Rift Bolt

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper Duel Commander Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Rift Bolt


Rift Bolt deals 3 damage to any target (creature, player or planeswalker).

Suspend 1— (Rather than cast this card from your hand, you may pay and exile it with a time counter on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When the last is removed, cast it without paying its mana cost.)

sylvannos on How to take losses better …

1 month ago

You don't make many choices while playing Burn, but the choices you do make are some of the hardest decisions in Magic. Remember: you're a combo deck where the combo is three Mountains and seven Lightning Bolts. And just like other combo decks, knowing when to "go off" is important. Yeah, sometimes Storm has to use Grapeshot as removal, but no, it's not ideal.

You're playing by a similar set of rules as Burn. Sometimes, you have to Lightning Bolt a threat, but realize you have to make up for it. You have to determine whether or not your "combo" still works. It's like each Rift Bolt is a Dark Ritual and your last burn spell is the Tendrils of Agony. If you waste a "Dark Ritual" dealing with something, ask yourself if you still have a good enough hand to continue the combo?

Squee_Spirit_Guide on Spicy Aggro

3 months ago

I'm a big fan of decks built with cards on hand! If you have access to them, how about Vexing Devil, Rift Bolt, and Lava Spike?

Icbrgr on Tibalt is playing with WORLDFIRE!

3 months ago

NOOOO! thank you for pointing that out to me psionictemplar.... really thought i had something there.... i guess suspended Rift Bolt would still work though....Goblin Engineer SHOULD work with Spellweaver Helix.... basically gotta check the rulings to make sure the imprint effect would still work but i think thats a pretty neat idea if it does!

Brian-123 on Proper Pauper Prowess

5 months ago

Seismic Stomp, Kiln Fiend are 2 explosive cards to consider for this deck and maybe Lightning Bolt, Rift Bolt. Someone going to block your kiln fiend then burn it netting+3/+0 attack and then drop assault strobe for another +3/+0 for a big whammy. I run this sort of play in my punch-you-in-face deck

Bulldawg1310 on Boros Bum Rush

6 months ago

just realized, you aren't running Lightning Bolt and i must ask, why? also Lava Spike and Rift Bolt should also be here as well.

Spiv71 on Dinosaur Destroyer

9 months ago

Replace Rift Bolt with Lightning Strike maybe?

Niko9 on best draw cards for modern …

9 months ago

For a purely casual burn deck, I really love running Syr Carah, the Bold for some card advantage. She plays really nice with Rift Bolt because you will be untapping when rifty-B does it's damage. And this is just me, but I like Needle Drop

Uggh, this makes me want to dust off my burn some draw some Izzet deck. Thanks!

forneyt on

10 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.

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