Lava Spike


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

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Set Rarity
Ultimate Masters (UMA) Uncommon
Modern Masters (MMA) Common
Champions of Kamigawa (CHK) Common

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Lava Spike

Sorcery — Arcane

Lava Spike deals 3 damage to target player or planeswalker.

Lava Spike Discussion

Boza on $45 Broke Man's Burn Deck

1 week ago

I would probably not consider those 75 - this is incredibly slow. No Lava Spike even? Shrine of burning rage is severe tempo loss for not enough gain. You are playing 18 2 CMC burn spells, only searing blaze of which has any serious upside.

4x Incinerate
4x Lightning Strike
3x Magma Jet
4x Searing Blaze
3x Searing Spear
4x Keldon Marauders
4x Spark Elemental
3x Shrine of Burning Rage

Cut the following 29 cards. Add the following 29 cards:

4x shard volley
4x flame of keld
4x lava spike
4x light up the stage
4x skewer the critics
4x ash zealot
2x abbot of keral keep
3x zurgo, bellstriker

Either flame of keld or light up the stage has to be substituted by a 2 mana burn spell, but other than that, the list is better.

Dorotheus on $45 Broke Boi Burn

1 week ago

drop 1 or 2 lands and what about any of these in general?: Lava Spike , Rift Bolt , Skewer the Critics , Spark Elemental , Eidolon of the Great Revel , Light Up the Stage What of these is too expensive?
I understand going mono red because fetches and other lands are too expensive at least.

Phyras on Feather Redeems Boros in EDH [Primer]

1 week ago

What do you think about arcane spells ? I get it won't enter in your list since it require a lot of slot but melting Blessed Breath onto Crack the Earth or Lava Spike would open new roads for a Feather - arcane spell.

-Arcanity- on Burn in Hell

1 month ago

The core seems solid, but I do see some pretty obvious upgrades.

  • Lightning Strike (the card's power level simply isn't legacy playable) should be replaced with Lava Spike . It's a near-strict upgrade, as in a burn deck all you want to do is throw damage at the opponent's face anyways.

  • Icy Manipulator , at four mana, is wayyyyy too slow. Take it out. Do the same with Fireball , which is similar. the rate is too slow. You need 4 mana to deal three damage. There are plenty of ways to deal three for 1 mana. Now we have 5 free slots.

  • 24 lands is too much for a burn deck. That's midrange numbers. I would just run 18 lands, probably just 18 mountains. Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle comes in tapped, which really slows you down, and Rishadan Port doesn't make colored mana, which is a huge liability in a deck filled with one-mana spells. Take out six lands (now you'll have 18 lands and 11 free slots.)

  • using the 11 free slots, there are two paths:

1: add another copy of chain lightning (another 1 mana deal 3 spell, what's not to like?), 4x Rift Bolt (another 3 damage for 1) 4x Price of Progress (if usually deals at least 4-6 damage), another 2 Fireblast s (if you have one copy in hand, your opponent's life is virtually reduced by 4, since once they reach 4 life you can just kill them with it). Now, you can also go down the Winter Orb s and Black Vise s for 4 Skewer the Critics and 2 Light Up the Stage . This build is probably the strongest.

2: if you want a build that's more fun, like my list, you can remove the 4 skewers for another Vise and 3 Ankh of Mishra s. At that point, you could stop, but if you wanna go all in on the artifact plan like I did, you could remove Light Up the Stage for 2 Mishra's Bauble s. Now you're playing so many artifacts that you can support Shrapnel Blast which is extremely powerful. You can go up to three copies of it for some Rift Bolt s, Lava spikes, or chain lightnings - you decide.

fuster on When a MTG player drops a mixtape (Primer)

1 month ago

Palinvigator I haven't played in a while, but DNT seems worse because of the extra support cards and Recruiter of the Guard turning the deck into a toolbox-style strategy. Miracles seems a lot better due to the top ban, and 12 post still seems easy to shit on (The eldrazi variant seems difficult to beat though; despite us being able to exploit their manabase to our advantage with Price of Progress , they run Chalice of the Void and can quickly outclass our creatures). These are all just my initial thoughts from seeing these matchups on paper though, I haven't really played any constructed format except commander in over a year now, and I haven't had the chance to see if the matchups actually play out like I think they would on paper. Last time I sat down for a competitive Legacy event was towards the beginning of 2018, right before the DRS ban.

Despite my lack of playing, there's not much new stuff that has come out for this deck in the last few years. Heck, I would still probably keep most of the sideboard as it is since this deck is still bad against dredge/reanimator strategies, and the extra removal of Smash to Smithereens and Searing Blood is still highly relevant if DNT has gained meta presence. The only new card that I think is worth considering at this point is Skewer the Critics as a replacement for Lava Spike in the main, and if the prominence of combo decks like Belcher and storm have gone down as a result of the Probe ban, the only Sideboard change I'd make is swapping Mindbreak Trap for either more Searing cards or Shattering Spree (depending on if DNT or Eldrazi are more prevalent in your local meta).

Gameplay wise, I don't think much (if anything) has changed with how you're supposed to play the deck and the general order to play your cards to maximize efficiency with your deck in a blind meta has not changed at all.

I don't feel right trying to update the deck and matchups list when I haven't had the time in my life to sit down and play the game recently though. Without the game time, I couldn't do the updates any justice. My best suggestion is to just build a stock list and try out Skewer the Critics and get reps in at an FNM if one is available for you nearby. You'll learn a lot more about how to play against certain decks through gameplay as opposed to reading about how someone else would play a matchup on the internet.

heckproof on Burn

1 month ago

If you’re already splashing black for the sideboard, you could try Bump in the Night . It’s basically a Lava Spike that you can flash back.

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Lava Spike occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.34%

Red: 6.35%

Rakdos: 3.31%