Rift Bolt

Rift Bolt


Rift Bolt deals 3 damage to 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.)

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Set Rarity
Mystery Booster: Convention Edition (MYSCON) Common
Iconic Masters (IMA) Uncommon
Duel Decks: Mind vs. Might (DDS) Common
Modern Masters (MMA) Common
Time Spiral (TSP) Common
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Rift Bolt occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.28%

Red: 5.64%

Rakdos: 2.77%

Rift Bolt Discussion

Ziusdra on Card creation challenge

1 month ago

Ral, Bolas' Errand-Boy

Legendary Creature - Human Wizard


Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery that targets Ral, Bolas' Errand-Boy, you may exile Ral and return him to the battlefield before that spell resolves. Copy that spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.

When Ral, Bolas' Errand-Boy becomes exiled for the second time in a single turn, return it to the battlefield transformed.

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Ral, Izzet Guildmaster

Legendary Planeswalker - Ral

+1 Search your library for a card named Lightning Bolt , Lightning Strike , Shock , Spark Jolt , Rift Bolt , Lightning Javelin , or Rhystic Lightning , reveal it, and put it into your hand. Shuffle your library afterward.

-5 You get an emblem with, "Whenever an instant or sorcery you control deals damage to a player, copy it. You must choose new targets for the copy."


Pretty straightforward. Burn your opponent to death. Actually functional as a commander.

Wildcard or ninja'd challenge

Optimator on SadoArtifacthate

1 month ago

Mana Leak is also a weaker counterspell in EDH (it's pretty decent in 60-card formats). I would only recommend it in very counterspell-heavy decks. If the goal is protecting against removal/boardwipes use Swan Song or Negate . Otherwise, use Counterspell , Arcane Denial , or any of the other good cards that counter anything.

As for Rift Bolt and Lightning Bolt , if they're for removal I would highly recommend something more reliable like Pongify , Rapid Hybridization , Reality Shift , Aftershock , or Fissure . Comet Storm or Rolling Thunder work well with Saheeli too. If they're for going upstairs I'd again recommend things like Comet Storm to have a bigger impact and even end the game outright.

Without counterspelling them, the only way in to handle enchantments is Chaos Warp . I insist you run it. There are a few colorless ways to deal, like Scour from Existence , Unstable Obelisk , and Spine of Ish Sah . The latter two are great with recursion.

Personally, I always run two boardwipes minimum and I try to squeeze more in when possible. You already have the best in Cyclonic Rift, but another could save your bacon (you don't have tutors to find it, nor would I necessarily recommend running any). Even decks that go wide, like ours, need reset buttons in emergencies. Blasphemous Act is the gold standard, but Ixidron , Earthquake , Wash Out , and Coastal Breach are good too.

Darth_Savage on Simple burn

3 months ago

For a burn deck you are running a lot of creatures and less efficient burn spells. The sweet spot for burn is 1 mana = 3 damage Rift Bolt and Skewer the Critics alongside the classic Lightning Bolt have that damage to mana ratio. Rather than pure burn you might be better going the Prowess route, something like Mono-R-Burn-Prowess sure the Lava Spike and Monastery Swiftspear are expensive for commons, but that is because they work and were printed some time ago.

I'm not saying anything particularly original here, but I hope it is of some help to you.

Skullblade248 on Riftfire

3 months ago

You missed two important things Scarlet2009. Tron isn't some fast aggro deck. I would know, as I have tangled with it many times and won. Although you would probably call my tribal decks unfit for Modern or even Frontier (what they were designed for), I have beaten it. Generally, it requires an aggressive strategy. By going into Mono-Red, or even Rakdos, Wuzibo is opened up to cheap removal, and by going nearly creature-less, he could simply burn away most small creatures. He has a pretty good late game.

I'm not saying play Dark Petition on curve. No. You play it with spell mastery. Search for either Rift Bolt or Worldfire , depending on what you need. You get three black mana, which goes toward part of Worldfire's colorless cost. In one turn for 12 mana, you have the opponent screwed and with a near perfect way of assembling the combo.

