Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God
Legendary Planeswalker — Bolas
Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God has all loyalty abilities of all other planeswalkers on the battlefield.
+1: You draw a card. Each opponent exiles a card from their hand or a permanent they control.
-3: Destroy target creature or planeswalker.
-8: Each opponent who doesn't control a legendary creature or planeswalker loses the game.
|Have (3)||orzhov_is_relatively_okay819 , Taki117 , gildan_bladeborn|
Printings View all
|Secret Lair (SLD)||Mythic Rare|
|War of the Spark (WAR)||Mythic Rare|
|War of the Spark: Mythic Edition (WARMED)||Mythic Rare|
|Promo Set (000)||Mythic Rare|
Combos Browse all
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God Discussion
3 days ago
King_marchesa Planeswalkers don't always make it to their ultimate though, and some of the best abilities of walkers are their intermediate abilities. Liliana, Dreadhorde General, Liliana Vess, Jace, the Mind Sculptor, and Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God are good examples, although Dragon God doesn't fit within Aminatou's color identity.
1 week ago
I am personally on the side of Gidgetimer and TypicalTimmy here, although I can see both side's points. I don't think that magic should be considered gambling by law because that would make it inaccessible to a large number of people (including myself). However, I can attest to the addictive nature of booster packs. I bought a bundle and a booster box of WAR just to get Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God. I sold two fetchlands and four Scapeshifts to do so. You can get addicted to anything. However, I do not believe that gambling is unhealthy as long as people don't get addicted. Gambling is banned in my state because the state government decided that we had too low a threshold for addiction.
In fact, the reason WoTC banned ante cards was because of the uncertain legality of gambling. Ante is very much considered gambling.
1 week ago
Most planeswalkers immediately ult with Doubling Season. They JUST printed Garruk, Unleashed which can ult with Season. Other than that, Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God, Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh, Liliana Vess, and many more have instant ults with Season. It's not a design flaw, it's really just a fact of printing a planeswalker now.
3 weeks ago
I just played a draft sim where there were two GRN packs, two RNA packs, two WAR packs, and two ELD packs. I got to the second WAR pack and was running Naya aggro. Picked up a Cindervines in RNA and some other cool cards. What do I get pack 2? Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God. Followed by God-Eternal Kefnet... I quit the draft immediately. I was wondering if you had any draft stories you'd like to share!
3 weeks ago
However, I got wondering. If an opponent were to say they'd like to respond with something, such as Vona, Butcher of Magan to kill Bolas... does this work?
The activation cost of Bolas is to remove 7 loyalty counters. The payment has already been paid, because the ability is now on the stack.
However, because Bolas is now at 0, he is no longer on the battlefield.
So, he is not a viable target anymore, correct?
I would assume that if Bolas were higher loyalty, such as 8 then what would happen is Vona would see a viable target still on the battlefield to kill, this preventing the ability from resolving. However, since Bolas brought himself down to 0, he no longer exists on the battlefield and thus can not be targeted.
That's what I am going with since I don't know when this will be answered, but I still felt it was a good question to ask for the future.
1 month ago
- Liliana's +1 causes me to also discard. I don't particularly like this, as my deck is not designed for graveyard synergy. Setting myself back seems like a rather foolish endeavor.
- Liliana's -2 does not allow me control over the creature being sacrificed. While it is true that Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God can serve to act as a second attack against a boardstate, I lack the control over which threat is removed in general.
- Liliana's -6 is extremely powerful and is an impressive impact when using Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God, however I also run a gambit of wraths in the deck, making this ultimate rather weak.
- Tezzeret, Master of the Bridge gives all of my Planeswalker spells (And the few creatures I have in here) Affinity, meaning they each cost less for each artifact I control. This will help reduce my Commander tax, as Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God always seems to be a prime target for removal or attacking.
- Mycosynth Lattice and Tezzeret, Master of the Bridge have synergy in this regards, which gives me another reason to keep it in the deck. I currently run it for Karn, the Great Creator's ability to lock all functions out of the game, Saheeli, the Gifted now reduces all costs by an absurd amount and finally Dack Fayden allows me to take control of literally anything I want.
- Tezzeret's +2 not only is a higher loyalty ability that Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God can use to move up higher, it also deals damage to EACH opponent equal to the number of artifacts I control. Again, Mycosynth Lattice basically makes this a wincon, and even without it there are so many artifacts in this deck that this is a massive blow to each opponent. In the most ideal situation possible, Rings of Brighthearth, The Chain Veil, Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God and Tezzeret, Master of the Bridge can deal tremendous damage all in a single turn.
- In the case that something such as Rings of Brighthearth or The Chain Veil are removed, I can get them back using Tezzeret's -3. Not to mention I gain life, as well.
- There honestly isn't much use for Tezzeret's -8 ability and so it will probably never see use.
Because of the synergy, higher loyalty, cost reductions, wide-spread damage and life gain and recursion I see legitimately no reason to not run him.
1 month ago
I've met players who hate when lands are stacked, but my God does it make a difference.
And for Christ's sake, don't be afraid to ask how something was paid for. If your opponent is casting or activating multiple things per turn, ask to see how their colors are divided up. You'd be surprised how often players accidentally underpay.
Things happen, but if you are ever unsure don't be afraid to ask to make sure they actually had all colors appropriately required.
1 month ago
Aztraeuz First, some clarification. I'm not trying to get both foil and nonfoil printings of everything; my policy thus far has been to aim only for nonfoil (because cheaper), but if I crack a foil or can get one in a trade or something a foil will go in the binder. Therefore, I've only got nine versions of Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God to aim for: SDCC 2019, Mythic Edition, Secret Lair stained glass, Japanese alt art prerelease and normal, promo pack, regular prerelease, and normal printing. Second, I already know I'm in over my head. This goal started getting hard once the prerelease promos were changed (meaning every new planeswalker had TWO versions per set to collect), seemed even more unattainable with the release of the SDCC promos (though I currently have all but 2018 and 2019), and by War of the Spark it was absolutely a pipe dream. Between the thousands of variants Wizards puts out these days and the fact that I'm in a relationship with less money to spend on Magic than in the past, it would take a miracle to actually update my collection. Doesn't mean it's bad to have goals... ;) Plus, as noted in the original post, trying to settle for just a single copy of every card doesn't jive with my OCD. At some point around Khans, I DID have EVERYTHING, and having everything up to that point and switching to just one of a card would bug the crap out of me, haha!
TypicalTimmy, Flooremoji While I appreciate you guys, my question technically still hasn't been answered. I was wondering how many of the four Teferi artworks would end up with the prerelease date stamp. So, would I have ten versions (four normal arts, four showcase arts, one borderless and one prerelease) or thirteen (because four arts with stamp) to aim for? As far as I know, there haven't been any rare cards with multiple artworks in a normal pack since the change to prerelease promos, so I've no precedent to use...
I am super relieved to have read somewhere that all M21 cards appearing in Jumpstart would keep the M21 set symbol. I was worried I'd feel obligated to get ANOTHER copy of each of the new colored walkers because of a different set symbol.