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Far more valid post-rotation. Personally, I don't like Lightning Bolt. Where one used to have to be creative with his choice in small burn spells, now they just grab four of those. Glad Shock and Incinerate are back.
Posted By: CollectiveC (7/24/2011 4:52:46 PM)


I think its good to see the last of the boon cards going out, it will force us to mix things up for a bit. Gobby decks still have Goblin Grenade where as kudotha decks have Galvanic Blast, other red decks still have Grim Lavamancer and can still use the grenade with low costing gobbys.
Posted By: Kitty_the_Kat (7/31/2011 4:39:27 PM)


Lightning bolt didnt saw it coming. Ever.
Posted By: Ales (8/3/2011 1:38:01 AM)


Shock is NOT bad. We've been spoiled by Bolt. Don't forget that we also got Incinerate back.
Posted By: dudecow (7/8/2011 7:30:52 PM)


I hate this reprint exactly as much as I loved Lightning Bolt's. Which is to say, quite a bit.

I think I understand why they might have made the decision and I can't really be mad at them about it. I just hope that we get something better in the next set.

But hey, you have to admit that it's still a good card in limited.

@Axelle, Revelation666: Burst Lightning would be at a good power level for this slot, but the problem there is introducing the notion of Kicker to new players in the core set. If they're going for simplicity, Shock is sadly the superior choice for inclusion. I just hope they put Burst Lightning in Innistrad or something.
Posted By: Gelzo (7/9/2011 12:23:15 PM)


Shock used to be good, but after reprinting Lightning Bolt and printing Burst Lightning, Galvanic Blast and Forked Bolt, this card doesn't seem to be good anymore.
Posted By: whoiam (7/31/2011 2:23:05 AM)


I'm shocked to see this replace Lightning Bolt
Posted By: Troutz (7/21/2011 1:28:56 PM)


Maybe its just crazy of me, but I prefer Shock over Lightning Bolt. I mean, sure, yeah, you get to go "Klickety-pow!" and blow a huge amount of creatures off the field, then smugly look at your opponent, but I think Shock is a lot more even. As someone who plays for fun and flavor, I don't think 3-for-1 is truly necessary, even as a devoted Red-head. So, I'll stick to my 2-for-1, preferably with perks. But maybe it is just me.
Posted By: FiveColorFinder (8/4/2011 7:49:03 PM)


Strictly worse than Galvanic Blast. Blast costs the same mana, for the same effect - unless you have metalcraft active, where you get a strictly better effect. I run the blast over shock in any deck that has three or more artifacts.
Posted By: Negated (11/30/2011 1:38:17 PM)


Oh, it's you. You're back.

If they wanted Bolt out of the picture, they should have reprinted Burst Lightning instead.

Well, at least the flavor text is nice.
Posted By: Axelle (7/7/2011 2:58:15 PM)