Lightning Helix

Lightning Helix

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

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 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
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

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Lightning Helix Discussion

multimedia on Fort Burn

1 month ago

Hey, interesting budget version of Kykar.

Lots of burn here doesn't have enough oomph when each opponent will have 40 or more life. Glacial Ray, Magma Spray, Lightning Helix and other single effect burn spells like this are subpar in multiplayer Commander. Flame Rift doesn't do enough, hitting all players for 4 damage a single time is not worth a card. Even being able to flashback these spells with Backdraft Hellkite isn't good enough because they're only doing damage to one player. Some advice is research Torbran, Thane of Red Fell burn decks and mimic the burn strategy with Kykar?

Impact Tremors and Zo-Zu the Punisher are good, it's the kind of repeatable burn you want in multiplayer Commander. Consider more repeatable burn sources?

Barbs and Earth seem like very good repeatable burn sources with Kykar since have lots of mana rocks (could have more), Spirits can make red mana and playing lots of basic lands. Tremors and Goblin Bombardment want an infinite combo for they're burn that can create infinite tokens with Kykar or Saheeli, Sublime Artificer.

By adding this budget combo you add some more competitiveness to your deck and Guttersnipe is another burn win condition with the combo. You can't do this combo if you control Spellshock. But with Jeskai you have many options that can bounce/tuck/destroy an enchantment before comboing while still keeping it in your control to burn your opponents until you want to combo.


What Kykar provides for a burn strategy is extra damage from attacking with fliers, 1/1 Spirits and Kykar. Animosity can make Spirits more of attacking threats and with a lot of them a win condition. Consider increasing the fort with Obedience and Prison? Obedience can also be a nice source of repeatable life gain with extort since you gain life each time equal to the number of opponents you have.

Consider adding more draw as well as more mana efficient draw to expand on spellslinger?

Tandem Lookout when soulbond to a creature who can do damage to an opponent or all opponents you draw cards. Use this interaction with Guttersnipe since when he does damage you draw a number of cards equal to the number of opponents you have. Zo-Zu the Punisher is also good with Lookout because all players can play lands including yourself to draw. Lookout can change who it's soulbond to which is really helpful to first soulbond with flying Kykar or a Spirit and then change when a creature ETB who can do damage to opponents.


Some cards to consider cutting:

Good luck with your deck.

Magic_Aids on 【Busted】▷ META SLAYER ◁【Deck!】-【5c Domain!】

1 month ago

zapyourtumor

Lightning Helix could be good, especially since burn decks are such a problem!

zapyourtumor on 【Busted】▷ META SLAYER ◁【Deck!】-【5c Domain!】

1 month ago

Playing this deck I've found Tribal Flames to be super underwhelming. The ceiling is a 5 damage sorcery spell for 2 mana, and it isn't even multicolored to trigger Ferrous. Similarly, Bolt also isn't multicolored but it is just plain better so I dunno. I've found Lightning Helix to be better than both of those here.

zapyourtumor on Mardu Pox

2 months ago

I think you want the Boom / Bust package here with 2x Rustvale Bridge, 1x Goldmire Bridge, 1x Drossforge Bridge. Those also synergize well with Cleansing Wildfire if you ever decide to run it. About the removal package, Lightning Helix isn't good right now. I highly recommend Lightning Bolt and Kaya's Guile.

CommanderNeyo on True Boros

2 months ago

I like it! The first decks I made were Boros! You should consider adding Boros Reckoner, one of the best cards made for the Legion. Other great cards include:

General Ferrous Rokiric

Lightning Helix

Firemane Avenger

jamochawoke on Eternal Flame

2 months ago

Lightning Helix would probably be better over Incinerate or Guerrilla Tactics. Might move the Incinerates/Tactics to the sideboard in case you run into regeneration creatures or hand disruption. While it's a cool survival tactic, you might not see a Wall of Hope to run Prismatic Strands with and you've only got the 4 creatures. I think the reversal cards are fun, but at a certain point it's better to just kill the opponent than live longer so Life Burst is another option to swap out rather than the Incinerates. You're also running a bunch of low cost instants, but have no way of refilling your hand. White struggles with that outside of EDH (which is why its game plan is on stalling or tax) but red has tons of options to refill the hand in Legacy.

But if you're intent on running so much lifegain Felidar Sovereign or Test of Endurance might be an alternate wincon for you but if Storm and spellslinging is of greater interest to you, you might consider Angel's Grace and Near-Death Experience over all the lifegain. If just being an annoying opponent to face in Red/White is the goal, keep the protection cards and instead slap in some Gideon of the Trials in there.

Ouroboros_47 on Mono-Red Burn

2 months ago

Eidolon of the Great Revel is a great burn card. Are you set on being mono-red? Adding white gives you Boros Charm and Lightning Helix along with great sideboard options.

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