Act on Impulse


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Magic 2015 (M15) Uncommon

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Act on Impulse


Exile the top three cards of your library. Until end of turn, you may play cards exiled this way. (If you cast a spell this way, you still pay its costs. You can play a land this way only if you have an available land play remaining.)

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Act on Impulse Discussion

SynergyBuild on Dragonstorm

3 months ago

Dropping Howling Mine and Street Wraith would be smart, it makes the burn matchup unwinnable, and that isn't where you to be.

Uppping the land count by two and the last Vessel of Volatility should be good for mana. Act on Impulse and Tormenting Voice could be useful for and before combo turn.

Iamme10000 on Card creation challenge

4 months ago

Stubborn Memory


Whenever you discard a card, you may exile it. If you do, until your next end step, you may cast that card.


Not quite sure I understood the challenge, but eh. I can think of a red/black deck that would love this card, or even a red/blue spellslinger.

Red EDH doesn't have any card advantage. Make a good "Impulse Draw" for EDH players. (Act on Impulse is "Impulse Draw" Concentrate)

Phaetion on Looking for a more creative ...

10 months ago

For a bit of background, trying to find my identity as a player, I concluded that I'm a red player with an affinity for cards like Indomitable Creativty, Etali, Primal Storm, and Act on Impulse. So, I do want to embrace chaos to some degree, but not where others would groan.

I want to invest in the deck I choose, and I want to be able to keep it around for years. Problem is, I'm stuck on what to do (especially since Red is one of the worst colors for EDH). Branching into other colors is an option.

Which general best fits the description (and isn't linear), and where do I go from there? Thanks in advance.

Pieguy396 on Mono red card advantage

1 year ago

Yeah, that would make it much better. Act on Impulse is also a card, basically Red's Divination, and Tormenting Voice and Cathartic Reunion can both give you card selection if not card advantage.

ThirdOf5 on "This is what glory looks like"

1 year ago

cloudsol That's a really powerful combo I hadn't thought of! I'll throw it in for some testing this weekend!

burferking I have a couple of things that give that effect, namely Vance's Blasting Cannons  Flip, Sin Prodder, and Act on Impulse (as well as other draw effects in spells). I'm trying to not over-saturate the deck with draw abilities, because I'd prefer to be drawing more gas rather than more draw spells. Pyromancer's Gauntlet was a card I wasn't aware of, and will look at putting in!

Thanks for the suggestions guys!

Luciditycity on Chandra Desk - Cards I like

1 year ago

Hello! I like this collection of cards- mono-red can be really rewarding to play.If you were to make a deck based around the themes of Chandra, Phoenixes and Elementals, I have a few suggestions

Chandra's Phoenix is an awesome card that's very dependable since it has haste. Hellspark Elemental and its friend Hell's Thunder are also great, getting same turn value that you can bring back. The big Elementals in the deck are cool, but Battle Hymn is such a neat card that I would consider going for a more is better instead of bigger is better. I see a lot of synergy between Battle Hymn, Elemental Mastery, and Soulsurge Elemental. Young Pyromancer is also a crazy card. Awaken the Ancient is also neat for mono-red and for an Elemental Mastery play, but I would be hesitant to suggest Rockslide Elemental because you have no sacrifice outlets (and that doesn't seem a theme of the deck) and the card has no kind of protection aside from First Strike. Seems like a slow turn 3, but it could fit it in you'd generated a bunch of 1/1s I guess. Bloodlust Inciter is a personal favorite of mine and AEther Membrane is sick, too.

As for noncreature stuff, what sticks out to me is Abrade, Lightning Bolt (of course), Chandra's Outrage, Dance with Devils, Increasing Vengeance, Firebolt, Chandra's Ignition (if you include having enough big creatures)I think card drawing is very powerful in faster decks, so things like Act on Impulse and Faithless Looting can be nice. If you want more tempo mana throw in Pyretic Ritual too, and the whole deck could benefit from something with prowess.

TheRedGoat on Pattern Recognition #32 - Functional ...

1 year ago

Actually this article does make me wonder about newer cards like Act on Impulse, in regards to being very color specific in its effect, and whether or they can ever get functional reprints or colorshiftings of their own.

For that specific example it would be easy to believe that we'll never see it colorshifted, but I wonder what kind of conditions would be needed to get a functional reprint of it?

And what about other cards that don't strictly have color specific effects like Krosan Grip or Oblation or even Etherium Sculptor? I could see red getting its own etherium sculptor if we ever return to Kaladesh or Mirrodin. That or worse case red could get Dark Deal right?

TheRedGoat on Pattern Recognition #32 - Functional ...

1 year ago

I see. So besides I was thinking of the wrong card, some cards don't really need a functional reprint in order to be colorshifted. It wouldn't make sense to have a black draw spell that doesn't require a sacrifice of something, like life or creatures or the like, or in red's case to have some immediacy/cost of its own like with Cathartic Reunion or Act on Impulse right?

Which of course white can never get anything resembling concentrate because of its own aversion to drawing cards as an advantage. It would just as soon have the opposite effect as with Spirit of the Labyrinth and similar cards.

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