Nicol Bolas, the Ravager


Nicol Bolas, the Arisen


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

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Set Rarity
Core Set 2019 (M19) Mythic Rare

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Nicol Bolas, the Ravager

Legendary Creature — Elder Dragon


When Nicol Bolas, the Ravager, enters the battlefield, each opponent discards a card.

: Exile Nicol Bolas, the Ravager, then return him to the battlefield transformed under his owner's control. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.

Nicol Bolas, the Ravager Discussion

Skyler1776 on Nicol Bolas, the Original

1 day ago

Alright. After looking through, I have a few ideas. 1. Instead of stealing other’s artifacts for 4+ mana, perhaps running things like Abrade , Artifact Possession , Copy Artifact , or Bedevil to either create copies of other’s artifacts, or destroy them with more options than what you currently have.

  1. Mana fixing Drowned Catacomb , Dragonskull Summit , Watery Grave , Command Tower , Arcane Signet , Grixis Obelisk, and Grixis Panorama would all help in your ability to cast Bolas on curve.
  2. Holding off the other players.

Wrath of God , Vraska's Contempt , Bontu's Last Reckoning , Cast Down , and Cavalier of Night all keep the board clear while you set up for the victory!

  1. Creatures. Zahid, Djinn of the Lamp , Wall of Stone , Norritt , Chainwhip Cyclops , and Vraska's Finisher are all bad cards. I suggest cards like Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip, Sheoldred, Whispering One , Notion Thief , Archfiend of Depravity , and Massacre Girl could be more beneficial than the current ones you have.

FenrisBurgess on The Library of Legends

4 days ago
  • I think deciding upon a fixed strategy will help greatly. I can't really figure out what you're going for here other than legendary tribal aggro, and even then Lavinia, Azorius Renegade and Child of Alara are raising me questions.
  • There's no direct win-con that I see.
  • I can't really suggest any specific strategy either because I'm not you.
  • What I can say is that if you want to run aggro, neglect control spells and board wipes and go for stuff that increases power and mana to cast big boys like Progenitus .
  • If you want to run midrange, go for more cards like Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip.
  • If you want to run control, lay down more legendaries like Lavinia. Zur might be good too.

Rhadamanthus on If Nicol bolas can't deal ...

1 week ago

Kogarashi has the right answer. The zone change makes Nicol Bolas, the Arisen a different object from the Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip that was targeted by Kiora, the Crashing Wave 's ability.

Kogarashi on If Nicol bolas can't deal ...

1 week ago

The damage will not be prevented.

  • 400.7. An object that moves from one zone to another becomes a new object with no memory of, or relation to, its previous existence.

The transform ability of Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip exiles the card before transforming it, in order to facilitate the planeswalker side actually receiving loyalty counters so that it isn't immediately sent to the graveyard. Exiling is a zone change, and because of this, Nicol Bolas, the Arisen has no memory of its previous existence, including being the permanent that Kiora, the Crashing Wave prevented the damage of.

While there are nine exceptions to the rule I quoted, none of them cover a DFC that transforms into a planeswalker.

dingusdingo's quoted rule applies to DFCs that transform without being exiled (because they do not leave the battlefield in order to transform). Bolas and the five DFC planeswalkers from Magic Origins are exiled as part of the transformation ability.

doodkyle on If Nicol bolas can't deal ...

1 week ago

My opponent controls Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip in play. I use Kiora, the Crashing Wave +1 ability to prevent all damage that would be dealt to and by Nicol bolas. On the next turn my opponent paid to transform him into Nicol Bolas, the Arisen if my opponent uses his -3 ability is the 10 damage prevented?

PhyrexianPreator on Kess Control

1 month ago

Have you considered a single copy of Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip?

Archon_Bel on First, Do All Harm (Yawgmoth, Thran Physician)

1 month ago

Power level is the reason why I decided to run those creature stealing effects along with a couple of other beatsticks like Bontu the Glorified and Ob Nixilis, Unshackled . None of those cards are dedicated to combo'ing out and are there to interact with the rest of the board.

The place I plan on playing at had people running stuff like Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip and Niv-Mizzet Reborn . There was also one guy who said he wanted to build a Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves deck. I don't really know how powerful and competitive these commanders are, but regardless, how do you think the deck looks as of now? TappedOut says it's basically half and half between being competitive and casual, but I have no idea how it determines that and if it's reliable.

Boza on MTG Arean: Cards to prioritize ...

1 month ago

Rekindling Phoenix , History of Benalia , Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip, Zacama, Primal Calamity are by far the top mythics of the rotating sets, together with T5feri, Karn and carnage tyrant, which you already have.

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