Lava Axe

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper Duel Commander Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Premodern Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Rules Q&A

Lava Axe


Lava Axe deals 5 damage to target player.

legendofa on B/R Goblin Burn

5 months ago

You're not likely to cast Lava Axe or Assembled Alphas off 20 lands with no ramp, unless the game goes long (which is what a burn deck does not want). This is more Goblin tribal than burn; burn wants pretty much every card in the deck either be a land or say "(card name) deals (#) damage to (target)" like Shock or Lightning Strike (and if you can get ahold of some, Lightning Bolt). Every card that's not immediately dealing damage is slowing a burn deck down. Goblin tribal generally focuses on lots of creatures pumping each other up and attacking fast and hard, which is more of what you have here. Both strategies are viable, and there's a little bit of overlap, but they're not interchangeable. To give you an idea of the similarities and differences, is a tournament-level burn deck. is a tournament-level Goblin deck.

Also, look for Goblin Grenade.

legendofa on Syr Pauper, the Konrad

7 months ago

LightEntropy None of the cards you suggested are actually visible. I'm guessing they're supposed to be something like Commander's Sphere for the draw engine/mana rock, Exquisite Huntmaster for the Encore card, and the rest I can't get from context.

Dazard The card Diregraf Horde is a potential Lava Axe around the table when paired with a sacrifice outlet. If you cast the Horde, exile two cards from your graveyard, and sacrifice the Horde and its tokens (or just attack), each opponent loses five life. Then you bring it back and do it again. I would also suggest some instant-speed reanimator cards like Undying Evil, Undying Malice, Feign Death, or Supernatural Stamina, to go through all the 1-mana options.

ViscountVonSausageRoll on Ensnaring Flames

7 months ago

Well, since you asked I think this deck looks good for casual, but coming from someone who hasn't played legacy in a decade it's way too slow for it even back then. That being said, I like it for sure.

Ensnaring Bridge is a reasonably strong lockout card, and I could easily imagine hearing "Oh it's that deck" at the kitchen table. I also love the creative use of Sonic Burst. Some things you could easily (and cheaply!) upgrade. Lightning Bolt is simply the best red card ever, every red deck would be better with 4 of them. Bolt also comes in a slow version Chain Lightning.

I love Lava Axe, but even back in the day it was never a great card. If you happen to get stuck on 4 mana (it happens) it's going to be a dead card in your hand, same with Flame Wave. This deck definitely doesn't want cards in its hand, so we could think about Flame Javelin or Fireblast if we're trying to keep it old bordered.

PS: Also Embermage Goblin

legendofa on I read rod of absorption …

2 years ago

The mana value of all the spells you cast, added together, must be X or less. So if X=10, you could cast, say, Goblin Rally and Lava Axe , or you could cast Time Stretch , but you couldn't cast all three.

nathanielhebert on An Axe, carrying an Axe $15 Ultrabudget Casual

2 years ago

The kernels of an idea are there — cheers!

I went digging through the Magic Card Database last night, and surprised the pickings were rather slim. However, I'll need to research a little more thoroughly, as there are "axes" not being pulled up in the query like Bonesplitter. Maybe it's finally time to build that Lava Axe deck that's been simmering for years.

"Death and Axes" — here we come!

libraryjoy on An Axe, carrying an Axe $15 Ultrabudget Casual

2 years ago

Maybe an Izzet deck then so you can run Lava Axe lol. Bearded Axe would provide a target for animating and some good benefits. Bloodforged Battle-Axe too if you're staying in Casual and have the $$ lol.

nathanielhebert on The Best Card In Magic - Lava Axe

2 years ago

I'd recommend adding a Lava Axe .

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