In his last appearance (for now!), Big Poppa Bolas has really upped his villain game, attempting to kill almost all the other Planeswalkers we know in order to make himself into an omnipotent deity. And it almost worked, too! If it wasn't for Gideon willingly taking the dirt nap and Liliana deciding to be somebody, he might have pulled it off. 

Fortunately, those meddling kids did their meddling and we really only lost Dack Fayden and Domri Rade. Realistically speaking, we already got 3 different Domris and Dack was pretty narrow functionally...anyway they'll be missed. (RIP.) 

This deck will have us focusing on Nicol Bolas's endgame and his Lazotep Army, with some spells that highlight his wicked ways. 

Avert your eyes from the evil:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God by Andy Hurst

'Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Andy Hurst

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Freeform (Casual)

Market Price: $20.35

Cards

Augur of Bolas

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.20

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When Augur of Bolas enters the battlefield, look at the top three cards of your library. You may reveal an instant or sorcery card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Dragon Mage

Color Identity:R

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Flying
Whenever Dragon Mage deals combat damage to a player, each player discards their hand, then draws seven cards.

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Lazotep Plating

Color Identity:U

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Amass 1. (Put a +1/+1 counter on an Army you control. If you don't control one, create a 0/0 black Zombie Army creature token first.)
You and permanents you control gain hexproof until end of turn. (You and they can't be the targets of spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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Countersquall

Color Identity:B,U

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Counter target noncreature spell. Its controller loses 2 life.

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Toll of the Invasion

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Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card.
Amass 1. (Put a +1/+1 counter on an Army you control. If you don't control one, create a 0/0 black Zombie Army creature token first.)

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In Bolas's Clutches

Color Identity:U

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Enchant permanent
You control enchanted permanent.
Enchanted permanent is legendary.

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Tyrant's Scorn

Color Identity:B,U

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Choose one —
• Destroy target creature with mana value 3 or less.
• Return target creature to its owner's hand.

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Herald of the Dreadhorde

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When Herald of the Dreadhorde dies, amass 2. (Put two +1/+1 counters on an Army you control. If you don't control one, create a 0/0 black Zombie Army creature token first.)

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Thought Erasure

Color Identity:B,U

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Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card.
Surveil 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put it into your graveyard.)

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Price of Betrayal

Color Identity:B

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Remove up to five counters from target artifact, creature, planeswalker, or opponent.

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Commence the Endgame

Color Identity:U

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This spell can't be countered.
Draw two cards, then amass X, where X is the number of cards in your hand. (Put X +1/+1 counters on an Army you control. If you don't control one, create a 0/0 black Zombie Army creature token first.)

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Crumbling Necropolis

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Crumbling Necropolis enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U}, {B}, or {R}.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Crypt of the Eternals

Color Identity:B,R,U

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When Crypt of the Eternals enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.
{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}: Add {U}, {B}, or {R}.

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Callous Dismissal

Color Identity:U

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Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand.
Amass 1. (Put a +1/+1 counter on an Army you control. If you don't control one, create a 0/0 black Zombie Army creature token first.)

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Grixis Panorama

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Grixis Panorama: Search your library for a basic Island, Swamp, or Mountain card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Invade the City

Color Identity:R,U

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Amass X, where X is the number of instant and sorcery cards in your graveyard. (Put X +1/+1 counters on an Army you control. If you don't control one, create a 0/0 black Zombie Army creature token first.)

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Fire // Ice

Color Identity:R,U

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Agony Warp

Color Identity:B,U

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Target creature gets -3/-0 until end of turn.
Target creature gets -0/-3 until end of turn.

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Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God

Color Identity:B,R,U

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Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God has all loyalty abilities of all other planeswalkers on the battlefield.
+1: You draw a card. Each opponent exiles a card from their hand or a permanent they control.
−3: Destroy target creature or planeswalker.
−8: Each opponent who doesn't control a legendary creature or planeswalker loses the game.

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Deliver Unto Evil

Color Identity:B

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Choose up to four target cards in your graveyard. If you control a Bolas planeswalker, return those cards to your hand. Otherwise, an opponent chooses two of them. Leave the chosen cards in your graveyard and put the rest into your hand.
Exile Deliver Unto Evil.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Eternal Skylord

Color Identity:U

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When Eternal Skylord enters the battlefield, amass 2. (Put two +1/+1 counters on an Army you control. If you don't control one, create a 0/0 black Zombie Army creature token first.)
Zombie tokens you control have flying.

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Aven Eternal

Color Identity:U

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Flying
When Aven Eternal enters the battlefield, amass 1. (Put a +1/+1 counter on an Army you control. If you don't control one, create a 0/0 black Zombie Army creature token first.)

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Invading Manticore

Color Identity:R

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When Invading Manticore enters the battlefield, amass 2. (Put two +1/+1 counters on an Army you control. If you don't control one, create a 0/0 black Zombie Army creature token first.)

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Crush Dissent

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {2}.
Amass 2. (Put two +1/+1 counters on an Army you control. If you don't control one, create a 0/0 black Zombie Army creature token first.)

