Lightning Strike - Theros Spoiler

Lightning Strike


  • Color: Red
  • Type: Instant
  • Rarity: Common
  • Set:

Lightning Strike deals 3 damage to target creatuer or player.

“The hand of Keranos can be seen in every rumbling storm cloud. Best not to stand where he points.”
-Rakleia of Shrine Peak



  • Red

    Nothing beats good old fashion Lightning Bolt though.

    • Zombie

      Let’s be honest, though.

      Bolt would pretty much tear Standard a new bunghole.

      • Ian Donovan

        which is why we want it back

        • jeremysclone

          Soooo….. you want a standard environment where red has an advantage over all the other colors? Cause lightning bolt is kinda that good. Like, insaaanely good. Like, way too good for standard.

          • Ian Donovan

            Yes I do. I have seen enough of blue domination with Delver to want Red to get an advantage

          • Red

            I agree. Control is getting a lot of stuff such as Thassa and the Prophet.

          • John

            Well that’s okay, we blue players want JTMS back. Tradesies?

          • John

            Just give blue back JTMS and red back LB. And we’re set. We’d even throw in a goblin guide on the blue side.

          • jeremysclone

            Delver didn’t dominate standard at all this whole past year. What are you talking about? If you’re talking about legacy, where Delver actually is a dominant force, then they already have lightning bolt. And blue isn’t dominating in standard. Kibler aggro and Jund are the decks dominating, and lightning bolt would make them too good. Sure they’re completely dismantled after rotation, but red still has a LOT of good stuff. Blue is the color that needs the love right now.

          • Loiden Mc Leroy

            Red is already OP with Domri, Xenagos, and Dragon

  • Staine

    Just a new searing spear, great :)

  • Ben Ehren

    so now its balanced? or is this dumb.

  • Sean Dixon

    Uh…didn’t searing spear just rotate?

    • Kevan Kramer

      The spear will rotate when Theros comes in.

  • Kepsen

    REALY?!?! This is so rotten of Wizards.. This is not Lightning Bolt!! and Snapcaster is rotating!

  • Madison

    why not reprint searing spear, why?

    • Red

      Why not just Lightning Bolt?

    • Andy Dondes

      Why not incinerate

    • David Rivas

      Why not zoidberg?

    • Sean Dixon

      Here’s why functional reprints are good:
      You can have 8 Searing Spears in your deck.
      You can have Searing Spear in Theros Block Constructed (which is a Pro Tour Format).

      • Fbn Dnl Schlr

        Yeah, or you can play 2 Searing Spears in your EDH. Wow!

        • Sean Dixon

          You say that like it’s a bad thing. Perhaps your deck is running Isochron Scepter, and you draw this. You would probably already have Spear, Bolt, Incinerate, and a host of others in your deck. You get more options, and that is what counts.

  • Alex Egertsen

    people seem to forget the days when incinerate was used like crazy

  • Cory

    Searing spear lol

  • Thor

    No way, this is waaaaaay more powerful than searing spear….
    I mean wouldnt a Lightning Strike hurt way more than some silly old fire spear?
    Lighting > Fire imo. ;-)

  • Fbn Dnl Schlr

    Well that’s one way to ensure 90% of the set is new! wtf!

  • Kaine

    Ligh…ligh…lightning…bolt..? is that you o.o Gooby why are you two mana…what happened to you

  • guest

    should of been EACH creature or player. my sneak show needs a good instant speed sweeper :D

    • Jeremysclone

      Soooo a pyroclasm, which is already incredibly powerful, at instant speed, that does 3 damage instead of 2, AND can target a player? Yep. Tooootally not way too good.

  • GramMAR Freak

    Really? O.O What does Wizards actually gain in printing this over reprinting Searing Spear? Not that I’m complaining, I never ran Spear, and I’ll probably never run this, but they’re both commons, so it’s not like they’re going to make any more money off selling these in packs vs having people use their old spears. Chances are you’re going to get a million of these drafting and prereleasing anyway, so I really don’t understand the point.

    • Kevan Kramer

      It’s all about flavor.

      • GramMAR Freak

        They could have flavored Searing Spear to Purphoros though, or to a million other things. It’s not like fire doesn’t exist on Theros.

        • Kevan Kramer

          At least the name is better. And it is a nod to Lighting Bolt in its name.

  • Elucidator

    Well, it’s not that bad to have a renamed Searing Spear back. Honestly, I was a little concerned with Magma Jet (though it has scry) because only hits for 2 damage (many big two or three drops usually have 3 toughness, like the newly spoiled Fleecemane Lion, and needless to say, 3 damage reaches more creatures and/or wittles down your opponent’s life better). So yes. This and Magma Jet will go hand in hand with both aggro and control.

    And reprinting Lightning Bolt will be an insult to Shock being reprinted in M14, imo.

    • Kevan Kramer

      No it would go hand and hand with it.

  • Kevan Kramer

    This is going to replace my spears….but I wanted lighting bolt like most people.

    • MtgMind-Welder98

      Yah this would have been a cool block for Lightning Bolt to be in with epic art too :(