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 Post subject: Creatureless Control with Nicol Bolas
AgePosted: 2011-Jun-07 8:35 pm 

Joined: 2008-Sep-12 8:43 pm
Age: Drake
Location: Madison, WI
I am intent on coming up with a fun way to use Nicol Bolas. My artifact-focused version ended up being a wash, as it just felt like playing a weaker Sharuum deck. So, I'm shifting this toward a control-heavy version with a focus on proliferating planeswalkers and stealing your stuff.

I've looked up a few other versions of creatureless control decks and I think I've hit most of the major auto-includes. I'm just curious if there's anything else I should be thinking about or something really fun that would fit in here. I want to keep it creatureless.

Creatures - 1
Nicol Bolas

Instants - 15
Capsize
Cryptic Command
Evacuation
Fact or Fiction
Fuel for the Cause
Grab the Reins
Hinder
Mystical Teachings
Mystical Tutor
Opportunity
Reins of Power
Shattering Pulse
Spin into Myth
Terminate
Trickbind

Sorcery - 14
All Is Dust
Barter in Blood
Beacon of Unrest
Black Sun's Zenith
Bribery
Damnation
Decree of Pain
Demonic Tutor
Fabricate
Life's Finale
Promise of Power
Rite of Replication
Slave of Bolas
Yawgmoth's Will

Enchantments - 6
Future Sight
Inexorable Tide
Phyrexian Arena
Rhystic Study
Spreading Plague
The Abyss

Planeswalkers - 6
Jace Beleren
Karn Liberated - Using as a vindicate only. ONLY
Liliana Vess
Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker
Sorin Markov
Tezzeret the Seeker

Artifacts - 20
Coalition Relic
Contagion Clasp
Contagion Engine
Dimir Signet
Ensnaring Bridge
Expedition Map
Gilded Lotus
Izzet Signet
Mana Vault
Mimic Vat
Nevinyrral's Disk
Rakdos Signet
Rings of Brighthearth
Scrabbling Claws
Sculpting Steel
Sensei's Divining Top
Sol Ring
Talisman of Dominance
Talisman of Indulgence
Voltaic Key

Land - 38
Academy Ruins
Badlands
Blood Crypt
Bloodstained Mire
Cascade Bluffs
Creeping Tar Pit
Crumbling Necropolis
Dimir Aqueduct
Dragonskull Summit
Drowned Catacomb
Graven Cairns
Izzet Boilerworks
Maze of Ith
Mystifying Maze
Polluted Delta
Rakdos Carnarium
Reflecting Pool
Reliquary Tower
Scalding Tarn
Steam Vents
Strip Mine
Sunken Ruins
Tolaria West
Underground Sea
Volcanic Island
Watery Grave
Island - 6
Swamp - 5
Mountain - 1

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My Decks
Damia - Maga - Bolas - Karrthus - Karador


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 Post subject: Re: Creatureless Control with Nicol Bolas
AgePosted: 2011-Jun-09 1:38 pm 

Joined: 2010-Sep-28 8:44 am
Age: Elder Dragon
Location: Hamilton, ON
Time Stop, Mindbreak Trap, and Mana Drain are all really really good (especially Drain) ad would be wise includes. Especially since the first two can hit Obliterate.

Creatureless is risky. At least have a Phage in the board incase someone is playing with Telemin Performace.

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Norin the Wary (chaos control)
Talrand (mono-U tempo/Proteus Staff combo)


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 Post subject: Re: Creatureless Control with Nicol Bolas
AgePosted: 2011-Jun-09 6:04 pm 

Joined: 2008-Sep-12 8:43 pm
Age: Drake
Location: Madison, WI
Killane wrote:
Time Stop, Mindbreak Trap, and Mana Drain are all really really good (especially Drain) ad would be wise includes. Especially since the first two can hit Obliterate.

Creatureless is risky. At least have a Phage in the board incase someone is playing with Telemin Performace.


If I had an extra Drain, it would be going in here for sure. I might pick one up eventually.

Time Stop is on the maybe list. What about Oblit in this list? It seems like it would be awesome with the planeswalkers being able to give me an edge after blowing up the world.

I am cautious about Telemin Performance. I've never seen it played in my meta, but I will certainly be packing a Phage to slide in if this deck ever encourages its use.

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Damia - Maga - Bolas - Karrthus - Karador


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 Post subject: Re: Creatureless Control with Nicol Bolas
AgePosted: 2011-Jun-10 7:57 am 

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Obliterate is bonkers with planeswalkers. You basically just win. It's got me some sideways looks at the shop from time to time, but my deck is not really all that fair anyways.

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 Post subject: Re: Creatureless Control with Nicol Bolas
AgePosted: 2011-Jun-14 12:27 pm 

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Given the rest of the decklist, I would personally include Lux Cannon and Magistrate's Scepter.


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 Post subject: Re: Creatureless Control with Nicol Bolas
AgePosted: 2011-Jun-15 6:47 am 

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Age: Drake
I really just want to see creatureless control play Endless Whispers


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 Post subject: Re: Creatureless Control with Nicol Bolas
AgePosted: 2011-Jun-15 6:12 pm 

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Your table might hate you for it after the first few times, but Proteus Staff is durrrrr in a creatureless deck. I don't have one so I do play with a few creatures, but I think our lists have pretty similar goals.

It might have changed a little, but here it is http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/nicol-bolas-agent-of-bolas/.


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