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Nicol Bolas Planeswalker Spoiler Art December 11, 2008

Posted by Norm in Conflux, Spoilers.
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Hot new Conflux Spoiler today, Nicol Bolas Planeswalker art. Wizards of the Coast shared this artwork with The Magic Sock Podcast to be released today. There wasn’t any information about the abilities on the card but whew look at that beautiful artwork. Easily gets my vote for best Planeswalker art.

My speculation on the abilities:

+1: Target player discards a card.  

-1: Target player discards two cards

-8: Target player discards their hand, then removes their graveyard from the game.



1. CopySix - December 11, 2008

What is guess as to the egg-like item between his horns ?
Also – I’m really digging all those dragons in flight behind him.
Just from the art, I will guess that Nicol Bolas will either create or pump up other dragons.

2. Gemini6Ice - December 12, 2008

I could see the +1 ability being “each player discards a card,” similar to Jace’s +1 ability. It could work really well with hellbent, madness, or even unearth, all UBR-present keywords.

3. ThanatostheReaper - December 13, 2008

Well more than likely his abilities will be discard oriented, and it’s doubtful he’ll have many support abilities, at least when it comes to creatures.
He may get some interesting ability, like he transforms himself into a creature, maybe with the same stats as his other card. Like: “-7: Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker becomes a 7/7 Elder Dragon creature with Flying and “When Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker deals combat damage to a player that player discards their hand.” until end of turn.” Granted this doubtful, but one can hope right?

4. Norm - December 13, 2008

Or what about turn target planeswalker into a creature. That would be something.

5. marzos - December 14, 2008

nicol bolas fight with others planeswalker and is too individualism, so:
+1: put a counter on a creature, player or planeswalker.
-X: all players discard x cards.
-7: all permanents whith counters are removed from the game and
all players whith counters loose 7 life.

6. SD - December 16, 2008

Why is there dragons around him?
This has nothing to do with Grixis. 😦

7. ... - December 20, 2008

Why has no one talked about who’s casting Hindering Light?

8. SD - December 20, 2008

Hindering Light – looks like aven to me, birdclaws. Not dragon’s like someone somewhere else suggested, but aven’s.

Like the flavour says, it’s common protective magiX in Bant. So it’s just birdfolk practising in the art.

People are interested in Cruel Ultimatum, ‘cos WotC informed that all other ultimatums are cast by a planeswalker. Now we maybe know who. I just hope Bolas is going to be UBR. The dragons in the art worry me, because they have nothing to do with Grixis.

9. mtgfan1aa - December 21, 2008

There in grixis because in conflux the blue and red creatures are in grixis as well as in difrent shards and planesso there will be choas all over the place.

10. Norm - December 22, 2008

I’m not one who knows all the story lines, but I did here it suggested that Nicol Bolas could be the one pushing to merge all the shards. So he may have appearances in all of them. Just a thought.

11. Norm - December 23, 2008


Good question though. Who is casting hindering light?

12. mtgfan - December 24, 2008

the new conflux stuff has it seeming like the shards collide of some sort. if you look at the booster packs for the pre-release of conflux one had a picture of a dragonlike creature attacking a castle….and bant would be the only shard with castles but i dont remember dragons idk

or like all the shards recollide

and if thats supposed to be a black planeswalker shouldnt it have crazy abilities that hurt the user as well? and with all the dragons behind him im guessing his last ability has something to do with dragons perhaps similar to sarkhan vol except on steroids? lol like summon 5 4/4 black and red dragons with flying and haste into play


13. Jean-Claude - December 26, 2008

conflux means da coming together so guess it

14. [EVIL]Beethoven - January 2, 2009

wouldn’t the -8 abbility that norm posted a little too good, you will win the game next turn

15. Sjors Thielen - January 3, 2009

Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker

+3: Destroy target noncreature permanent
-2: Gain control of target creature
-9: ?????

16. jordan - January 6, 2009

have you guys ever look at his casting cost?? its 2UUBBRR. i think that means SOMETHING.

17. jordan - January 6, 2009

get it? 2UUBBRR? too Über?

18. Norm - January 6, 2009

LOL. I didn’t notice that before.

19. Lunashine - January 7, 2009

I still find this artwork to be very weird, quite unmagic like. The lower half of him just seems wrong to me… but when I look at his wings, they are REALLY similar to rathi dragons. Now Im very curious if christopher rush painted this.

Nicol will undoubtely be the most powerful walker we’ve seen, and as such he will easily cost 5+ mana. On the other side, I wouldnt really reckon that he has that many loyality counters. PWs offer their services for those costs after all, and nicol is proud and selfish, so I expect we see three powerful, color related effects (one for each color, hes grixis after all) I could see him as:

Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker 3UBR – 4 loyality

+1: return two target permanents to their owners hand (blue)
-2: creatures you control get +2/+0, and gain flying, first strike and haste until end of turn (red)
-6: target player discards his/her hand. (black)

but im pretty sure everything of those is wrong ^^ ah well, If he costs 5, 6 or even 7 mana and has decent abilities my quickn toast will love him 🙂

20. joseph - January 8, 2009

I hope everyone here knows that there is a creature card named Nicol Bolas and he discards your opponents hand so I’m sure he’s going to have more than just one ability that would mess with someones hand my suggestion:
+1 look at target opponents hand
– x opponent discards x cards/or -1 target opponent discards a card at random
-8 target opponent discards his/er hand

21. CopySix - January 14, 2009

It’s (almost) official ! !

Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker, 4UBBR
+3: Destroy target noncreature permanent.
-2: Gain control of target creature.
-9: Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker deals 7 damage to target player. That player discards seven cards, then sacrifices seven permanents.
Loyalty Counters [5]

22. Wbrwbrwoo - January 17, 2009

Grixis: Drakes

23. SD - January 18, 2009

No drakes in grixis, scavenger drake is jund ( jund art, jund ability(when into grave), jund flavor ) and cloudheath is even more obvious.

24. oliver - March 20, 2009

+3 destroy target nonland pernament
-2 gain control of target creature
-9 target opponent discard 7 cards, sacrifice 7 creature, loses 7 life

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