Light Up the Stage

Light Up the Stage

Sorcery

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

Light Up the Stage occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Modern:

All decks: 0.17%

Red: 3.69%

Standard:

All decks: 0.39%

Red: 6.17%

Rakdos: 3.09%

Light Up the Stage Discussion

Profet93 on Norin, Tries to Win

1 hour ago

Hedron Archive - You have no ramp aside from Lotus bloom (which takes 3 turns) and sol ring, so more ramp is definitely needed. I think mindstone and this should be added because it can/will be used for card draw once you put your hand on the field. Having ramp also makes it more likely that you can cast cards from....

Ignite the Future and Light Up the Stage - There is always a chance you might exile a higher CMC card and be unable to pay for it, but keep in mind they both read until the end of your next turn, so it is much more flexible than other red "draw" spells.

Etali, Primal Storm- I get that, thats a real concern sometimes. As such, you might want to consider Inferno Titan instead. I just think Etali is great because he has won me several games and is a kill on sight card usually. Plus, it fits the idea of chaos so well.

Sunbird's Invocation - Perhaps meta dependent then? This is another kill on sight card for me as the value is too strong. But without that much ramp, it becomes hard to abuse, so you might be right.

Impending Disaster - Doesn't serve your gameplan, just makes people hate you

Molten Vortex - Given we are cutting lands, and even otherwise, this card is subpar

Pandemonium - In my experience, opponents always abuse this more than you. Living death, green beats, etc... Too much of a double edged sword

Shifting Shadow - Cool removal, but can backfire heavily. It might be nice, but I wouldn't run it personally.

Task Mage Assembly - Without enough ramp, this isn't good. Especially when your opponents can abuse it more than you

Vicious Shadows - If sunbirds is too slow, then this probably is too

Forgotten Cave - Bad land

Great Furnace - see above

Darksteel Citadel - see above

Springjack Pasture - see above

Brimstone Mage - Way too slow!

Squee, the Immortal - I dont see the purpose of this aside from skullclamp?

Workshop Assistant - Not enough artifacts to be justified

Crystal Chimes - Not enough enchantments

Lotus Bloom - If hedron is too slow, so is this

Storm Cauldron - You dont have any mana rocks/dorks to offset this. This just makes people hate you

Teferi's Puzzle Box - Doesn't actually net you card advantage

Uba Mask - I get this and puzzle box are supposed to be random and "mess" opponents up, but you need to further your own game plan first before adding room for "fun cards" that don't do anything useful

Indomitable Creativity - Too random, another red polymorph can seriously backfire.

Jerakin on Norin, Tries to Win

4 hours ago

Thank you so much for your comment Profet93! Super helpful :)

Your first point about lowering land counts and dropping Molten Vortex for a few draw engine sounds like a superb idea!

A lot of cool sugestions will give you my thoughts about them!

Draw Ideas

  1. Endless Atlas A great one, that I even have a copy of, I see no reason not to add it :)
  2. Hedron Archive Not sure sure about this one, it seems a bit expensive at 4 mana. It looks like it would be more used as ramp than draw no?
  3. Humble Defector This sounds like a fun one! Can even steal it back with Confusion in the Ranks even without Homeward Path (which have some anti-synergy with Confusion). Will definitely pick it up.
  4. Ignite the Future/Light Up the Stage are very interesting cards, but I would be afraid not to be able to cast what ever I exile or for it to be lands, would need access to at least 8 mana to be able to cast it, feels a bit too slow. Not super sold on these two :)
  5. Mind's Eye Expensive as you say but will be worth it if the game will drag on, will be looking to picking this one up together with the Honor-Worn Shaku
  6. Solemn Simulacrum have a few of these laying around, not sure why I never put one it. Will do it until I find something to replace it with. :)
  7. Wheel of Fortune/Wheel of Fate/Reforge the Soul/Magus of the Wheel, of Fortune is not within my price range, it is almost as much as the rest of the deck combined. I might pick the Magus of the Wheel however as a cheap alternative.

Ramp

  1. Curse of Opulence Such a evil card! A lot of my group either play decks that benefit a lot from ramp or who need a lot of mana. So I fear this would help them more than me, I will definitely put it on my list to pick it up if I see one cheap though. Cause I do want to try it.
  2. Dockside Extortionist Strong card! But unfortunately a bit to expensive, will put it on my "buy on a bargain" list though!
  3. Mind Stone will put in this one, like it more than the Hedron Archive as you can drop it a lot faster.
  4. Ruby Medallion Neat, will be looking to picking one up
  5. Sword of the Animist That's true! It basically reads "Pay 2, Put a land from your library into the battlefield tapped", will be looking to adding this one too for sure!

