Riddle of Lightning

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Journey into Nyx (JOU) Uncommon
Future Sight (FUT) Common

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Riddle of Lightning

Instant

Choose target creature or player. Scry 3, then reveal the top card of your library. Riddle of Lightning deals damage equal to that card's converted mana cost to that creature or player. (To scry 3, look at the top three cards of your library, then put any number of them on the bottom of your library and the rest on top in any order.)

Riddle of Lightning Discussion

Mj3913 on What CMDR do you think ...

2 months ago

Viscera Seer : if perhaps you include a recursion/token package.

Darksteel Pendant : Indestructible is handy.

Shadows of the Past : mana sink, scry each death.

Bontu the Glorified : again, requires things to sac, and a mana sink.

Catacomb Sifter : death triggers.

Crystal Ball : digs 2 deep.

Lifecrafter's Bestiary : still works for casting as it doesn't say 'from hand'.

Reaper of the Wilds : returns attacks via deathtouch, and on death scry triggers.

Nissa's Revelation : could be fun depending on how many critters you have in it.

Price of Fame : Cheap commander removal.

Doom Whisperer : Flample, pay to see cards.

Explorer's Scope : ramp, and land off the top. Combined with other things you can plan around it.

Mirri's Guile : rearranges top 3. Might be outside your budget though.

Sensei's Divining Top : Guile in artifact form, again pricey.

Cream of the Crop : could be interesting, creature dependant.

Grim Flayer : not sure if good, you'll have to decide.

Scroll Rack : another pricey card but it sets things up.

Gilt-Leaf Seer : rearrange top 2.

Vizier of the Menagerie : Pretty handy if you've got a fair bit of critters.

Galvanoth : While not top manipulation, it can be pretty spicy with other top deck stuff.

Riddle of Lightning : depending on how high your curve goes it could work.

Boza on Sunbird's Shoal

4 months ago

Additionally, I just remembered there was such a deck that cared about big creatures and their power - Cragganwick Cremator. An emrakul discarded to it is 15 damage, an Impervious Greatwurm is 16 damage. You can finish them off with a Lightning Bolt to the face.

Additionally, there are several other cards that care about the mana cost of something to deal damage - Erratic Explosion, Riddle of Lightning, Explosive Revelation that care for the CMC of the cards. Especially when you can stack something on top of your library like Thunderous Wrath. Seems like a cool way to care about big creatures.

RoarMaster on Melek, copy casting

6 months ago

Thought Vessel over vensers journal.

Cast Through Time

Mizzix's Mastery

Guttersnipe possibly.

Sphinx-Bone Wand is a great win-con.

Condescend, Discombobulate because have blue, will counter

Swarm Intelligence

Gitaxian Probe

Bloodwater Entity because putting stuff on top is clutch

Epic Experiment

Baral, Chief of Compliance

Aetherflux Reservoir

Riverwise Augur, Conch Horn getting stuff from hand to top is a must

Sol Ring auto include

Goblinslide, Prodigal Pyromancer

Rapid Hybridization, Pongify blue removal

Riddle of Lightning, Fated Conflagration scry removal

Bosium Strip weird tech, basically gives flashback to all spells in a turn

Telling Time instant speed, gets something in hand, and on top

Preordain because

Mystic Speculation

Spy Network

potential further topdeck manipuation if you wanted, in the form of Portent, Index, Trickery Charm.

Boza on Erratic victory

10 months ago

Chasmolinker - There is a reason, and it is that fireblast hits for 6 off Erratic Explosion and Riddle of Lightning, compared to the Volley, which hits for one off of them. For that reason, I do not run Lightning Bolt, but Staggershock instead.

TheRedGoat on Wildfire Eternal

1 year ago

See also Erratic Explosion, Riddle of Lightning, Explosive Revelation, and Blast of Genius.

oh and Mizzix's Mastery. (please note I'm not suggesting all of these, just pointing them out for reference)

Boza on Thunderous D

2 years ago

I think you can easily play a bit more with the top of your deck:

Erratic victory is a deck I built a long time ago. I do plan to rebuild it, this time with Thunderous Wrath included in the place of Ridge Rannet. With something like Erratic victory orRiddle of Lightning you can easily arrange it so that they take 6 from the CMC of Wrath and 5 off of the miracle.

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