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Lightning Bolt 
Beta, UL, Rev, 4th Common

Reviewed December 10, 2002

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1 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 Story.

In limited, it's removal, and good removal.  You take and play it.

Constructed: 5
Limited: 4.5
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Oh...sooo...good! 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 Bolt

     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, bolting is.

Constructed: 5
Limited: 5

 Van Zandt

Lightning Bolt,  cheap,  efficient, and roughly one seventh of their life. 
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.

constructed: 3.5
limited: 3.5

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