Lightning Strike


Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Modern Legal
Frontier Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Pauper Legal

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Magic 2015 Common
Theros Common

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Lightning Strike


Lightning Strike deals 3 damage to target creature or player.

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Lightning Strike Discussion

Dorotheus on Inspectigator [RW Humans Frontier]

7 hours ago

bamboocha, Right now, Harsh Mentor is not good enough in any format, he doesn't punish enough, OR doesn't punish enough different things OR would need haste, he would need to do one of those to be playable, and I would rest that it just needed to be "activate a non-mana ability" otherwise there are stronger more aggressive cards.

As for Humans, with Renegade Rallier being such a strong stability card, it gives me reason to shift to Collected Company and I would likely move around some of the creatures, drop Village Messenger and lose the few spells there are in favor of Lightning Strike over Wild Slash probably.

I just don't have a way to get Collected Company, I play on mtgo. Naya, Jeskai, and Bant humans are all extremely viable, meaning that 4c is probably viable as well (which probably is just Rally combo).
Monowhite humans is also playable, and actually has known favorable match ups.

Argeaux on Insert "Insert Izzet pun here" joke here

4 days ago

Have a look at this deck I made.


I think you could basically tweak it by removing some of the "Standard" cards for some better "Modern" ones, and you'd end up with a version that you'd enjoy.



3x Island
4x Lightning Strike
4x Mountain


4x Volcanic Island
4x Lightning Bolt
3x Rogue's Passage

Epochalyptik on How do you kill an ...

5 days ago

@phlash12 and Argeaux:

Damage does not reduce a creature's toughness. Damage is marked on a creature until the cleanup step. Although games like Duels of the Planeswalkers represent this by "reducing" the toughness of damaged creatures, that is not what actually happens.

Second, indestructible creatures absolutely do take damage. A 2/2 with indestructible can be dealt 3 damage from Lightning Strike. It will survive because damage can't destroy an indestructible creature, but if that creature lost indestructible before the end of the turn, it would be destroyed as a state-based action.

Further, creatures don't have life totals. They have toughness. Reducing a creature's toughness to 0 is one way to kill it, even if it's indestructible.

The two above points are why creatures with infect or wither will still kill most creatures. Infect and wither damage are dealt to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters. It's still damage.

Argeaux on How do you kill an ...

5 days ago

phlash12 if a Creature is Indestructible it TAKES NO DAMAGE.

A 3/3 Creature targetted with Lightning Strike will take no damage from the strike. Its toughness will remain at 3, and it won't die.

If, instead, you put three -1/-1 counters on the 3/3 Creature its toughness would be reduced to nought, and it will die.

That's because the counters are not doing damage to the Creature. They are reducing its life total.

hardhitta71194 on How much damage would a ...

2 weeks ago

I guess more than 4 because Exquisite Firecraft is a thing. Other than that idk. I don't play Modern but still stick to 1-2 CMC spells that deal 2-3 damage. Like Shock, Lightning Bolt, and Lightning Strike. 3 damage can take care of quite a few threats.

Maybe someone who actually plays Modern can give you a better response though.

Also, I try to avoid any burn spells that aren't instants because I like the flexibility to cast it while attacking/defending to effect combat, among other things.

Great question though, I would like to hear others thoughts on this.

Edit: For me the 4 damage is fine, but it's the sorcery part that I don't care for.

catbeard on Mizzix

2 weeks ago

I'll have to hunt down Clash of Wills. Lightning Strike and Magma Jet were in there for low cost damage, they are easily replaceable. Magma Jet also for the scry

_Kane_ on Mizzix

2 weeks ago

I am also confused by Lightning Strike and Magma Jet. Can you please explain you reasoning for including them?

TallGreg on Minotaur Swing!

1 month ago

definitely put in Felhide Brawler and swap your Lightning Strikes for better bolts, Incinerate and Lash Out are strictly better versions of Lightning Strike and Searing Blaze is even better.

The Fanatic of Mogis might as well be a quality 3 drop, extra copies of Rageblood Shaman and Boros Reckoner seem like obvious swaps.

I also thing 3 Kragma Warcallers is probably too much, a land or discard spell would go a long way to help your curve and consistency

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