Lightning Axe


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Heirloom Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Standard Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Shadows over Innistrad Uncommon
Time Spiral Common

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Lightning Axe


As an additional cost to play Lightning Axe, discard a card or pay .

Lightning Axe deals 5 damage to target creature.

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Lightning Axe Discussion

Argy on Weak in the knees

5 days ago

OK I've played around with this a bit and would suggest something like this:

2x Drana, Liberator of Malakir
2x Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
4x Soul-Scar Mage
4x Thermo-Alchemist
2x Voldaren Pariah  Flip

10x Mountain
4x Smoldering Marsh
8x Swamp
(it would make the mana more consistent if you added 4 Canyon Slough instead of 2 Mountains and 2 Swamps)

2x Abrade
4x Fiery Temper
4x Lightning Axe
4x Magma Spray

2x Diabolic Tutor
2x Incendiary Flow
2x Sweltering Suns

4x Nest of Scarabs

I agree that Outnumber is very situational. Incendiary Flow stops Lord of the Accursed from recurring.

You also need a Sideboard.

I would build something like this:

3x Grasp of Darkness - excellent against gods
4x Lay Bare the Heart - the only way to deal with Enchantments in these colours
4x Never / Return - killls Planeswalkers and big Creatures
2x Sweltering Suns - more board wipes
2x Unlicensed Disintegration - kills big Creatures, and the colours are easier to get than Murder, although you could use that instead

bobgar on Angel Reanimator Combo

6 days ago

Yea, its definitely not a competitive tier deck. I'd say very risky but also very fun.

A few removal, potentially Lightning Axe, could be slotted in over a few Golgari Thug or Tormenting Voice

Oloro_Magic on Weak in the knees

6 days ago

Honestly both cards are not needed in my opinion, the biggest downfall of Lightning Axe is it can only hit creatures (especially considering grixis control seems to be on the rise), and then Voldaren Pariah  Flip is often only going to be a 3/3 for three black which is already steep and not really worth it. I already don't think you have enough token generation and there are better options but if you feel you can reliably flip Pariah whenever you Lightning Axe and that you will always have Nest of Scarabs go for it, I just think you are betting on too much going right all at the same time, seeing how the earliest you could do this is turn 4, which in some matchups is too late. Basically you need one other way to create tokens, maybe even Call the Bloodline if you don't go with the frankly better Hapatra. Call the Bloodline would at the very least give you another way to discard.

Breazilianare on Weak in the knees

6 days ago

I was factoring the madness for Voldaren Pariah combo with Lightning Axe and the nest of scarbs getting 5 and tranforming pariah and and getting a free swing in to boot. of course soul scar mage as well and voracious null was more a side note wast sure between that and Ammit the eternal. And pariah can be a later stage play as well.

Asmodeo on Aggro and Discard served with Card Draw

1 week ago

First off, I like the deck.

Scondly:Some enchantment removal in the side for Rest in Peace that would impair both Bedlam Reveler and Spite of Mogis? Why not Lightning Axe? Sideboard Blood Moon is a good idea too. It seems that both Anger of the Gods and Pyroclasm in the side are a little too much AOE. Also, I would switch Forked Bolt for Wild Slash or some other Lightning Bolt - like spell.

Finally, I suggest the splash in green for Noose Constrictor and Become Immense. (N.B.: I take this suggesiton for a standard deck I built back than, if it can help you:

...Hope this was of some help, Good luck developing and playtesting it.

PANDASrevenge on One with nothing jank aggro

1 week ago

Gearhead93 thank you for your comment, i really like your suggestions. Bloodhall Priest is definitely going to be in the main board, maybe replacing a very situational Hollow One. and we can only hope that Collective Brutality goes down a bit after cycling out of standard (even though its played throughout the format). i looked at it and loved it, but shuddered at the price, definitely an include if i stop being a cheap bastard but that doesn't look like any time soon. I really like your other suggestions as bloodrage is basically a lesser goyf, and Lightning Axe can help with bigger creatures, axe will probably be in the sideboard and brawler i will try to slip into the main somehow. thank you for your contributions.

Gearhead93 on One with nothing jank aggro

1 week ago

Maybe add Bloodrage Brawler, Collective Brutality or Lightning Axe to keep pressure on your opponent while still pitching cards, though I understand if brutality is too costly. Perhaps just include some madness cards like Fiery Temper, or Bloodhall Priest?

Really like this though. A really fresh idea with what I think is a good amount of potential.

abenz419 on Sideboard help please

1 week ago

nah, that would be impossible to cast with only 2 red sources in the whole deck and it'd be harder to cast than flashing back Kozilek's Return which does the same amount of damage. The only indestructible creature really is Hazoret the Fervent and I can tap her down with the deep-fiend as I clear the rest of the board. But that leaves me in the same position of trying not to take too much damage early so I can stabilize in the midgame.

There is one of the zombie decks that uses The Scarab God who is a big problem. He dies to the sweepers, but, he can exile creature cards from my graveyard in response to me activating them. Which makes me have to cast deep-fiend at awkward times like in my end step so I can get around The Scarab God end of turn trigger for a turn without him being able to spend the mana from the lands I'm tapping on getting rid of my recursion. It also means I don't get full value from my deep-fiends because he gets to immediately untap. I think I'm going to try replacing the 2x Lightning Axe with a Hour of Glory and a Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet and give that some testing. I really need something that can exile and Kalitas seems like a solid option the more I think about it. Being a creature I can return him from the graveyard with Grapple with the Past if he gets milled over early on and I can tutor for him with Traverse the Ulvenwald later in the game. Thanks for the help and suggestions.

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