Beakered Lightning

Beakered Lightning Card

Beakered Lightning is a 0 Mana Cost Common Shaman Spell card from the The Boomsday Project set!

Card Text

Deal 1 damage to all minions. Overload: (2).

Flavor Text

Working in a shaman's lab, it's important to be well-grounded.

Beakered Lightning Card Review

An early AoE removal for Shaman! But it ain’t Maelstrom Portal. While I’d say that 0+2 overload cost is generally better than 2 mana, not summoning a random 1-drop makes a huge difference. Not to mention that this hits ALL minions, not only your opponent’s minions, which is another reason why it’s worse (technically it can be upside sometimes, but later about that).

First of all, we can’t underestimate 0 mana spells. They can be really powerful in the right scenario. I just can’t stop wondering why does this Overload for 2. If it was like Zap! and Overloaded for 1, it would make much more sense to run it. In your usual Shaman deck, this is mostly going to be a meta call. If Odd Paladin or any other deck flooding the board with 1 health minions runs rampant, then there’s no reason to not run it. It can also combo well with Bloodmage Thalnos or another source of Spell Damage. I don’t like the fact that it hits EVERYTHING on the board, not just opponent’s minions, though. While it’s often an upside in Warrior (they have lots of Whirlwind synergies), it’s not really in Shaman. The only case in which this is an upside is Acolyte of Pain on the board, basically. The downside seems especially big when you roll a Spell Damage Totem – sure, dealing 2 is better, but the Totem (and your other Totems, for that matter) just dies.

It can be a nice addition to Malygos Shaman. In aggressive matchups, if you’re holding Malygos in your hand, sometimes a Turn 6 Eureka! + this can be a full board clear, and it still leaves a 4/6 Maly on the board. Later in the game you can also combo it with Omega Mind and Maly for a board clear + massive heal.

It has some nice synergy with Thunderhead – 0 mana Overload spell, and Thunderhead summons the 1/1’s AFTER you play a spell, so they won’t die. At the same time, Thunderhead is a good fit into Token Shaman, while this has an anti-synergy with Token Shaman.

So my guess is that it will be a meta call. If Odd Paladin will run rampant, having a way to clear the 1/1’s and outtempo them outweighs the fact that you will be overloaded for 2 next turn. Like, if they go for Lost in the Jungle T1, then Hero Power T2, this + a 2-drop will be a great answer, even if you will only have 1 mana to work with on T3.

Card rating: Meta call, but my guess would be 6/10

16 Comments

  1. Wendigo
    August 4, 2018 at 8:58 am

    With Acolyte this is a cycling plus 1 dmg to everything for 2 manas to be paid next round.
    Or a 2+2 mana 2 dmg to all with Thalnos (like consecration).
    Or Thunderhead + this for 1 dmg to all + 2 rush 1/1, and maybe an opponent aggro clean table.

    Not bad at all on a control deck.

    Overload spellstone can become a real thing… maybe.

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  2. Michael Judajev
    August 2, 2018 at 4:39 am

    Could be decent if Token Druid will be a strong meta force since clearing the wisps and the treants in the same turn was huge problem for control/non-aggro shaman (Shudderwock). It is also a useful pell for Bogshaper shenanigans, maybe could be used with Zap! in both Shudderwock and Overload shaman. You could go Bog + Zap! + Beakered Lightning + Lightning Bolt on Turn 8 to deal with the board, summon a 4/7 and draw thee essential combo pieces (+ make your giants cost 4 less in overload shaman!) .

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  3. JKoala
    August 1, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    2 overload is very punishing.
    It’s like an Arcane Explosion but worse, much worse.
    Maybe at 9 exact mana can give you the chance to combo Snowfury + Spirit + Spellstone if you hadnt still proc the combo, but there are lots of better choices.
    Even Shaman doesnt need this, you’re damaging your own minions, and you’re supposed to dominate the board.
    1.5/5 maybe in another meta can see play.

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    • Wendigo
      August 4, 2018 at 1:51 pm

      Why is it worse pay latter than pay now?
      If it is worse because it hurts your own minions, we must remember that Acolyte of Pain want to be hurt and on a control deck it doesn’t even matter.

      On a side note this can be played to soft a strong board before a volcano for full clear and gives HP on Omega Mind play.

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  4. Whatever
    August 1, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    A decent and fast answer to small minions, specially paladin. Don´t forget the cards that are coming along this expansion and synergize pretty decently with this card.

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  5. MilesTegF
    August 1, 2018 at 11:49 am

    its like a worst Maelstrom portal. =(

    Useful in some situations tho, like against odd paladin, but doesn’t seem that good.

    The good thing is that it can be used in even shaman, a deck that lacks in area attacks (it only has hagatha and kalimos unless u get a lightning storm / volcano from hagatha), but i dont think it will remain a meta deck after the new expansion arrives (hope i’m wrong).

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    • EpicTroll
      August 1, 2018 at 12:06 pm

      Too bad 0 cost spells don’t work in either odd or even decks :c

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      • MilesTegF
        August 1, 2018 at 12:47 pm

        I’m pretty sure they are considered Even.

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        • dub
          August 1, 2018 at 1:56 pm

          They are 😉

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      • Stonekeep - Site Admin
        August 2, 2018 at 12:41 am

        0 is an even number, so it does work in Even Shaman.

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  6. TheThreather
    August 1, 2018 at 11:41 am

    So

    2x Snowfury giant
    2 x Spellstone
    2 x This (?)
    2x Some spelldamage
    22 x Bunch of other shaman/overload stuff
    Good Enough?

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    • Grenga23
      August 1, 2018 at 3:01 pm

      i was playing a hagatha control with snow furys, spells stones, and overload, felt about tier 1.5….. 7 mana make 4 8/8 was usually a win

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    • Wendigo
      August 4, 2018 at 9:01 am

      I would add Acolyte of Pain to this deck

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  7. Nuzlock
    August 1, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Member maelstrom portal?

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    • Grenga23
      August 1, 2018 at 3:02 pm

      peppridge farms remembers

      Reply
  8. Jed
    August 1, 2018 at 11:31 am

    I give this card a

    Weak/5

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