Gut Shot


Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Modern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Pauper Legal

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters 2015 Edition Common
New Phyrexia Uncommon

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Gut Shot


( can be paid with either or 2 life.)

Gut Shot deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

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Gut Shot Discussion

Whiskerbro on Red voltron

1 day ago

I agree with divinagon, running 4 Blood Crypt makes no sense. Really, nothing on the sideboard makes sense at all. You should probably always be running maindeck Apostle's Blessing, no reason to leave it on the side. Gut Shot also seems like an odd choice, as you're already playing red. You want targeted hate towards specific decks on the sideboard, not just random extra removal spells and the infect wincon. Again, I do think that if you want to play a deck like this, it would make more sense just to play Infect, maybe R/G infect if you really want those red pump spells, but U/G or G/B is probably better.

xyr0s on red blue control for the Dominus

4 days ago

Creatures: Waaaayyyy too many expensive creatures for modern. Glen Elendra Archmage? One, maybe, in the sideboard. Mainboard is only for faeries deck. Identity Thief Interesting card, but... again... costs 4 mana. And it's answered perfectly by Lightning Bolt. Jori En, Ruin Diver could actually be interesting in modern, but probably requires cheaper spells, to ensure that you trigger his ability every turn. With enough cheap burn (and cheap is Lightning Bolt, Lava Spike, and the like) you could get a weird draw-burn with Sygg, River Cutthroat. Fogwalkers ETB-ability could be ok, but it's ruined by the creature dealing very little damage when attacking. Dominus of Fealty costs 5 mana, and you have no way of ramping or making the game go long enough for you to reliably play 5 lands - and then it does nothing until your next upkeep. Powerful ability, though.

Spells: Mindswipe x-cost spells have never really become popular outside ramp-decks. The occasional Bonfire of the Damned, maybe, but otherwise not. In this case, you don't really get a burn spell, and up to 5 mana, Mana Leak is a better counterspell. Also, if you want to go with a prowess-like strategy, counterspells are a bit of a no-go.Izzet Charm and Turn//Burn are a bit of the same - it seems like you want both a burn and utility/counter-spell, and ends up paying overprice for any of them. It's not quite a Lightning Bolt, or quite a Mana Leak, or quite anything else.

Some of the cards suggested by GabeCubed are a little on the pricey side for a deck with a "budget" tag, but a lot of suggestions are good: Young Pyromancer, Vapor Snag, Gut Shot and Remand are great and cheap cards for this deck-type (that is: decks that use creatures with abilities that relate to instants and sorceries), just to mention a few.

FierceTierce on Red voltron

4 days ago

Gut Shot? Triggers prowess on your Swiftspear and +3 attack for your Kiln Fiend and clears tokens out of the way.

Maybe Apostle's Blessing in the sideboard for control decks that have early removal?

Postmortal_Pop on Custom Commander

2 weeks ago

W think a lot of people are missing the potential here, sure, a free fixer land is boring in commander but this is actually a creature too. At the very least, a WUBRG land commander would be a great voltron option. Epochalyptik pointed out the tapping is redundant, ability wise, but seeing as lands are colorless you would have to write it out if you wanted to use it with colors.

How about this?


Legendary Land Creature - Elemental

Landerson is all basic land types)

You may play Landerson from the Command Zone.

Players may spend colorless mana as though it's mana of any color.

Players may pay rather than pay the mana cost for spells you cast.


At first glance this could be really powerful, but it comes with some pros and cons that compensate. Right off the bat, It's basically Fist of Suns for free. While this is great, It won't give you any sort of advantage until turn 4 in a casual match and, at the same time, all the other players get the same advantage. The other half of the ability lets all players use colorless mana as colored mana. this basically turns all your Reliquary Towers into mana fixers, everybody again wins. However, always being able to play this turn 1 means you're free to play as many utility lands as you like. aside from sharing the ability, it also balances itself out by being incredibly easy to kill. it dies to Gut Shot, any form of land destruction, and comes with nothing to keep it alive. In honesty, the only real benefit is you don't have to pay commander tax beacuse you never cast it.

