Pojo's Magic The Gathering
Card of the Day
mana, 3 damage. Cheap, efficient, the
original, broken. The best removal spell
ever printed for red, bar none. If you are
running red as a main theme, any environment where
this is legal, there should be 4. End of
In limited, it's
removal, and good removal. You take and play
Lightning Bolt is broken when it comes to direct
damage. Under-costed as a (R) instant that can
smack both creatures and players, it isn't legal
in sanctioned Type 2 or Extended, but you'll still
find it in many a Red Mage's casual deck.
Lightning Bolt can
be found in Alpha and Beta, along with the White
Bordered sets: Unlimited, Revised and 4th.
If you, by some
bizarre circumstance, happen to be playing limited
with one of the above sets, it's an auto-pick
early even if you are not going Red (splash it,
please...). In casual constructed, it's a great
card for red, again, under-costed, and you'd
better be playing 4 if you are going with burn.
Another staple card for your card collection.
Constructed - 5
Limited - 5
Tuesday - Lightning
We just reviewed Shock,
and that was simply a sedated version of this.
Funny how we all reviewed it VERY high. Well this
is one step better, going
from good to broken. Need I say more?
Well I better just to
make sure :-). 3 direct damage to anything is
great. Early on, you can take out a LOT of big
creatures, not to mention
some creatures that your opponent NEEDS. And if
they aren't playing
creatures, you can do 3 directly to them. And 3
adds up. Although shocking
your opponent once or twice may not be huge,
cheap, efficient, and roughly one seventh of
Red decks still mourn it's loss, and since
sligh no longer has it or
fireblast, it's simply not a tier one deck
in my opinion. Since you don't
see a lot of red control decks, if you are
playing red and are allowed to
use bolt, you probably already have 4 in
your deck. In limited, it's
efficient removal and a finisher, an early
pick but not a WOW pick.