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Pojo's Magic The Gathering
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Lightning Surge
Judgment - 

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 2.43 (7 Reviews)
Limited: 4.21 (7 Reviews)
Reviewed June 20, 2002

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This card is almost good enough to play in Constructed. Its very very nice in Limited deserving a 4. Constructed a 1.5.

Judge Bill

Come NOvember, people will try to insert a couple of these in as substitues for Urza's Rages. There's one big problem with that though. This card is missing the "can't be countered" clause. That means that this will never be as good as Urza's rage. I think it will still be worth one or two slots though.
In limited, though, I value this card much higher. 4 or 6 damage, along with the ability to kill almost any phantom at threshold, makes for a pretty good card. If I'm playing red, I'm playing this.
Constructed: 2.5
Limited: 4


I'm so NOt sure of what I think about this card. I haven't gotten the chance to play it yet, but it really turns me on, so I'm hoping I get it in Dallas when my team qualifies for the Pro Tour. See, I'm the red/green mage and I like blowing shit up. Woohoo!

Limited 4

Constructed 1


limited ****

constructed **

Follow the golden rule of limited and play with every removal spell you get. As far as removal goes this one is pretty good as you get the option of throwing damage at the opponent, at 2 creatures, or even both!


OK Red mages look at the future of burn. No longer will damage dealt be as cost efficient as with such (allegedly) broken cards as Incinerate. We just must learn to live with higher costs and I guess I can do that, but I wish someone at R&D could explain to me why in the heck burn can't be done at instant speed anymore ? This card is pretty good considering those drawbacks. 4 damage kills lots of stuff and when it is unpreventable it becomes pretty strong. The flashback for 7 is no bargain but might be solid as a finishing blow.
Constructed- 3

Andrew Chapman

I've heard talk about how good this card is, and I'm just having trouble seeing it. It's a sorcery and thus won't fit into counter-burn strategies. It's expensive and thus won't fit into quick cheap burn strategies like Burning Bridge. So where exactly does this card fit? I don't think it fits anywhere.

In Limited, this fits the description of great cards to look for. Take it, everytime.

Constructed: 3

Limited: 5

Doc Mackerel


Lightning Surge

Damage that can't be prevented? It's a little while since I saw a card with that phrase printed. Lightning Surge is no Urza's Rage, the Sorcery type and the extra 1R see to that. However, it's still quite a dark horse. It's quite easy to fulfil the condition that increases the damage to 6, and the Flashback cost is pretty affordable when you see what you're getting for it. I can certainly see this being played in constructed. Lightning Surge is tricky to deal with, reusable and easy to power up with a certain Red Threshold enabler. In limited it's pretty much the same story, except it's harder to hit Threshold but easier to afford.

Constructed - 4

Limited - 4.5


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