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Ball Lightning
Reviewed July 7, 2009

Constructed: 3.40     Casual: 3.50     Limited: 3.50     Multiplayer: 2.75

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Ball Lightning

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 sorcery speed.

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.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 2.5
Multiplayer- 2
Limited- 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Ball Lightning

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.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 2/5




Ball Lightning


Constructed: 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 Red decks.


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.


Limited: 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.


Constructed: 3

Casual: 4

Multiplayer: 3

Limited: 4




Paul 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.

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5

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