Lightning Axe


Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Heirloom Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Shadows over Innistrad (SOI) Uncommon
Time Spiral (TSP) 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

Nathanaiel on Modern Emerge with primer

1 week ago

What are your thoughts on Lightning Axe? Seems like a solid removal spell with a relatively large upside for this deck. I understand it is less versatile than, say, Kolaghan's Command, but with the amount of 1- or 2-ofs in this deck, I feel that maybe a 4x Lightning Axe sort of deals with what a lot of these cards aim to be doing..

Catalog9000 on Card creation challenge

1 week ago

So there is Lava Axe, right?

And a step up is Lightning Axe, requiring either a cost of or discarding a card.

Next logical step would be...

Hellfire Axe


As an additional cost, you may pay 2 life. If you do, you may cast Hellfire Axe as though it has Flash.

Hellfire Axe deals 3 damage to you and 5 damage to target creature or Planeswalker.

The fires of Hell burn more than just flesh. They burn the soul of the ones attempting to conjure them from their raging pits.

So we go from a high-cost card to a low-cost card if you lose card advantage, down to a low-cost card that maintains card advantage if you're willing to take a hit against your own life total.

I'm sure there are some decks this can find it's way into easily (Cough Soulfire Grand Master, Firesong and Sunspeaker cough cough). However, I'm not entirely certain I did this right so I'm offering up the same challenge.

Make a vertical or horizontal cycle for a card that should have already been a cycle, or a card that helps complete one.

ulmo on Mega Budget/Casual Vampire Madness

1 month ago

looks well worth the 25 bucks! I'd suggest replacing your Bloodmad Vampires with an additional Lightning Axe, Vampire Nighthawk, Stromkirk Captain, and Ravenous Bloodseeker. First strike and deathtouch is a very powerful combo.

Raremeeet on Returning player looking for optimization ...

1 month ago

Hey guys I'm new to the forum and returning to Magic from a long break. The last set that came out before I gave it up was the Urzas set.

Anyways, out of boredom I started playing magic duels on my Xbox and then reconnected with some of my old friends who still play magic. I'd like to get a paper version of the my favorite deck from duels but am so out of touch with the game I'm not even sure what's out there. The format is pretty casual, but from what I can tell most of the decks my friends use would likely fall into modern format, but there are also some really old cards too, so im pretty flexible as far as sets I can use. Lastly I'd like to keep this fairly budget, I like the game but am not sure I'm ready to sink real money into it yet... and yes I realize that means the the liliana in the deck list has to come out.

The main thing I like about this deck is the interaction between the ruthless snipers, the various discard enablers and the madness mechanic. So I'm hoping you all could make some suggestions to take further advantage of that. I realize some cards in there aren't great but they're what i have available on the video game.

2 Cryptbreaker, 3 Ruthless Sniper, 2 Sanitarium Skeleton, 2 Lightning Axe, 3 Furyblade Vampire, 2 Call the Bloodline, 2 Macabre Waltz, 1 avacyn's judgement, 2 Distemper of the Blood, 3 Bloodmad Vampire, 1 Olivia, Mobilized for War, 4 firey temper , 1 Liliana, the Last Hope, 1 Avaricious Dragon, 2 Bloodhall Priest, 2 Merciless Javelineer, 1 Biting Rain, 1 Cut / Ribbons, 2 Horror of the Broken Lands, 1 Incorrigible Youth,

9 swamp, 9 mountain, 2 Dragonskull Summit, 2 Geier Reach Sanitarium,

StopShot on Kitchen Table Alesha

1 month ago

Lightning Axe, Sinister Concoction, and Vengeful Dreams.

Budget, cheap removal, and gets stuff in the graveyard easily.

0b1ivi0nwa1k3r on Red Rush

1 month ago

xyr0s i had mentioned Lightning Axe because it is a great madnees card and seems like DanTheBear is going with a madness theme, but Lightning Axe by no means should replace Lightning Bolt, Lava Spike, Rift Bolt, or Searing Blaze in a burn deck. I would put Fiery Temper in before i put Lightning Axe in.

Also DanTheBear i see that you have put Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle in your "Maybe" section i would suggest that you dont put it in your deck. Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle is a great card when it is in the right deck Mono Red burn is not that deck it works great in Titan Shift because there are cards in that deck the put more mountains on the battle field. Having Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle in a burn deck means you would have to wait untill turn 6 for it to deal damage which if you havent won by turn 4 with burn you have lost.

All in all i like the improvements you have made i would still like to see Kiln Fiend in place of Ember-Eye Wolf though.

xyr0s on Red Rush

1 month ago

Lightning Axe... not a very good card in a burn deck, since it can only target creatures. The madness enabler is nice though, but it's still a lot better to shoot at opponents face than at creatures. All the burn spells in your sideboard would fit better with this slot, for various reasons.

And yes, 5 damage to a creature is a lot. Only problem is, that if you get into a face-punching contest on removing each others creatures, you'll lose (any opponent willing to do so has ways to draw ahead either on removal or on creatures). It gets even worse if you don't draw any anything with madness. Then you literally spend 2 cards to get rid of 1. From what I've heard, the general rule is to avoid 2-for-1's in opponents favor :)

0b1ivi0nwa1k3r on Red Rush

1 month ago

I meant to say Lightning Axe instead of Lava Axe

Also Fiery Temper is a card to consider if you are going the madness route

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