Nicol Bolas

Nicol Bolas

Legendary Creature — Elder Dragon


At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice Nicol Bolas unless you pay .

Whenever Nicol Bolas deals damage to an opponent, that player discards his or her hand.

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Nicol Bolas Discussion

Asgeren on I Call it 'Gold and Brash'

1 month ago

Sweeeet deck!

Looks like great new way of playing all the cool old cards. You even have Nicol Bolas in there! Damn, I think I'm developing a fetisch for old borders lol...

Anyways, there's a deck KAVID-19 that you might want to check out for inspiration, not the same strategy but same all-colour-pie and old borders.

griffstick on Favorite color or color combination?

1 month ago

I'm gonna go a bit deeper into my favorite colors and my color identity.

I've built a mono colored deck for every color.

  • I've built about 10 different decks. Black is my favorite mono color
  • I've built about 3 mono green decks. My second favorite mono color.
  • I've built 5 different mono red decks. Goblins, and dragons. Neheb, red akroma, and grenzo. Red is my 3rd fav mono color
  • I've built angels like 4 different ways. I love mono white for uts lifegain. White ties at 3rd place for me.
  • I've built one mono blue deck. I remember casting a Portent and taking forever to read the card then forever to resolve the card and then thinking and saying outloud that mono blue is definitely not my color. The only mono blue deck I liked that I built out if the 2 I built was Sphinx tribal.
  • never built a colorless deck. It's not my thing yet.

I feel my personality is boros but my deck are more like mixed with . My favorite part of the game is combat. And I like to swing with reckless abandon. I also love to use board wipes to my advantage. I think that's why I love mardu, witch brings me to 3 colors. I love having things all over th board. So bant enchantments is my second favorite 3 color choice. Have enchantments all over the place is cool. All though I've said blue is my least favorite color my next favorite 3 color is grixis . I love Nicol Bolas and all of his planewalkers. I also love the weird grixis cards. They are all very unique.

I've never built a 4 color deck or a 5 color deck.

But if I had to build one 5 color deck it would be Child of Alara .

So that's me in a detailed nutshell.

slymole on Help! Nicol smashed my toys!

3 months ago

After a few practice hands out to turn 5, I could see dropping the mountains down for either more swamps or running 3 mountains and 4 rakdos guildgates. Lots of red mana when I'm trying to drop a turn four Desecration Demon or Nicol Bolas . My instinct so far is to use DD to bait out any counters for Nicol the next turn. I'm not in a rush to cast him before turn 7, so that we can transform him to close out the game as soon as we get that seventh land.

griffstick on I think I'm too picky

4 months ago

Nicol Bolas . Nobody has more Lore than him. There is also a different art style nicol bolas and if that still isn't your jam theres Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip. As far as power is considered. You can make them a super friends decks with all the nicol bolas lore and bolas walkers. . With extra turns and proliferating. My friend did this and it was strong.

enpc on None

5 months ago

Singleton in MtG refers to formats where you can only have one of each non-basic land card in your deck. Highlander is a throwback to the similarly named film, "Highlander" as one of the famous lines from the movie is "There can be only one".

The Elder Dragon part of it comes from (and I'm happy to be corrected if I'm wrong here) the original inception of the format, where each deck was led by one of the Elder Dragon cards (think OG Nicol Bolas ). This was later expanded to any legendary creature.

At some point the format was rebranded as Commander (as Gidgetimer pointed out, I'm sure in part for legal reasons) since the Elder Dragon part of it became mostly irrelevant.

The second format you've described is indeed Canadian Highlander, which uses a points list rather than a banlist (though there are still a few banned cards). Additionally, there's also Australian Highlander which is a 60 card singleton format which operates on a points list.

rdean14 on Card creation challenge

5 months ago

standard meta

Also, I'd like to see a MDFC that puts one multicolored legendary creature into two sides which add up to the original cost. So Kunoros, Hound of Athreos would become two separate cards name Kunoros, one + or + , or like Nicol Bolas becoming + on each side. The point is that casting both sides adds up to the original casting cost exactly. Each side also must have at least one color (Unless there's a really cool way to justify colorless).

Alternatively, you can separate any of the Two character - one creature card cards. Those are Adrix and Nev, Twincasters , Anax and Cymede , Firesong and Sunspeaker , Gisa and Geralf , Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis , Mina and Denn, Wildborn , and Tibor and Lumia . Also, I don't like Sen Triplets , Shattergang Brothers , or any Trostani for this, as three characters don't divide how I'd like, really.

Rin and Seri, Inseparable are INSEPARABLE!

MagicMarc on not a rules question, but …

6 months ago

In the original rule for legendary, whomever had the first Nicol Bolas in play got to keep it. The original rule kept anyone else from keeping one if they cast it after that first one was in play. With it in play, if anyone else attempted to play a new copy of Nicol Bolas then their copy went to the graveyard and the first Nicol Bolas continued to remain in play.

MTGBurgeoning on Scion of the Ur-Dragon: Every. Dragon. Ever.

7 months ago

I do think there's some value to including Training Grounds . Halving Scion of the Ur-Dragon 's activated ability would be helpful. Definitely. There are a number of dragons with great ETB triggers already included in the deck ( Scourge of Valkas , Terror of the Peaks , Lathliss, Dragon Queen , Terror of Mount Velus , Bladewing the Risen ). I want to one-shot opponents and then set-up a massive graveyard recursion spell to close out the game. Dragons don't seem to stay on the battlefield long enough in order to take advantage of additional ETB triggers, thus including cards like Thassa, Deep-Dwelling , Panharmonicon , Lithoform Engine and Strionic Resonator may slow down the deck's aforementioned win conditions. Including Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip is a great suggestion. However, I would NOT replace original Nicol Bolas . His ability to have an opponent discard their hand is too valuable, particularly against blue mages. Training Grounds and Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip are sweet considerations! Thank you!!

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