Archenemy: Nicol Bolas

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Archenemy: Nicol Bolas
E01 logo.png
 
Set symbol
Symbol description
Horns and gem of Nicol Bolas
Design team
Gavin Verhey (lead)
Jules Robins
Mel Li
Melissa DeTora
Matthew Danner
Development team
Bryan Hawley (lead)
Yoni Skolnik
Jules Robins
Mel Li
Eli Shiffrin
Art Director
Jeremy Jarvis
Release date
June 16, 2017
Themes and mechanics
Scheme Cards
Keywords and/or ability words
Set size
260 (Four 60 card theme decks + 20 schemes)
Expansion code
E01[1]
Archenemy sets
Archenemy Archenemy: Nicol Bolas (none)
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Commander Anthology Archenemy: Nicol Bolas Hour of Devastation‎‎

Archenemy: Nicol Bolas is the second Magic set designed for the multiplayer Archenemy format.[2] It was released on June 16, 2017 .

Set details[edit | edit source]

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A battle 25,000 years in the making.

Unlike the first Archenemy release, which offered four villain decks with varying themes, Nicol Bolas contains decks for the opposing team. In addition to the single villain deck for its namesake, it includes three further decks, focused on members of the Gatewatch, tuned specifically for play against that villain deck. It also includes new scheme cards to be paired with the villain deck.

In Archenemy: Nicol Bolas, one player takes on the role of the elder dragon Planeswalker, Nicol Bolas. The opposing team plays as Gideon Jura, Chandra Nalaar, and Nissa Revane. Each character has a 60-card deck, containing a non-premium planeswalker card, and Nicol Bolas has an additional deck of 20 all-new oversized scheme cards. Each deck utilizes colors previously shown to be linked to their respective characters; notably, Nissa uses both blue and green, while the entire Gatewatch team lacks any black.[3][4]

The product also contains 10 double-sided tokens, 4 deck boxes, 1 life tracker, and 1 rules insert. The set is sold in English only.[5] The complete set comes in one box, as opposed to the original Archenemy, which was sold in four different game packs. It was released at an MSRP of $59.99 USD.[6]

The art of the packaging and within the product depicts scenes and themes from Amonkhet, and focus on the confrontation between the Gatewatch and Bolas in the following set, Hour of Devastation.[7] The basic lands that are used, are the non-full art of that set.[8]

Rules change[edit | edit source]

When the archenemy attacks any player or planeswalker on the opposing team, any creature a teammate of the defending player controls may be assigned as a blocker by that creature's controller. This replaces the previous blocking rules, which followed normal multiplayer blocking conventions.

Theme decks[edit | edit source]

Archenemy: Nicol Bolas has four preconstructed decks, one for Nicol Bolas and three for the members of the Gatewatch. The name cards received new art.

Theme deck name Colors included Iconic card
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Nicol Bolas U B R Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker
Gideon Jura W Gideon Jura
Chandra Nalaar R Chandra, Pyromaster
Nissa Revane U G Nissa, Worldwaker

Tokens[edit | edit source]

The 10 double-faced tokens are:

References[edit | edit source]