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Archenemy: Nicol Bolas

Archenemy: Nicol Bolas
E01 logo
Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description Horns of Nicol Bolas and Gem of Becoming
Design Gavin Verhey (lead)
Jules Robins
Mel Li
Melissa DeTora
Matthew Danner
Development Bryan Hawley (lead)
Yoni Skolnik
Jules Robins
Mel Li
Eli Shiffrin
Art direction Jeremy Jarvis
Release date June 16, 2017
Plane Amonkhet
Themes and mechanics Scheme Cards
Set size Four 60 card theme decks
+20 oversized Scheme cards
Expansion code E01[1]
Archenemy sets
Archenemy Archenemy: Nicol Bolas N/A
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[ | ]

E01 Box

Archenemy: Nicol Bolas Opened Box

“  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 US$59.99.[6]

This product is the so-called annex set of Amonkhet.[7] The art of the packaging and within the scenes and themes from Amonkhet, and focuses on the confrontation between the Gatewatch and Bolas in the following set, Hour of Devastation.[8]

The set features 106 reprints (numbered #1/106-#106/106), 20 scheme cards (numbered #1/20-#20/20) and five tokens (numbered #1/5-#5/5) with the Archenemy: Nicol Bolas expansion symbol. The zombie token and all the other cards use the Amonkhet expansion symbol and numbering. Among the basic lands, 10 prints are unique to the set, while 13 prints are from Amonkhet. The unique basic lands come as matching pairs, depicting Amonkhet before and after its destruction.

Rules change[ | ]

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[ | ]

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.

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[ | ]

The 10 double-sided tokens are:

References[ | ]