Lightning Bolt

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to target creature or player.

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Lightning Bolt Discussion

luizgasc on Goblin Horde

26 minutes ago

msmahaj722 tks for ur comments, playtesting I observed that when I hit a card drop 2 that give me 2 body, any drop 3 of mine give me a lot of power, but 12 of these it´s too much, i´m thinking about add Goblin Bushwhacker and Goblin Piledriver, letting go Simian Spirit Guide and Dragon Fodder.

I used Goblin Grenade and Lightning Bolt before, but they didn´t help me at getting a larger board and my turn 3 was weaker.

Please let me know ur thoughts, i´m new in Modern.

Gerff on You've never seen Infect done like this before.

5 hours ago

First off, I love the deck, Phyrexian Crusader is one of my favorite cards. For the sideboard, Relic of Progenitus is catch-all graveyard hate card. It can wipe the graveyard and cycle, or you can save it for a big blowout, exiling a card every turn until the right moment. I would definitely suggest some sort of board wipe, likely Damnation for the sideboard. This can help with decks that throw out a ton of creatures early that just chump your attackers. Against some of the faster decks Collective Brutality is decent as you can trade your worst card, perhaps an extra land, for say a Goblin Guide and a Lightning Bolt. I do not really know what sorts of decks you usually face, but those are some ideas to get you started.

As for the main board, I personally would go down a few discard spells for some extra removal. I have not played the deck, so you obviously know better than I do, but it seems that drawing discard later in the game is not super great. I am obligated to recommend another pet card that I love: Funeral Charm. It is possible that it would be absolutely terrible in this deck, but on paper it seems pretty decent. It can pump, it can remove X/1 creatures, it is instant speed discard (which should not be underestimated), and it pairs nicely with Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth to let your creatures become unblockable. As I was writing this, I realized you had it in your maybeboard, but I am going to keep the above to try to convince you to try the card.

I love the deck, it looks really fun to play. Good luck, and I hope it performs well!

msmahaj722 on Goblin Horde

10 hours ago

You definitely might want to consider putting in some burn spells, especially Goblin Grenade and Lightning Bolt. You could cut the token spells. Your creatures are more than powerful enough without them.

As far as other creatures, you might want Goblin Bushwhacker and/or Reckless Bushwhacker. Goblin Piledriver is essential, too.

Xica on American Control

13 hours ago

lukas96

So whats Lightning Bolt gonna do against Hollow One, Gurmag Angler, Bloodghast, or Flamewake Phoenix? I mean its just the second most played deck in the dormat, so who cares....

(In my humble opinion poor old bolt is exquisitely useless against H1 decks. Moreover one of the main reasons behind the deck's success is that it has "hexproof" from both Lightning Bolt & Fatal Push.)

Its a removal spell until turn ~3, after that in the wast majority of cases it becomes a burn spell. I mean its used like discard, to disrupt early game, but has a mode where it can go to the dome, once it becomes useless.

And yes it will be played in jeskai. Still i would advocate diversifying the removal suite, by cutting some number of bolts in the main for Abrade - since the latter is much much better against the two most common decks (+ affinity), and not significantly worse in many other matchups - except maybe things like ponza?

Darth_Savage on Jeskai Wing chun

20 hours ago

Hi keyz,

Are you building this deck to a particular budget? If not, then you definitely have some sub optimal choices. Shock should be Lightning Bolt, Divination should be Serum Visions or Opt and Deflecting Palm is normally more of a sideboard card, given you have access to Azorius Charm, Izzet Charm, Boros Charm and Jeskai Charm. I'd probably swap Incendiary Flow for Pyroclasm and Cryptic Serpent for Bedlam Reveler too. Another thought is that if you ran Soul-Scar Mage then maybe Tezzeret's Gambit would be an interesting draw spell.

I hope this is of help, have fun brewing your deck.

ZorrosRage on Jeskai Wing chun

20 hours ago

i think the Firebrand Archer is too slow or don't do enough. If we are not worried about monk. I will highly suggest Dragonlord Ojutai as a 1-2 of as your finisher. Narset, Enlightened Master requirement to attack makes her really weak to removal, and bad with control cards.

Seeker in the Firebrand Archer is just a better choice with the life link. ALso still keep the monk theme for fun :-D

Electrolyze, and Negate are jeskai staples

I like Think Twice over Divination

4Lightning Bolt and 4Path to Exileif you can get it. Roast is a good budget burn card. Mana Leak good budget control card.

I also dont see any board wipe. You are building control and so much swarm is out there. Need a few Wrath of God type effect in the main

Goblin Dark-Dwellers and Pull from Tomorrow are both also good cards.

Also Wall of Omens is good for blockers if not worried about monk

Xica on American Control

23 hours ago

xyr0s

Maybe Lightning Bolt is more popular because there are aggressive deck in the style of the old "sligh" decks, that intend to use it as a finisher, if they are missing out on the last points of damage? Like Hollow one - which incidentally often has Fatal Push in the side, just in case it needs removal? Or all kinds of red deck wins based strategies?

Maybe burn runs it as a 4 of?

Xica on American Control

23 hours ago

xyr0s

You have some reading comprehension problems? Can you recall what were the first sentences of my post?

"I will concede that lightning bolt will kill humans if no Thalia's Lieutenant is afoot. However after various humans the following are the most played creatures in modern..."

Why would i not care about the low toughness of humans?

  • Its the most common deck and played with a pretty stock decklist, so all of its creatures gonna be the most played, despite that its barely above 10% of the meta.

  • Thus only considering humans will ignore ~88% of the meta.

  • Not to mention that humans decks play lords, hence the 2 & 3 toughness written on the cards is not what you gonna face on the battlefield, not to mention that cards like Thalia's Lieutenant grow, so they are much harder to deal with (using Lightning Bolt), than Master of the Pearl Trident, or Elvish Archdruid.

Tl;Dr - preparing for the meta by preparing for only the most popular (in this case 12% deck) is bound to leave you wide open to everything else, especially if that deck is humans, or affinity, decks that require very lean and narrow answers. Diversity in removal is not a bad thing.

And just because bolt can deal with those deck in the early turns fine, it doesn't mean that its a superior topdeck later, or that its useful against decks like eldrazi tron.

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