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Bolas’s Citadel Deck Ideas: Breaking The Unbroken

by John Cooper

Magic: The Gathering is full to the brim with peculiar cards that result in strange interactions and incredibly fun games. While some players love to look at the broken side of things, others prefer to try and make the strangest cards work in a deck. Cards that are inherently good like Lightning Bolt are fun and all, but something like Bolas’s Citadel is far more inspiring to a lot of deck brewers. That’s why we’ve put together some Bolas’s Citadel deck ideas in order to help everyone get the most out of this incredibly odd little engine. 

Bolas’s Citadel Deck Ideas

There are plenty of ways to build around this card, but we are just going to look at two of them. One is focussed on the Explore mechanic, which allows you to remove pesky land cards from the top of the deck and control the game a bit more. The second is based around an Aristocrat strategy where you try to flood the board with countless creatures and then sacrifice them for an instant win. Both strategies are a lot of fun, but both also rely on the opponent not having reomval for the citadel itself. 

Exploring Bolas’s Citadel 

  • 4 Llanowar Elves
  • 4 Merfolk Branchwalker 
  • 3 Seekers’ Squire
  • 4 Wildgrowth Walker
  • 4 Jadelight Ranger
  • 2 Ravenous Chupacabra 
  • 2 God-Eternal Rhonas
  • 2 Vraska, Golgari Queen 
  • 4 Bond of Flourishing 
  • 2 Vraska’s Contempt
  • 2 Find//Finality 
  • 3 Bolas’s Citadel 
  • 8 Forest
  • 7 Swamp 
  • 4 Overgrown Tomb
  • 4 Woodland Cemetary 
  • 1 Memorial To Folly 

Aristocrats of Bolas’s Citadel

  • 4 Gutterbones
  • 4 Hunted Witness
  • 4 Cruel Celebrant 
  • 4 Priest of Forgotten Gods
  • 4 Midnight Reaper 
  • 3 Plaguecrafter
  • 4 Doomed Dissenter
  • 2 Pitiless Pontiff
  • 2 Liliana, Dreadhorde General
  • 2 Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord
  • 3 Bolas’s Citadel 
  • 4 Godless Shrine 
  • 4 Isolated Chapel 
  • 2 Orzhov Guildgate 
  • 3 Plains 
  • 11 Swamp

Which of these Bolas’s Citadel deck ideas you use is more down to your preferences than anything else. In terms of which is better, it depends largely on which cards you’re coming up against. The Explore version has more card draw thanks to the mechanic it is based on, but the Aristocrats strategy gains life as you go which makes it stronger against aggro decks generally. Of course, Wildgrowth Walker has life gain too, but it is just one card. 

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