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Lightning Coils 
Mirrodin Rare

Reviewed December 17, 2003

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Lightning Coils seems a bit slow for serious constructed, but it might work out in a combo deck for casual. Maybe with Nuisance Engine, where you're creating a bunch of expendable chumps anyhow.

In limited, it works as filler, but not much more as it will be slllloooooow in working, and will probably end up destroyed before you can activate it.

Constructed: 3
Limited: 2
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Judge Bill

Lightning Coils
A neat ability. The ability to make more creatures for creatures of yours that die is just a great ability. Unfortunately, this suffers as a focus distraction in any deck that would use it - you have to waste your third turn to get this out. (But does anyone smell a Stifle in the wings [to keep the creatures]?)
In limited, you can't control when you get the tokens, so you might not get them at the best time. And Mirrodin sealed decks have so few creatures anyway compared to other sets, so this thing is really not worth it.
Constructed - 2
Limited - 2

 Van Zandt

 Lightning coils
It stays in play, don't forget!  doesn't sac itself when its effect goes
off.  So this has potential use in constructed...  too bad it says
non-token.  In general though, and especially in limited,  you're probably
busy losing if you manage to trigger this thing,  and those 3/1's aren't
going to bring the game back for you.
constructed 2.2
limited 2.3
Chase  Lightning Coils
 This is one of my favorite new cards.  I'm even trying it in my Goblin
deck.  It can make them hold back a Wrath and it can just get you extra
creatures.  I'm not sure if it will be good in Constructed.  Obviously, it's
meant to fit in red decks but it's hard to say whether it will fit into
other decks.  Caller of the Claw saw play in elf decks.  Will Coils see the
same amount of play?  I can't answer that now.  This seems even better than
Claw because it's reusable.  Time will tell however, I'll just say that I
like this A LOT.
 In Limited, the effect is a little random and you don't want to be tossing
away your creatures to feed this.

Constructed: 4
Limited: 2.5

Lightning Coils

This is one of those cards that I get conflicted about. I like the cost and I find it more affordable in constructed or limited. I have these great visions of my opponent destroying all my creatures only to be swarmed by mini-ball lightnings. Unfortunately the only time I see this happening is when you are facing Wrath of God or Decree of Pain. I use those two cards just as a small example of mass removal. In limited I drafted this card and found that if I was losing enough creatures to make it useable I was probably losing the game anyway. I may sound like I dislike this card but I really donít. This is one of those cards that I look at and smile. In a combo style of deck could be really fun.

Limited 2

Constructed 2.25


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