As an additional cost to play Lightning Axe, discard a card or pay .
Lightning Axe deals 5 damage to target creature.
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|Shadows over Innistrad (SOI)||Uncommon|
|Time Spiral (TSP)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Lightning Axe occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.18%
Lightning Axe Discussion
1 month ago
MindAblaze You got them all, but, I don't think you adequately explained the Rube Goldbergness of the Borborygmos Enraged combo: You Goryo's Vengeance a Griselbrand, then funnel all your life through it to draw cards (hopefully finding a Nourishing Shoal or two along the way), then exile a Simian Spirit Guide and discard a Borborygmos Enraged to pay for a Lightning Axe (to your own Griselbrand if necessary), and exile another 2 Spirit Guides to pay for a Manamorphose to pay for another Goryo's Vengeance on the Borborygmos Enraged you just discarded, then activate his ability enough times to kill the opponent.
This combo still goes 5-0 sometimes.
1 month ago
Incorrigible Youths is pretty weak, and Insult/Injury seems pretty out of place. Vraska's Contempt is pretty expensive at 4 mana too. Gisa's Bidding, Bloodghast, and Big Game Hunter are all possible options for the creature slot. Hero's Downfall is probably a better option than Vraska's Contempt for dealing with creatures and planeswalkers. Honestly though I don't think a deck this fast should be too scared of planeswalkers in the first place - I'd consider Lightning Axe instead of any black destruction spell. Cathartic Reunion or Thrill of Possibility could provide you with some much needed card advantage. You could definitely use Blood Crypts since you have 8 one mana spells - don't want to be caught with only taplands that won't let you cast them! And I assume the 6 Hanweird Battlements is a typo?
Whatever you decide to do, good luck and have fun!
2 months ago
Only those cards are really necessary:
- 4x Insolent Neonate
- 4x Lightning Axe
- 4x Goryo's Vengeance
- 4x Through the Breach
- 4x Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
- 4x Temple of Malice
- 4x Swamp
- 4x Mountain
Liliana is here because I had myself buy me a Christmas gift. It's not so necessary. Also, the fetches are also not so necessary. I started with
P.S. RIP Mox Opal :-(
Good luck with the deck. It's a lot of fun.
This deck had also (in the beginning) only one Emrakul, had Ilharg until I've learned that it doesnt trigger Annihilator on Emrakul put by Ilharg, it had Griselbrand but I've learned it's a totally different deck and not a wincon here. It had Nicol Bolas.
2 months ago
Well, it combos, and its removal.
When we got 3 mana:
When we got 2 mana:
The main deal in this deck is to put emrakul with haste and attack to trigger annihilator 6 and 15 damage flying monster at opponent yes? And the simplest way to win is to have Emrakul + Discard + Goryo
2 months ago
Recently stumbled across Twilight Prophet , and noticed some similarities/differences to Dark Confidant . Is there potential for an application in stax or grindy mid game decks? Seems especially a list like Blood Pod could benefit, any list that has beatdown as a backup plan
- 2 mana vs. 4 mana ( Dark Confidant v. Twilight Prophet )
- Assuming normal mana curve, first card is turn 3 vs. turn 5
- Prophet requires ascending before giving ANY cards
- Confidant only loses you life, while Prophet gains you life and slurps all your opponents.
- Prophet is a superior blocker and body, 2/1 against a 2/4 flying.
- Topdeck manipulation doubles as Lightning Axe against all players by picking permanents with big CMC.
For anyone interested about ascend, 702.130b Ascend on a permanent represents a static ability. It means “Any time you control ten or more permanents and you don’t have the city’s blessing, you get the city’s blessing for the rest of the game.”
Give me your thoughts! Would you run it? If so, where?
2 months ago
I should say that even though I'm using the Modern pool of cards, I don't intend on making it a competitive deck. I just think that because a deck is casual and budget it doesn't necessarily need to be as good as it can be.
