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Excellent by today's standards, Lightning Bolt was even better in the day's of Revised. It saw play in an environment that didn't shy away from burn. Fireball, Disintegrate, Earthquake, and Chain Lightning all helped make "3 to your face" even more deadly. Lightning Bolt also saw a lot of action taking out your opponent's mid-sized creatures. Juggernauts, Phantom Monsters, Hypnotic Specters, Kird Apes, and all manner of knights and bears met their untimely ends thanks to this card.
Posted By: Eppek_the_Goblin (2/11/2014 7:50:54 PM)


Best. Burn. Ever.
Posted By: Altjira (12/8/2008 5:30:29 AM)


Pound for Pound, one of the best cards in the game. Sooooo many creatures have met their demise at the hands of this card.
Posted By: Gaussgoat (12/28/2009 11:12:40 AM)


Amen to the best burn ever.
Posted By: papajew (3/16/2009 12:23:30 PM)


Long live the king of burn spells.
Posted By: TheWallinator74 (6/24/2012 8:37:58 AM)


you can not top this card.
Posted By: gasimakos1 (7/22/2009 5:13:56 PM)


Just one of the best spells in the game, point blank.
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Posted By: Tacotaco (6/12/2009 4:02:52 PM)


Obviously one of the best cards in Revised or in any set, for that matter. This card has versatility, power, speed, flavor, you name it. And I appreciate the simplicity and modesty of the art for such a brutal card. No silly face of someone getting hit with it. And it was never without a target. A key consideration for any creature back in the days of Revised and Fourth Editions was whether it could be killed by lightning bolt because every red deck played it. The only thing wrong with this card is that it was played so much.

In my early years of playing, I often wondered if the best deck in Magic might be solely Mountains and Lightning Bolts. Fast mana would help if you had any, but probably wouldn't be needed.

I also love the simplicity of the presentation on this cycle of "one mana for three effect" cards: no flavor text, no clutter, no complex rules. Just simple effects that didn't need to be explained or justified with flavor. Normally, I'm a big fan of good flavor text, but in... (see all)
Posted By: The_Riddle_of_Steel (2/15/2014 4:49:33 PM)