Utility

  1. Tough one, $15 is about what I am prepared to put down on a single card, if it isn't a win con or simply a "must have", I wouldn't say this is either but it is strong and versatile so will probably pick it up if I can.
  2. Etali, Primal Storm Aww, I just bought this guy for my Xenagos' Dudes goes Face deck where he can get instant value, maybe I should have picked up two of them. My fear here is that it's can be a bit too slow to have to wait another turn to be able to attack with it.
  3. Sunbird's Invocation Insane card. At the point I can put this down the game is either over or would be over in a few turns. Most of the cards in the deck needs a few turns to actually do something so even though this card is insane it might be too late?
  4. Sensei's Divining Top Love this card so much, but unfortunately a bit too expensive. It's on the "Get it on a bargain" list :)
  5. Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle It's also a bit too much to put on a card that is only going to ping for 3. If I had a few more ways to put out lands each turn it could be worth the 20$

Removal

  1. Chain Reaction Good idea, will replace it when I find one
  2. Nevinyrral's Disk Will be looking to pick one up!
  3. Blast Zone Looks to be a bit slow? Will pick one up anyhow and test run it
  4. Terror of the Peaks Yeah, wanted this in Norin as soon as I saw it. It have been dropping in price in my local market so will be looking to picking a couple up for my decks soon.

Again thank you so much for your comment, it have been super helpful.

I am super interested in hearing your thoughts about cuts to the deck. Like what you think is too weak or doesn't fit. :)

jakeyuki12 on Red white goblins

1 day ago

Seeing that goblins really like you to just dump your whole hand on board, red's wheel effects (Wheel of Fortune, Reforge the Soul, Magus of the Wheel) or red's impulsive draw (Light Up the Stage, Ignite the Future, Outpost Siege) could work well.

Mentor of the Meek could work with all the small gobos, but it might also dilute your strategy.

Profet93 on Norin, Tries to Win

1 day ago

Why isn't Norin listed as your commander? In any case, I have a couple ideas...

Molten Vortex - I get the concept behind this card with your high land count, but rather hope to draw this card as you are flooding your deck with a high land count and less draw, why not increase your draw and lower your land count a bit? This way, you are less reliant upon top decking and card find an easier time to maintain gas in the mid-late game. Draw ideas are as follows...

  1. Endless Atlas - Comes down early, cheap to use, only 2nd to tome of legends but very worthwhile nevertheless

  2. Hedron Archive - Acts as ramp when you need it and card draw when you don't. Pretty useful

  3. Humble Defector - Underrated card, politics and card draw that comes down early. Bonus points if you add in a Homeward Path

  4. Ignite the Future/Light Up the Stage - Unlike cathartic reunion which provides virtual card advantage by giving you a better choice of cards, ignite the future provides actual card advantage. Plus, flashing it back is nice when you have ran out of gas. Light up the stage is nice, especially in your build which focuses on little damage accumulating since it can be played even cheaper. Both are highly recommended.

  5. Mind's Eye -While expensive to cast, helps ensure gas in mid-late game. Goes well with Honor-Worn Shaku which should also be added as a strictly better wornpowerstone in this deck, because with Norin + Eye + Shaku, you can tap Norin each upkeep to untap Shake and use it to fuel mind's eye for card draw. Not to mention tapping down purphorous and your planeswalker to ramp feels good too

  6. Solemn Simulacrum - Not necessary but a good staple in most mono red/white builds given it provides you with what you need, card draw and ramp.

  7. Wheel of Fortune/Wheel of Fate/Reforge the Soul/Magus of the Wheel - Wheels help bring card draw, mess with opposing tutors and are chaotic as well.

Now that we have discussed card draw, it is time to help you ramp out your goals more quickly....

  1. Curse of Opulence - Politics, and ramp with Norin that can start as early as T3. Very helpful. Don't forget, you can use the treasure tokens it makes with goblin welder to bring back an artifact!

  2. Dockside Extortionist - Comes down early, makes lots of mana, very powerful card especially in the right meta. Highly recommended.

