Lightning Storm


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Coldsnap (CSP) Uncommon

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Lightning Storm


Lightning Storm deals X damage to target creature or player, where X is 3 plus the number of charge counters on it.

Discard a land card: Put two charge counters on Lightning Storm. You may choose a new target for it. Any player may play this ability but only if Lightning Storm is on the stack.

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Lightning Storm Discussion

Spazik008 on Jund Midrange

4 days ago

it does hit your own Bloodbraid Elf on the cascade trigger, which is a problem. But personally I like how many different archetypes it hits. That cascade tax also hits Living End and Restore Balance, for example. Even messes with the Greater Gargadon a little there with Balance. The tax obviously stops Storm, but it also hoses eggs, equipment combo, and any other random deck that "goes off". The tax is a pretty big hit to Ad Nauseam, they have to pay an extra for the Angel's Grace and then 2 extra for the Lightning Storm. That's an entire extra Lotus Bloom. The land neutering is obviously for Tron and Primetime, but even there it could have some additionally play against, say a Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx deck.

tl:dr I think a lot of people are evaluating this card wrong, it's not a silver bullet that's going to instantly kill Tron and Storm but it's a solid sideboard multi-tool that can come in against a ton of different decks. That's what I like about it.

MagicMarc on Wildfire Eternal's Jankfest

1 week ago


I like the deck idea and have been looking for something fun to do with Wildfire Eternal. Using Break Through the Line is a great idea! And winning with Rift Bolt is money.

But I wanted to mention that Lightning Storm does not work the way you think it does. You won't be able to stack more than 1 counter on it unless your opponent puts something else on the stack when you pass priority after discarding your first land card. If your opponent chooses to do nothing you will not get priority again and the spell will resolve. It is still not bad to get 5 damage but there may be better cards out there to use.

Funkydiscogod on Budget Modern Deck

1 week ago

$30 in modern is a difficult place to start. Individual cards in Modern can cost more than that.

The cheapest modern deck I know of is Zombie hunt:

Your sideboard is

Mulligan until you get a hand with Treasure hunt (if I remember right, there's about 15% chance of failure), cast it and hope you get 10 lands and a Lightning Storm, play it discard your hand to kill the opponent. Your sideboard is there to counter the Dispels sitting in other people's sideboard.

Flooremoji on Molten Vortex

4 months ago

Lightning Storm still takes the cake, so long as you hold some lands in your hand, your opponent can kill themselves.

Flooremoji on Molten Vortex

4 months ago

Lightning Storm still takes the cake, so long as you hold some lands in your hand, your opponent can kill themselves.

Flooremoji on Storm/Zombie Hunt

4 months ago

Fair enough!

The Lightning Storms are definitely better because your opponents will sometimes contribute to there own doom, but please consider the Muddle the Mixtures as a sideboard for decks heavy on counter.

Spud9000 on Storm/Zombie Hunt

4 months ago


Your Storm Hunter Deck looks sweet.

I will definitely throw Lightning Storm in for testing. Pretty sure it will do better than Seismic Assault.

About Muddle the Mixture: I don't think it is worth it. I usually do not have to mulligan to less than 4 cards in it's current state. However right now I am playing casual only. Should counters get more popular in my playgroup, I might change my opinion. I rarely play this deck, just because my playgroup hates it. It's just to annoying.

Flooremoji on

4 months ago

A perfect shuffle is 1 Wandering Fumarole 1 Reliquary Tower 1 Lightning Storm 1 Treasure Hunt and a combination of Mountains and Islands.

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