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Lightning Bolt
Magic 2010

Reviewed July 2, 2009

Constructed: 3.90
Casual: 3.90
Limited: 4.40
Multiplayer: 3.25

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Lightning Bolt

That's right, it's back. The most efficient burn spell ever printed. I guess after Shard Volley never saw any play, they figured this wasn't too powerful anymore. Frankly, I'd say this is proof-positive that your average creature is just plain better now that it was when Shock was printed-- and that was the set that gave us Psychatog?! Who knows what impact this will have on the tournament scene. Is 4 toughness the new 3 toughness?

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 3.5
Multiplayer- 3.5
Limited- 4.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Lightning Bolt

There's an old saying: be careful what you wish for, because you might just get it. It's been more than ten years since Lightning Bolt was last in print, and many successors and homages have appeared in competitive and casual play since then, but the legend of the original never died. Now that it's back, with even better art and all-new flavor text, what should we expect? Red decks will undoubtedly strengthen in Standard and Extended, collectors will pay top dollar for foils, and "mere" 3/3 creatures will know fear in a single mountain.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Limited: 4/5

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Lightning Bolt

3 damage for R is decent right now as creatures have gotten a lot better since this last was printed. So a balanced, efficient burn spell will obviously see play in all formats.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4.5/5
Paul Magic The Gathering COTD: Lighting Bolt

Welcome back readers, rather than my detailed analysis this review will be quick and concise. Lighting bolt is one of the most impressive, beloved, and iconic burn spells ever printed, with the release of other powerhouse cards in M10 Red Deck Wins is looking highly competitive. If you’re red and need efficient creature removal/ burn look no further. Lighting Bolt if your playing red you need a good reason not to play it in any formats at all ever! Its return is most welcome and I’m going to go out on a limb and give it fives because it is so efficient and has remained a valuable card throughout Magic’s existence.

Constructed- 5.0
Casual- 5.0
Limited- 5.0
Multiplayer- 5.0

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