Direct Current


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Guilds of Ravnica (GRN) Common

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Direct Current


Direct Current deals 2 damage to target creature, player or planeswalker.

Jump-start (You may cast this card from your graveyard by discarding a card in addition to paying it other costs. Then exile this card.)

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Direct Current Discussion

UpperDeckerTaco on Jeskai Ral's Expansion

4 months ago

Play Sinister Sabotage instead of Cancel . Also, what is Direct Current doing in the sideboard? Wouldn't Fiery Cannonade work better? Also, no Lightning Strike or Lava Coil ?

Gameguy39 on Izzet Drakes Ultra Budget

6 months ago

Instead of using the Pteramander , I would highly recommend using Goblin Electromancer . It will make your cards cost less so that they can be used more readily. If you are going for budget and are using more expensive versions of better cards, then using Electromancer really helps with casting them during the game. I have used Pteramander many times and every time I use him it is too slow for my liking.

There is also a card I have been liking called Depose / Deploy . It has a nice effect in tapping a creature if you need it, and there is no need to splash another color with the hybrid mana. Plus it draws you a card and gives you 1 tick for your drakes.

If you want to make sure that you have enough tempo in order to last into the late game, you may want to take a look at Murmuring Mystic . He has a nice ability, though he does have a pretty high CMC. I have found that he is a very good sideboard card against token decks.

If you use Goblin Electromancer , you will almost always have a wizard on the field. You want him to be in your starting hand so you can play him turn two, so if you decide to go that route I would take a look at Wizard's Retort and Wizard's Lightning . They both cost significantly less with a wizard on the board, but they also cost less with electromancer in general.

As far as straight up damage goes, you have the obvious Lightning Strike , which would just be the same as a lightning bolt if you have the Electromancer. If you are looking for something more though, you can look at Direct Current . Little harder to cast because of the two red symbols, but it also has Jump-Start, so you can cast it again from the graveyard. Firecannon Blast Is essentially the same, but it has that raid trigger to do 6 damage instead if you attack (which you will be). Fight with Fire also gives you more options, as you can either choose to deal 5 damage to a creature or kick it to deal 10 wherever you want.

As far as drawing cards so that you can get your instants and sorceries into the graveyard and your drakes on the field, one of the best budget ones that I have found is Chemister's Insight . It also has the jump-start ability so you can use it again. Radical Idea is basically a smaller version of that. Warlord's Fury is a low CMC card that will draw you a card and also give all your things first strike. I found it helpful sometimes, but not enough to keep it in my deck. Something like Arrester's Admonition could also be useful with it sending a creature back to its owner's hand, but I have not tested it enough to know if it is super viable.

The version of the drake deck that I play can be found at Draken' My Bacon. I tend to run a more aggro version of the drake deck that focuses on getting the drakes out as soon as possible and casting as many spells as I can. I also have all of the expensive cards vs the non-expensive ones, but I only got that over time. I started out where you are with a budget version.

hollylight56 on

6 months ago

I would recommend 4 copies of Ghitu Lavarunner instead of the Spear Spewer . It gives you another set of wizards for Wizard's Lightning and can deal twice as much damage considering all your sorceries. Shock costs a third of the price of Direct Current , so you can fit it into your curve much easier, though you will lose that possible second casting.

xaarvaxus on First EDH

6 months ago

Guild Summit won't do much in this deck as you only have 1 guildgate in the deck. Outpost Siege , while getting you cards you can cast from exile, isn't technically drawing them so doesn't trigger your commander's ability.

Brainstorm is card draw that pretty much becomes Lightning Bolt as well with this commander.

Cards like Direct Current and Bombard are not great removal in the EDH format as too much of what you want to remove is way too big for that minimal damage. If you want to keep a bolt effect, Bombard should become Spit Flame because you could potentially recur it by casting your commander or one of the handful of dragons you have in the 99.

Some EDH removal staples include: Chaos Warp , Pongify , Rapid Hybridization and Reality Shift for targeted removal and you will also want a couple of boardwipes such as Blasphemous Act , Hour of Devastation , Earthquake or Chain Reaction .

I'd cut some of the creatures like Leapfrog to go with more instants and sorceries to take advantage of your commander's last line of text. Expansion / Explosion is one I'd strongly consider.

Some cards that work with all versions of Niv: Basilisk Collar and Gorgon Flail to give his pinging ability deathtouch for boardcontrol and Curiosity is a superior engine for him.

And considering his casting cost, I'd look to add a Gilded Lotus to the deck as you could easily get stuck with not having enough of one of your colors.

triproberts12 on

8 months ago

The first thing you're going to want to do is add a LOT more land. If you do the math, your land count is the equivalent of a 60-card deck running 13 lands. I would expect to see minimum 35 lands in any commander deck, and it's more typical to see 37-39, especially since you're built so much around your commander and need to get to 6 mana before your deck does much. I would watch SaffronOlive's video on the 3 biggest deck building mistakes here. Next, I would check out the EDHREC page for your commander here to see how most people are building their decks, although starting with the UR page, just so you get a feel for the staples in that color pairing, since I don't see stuff . If you toggle the budget tab on the upper right of the page, it will give you more options that are similar to the price of the cards you've already included. The second most important thing I would think about, after the land count, is what cards scale up well to a game with multiple opponents starting at 40 life that are running larger threats. It's unlikely you'll impact the board much with a card like Direct Current , since most of the meaningful creatures in Commander have over 2 toughness, and two-for-one'ing yourself and using up your whole turn to get rid of something with 4 toughness will leave you behind very quickly. In terms of your Skullclamp plan, it's a cool one. I would add in Fabricate and Trinket Mage to make sure you find it in a singleton deck.

Poaralion on Third Degree Burn

8 months ago

"ggwpezwin" means "Good game well played easy win", just a joke. If Experimental Frenzy is on the battlefield, you probably win the game.

Also, you don't have any wizard for Wizard's Lightning ! It's really bad then. You could add 4xGhitu Lavarunner and 4xViashino Pyromancer and go down -2xBanefire -2xRisk Factor and -4xDirect Current. Something like this ?

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