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Lightning Storm
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Lightning Storm
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Reviewed May 2, 2016

Constructed: 2
Casual: 4
Limited: 4
Multiplayer: 3
Commander [EDH]: 3

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale:
1 - Horrible  3 - Average.  5 - Awesome

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Lightning Storm
There are way, way too few cards in Magic that depict a clash of wills between opposing wizards. Clash of Wills is arguably one of those, but I actually like this better. It sort of has a random element inherited from Mana Clash, but where coin flips are really and truly random (perhaps more so than anything else in Magic), you actually can exert a degree of control over what happens with this card. Maybe your opponent has no hand because of Hypnotic Specter, or maybe you have extra lands because of Life from the Loam. Regardless, I really like that this isn't just Lightning Bolt plus a block mechanic and actually adds a different dimension to the direct damage trope (even if the competitive crowd blanches at "giving the opponent control over [your] spells").
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5

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