  3. Mind Stone - Ramp when you need it, card draw when you don't. Its a baby hedron archive

  4. Ruby Medallion - Ramp, plain and simple

  5. Sword of the Animist - Imagine Norin with the sword attacking and then running away to get a land. Very fun!

There is more ramp but this should be a decent help given your CMC is low enough already despite the chaos cards, especially for a Norin build! Kudos to that! Now let's discuss some utility...

  1. Chandra, Torch of Defiance - Ramp, removal, draw and wincon all in 1. Don't sleep on this card

  2. Etali, Primal Storm - What chaos deck doesn't love the chaos dino? It can be a wincon on its own!

  3. Sunbird's Invocation - This card reads, if you don't destroy me, I win in the next few turns. The amount of value this card brings is insane

  4. Sensei's Divining Top - Top deck filter and a rare draw when you need to dig a little deeper.

  5. Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle - Highly recommended with all of your mountains

Lastly we should discuss removal....

  1. Chain Reaction > Storm's Wrath - There are usually many creatures in EDH and this just destroys them all instead of the weaker ones.

  2. Nevinyrral's Disk - I see no way for you to deal with enchantments, having one reset button is crucial in case things get out of hand.

  3. Blast Zone - Another option to deal with enchantments or pesky permanents that fits its way into the land base

  4. Terror of the Peaks - Newest addition to any Norin deck. Synergy and power blended together at a fair CMC.

I have other suggestions and ideas for cuts should you wish. Be sure to let me know what you think of each suggestion. Looking forward to your response.

Omniscience_is_life on Dragon Tribal Help

3 days ago

Light Up the Stage is good since you should be getting a bunch of damage through with your flying evasion, Avaricious Dragon is a dragon and "draws cards", what more could you want? Bonders' Enclave will almost always be online with all the big baddies you'll be playing, and Combustible Gearhulk might just burn someone out if you hit a huge CMC dragon with it, or just draw you the cards.

hope this helps!

StopShot on Red card draw and how ...

6 days ago

Thrill of Possibility, Light Up the Stage, Destructive Digger. In recent years the color red has become more and more engrossed with the concept of drawing cards perhaps more than any other color outside of blue. To some it may feel like a break in the color pie while others see it as boon for formats like commander. It's apparent that a balance needs to be struck so that red card draw remains an inferior counterpart to card draw of blue, but even so I do feel there are ways in which pre-existing card advantage could be improved upon to be more flexible.

((TL;DR - In this thread I'll present various red cards that offer card advantage, briefly describe the pros and cons and then offer a future-shifted variant of the card if that particular card draw mechanic were to ever be improved upon.))


Discard a card, Draw two cards.

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While there are many, many various other forms of this manner of red card draw it can be safe to say this is probably red's favorite form of card advantage. Effectively these cards typically read as, "this card and another card in your hand have cycling." as cards such these don't aim to increase the number of cards in your hand, but to simply take a chance at improving the cards in your hand. There are other benefits too such as purposely wanting to put certain cards in your graveyard to accrue additional value. However, because these cards never increase the number of cards in hand, running out of cards in hand is a real problem that can nullify this type of card advantage until your next draw step. It's also important to note that you can even risk throwing away a so-so card for worse cards in return. Cards like these also make themselves easy targets to get 2-for-1'd by counter spells.

Adjusted.

Flexibility. While it may not be the most astounding of changes it does lend the player more choices when playing the game. If your hand is weak you can draw two cards and if your hand is strong you can draw one card instead. This card even makes itself useful if it’s the only card in hand. If I were to further improve upon this card I might add, "This spell can't be countered by spells and abilities" but that might be too much text for a common card. I could have also just given this card cycling instead, but that might make the card harder to put in non-cycling sets. It too, would also expand the amount of text on the card if you consider reminder text.


Repeatable Rummaging Ruffians.

When it comes to discard-draw on creatures there's a myriad of different ways it can be triggered or activated, but the common factor amongst them all is the exchange rate of one card discarded per one card drawn. Despite this the pros and cons to these creatures work much like their instant and sorcery counterparts. Their abilities won't work if you have no cards in hand nor do they actually ever increase the number of cards in hand. They simply provide any given card in your hand cycling. One additional issue however is these creatures can sometimes take a full turn cycle before they can use their effects unless if you give them haste.

Adjusted.

