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Lightning bolt has spoiled us. I guess it is good to cycle out lightning bolt. It was in the past two core sets. Leaving it out, this core set, will keep the red mages humble. I'm sure we will see bolt again, but until then we have this.
Posted By: Zoltantf (8/18/2011 1:51:44 AM)


Okay, what I'm about to say may not be popular to many of you guys out there but I just wanted to say that I dislike this card.
It's because I have started playing magic when Shock was the staple burn card. And when I say staple I mean it. It's a classic card that everyone knows and were actually happy to have in their decks. Everyone was satisfied with it.
I do understand that with the powercreeping, it became necessary to print this again, to adjust the level of removal and creatures.
Now that creautres are becoming "normal" again (not too cost efficient), I think it's a good thing that they gave us shock back.
I can understand people who have started playing with Lightning Bolt being disappointed, but what I'm trying to say is. It's been a GIFT to the players that they've reprinted this card. Shock and its 2 damage variants are fine. Lightning Bolt should NOT be the measuring stick to which we must compare 1 mana burn spells. Shock is.
Posted By: Dabok (7/27/2012 4:35:42 AM)


Shock is, in my opinion, similar to Cancel.
Shock is an underpowered Lightning Bolt, and Cancel is an underpowered Counterspell.
Inbetween the underpowered cards and the overpowered cards, there are plenty of things being thrown in to compensate. (ie. Galvanic Blast and Stoic Rebuttal.)
While people are willing to use both Shock and Cancel,
They are simply at the lower end of the spectrum.
Posted By: infernox10 (11/26/2011 10:53:05 AM)


At first, I thought, "2 damage instead of 3 is going to be a problem." As it turned out, it almost always gave me that extra two damage I needed to destroy an unsuspecting blocker and get my assault through effectively this past year.
Posted By: ZeoStar (8/1/2012 10:48:39 AM)


Toggo's greatest invention! Welcome back, shock. I don't hate you for your inferiority. In fact it makes me love you all the more.
Posted By: Kryptnyt (7/18/2011 2:28:36 AM)


: )

Personally I felt that Lightning Bolt was overpowered. I'm happy the classic is back.
Posted By: Duskdale_Wurm (10/29/2011 8:44:49 PM)


Look at that flavor text. Wizards knew they were trolling us.
Posted By: Saxophonist (8/27/2011 6:00:45 PM)


At least they didn't replace Lightning Bolt with Scorching Spear
Posted By: nic56 (7/13/2011 8:40:49 PM)


Don't think I've ever laughed so hard at a flavor text. Wizards know their audience. For the limited environment, Shock is a good sign for red, since it's paired with Incinerate. Whens the last time that two cheap common burn spells were printed in one set? Well I didn't check, but I bet it was the last time Shock was printed.
Posted By: Vandarringa (7/14/2011 8:10:54 PM)


Burst Lightning, Galvanic Blast. Also, Goblin Grenade, Forked Bolt, Arc Trail, Searing Blaze, and Goblin Guide.

Good luck, Shock.
Posted By: Gabriel422 (7/23/2011 6:50:01 AM)