Rift Bolt


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

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Set Rarity
Iconic Masters (IMA) Uncommon
Duel Decks: Mind vs. Might (DDS) Common
Modern Masters (MMA) Common
Time Spiral (TSP) Common
Promo Set (000) Common

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Rift Bolt


Rift Bolt deals 3 damage to target creature or player.

Suspend 1— (Rather than cast this card from your hand, you may pay and exile it with a time counter on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When the last is removed, cast it without paying its mana cost.)

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Rift Bolt Discussion

Thephelddagrif on Budget Red/Green Aggro

11 hours ago

Nice budget deck but a few cards seem weak in an aggro deck even on budget standards. Perhaps they are not but just in case I figured I could suggest some other budget alternatives. Hope these help.

Banefire seems weak/situational for an aggro deck

Lightning Mauler doesn't fit well because it is a nonbo with both Fanatic of Xenagos and Flinthoof Boar. Lightning Mauler is something that needs a follow up and the two cards which would be most impactful with haste already have haste. This results in soulbinding with a one drop (one of which is Experiment One which is better when it evolves over multiple turns and not just charging in as a 1/1 or 2/2). It could be good but seems awkward in the list.

Magma Jet seems too mana intensive for such little damage. Scry 2 doesn't seem to make up for it's lack of impact.


LikeSpider943 on red white duo *HELP!*

1 week ago

I suggest a red white burn deck with 4 Lightning Bolt, 4 Lava Spike, 4 Rift Bolt, 4 Shard Volley, 4 Skullcrack, 4 Lightning Helix, 4 Searing Blaze, 4 Monastery Swiftspear, 4 Boros Reckoner, 4 Eidolon of the Great Revel, 13 Mountain, 2 Plains, and 4 Battlefield Forge. This deck is competitive, fun, and relatively budget. Good luck!

vorpalaxe on mono-red dragons

1 week ago

Volcanic Fallout will not kill your creatures. i do not think you need Flame Slash because your creatures can kill that stuff on their own. Shock is not good enough in modern. so i say you look at 4x Rift Bolt and some Forked Bolt.

lagotripha on Insult to Injury to Death

1 week ago

I'm not a fan of mindcrank without Bloodchief Ascension. It almost never pays off, and so many decks want cards in their graveyard you can get punished pretty hard. Jamming Rakdos Charm maindeck can offset some of that, but giving your opponent card advantage is a real risk. Burning inquiry carries similar problems, and without you running lots of cards that want to be in your graveyard, will likely help your opponent more than you.

I'm guessing this started as a delayed damage Emberwilde Augur Insult Rift Bolt list, possibly including Flame of Keld, which then morphed into a Waste Not variant. Its a fun idea- I've never made it work without it becoming a different deck.

First things first, if you want a damage/discard hybrid deck, you need to decide- how important is the discard? Is the this the rack, or is it a burn deck with blightnings?

If your meta has aggro decks that typically only have 1 card in hand turn four, a lot of discard is wasted. If its all control, then you'll want to be jamming as much as you possibly can just to keep from being locked out of the game. The big thing is that with fifteen cards sideboard, you can pack in 11 copies of duress variants and 4 shrieking afflictions. The sideboard is there to adapt you to your meta- whether that be by jamming silver bullet answers or completely changing your strategy in response. Just by swapping Lightning Bolt alikes for Duress you completely change the pace and playstyle of your deck.

Initial changes? -4 mindcrank, +4 Rakdos Charm. -3 necrogen spellbomb +3 Raven's Crime,-3 Elder Mastery, + Rotting Rats/Sedraxis Specter -3 burning inquiry, +3 Lightning Bolt. It should run smoother.

I have a big list of mono black cards I use for brews here Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox, in particular Sign in Blood and Night's Whisper- both net you more cards in a way that red struggles with, and in a pinch can finish off someone on five life with lighting bolt.

Jamming Call the Bloodline to turn spare lands into lifelinkers can help, and lets you run Asylum Visitor- which can help if you don't feel like Raven's Crime is all that.

Elixir of immortality is cute. Personally, I prefer Sun Droplet or the new Fountain of Renewal, and sometimes Golden Urn. Shuffling the graveyard back in is usually a disadvantage outside of 'draw your deck' combos.

Finally, remember to build something that is fun to play. Its all well and good knowing the 'best' option, but if it ain't fun, it ain't worth it. So always keep that in mind when choosing cards.

(edit- also just maindeck angrath. He locks a player out of the game like lilana and doesn't break the bank)

shadow63 on Mono-Red Burn

1 week ago

Could use Rift Bolt

Salmonman1064 on Browbeat in burn?

2 weeks ago

I'd like to start by noting how entertaining it is that 2/3rds of the comments here are about Vexing Devil when the topic is Browbeat.

Anyway I'd have to agree that both cards are typically suboptimal for a top tier competitive burn deck because they do give your opponent a choice. I think it's unfair to either card to say that they're bad or unplayable because they're not. They both present lose-lose situations to your opponent which is never "bad" but sometimes your opponent is in a position where one of the "lose" scenarios doesn't matter enough. For Browbeat they may be in a position where they have life to spare, taking the damage and then winning. Sometimes they'll be in a position where they give you the cards knowing they'll win anyway.

For Vexing Devil it's pretty similar. They may have life to spare so you lose. Or they may have a removal spell so they just 1 for 1'd with you (not such a bad deal, Goblin Guide and Monastery Swiftspear die to all the same spells). So the bad scenarios are either being in an irrecoverably bad game position or a 1 for 1, with the worst case being that you cut Rift Bolt for Vexing Devil and you lose with them at 3 life.

Vexing Devil in combination with Claim is a very powerful and fun synergy. Vexing Devil isn't bad in a vacuum, it's just not, and Claim should never be in a deck where it can only reanimate a single powerful creature. It might not break the format but it will win you games.

I think I just summarized the long and heated discussion above but here are my final thoughts: Browbeat is a known card that is generally unplayed in top tier burn decks but could easily find a home in yours. I'd recommend 1-2 copies but if 4 works for you then stick with what you like, especially in a budget deck.

And also Vexing Devil is good.

SeekerofSecrets on Izzet reveler

2 weeks ago

The first thing I would do is play 4 Thought Scour in place of Faithless Looting. Your not running souls so it doesnt make any sense to run card disadvantage.

I would also switch Peek for Mana Leak

I know that you don't like control but Izzet Charm has never felt strong for me so maybe Rift Bolt or Cryptic Command if you don't mind counter spells.

Of course Snapcaster Mage is amazing but it's pretty pricey

The main difference between mardu pyro and izzet pyro is the fact that mardu is always proactive while izzet wants to be more slow and reactive. That's why you see allot of lists playing Thing in the Ice  Flip and counter spells. You can of course play a more tempo or burn strategy but I tend to fall somewhere between tempo and control with my lists. You can look at my profile if you want I have some pretty solid variants that you can test.

Happy brewing!!

redbird97 on Blue Red Storm

4 weeks ago

Maybe play 4 copies of Lightning Bolt and add Rift Bolt? I'd get rid of Faithless Looting and Grapeshot. Also Magma Spray is only a 1 drop. You might consider adding some cancel spells too. Still,looks like a nice deck. +1

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