Lightning Strike


Lightning Strike deals 3 damage to target creature, player or planeswalker.

RNR_Gaming on Why Have Direct Damage Spells …

1 month ago

They probably want to give some of the cards they designed painstakingly for standard to actually see play in standard lol. Though the vast majority of them would likely be outclassed by a Searing Spear or Lightning Strike at least that was the case with neon dynasty.

Spiv71 on Dinosaur Destroyer

2 months ago

Replace Rift Bolt with Lightning Strike maybe?

9-lives on

3 months ago

Removed Izzet Charm, Mana Leak and Slither Blade and Thing in the Ice  Flip and Electrostatic Field. Now I have a Boros manabase. Much better. Added the forthcoming Monastery Mentor, Soulfire Grand Master, and I think that Gideon's Sacrifice will be useful. Removed Shock and Lightning Strike. Replaced with 4x Lava Spike.

legendofa on New card frames coming soon?

3 months ago

The original card frames lasted for ten years, from Alpha in 1993 Lightning Bolt to Scourge in 2003 Goblin War Strike. The "modern" frames got eleven years, from 2003 (8th Edition) Shock to 2014 (Journey into Nyx) Magma Spray. The "new" frames have been used for about eight years, starting with M15 Lightning Strike. Will we see a new frame at or around 2025?

(I got slightly disoriented writing this, I still think of the thick-bottom frames as newfangled. Getting older, please send help.)

9-lives on

3 months ago


I'm definitely playing a Budget deck. Monastery Mentor is wayyyy too expensive, haha. And I'm not sure what I'm playing, it's generally a competition, but not an actual tournament, and I don't know if the other players are just playing casual decks or not. I want to win of course, but I'm not going to try to buy the newest best deck possible.

Counterspells are, to me, the most frustrating to face and the most satisfying to play, especially ones that tie up their mana, and when they are played early and the opponent can't afford it makes the mana cost doubly better. I'd love to run Mana Leak! Should I run Izzet Charm at all? The drawing power is what attracts me most, and it's ilke a two colored Mana Leak, but it makes the opponent pay 1 less mana... I don't know if it's a good card or not.

IF I go with a major aikido theme, without having cards that have copy, what could I use? I love being able to 'reflect' damage, it's a really cool and fun concept and generally isn't played much. Hence my love for Boros Reckoner and Deflecting Palm.

And I am using Shock and Lightning Strike because they're like a cheaper damage-for-damage Ionize and Boros Reckoner respectively, but they cost less mana, and I already have these cards without having to buy them. In this fashion, should I run Illusory Wrappings or Slither Blade? The former would be great for Izzet Charm and it's like a Lawmage's Binding but weakens the creature, and I think the latter is a great card for continuous 1 damage.

forneyt on

3 months ago

Eidolon isn't supposed to be played on turn 2 when you have a full hand, it's supposed to be played once you've exhausted your resources and need to lock down the opponent by having the bodies on the battlefield and making them unable to safely cast spells without being punished. If you're casting a lot of spells after you cast Eidolon, you probably played it too early.

Are you trying to get into competitive Modern, or is it a casual pool that you play in? I'm not sure about the exact percentage, but the vast majority of playable spells in Modern are 3-CMC or less. Only certain decks play with cards with CMCs higher than that, like Tron, Eldrazi, Delve, etc. But even they have a good amount of spells that Eidolon will hit. Counterspells like Spell Snare and Mana Leak are very relevant in Modern because the overall CMC of the format is so low, and they are less mana intensive than Ionize and Counterspell. Counterspells are much weaker when you can't cast your own spells while holding up the mana for the counter, especially if you want to go with the Aikido theme.

