Ball Lightning


Format Legality
Pre-release 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
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Masters 25 (A25) None
Premium Deck Series: Fire and Lightning (PD2) Rare
2010 Core Set (M10) Rare
Masters Edition (MED) Common
Beatdown Box Set (BTD) Rare
Fifth Edition (5ED) Rare
Fourth Edition (4ED) 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

buckeyetron on CoCo Ball Breaker

6 days ago

i feel like i've seen an awful lot of these Collected Company/Ball Lightning/Groundbreaker decks since i posted mine a while back on another account. i had never seen anyone try that combination before that.

Ballzanya on The Game Changer

3 weeks ago

This deck needs to be called "Ballbreaker". Ball Lightning + Groundbreaker

pryoplasm on Blood Braid Balls

3 weeks ago

Not 100% on the Simian Spirit Guide, as it would help with explosive starts but is really something I wouldn't want to cascade into. The ramp package of Utopia Sprawl and Arbor Elf was thrown in later as a way to speed things up.

As for the 4 shocks, being able to hit triple red or triple green to hardcast a Ball Lightning or Groundbreaker is key.

Still considering different ramp, or pump spells. Evolutionary Leap is a nice cheap repeatable way to avoid getting nothing out of the sac at the end of turn triggers besides Fling.

DasTree on Mono-Red Burn Primer (Budget/Non-Budget)

1 month ago

Great deck. Been looking at modern for awhile now. And love burning to the face.

Would a Ball Lightning work to get around the leyline? It's , so turn 3 or 4. Too slow? But with haste and trample.

Ballzanya on Poverty wants some, luxury many, and avarice all

1 month ago

If you're looking for fast, but budget-friendly red and black creatures, i'd recommend Spike Jester, Hellspark Elemental, Legion Loyalist, Spark Elemental, Ball Lightning and Lightning Serpent. Definitely play Bloodsoaked Champion as well.

CWSchub on Ephemeral Forcemage

2 months ago

Hi there!

It looks like an interesting deck, but I find you have too many creatures. Your main beaters are Ball Lightning and Groundbreaker, so I'd try to find how to get maximum benefit from them. Max out on Fling, since you're going to sacrifice them anyway, might aswell make use of their sacrifice, another idea would be to try and find a Morbid effect that'll help you. I'd drop Goblin Guide and Hellspark Elemental and max out on Bloodbraid Elf, Ball Lightning and Groundbreaker. Drop Primal Forcemage, they're good, but if you had to choose which card to play, you should go for your beaters first since that's what makes them so good, they're fast. Definitely try Birds of Paradise, Manamorphose will thin out your deck and help with any mana issues. And some last suggestions would be Eternal Witness so you can repeat and drop Domri Rade for Collected Company.

xyr0s on Help building Bloodbraid elf burn ...

2 months ago

In spite of having more effect, Oracle of Mul Daya is not as good as Courser of Kruphix. It has a lot smaller body (dies to Lightning Bolt) and higher casting cost (can't be cascaded by Bloodbraid Elf).

I'm not really believing in mana dorks either - imagine cascading for something with impact, and coming up with Elvish Mystic. Not really what you'd want. Noble Hierarch at least has the exalted ability going for it, but its mana is off-color. Also, it has a pretty heavy pricetag, more than most fetch or shock lands.

Groundbreaker and Ball Lightning are probably really good in this deck. Perhaps Atarka's Command too, although it interacts poorly with cascade (it would resolve before your bloodbraid elf).

I don't think there's any reasonable way to get to play your top-library card for free. But just to get more card advantage, you could perhaps play Dire Fleet Daredevil - a lot of match-ups could really turn around on that one. In others it would probably be rather irrelevant and just wait to be boarded out.

I don't think you should play a passive card like Crown of Convergence; a scenario with plenty of creatures on your side, working magic on your topdeck is nice, but drawing it and playing it on an empty table is bad.

Lands: I forgot a couple of useful lands. Kessig Wolf Run and Treetop Village.

vasarto77 on Help building Bloodbraid elf burn ...

2 months ago

hmmm, Maybe I will give that a shot. I am sure I can expand on that a bit pretty easily. I got another deck that also has Bloodbraid Elf in it as well. I got most of the cards for it, but for the expensive lands creatures I have some substitutes in it. It's basically another red green modern which is my favorite combo next to green white that relies on Primal Forcemage and things like Ground Breaker and Ball Lightning etc. But this will be really good to try out as well. Plus, I think I got most of the cards in this already.

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