Lightning Bolt


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Masters 25 (A25) Uncommon
Archenemy: Nicol Bolas (E01) None
Modern Masters 2015 Edition (MM2) Uncommon
Premium Deck Series: Fire and Lightning (PFL) Common
2011 Core Set (M11) Common
2010 Core Set (M10) Common
Masters Edition (MED) Common
Beatdown Box Set (BTD) Common
Anthologies (ATH) Common
Fourth Edition (4ED) Common
4th Edition Foreign Black Border (4EDFBB) Common
Revised Edition (3ED) Common
Revised Foreign Black Border (3EDFBB) Common
Unlimited Edition (2ED) Common
Collector's Edition (CED) Common
International Collector's Edition (CEI) Common
Limited Edition Beta (LEB) Common
Limited Edition Alpha (LEA) Common
Promo Set (000) Common
Promo set for Gatherer (PSG) Common
Magic Online Promo Cards (MOP) Uncommon

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Lightning Bolt


Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to target creature or player.

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Lightning Bolt Discussion

Sarios254 on Let's take a hack at it

2 days ago

I think you build a casual deck not a modern deck, so here are a few upgrades for u that would make it more powerful, but not to pricey:

Only a few suggestions.

Ragnar0k on Purphoros, God of the Tokens [cEDH PRIMER]

2 days ago

AJe11y, basing the mana curves off of TappedOut top 5 cEDH decks is unfortunately not the best way to gather data. If you check r/CompetetiveEDH, you'll find a phenomenal and widely agreed upon cEDH repository. 1.7 isn't very far-fetched. Here's a very popular and powerful list that does so: Breakfast Hulk. My personal project runs just under 1.8 (here it is -> Sydri, Aetherflux Genius [[Primer]]). Even higher average CMC control lists such as Tasigur Seasons Past / Season Pastigur sit closer to 2.

I understand your point about infinite mana, and can agree to it to enough of an extent to accept it. You haven't missed any tutors in red, as Gamble is about all you've got, but because of this is why i recommended the stax pieces ( Grafdigger's Cage and the like) to give you options to slow down the game in hopes to draw/tutor what you need. Graveyards are huge in the current meta (i.e. Hulk, Storm, and Pod), so any ways in which you may be able to stop them are beneficial. If you don't have a problem with ramp, Trinisphere and Thorn of Amethyst may work for you as well.

Ensnaring Bridge may be a nice card to cut because of the fact that most midrange cEDH swing with Tymna the Weaver , Najeela, the Blade-Blossom , and friends. Along with that Lightning Bolt can be a relevant sideboard card for you. Also, a sideboarded Boil over Nevinyrral's Disk can crumble mono-blue decks. Other cards that could help you filter through your deck more are Memory Jar and Forgotten Cave . Otherwise, the deck is solid and is very similar to how I would build it. The lines of play are also well explained and this is overall a very nice primer.

kamarupa on Paper Tiger

5 days ago

Furystoke Giant looks pretty cool. Because it has Persist, you could just swing with it and hope opponents foolishly kill it. Then it will bounce back and you'll get the effect a second time. Since you're running white already, you'd have the option of including Solemnity , which would make the Giant very hard to get rid off, though that might be pushing the 60 card target of the deck a little far. Also, if you added red, you'd gain access to Lightning Bolt , which you could us to kill your Giant and thus bounce it back to the battlefield. Also, don't forget that Priest of Forgotten Gods deals 2 damage to each opponent every time you activate it. IMHO, I'd consider that a worth losing 2x 1/1 tokens. Not saying that's the direction you should go, just that it's worth considering.

hkhssweiss on Niv-Mizzet, Incorrigible Megalomaniac

6 days ago

Yo Durdler, pretty much testing out the waters right now. I been winning by reusing the shuffle effects and pinging people with Nivvie. There are a couple interactions with Iso/Rev combo. I can go Paradox Engine route and get infinite mana that way to cast Nivvie and eventually wheel to do things. Or I can use Iso/Rev combo and win from there and go dual scepter route with Copy Artifact and imprinting Lightning Bolt .

Pssst, it's the reason why I have the champion rewards bolt in there haha. I am open to ideas to make it more smooth. I also have a proxy Timetwister that I am using in place of Day's Undoing .

yeewary on Feather, Honorary Storm Crow

6 days ago

Hi bmbowdish Maybe we can use Reckless Rage instead of Lightning Bolt What do you think about it?

zapyourtumor on Planeswalking with Dinosaurs.

1 week ago

Ok, this seems verrrrryy standard-y, so I have some suggestions to adapt it better to modern:

Good luck in your journey through the Jurassic. :)

heckproof on Gruul Combo Stall

1 week ago

I’ll admit I’m no expert on Tooth and Nail combo, but the deck seems like it’s lacking meaningful disruption. I would maybe replace the Voyaging Satyrs with some number of Lightning Bolt s or Beast Within s

MoonHollow124 on Lone Rider Mono-White Budget Lifegain

1 week ago

I like soul sisters, but I had some opinions on some cards in this deck. Cathedral Sanctifier just does not feel like it does much. 3 life is not that much, especially when you are gaining so much life. Rhox Faithmender feels like a "win more" card, as it is only really good when you are gaining a lot of life, and when you are gaining a lot of life, you are winning, so it becomes irrelevant quickly. It might be nice in the sideboard to maximize your lifegain against burn, and a big but makes it less likely to die to Lightning Bolt . Crested Sunmare is only good if you can play a creature every turn, and I would recommend Archangel of Thune over it. Blessed Alliance is most commonly going to be used to force an opponent to sacrifice an attacking creature because you have an overflow of life already and your creatures are usually frail, so you don't want to chump block with them. Condemn can have the effect of Blessed Alliance for cheaper. You also get to choose the target. Aerial Responder , while having a good rate, unfortunately doesn't cut it for modern, as you want your creatures to have an effect besides just attacking. To keep my hand filled, I use cards like Thraben Inspector and Squadron Hawk (a playset for obvious reasons). To lean heavily into the life gain archetype and guarantee more redundancy, you will want a full playset of each of your main sisters. Also, if you want to gain lots of life at one time, instead of Cathedral Sanctifier , you can run Martyr of Sands , allowing you to turn a Serra Ascendant on on turn two if you'r lucky.

Sorry for this essay on the inner workings of soul sisters.

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Lightning Bolt occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

Red: 0.27%


All decks: 1.35%


All decks: 1.64%

Red: 14.35%

RG (Gruul): 40.72%

U/R (Izzet): 20.02%

Rakdos: 10.95%

RW (Boros): 34.02%