Lightning Axe


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

jkrapian on Mardu Reanimator

3 hours ago

seraph1013 Thank you for the feedback. I was considering Cataclysmic Gearhulk, but I think it is strictly worse than the other two Gearhulks. I will change the Magma Spray to Fatal Push that is definitely a good call, but I need to start playtesting this deck before maindecking it and adding Cataclysmic Gearhulk. Anguished Unmaking has variation, so I am keeping it for now, but I may get run over by aggro is Fiery Temper and Lightning Axe are my only cheap removal spells. We will just have to see after playtesting.

I will post results on here after I build the deck in paper.

StopShot on Breya, Etherium C-C-Combo Breaker!

11 hours ago

If you had room for basic lands you could easily run the Scroll Rack + Land Tax card engine. Land Tax gives you three basics, scroll rack swaps those cards along with any other trash cards you don't like in your hand for new cards, and then Land Tax shuffles your library on your next turn so not only will you not draw into what you tucked away, but the process always repeats giving you the equivalent of an Ancestral Recall on all your turns.

There's also Bloodghast + Skullclamp. The fact you're running all 10 fetchlands means to some certainty you'll get two landfall triggers per turn or drawing 4 cards for 2 mana if you have skullclamp.

Honestly at this point you got your deck feels like its held down so tightly it almost looks impossible to suggest any ways in which to make improvements.

I noticed you're running Wheel of Fortune. I don't know if you've considered Reforge the Soul some time long ago, but considering you're running Vampiric Tutor, Mystical Tutor, Lim-Dul's Vault, and Imperial Seal with can-trips galore it would practically be Wheel of Fortune for 1 less or at the same cost but at instant speed given it miracle cost. Sure it slightly impacts Dark Confidant and ad nauseum but only by 2 damage more on the off-chance it gets top-decked in a 99-card deck.

Other spells I could probably throw at the wall to see what sticks would be, Fragmentize, Argivian Find, Abolish, Ideas Unbound, Lightning Axe, Day's Undoing, Long-Term Plans, Defense Grid, Swerve, Darkblast, (Specifically for dredging dead cards with Sensei's Top.) Painful Truths, Abrade, Shattering Spree, Ensnaring Bridge, Standstill, Surgical Extraction, Snuff Out, Vendetta, Pongify, Rapid Hybridization, Innocent Blood, Esper Charm, Kolaghan's Command, Reanimate, Maze of Ith, Arcane Denial, Apostle's Blessing, Shadow of Doubt, Impulse.

Sorry if none of that ended up being helpful to you. I tried covering a wide range of spells that would vary in their ability depending on how your meta is.

IlGuale on Trash for Treasure Deck

1 day ago

Thanks for your answers. Yeah, my bad, i forget every time about Protection rules. Going back to the main topic, as a removal i personally prefer Lightning Axe for its efficiency and Path to Exile is always worth considering when playing white. In the sideboard i was considering Shattering Spree or By Force (which may be better since it doesn't require only Red Mana) against affinity, with some additional boardwipe. A card that really catched my eyes is Fragmentize. It costs a single white mana and destroys everything, from Rest in Peace to Relic of Progenitus and almost any artifact or enchantment played in modern. I strongly suggest it.

IlGuale on Trash for Treasure Deck

1 day ago

Sorry if i am annoying, but i have to ask you how does Nahiri's Wrath work. Is it better than Lightning Axe? Does its CMC, equal to that of Trash for Treasure, "ruins" your mana curve?

StopShot on Alesha - Started From The Graveyard, Now We HUR!

1 day ago

I've been seeing a lot of Alesha decks due to that video. I've had my own for ages, so I can make a couple of recommendations to add more to this deck.

Lands: Geier Reach Sanitarium, good for putting creatures in the graveyard. Ash Barrens, I love this card, because it can color-fix for you and whatever color you choose you can have it enter the battlefield untapped meaning you can use it right away. Maze of Ith, Though it doesn't produce mana you can tap it to stop a big massive stompy creature from smashing into you or you can target your commander so once you've activated the attack trigger you can prevent any damage dealt to it if your opponents all have massive blockers.

Creatures: Big Game Hunter, Intrepid Hero since they remover creatures that are more massive than your commander. BGH works right away while IH given some time can become repeatable removal. Vulturous Aven can give you repeatable card draw. Grenzo, Havoc Raiser can cause shenanigans for your opponents forcing them to swing their massive stompy creatures at your other opponents causing forced trades or force their smaller important creatures into attacking into another opponent's massive blockers effectively killing it. He also provides some card value if you choose to exile cards instead. Balefire Liege also works in fiving your creatures a buff while messing with your opponent's life totals and increasing your own. Peacekeeper is also nice since it can keep your opponent's from attacking and is recurable.