I'll probably make it Mardu since I think it shouldn't too hard to fit some cycling to help dig through the deck and enable Astral Drift for more blinks. It should end up shifting the archetype of the deck to control rather than aggro, which is something I'm totally in favor of.
I choose to keep red in deck because it helps with card draw and has way more discard outlets like Cathartic Reunion , Lightning Axe and I'll try to fit in Tectonic Reformation since lands will end up being almost useless in the late game.
I'll also be cutting almost all, if not all, copies of Unearth .
2 months ago
I think in an aggro deck the sheer power of Lightning Skelemental will outweigh the need for survivability that Flamewake Phoenix provides. Maybe just consider it over the Sedraxis Specter then if you are going purely for a red/black mana base and you can keep the phoenix still. Lightning Axe does seem like a solid option for removal and discard fuel. I recommended the 1 CMC spells I did assuming you might want the Dreadhorde Arcanist but if he is not an option then you could easily run something like Cast Down or maybe Angrath's Rampage instead. If you are going red/black then at this point I would also consider cutting Insolent Neonate , Sedraxis Specter and Tasigur, the Golden Fang and just adding some Instants and upping some of your current Sorcery counts from 3 to 4.
2 months ago
Firestalker, I think you made some really good point with the suggestions., and also some real tough considerations.
Honestly, Favorable Winds seems like it's too much. I didn't include it for the memes. I really thought that it would be nice to pump those phoenixes and all the other flyers to hit for massive damage. However, it almost never gets to my hand and when it does, it looks like a dead card for an agrressive deck.
The Lightning Skelemental over Flamewake Phoenix is a difficult one, but don't get me wrong, Lightning Skelemental is an amazing card. The thing is: most of the deck relies on the unearth mechanic and, ironically, the Unearth card. So, most of the cards don't stick until my next turn, espcially in Hell's Thunder 's case, where even when playing it from my hand or reanimating it, it won't surviving by the end of my turn. Flamewake Phoenix can use the Thunder's "power", so to speak, to come in and stay after he dies. At least in my mind, Sedraxis Specter would make a more suitable replacement, as, even tough it would be nice to have a flyer that causes my opponents to discard and a huge trampler that does the same, getting rid of the specter would enable me to cut out blue mana, more on that when I talk about Tasigur, the Golden Fang and Thought Scour .
A 4th Duress and Divest could be placed in the sideboard. Lightning Bolt I'm not so sure, maybe Lightning Axe would be more effective, even tough you've already pointed that I my already have enough discard fuel. Disfigure I'm not so sure about, maybe there's a better option for removal that's also budget. However, I agree that I should have some more interaction with my opponent's board. Vendetta I'll pass, since I don't think the deck race enough to the point that the life loss won't matter.
Now, Dreadhorde Arcanist is a problem. That card would definetly be good in this deck. The issue here is the price. Here in Brazil cards can be rather expensive. You see, while TappedOut says the average TCGplayer price is around $4,69 as of the time I'm writing this comment, here in Brazil it costs R$23,00 minimun, while a full playset would cost R$92,00. Just to give you context, I teach English to a private student of mine and get paid R$280,00 a month. So, the full playset would cost almost a third of what I get paid from my student. It's just not possible for me.
Tasigur, the Golden Fang seems like a card that could be cut out, since I'm already planning on cutting Favorable Winds but I'm not sure I'd replace with Gurmag Angler . Maybe I'd just put 1 Angler to act as a Phoenix enabler and a last resort big body. Maybe Tasigur will get replaced with the Lightning Skelemental and I'll find a way to include other 2 Skellies.
Thought Scour is good but I'll probably leave it on the Maybeboard to experiment with removing all the blue mana and working with a Rakdos manabase.
The manabase will probably just include Smoldering Marsh and Foreboding Ruins since I'll be removing the blue ones, and that should alliviate the pressure of the manabase. Also, as an aggressive deck, cards like Crumbling Necropolis wouldn't help too much.
I think I've talked about everyone one of your suggestions. If I missed anything just say it. Thanks for the attention and time spent to try and help me.