Ball Lightning


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Masters 25 (A25) Rare
Premium Deck Series: Fire and Lightning (PFL) Rare
2010 Core Set (M10) Rare
Masters Edition (MED) Common
Beatdown Box Set (BTD) Rare
Fifth Edition (5ED) Rare
Fourth Edition (4ED) Rare
4th Edition Foreign Black Border (4EDFBB) Rare
The Dark (DRK) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Ball Lightning

Creature — Elemental

Trample (If this creature would deal enough damage to its blockers to destroy them, you may have it deal the rest of its damage to defending player or planeswalker.)

Haste (This creature can attack and as soon as it comes under your control.)

At the beginning of the end step, sacrifice Ball Lightning.

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Ball Lightning Discussion

Funkydiscogod on Suggest cards to go with ...

4 days ago

Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive can make it and other Ball Lightning critters unblockable.

ZorrosRage on Suggest cards to go with ...

5 days ago

Possible use Ball Lightning also

Rhadamanthus on Could Tilonalli's Skinshifter survive turning ...

3 weeks ago

Unfortunately this doesn't work because they don't do their end-of-turn things at the same time. Tilonalli's Skinshifter will still be a Ball Lightning when it's time for the sacrifice ability to trigger and you aren't given a choice otherwise.

The End Phase of each turn has two separate steps: the end step and the cleanup step. Ball Lightning's ability triggers at the beginning of the end step, as it says. However, "this turn" and "until end of turn" effects wear off during the cleanup step, i.e. after the end step has already happened (the game needs to have these separate steps in order to make certain rules and mechanics work properly).

So in your example both the original Ball Lightning and the Tilonalli's Skinshifter who's pretending to be a Ball Lightning will have the "sacrifice Ball Lightning" ability trigger at the beginning of the end step. They'll both get sacrificed before the game moves on to the cleanup step.

cdkime on Could Tilonalli's Skinshifter survive turning ...

3 weeks ago

This will not work.

The Ending Phase is broken into two steps - End Step and Cleanup Step (R. 512.1). The End Step occurs first.

Ball Lightning's effect triggers at the beginning of the end step; Tilonalli's Skinshifter's ability wears off the "end of turn", and such "end of turn" abilities end during the second part of the cleanup step (Rule 514.2).

As such, the End Step trigger from Ball Lightning will both trigger and resolve before the Cleanup Step begins and Tilonalli's Skinshifter reverts to its original form.

Russ1981 on Could Tilonalli's Skinshifter survive turning ...

3 weeks ago

If I turn Tilonalli's Skinshifter into a Ball Lightning, since both of their triggers happen at the end of the turn, can I stack the Tilonnali's Skinshifter's ability to shift back before Ball Lightning's sacrifice requirement triggers?

cdkime on Lt. Unicorn, Commander

3 weeks ago

Inserting myself into the conversation because I'm a big fan of Banding. To answer your question Bokamoso, yes, you could assign all damage to the Thermal Glider, even though it has protection.

Let's take two examples using Ball Lightning.

Example 1: You block Ball Lightning with Thermal Glider and nothing else. Ball Lightning's controller assigns two damage to the Thermal Glider, and one damage to the defending player due to trample. Thermal Glider does not actually take damage.

Example 2: You block Ball Lightning with Thermal Glider and Benalish Hero. As the defending player controlling a creature with banding, you get to determine how damage is assigned. You can assign all three damage to Thermal Glider, not only protecting your creatures from harm, but completely negating trample.

That's a pretty important point that has not been mentioned yet--Banding provides a complete defence to enemy creatures with Trample.

michales on BURN!!!

2 months ago

cdkime. OUT: cards in maybeboard☆ IN: Shard Volley, Ball Lightning, Incinerate, Assault Strobe..☆ IN SIDEBOARD: Smash to Smithereens What do you think?

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