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Even after comeback of Lightning Bolt, Rift Bolt is still the second best burn spell in Extended. 3 damage for 1 mana is always good.
Posted By: True_Smog (11/11/2009 6:34:24 AM)


This is better than Bolt in an Erratic Explosion deck. If you run into it with the Explosion it still does three damage. If you don't, just suspend for three damage. True_Smog is right. You can't compare everything burn to Bolt. It's not a fair fight :p Bolt is sick, but that doesn't make this bad. THIS is a good card.
Posted By: RafiqTheMiststalker (4/22/2010 7:13:30 PM)


Suspend, then use Worldfire
Posted By: FatalEagle (7/7/2012 12:39:46 PM)


wow delayed lightning bolt, pretty cool actually. Obviously not as good, but bolt sets ridiculously high standards for burn spells. This card is as close as you can get to as good as Lightning Bolt.
Posted By: SethLarz (7/23/2010 11:27:50 PM)


I love Rift Bolt. I find something super satisfying about suspending one of these on turn one. Against a lot of the opponents I face, I find that it deters them from playing out their creatures. Little do they know I was planning on sending it to the dome anyway. I might even say I prefer it to Lightning Bolt. It's simply way more fun.
Posted By: Guest513736147 (8/13/2010 6:14:36 AM)


Rift Bolt + Lightning Bolt + Lava Spike + Chain Lightning + Incinerate+ the rest of your deck in blue control and fast draw (brainstorm etc) == fried chicken
Posted By: bagilis (9/18/2010 5:15:23 PM)


This is one of my favorite burn spells. When played early, it can force your opponent to delay playing creatures. Depending on the deck, this is a better tactic than just blowing things up.

Also note this contributes to Storm abilities, essentially for no mana cost, during the turn after it is played.
Posted By: Kelther (11/23/2010 9:41:19 AM)


Nearly every card in Time Spiral was a throwback to at least one previously printed card.

This card references Lightning Bolt.
Posted By: Missile_Penguin (7/10/2013 12:51:48 PM)



When you remove the last time counter from a suspended card, you cast it without paying its mana cost. So the opponent can counter it like any other spell. They can also use Nix on it. Actually, the Future Signt Pacts and cards with suspend were the reason for Nix's existence.

As for Rift Bolt itself, it's a perfect addition for red storm decks. Moreover, as has already been mentioned, by suspending it, you can quite often delay your opponent from casting a creature for a turn, which can be a really useful tempo advantage if you 're trying to combo FTW or if you're playing a con-trolling deck (pun intended).
Posted By: Falgorn (8/1/2011 4:16:14 AM)


Suspend it the turn before you plan to sacrifice Quest for Pure Flame. Leaves you with all your mana to cast other burn and adds 6 damage to the tally. Highly painful, and Rift Bolt is better than lightning bolt in several other situations too.
Posted By: LordRandomness (12/17/2011 6:12:40 PM)


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