Light Up the Stage


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

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Set Rarity
Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) Uncommon
Promo Set (000) Uncommon

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Light Up the Stage


Spectacle (You may cast this spell for its spectacle cost rather than its mana cost if an opponent lost life this turn.)

Exile the top two cards of your library. Until the end of your next turn, you may play those cards.

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Light Up the Stage Discussion

Akromathia on The Unblockables

4 hours ago

Oh yes! And I forgot! Check the mana base! The average cmc of your deck is just 2.03, which is pretty low, might be no point on running 24 lands.

Experiment with 22 lands and see how it goes, my bet is that you will not feel any difference (specially with Curious Obsession feeding you cards every turn), and this could open more space to maybe get in Light Up the Stage which could help to accelerate the deck even more.

Have a good day :D

zapyourtumor on Gutter Control

22 hours ago

This is actually an interesting idea. I don't really play much standard, but I think this has potential. Although it is a bit slow and tends to whittle down your opponents very slowly, all of the hand control will make it very hard for your opponent to win. The Light Up the Stage type cards also work very well, since you can usually cast most of the spells. I suggest adding Skewer the Critics instead of Vicious Rumors .

rippinstrider on The Born Modern

23 hours ago

I recommend Light Up the Stage . Great card draw in red.

GioMontanari on 20 Bolts and More - Mono Red Budget deck

1 day ago

Squirrelbacon I made the change between Faithless Looting and Fiery Temper with Lava Spike and Light Up the Stage and it was really good advice.

I tried Bomat Courier but I find myself every time in the situation where I have good cards in the hand and so I left in exile the cards under Bomat. It was a little frustrating so I stop playing it. But I'm open to suggestion on how to play bomat better.

cgomes on Akiri-Bruse (RW) Aggro-Control

1 week ago

@duffman24, thanks for dropping by. Those are two very interesting suggestions. I've tested one of them-- Experimental Frenzy --in another deck (my mono-red Grenzo list) and it was just okay. It's definitely not as good as Outpost Siege . In addition to a skewed mana curve, frenzy will only shine when we have access to top deck manipulation, like a sensei or scroll rack. We cannot play multiple lands per turn, too, and that's often a problem with frenzy (you play a land and then there's another land, so you're forced to pass). There's another card, Stolen Strategy , that does something somewhat similar to Outpost Siege . At first glance, that card seems to be much better than outpost and frenzy but in practice, it's actually pretty mediocre. The problem is that more likely than not, you'll exile lands, and you cannot cast lands, and when it's not lands, you'll likely exile some irrelevant spell from your opponents. Of course, the value of such a card will scale with the quality of the decks that you are playing against, but so far, my experience with it tells me that it's actuall worse than frenzy and much worse than outpost. In the same vein, there's a new card called Light Up the Stage that I've tested extensively and is really, really good in aggro lists. I've removed ascendancy to find a space for it--that's how good Light Up the Stage is. (I've updated the list to reflect that change.)

Now, let's talk about Smothering Tithe . The card ramps like crazy because no one ever pays for it (unless 1v1'ing or 2v1'ing) and has pretty good synergy with Akiri (each treasure is a +1/+0). That said, unless you have a reliable way of spending the mana it generates, the card is only okay. Say, if our commanders had an activated ability like Thrasios, Triton Hero , this card would be very good because it would allow us to use the mana to generate card advantage. However, that's not the case and this makes me very reluctant to play smothering tithe here. I've no doubt that frenzy takes precedence over smothering tithe in any boros list. Our main issue is card advantage and we need all the help we can get to generate card advantage, not necessarily ramp. However, it also works pretty well with jokulhaups, so that might be something to consider. I guess I'll have to test it at some point.

Squirrelbacon on Purge the heretics 2.2

1 week ago

I know that it was also suggested above, but with the meta changing some and the graveyard decks being silly right now, I think a few things could be changed for relatively inexpensive.


Sweeper--> With how the meta is right now, I feel that Volcanic Fallout isn't exactely what we're looking for here. Maybe instead we look at Pyroclasm now, since it's significantly cheaper than the others. Personally, I think that Anger of the Gods is your best bet since it exiles threats... Arclight Phoenix and Dredge are a real thing.

Flex--> 4 Wear / Tear seems excessive, but if it works for you keep at it. I'd also recommend graveyard hate. It can be as cheap as Tormod's Crypt or Relic of Progenitus , to slightly more expensive in Rest in Peace to the silly cards like Surgical Extraction or Leyline of the Void

Also, I agree with above that Abrade is a real card. I love seeing Abrade in almost all matchups.


Have you thought about going more burn-y?

Rift Bolt --> Just another 3 damage to the face. Feels decent.

Light Up the Stage --> Much better with spells than with creatures, but if the curve is low enough it's basically -draw two cards.

Eidolon of the Great Revel --> Probably will hurt them more than it will hurt you. That's why burn plays them as a 4 of. Plus, storm just makes a frowny face at the spirit dude.

This is all just ideas and my personal opinions so if you have any questions about my ideas please ask! I know you're on a budget, so I tried to keep the options pretty friendly overall. Have fun!

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Light Up the Stage occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%


All decks: 0.17%

Red: 3.69%


All decks: 0.39%

Red: 6.17%

Rakdos: 3.09%