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By: JXClaytor, Joshua Claytor
Jan 08 2008 10:53am
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Okay, I'm not going to lie to you guys.  I feel miserable.  I tend to get sick twice a year, and one of those times happens to be this month.  Like clockwork, I am up with the sniffles.  My muscles weap everytime I move, and my head really hurts.  On top of this, I have not eaten in a few days because well, I just can not keep anything down.  Long story short, the flu makes Joshua a very very dull boy.  However, I have a responsibility to bring you all some Extended data, and no amount of illness is going to keep me from doing that.  

Let's take a look at the top five of last week. 

1.  Dredge:  This is the third week in a row that Dredge has been the top deck of the format. 

2.  Gifts Rock:   Gifts Ungiven is a powerful card.  This deck has a Gifts Toolbox and the disruption package of the Green Black powerhouse that is the Rock. 

3.  Affinity:  It's a powerful deck with main deck tools against Dredge (Tormod's Crypt and Arcbound Ravager can ruin this decks day.)  It has a good matchup with Zoo because it has large men that come out quickly (Think Myr Enforcer.)  and can win games out of no whereon the back of Cranial Plating.  This deck is cheap when compared to other Extended decks, and should be a player in the format for time to come.

4.  Doran Junk:  Doran Junk has become the Black White Green deck of choice in this Extended format.  Not only is it starting to become more of a factor online, but it is showing up in large numbers in Pro Tour Qualifiers as well. 

5.  Chase Rare:  This will be the last week that Chase Rare will be showing up in the countdown.  I might have been making a mistake.  You see, Pat Chapin has come out with a very good Blue Green list that shares almost ninety percent of the same cards that Chase Rare has.  The main difference is Next Level Blue has dropped the black that Chase Rare runs.  Because of this error, the math on some of the Chase Rare decks may actually be Next Level blue.  I'll show the difference between the two later on. 

Dread Return

Now, let's take a look this week's standings.  This data was pulled from the last six Extended events held during the month of December.  The top five has a few new faces this time around.  Ideal is a combo deck that looks to ramp up to seven mana as quickly as possible.   When you get to seven mana, you cast the epic namesake spell and lock the board with several enchantments.  Mono Blue control is exactly what you think it is.  Counterspells, bounce and creature control all play a role in the deck while creatures like (Meloku, the Clouded Mirror) and Spire Golem win the game for the the mono blue player. 

Colors Deck Name Placings Percentage
Doran 10%
Gifts Rock 10%
Ideal 8%
Dredge 8%
Mono Blue Control 8%
Next Level Blue 8%
Chase Rare 6%
Gaddock Zoo 6%
Goblins 6%
Junk 4%
Tog 4%
King in the Castle 4%
Rock 2%
  Affinity 2%
Primal Junk 2%
Heartbeat 2%
Red Deck Wins 2%
  Concession 4%

Here are the results for the last six tournaments of the month, no, of the year of 2007.  Of course, I guess this is also the end of December, but saying the end of the year is a little more dramatic to me.  

1102519

ggalmol:  Chase Rare

jimdownside:  Goblins
islands:  Ideal
trunks123:  Gifts Rock
Little_Shaves:  Ideal
Rak95:  Green Black Rock
JoshJones:  Unknown
SuperMorphling:  Affinity

Counterbalance
Vindicate
1102520

CPal90:  Doran
AHammer:  Doran
S E V E S T R A:  Gifts Rock
Lucindo:  Dredge
islands:  Ideal
FrankLepore:  King of the Castle
SilverRocket:  Dark Zoo
wearelegion:  Next Level Blue

1102521

Endir:  Goblins
M.Bison:  Chase Rare Control
iori:  Primal Junk
Carl_:  Mono Blue Control
aylon:  Mono Blue Control
lj2play:  Blue Black Tog
Quack Quack:   Heartbeat
trunks123:  Gifts Rock
Goblin Ringleader
Cephalid Sage
1102522

Lucindo:  Dredge
siewca_wiatru:  Mono Blue Control
islands:  Ideal
Thommo:  Mono Blue Control
FFfreak:  Next Level Blue
MituliakV:  Chase Rare Control
Lanicor:  Doran
Clone11:  Zoo
1102523

o0putz:  Blue Black Tog
TuSaisPas:  Gifts Rock
Lucindo:  Dredge
Fangord:  Red Deck Wins
oneeyedpete:  Doran
tomate_store:  Doran
Bard_Taliesin:  unknown
jugee:  Goblins
Psychatog
Tarmogoyf
1102525

sevestra:  King in the Castle
Huntmasta_B:  King in the Castle
Leopoldo M:  Dredge
kobefan:  Next Level Blue
FFfreak:  Next Level Blue
trunks123:  Gifts Rock
CPal90:  Doran
dburess01:  Dark Zoo