If you are playing casual, then you have a lot more room for fun cards like Boros Reckoner, but your mana base has to support the color-intense mana cost. If it can't handle Eidolon, then Boros Reckoner will probably give you trouble too, even with the in its cost. Although, it may be safe to play BR on turn 4 or 5 instead of turn 3 in a casual game, and there may be less removal so you can expect it to work out in your favor more often. As for your question about Monastery Mentor, I would expect Monastery Mentor to have a greater damage output than Boros Reckoner because of Prowess. Let's say you play it turn 4. On turn 5, you'll have 4-5 mana available to you and probably 2-3 spells in hand, depending on how the game had gone. You have the option to swing in with a 4/4 and have 2 creatures with prowess ready to block or attack next turn, or you can hold back and bluff combat tricks and get a 2/2 in for the damage and create the tokens on their turn, or you can completely go on the defensive and keep a potential 4/4 + 2 creatures ready to block. Boros Reckoner is a 3/3 and can potentially do extra damage if your opponent has a big creature. Monastery Mentor gives you greater options to put pressure on opponents and gets extra damage with your spells that you are going to play anyway.

Boros Reckoner's 3 damage for 3 mana is not a great deal, unless you are getting additional value out of it. Think of all the two-mana burn spells that we have listed: Boros Charm, Lightning Helix, Deflecting Palm, and Skullcrack. What these spells have in common are that they deal at least 3 damage (save for Deflecting Palm) and offer an additional effect. Lightning Bolt is the perfect burn spell because it costs 1 mana and does 3 damage, so anything that costs more than 1 mana has to give value beyond Lightning Bolt. Many burn decks in Modern splash green for Atarka's Command and sideboard pieces like Destructive Revelry (while this doesn't do 3 damage, it's the best spell for the job). Lightning Strike and Shock are just a bad Lightning Bolt unless you are playing casual/budget. Lava Spike is second best for dealing damage to opponents' faces. Rift Bolt can get the job done as well (better, in some situations).

I hope I've given you some helpful insight, and if you could tell me what your meta is like I may have more suggestions for you.

9-lives on

4 months ago

Many thanks, forneyt!

You don't think that I'll destroy myself with Eidolon of the Great Revel?! With 4x Guttersnipe and 4x Electrostatic Field I can really see myself winning quite fast with burn of low mana cost, or losing really fast as well, haha. How about Shock, and/or, what about Illusory Wrappings and/or Slither Blade and Lightning Strike? 4x Boros Reckoner is one of my favorite cards, and would be far more useful than Monastery Mentor, no? When I reach three mana, I want to have at least casted one or two, three at most, burn spells, and a Boros Reckoner is a good 3 mana for 3 or more damage, which I'm counting on my opponent to do more than, so I'd like to have it as a sort of hidden advantage, just as with my Deflecting Palm, which both I will use later in the game when I know they're pulling out their big ones if I cannot finish them off early. Nearly all of my burn cards will be used early in the game, of course, so these sorts of hidden gems will be useful; also, no matter what, the opponent will not want to speed up his/her death with Boros Reckoner, especially if they have a very powerful card. I think some draw cards would make this deck far more useful, as I'm at least 12/60 chance of drawing a nice burn card out of 4x Boros Charm, 4x Lightning Bolt, and 4x Lightning Helix. And Ionize is one of the best counter spells, which I'm wary of facing, besides Wizard's Retort and Counterspell, but I understand that it is a 3 drop for 1 counter and 2 damage; best to keep in sideboard, I guess. I think winning on at most turn 6 is what I'm aiming for, and I think with the Skullcrack and Eidolon of the Great Revel it will increase my advantage. Soulfire Grand Master is kinda what I plan on getting with the package of Eidolon of the Great Revel, but I'll try the latter without the former, first.

So here's what I've done: removed 3x Galvanic Iteration and added 3x Eidolon of the Great Revel; removed 2x Ionize and added 2x Shock; removed 1x Boros Reckoner and added 1x Lightning Strike. Perhaps this is much better?

sylvannos on Why Do Some Players Dislike …

4 months ago

"How come people seem to only play Lightning Bolt, Chain Lightning, and Price of Progress, but not Kamahl's Sledge or Breath of Fire? I myself have won lots of games using Lightning Strike!"

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