Artifacts: Rakdos Signet, Orzhov Signet, Boros Signet, If you find yourself needing more ramp these can be very helpful. If you want another Goblin Bombardment I'd recommend Blasting Station, since most loops will return the creature after being sacrificed it will untap the Blasting Station so inifinite sacrifices are still possible with it. Noetic Scales Considering most of your creatures will be smaller than your opponents the scales will likely effect your opponents more causing them to bounce and recast their creatures, and it can remove potential blockers. So long as you have 3 or more cards in hand it will never backfire on you.

Enchantments: Animate Dead, Surprisingly you missed a combo. If Leonin Relic-Warder is in your graveyard and you have Goblin Bombardment on the battlefield you can use Animate Dead to bring back the Relic Warder. Relic Warder then exiles Animate Dead. Since Animate Dead leaves the battlefield a sacrifice trigger for the Leonin Relic Warder is put on the stack. While its on the stack and before the Leonin Relic Warder has been sacrificed you can instead sacrifice the relic warder with Goblin Bombardment dealing 1 damage to an opponent. Relic Warder leaves the battlefield returning Animate Dead back onto the battlefield from exile. You can then target the Leonin Relic Warder with it and repeat the process all over again. Dance of the Dead also works as an alternative to Animate Dead. Break Through the Line is utterly evil with Master of Cruelties since it can give him haste and you can give him unblockable before blockers are declared. Phyrexian Arena is also a helpful card since it can give you additional draws on each of your turns. Sinister Concoction allows you to discard a creature card while removing an opponent's creature.

Instants: Path to Exile is a handy creature removal spell. Vengeful Dreams is also a handy removal spell since it allows you to discard creature cards to exile your opponents attacking creatures. Lightning Axe can also allow you to discard a creature to remove a creature as well, but this time at any time. Anguished Unmaking, Chaos Warp, Both are handy permanent removal spells you can run in your colors. Abolish, this card can be a free-cost card if you have a Plains in hand since it can removal an opponents artifact or enchantment when they think you're tapped out. Argivian Find is also useful in case one of your opponents destroys one of your artifacts or enchantments you use in your combos you can return it back to your hand.

Sorceries: Buried Alive is a useful tutor that allows you to put any three of your creature cards from your library into your graveyard. Day of Judgment, Blasphemous Act, Chain Reaction, are all effective boardwipes you can use. Demonic Tutor is also a good tutor effect since it costs less than Diabolic Tutor. Gamble is another fun tutor spell to use and given your odds the more cards you have in hand the less chances it will force you to discard something important. Do or Die is another deliciously vicious card you can also use since it can cut your opponents boardstate in half.

Jmitch1296 on Goryo Rites

2 days ago

Love this list. First time I play tested I got the t3 ashen rider. One thing I would suggest would be a free sac outlet like Spawning Pit to protect against Path to Exile and other exiling effects since Lightning Axe is basically your only protection against that. There's also the fact that if you can't seem to find anything to kill Yosei it could be a frustrating game. Also consider putting in Angel of Despair for more destruction. It's not legendary so you can have more than one on the field to beat down with (although I realize that it does benefit your current creature's dying triggers)

sonnet666 on [List] The MTG Weapons Arsenal

4 days ago

Don't stop now. I believe in you!

xyr0s on Budget red Burn

5 days ago

ok, I'm going to do the boring thing here. erhm... hrm... you know, while creativity and innovation is great with magicdecks, occasionally, there's a reason everybody else is playing the same card in the same decktype. For example, it's very rare to see a modern deck with white in it, that doesn't run at least a few Path to Exile. This also goes for burn, where the calculation for which cards are good, is a bit simple: As much damage as possible pr. mana investment, in as few turns as possible. And that is why you see a lot of Lightning Bolt, Lava Spike, Searing Blaze, and Monastery Swiftspear in burn (actually, you get to see a full set of them in every modern burn deck). You don't see any chandras in those decks. Or Lightning Axes. In fact, burn decks are a bit boring (some say): They have creatures that are fast (that is: cost 1 mana and have haste) and deal damage, and they have spells that are cheap and deal damage. No card draw. No tutors. Nothing in the mainboard, that costs more than 2 mana.

Also, at 16 lands, you'll not even reliably hit your 3rd land by turn 3 - and playing anything that costs 5 mana will never really be an option. And with only 16 lands, what are you going to feed to your Molten Vortex?

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