YOU: I remove 9 counters, you lose the game. ME: In response.... YOU: what on earth can you do?! ME: In response, I cast Makeshift Mannequin, targetting my Platinum Angel which was discarded earlier. BUWAHAHAHA.. I rule!
Then again, look at Jace. He comes in for 3 mana and starts off at 3 loyalty counters. It takes 5 turns using the +2 ability to get him high enough to use his -10 ability and it only mills 20 cards... It should've been more cards.
Now if Nicol's -9 is something that silly such as "Target player loses the game", then I'd make a deck to bring him out extra early with Windbrisk Heights, use the Gilder Bairn in the process to immediately double his counters and use his ultimate on turn 5 or so... Now that would be a fun deck.
Imagine an opening hand such as this: Ornithopter x 3, Windbrisk Heights, Ponder, Island, Gilder Bairn. Turn 1: Island, Ornithopters, Ponder and place Plains top card and Nicol second card down and whatever for third card, draw the Plains. Turn 2: Windbrisk Heights with Nicol underneath. Turn 3: Plains, Attack with Ornithopters - Activate Windbrisk Heights, Play Nicol, Use +3 ability. Turn 4: Island, Gilder Bairn, Use +3 ability Turn 5: Island, Banishing Knack on Gilder Bairn, Tap Gilder Bairn and send something back, Untap and double Nicol's loyalty counters. -9 Win the game.
Ah... In an ideal world. And cross your fingers that a Boomerang or O-Ring doesn't spoil the play. This is also assuming that Nicol starts off at 1 or 2 loyalty. If it is more you won't even need Gilder to pull it off. Just sit back for two turns with Negates in your hand. Like I said... Fun deck.
WTF!!!!!!!!!!! maaaaaannnnnnn thats a GREAT card... problem is his price!!!!!
"With my right hand I strike with fury, I am red. with my left hand I trample with strength, I am green. With my mind I trick my enemies, I am blue. WIth my body I endure wars, I am white. Finally, with my heart, twisted and dark, which is my core and my soul... i'am Black"
Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker - 4UBBR +3: Destroy target noncreature permanent. -2: Gain control of target creature.
-9: Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker deals 7 damage to target player. That player discards seven cards, then sacrifices seven permanents.
5 (starting loyalty) Planeswalker - Bolas
hmmm... if only the casting cost was 1 less, then playable... not sure if he'll see play in standard he might fit in my planeswalker deck.. hehe.. otherwise i see him in block or limited tourneys only.