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Disciple of Bolas
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Disciple of Bolas
Magic 2013

Reviewed August 13, 2012

Constructed: 3.38
Casual: 3.38
Limited: 3.25
Multiplayer: 3.38

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Disciple of Bolas

I like how, unlike most of Black's mandatory sacrifice triggers, there's no penalty for not doing so. You have to sacrifice another creature if you have one, but you can safely play the Disciple onto an empty board. Then again, doing so means you paid four mana for a vanilla 2/1, so maybe there really is a penalty. As for what to sacrifice, there's an interesting tension here. You want to sack a creature with high power, so as to get the most out of the effect, but whatever you sack is effectively getting replaced by the 2/1 Wizard, so you're weakening your board presence if you do. You could also choose to sack a 1/1, which means you're actually upgrading your creature into a 2/1, but paying four mana to draw one card, gain one life, and give a 1/1 of yours +1 power-- not exactly an impressive play.

I think the Disciple is really only good in a deck with a lot of graveyard recursion or morbid triggers. Ideally you'd want to sack a creature with at least 3 or 4 power, but that'd sting a lot less if you had a way to get the heavy hitter back.

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 3
Multiplayer- 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Disciple of Bolas
Disciple of Bolas is an interesting card to me. The possibility of getting to draw lots of cards for a relatively low cost is interesting, but it's offset slightly by the loss of whatever creature you have to sacrifice. You'll probably be hoping you draw something comparable, and you won't always be in a position where you can afford to lose a creature in the process of searching for an answer or an advancement in your plan. Your best bet may be to combine Disciple of Bolas with things that like to die (Gigapede? Kokusho?), or things that like when other things die. Nobody ever gets tired of Grave Pact, after all.
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Disciple of Bolas which is a four mana Black
2/1 with a comes into play ability that has you sacrifice another creature to draw cards and gain life equal to the sacrifice's power. 

This is slightly expensive, but card draw and life gain attached to a creature with a reasonable or even expected cost for Black is worth consideration.  In addition to sacrificing a creature with temporary power boosts after it attacks the popularity of auras that prevent attacking makes a creature, likely a high power one already, a very efficient choice for an effect like this. Comes into play, leaves play, or return to play effects are all options as well and as this is only one Black mana out of four it doesn't have to be in a mono-Black deck. 
Overall this is a solid and efficient card that should be right at home in multiple designs while providing much needed card draw to Black decks not using Blue.
In Limited the reduction in support effects available reduces the potential noticeably, but even sacrificing a creature with two power will get you two cards, two life, and the 2/1 for just four mana. The single Black is great for multicolor decks and this should be an easy first pick in Booster and used often in Sealed as even weakened compared to Constructed this is still a valuable advantage.
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


Welcome to the Pojo.com card of the day section. To kick start our week we are looking at Disciple of Bolas from M13. Disciple of Bolas is a rare black creature human wizard that costs three generic and one black mana and is a 2/1. When Disciple of Bolas enters the battlefield, sacrifice another creature: You gain X life and draw X cards, where X is the sacrificed creatures power.
Really a decent card. Hard to find decent black cards as of late that allow you to gain life. The Disciple of Bolas is amazing in that it not only gains you some life, but some card advantage as well. Sure, drawing cards and gaining life is good, but the Disciple can make it great. The drawback of course is viewed as the sacrifce a creature ability. But why not make that your advantage too? Using a red/black deck, you could easily combo the Disciple of Bolas with Mark of Mutiny to get even more out of your opponents creature!
Hard to peg how it will eventually be viewed by the majority, but an instant favorite of mine. Love the cost, love the abilities, love the card.

Limited: 3/5
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

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