First of all, Card B is meant to be an improvement of Rummaging Goblin though the same concept wouldn't be too hard to apply to cards such as Academy Raider or Reckless Racer. At first, I thought slapping haste onto these creatures would suffice enough, however; giving them an ETB rummage seemed more creative as you achieve the same end except if you have some extraneous source that provides haste you'd be able to double the effect just for the turn it comes in. As for the ability, I've maintained the same one card discarded per one card drawn ratio just in a more roundabout way. Essentially by activating the creature ability not only do you get a rummage, but you practically get your next draw step a turn earlier. Card parity is maintained as the second card discarded will be the one you will never draw on your next turn. As impatient as red is this seemed on point to me. I also believe this ability works better on permanents than instants and sorceries as its easier to remember to skip your draw step when you go to untap the permanent that caused it the following turn.


Exile, Execute, Extinguish.

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Discard-Draw isn't the only avenue red gets its card advantage. Exiling cards off the top of the library is practically no different than drawing the cards, except your opponents can see what's drawn and the cards have an expiration date, so it’s better to cast them fast. While this method may be even closer in theme to pure card draw its faults can make it more of an unpopular choice than the discard-draw route. The issue itself boils down to mana and speed. Red's most explosive in the early game, but in the early game mana is limited. If you have to cast a three mana card that exiles multiple cards that you can only cast for that turn the overall CMC of that spell is going to cost you in the 5 to 7 mana range and that's if your deck is built low to the ground which makes the effect horribly impractical in red's color theme. In order to fix the issue lots of liberties need to be made in order to make the effect practical on red's level such as making the exiled cards last until the end of your next turn and making the exile spell cost one mana like with Light Up the Stage. This sets up obnoxiously tight standards to meet when designing practical cards that utilize this effect. Not only that but you don't get to choose which cards are exiled whereas discard-draw gives you some choice as to what gets put in the graveyard. Furthermore, some cards create value when put into the graveyard, unlike the exile zone.

Adjusted.

Choices. Instead of exiling two cards off the top of the library, two cards are drawn followed by exiling any two cards from the hand. Because the player can choose which cards get exiled, cards can only be cast from exile instead of being played. The difference is spells are treated as usual, but lands can no longer be played from exile. Lands are the easiest cards to play, thus not being able to play them from exile puts more weight on what cards you choose to put into exile. The card advantage effect was inspired by Faithless Looting. (That is if Faithless Looting was fixed and didn't allow you to dump busted cards into the graveyard.) As for the duration of how long cards can be cast from exile I also wanted to leave that up to choice. Red likes to attack a lot so an attack restriction impacts red more than any other color as you may have to choose between tempo or card advantage. While additionally putting a blocking restriction may seem weird it's important to note that if you choose not attack with your creatures they'll remain untapped which may make your opponent uncomfortable with attacking. Because your opponent can see what's in exile they too can try to force a choice out of you to their advantage. As I see it the cards in exile are pretty much treated as though they have Mardu Blazebringer's ability which is what has inspired this duration effect.


All or Nothing.

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Special shoutout to Bedlam Reveler. Similar to discarding a card to draw a card, this form of card draw instead works by discarding your entire hand just to draw two or three cards, because red is sometimes extreme like that. The main benefit to running these effects is if you’re able to use up all your cards naturally you won’t have a hand when one of these effects hit the table. Under this scenario you’d be drawing two or three cards with no strings attached which would be pretty good. The issue is playing without a hand means you can’t carry removal spells and it can make your plays all the more predictable for your opponent to counteract. It may also be difficult to use up all the cards in your hand in a speedy manner meaning it won’t be until much later in the game that you can fully utilize your draw effect. Given all the previous draw effects can be used much earlier in the game with little consequence this particular form of card draw seems to be not worth the inclusion unless it comes stapled onto a huge creature you can cheat out for two mana. With that said I’d like to create an improved form of Dangerous Wager. Back when this card was printed its only competitor was Wild Guess. (and Faithless Looting.) These two cards were roughly on equal power level to one another with their strengths balancing out, but now that Thrill of Possibility has been printed recently Dangerous Wager hardly has any benefits over it. This begs the question, how could Dangerous Wager be designed today to compete with Thrill of Possibility or Cathartic Reunion?

Adjusted.

