Hell's Thunder

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Speed vs. Cunning (DDN) Rare
Shards of Alara (ALA) Rare

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Hell's Thunder

Creature — Elemental

Flying, haste

At the beginning of the end step, sacrifice Hell's Thunder.

Unearth {4}{R} ({4}{R}: Return this card from your graveyard to the battlefield. It gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step or if it would leave the battlefield. Unearth only as a sorcery.)

Hell's Thunder Discussion

BlackyMTG on Great Ball of Fire

3 months ago

@M_Malcom I didn’t like Viashino Sandsprinter at first I just threw him in because he fit the theme, but the fact that I can cycle him, Unearth him, and get him back into my hand to cycle again or keep using as a beater is just too good to pass up. Maybe there’s another card Hell's Thunder can replace though.

M_Malcom on Great Ball of Fire

3 months ago

I’ve actually won an FNM with a green red version so their is promise. I’d play Hell's Thunder of sand sprinter. Bump in the Night can end a stalemate rather quickly.

Nyarlathothep on 8 ball modern

3 months ago

Literally posted my own rendition of the deck the same day. I'm incredibly happy that more people are tinkering with the raw power of recurring 'suicide' elementals.

I personally went for a more 'tribal-ish' take, with creatures like Flamekin Harbinger to tutor for the other elementals, Hellspark Elemental due to its natural recursion via its own Unearth ability and Hell's Thunder over Arc Runner due to it having a better chance to get the damage through thanks to it having flying. Also, 2x Assault Strobe for that turn 2 Assault Strobe + Lightning Skelemental + Unearth for 12 damage and making our opponent discard most of their hand.

Darth_Savage on Candy Cane

8 months ago

Guttersnipe in a burn deck... Yuck, new player often evaluate the goblin as an extra 2 damage when they cast every Lightning Bolt, that sounds good! It isn't, in a burn deck Guttersnipe does nothing the turn it comes into play, it is an awful top deck and probably the card I tell people to cut from their decks the most. If I want something at CMC 3 in burn (which I probably don't) I'd play Hell's Thunder or Ball Lightning , since your already in white, you could even use Monastery Mentor or Spark Trooper ...

You aren't running any card draw, so replace Shock with Thunderous Wrath , in a similar vein Searing Spear is ok, but Magma Jet lets you setup your draws... Hope this helps (apologies for the Guttersnipe rant, but the card is bad), have fun and good luck with your brew.

Darth_Savage on Decks for new players

8 months ago

SeekerofSecrets, you put Guttersnipe in the burn deck! Ugh, new player often evaluate the goblin as an extra 2 damage when they cast every Lightning Bolt, well that sounds good! It isn't, in a burn deck Guttersnipe does nothing the turn it comes into play, it is an awful top deck and probably the card I tell people to cut from their decks the most. If I want something at CMC 3 in burn (which I probably don't) I'd play Hell's Thunder or Ball Lightning...

I suppose as a learning experience it would be ok, still it's a bad card.

Darth_Savage on Anointed Procession Deck with Cats

8 months ago

I was using my phone last time, on a computer now, so:

I deliberately choose Converted Mana Cost (CMC) 3 for a reason. Modern being the format it is, this cost can sometimes be the most expensive cards in the deck. At this cost the card needs to have an impact on the board state.

Vampire Nighthawk, your more or less on the ball, it's a very good creature. The really good thing about it is it can stall the board state. Your opponent won't attack with their strongest creature if it can be blocked and killed by Nighthawk, so it can potentially buy you a turn, maybe you will even draw removal like Dismember.

Dissipate, is the answer you want to a card like Adorned Pouncer, it stops the cat entering the battlefield and it exiles it, so you can't eternalize it. at CMC 2, Dissipate would need a restriction or downside. At CMC 3, it might see some play, but most of the time Stubborn Denial, Spell Pierce or Mana Leak are good enough.

Bow of Nylea, does a lot of things, but none of them are that relevant. It's a card which is more interesting than it is good, but you could build a deck around it.

Guttersnipe, I included this as a trap. New player often evaluate the goblin as an extra 2 damage when they cast every Lightning Bolt, well that sounds good! It isn't, in a burn deck Guttersnipe does nothing the turn it comes into play, it is an awful top deck and probably the card I tell people to cut from their decks the most. If I want something at CMC 3 in burn (which I probably don't) I'd play Hell's Thunder or Ball Lightning.

Ghostway, I actually gave you a clue "re-trigger enters the battlefield", in context of your deck Regal Caracal would be bounced, then return to play creating 2 new cat tokens. Unfortunately it would also wipe out all of your existing tokens. "A token that has left play can’t come back into play. If such a token would return to play, it remains in its current zone instead. It ceases to exist the next time state-based effects are checked." A more relevant scenario for the card would be if your opponent is on 11 life and you have Siege Rhino, Geralf's Messenger and Gray Merchant of Asphodel in play. The combined power of those creatures is 9, so you can't kill your opponent this turn, until you draw Ghostway. The Rhino drains 3, Messenger 2 and Merchant 6, Ghostway wins you the game that turn, without you even needing to attack. A lot of creature have an "enters the battlefield" effect, Ghostway lets you abuse that.

Moving on...

Enlightened Tutor isn't modern legal as it has never been printed in a modern legal set. Idyllic Tutor, it is CMC 3, it doesn't effect the board state, finds Anointed Procession (which when you cast it next turn, also doesn't effect the board state), don't add Idyllic Tutor. Commune with the Gods digs 5 cards deep into your library and lets you choose a creature or enchantment, roughly speaking 60% of the time this will find Anointed Procession, but it also lets you find a creature, it gives you options depending on your board state at the time.

Darth_Savage on Rakdos, Draw Some Flames

8 months ago

Honestly I'd stay mono red unless you have a good reason not to. I'd convert this into a more classic burn list after that. Some substitutions that I'd make are:

Lightning Strike -> Magma Jet burn + scry at the same mana cost.

Wizard's Lightning -> Rift Bolt guaranteed one mana bolt, the wizard clause makes Lightning too fragile.

Ghitu Lavarunner -> Monastery Swiftspear one of the best creatures for a burn deck.

Goblin Chainwhirler -> Hell's Thunder or Ball Lightning burn wants to kill fast, a creature without haste is not what it wants.

Viashino Pyromancer -> Thunderous Wrath one mana for 5 damage is a pretty likely scenario here.

Sword-Point Diplomacy -> 2x Risk Factor 2x Pyroclasm or if you want to keep in black Drown in Sorrow mini board wipe, to clear the field.

Darth_Savage on RTFC

8 months ago

You might want to consider Barrage of Boulders, what it doesn't kill cant block if you have Combat Celebrant on the field. Dangerous Wager is a massive risk, it isn't even used in Hollow One, you have a low'ish curve maybe Magmatic Insight or go for the classics Faithless Looting and Cathartic Reunion. If you are feeling punishing you could also try Risk Factor, you don't have enough spells to leverage Bedlam Reveler, on that note, the same is probably true for Young Pyromancer. This deck might be better running something like Hell's Thunder, Thunderblust or Archwing Dragon. Anyway that is just some quick thoughts, I like the idea of this deck and somehow I missed Tilonalli's Skinshifter, which stikes me as interesting, so good luck with your brew and I hope this comment was of help.

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