Now, let's look at the month of December.  Dredge had the most amount of success in the past month.  Following that we have Zoo, Chase Rare control (Which got most of it's results in the beginning of the month.) Gifts Rock (Which saw most of it's placement during the end of the month) and Affinity rounding out the top five.  The next top five are Junk (This build saw the most success after the PTQ at Worlds.) Goblins, Ideal, and Doran.

Deck Name Placings Percentage
Dredge 11%
Zoo 10%
Chase Rare 9%
Gifts Rock 7%
Affinity 7%
Junk 6%
Goblins 5%
Ideal 5%
Doran 5%
Flow Rock 2%
Red Deck Wins 2%
Dark Zoo 2%
Mono Blue 2%
Tog 2%
TEPS 2%
Rock 2%
Next Level 2%
King in the Castle 1%
Heartbeat 1%
Total Mess 1%
Primal Junk 1%
Boros Deck Wins 1%
Platinum Angel Special 1%
Elves! 0%
UW Tron 0%
UG Tron 0%
UG Aggro 0%
KCI 0%
Loam 0%
Scepter 0%
Domain Rock 0%
Death Cloud 0%
Disconnect 2%

 

 

Finally, in this shortened edition of Extended play, I'm going to show off ten decks that I think you should be aware of whenever you play Extended.  You may not hit it on MTGO, but you need to be aware of these decks for any PTQs that you may be playing in as well. 

Dredge

View  Buy  (1 x) TOR Cephalid Sage
View  Buy  (1 x) RAV Flame-Kin Zealot
View  Buy  (3 x) TOR Ichorid
View  Buy  (1 x) RAV Golgari Thug
View  Buy  (4 x) FUT Narcomoeba
View  Buy  (4 x) RAV Stinkweed Imp
View  Buy  (4 x) RAV Golgari Grave-Troll
View  Buy  (4 x) TOR Putrid Imp
View  Buy  (4 x) FUT Bridge from Below
View  Buy  (2 x) RAV Darkblast
View  Buy  (2 x) 7E Tolarian Winds
View  Buy  (3 x) ONS Flooded Strand
View  Buy  (3 x) ONS Polluted Delta
View  Buy  (4 x) OD Cephalid Coliseum
View  Buy  (4 x) RAV Watery Grave
View  Buy  (1 x) TSB Akroma, Angel of Wrath
View  Buy  (3 x) TSP Dread Return
View  Buy  (3 x) JUD Cabal Therapy
View  Buy  (4 x) TOR Breakthrough
View  Buy  (4 x) OD Careful Study

 

Sideboard

View  Buy  (1 x) 10E Ancestor's Chosen
View  Buy  (2 x) 10E Pithing Needle
View  Buy  (1 x) DST Echoing Truth
View  Buy  (2 x) FUT Tombstalker
View  Buy  (2 x) GPT Leyline of the Void
View  Buy  (1 x) JUD Cabal Therapy
View  Buy  (4 x) ONS Chain of Vapor
View  Buy  (1 x) RAV Darkblast
View  Buy  (1 x) SOK Pithing Needle

Next Level Blue  By Pat Chapin

View  Buy  (8 x) CSP Snow-Covered Island

View  Buy  (3 x) CSP Counterbalance
View
  Buy  (2 x)
5DN Engineered Explosives
View  Buy  (4 x) CHK Sensei's Divining Top
View  Buy  (4 x) 5DN Vedalken Shackles
View  Buy  (3 x) MRD Chrome Mox

View
  Buy  (4 x)
FUT Tarmogoyf

View
  Buy  (3 x)
LRW Cryptic Command
View  Buy  (3 x) MRD Thirst for Knowledge
View  Buy  (2 x) GPT Repeal
View  Buy  (4 x) 7E Counterspell

View
  Buy  (4 x)
ONS Polluted Delta
View  Buy  (3 x) ONS Flooded Strand
View  Buy  (2 x) DIS Breeding Pool
View  Buy  (1 x) RAV Temple Garden
View  Buy  (1 x) RAV Watery Grave
View  Buy  (1 x) DIS Hallowed Fountain

