Bolt Bend

Bolt Bend


This spell casts less to cast if you control a creature with power 4 or greater.

Change the target of target spell or ability with a single target.

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal

Bolt Bend occurrence in decks from the last year

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Bolt Bend Discussion

RambIe on Redirect in EDH?

3 weeks ago

the function of redirecting as a hole is amazing in red
but limited in blue because blue has to many cards that would out perform a redirect card in almost every situation

Example: As enpc & SynergyBuild Both suggested Misdirection which is no doubt the best value you can find for this function in blue.
any situation you could cast Misdirection you could also cast Force of Will , or Redirect vs Counterspell
as were in reds Deflecting Swat the runners up would be Bolt Bend & Ricochet Trap making the choice cut n dry

but like you said "Situationally might be better than a counterspell" the answer is yes there are some situations were redirect would out perform counter spells, key words there are "some" as most red players will testify most situations redirect spells sit as a dead card in your hand were a counter would have been the answer.

Robobro72 on Bippity Boppity Your Deck is My Property

3 months ago

How has Bolt Bend been with no creatures with base power 4 or greater? The only enablers I see are Krenko, Agitator Ant, and stealing a big creature from an opponent (and technically Shiny Impetus). That seems a bit suspect, since holding up 4 mana in mono-R is a bit hard.

zamiero on Vial and Ghost!

3 months ago

3> Ahhh I've been wanting to play with Obosh, the Preypiercer and Angrath's Marauders - glad you found a spot for them. While you're at it, you could also consider other "damage doublers" such as Wound Reflection and Fiendish Duo. I've thought about a Vial-Smasher deck with a White partner just to add Gisela, Blade of Goldnight.

3> I see you enjoy big monsters and X-spells here. Oh to be young again... but seriously, this seems like a good deck to play them in as you would be rewarded. Instants are your friend, as you can Smash Vials on everyone's turn! No Comet Storm?

3> I would be worried about Vial-Smasher getting nuked from orbit as soon as your turn passes and it's no longer indestructible. You'll find Heroic Intervention and Slippery Bogbonder will help with targeted Exile removal. You already have Destroy and Sacrifice covered I see.

3> I see some cost-reduced and commander-free spells in there, but you have a limited suite. While doing research for my thoughts on Vial-Smasher, I found the following might be helpful - list is just copy/paste, so it will include some White and/or Blue cards:

3> I see some cost-reduced and commander-free spells in there, but you have a limited suite. While doing research for my thoughts on Vial-Smasher, I found the following might be helpful - list is just copy/paste, so it will include some White and/or Blue cards:

mlequesne on Ball Lightning Never Dies

4 months ago

Bolt Bend might be a good upgrade to Ricochet Trap, since it works against any color


4 months ago

Mini update:

In: Bolt Bend and Deflecting Swat for some added protection and trickery, Mana Geyser for more ritual and combo potential.

Out: Fork and Reverberate were not working how I wanted them too. Strionic Resonator was win-more.

Upcoming considerations, those marked with * are the ones that will definitely be going in and staying:

Looking for cut suggestions.

Caerwyn on Bolt Bend vs. Harrow

6 months ago

Harrow does not target, so you cannot change the target of the spell with Bolt Bend. Any spell that targets will use the word "target" in the rules text (or be an aura or Mutate spell, which always targets if it is cast as a spell).

Reidzee757 on Bolt Bend vs. Harrow

6 months ago

My buddy played Harrow and I cast Bolt Bend and changed the target from him to me.

My question is; who would sacrifice the land? Since sacrificing is an additional land is part of the cost to cast Harrow, he would sac the land then I would search for two basic lands to put onto the battlefield.

Is this accurate, or would I end up having to sac the lands to gain the search two basics? Or was Harrow even a valid target for Bolt Bend since it doesn't say "target player searches his/her library..."?

Kalo_Wen on

7 months ago

Haha, I feel you. Sometimes you just need to pull a deck out and turn things sideways.

One of the best decisions I made, that I don’t often see talked about, is running plenty of 1-drop Llanowar Elves as well as the 3-drop Cultivate variants that get you more than one land. This gives the best odds of curving into a Turn 3 Xenagos and getting the party started.

Caller of the Pack and Blade of Selves are personal favorites, since everyone gets to party. If you decide to go the Malignus route, I don’t see Realm Seekers talked about much. It’s often a 20/20 before Xenagos’ trigger plus can fetch utility lands like Kessig Wolf Run

If you need protection from white exile then Bolt Bend almost always costs 1 Red.

Party on Wayne!

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