Three red mana. Six damage. Quick, cheap, and
effective, just like a red mage likes it.
Compare it to Flame Javelin-- four damage to a
target of your choice at instant speed, or six
damage to a target of your opponent's choice
(out of himself or any creature he controls) at
Come to think of it, the only real advantage
this has over Flame Javelin is that its
converted mana cost is three, and therefore
Bloodbraid Elf can cascade into it.
In a year when Magic is changing in several
significant areas, it's also interesting that
it's going back to the beginning in many ways.
Ball Lightning has had many imitators down the
years, but have times changed too much for the
original to make an impact? On the one hand,
there are walls and first strike creatures and
Burrenton Forge-Tender; but then again, the last
time it was in print, there were walls and first
strike creatures and Circle of Protection: Red,
and Ball Lightning still crushed people. It
surely will again.
WOW! This should really help out Red decks all
over the world. I never got to play with one so
this should be real fun. I would keep my eye on
Casual & Multiplayer:
There are so many options for this little ball
of static. It is hard to play a Red deck in
Multiplayer. You cannot just spread the love. I
have seen some that will burn one person out and
than just sit there until they draw a new hand
of burn spells. Or they get removed before they
burn another person out.
Dropping this bad boy on 3rd third can really
mess someone up. But late game he is okay, it
just sometimes they have a fattie in the way, so
it could be like a creature removal spell,
because not to many players will like to take 6
damage from one hit.
Overall a return of a oldie but a goodie.
Magic The Gathering COTD: Ball Lighting
Welcome back readers I will keep today’s review
short and concise. Ball Lighting has been a
reoccurring star in Red Sligh decks for years
with the release of M10 red is set to be making
a remarkable comeback with Lighting Bolt, and a
Jackal Pup variant as well as all the other
goodies available. In any format you can play it
in if your heavy in red you should play this guy
he is nuts! An efficient creature/ pseudo-burn
spell in one. Ball Lighting is going to help
push red to a main contender and provide an all
star creature in any decks willing to embrace
the philosophy of red mages. A great card that
will see play upon its release.