View
  Buy  (1 x)
TSP Academy Ruins

View
  Buy  (4 x)
LRW Ponder
View  Buy  (3 x) JUD Living Wish

 

Sideboard

View  Buy  (1 x) 5DN Trinket Mage
View  Buy  (3 x) BOK Threads of Disloyalty
View  Buy  (1 x) DIS Indrik Stomphowler
View  Buy  (1 x) FUT Yixlid Jailer
View  Buy  (1 x) RAV Loxodon Hierarch
View  Buy  (3 x) SOK Kataki, War's Wage
View  Buy  (2 x) TSB Tormod's Crypt
View  Buy  (1 x) TSP Academy Ruins
View  Buy  (2 x) TSP Krosan Grip

Chase Rare Control

View  Buy  (2 x) CSP Counterbalance
View
  Buy  (1 x)
10E Pithing Needle
View  Buy  (3 x) CHK Sensei's Divining Top
View  Buy  (4 x) MRD Chrome Mox
View  Buy  (1 x) TSB Tormod's Crypt
View  Buy  (1 x) 5DN Engineered Explosives

View
  Buy  (1 x)
MRD Seat of the Synod

View
  Buy  (1 x)
ICE Forest
View  Buy  (4 x) ICE Island
View  Buy  (1 x) ICE Plains
View  Buy  (1 x) ICE Swamp
View  Buy  (4 x) RAV Dark Confidant
View  Buy  (3 x) 5DN Trinket Mage
View  Buy  (4 x) FUT Tarmogoyf

View
  Buy  (3 x)
BOK Threads of Disloyalty

View
  Buy  (1 x)
SCG Stifle
View  Buy  (4 x) MRD Thirst for Knowledge
View  Buy  (4 x) 7E Counterspell

View
  Buy  (4 x)
ONS Flooded Strand
View  Buy  (4 x) ONS Polluted Delta
View  Buy  (1 x) DIS Breeding Pool
View  Buy  (1 x) GPT Steam Vents
View  Buy  (1 x) RAV Watery Grave
View  Buy  (1 x) DIS Hallowed Fountain

View
  Buy  (2 x)
BOK Umezawa's Jitte

View
  Buy  (2 x)
FUT Venser, Shaper Savant
View  Buy  (1 x) TSP Academy Ruins

Sideboard

View  Buy  (1 x) 10E Pithing Needle
View  Buy  (2 x) 5DN Engineered Explosives
View  Buy  (3 x) 7E Engineered Plague
View  Buy  (2 x) RAV Loxodon Hierarch
View  Buy  (2 x) RAV Putrefy
View  Buy  (2 x) TSB Tormod's Crypt
View  Buy  (3 x) TSP Ancient Grudge

Gifts Rock

4 Sakura Tribe Elder
3 Loxodon Hierarch
3 Eternal Witness
1 Genesis
1 Ravenous Baloth
4 Search for Tomorrow
4 Gifts Ungiven
3 Pernicious Deed
3 Living Wish
1 Vindicate
1 Profane Command
1 Primal Command
1 Damnation
1 Putrefy
1 Collective Restraint
1 Thoughtseize
2 Duress
2 Cabal Therapy
1 Smother
4 Windswept Heath
2 Polluted Delta
3 Overgrown Tomb
1 Watery Grave
1 Godless Shrine
1 Breeding Pool
1 Hallowed Fountain
1 Temple Garden
1 Golgari Rot Farm
2 Forest
1 Snow-Covered Forest
1 Swamp
1 Snow-Covered Swamp
1 Plains
1 Island

Sideboard

1 Indrik Stomphowler
1 Kataki, War’s Wage
1 Yixlid Jailer
1 Eternal Witness
1 Loxodon Hierarch
1 Meloku of the Clouded Mirror
1 Krosan Grip
1 Global Ruin
1 Thoughtseize
2 Duress
4 Leyline of the Void

Ideal

View  Buy  (3 x) SCG Form of the Dragon
View  Buy  (4 x) 5DN Pentad Prism
View  Buy  (4 x) CHK Sensei's Divining Top
View  Buy  (4 x) TSP Lotus Bloom

