Creature — Elemental Skeleton
Whenever Lightning Skelemental deals combat damage to a player, that player discards two cards.
At the beginning of the end step, sacrifice Lightning Skelemental.
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|Modern Horizons (MH1)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Lightning Skelemental Discussion
4 weeks ago
1 month ago
Well, if you never had any problems with Kiln Fiend then keep it. There's no reason to change what has been working out fine. Just as a thought provoker, you can have Monastery Swiftspear to think about.
Maybe just bad wasn't the best thing to say about Rakdos Shred-Freak . It's just that it offers basically nothing more than haste. You have cards like Hellspark Elemental , as you mentioned, but also:
Earthshaker Khenra - Makes it easier to get to your opponent while also being reusable from the grave in the late game, and even bigger than before.
Ash Zealot - More of a Siboard card, but still, 2 mana for first strike, haste and punishes your opponent for playing cards from your graveyard.
Vexing Devil - Dont't know if you could fit this guy in your budget, but it's amazing. It's either a one mana 4/3 that your opponent will have to waste a removal spell or a one mana 4 damage spell.
However, the real reason I said Rakdos Shred-Freak is bad is because of...
Thunderkin Awakener - It can reanimate all of your (elemental) suicide bombers while attacking. So for only two mana, you can from 4 damage on board, with Thunderkin Awakener and Spark Elemental , to up to 8 damage with the Firecat. You could also put other cards in for him, like Lightning Skelemental and Spark Trooper , but those would require you to adjust the manabase.
Also, since you're playing these cheap suicide bombers you could use Unearth to reanimate them again and hit for a bunch. However, I'm not sure that splashing to black would appeal to you.
Another suicide bomber could be Impetuous Devils , though I don't have much to say about it. You can basically take out one of your opponent's creature by forcing them to block. Just here as an option for you.
Cards like Thud , Fling and Flesh / Blood (the blood half only) should prove themselves more useful than Soul's Fire . Since most of your creatures are dying anyway, there should be no problem in sacrificing them.
Manabasewise, if really want to keep Reality Smasher you can add lands that have a better utility than Rogue's Passage as most of your creatures have trample anyway, so your opponent will regardless always have trouble preventing damage.
I've been writing a lot today, so right now I won't go on too much detail about these "utility" lands. I'll just list some here and you can say if you liked any or none and I'll glady discuss about it.
- Looming Spires
- Kessig Wolf Run
- Skarrg, the Rage Pits
- Teetering Peaks
- Turntimber Grove
- Barbarian Ring
- Smoldering Spires
- Blighted Gorge
- Keldon Megaliths
- Memorial to War
- Sunscorched Desert
Just as a curiosty, I've written so many cards in this comment that TappedOut won't let me mark more suggestions, while most not even appearing for me to suggest.
1 month ago
Since this is a DCM deck, here are a couple staples to consider:
Demonic Tutor is a no brainer.
Liliana of the Veil is another staple.
You need some more worthy reanimation target, one of my favorite being Sire Of Insanity .
1 month ago
I think in an aggro deck the sheer power of Lightning Skelemental will outweigh the need for survivability that Flamewake Phoenix provides. Maybe just consider it over the Sedraxis Specter then if you are going purely for a red/black mana base and you can keep the phoenix still. Lightning Axe does seem like a solid option for removal and discard fuel. I recommended the 1 CMC spells I did assuming you might want the Dreadhorde Arcanist but if he is not an option then you could easily run something like Cast Down or maybe Angrath's Rampage instead. If you are going red/black then at this point I would also consider cutting Insolent Neonate , Sedraxis Specter and Tasigur, the Golden Fang and just adding some Instants and upping some of your current Sorcery counts from 3 to 4.
1 month ago
Firestalker, I think you made some really good point with the suggestions., and also some real tough considerations.
Honestly, Favorable Winds seems like it's too much. I didn't include it for the memes. I really thought that it would be nice to pump those phoenixes and all the other flyers to hit for massive damage. However, it almost never gets to my hand and when it does, it looks like a dead card for an agrressive deck.
The Lightning Skelemental over Flamewake Phoenix is a difficult one, but don't get me wrong, Lightning Skelemental is an amazing card. The thing is: most of the deck relies on the unearth mechanic and, ironically, the Unearth card. So, most of the cards don't stick until my next turn, espcially in Hell's Thunder 's case, where even when playing it from my hand or reanimating it, it won't surviving by the end of my turn. Flamewake Phoenix can use the Thunder's "power", so to speak, to come in and stay after he dies. At least in my mind, Sedraxis Specter would make a more suitable replacement, as, even tough it would be nice to have a flyer that causes my opponents to discard and a huge trampler that does the same, getting rid of the specter would enable me to cut out blue mana, more on that when I talk about Tasigur, the Golden Fang and Thought Scour .
