Hour of Devastation: Nicol Bolas, Samut, and Bontu’s Last Reckoning


Samut, the Tested 2RG

Planeswalker – Samut

+1: Up to one target creature gains double strike until end of turn.

-2: Samut the Tested deals 2 damage divided as you choose between one or two target creatures and/or players.

-7: Search your library for up to two creature and/or planeswalker cards and put them onto the battlefield then shuffle your library.


Let’s start with Samut the Tested because she’s the fair and balanced Magic card. I think she’ll find a home in RG Energy lists. Double strike on Voltaic Brawlers and trample enabled Bristling Hydras is good.

The minus two really depends on how many opposing X/1s and X/2s are in Standard. It’s okay against zombies. Pick off Dread Wanderer for a turn and maybe shoot a Cryptbreaker.

Bontu’s Last Reckoning 1BB


Destroy all creatures. Lands you control don’t untap during your next untap step.

Wizards: We’re not printing four mana Wraths anymore.

Also Wizards: Hold my beer.

I’m borderline speechless here. It’s a three mana Wrath. The untap restriction likely means nothing. You’re probably not playing this card until turn four or five anyway. That means you can wipe the board then hold up Fatal Push/Dispel mana.

Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh 4RBU

Planeswalker – Bolas

+2: Target opponent exiles cards from the top of his or her library until her or she reveals a nonland card. Until end of turn, you may cast that card without paying its mana cost.

+1: Each opponent exiles two cards from his or her hand.

-4: Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh deals 7 damage to target opponent or creature an opponent controls.

-12: Exile each nonland permanent your opponents control.



If Aetherworks Marvel didn’t exist, this would probably be a fine card. However, Aetherworks Marvel absolutely does exist.

Spin your Marvel. Get Bolas. Tick up to 9 loyalty. Hope to hit your opponent’s Ulamog. Cast it for free. Yeah that’s cast, so you get the trigger. And then your opponent enters scoop phase.

Or maybe you’ll hit their Marvel and tick up a bunch of energy so you can spin that one too. Spin the new Marvel. Get another Bolas. Spin through your opponent’s deck again.

By the way, Bolas can also just shoot your opponent’s face for 7 damage. Or a creature. Probably the face though. That’s a game ender.

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