Dangerous Wager was the type of card you probably wouldn't cast turn 2 or turn 3 as you would risk major card disadvantage for very little pay off. In essence you'd want to play the card much later in the game where the pay off was either equal or advantageous. Just like Dangerous Wager, this card was constructed under the same mindset to be cast more preferably towards the later half of the game. The upside is if you have one or two cards in hand when this spell is cast you're guaranteed of keeping the cards. This provides the benefit of gaining better card advantage over Thrill of Possibility yet bearing the downside of not being able to cast it as early in the game.


Speaking of Random.

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"Random" is a fickle word. It's all fun and games when the word random is forced on your opponents, but the word quickly loses it novelty when its applied to the caster. It's hard to picture many scenarios where any of these cards provide outstanding value. If you cast them with no cards in hand you're practically casting a cantrip that also self-mills you. Maybe with a full hand you could call it a free mulligan, but the only times I'd want to mulligan is if my hand has all lands or all spells. In either scenario you're probably not casting this card anyway. Perhaps if random was less random it could serve as a better free mulligan card?

Adjusted.

Yes, its a bit of a word wall. The effect is simple so perhaps someone can come up with a cleaner way to shorten up the text? Essentially this is a draw three cards, then discard two cards at random. Except in this case you exile three cards at random, but you get to keep the one you like the most. Basically if there's one card you absolutely don't want to lose to the random effect, then you're guaranteed to keep it through this process. This makes the random process less random yet still beyond the caster's full control. I also chose to make the excluded cards go to the bottom of the library instead of the graveyard. The reason for this is to prevent the card from being too similar to Faithless Looting which is banned in Modern and to make it more similar to scrying or the card Fire Prophecy. Another interesting thing to note about this custom card is if you have no cards in hand this card becomes Anticipate but in red. Please keep in mind though that having no cards in hand is a pretty strong drawback as this card for the most part will be much less reliable than it if you have cards in hand.


Who Needs Lands Anyway?

Special shoutout to Countryside Crusher. Red really likes land destruction, so why not draw cards off of destroying your own lands? This effect is probably the most inconsistent out of all the red draw effects. While the concept is solid, getting it to work in practice largely seems to be a work in progress. I suppose the blue standard for this type of effect is best represented by Trade Routes and Compulsive Research interestingly enough.

Adjusted.

Since Tectonic Reformation is a red version of Trade Routes I thought I would make a red version of Compulsive Research as the card doesn't seem like too much of a stretch for red to imitate. While Card F may seem very simple for a rare, I think drawing three cards at instant speed would be pretty strong. Unlike Compulsive Research your discard payment option is limited to discarding the land card only, and you have to discard the land card first before you can even draw any cards. (With Compulsive Research you'd likely draw into the land card you'd discard anyway.) Making this card cost two more mana to draw one more additional card from Magmatic Insight also seems to align well too I think.


Closing Remarks

Anyway, that's about all I had planned. I did want to make a card to represent the Wheel of Fortune cycle consisting of Wheel of Fortune, Wheel of Fate and Magus of the Wheel but that effect is so incredibly strong that I can't really think of a reasonable way to nerf it while still having it be practical in a two player game. If I do think of something I'll probably add a Card G to this thread. Regardless, do you think any cards are too strong or too weak? What card would you really want to see be included into the game?

Profet93 on The Chaotic Coward

1 week ago

I'll try to keep my suggestions budget

Chaos Warp - Permanent removal

Dualcaster Mage - Value

Etali, Primal Storm - Powerhouse that works with the chaos theme

Flametongue Kavu - Removal the creature

Genesis Chamber - Army of Myrder

Hedron Archive > Sissay's Ring

Ignite the Future - Card Advantage

Inferno Titan - Burn them all

Light Up the Stage - Card Advantage

Outpost Siege - Card advantage when you need it, removal when you dont

Solemn Simulacrum - Ramp and card advantage

Tome of Legends - BEST CARD IN THE DECK. IF YOU ADD ANYTHING, ADD THIS!!!

Volcanic Offering - Removal and politics at instant speed, very useful

Nevinyrral's Disk - Wipe that deals with enchantments

Sunbird's Invocation - Card advantage. This sticking around means you usually win in a few turns with all of the value if you build your deck correctly

Iron_eye2 on For Assholes Only 3: THE TRIGGERING

1 week ago

Have you considered adding Lava Dart for a strong finish and Light Up the Stage for extra gas? Love the deck otherwise

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