Assault Strobe

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper Duel Commander Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

Assault Strobe


Target creature gains double strike until end of turn. (It deals both first strike and regular combat damage.)

Brickhouse on Ballbreakers

1 month ago

Wow! I like what you have going! I have a similar budget deck that is only Black and Red. Balls Lightning. It's probably one of the sharpest budget decks that I have made. I have some specific cards that developed like Thud in place of Fling. I ran Temur Battle Rage and I wound up changing it to Raking Claws because the balls already have trample and over Assault Strobe because you need instant speed with the Thunderkin Awakener.

Good stuff! I didn't even know there was a green ball lightning.

Icbrgr on Lightning Cajones

1 month ago

Hellspark Elemental and Assault Strobe might be nice to consider.

wallisface on Hidetsugu Shakedown (Ogre tribal!)

2 months ago


  • yes, Wrecking Ogre can grant double strike and +3, but five mana is a pretty nuts amount to spend for that kind of effect, especially when stuff like Assault Strobe exists. I’m really not convinced it’s worth running, especially when its application is so niche - without the Vessel in play, this starts looking really stink (and you can’t rely on Vessel being in play).

  • on discard spells, if you’re playing multiplayer then don’t bother with them. They’re great in 1-v-1, but as you get more opponents it just creates a situation where you’d be hurting yourself more than them.

  • on Fatal Push etc, yes Hidetsugu Consumes All  Flip removes all 1-drops, but you can’t rely on drawing that in a game having backup options is always good, so you don’t get blown-out early. Your deck currently has nothing it can do turn-1, which means you’re starting that game at a disadvantage.

I think you’ve put a LOT of weight on the deck functioning when you’ve drawn a Hidetsugu Consumes All  Flip, which is going to put you in a really rough position in all those games where you don’t. Relying on one card so heavily is going to be problematic, especially with how easy it is to remove.

Goblinking81 on Ball lightning.

3 months ago

Have you considered Lizard Blades instead of Assault Strobe??? I know Assault Strobe is only 1 mana to play but you get multiple uses out of Lizard Blades.

Wuzibo on Zada Hedron grinder + "whenever …

3 months ago

Let me begin by saying I have a Zada, Hedron Grinder modern deck i play around with that i started playing as soon as she was released because I thought and still think that cantrips on her is probably some of the best draw mono red can do. This is going to be more directed at zada decks i see on here in general though.

I wanted to check out some newer decks to see what people are running these days, and i see a lot of people running heroic stuff like Akroan Crusader that triggers, like zada, when you cast a spell targeting them.

The important thing to note here is it says "cast". If i understand right, copies aren't cast unless it specifically says "cast", like an imprint effect. Ideally you use heroic stuff with something like a red cantrip or Titan's Strength, Assault Strobe or Brute Force. However, if Zada is on the field, you want to be casting your crimson whisps, Expedite and the aforementioned buff cards on her, to spread it to your whole field and/or get a lot of scrying or draw. 1 mana draw 3, with a little effect on all your creatures is insane, which you only need 3 creatures to pull off. That's Ancestral Recall level power, but it is gated behind that as a required setup.

In that instance, Young Pyromancer and Guttersnipe only give 1 trigger each. For this reason, i think, like, Monastery Swiftspear and other prowess effects are a better choice, and more ways to put out more tokens. I feel she's better with more creatures. Turning 3 1/1s into 4/4s while making her a 7/7 is game ending. Stuff like Goblin Rabblemaster and any of the little goblins that make more goblins as an etb. Monastery swiftspear still only gets 1 trigger from the original spell you cast targeting zada, but, it still triggers when you target zada, unlike a Satyr Hoplite.

I wrote this to be about mono-red, but it's good to know this for any deck you're running them in. I actually do like Satyr Hoplite and Akroan Crusader. They're good if youre going for like, a thing that cares about auras entering the battlefield, since then you have a good target for your aura. I built a constellation deck once. Why did they get rid of keyworded stuff like that? Red is a hard color to do that with, but, something like that is more where Satyr Hoplite shines.

I hope this helps people build better decks.

nbarry223 on The Inferno Counts to 20: Budget + Sideboard Swap

3 months ago

Dangerous Wager or Light Up the Stage may be a better "draw" spell.

Reverberate should definitely be an include in here, there's a lot of subtle interactions it would provide for the deck. First of all, it can be used to counter a counterspell. Next, you can copy Irencrag Feat and since the copy isn't being cast, yea, 14 mana for 6.

Temur Battle Rage is probably more efficient than some of your pump artifacts. While it may not technically double the power, it essentially does since it gives double strike, and trample if you are going to get blocked. Assault Strobe and Double Cleave would function similarly.

Titan's Strength is probably one of the better pump spells, since it gives you a scry. Scry and cantrips are the best things for combo decks like this because it offers more consistency.

Reckless Charge offers you the reusability of flashback if needed.

Dreadhorde Arcanist may be useful for recursion.

lagotripha on Lightning Cajones

6 months ago

There are some fixes for tri-colour mana for elementals, especially if you are racing to higher mana. Pentad Prism and Smokebraider do a lot. The triple costs for ball and skele can be awkward still - its all about how it feels in testing.

Assault Strobe also turns that t4 ball lightning with celebrant into a otk.


10 months ago

If you would rather be able to Assault Strobe at instant speed, you can try out Psychotic Fury. It gives a card, and Yusri is multi-colored, so he can be targeted by it.

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