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Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker
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Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker
- Conflux

Reviewed Mar. 2, 2017

Constructed: 3.50
Casual: 4.50
Limited: 4.50
Multiplayer: 3.75
Commander [EDH]: 3.75

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James H. Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker
 
This is the third time we've reviewed Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker, and fittingly for the oldest, most powerful, and most feared planeswalker in the multiverse, it is hard to praise him enough or adequately. There are planeswalker cards as straightforward as him, but there are no others as uniformly devastating once they reache the field. There are no others who dominate permanents and players as indiscriminately as he does. Combining flavor and mechanics for a moment, you shouldn't be questioning his high mana cost - you should be grateful you can cast him at all . . .
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker (3/2)
 
With Amonkhet on the horizon, likely bringing with it a new Nicol Bolas (as suggested by Dark Intimations), it makes sense to go back and look at the original planeswalking incarnation of everyone's favorite evil dragon. And, to be fair, Nicol Bolas, at least just looking at his abilities, might have claim to be the most powerful planeswalker printed. His +3 destroys any noncreature permanent, including other planeswalkers! Creatures are handled with his -2, which does something better than blow a creature up...it takes it. And his ultimate is sufficiently brutal, obliterating your opponent's board. In conjunction with Dark Intimations, he only needs to +3 once before annihilating your opponent's board.
 
The reason Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker isn't busted is his mana cost, which is tied with Ugin for the highest of all planeswalkers...but it also asks for four colored mana across three colors, three colors that are merely average at best when it comes to ramping into the necessary mana. His power is undeniable, but it's extremely hard to cheat him in, and his formidable color requirements are an impediment.
 
He's powerful, and he's worth the price of admission...if you can live long enough to get there. In constructed formats, it might be wiser to leave our scaly friend at home.
 
Constructed: 3
Casual: 5
Limited: 4
Multiplayer: 3.5
Commander: 3.5

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