Prophetic Bolt


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2015 (C15) Rare
Vintage Masters (VMA) Rare
Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari (DDJ) Rare
MTG: Commander (CMD) Rare
Apocalypse (APC) Rare

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Prophetic Bolt


Prophetic Bolt deals 4 damage to target creature or player. Look at the top four cards of your library. Put one of those cards into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Prophetic Bolt Discussion

Easybr0wnies343 on

2 months ago


Let me preface this with a disclaimer. I haven't played commander. However, I do play a tuned Izzet deck and I feel that I could help with your deck.

  1. Essential blue cards: Counterspell and Cryptic Command. These are simply good cards that deserve to be in any blue deck. Remand is another card because it can help your commander trigger and draw you cards while forcing your opponent to sink mana into spells. Another card that you could use is Archmage Ascension to fish for good stuff after drawing things.

  2. Essential red cards: This is where you can make a few decisions. You could include a Combustible Gearhulk and several expensive burn spells to synergize with your commander, or you could go with a spell/storm variant and run Lightning Bolt, Needle Drop, and Braid of Fire as stated above. You could then run some Lava Axes or Inferno Jets to synergize with your commander.

  3. Possible inclusions: Epic Experiment could be really good if you had a bunch of mana, Djinn Illuminatus would be very helpful lategame, turning a lone Lightning Bolt or Electrolyze into a burn engine and/or draw engine. Electrolyze and Prophetic Bolt could also be very good.

Also, I haven't played much R/B or Grixis but I have a feeling Rakdos's Return would be good in here and Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker could be a powerful addition.

toastySmorc on Satyrs and Snipes

3 months 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.

APileOfCards on Tri-Color Moderate Damage

3 months ago

Thanks! I was always thinking of getting some lightning bolts for the deck, and I always thought 4 planeswalkers sounded a bit outrageous. Chandra, Flamecaller is put in there mostly as a joke, I have a different personal deck for her. Sadly, the place I get all my cards doesn't have the best ones I want! I'll most likely order online. So say I look at getting rid of God Pharaoh and Chandra, then I have some more aggressive creatures, like ones with haste or flash, then mix in some spells that open up a gateway to my enemies' weakness, say All Is Dust then having my colorless eldrazis for creatures when all colored permanents go poof. Of course all is dust is expensive as hell, so any cards that tap creatures or make mine unblockable. So...

Lightning Bolt (And other damage cards to make my enemy panic, not think, or kill them outright)Haste, Flash, Unblockable, etc creatures A planeswalker like Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker to seal down the final ends of the gameSome creatures that allow for others that enter the battlefield to be more powerful (counters, abilities, etc)And finally, cards like Evolving Wilds that allow me to search for land I need, and not just be there as I sit there smashing my head against the table, manalocked.

A strategy including evolving wilds where I search for a red mana or black mana in my deck to rack up a couple cards like Monastery Swiftspear or other low mana cost creatures, then playing some damaging spells like Lightning Bolt early on in case my current creatures on the battlefield are weak, tapped, or down with a common cold form being summoned. At this point then doing whatever else I can.

Good idea? Because I can exclude cards (or keep in sideboard) like Hedron Archive because Kozilek's Channeler just exists, as I'm sure I'll have enough mana. I still want to keep cards like the banners, to play nicol bolas, if I make it a more 2 color deck. But, I can instead use Chandra, Flamecaller and just go with a red and black, or something, deck, to keep that endless onslaught going for as long as possible. I could make it a red and blue to counter my enemies' counter spells against Lightning Bolt or other spells I may include. This way I keep my plans in motion without too many interruptions. The last modern game I went to, this guy with a blue deck just destroyed me because I didn't have responses to his spells. I have another blue deck, based more around milling, that I can take out some counters from to seal the strength factor of a red and blue deck. And other damaging cards like Prophetic Bolt can be useful.

I'm talkative and repeat things a lot, excuse me if i repeat stuff. Now, which one sounds like the best idea? I would expect red and blue, but both red and black and red and blue are still good. Danke!

scapegoat_tom on Budget Izzet <$15

6 months ago

Also since Prophetic Bolt isn't modern legal you'll need a replacement. how about Cunning Strike?

Flyheight on Ramos And His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

8 months ago

First pass at cuts.

Creatures (42):

Ankle Shanker, Baleful Strix, Bloodbraid Elf, Cromat, Daxos of Meletis, Dimir Doppelganger, Edric, Spymaster of Trest, Enigma Sphinx, Etherium-Horn Sorcerer, Giltspire Avenger, Harmonic Sliver, Jenara, Asura of War, Juniper Order Ranger, Knight of New Alara, Kresh the Bloodbraided, Lightning Angel, Madrush Cyclops, Magister Sphinx, Mantis Rider, Master Biomancer, Mystic Snake, O-Kagachi, Vengeful Kami, Oloro, Ageless Ascetic, Pharika's Mender, Progenitor Mimic, Progenitus, Qasali Pridemage, Rubinia Soulsinger, Ruhan of the Fomori, Samut, Voice of Dissent, Shadowmage Infiltrator, Sharuum the Hegemon, Solemn Simulacrum, Stoic Angel, Surrak Dragonclaw, The Mimeoplasm, Thraximundar, Transguild Courier, Vulturous Zombie, Wall of Denial, Wasitora, Nekoru Queen, Witch-Maw Nephilim

Non-Creatures: (39)

Ajani, Mentor of Heroes, Bant Charm, Behemoth Sledge, Catch / Release, Citanul Flute, Counterflux, Crackling Doom, Crime/Punishment, Crosis's Charm, Cruel Ultimatum, Darksteel Ingot, Dreadbore, Dromar's Charm, Erratic Portal, Esper Charm, Expedition Map, Fellwar Stone, Fist of Suns, Flying Crane Technique, Fractured Identity, Ghirapur Orrery, Golgari Charm, Helm of Awakening, Hindering Light, Hunting Grounds, Mortify, Obzedat's Aid, Panharmonicon, Plasm Capture, Prophetic Bolt, Psychic Strike, Rakdos Charm, Render Silent, Signal the Clans, Spinal Embrace, Terminate, Unscythe, Killer of Kings, Utter End, Voidslime

This leaves you with 114 cards. Though I didn't really consider curve when I made these cuts so I don't know what will happen to that. Regardless, this would be my first pass at cuts.

Vman on Enlightening Bolt

11 months ago

i think both are a bit too strong, in my opinion. scry like that can be relevant all game from scrying one with a ping to massive scrys. fetch lands and shuffle effects are abundant enough. i think the "x" payement is too flexible because its damage plus a deck fixer. but thats just me.

Prophetic Bolt does the same as you suggest but cant be used early. so having it in the opening hand it would be trash

DemonDragonJ on Enlightening Bolt

11 months ago

Prophetic Bolt is an awesome card, but I wish that there were more variations of it. Electrolyze is a very nice variant, but what I really wish to see is a variant that has in its mana cost, so I have created such a variant, or, more accurately, I have created two variants, as seen here.

Enlightening Bolt (version A) Show

This version uses exactly the same formatting as the original, except with a variable casting cost and effect.

Enlightening Bolt (version B) Show

This version uses the scry mechanic, which had not yet been created when prophetic bolt was originally printed, but which uses far less text on the card.

What does everyone else think of these cards?

icehippo on Counter, Burn, Repeat

1 year ago

Prophetic BoltObviously not an optimal choice just a fun casual card

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