Unstable Footing

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Zendikar (ZEN) Uncommon

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Unstable Footing

Instant

Kicker {{3,R}} (You may pay an additional {{3,R}} as you cast this spell.)

Damage can't be prevented this turn. If Unstable Footing was kicked, it deals 5 damage to target player.

Unstable Footing Discussion

abby315 on More card draw for Hallar

6 months ago

Don't think you need Myth Unbound b/c she's low cost already, I don't think Unstable Footing is good enough even though it's a kicker card. It might make more sense to focus on only the efficient kicker cards, and have more of a +1/+1 counter subtheme (activate Hallar fewer times for more damage). I also don't think Guttersnipe is good enough with 18 spells to activate him. So there are some cuts. Harmonize is good burst card draw, so is something like Greater Good . There's always Sylvan Library if you can afford one - it's not too bad rn.

DoIStillLoveIt on

1 year ago

I have really enjoyed seeing you play your deck on MTGMuddstah. Have you considered Comet Storm, Canopy Surge, and Molten Disaster? It seems that Hallar is really good at nuking all opponents, so effects like these three can hit all of your opponents while also triggering Hallar, plus they can usually survive the Disaster, too.

Goblin Ruinblaster, Joraga Warcaller, Overload, and Verduran Emissary are all strong kicker cards that seem worth testing as well. I love the strategy of focusing on +1/+1 counters and just using the good kicker spells, but maybe you could swap out some of the more situational cards, like Unstable Footing and Sporeback Troll?

Great deck, love the strat.

Rekram on Kicking cards kicking butts

1 year ago

Malakyas thanks for the input! I actually had Unstable Footing in the Deck but the people i play with mainly counter the spell itselve so it rarely got used. As to Burst Lightning seems interresting. I will try to fit some in so thanks.

Kogarashi on I can be pretty.......Heartless

1 year ago

Unfortunately I don't have much in the way of good replacements for the Leyline and Skullcrack.

Witch Hunt prevents everyone's lifegain, but has some interesting interactions as it's passed around the table.

Insult // Injury does a one-turn "damage can't be prevented," which you could try to combo with one-sided damage dealing. It also doubles damage output.

Unstable Footing blocks damage prevention, and if kicked also deals damage.

Wild Slash deals damage, and if you meet the Ferocious requirement, it also blocks damage prevention.

Eternity Vessel might appeal to you, as when landfall is triggered, your life total becomes equal to the number of counters on it (which equal your life total when you cast it).

Mostly I'd use those two slots for some red ramp.

Neotrup on Can Elite Arcanist cast copy ...

1 year ago

Slight correction on the Unstable Footing example, you will have the option to pay the kicker, which is to deal the damage, not a straight .

Neotrup on Can Elite Arcanist cast copy ...

1 year ago

will be the sum. For example, if both Wizard's Lightning and Wizard's Retort are exiled, you'll have to pay to use Elite Arcanist's ability. On resolution you'll copy both cards, and be able to cast either or both (or neither) without paying their mana costs.

Overwhelming Denial + Unstable Footing will cost you , with the option to pay another to deal 5 damage. You will not be able to pay the surge cost, so any abilities check whether surge was paid will not work.

Rebound is an ability that only applies to a spell cast from your hand, as these copies are cast from exile, it does not apply.

Reverberate + Shadow Rift works as you expect, you'll be able to target Shadow Rift with Reverberate as long as you cast Reverberate second while resolving Elite Arcanist's ability.

Howl of the Horde is a sorcery and cannot be exiled with Elite Arcanist. It also only affects a spell cast after it resolves, so it wouldn't be able to copy Twincast.

I have no idea what you're trying to do with Exquisite Firecraft.

Dispel + Wizard's Lightning will require you to pay , but not require you to cast both cards. You can simply cast the Wizard's Lightning.

Lightning Bolt + Scatter to the Winds will let you cast Lightning Bolt and counter it with Scatter to the Winds, but you will not be allowed to pay the awaken cost, so you can't animate a land with it.

With Kaho, Minamo Historian, if the ability is copied, you'll end up exiling 6 cards. They won't be distinct, any time you activate the ability you'll choose one of the cards still exiled and cast it. You won't get to cast two unless you copy the activated ability.

I'll get back to you one Mindswipe, my mind is burning out.

When you copy a spell, you keep the mode and target the same. Most things that copy a spell will let you choose new targets after copying, but nothing to my knowledge lets you change modes.

Snacrifice on Under $5 EDH deck

2 years ago

Always love a good budget deck!

You might enjoy Wildest Dreams as another budget return card.Bramblecrush would give you a good way to deal with any annoying artifacts/enchantments that pop up.

Racecourse Fury is good for cheap haste since you're pretty creature-light. Unstable Footing is always good to ensure damage, and I'm surprised you don't have a Fling to make someone removing borby hurt:P

Moby_Copperfield on Rakdos Party!

2 years ago

Here's a few more suggestions. some pricier than others!

Upgrades for Shock: Galvanic Blast, Wild Slash

Enchantments: Bloodchief Ascension, Quest for Pure Flame,

Others: Death Spark, Fall of the Titans, Gut Shot, Firestorm, Pyrite Spellbomb (can also card draw), Spark Jolt, Spark Spray, Tarfire (probably not worth it), and Unstable Footing

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