Lightning Helix


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Brawl Legal
Standard Legal
Arena Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Casual Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

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Set Rarity
Guilds of Ravnica: Guild Kit (GK1) Uncommon
Explorers of Ixalan (EO2) None
Iconic Masters (IMA) Uncommon
Duel Decks: Speed vs. Cunning (DDN) Uncommon
Modern Masters (MMA) Uncommon
Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas (DDH) Uncommon
Planechase (HOP) Uncommon
Ravnica: City of Guilds (RAV) Uncommon
Promo Set (000) Uncommon

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Lightning Helix


Lightning Helix deals 3 damage to target creature, player or planeswalker and you gain 3 life.

Lightning Helix Discussion

TheSlowestBro on Titan Control (1 creature 100% Competitive)

1 hour ago

Personally I'd cut Quicken , Divination , Mindswipe , Secure the Wastes , and a few Dissolve .

I would add in Opt , Lightning Helix , Dovin's Veto and some more good planeswalkers. Also another land or two.

M_Malcom on Lightsaber Zoo

1 day ago

Lightning Helix is a bute with retrace.

Sarkhan420X on Modern Mono White Angels

3 weeks ago

i'd recommend adding more colors to the deck. the first color i'd add is green to ramp into your angels quickly as well as potentially use the effect of Shalai, Voice of Plenty .

red also gives access to Aurelia, Exemplar of Justice and of course Lightning Helix and Lightning Bolt .

if running green, you can add black as well for Assassin's Trophy and Abrupt Decay .

blue would probably be the weakest color to add. imo, the only good blue angel is Lightning Angel

Battlecry1986 on Orzhov Lifeweaver

3 weeks ago

Take a look at Oath of Kaya and Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord

I am a HUGE fan of Oath of Kaya . It is the Standard equivalent to Lightning Helix and it can stick around to gain more value if you run any type of walker package.

Speaking of walkers i think Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord fits this style of deck perfectly. Granting lifelink to your entire board with a build in reanimation strategy to bring back those all too important Legion Lieutenant s

DemonDragonJ on Modern Horizons Announced

3 weeks ago

Mind rake is one letter different from “mind rape,” but I suspect that WotC would be reluctant to print a card with that name.

A new card referencing Marit Lage is most interesting, but I severely dislike the new wording for generating tokens with names.

Why is smiting helix a sorcery? Lightning Helix is an instant, so I see no reason for this card to not be one, also.

Mirrodin besieged is very nice, and I shall be certain to add it to my list of alternate win and loss conditions.

I see no reason for which magmatic sinkhole could not target players, since it is not too powerful to instantly defeat a player.

Is there a reason for which frostwalla’s ability can be activated only once per turn? It does not seem to be too powerful, to me.

PhoenixNest on IZZKEKE

4 weeks ago

You don't have any plains in this deck, which makes it hard for Glacial Fortress and Clifftop Retreat to come in untapped. Some shocklands would be good replacements for some of the checklands since you have almost a 50/50 checklands than lands with subtypes. They'd also be good for the lifegain lands since having a land come in tapped is a bad tempo loss. Lightning Bolt is a better Lightning Strike , and you should replace shock with something like Lightning Helix or Rift Bolt since they are both more powerful than Shock. No Escape is not particularly good when there is Remand . Remand can counter anything for two mana, or one with the Electromancer and allow you to draw. It puts the card back in your opponent's hand but it can essentially Time Walk them.

GofyTomcat1 on RUW Deck

1 month ago

Here is a list of generally good Jeskai midrange/tempo/aggro cards in Modern. Feel free to run any or all or none of these, depending on what you can afford:

Lightning Bolt

Lightning Helix



Mana Leak

Path to Exile



Serum Visions

Geist of Saint Traft

Lightning Angel

Snapcaster Mage (if not on a budget)

Mantis Rider

Delver of Secrets

Spell Queller

Vendilion Clique

Young Pyromancer

Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Elspeth, Knight-Errant

Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

Gideon of the Trials


  1. These cards tend to be more expensive. Feel free to get them as you can afford them. I would recommend Lightning Bolt over Lightning Strike, Remand / Mana Leak over Cancel, and Lightning Helix over Shock as a starting point. This will lower your mana curve and allow you to cast more spells per turn. Likewise, Mantis Rider and Lightning Angel are good threats that are more efficient than your current setup, but are still affordable on a budget.

  2. Your mana base would do well to get lands that enter untapped, such as painlands (ie Shivan Reef ), fastlands (ie Spirebluff Canal ) or, if you can afford them, fetch and shock lands (ie Flooded Strand and Steam Vents .) This will allow you to more easily cast your spells "on curve."

  3. I think you only need 2 Planeswalkers, not 3. Choose your two favorites (or one off the list I provided) and run those. For me personally, I run Chandra, Torch of Defiance and Elspeth, Knight-Errant , but the choice is ultimately yours.

  4. Feel free to take a look at my deckThe Spirit of '76: Jeskai Lightning Geist for inspiration.

  5. Most of these suggestions come from me as a competitive Modern player. Your deck is tagged as "Modern" so as such I am approaching suggestions in that way, with more competitive (tournament) gameplay in mind.

  6. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!! You have an excellent game-plan, but if you can, remember that "efficiency is key" for decks like this.

All the best, Gofy

Struyk on Niv Mizzet, Ultimate Master of Guilds (Ver 1.2)

1 month ago

Drop all the card draw cards, commander is more than enough for all your card draw needs.

Boros: Assemble the Legion or Lightning Helix or Master Warcraft
Gruul: Decimate pretty much must have or any of the Domri planeswalkers
Selesnya: Aura Shards or Trostani Discordant or Sylvan Reclamation

Would also add Ash Barrens as its must have for 5 color decks

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Lightning Helix occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.36%

RW (Boros): 30.79%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%