Land - Desert (U)
T: Add C to your mana pool.
Whenever you discard a card, you may put a flood counter on Irrigated Desert. (Cycling involves discarding a card.)
T, remove X flood counters from ~: Add X colorless mana to your mana pool.
Reason: This is your standard "storage land", but interacts with cycling very interestingly.
Desert Reclamation 1G
Choose 1 -
Sacrifice a desert. If you do, search your library for a basic land card and put it onto the battlefield tapped. shuffle.
Return a desert card from your graveyard to the battlefield tapped.
Entwine 1G (because entwine is an interesting and fun mechanic)
Desert Peddler R
Creature - Jackal Wizard (C)
Whenever a desert is put into your graveyard from anywhere, you may draw a card, then discard a card.
Sand Elemental 6
Creature - Elemental (C)
Sand Elemental costs 2 less to play for each desert card in your graveyard.
Quote from Valanarch »Lightning Bolt has been considered the strongest removal spell in Modern since the beginning of the format. However, it is starting to seem like it isn't a particularly strong removal spell anymore. Out of the 15 decks in Modern that currently have a metagame share of at least 2 percent on MTGO, there are only 7 decks in which at least half of the creatures die to Bolt (Burn, Affinity, Bant Eldrazi, Merfolk, Storm, Abzan Company, and Jund). Bolt kills none of the creatures in BGx Death's Shadow, it kills nothing permanently in Dredge except for Narcomoeba, it kills only Noble Hierarch, Scavenging Ooze, and spirit tokens against Abzan, it kills only Snapcaster Mage against blue Death's Shadow decks, it only kills Walking Ballista and Matter Reshaper against Eldrazi Tron, it only kills Wurmcoil Engine tokens against WG Tron, it does nothing against Titanshift, and it does nothing against Ad Nauseum. In addition, the decks with at least 2% of the meta that Bolt is mostly just a Lava Spike against currently make up 37.57% of the metagame, while the decks that Bolt is strong against make up only 24.64% of the meta. Finally, Lightning Bolt is only the 5th-most played card in Modern and is less played that both Path to Exile and Fatal Push. So, is Lighting Bolt still the top removal spell in Modern, and if it is not, what does that mean for the format?
Quote from hippohugger »IDK, open fire might take the meta by storm.
Quote from savedsynner »Quote from Valanarch »I guess that it is still decent removal. I don't get why they think that Lightning Strike is too powerful though.
Agreed. Exiling helps a little but the days of looping raptor and protector are long gone so exiling is of little value right now. If they really wanted to bring red back, just reprint lightning strike. Maybe they'll reprint forked bolt. That would be a good compliment to this card.
One thing to keep in mind tho. What plane are we about to go to. Kaledesh. Who is the only PW from that plane. Chandra. What does Chandra do....I expect red will gets lots of good burn in 3 months. Until then, red will continue to languish with blue as the worst colors.
Quote from Valanarch »I guess that it is still decent removal. I don't get why they think that Lightning Strike is too powerful though.