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Top 10 Cards of 2009:
#3: Lightning Bolt


Reviewed January 13, 2009

Constructed: 4.50
Casual: 4.87
Limited: 4.95
Multiplayer: 4.33

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Lightning Bolt

The power of this spell should be self-evident. One mana to kill any creature up to three toughness. It's not uncommon for creatures to have three or less toughness even after costing five mana or more. Having your opponent drop a 5/3 on turn five, only to have you Bolt it with one mana and spend the other four on a threat of your own? To say nothing of the fact that as long as this card exists, a single untapped Mountain and a card in hand will put paranoia into anyone's mind, whether or not you even have it in your deck! That's a powerful card.

Constructed- 4.5
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 4.75
Multiplayer- 4.5


Magic The Gathering Card of the Day: Lighting Bolt

Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is Lighting Bolt a powerful card whose revival in 2009 helped prompt a powerful tool for almost any decks utilizing red and in need of powerful removal. With the return of Lighting Bolt to standard is a definite boost to red mages as it is one of the most if not the most efficient burn spell printed since the beginnings of Magic. In standard its powerful removal and its good point and fry a creature or deal damage to a player easy and fast. In extended, casual and multiplayer, limited and eternal formats it mostly gains keeps its usefulness providing a cheap and powerful card. This card is one of the top cards of 2009 and hovers near the top of the list because it provides the power necessary to deal with a vast amount of creatures and provide power to decks using red. Simple yet elegant card. Near Perfection.

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 5.0
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 3.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card on the countdown is the classic Lightning Bolt from the days of Alpha through Fourth edition which made a big return in the core set this year. Not much really needs to be said about what is quite possibly the best single target burn spell ever printed in Magic. One mana for three damage to a creature or player is as good as it gets as even two mana for three damage or one mana for two damage cards are very much playable.

In Constructed, Casual, and Multiplayer if you are playing anything related to burn this is an automatic four of inclusion in your deck.
Needing only one mana source untapped to be able to eliminate a three or lower toughness creature from being a threat is extremely efficient in any format. While having the option of just dealing the damage directly to a player or Planeswalker also makes it far more versatile than creature only removal. The only real concern are creatures with four or greater toughness, but at one mana this can be played early to gain the advantage before such threats enter the battlefield. Even against a four toughness creature this can be used as a sort of Giant Growth by using a 1/1 creature of your own to block or attack into that four toughness and then finish their creature off with the three extra damage. It is a two for one exchange, but it should regain field advantage which can be more valuable. This strategy even works without having a Lightning Bolt against a savvy opponent by attacking with your
1/1 while holding a dead card in hand, such as a Mountain. Your opponent may presume the card is a Lightning Bolt and not block allowing you to chip away at their life total.

For Limited this is the kind of card you want to see in abundance as removal or burn can and will win games for you. In Sealed if your Red selection is playable every copy of Lightning Bolt should be played without exception. In Booster this should be drafted as a top choice and highest priority whenever passed to you and there is basically no such thing as running too many copies. Whether it is used to clear the field for your own creatures or as a final strike on your opponent's life points this is almost always great to topdeck or have in your opening hand.

Constructed: 5.0
Casual: 5.0
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 5.0

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Lightning Bolt

Lightning Bolt is undoubtedly the reprint of the year, if not the decade. The official line on this card used to be that it was just too efficient; evidently times have changed, and a new generation of players will grow up learning to love, hate, and fear the Bolt. Gotta love that flavor text, too.

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

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