feedback.

Aiding on Alela's Glittering Enchant-ifacts

1 week ago

As a personal take, I don't really like the Mycosynth Lattice. It only marginally increases the value of Time Sieve and All That Glitters. If you draw into it without those two cards, you have a six mana "do nothing" card that really opens you up to artifact wipes and the Stony Silence effects. And truly, if you are taking extra turns with the sieve because of the lattice, you should be winning that game anyways if you have the opportunity to sacrifice 5 permanents and it not set you back too much.

Some cards that I ran to some decent success in my Alela deck are Sephara, Sky's Blade, Zur the Enchanter, Bolas's Citadel, Cursed Totem, and all the Negate effects I could jam in.

axeil on Grixis Gang

1 week ago

Hi, saw your comment on my deck and figured I'd check yours out.

Having played with The Hatewatch I can say the most effective things are proliferate effects. I found during my games with that deck I was generally ignored until I was able to cast Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip, flip the next turn and use Bolas's Citadel or Demonic Tutor to tutor for proliferate effects to put me in range of using the -12. That would generally attract everyone's attention and I was able to then wheel and deal with who I would target the -12 at.

Given that you're running 23 planeswalkers, I'd see about adding something like Flux Channeler as the static ability adds up very quickly. The Elderspell is another good choice. Looks like a fun deck!

Andrew30001 on Elenda really does smell like roses

1 week ago

Viscera Seer, Ashnod's Altar, Skullclamp - These three are great ways to make use of the tokens that Elenda leaves behind as well as ways to buff her up.

Sidisi, Undead Vizier - Sidisi is a great tutor that can also sac a creature if need be.

Gray Merchant of Asphodel - Gary is almost a must-include in any deck with enough black.

Rally the Ancestors, Command the Dreadhorde - These can be huge if you have enough cards in the graveyard.

Bolas's Citadel - This lets you take advantage of the life gain in the deck and can even drain your opponents.

I love this deck and it seems super fun and casual. Hope you and your girlfriend have fun playing it!

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