Lightning Strike

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Legality

Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Brawl 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
Penny Dreadful Legal
Pioneer Legal
Pre-release Legal
Standard Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Lightning Strike

Instant

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

Mousemke on Bombardier Gold

3 weeks ago

dunno if you will try to port this type of thing to modern, but for comparison, here are some comparative upgrades you could make

-Disfigure => Dismember (not a clean swap, may depend on your usage)

-Lightning Strike => Lightning Bolt

-Play with Fire => more Lightning Bolt?

-Searing Blaze?(how important is the scry)

-Morbid Opportunist => Grim Haruspex

-Seize the Storm => hard to replace 1:1, but it's expensive. maybe Dreadhorde Arcanist or Magmatic Channeler

also lands. i wont dive that deep here but ofc the land base standard => modern are quite different

legendofa on Brothers PreRelease

2 months ago

Welcome to the club, tconway!

If you're trying to build around Great Desert Prospector and Penregon Strongbull, you'll need a lot of creatures. A few cards that can help push damage through are Pyre-Sledge Arsonist, which deals damage based on the number of permanents you've sacrificed; Dragonspark Reactor, which deals more damage as you get more artifacts, and simple burn spells like Lightning Strike and Voltage Surge. Use white spells to keep yourself and your key cards alive and active; getting to five mana for GDP will be important. (I'm just eyeballing cards that you might find interesting here, so if you see something better, go for it.)

Pick the cards you most want build around and get four copies of those; this will ensure you see them as often as possible. Look for cards that create creature and artifact tokens. Adeline, Resplendent Cathar seems like a good set up for GDP. Make sure you have a good land balance. And above all, have fun!

multimedia on Wondering if there are any …

3 months ago

Having a very low budget and no Rakdos dual lands, consider mono red instead of Rakdos? Just red, 20x Mountains, can be more aggressive because you will not have problems casting spells since all cards will be red.

Build around 4x Electrostatic Infantry? It's your best red creature with trample who grows as you cast creature removal spells and pump spells. 4x Lightning Strike is your best creature removal spell since it can also go at opponent life. 4x Reckless Impulse is good draw with Infantry, gives you more chances to cast instants or sorceries.

One drops with haste help a lot to be aggressive. 4x Reinforced Ronin and 4x Rabbit Battery give you more chances to cast one of these turn one. Battery then can be a source of pump + haste for other creatures for one mana. Ronin in your hand can be draw if it's no longer useful as an attacker.

Lightning Strike and Flame-Blessed Bolt or Play with Fire work well with Furious Bellow to kill a much bigger creature since at first strike combat damage step opponent's blocking creature takes damage then do 2 or 3 more damage to the creature, most likely killing the creature while in combat. These are instant spells, you can attack with your creature, if opponent blocks it then cast Bellow and at first strike damage step cast Strike or Bolt or Fire at the blocking creature.

Radha's Firebrand can help to do damage from attacking by making an opponent creature unable to block. Firebrand is good with Rabbit Battery since it doesn't have haste. You don't have Firebrand in your current deck, but if you can get them they can help to be aggressive.

9-lives on Igne Natura Renovatur Integra

3 months ago

lcarl3035 That's why I have Rip Apart in my deck. It's a better version of Abrade! And, Lightning Strike allows me to target the player. [:

lcarl3035 on Igne Natura Renovatur Integra

3 months ago

I prefer Abrade over Lightning Strike because it has more flexability.

wallisface on Boros Burn

3 months ago

There's a good article on running burn at various budgetary levels here. If you do end up running stuff like Shock, Monastery Mentor, Vexing Devil, Lightning Strike, Deflecting Palm, Risk Factor, Rip Apart etc, then by all means live your dreams, but do be aware you'll be running a brew that is strictly worse than what you could be for that same budget. Rip Apart, Monastery Mentor, and Shock in particular are all terrible cards for burn and will make it a LOT harder for you to reliably win games (Rip Apart is at least playable in the sideboard).

In any case, you should definitely take on the advise of jethstriker and fix up the manabase. Burn generally needs 20 lands to begin with (so your land count is too low at the moment), but then you should always be aiming towards lands that don't enter tapped. Even Clifftop Retreat is too risky to be useful, and you'd be better off just playing all-basics than either that or Evolving Wilds. Battlefield Forge is a really good budget option for providing two colours.

JustJohn97 on Budget Burn

3 months ago

GameDragon111 Thanks for the suggestions! I especially like Volcanic Fallout and Lightning Strike as additional budget alternatives.

My only hesitation with cards such as Dictate of the Twin Gods and Torbran, Thane of Red Fell is I would expect those to come down after I went through several burn spells already due to their high(er) CMC, and I'm not sure how much gas would be left in the tank to utilize them effectively. I do think they would be interesting though and likely just require a different playstyle than the one I was initially imagining. Thanks again for the suggestions!

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