Stormfist Crusader is card advantage and burn in one neat package. It's also a blocker. I wanted to suggest a way to draw into answers, tron, or the combo itself. It gives you an alternate way to kill the opponent. And by adding black, you can include hand attack for control such as Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek . And you say Stormfist Crusader isn't Modern viable? They said the same about Death's Shadow . Throne of Eldraine has been out for three days. THREE. DAYS. If I were you, I wouldn't put the card down yet.

I hope this explanation helps. It's one thing to make a toxic deck and another to call it bad, cute, or non-viable. I would know. That's all I was told when I started with my insane ambitions and look at me now. I can play decks made for other formats with Planeswalker decks inside and take first at FNM, an environment riddled with infinite combos, Tron, Infect, Affinity, Jund, and whatever the hell they call the deck with Wrenn and Six , As Foretold , and Progressive Stage IV Rhino Disease.

Sorry for rambling.

Scarlet2009 on Riftfire

3 months ago

Wuzibo: im guessing you are trying to imply that Expedition Map is a tutor for your win condition, but it is not. it does not search for Rift Bolt or Worldfire . you say that "lots of decks only have 1 win condition", but i think you're confused about what that means. please enlighten me as to which decks you're referring to, and i'll show you what their deck has that yours doesn't. they either have multiple win conditions that you're missing, heavy control and protection for their win condition, or can win on turn 3 whereas your deck is more realistically not going off until turn 5.

Wuzibo on More Modern talk with Jay, ...

3 months ago

I'm putting together a red tron deck right now, with the jank win condition being Worldfire and then suspended Rift Bolt or Arc Blade . Prismite will be in to filter colorless into red. I can use ritual spells for it too, and i'm thinking about Zada, Hedron Grinder , since i can target her with damage to board wipe. I could make it a weird tempo burn thing, though, and include red x damage spells with bolts as a backup win-con with arc blade, other rift bolts if we draw more than one. maybe Cinder Wall and Electrostatic Field especially too.

What are your thoughts on the viability of a deck like this in modern right now? I was on a hiatus from the game from 2016 to early 2019, and I understand a lot of tron hate has been printed in that time.

StopShot on I think Eldraine’s Fervent Champion ...

3 months ago

@EsperControl4Life, Eidolon of the Great Revel I find terrible to play in the mirror match though if you’re on the draw, and if you’re on the play burn has one of the best answers to it in the form of Searing Blaze / Searing Blood . I’ve also seen Death's Shadow decks make a complete mockery of burn, whenever the burn deck plays Eidolon of the Great Revel as well. There’s also affinity decks that are so fast at dumping their hand before you can play Eidolon of the Great Revel , and I think it’s just these matchups and my poor luck at getting the first play is why I just don’t main board it anymore.

Vexing Devil is a weird one, but I think it’s biggest issue is you can’t force it to do damage the turn it comes into play which is especially important if you top-deck it with your opponent 1 turn away from winning the game. Sometimes your opponent might be 1 point away from losing the game and top-decking that Lightning Bolt or 1/1 haste instead would have made all the difference on who would have won the game. I think you could compare Vexing Devil to Rift Bolt in that Rift Bolt would probably see far less play if it could only be cast for its suspend cost. Also to a much lesser degree you can’t choose to have Vexing Devil not sacrifice itself. Very rarely your opponent might end up with 5+ life and you badly need a blocker to survive next turn. Also your opponent can reap a gross advantage on you if they choose to sac the Devil and Deflecting Palm the damage. I know the same thing can happen if you play Boros Charm , but it’s pretty obvious when your opponent has Deflecting Palm mana up, and at least with Boros Charm you have other modes to get around it, whereas you can’t do much with Vexing Devil in the same situation.

bradc1988 on Burn Motherf*cker, Burn!

4 months ago

I like Curious Homunculus  Flip but the flipped dude Voracious Reader doesn't synergise that well with your instants/sorceries. No effect on Counterflux / Serum Visions / Lightning Bolt , no one hard casts Rift Bolt , and Thunderous Wrath should only be Mircaled. So you only gain a benefit from Jaya's Immolating Inferno and Fight with Fire , and Jaya's Immolating Inferno is dependant on 6 other cards being on the field!

Feels slow, high CMC, and the synergy could be better. I agree with pretty much everything PhoenixNest said.

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