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"Guys! I think Lightning Bolt is a bit broken."
"Well, its in nearly every deck that has any chance of splashing red..."
"Okay then. reprint Shock. Let them *** about that for a while."
- WoTC R&D
Posted By: WateryMind (7/7/2011 7:51:55 PM)


Weird, They reprint Lavamancer, give red a new planeswalker, a new fun creature in the form of that phoenix, and then take away lightning bolt.
Posted By: TheSwarm (7/7/2011 10:18:11 PM)


I think wizards is willing to create situations where cards supporting burn decks are more powerful than the actual burn spells in red decks. Therefore cards like Lightning Bolt, Searing Blaze and Staggershock would be probably too awesome with cards like Chandra, the Firebrand, Grim Lavamancer and Shrine of the Burning Rage rolling in the standard right now. And i kind of like it. The problem is that if Innistrad and other blocks to come may form the creatures too big where 2 damage isnt enough to kill any, Shock will be abandoned totally in constructed.

Although shock is alot more stabilized than Lightning Bolt in limited, where Bolt was pretty much ridicilous first-pick material in drafts.
Posted By: Ruho (7/10/2011 10:31:22 AM)


@DICK: My thoughts exactly.
Posted By: blindthrall (7/11/2011 1:27:46 PM)


Just doesn't match up against its other comrads eg: Lightning Bolt but useful in a Bloodthirst deck I suppose.
Posted By: Dr_Fletchers (9/3/2011 2:30:28 AM)


wow I just got used to Lightning Bolt
but as I saw this card reprinted I realized that Lightning Bolt was owerpowered
holy, one core set later and I would have said to this: "crap, lightning bolt is better"...
puh, thanks wizards!
Posted By: Hancocky (7/8/2011 11:37:23 AM)


Every one wants to play Lightning Bolt, no one wants to play Shock. I agree they should've just went with the happy medium and made Burst Lightning a core set card.
Posted By: Revelation666 (7/9/2011 11:28:33 AM)


i know people say its not as good as lightning bolt and its not but in edh you get one of each card and this actives blood thirst so what i do in my vamp edh is i have a bunch of burn cards to activate bloodthirst
bump in the night
brimstone volley
galvanic blast
lightning bolt

Posted By: Notchism (6/29/2012 7:25:13 AM)


'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.' - Negated

Strictly better/worse is a very hard thing to use, since there are so many card combos turning it around. On first look, your explanation is valid, but its actually invalid.

Mindslaver is used by an opponent. He uses your galvanic blast and kills you sine you were on 4 hp with epic creature defense, playing against a guy whohad no chance but this mindslaver. So, its not STRICLY better, but it is better in high 90's of cases.
Posted By: Red-White (10/7/2012 12:43:53 PM)


After a year of PIllar of Flame and Searing Spear as the standard burn spells I'm excited to have this back in M14. Yeah it might not be Lightning Bolt but it's much better than what we've had for the last year!
Posted By: Lord_Sun_Fin (5/28/2013 9:17:42 AM)