Chain Lightning

Chain Lightning

Sorcery

Chain Lightning deals 3 damage to target creature, planeswalker or player. Then that player or that creature's controller may pay . If the player does, he or she may copy this spell and may choose a new target for that copy.

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Set Rarity
Battlebond (BBD) Uncommon
Masterpiece Series: Amonkhet Invocations (AKHMPS) Common
Eternal Masters (EMA) Uncommon
Vintage Masters (VMA) Common
Premium Deck Series: Fire and Lightning (PFL) Common
Masters Edition III (ME3) Common
Legends (LEG) Common

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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Oldschool 93/94 Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Chain Lightning occurrence in decks from the last year

Legacy:

All decks: 0.45%

Chain Lightning Discussion

SMASHER101 on Help Me Reduce My Decks ...

3 weeks ago

It is literally the best card in that deck. A lot of the cards in there cost a lot and the only way you’ll ever live till the late game is if you add stuff like bolt and Chain Lightning cut the top end entirely and add in 4 Thing in the Ice  Flip as a finisher. Make the deck’s curve stop at 3, or four if you want cryptic command but I don’t think that you’d want it it’s like $20.

HelixSnapHelix on Ruhan of the Fomori (Jeskai Control)

3 months ago

I just cut Pyroclasm and Electrolyze after some discussion with a duel commander discord. Since I haven't played in a while, I asked them what changes seem reasonable with the changed meta. They convinced me it's less of a Pyroclasm meta these days after I was talking about possibly adding Flame Sweep . We will see how that goes. They tried convincing me that Path to Exile was bad, but idk. I made my case for it and it came down to the card being a meta call. I play against a lot more g/w variants than what a blind meta would be. Replaced them with Mana Tithe and Chain Lightning .

As far as the utility lands, I've tried all of those. I ended up cutting them all because I was screwed over too many times with colorless mana. It's a pretty mana intensive deck. I liked Slayers' Stronghold the most out of the four suggested lands though. I've won a few games by untapping Ruhan with Minamo when they forgot it existed a few times though. Feels amazing.

SMASHER101 on R/U Delver

5 months ago

-4 Gingerbrute +4 Faerie Miscreant Sometimes draws you a card and still has evasion. Haste on a 1 power creature isn't that great.

-4 Weaselback Redcap +4 Augur of Bolas Weaselback is a bad card augur is a premium 2 drop in the format.

-1 Mana Leak +1 Counterspell Counterspell is just strickly better if you can pay the UU cost which you will once you change the manabase.

-4 Izzet Guildgate +4 Evolving Wilds Shuffle is good for brainstorm but mainly it gets snow lands for skred.

-1 island -1 mountain +2 Terramorphic Expanse or Ash Barrens if you can afford it.

-4 Negate +4 Accumulated Knowledge You ideally have 8 real card advantage spells in 4 ninja and 4 accumulated knowledge. You can replace the ninjas with more cantrips to find draw spells but you need some draw.

-4 Opt -4 Thrill of Possibility -1 Chain Lightning -2 Shock +4 Preordain +4 Ponder +3 Brainstorm Uut with bad cantrips in with better ones and shock is just not good enough for pauper not even in burn. Chain lightning isn't BAD but it also isn't as good as Brainstorm

-4 Galvanic Blast +4 Skred Main reason to go red is for Skred .

Add snow lands for Skred and play only 2 Snow-Covered Mountain s and the rest in Snow-Covered Island s. My suggestions put you way more into blue. Snow covered lands are 50 cents each but worth it. 4 Ninja of the Deep Hours will run you around $7-$8 but if you have pauper events at your store I would sudgest "investing" in them because they will help you win. IF your store is just casual pauper then you may not want to bother with that.

heckproof on Lightning storm

7 months ago

Hey, just so you know: Chain Lightning is also not Modern legal. I’d recommend switching them out and running a playset of Skullcrack , which can help you kill your opponents through life gain.

Blue_Flame on Elemental Alzheimer’s

7 months ago

I think you could cut Lightning Strike or Shock for some number of Chain Lightning or Skewer the Critics .

theages on Gruul Morbid Aggro Burn

8 months ago

Okay so first of all: one drops of two different colors in pauper is really awkward. It should work out fine most of the time but I feel like it might turn some hands that would be auto wins if you can play your 1 drop into pretty bad hands. In fact, you can see how awkward it makes things by your mana base: if you had another red 1 drop instead of Young Wolf , you could probably get away with swapping 2 forests for 2 mountains.

I'm not a fan of Horned Kavu : it's a big pile of stats, sure, but it puts you behind on tempo and it leaves you very vulnerable to Snap which is a blue staple. I would much rather see a fourth Burning-Tree Emissary and another two drop like Nest Invader or Mogg War Marshal which would help you trigger Morbid. (As a side note, Blastoderm + Horned Kavu doesn't actually work because Blastoderm has shroud)

Speaking of Blastoderm , I'm not a big fan of it because it can't come down before turn 4, which is the turn you're either going to be overtaken by other aggro decks or the turn a control deck will start stabilizing so you need to have an explosive turn 4, which is the complete opposite of Blastoderm as it's just a big pile of stats with no real impact on the field.

Manamorphose isn't great either: it does basically say -1 card in your deck but the filtering doesn't seem very relevant when you could have more action in your deck. If you had a Thermo-Alchemist or a similar card in there, it would be alright but right now, I'd be more happy to see more Rancor .

Overall, I feel like this deck is a bit too slow. Here are some cards to consider to accelerate it: Vines of Vastwood , more Rancor , Nettle Sentinel if the deck veers green, Goblin Cohort and/or Mogg Conscripts , Goblin Bushwhacker if the deck goes wider, Hunger of the Howlpack , Porcelain Legionnaire , Vault Skirge if you have lots of pumps, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk , Savage Swipe if you mostly have 2-power creatures and maybe some more burn in the main like Chain Lightning and Reckless Abandon .

StardustDragon11 on On the Horizon

11 months ago

With Modern Horizons... on the Horizon, what cards would you like to see printed into Modern for the first time? What new cards would you like to see?

I love burn so it would make my heart soar to see Chain Lightning , Fireblast or Price of Progress become modern legal. I imagine that Fireblast has a next to 0 chance of being in the set while the other two seem likely. Chain Lightning might not be in the set but I am confident that Price of Progress will be. Such a lovely card and a wonderful weapon for mono red burn decks. It would give burn specific strategies some serious gas but wouldn't break the 0 mana rule or be another cheap spell for Phoenix and Delver decks.

As for original cards I would like to see a land at common that has the ability to tap, sacrifice and pay 1 life to fetch a basic land.

A card like that would dramatically change the price point for players playing modern and legacy decks that are a single color.

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