Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas

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Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas
Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas
Set symbol
DDH symbol.jpg
Design team
Chris Millar,
Mark Gottlieb
Development team
Chris Millar,
Mark Gottlieb
Art Director
Release date
September 2, 2011
Themes and mechanics
Life gain
Keywords and/or ability words
Set size
(two 60-card theme decks)
Expansion code
(short for Duel Decks H)
Duel Decks sets
Duel Decks: Knights vs. Dragons Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas Duel Decks: Venser vs. Koth
Magic: The Gathering chronology
From the Vault: Legends Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas Innistrad

Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas is the eighth set in the Duel Decks series. It was released on September 2, 2011, with an MSRP of US$19.99. [1]

Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas contains two preconstructed theme decks, one centered around Ajani Vengeant and the other around Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker. Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas depicts the rivalry of two planeswalkers and has a flavor-based theme, as well as a mechanic-based theme.[2]


Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas features two cards with alternate art and holographic foil treatment; Ajani Vengeant and Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker.[3] Furthermore, the set includes another four cards with alternate art; Behemoth Sledge, Countersquall, Deep Analysis, and Lightning Helix.

In addition to this, the Duel Deck contains a Magic "learn to play" guide, a strategy insert, and two creature tokens. The creature tokens are:



8 Forest
3 Mountain
6 Plains
2 Evolving Wilds
1 Graypelt Refuge
2 Jungle Shrine
1 Kazandu Refuge
1 Sapseep Forest
1 Vitu-Ghazi, the City-Tree

1 Ageless Entity
2 Ajani's Pridemate
1 Briarhorn
1 Canyon Wildcat
1 Essence Warden
1 Firemane Angel
1 Fleetfoot Panther
1 Grazing Gladehart
1 Jade Mage
1 Kird Ape
1 Loam Lion
1 Loxodon Hierarch
1 Marisi's Twinclaws
1 Nacatl Hunt-Pride
1 Pride of Lions
1 Qasali Pridemage
1 Spitemare
2 Sylvan Ranger
1 Wild Nacatl
1 Woolly Thoctar
1 Lightning Helix
1 Naya Charm
2 Sylvan Bounty

1 Lead the Stampede
1 Titanic Ultimatum

1 Ajani's Mantra
1 Griffin Guide
2 Recumbent Bliss
1 Searing Meditation

1 Behemoth Sledge

1 Ajani Vengeant

The rares in this deck are Ajani Vengeant (holographic foil), Ageless EntityFiremane AngelLoxodon HierarchSearing Meditation, and Titanic Ultimatum.

Nicol Bolas[edit]

7 Island
5 Mountain
9 Swamp
2 Crumbling Necropolis
1 Rupture Spire
2 Terramorphic Expanse

1 Blazing Specter
1 Brackwater Elemental
1 Dimir Cutpurse
1 Fire-Field Ogre
2 Hellfire Mongrel
1 Igneous Pouncer
1 Jhessian Zombies
1 Morgue Toad
1 Moroii
1 Nightscape Familiar
1 Ogre Savant
1 Shriekmaw
1 Slavering Nulls
1 Steamcore Weird
1 Surveilling Sprite
1 Agonizing Demise
1 Countersquall
1 Grixis Charm
1 Recoil
1 Spite // Malice
1 Undermine
1 Vapor Snag

1 Cruel Ultimatum
1 Deep Analysis
1 Pain // Suffering
1 Profane Command
1 Rise // Fall
1 Slave of Bolas

1 Elder Mastery

1 Icy Manipulator
2 Obelisk of Grixis

1 Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker

The rares in this deck are Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker (holographic foil), Blazing SpecterDimir CutpurseProfane CommandUndermine, and Cruel Ultimatum.


  1. Monty Ashley. (February 22, 2011.) "Announcing Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Monty Ashley. (August 24, 2011.) "Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas Decklists", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Monty Ashley. (July 5, 2011.) "Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.

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