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Vizier of the Scorpion

Color Identity:B

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When Vizier of the Scorpion enters the battlefield, amass 1. (Put a +1/+1 counter on an Army you control. If you don't control one, create a 0/0 black Zombie Army creature token first.)
Zombie tokens you control have deathtouch.

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Widespread Brutality

Color Identity:B,R

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Amass 2, then the Army you amassed deals damage equal to its power to each non-Army creature. (To amass 2, put two +1/+1 counters on an Army you control. If you don't control one, create a 0/0 black Zombie Army creature token first.)

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Nightscape Familiar

Color Identity:B

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Blue spells and red spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.
{1}{B}: Regenerate Nightscape Familiar.

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Spark Harvest

Color Identity:B

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice a creature or pay {3}{B}.
Destroy target creature or planeswalker.

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Honor the God-Pharaoh

Color Identity:R

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, discard a card.
Draw two cards. Amass 1. (Put a +1/+1 counter on an Army you control. If you don't control one, create a 0/0 black Zombie Army creature token first.)

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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Gleaming Overseer

Color Identity:B,U

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When Gleaming Overseer enters the battlefield, amass 1. (Put a +1/+1 counter on an Army you control. If you don't control one, create a 0/0 black Zombie Army creature token first.)
Zombie tokens you control have hexproof and menace.

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Enter the God-Eternals

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Enter the God-Eternals deals 4 damage to target creature and you gain life equal to the damage dealt this way. Target player mills four cards. Amass 4. (Put four +1/+1 counters on an Army you control. If you don't control one, create a 0/0 black Zombie Army creature token first.)

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Crosis's Catacombs

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When Crosis's Catacombs enters the battlefield, sacrifice it unless you return a non-Lair land you control to its owner's hand.
{T}: Add {U}, {B}, or {R}.

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Baleful Strix

Color Identity:B,U

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Flying, deathtouch
When Baleful Strix enters the battlefield, draw a card.

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Evolving Wilds

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{T}, Sacrifice Evolving Wilds: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Relentless Advance

Color Identity:U

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Amass 3. (Put three +1/+1 counters on an Army you control. If you don't control one, create a 0/0 black Zombie Army creature token first.)

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Parasitic Strix

Color Identity:U

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Flying
When Parasitic Strix enters the battlefield, if you control a black permanent, target player loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

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The Eldest Reborn

Color Identity:B

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Each opponent sacrifices a creature or planeswalker.
II — Each opponent discards a card.
III — Put target creature or planeswalker card from a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control.

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The Game Plan

Let's build up our Zombie Army and attack with it mercilessly, backing it up with some solid removal spells and other nasty creatures. We're here to take advantage of the Amass keyword from War of the Spark, which will let us build up a massive Zombie Army token (or replace the fallen). 

Our creature base has some generally poor stats, other than multi-format allstar Baleful Strix. But that's okay! The Amass benefits they provide more than make up for their own shortcomings. All of a sudden, Aven Eternal is much more than just a Wind Drake. Vizier of the Scorpion gives our tokens some sharp teeth. Gleaming Overseer and Eternal Skylord provide some other nice bonuses, along with bodies that have some more serviceable rates. At the top of the curve, Invading Masticore and Dragon Mage provide some real fat lards that will finish what our amassed forces can't. 

The spellbase has most of the Amass effects we can find. Callous Dismissal, Lazotep Plating, Toll of the Invasion, Invade the City, Honor the God-Pharaoh, Crush Dissent, and Relentless Advance will all keep that Zombie Army huge. Invade the City is especially primed to do pretty well for us here, since our spell count is higher than normal. 

Removal isn't as high as it is in some of our other Bolas decks, but we can still get a lot of things dead. Spark Harvest has some flexibility to it. Same with Tyrant's Scorn and Fire // Ice. Agony Warp is a stone cold killer. The Eldest Reborn and In Bolas's Clutches are dominant effects that can turn over an entire game by themselves. 

The Rares

Obviously we want to play this card when we have Bolas out. Then it's a Tidings, except we're drawing awesome cards instead of just random cards with possible blanks. Even still, this can let us get back some pretty solid options and recycle what will probably be removal spells. 

If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: asymmetrical board sweeping effects are great and I want to play one whenever I can! That's what the Brutality offers us. In games of Magic, don't pass up the opportunity to get rid of your opponent's creatures while keeping your own. 

The only real decision we need to make with this spell is whether we want to mill our opponent or ourselves so that we can maximize Invade the City and Deliver Unto Evil. Other than that, we get a fantastic removal spell that buffers our life total while either building up a solid Zombie Army or substantially bolstering our current forces. 

Worst case scenario, we get two cards and +2/+2 to an Army. That would be a disappointment for a 6-drop, but also keep in mind that with that hypothetical game state, we'd probably be able to play what we draw. Since we know this is a card we'll want, we can keep some cards in hand and not be so frivolous. And even that worst case is okay. The better cases are game breaking. 

Unsung Hero

This card is a delight. It's a flexible removal spell, and upends the usual trope of Gideon's magic sword ending the evil dragon. This time, Evil wins! We also get a solid bounce spell to either protect our troops or disrupt theirs, or we get a Smother, which is a phenomenal removal spell for a deck that's looking to make it to the mid/late game. Good guys win, allegedly? Like Bolas says, not this time.