Nicol Bolas in Conflux

Posted in Feature on April 7, 2009

By Wizards of the Coast

Have you noticed Nicol Bolas in Conflux?

Wait. That's a little confusing. Obviously you've noticed that Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker is in the set Conflux. But how about Nicol Bolas, the character, in Conflux, the card?


Yep, that's Bolas's claw, all right. Here's the art description that went out to Karl Kopinski:

This is an abstract piece. The dragon Nicol Bolas has dreamed of the day when the shards of Alara would collide and generate massive, five-color magical power, all for him. This spell represents the realization of that dream. One way you might illustrate this is to show the claw of Bolas about to clamp down over a sphere composed of five small "comets," one per color (white, blue, black, red, green), that are orbiting each other against a cloudy gray void.

The sketch that came back was nearly perfect:

Conflux initial sketch by Karl Kopinski

After trimming an extraneous talon from the claw and rearranging things slightly, the final version was ready:

Conflux final art by Karl Kopinski

Latest Feature Articles


March 18, 2019

Challenger Decks 2019 by, Donald Smith

Challenger Decks will be available April 12, 2019, and will have an MSRP of $29.99 (only applies to the United States). These decks will be available worldwide in English, with Japanese a...

Learn More


March 8, 2019

A Closer Look at the Stained-Glass Planeswalkers by, Chris Gleeson

Did you see the War of the Spark teaser? It's great, right? With the rain and the somber music and all those candles. And those gorgeous stained-glass Planeswalkers! They're kind of hard...

Learn More



Feature Archive

Consult the archives for more articles!

See All

We use cookies on this site to personalize content and ads, provide social media features and analyze web traffic. By clicking YES, you are consenting for us to set cookies. (Learn more about cookies)

No, I want to find out more