Lightning Bolt


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

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Set Rarity
Archenemy: Nicol Bolas (AC2) None
Modern Masters 2015 Edition (MM2) Uncommon
Premium Deck Series: Fire and Lightning (PD2) 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
Revised Edition (3ED) 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 for Gatherer (PSG) Common
Promo Set (000) Common

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Lightning Bolt


Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to target creature or player.

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Lightning Bolt Discussion

JeskaiM4n on Budget Grixis Control, I guess? (WIP)

6 hours ago

Well, to be honest you can't win any serious Modern deck with this so just change it to Casual.

Good grixis control list costs around 1000$ to get so it isn't really good budget deck, if you want to play seriously get a Burn deck. It is very viable in budget.

Link to the Grixis control list: Decklist

If you want to stay on grixis, you should change pretty much every card to get budget Grixis control that is any kind of playable in Modern. That would cost at least 100. 3 Color land base is biggest problem in budget because good land base would cost around 500$ so you have to use cheaper lands.

Shivan Reef, Underground River and Spirebluff Canals are good budget options for land base. It will not be good land base but its much better than playing just basics.

Then you need basic spells like Lightning Bolt, Mana Leak, Remand and stuff like that, you find lots of cards from the list i linked.

I don't have time to write more right now, i know this doesn't help much but you need to upgrade this pretty lot to call this Modern deck :/.

If you want help you can add me on chat!

toastySmorc on Satyrs and Snipes

7 hours ago

Cut Fire Servant, Satyr Firedancer, Hypersonic Dragon and Mercurial Chemister and run a full playset of Monastery Swiftspear and Nivix Cyclops/Kiln Fiend as they are the staple of any blitz style deck.

AS for spells, cut down on any spell that isn't under 2 or 3-so cards like Firemind's Foresight, Gridlock and Prophetic Bolt has to go. Cut all your counterspells and replace them with 2 or 3 Counterspell, and any combination of Brainstorm, Ponder and Preordain (all very powerful cards that are banned in Modern).

Last thing, replace Searing Spears with Lightning Bolts, and just cut Magma Jet for the blue cantrips I mentioned.

A UR spells deck tends to aim for fast wins off of Prowess creatures like Monastery Swiftspear, so you should focus the deck more in that direction.

vasarto77 on Traitors Make you Drink Fire

1 day ago

This gives me an idea to make a G/R burn Mana RampCreaturesStuffy Doll x 4Sakura-Tribe Elder x4Birds of Paradise x4 For colored mana dorks.

Non Creature Spells: Explore x4 - You get draw power on top of playing more land. Star of Extinction x4Lightning Bolt x4Harrow x4Khalni Heart Expedition ?? Possible Choice ...maybeBlasphemous Act Magma Jet x4 - It's a quick 2 damage, AND you get to scry to manipulate your top deck which is extremely vital for this deck. Fog You are going to need stall power

I really think mana ramping and having some mana dorks and the proper land to make up for the colored mana for White wold be best for this deck. Plus you can do that white kami that you can sacrifice that is basically just like a fog and have a total of 8 fog in your deck until you get your stuff doll out and start blasting stuffy with your burn spells.

xyr0s on Help building Bloodbraid elf burn ...

1 day ago

In spite of having more effect, Oracle of Mul Daya is not as good as Courser of Kruphix. It has a lot smaller body (dies to Lightning Bolt) and higher casting cost (can't be cascaded by Bloodbraid Elf).

I'm not really believing in mana dorks either - imagine cascading for something with impact, and coming up with Elvish Mystic. Not really what you'd want. Noble Hierarch at least has the exalted ability going for it, but its mana is off-color. Also, it has a pretty heavy pricetag, more than most fetch or shock lands.

Groundbreaker and Ball Lightning are probably really good in this deck. Perhaps Atarka's Command too, although it interacts poorly with cascade (it would resolve before your bloodbraid elf).

I don't think there's any reasonable way to get to play your top-library card for free. But just to get more card advantage, you could perhaps play Dire Fleet Daredevil - a lot of match-ups could really turn around on that one. In others it would probably be rather irrelevant and just wait to be boarded out.

I don't think you should play a passive card like Crown of Convergence; a scenario with plenty of creatures on your side, working magic on your topdeck is nice, but drawing it and playing it on an empty table is bad.

Lands: I forgot a couple of useful lands. Kessig Wolf Run and Treetop Village.

C--8CLARK8--D on Things that make me happy

1 day ago

alright so here are a few options, i will go through this by card type.

Creatures - so you have two ways to go here. if you want to be aggressive you want 4Snapcaster Mage 4Spell Queller and 3 Geist of Saint Traft. or if you want to go slow and fight mostly with none-creature spells just 4Snapcaster Mage is fine.

artifacts/enchantments - just get rid of all the ones you have there bad. if you want some enchantments for a slower build try 2 Search for Azcanta  Flip this card is amazing in control.

Land- so again this changes with how aggressive you want to be. if you want to be aggressive don't change your lands are fine, if you want to go longer and more controlling up the count to 25 by adding 2 Field of Ruin and switch 1 Hallowed Fountain for another Celestial Colonnade.

instants/Sorcerys- alright you want to get rid of Concentrate Tidings Vapor Snag Raise the Alarm Boros Charm Boomerang Azorius Charm.

what to add? so you always want 4 Path to Exile and 4 Lightning Bolt. next add 4 Cryptic Command this is the best card you can have in control it does everything, if its out of your budget range try Ojutai's Command. you want some board wipes if you going for the more controlling rout 2 Supreme Verdict and a Settle the Wreckage or Wrath of God is good. you also want 2-4 Electrolyze depending on how many small creature decks you play against. if people are playing bigger creatures go with 1-2Condemn. you also want 2-3 Mana Leak and 2-3 Logic Knot along with a Negate. lastly if you want some card draw go with some Think Twice.

planes-walkers - if your going aggressive you don't want any planeswalkers. if your going more controlling 2-3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor or if you budget doesn't have room for this try 1Ajani Vengeant 1Gideon Jura and 1Nahiri, the Harbinger.

I think that about sums it up, if you have more questions please ask!

pskinn01 on Stack interaction

1 day ago

Creature spells on the stack are not creatures, but spells. So they can only be targeted by spells that target spells. So Lightning Bolt can not target a spell on the stack.

Spells only care what the game state looks like as it is cast and/or as it resolves. See the Unwritten checks as it resolves. So it will see the Shaman of the Great Hunt. But you would need a way to give See the Unwritten flash, as it is a sorcery and can not normally be cast in response to another spell.

crk90 on Grixis Faeries

2 days ago

Have you considered Dreadbore over Terminate? Also, have you experienced with any Lightning Bolt instead of Opt or Cryptic Command?

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