Herb48 on Jeskai Tempo Prowess (Possible Turn Three Win!)

2 weeks ago


I would love to make this deck more budget, but you sacrifice a bit of a competitive edge. The main thing is the mana base. You can get rid of a lot of the fetch lands and Cavern of Souls for some of the "buddy" lands such as Sulfur Falls and Glacial Fortress. Also the deck can be easily run without Snapcaster Mage, just replace with other creatures like Abbot of Keral Keep. Finally, Mishra's Bauble can be replaced with any 0 cost spell like Gut Shot.

Hope this helps!

Cheers :)

clayperce on Serious Ponza

3 weeks ago

Finally catching up on comments ...

Thanks so much! Beast Within is superb tech, but in my matches so far I've found it a dead card in hand a couple times, and I only VERY rarely want one in my opening hand. So 2x feels about right. I'll try it as a 3x at some point though, as I'm suspect that over time I'll find more value in it.

Anger of the Gods in sideboard is there mostly because I already had it, but I do like the Exile effect and also the low cost. A good point though, and I'll keep the idea of one more Bonfire in mind.

Great call on Shatterstorm ... I looked around and found I actually had an old Revised edition one!

I ran Gut Shot in UG Infect for a while, and found it underwhelming. It's another one I'll keep in mind though, as the meta shifts around.

Platinum Emperion is out for now for budget reasons. I'll probably try it sometime, but I've still got a TON to learn on the current list, so it may be a while! :-)

Thank you again, and I'll definitely post updates!

Thanks much for your comments on Beast Within, Shatterstorm, and Platinum Emperion; my initial thoughts are above.

I've been super-impressed with Primal Command actually. Seven Life plus a Tutor has saved my bacon WAY too many games to not want to keep it. Of course, if I had a different card in the slot, I might not have needed my bacon to be saved in the first place, so I'm keeping an open mind. But my first impressions have been that it's TOTALLY worth the mana.

Yeah, I like getting both destruction and ramp in the same package too much to consider removing a Mwonvuli Acid-Moss at this point.

I've only faced one Death's Shadow deck so far, but the hand disruption made my Land Destruction spells pretty much useless. I'd love to find out it's an easy match up though, as there are a bunch at my favorite LGS.

Thanks again!

Yeah, I'm a big fan of the toolbox approach (so far, anyways). Though I'm less a fan of spending 5 mana to get 2- and 4-CMC cards. I know sometimes you just HAVE to, but that doesn't mean I enjoy it! :-)

Funny you should mention Thrun, the Last Troll though ... I'm not sure where he's going to fit yet, but my matches so far have convinced me I want one somewhere in the 75 for sure.

Yeah, I have no idea where I'll put Big Robot if I ever add it to the deck. But I'm not inclined to pull any Stormbreath Dragons at this point either.

Thanks again, to all!

dankmim on super cheap burn deck

3 weeks ago

Sideboard Gut Shot?

Bovine073 on Serious Ponza

3 weeks ago

This looks excellent, just excellent.

Just a few suggestions/comments for you.

First off is Beast Within. This card, in my eyes, is too good simply not to play 4 of it. It just does everything. I high;y, highly, suggest running 4 (or at least three, remove an Acid-Moss I'd say?). Second is Anger in the sideboard, I'd suggest simply just running a 4th bonfire. Unless your meta has a dedicated dredge deck, you'll always want the bonfire over it imo. Glad to see you running Primal Command, I hope to see some real value against DS with it. Now, talking some more sideboard. I'd say one Shatterstorm has a place there instead of a grudge, just to help against affinity a bit more. Also, Gut Shot is another option which you can just use to kill mana dorks, because they are just really bad for this deck. However, I don't think it is as good anymore because of the drop of Infect-based strategies in Modern. Lastly, regarding the Emperion combo. It is basically "you win the game" against burn G1, and in any subsequent games if they don't bring in removal for it (or if they don't see it G1 or G2). But against basically any other deck, I don't see as much of a need for it. Overall, I would advise against running it, but that is just my own experience with it.

Sorry for the jumbled wall of text. Anyways, good luck and I hope you do well with the deck! Post some updates for me :P

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