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I would have died if they named it lightning salve instead.
Posted By: PolskiSuzeren (5/26/2010 4:01:26 PM)


Ravnica has always been my favorite set because of cards like these. They took spells of two different colors and mashed them together to create an even better synergistic card that was fun to play with.
Posted By: Mr_T_868 (8/3/2009 11:17:32 PM)


Welcome back to Modern, old friend.
Posted By: DacenOctavio (9/3/2011 12:24:33 AM)


Put it on an Isochron Scepter if you wanna be cheap.
Posted By: Revelation666 (6/15/2010 2:15:02 AM)


a give it an A+ 5/5
Posted By: JoshMagic (5/30/2011 3:04:06 PM)


If I had to pick a favorite instant, this would be it.

It's powerful, but not so powerful that anyone would find a fault with it. It's elegantly designed, has great artwork (alone and with its frame), has good flavor, and it's perhaps the most iconic R/W spell ever printed.

It's just so versatile. It can kill creatures, burn planeswalkers, hit an opponent, and even save your life. Whenever I draw one, I know that I'll have a good use for it, and possibly even win the game with it. I've probably won well over a hundred games thanks to lightning helix, if not a thousand.

Though, in truth, I use it more like a 2 mana lightning bolt than anything else. Gaining the 3 life is nice, but my friends usually have to remind me to do so because it's typically a small effect (since few of my friends run aggressive decks). But, every once in a while it's fun to get hit by a lightning bolt, and then hit that player right back with a lightning helix.

Of course, with a autocar... (see all)
Posted By: Asmodi0000 (10/31/2011 8:20:40 PM)


This card gives Boros aggro decks some much needed staying power, especially as Boros tends to attack a lot more then defend. Using this to kill a threat and negate the damage that has been done swings so many games in my favor that my playgroup tends to roll their eyes in despair as this hits their favorite creature/planeswalker.
Easiest 5/5 ever
Posted By: DeXtrovert (9/9/2013 7:25:25 PM)


Lightning Salvo
Posted By: Purple_Shrimp (8/12/2011 8:31:09 PM)


Once again, the Ravnica block proves to be home to several cards of supremely elegant design.
Posted By: FreakyM (12/1/2009 8:18:39 AM)


Best two drop instant ever made. I honestly think that the card is better off as a red-white card rather then black-white, if it were black-white it would be about having an opponent lose life or having a creature get -X/-X, or something like that. Red is all about damage, white is all about lifegain, red-white is all about justice, and this card really embodies that.
Posted By: SavageBrain89 (6/16/2009 2:29:46 PM)