Warstorm Surge

Warstorm Surge


Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under your control, it deals damage equal to its power to target creature, player or planeswalker.

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Set Rarity
Commander 2019 (C19) Rare
Commander Anthology 2018 (CM2) Rare
Planechase Anthology (PCA) None
Commander 2015 (C15) Rare
Commander 2013 (C13) Rare
Planechase 2012 Edition (PC2) Rare
2012 Core Set (M12) Rare

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Format Legality
Block Constructed Legal
Highlander Legal
Leviathan Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
2019-10-04 Legal

Warstorm Surge occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.09%

Warstorm Surge Discussion

EleshNornsFs on Need Some Help Brewing. I'm ...

2 days ago

Pandemonium is a better alternative to Warstorm Surge due to the fact that you won't take as much damage with Gisela.

MindAblaze on Need Some Help Brewing. I'm ...

2 days ago

Gisela + Warstorm Surge effects has always been my favourite. A bit clunky and expensive though.

Tzefick on Why Does TotP Not Trigger ...

6 days ago

Chiming in a bit late, but the fact that Terror of the Peaks deals damage from itself, makes it possible to grant it abilities that further improves an already good ability.

Grafted Exoskeleton being a fan-favorite to be nasty at a table. The aforementioned Basilisk Collar is pretty good as well.

You could grant it Curiosity and get draws when pinging people's face.

Like LordBlackblade says, you seem to focus too much on a specific set of combos rather than the broad application between ToTP and Scourge of Valkas or Warstorm Surge when evaluating the two.

If you compare ToTP to SoV and consider anthem effects like say Crucible of Fire, then ToTP will see the increased stats but SoV wont. Of the two I think ToTP is definitely the stronger card overall. The fact that SoV in a combo shell is more effective is actually a good thing, because it means SoV has occasions where it can outshine ToTP, instead of ToTP just being a strictly better SoV.

MindAblaze on Trouble in Pandemonium

1 week ago

Hi Everybody!

I haven’t been playing as much magic recently, like most of you I imagine, so I only recently stumbled across Terror of the Peaks. Wow. Warstorm Surge on a stick.

Now considering I was already playing my Kaalia of the Vast deck as a dragon build around Warstorm Surge, Scourge of Valkas, Dragon Tempest et al. I decided to add him but the more I playtest this deck the more I see a glaring standout that hurts me more than my opponents.


On the surface, 4 mana Warstorm Surge but in a deck heavily dependent on a 2/2 creature, every creature throwing its weight around when it enters the battlefield means there aren’t a lot of 2/2s left standing.

What would you people do about this? Do I need more than Lightning Greaves and Swiftfoot Boots? I’ve also got a bunch of reanimating spells with no Entomb effects so that was kind of the original plan, but it’s much slower than protecting Kaalia and it’s tempting to use the reanimation spells on fatties like Bladewing the Risen.

Anyway. Thoughts? Ideas?

DemonDragonJ on Why Does TotP Not Trigger ...

1 week ago

MagicMarc, Omniscience_is_life, I replaced a copy of Warstorm Surge with Terror of the Peaks in my Riku of Two Reflections EDH deck, because Riku can copy the terror. That deck also contains Winged Coatl, which, with the surge, would allow me to target and destroy any creature, a strategy that will not work with the terror; drawing both cards at the same time is unlikely, but it sill is very unfortunate that the dragon does not allow such tactics.

DemonDragonJ on Why Does TotP Not Trigger ...

1 week ago

One other thing that annoys me is that both Scourge of Valkas and Warstorm Surge cause each creature to deal damage, but Terror of the Peaks causes only itself to deal damage; do you think that that was a deliberate choice by WotC, or merely a coincidence? Usually, that will not matter, except when the other creatures have deathtouch or lifelink, which I feel is a major omission by WotC.

Orange+ on Act of Treason - Budget

1 week ago

Peoyogon, thanks for your comment :)

You know, I've tried to play this deck with enchantments that triggers on creatures entering the battlefield like Warstorm Surge, and Flameshadow Conjuring, but they just haven't seemed very useful, or perhaps a bit too slow. Although I must say Impact Tremors seem interesting based on the low mana cost.

I think what I had in mind when creating this deck was to have as many cards as possible be threats in their own. So not counting the combo with creature control -> sacrification, many of the cards are good alone.

Like Conquering Manticore and Siege-Gang Commander - They are better with Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, but they can just as well be played in their own and act as a single card threat in a game.

But I guess how you need to play depends on the level of seriousness in a gaming circle. If I can have both Warstorm Surge, Flameshadow Conjuring, and Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker on the board in a game, and not be instantly targeted by everything from everyone, that would be cool. But for the time being I'd like to be a smaller target :P

When it comes to the land hate, I think those are good but not very fun, so don't think I'll be adding them immediatley. But hey, they could be cool to have in a sideboard in case I'm playing some real nasty decks!

DemonDragonJ on Why Does TotP Not Trigger ...

1 week ago

I was very happy when WotC printed Terror of the Peaks in Core Set 2021, because it was a creature version of Warstorm Surge, meaning that it was far easier to abuse (most notably with Rite of Replication), although I was slightly displeased that its triggered ability does not trigger from itself entering the battlefield, especially considering that the triggered ability of Scourge of Valkas does trigger from itself entering the battlefield, so I am wondering why there is a difference in those two abilities.

My best guess is that the reason for which TotP does not trigger from itself is because it triggers from any creature, whereas SoV triggers only from dragons. What does everyone else say about that?

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