A 4th Duress and Divest could be placed in the sideboard. Lightning Bolt I'm not so sure, maybe Lightning Axe would be more effective, even tough you've already pointed that I my already have enough discard fuel. Disfigure I'm not so sure about, maybe there's a better option for removal that's also budget. However, I agree that I should have some more interaction with my opponent's board. Vendetta I'll pass, since I don't think the deck race enough to the point that the life loss won't matter.
Now, Dreadhorde Arcanist is a problem. That card would definetly be good in this deck. The issue here is the price. Here in Brazil cards can be rather expensive. You see, while TappedOut says the average TCGplayer price is around $4,69 as of the time I'm writing this comment, here in Brazil it costs R$23,00 minimun, while a full playset would cost R$92,00. Just to give you context, I teach English to a private student of mine and get paid R$280,00 a month. So, the full playset would cost almost a third of what I get paid from my student. It's just not possible for me.
Tasigur, the Golden Fang seems like a card that could be cut out, since I'm already planning on cutting Favorable Winds but I'm not sure I'd replace with Gurmag Angler . Maybe I'd just put 1 Angler to act as a Phoenix enabler and a last resort big body. Maybe Tasigur will get replaced with the Lightning Skelemental and I'll find a way to include other 2 Skellies.
Thought Scour is good but I'll probably leave it on the Maybeboard to experiment with removing all the blue mana and working with a Rakdos manabase.
The manabase will probably just include Smoldering Marsh and Foreboding Ruins since I'll be removing the blue ones, and that should alliviate the pressure of the manabase. Also, as an aggressive deck, cards like Crumbling Necropolis wouldn't help too much.
I think I've talked about everyone one of your suggestions. If I missed anything just say it. Thanks for the attention and time spent to try and help me.
1 month ago
Unearth makes for a cool mechanic. I love the Hell's Thunder and Sedraxis Specter That Unearth card is sweet and can be really strong too! If you really want to abuse Unearth then I would recommend putting in Lightning Skelemental over Flamewake Phoenix since it hits like a truck and can really cripple your opponent. I would also recommend Dreadhorde Arcanist over something like Insolent Neonate since you already have a fair amount of discard fuel and since he can do crazy stuff like recast Unearth from grave on another creature. If you do decide to add Dreadhorde Arcanist then I would also add in more 1 CMC spells he can abuse right off the bat. But whether you add him or not I think this deck would benefit greatly from more interactive cards to use on your opponent's stuff. Some budget friendly options include Lightning Bolt , Vendetta , Disfigure , Divest and maybe a 4th Duress . I would try cutting Ransack the Lab for Thought Scour if you add the Arcanist. I think Tasigur, the Golden Fang is a little too much since his activated ability is double blue and you only have five blue mana to work with based on your lands. And if you just really want the delve and the body then I would instead use Gurmag Angler since it has more attack. Favorable Winds seems a little too much of a meme and more like a gravy card and I think it's slot in the deck could be better used with anything I already mentioned. Lastly, if you want some budget dual lands that strictly do NOT always come into play tapped then I recommend the cycle of recently reprinted "check lands" like Drowned Catacomb and the recently printed other half of the "fast lands" cycle like Spirebluff Canal . If you do not mind having some lands that enter tapped then Crumbling Necropolis is on flavor. Any of the "scry lands" would be good too. I hear those are getting reprinted in the new Theros Beyond Death set though so if you want them for dirt cheap I would wait until the set release. Hope this helps!
2 months ago
aholder7, I see where you are coming from with this concern. I am running the Force of Savagery simply because I want to see if I can make it work, one of the big reasons I am running Lightning Greaves is to protect our Incandescent Soulstoke to and avoid 2 for ones but it may not always be easy to have all the pieces to the puzzle so I'm running cards like Icon of Ancestry and Flamekin Harbinger to fall back on... even with all of this being said there is a 100% chance that once I play around with the deck I will see that It needs changes... Some of these changes may include cards like Lightning Skelemental , Spark Trooper or maybe Rhythm of the Wild . Thank you for the good suggestions! :)
2 months ago
I’m a little nervous on the Force of Savagery . They only work if you have an anthem out which you have 6 total in the deck from my count. And 4 of those are. Features that can be removed with all the most common removal which opens you up to some devastating 2 for 1s. If you just want high power and trample you can go with any Ball Lightning variant. Perhaps Lightning Skelemental or Spark Trooper . There is also the option of a threat that comes back such as your Thunderblust which could find a friend in Phytotitan .