Lava Spike

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

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Modern Masters Common
Champions of Kamigawa Common

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Lava Spike

Sorcery — Arcane

Lava Spike deals 3 damage to target player.

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Lava Spike Discussion

LoneCrusader399 on Red Lightning

4 days ago

Young Pyromancer seems better than either of the vampires in this deck and you should play all 4 copies.

I'd also get rid of the enchantments and play more burn spells like Lava Spike, Searing Blaze and Searing Blood. This will all play better with a full play set of Guttersnipes and Young Pyromancers.

Since you're mono-red, I would recommend one enchantment; Blood Moon. You should also have Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle in the deck.

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.

Firebones675 on Control player's RDW attempt

1 week ago

With burn, you really want the game to over as soon as possible as the longer it goes on, the less likely you are to win. As a result a lot of burn/aggressive decks have a curve that ends at 3-4. Zealous Conscripts is a nice effect but 5 mana is a bit more than you'd want.

If you want cards similar to lightning bolt, Chain Lightning (not modern legal), Rift Bolt and Lava Spike do a good impression.

Eidolon of the Great Revel is a card that often is a 3 or 4 of in burn. Yeah it hurts you a lot, but for aggressive decks, you either win before your opponent can react, or they stabilize and you lose. As a result your own life total doesn't matter as much. Oftentimes your opponent is forced to spend a removal spell on it causing them to take damage and losing a removal spell for one of your other creatures, and allows you to keep playing without taking damage off of it.

Assuming you keep it causal and not modern, one card i strongly think you should try to pick up a copy of is Sulfuric Vortex. If your opponent can't deal with it, you put them on a clock which gets sped up by all the other cards in your deck. Seeing as how one of the better ways to survive the initial onslaught from a burn/aggressive deck is to gain life, the second line comes in handy as well. Like eidolon, your life total doesnt matter too much

I'd cut the war-names, and conscripts to make room for some of these cards as they are pretty inefficient.

Goblin Wardriver is also worth considering removal as most blocking creatures, kill him so by the time you start attacking with him, he might not be able to do so safely. Rakdos Cackler and Zurgo Bellstriker suffer a similar problem bt not as bad seeing as how they come down turn 1. I still might replace a few of them with a 1 mana deal 3 damage spell.

sylvannos on How many colors for a ...

1 week ago

There's actually a lot of benefits to playing a mono-color deck in Modern. The main thing is you're basically immune to Blood Moon and Ghost Quarter. The other benefit is you're not using a bunch of life from using fetch lands and shocks.

It's also helpful for your budget. There's a lot of effective, mono-color decks that can be built for dirt cheap. If you're just jumping into the format, it can be a great way to acquire packs/prizes while taking your time to understand what kind of long-term decks you'd like to build.

Here is a Mono-Green Infect deck. The main cost is from Inkmoth Nexus. You can build the deck on a budget for around $30 to $50. The best part? You get to kill people on turn 3.

Here you can find a fairly inexpensive Skred Red decklist. Blood Moon and Chandra, Torch of Defiance aren't essential to the list, although they help a lot. You can also build Skred Red as more of an aggro/burn deck. You basically lower your mana costs and go with Lava Spikes, Rift Bolts, Skullcrack, Monastery Swiftspear, etc. You still get to nuke people for a bunch of damage by casting Skred on a Boros Reckoner.

The last suggestion I'd make is Mono-Green Devotion.

There's a full list of budget decks over at MtG Goldfish that are really useful.

Wurmlover on Boros burn

1 week ago

you have too many lands. cut a few and Blasphemous Act for Lava Spike. try out Eidolon of the Great Revel too

Vergil_Redgrail on Eidolon Burrrn

2 weeks ago

You have the power of the Internet at your fingertips. You could just search for a burn deck. Rift Bolt, Lava Spike, Goblin Guide. Those are all staples.

wbrannan98 on Chandra let it burn

2 weeks ago

Have you thought about Vexing Devil, Rift Bolt, or Lava Spike

frogkill45 on BluBur

3 weeks ago

any deck with graveyard hate Rest in Peace , Grafdigger's Cage , Scavenging Ooze will give you problems. Death's Shadow decks might also give you a problem since they can easily outgrow your damage spells but that makes them very vulnerable to just damage spells to face.

Leyline of Sanctity will slow you down. Eldrazi decks have some big dudes on turn 2/3 that dont die to bolt.

your deck might be to slow to fight tron decks, you need a good aggro creature on one turn 1 or 2.Monastery Swiftspear or Kiln Fiend can help with that but they need evasion to be successful. With only a few creatures in your deck a planeswalker like Liliana of the Veil or Gideon Jura might be hard to remove if not dealt with fast enough. the new Cryptic Serpent might also be very good for his price, same with Bedlam Reveler

couple more things to try and add Serum Visions, Slip Through Space if you decide to add more creatures that dont have flying. Spell Pierce instead of mana leak might be good aswell. Schismotivate should be replaced by Assault Strobe in the main slot. Rift Bolt is less effective with Pyromancer Ascension than Lava Spike since you dont have to wait a turn for it to hit if suspended and casting it for 3 to copy it once is helpful.

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