Prophetic Bolt


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper 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

scapegoat_tom on Budget Izzet <$15

1 month 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

2 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

6 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

6 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

8 months ago

Prophetic BoltObviously not an optimal choice just a fun casual card

DemonDragonJ on Duel Decks: Mind versus Might

8 months ago

In Jhoira's deck, I would like to see Suffocating Blast reprinted, since it never has been, thus far. Also, Counterflux, Double Negative, Electrolyze, and Prophetic Bolt would all be nice, because they are all very awesome cards that woudl work well with her.

I imagine that Lovisa's deck shall contain plenty of warriors, barbarians, and berserkers, so Berserkers of Blood Ridge would make perfect sense, as would Raging Goblin and Goblin Striker. It also would be nice to see Lightning Bolt or Stone Rain reprinted, since they have not been reprinted in some time, as well.

Spirits on

9 months ago

Hi hardhitta71194,

Thanks for the nice comment. I'm continuing to play test, and update the deck as it goes. This revision has been the most consistent of all prior builds. With so many different combinations of combo cards, it seems to find a combo on turn 6-8.

I've noticed it does need additional card advantage, might try a Stroke of Genius as well which will pair nicely with Baral, Chief of Compliance and others. I'll keep testing. Steam Augury or Prophetic Bolt maybe. Still working on this issue. Impulse perhaps too to pair with Isochron Scepter. Invoke the Firemind. I'm not sure yet.

Still feeling a bit too defenseless as well, but can generally hold off 1 player indefinitely, plus have very low threat in multi-play.

Elite Arcanist has been great at the Storm Increment, but he's really the only viable target for Pemmin's Aura so we'll see.

Might try a Scroll Rack for the card advantage.

Might still have one too many Counterspell as well, will have to keep testing.

Reiterate feels missing, acts like an expensive Izzet Guildmage but need targets for Isochron Scepter.

DemonDragonJ on Make the next Nicol Bolas ...

11 months ago

I actually was able to conceive two new versions of Bolas, so here is my first version:

Nicol Bolas, the Dark Lord Show

Bolas's first ability is modeled after Prophetic Bolt, representing his capacity for careful planning and scheming. His second ability represents him eliminating a specific threat, and acquiring knowledge from the experience. His final ability represents him utterly destroying all who oppose him, which is likely to be used as a last resort, because it also destroys his allies.

Here is my second version:

Nicol Bolas, Tyrant of Terror Show

In this version, Bolas's first ability represents him discarding several complex schemes to simply directly damage his adversaries. His second ability is him seizing control of something, as he is so fond of doing. His final ability represents him destroying his opponents in a slow and sinister manner, gradually and subtly breaking them down, rather than annihilating them in a grand and dramatic fashion.

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