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Rocking the New Extended
by Andrew Stokinger

I've had a crazy week and a terrible evening, so much to the point that I doubt my sanity and consider going for help somewhere. But, come to think of it, I've been pretty crazy for a ling time. The sanity right on the edge of things. Seeing the cliff, and deciding to hang off the edge, so to speak.

For example: In Nice, most people who care know I played a freaking Coalition Victory deck. Who the hell would run that kind of trash in the Master's Gateway. I mean hell you are playing for $2000, and there are people who would kill for a chance to play in that tournament. But the truth is, I was not quite over the edge. As you can see in the deck list below and the article I wrote for Teamacademy.com, I didn't believe I would win with the deck, but it was far from throwing the tournament away. There was some very good meta game choices in the deck with the intent of beating Miracle Grow, sideboarding total hate against Oath or Trix, and Victorying the Mirror or any junk deck right the hell out of the tournament. And don't forget I had the intent of sideboarding out the Victory every game.

4 Birds of Paradise
1 Phyrexian Plaguelord
3 Sliver Queen
2 Spike Feeder
1 Spike Weaver
1 Spiritmonger
3 Wall of Roots
4 Yavimaya Elder
1 Coalition Victory
4 Duress
4 Land Grant
1 Living Death
4 Pernicious Deed
2 Powder Keg
1 Recurring Nightmare
3 Vampiric Tutor
4 Bayou
3 Forest
1 Island
1 Mountain
1 Plains
1 Savannah
4 Swamp
2 Taiga
2 Treetop Village
1 Tropical Island

Sideboard
4 Emerald Charm
2 Phyrexian Furnace
2 Powder Keg
4 Pyroblast
3 Swords to Plowshares

 

Now as I sit and ponder greater thoughts than the game of magic, I still wonder… am I insane already? I love the summer extended format for the broken feeling to every game played. It's inches from Type 1. But the new extended season that begins on November first, and is kicked off by Pro Tour Houston is really the only thing that is going to matter. The power has been stripped back out of the format back to the point where decks I used to play in type 2 are good again. They eliminated the decks that were beating my Rock deck. Now I can really go crazy.

4 Birds of Paradise
3 Vine Trellis or Wall of Blossoms (I need to test the both of them out, Wall of Roots rotated out)
1 Phyrexian Plaguelord
3 Sliver Queen
2 Spike Feeder
1 Spike Weaver
1 Spiritmonger
4 Yavimaya Elder
1 Coalition Victory
4 Duress
1 Living Death
4 Pernicious Deed
2 Powder Keg
1 Recurring Nightmare
3 Vampiric Tutor (in 6th edition)
1 Crystalline Silver
7 Forest
1 Island
1 Mountain
2 Plains
4 Swamp
2 Treetop Village
4 Llanowar Wastes
2 pain lands (color of the cards in the Sideboard which are determined by the new environment with black)

Sideboard
2 Powder Keg
3 Armageddon
1 Perish
3 Disenchant or Seal of cleansing (Not sure which is better in the new environment)
6 other cards, determined by the new environment

 

The original sideboard disappeared from existence, and the mana has become an issue again, but we are allowed to leave the deck open ended. The deck itself is in one piece, but once the format is defined it can run any card in any color for its sideboard. The versatility of being able to play any color was what gave old extended decks a lot of their strength. Now I must be crazy. Is this really my deck? Would I go to a Pro Tour and run this? Well, I'd at least bring it with me. But for a weekend tournament, I'd play it in a heartbeat, and victory like my life depended on it.

See how crazy you are.

Andrew Stokinger
Teamacademy.com
Themagicacademy@hotmail.com

 

 

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