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Burn deck gold, as stated before. It's also part of a nifty combo I usually run in my UR deck: Izzet Guildmage+this+ a spliced Desperate Ritual
Posted By: Snaxme (3/14/2010 1:49:07 PM)


this card runs really well in extended red deck wins.. despite only hitting players, and it being sorcery. most burns are going straight to the player regardless, so its ok for that, its great because its very mana efficient. R for 3 damage
Posted By: Havens (2/10/2010 7:08:07 PM)


If you have 6 mana in your pool at start, this is an infinite loop.
1) spend 1RR , play Lava Spike with Desperate Ritualspliced; 3 mana left.
2) Activate the Izzet Guildmage's 2R ability in response; the copy goes on the stack, and 0 mana left.
3) You let the copy resolve: you deal 3 damage and add RRR to your mana pool. In response to the copy resolving, you spend 2R and copy the original spell, putting another copy on the stack.
4) Rinse and repeat.

I propose someone with a MTGO account go and test this, to clear doubts ;)
Posted By: DespisedIcon (8/12/2010 9:17:39 PM)


Hmmmmmm. This or Incinerate?
Or Burst Lightning?
Say i have 8 slots. What two playsets should I include of those 3 listed?
Posted By: RafiqTheMiststalker (5/9/2010 6:23:54 PM)


What's your decklist? We need that to know what to advise. Otherwise, I'd say Lava Spike and Incinerate over Burst Lightning, assuming you have Searing Blaze in your deck already (also known as DOUBLE LIGHTNING BOLT!).
Posted By: statiefreez (8/17/2010 7:13:27 PM)


Lava Spike + Glacial Ray = 5 dmg for 3 mana using only 1 card... and people call the Kamigawa block underpowered :P
Posted By: GrimjawxRULES (5/15/2011 6:50:40 PM)


Lightning Bolt, unless you use this as Lightning Bolts #5 thru #8 (and Chain Lightning and Rift Bolt as Lightning Bolts #9 thru #16... yup, people do that)
Posted By: Gabriel422 (5/22/2011 1:46:53 AM)


@DarthParallax, some of us who consider Lightning Bolt the basis of comparison do so not because we're new, but because we're old, from way back in the days before Shock.

Still, this is pretty close to Lightning Bolt, and Bolt is good enough that pretty close to it is still pretty good (who wants to have only 4 Bolts in a deck?). Plus, it's Arcane, so you could splice a Desperate Ritual or Glacial Ray onto it, if you're running those.
Posted By: sonorhC (6/30/2011 6:03:04 PM)


Excellent vehicle to splice things into.
Posted By: Nagoragama (7/12/2011 1:13:19 PM)


I just made an RDW with x4 of these, x4 lightning bolt, and x4 rift bolt. This card is so good I dont even have words. I always love seeing it, and that artwork is absolutely breathtaking.

5/5 for real. This card is that important in RDW.
Posted By: TheWrathofShane (12/9/2012 10:15:41 AM)