Ball Lightning


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Oldschool 93/94 Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Masters 25 (A25) Rare
Premium Deck Series: Fire and Lightning (PFL) Rare
2010 Core Set (M10) Rare
Masters Edition (MED) Common
Beatdown Box Set (BTD) Rare
Fifth Edition (5ED) Rare
Fourth Edition (4ED) Rare
4th Edition Foreign Black Border (4EDFBB) Rare
The Dark (DRK) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Ball Lightning

Creature — Elemental

Trample (If this creature would deal enough damage to its blockers to destroy them, you may have it deal the rest of its damage to defending player or planeswalker.)

Haste (This creature can attack and as soon as it comes under your control.)

At the beginning of the end step, sacrifice Ball Lightning.

Ball Lightning Discussion

rockgobbler on Omnath's Reef

3 days ago


to me, the Thunderkin Awakener seems like it is taking up space. I would suggest that if you're going to stick with it, that you might incorporate Ball Lightning or something similar, so that the risk taken by T.A. is worthwhile and can get some serious damage done. I have a deck which uses Thunderkin Awakener and Lightning Skelemental in that way.

Another cool card to consider, but for the sideboard, would be Glarewielder in order to keep T.A. safe while attacking. Gearhead19, food for thought for you, too.

kamarupa on Ellie Mental

1 week ago

It's kind of a beaten down archetype without a lot of great options to brew equally competitive variations, though that's somewhat changed with the recent-ish release of Lightning Skelemental , which has been fairly successfully paired with Ball Lightning .

FenrisBurgess on Ellie Mental

1 week ago


  • Seems like an more consistent strategy, albeit having more combo pieces. Seems like it works just as effectively on turn 4.
  • I'm trying to stay more with the Ball Lightning flavor as opposed to any tribal mechanics. Early damage feels more effective and mentally taxing for my opponent, even if I don't win immediately. I also get to abuse Postmortem Lunge more.
  • Thanks for the suggestions, though.

DreadKhan on Goblins assemble!

2 weeks ago

Well, if you want to have the option of doing damage specifically to a creature and you want bang for your buck, I'd consider Flame Slash , which is a royal kick in the nuts to most creatures, even out doing Lightning Bolt at one specific thing.

I think Font of Ire is pretty cool, but I'd rather use my x4 Ball Lightning , which is roughly like beating someone with a 2 x 4 until you get tired... that 6 to the face has won my red deck a good portion of it's games. Probably the same regarding the shrine, but this is just my opinion.

DreadKhan on Burn-Legacy on a Budget

2 weeks ago

Neat deck, I was playtesting it a bit, am I correct in assuming you mostly ignore creatures and just burn the player? It seemed vs my budget aggro deck that was the correct choice, because when I tried to deal with creatures I tended to end up too slow to win with your deck. I'm not great at burn, but I really love using Ball Lightning ... I assume you find that too slow?

cosmcbun on Elfire

1 month ago

Have you considered Ball Lightning or Lightning Bolt ? Both seem like they would fit very well into this list. Also, Brute Force is strictly better than Infuriate .

NS_Savage on Hippity Hoppity Your Creatures Are Now My Property

1 month ago

For the most part they, this was a deck concept I made up for a play group that played creature heavy/power matters decks, as for the duplicates I put them in there just to further the stealing strategy that the deck already had but you can easily replace those cards with life gain cards or just your own cards high power and low toughness, like Ball Lightning , to maximize cards draw and minimize life loss.

Daarkest on Shovel in, Lightning Out

1 month ago

Lightning Serpent is terrible for your gameplan. -4 Serpent , +4 Ball Lightning

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