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Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker
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Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker
Magic 2013

Reviewed August 6, 2012

Constructed: 3.70
Casual: 4.38
Limited: 3.90
Multiplayer: 4.10

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Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker

All other planeswalkers fear Bolas. He can destroy them as his +3 ability! No other planeswalker can gain loyalty in such amounts (though calling it "loyalty" feels wrong in Bolas's case) and get such a powerful effect for it. His second ability is equally absurd, and comboes nicely with his first-- once he hits the board, he can immediately dispatch the biggest threat on the table regardless of what it is. I also like that his starting loyalty is high enough for him to steal two creatures in a row and still live to start blowing up noncreatures. As though stealing the two best creatures on the board wasn't powerful enough!
I forget what his third ability does. It doesn't even matter. He's hilariously amazing even without a third ability.

Constructed - 4
Casual - 4.95
Limited - 4.95
Multiplayer - 4.75

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker
Bolas is still around and he's still every bit as powerful as the last time you saw him. If you were familiar with Conflux or the Duel Deck from last year, you pretty much know how this guy operates; there are very few decks that can operate effectively once he hits the field, and it's very hard for a lot of decks to get him off the field once he's on it. (You'd think someone as self-serving as Bolas might start with lower loyalty, but maybe it represents his enthusiasm for hurting people? I dunno, I'm kind of reaching right now.) If not . . . get used to it. You're going to be damaged by him or damage someone with him at some point. Bolas more than lives up to his reputation, to his history as the greatest and last Elder Dragon, and to the expectations of any kind of Magic player or format.
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker which is an eight mana Red, Black, and Blue five loyalty Planeswalker.  The +3 destroys a target non-creature permanent which is quite powerful against other planeswalkers and by bringing him to eight loyalty makes him quite difficult to remove.  The -2 can be used to clear the way for an alpha strike or just to add a blocker as without Haste the creature can't attack that turn.  The -9 which can hit on the third turn it is in play should lead to a win as the damage, loss of options, and presence on the battlefield is a lot to recover from.  The big concern is running a deck with all three mana and getting this into play earlier than the eighth or ninth turn as outside of Multiplayer the game is usually over by then.  Overall a strong card that requires a fairly specific design to manage the three colors and cost.
For Limited this is a bomb, but one that forces you into at least splashing a third color and needing a solid base of Black with either Blue or Red as a secondary which means drafting an appropriate pool can be difficult in Booster and depends on luck in Sealed.  The difficulty in running this doesn't prevent it from being a first pick card in Booster, it just requires dedicated drafting to work with it.  Anything that can search or provide another color of mana is a huge benefit and makes it much easier to play in an earlier stage of the game.  In Sealed the Black pool is most important, but can be splashed if absolutely necessary if the Red and Blue pools are noticeably better.
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.5


       Welcome to a new week of card of the day reviews here at Pojo.com. We are kicking this week off with a look at the main man himself, Nicol Bolas. Nicol Bolas Planeswalker is a mythic rare planeswalker Nicol Bolas. Nicol Bolas costs four generic, one red, one blue, and two black mana. Nicol Bolas enters the battlefield with five loyalty counters. Nicol Bolas has a +3 loyalty ability that says destroy target non-creature permanent. Nicol Bolas has a -2 ability that says gain control of target creature. Nicol Bolas’ final is a -9 that says Nicol Bolas Planeswalker deals seven damage to target player. That player discards seven cards and sacrifices seven permanents.

      I love Nicol Bolas. He is the master evil, and all of his abilities showcase that. I was really hoping that there would be a new version of Nicol Bolas for M13, but we are just regiven an oldie but goodie. While an eight mana drop will never see serious play in tournaments or Limited play, he is one of the coolest for older formats that allow much shenanigans.

      Utilizing Bolas with proliferate or Guilder Bairn are some of the best ways of ensuring that things always go your way. The goal is to get the final ability off as quickly as possible. Should you have the mana, Guilder Bairn creates a crazy combo that goes well with all planeswalkers, and especially Bolas.

     No matter how you like to use Bolas, he can be devastating. Destroy lands, grab creatures, wipe the field, it’s all at your disposal while you are enlisting the aid of Nicol Bolas.

     I wish there would be more decks that take advantage of Nicol Bolas in Standard play, but his mana cost is the drawback.
Limited: 2/5
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

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