Lightning Axe

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Heirloom Legal
Vintage Legal
Frontier Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Magic Duels Legal
1v1 Commander 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

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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

Barrons_Jericho on Hazoret, Lightning Bender

1 month ago

Atroxreaper Thanks for the suggestion Consuming Fervor does sounds nice, I'll probably take out the 2 Flameblade Adept maybe 2 Lightning Axe

Lowenstein on The Best Way to Cheat 5+ Mana T1 (The Toasty One)

1 month ago

I disagree about Harvest Pyre. For me 2 mana is tough, and I don't want to be exiling a ton of cards from my graveyard. Lightning Axe helps my aid the graveyard, and I mainly like it for Goyfs and Eldrazi that a bolt won't take care of.

Xica on The Best Way to Cheat 5+ Mana T1 (The Toasty One)

1 month ago

In general i found chalice (and decks playing it) easier to beat than death and taxes.

For one, on the back of T2 blood moon i also get free wins against them, and there is also a precendent of demigods that i milled early stealing the game.

Death and taxes however is terrible to play against.
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben makes Hollow One unplayable, and more importantly punishes keeping hands that are low on lands as its hard to loot for them once she is on the field.
Meanwhile Leonin Arbiter in wasteland mode can easily mean game over.(And once thalia is on the field its hard to do much about him - before the lands are gone)


P.s.: Harvest Pyre is better than Lightning Axe, since early game bolt tends to be enough, and due to the looting, it can kill anything that dies to damage.
(if its possible to run it alongside Gurmag Angler)

Xica on Is Humans a real deck?

2 months ago

shadow63
Saying that the deck is bad because it folds to Blood Moon,
Is like saying that dredge is bad because it folds to Rest in Peace
(Not to mention that Blood Moon "kicks in the balls" most 3 color decks, and no one is going around crying rivers about how bad those are...)

Blood Moon decks are not a thing because they lack great removal.
Skred is too slow, Lightning Bolt is not really a removal spell...
And with the stupid Death's Shadow deck running all around, its likely that they fetch out that single swamp with the 8+ fetches, before you could play one of your 4 Blood Moons

As soon as proper red (creature) removal is printed, decks built around Blood Moon will become a viable strategy.
Still that would need to be something like a Lightning Axe with a lot more damage (lets say 13), and a mechanism that prevents abuse with Boros Reckoner, or makes it not worth it.
(like a clause for preventing all non combat damage to players until end of turn)

n0bunga on Tibalt's dredge

2 months ago

Highly disagree regarding Burning Inquiry; it absolutely should be here. Forcing an opponent to discard at random can be brutal, especially when in theory you aren't to worry about what you discard.

A few suggestions though: I've a similar deck:

  • That Demigod does have no place here, as JeskaiM4n said. I've found the Dredge outlet with Scourge Devil to be far more impactful, especially when stacked with all the creatures that are being reanimated. You do need to keep in mind that this is Dredge at the end of the day, with the cute interactions of Tibalt and Burning Inquiry. There's a reason why Dredge doesn't play them, but that doesn't mean there should be a reason why we don't run Dredge staples.

  • Conflagrate just is devastating here. You can cast it where X is 0, then just pitch your hand for the flashback. Also has far more synergy than a regular Bolt.

  • Thoughtseize and Inquisition are definitely powerful cards, but please don't use those to target yourself. Those are the worst applications of those cards especially when you'd be taking damage from Thoughtseize just to discard. You may as well run One with Nothing at this point. I would reserve those to sideboard slots since you do want to extract whatever your opponent may have sided in against GY based decks.

  • You genuinely are better off using Faithless Looting Cathartic Reunion and Lightning Axe as they all encourage your discarding of what you want to bring back.

Take a look at my list if you'd like!

https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/804869#paper

mathijsderouck on Barbie Doll

2 months ago

okay, everyone plays the way he wants.

in my opinion you are focussing to much on the stalling to make stuffy work, i think you should do more damage that can be put on stuffy if you want to keep it in, both in this as in your non-budget deck.

that's the reason why i play Shivan Meteor, Furnace of Rath and Lightning Axe in my stuffy-deck.

it is possible to win the game with a stall-deck that doesn't focus on heavy damage, but i don't think stuffy is the card to play in that kind of decks (an alternate win-condition like Mechanized Production is always nice in stall-decks imo, i know you're not playing azorius, it's just an example).

by the way, i still consider Rule of Law the ultimate staller. this one will stop a lot of opposing gameplans in their tracks.

mathijsderouck on Barbie Doll

2 months ago

hi,

there are some nice ideas there, but in my opinion there is no way this is gonna work without Furnace of Rathi tried to make a similar deck work for quite some time, but it is only with the Furnace of Rath that i really got things going.

it is quite simple imo, you put the Furnace of Rath in play, you trow a Lightning Axe on stuffy and your oponent takes 20 damage.

If he didn't win some life before, this means he dies.

maybe you find something usefull in my deck:Stuffy Enchanted

Xica on Need help building around a ...

2 months ago

The bane of all modern brewers strikes again.
(Cards that do the same thing, but more effectively :P)

Boros Reckoner + random stupid red removal spell (like Skred, Lightning Axe, Blasphemous Act... etc.

(If you fancy using an aura to redirect damage, you can play Ragged Veins - which comes at instant speed, thus you can play around removal and counterspells more easily)

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