View  Buy  (1 x) ICE Plains
View
  Buy  (3 x)
JUD Solitary Confinement
View  Buy  (1 x) AP Pernicious Deed
View  Buy  (2 x) DIS Dovescape
View  Buy  (4 x) MRD Seething Song
View  Buy  (4 x) PS Orim's Chant
View  Buy  (3 x) IN Sulfur Vent
View  Buy  (3 x) ONS Windswept Heath
View  Buy  (4 x) IN Tinder Farm
View  Buy  (4 x) IN Ancient Spring
View  Buy  (3 x) ONS Flooded Strand
View  Buy  (3 x) RAV Sacred Foundry
View  Buy  (1 x) GPT Godless Shrine

View
  Buy  (1 x)
CHK Honden of Seeing Winds
View  Buy  (1 x) SOK Mikokoro, Center of the Sea
View  Buy  (4 x) JUD Burning Wish
View  Buy  (3 x) SOK Enduring Ideal

Sideboard

View  Buy  (1 x) 7E Pyroclasm
View  Buy  (1 x) AP Vindicate
View  Buy  (3 x) CHK Boseiju, Who Shelters All
View  Buy  (1 x) CHK Cranial Extraction
View  Buy  (4 x) GPT Leyline of the Void
View  Buy  (1 x) SOK Enduring Ideal
View  Buy  (1 x) TOR Morningtide

Affinity

View  Buy  (1 x) SOK Pithing Needle
View  Buy  (2 x) 10E Pithing Needle
View  Buy  (4 x) LRW Springleaf Drum
View  Buy  (3 x) TSP Chromatic Star
View  Buy  (4 x) 5DN Cranial Plating

View  Buy  (3 x) MRD Ornithopter
View  Buy  (4 x) DST Arcbound Worker
View  Buy  (4 x) MRD Frogmite
View  Buy  (4 x) DST Arcbound Ravager
View  Buy  (4 x) MRD Myr Enforcer

View
  Buy  (4 x)
MRD Great Furnace
View  Buy  (4 x) MRD Seat of the Synod
View  Buy  (4 x) MRD Vault of Whispers
View  Buy  (2 x) DST Darksteel Citadel

View
  Buy  (4 x)
MRD Shrapnel Blast

View
  Buy  (1 x)
MRD Glimmervoid
View  Buy  (4 x) DST Blinkmoth Nexus
View  Buy  (4 x) MRD Thoughtcast

Sideboard

View  Buy  (4 x) LRW Thorn of Amethyst
View  Buy  (4 x) LRW Thoughtseize
View  Buy  (4 x) ONS Smother
View  Buy  (3 x) TSB Tormod's Crypt

Flow Rock

View
  Buy  (4 x)
MRD Chrome Mox
View  Buy  (4 x) 5DN Engineered Explosives

View  Buy  (3 x) ICE Forest
View  Buy  (2 x) ICE Mountain
View  Buy  (1 x) ICE Swamp

View
  Buy  (4 x)
GPT Burning-Tree Shaman
View  Buy  (4 x) 10E Mogg Fanatic
View  Buy  (4 x) FUT Tarmogoyf
View  Buy  (4 x) OD Terravore

View
  Buy  (4 x)
PS Destructive Flow

View
  Buy  (4 x)
PS Terminate
View  Buy  (4 x) ONS Bloodstained Mire
View  Buy  (4 x) ONS Wooded Foothills
View  Buy  (1 x) ONS Polluted Delta
View  Buy  (1 x) ONS Windswept Heath
View  Buy  (2 x) GPT Stomping Ground
View  Buy  (1 x) RAV Overgrown Tomb
View  Buy  (1 x) DIS Blood Crypt

View
  Buy  (4 x)
TOR Devastating Dreams

Sideboard

View  Buy  (4 x) 7E Duress
View  Buy  (4 x) ONS Smother
View  Buy  (2 x) PLC Extirpate
View  Buy  (3 x) TSP Ancient Grudge
View  Buy  (2 x) TSP Krosan Grip


Dark Zoo

View  Buy  (1 x) CSP Ronom Unicorn
View
  Buy  (1 x)
ICE Mountain

View
  Buy  (3 x)
10E Mogg Fanatic
View  Buy  (4 x) RAV Dark Confidant
View  Buy  (4 x) FUT Tarmogoyf
View  Buy  (1 x) CHK Kami of Ancient Law
View  Buy  (4 x) TOR Grim Lavamancer

View  Buy  (4 x) RAV Lightning Helix

View  Buy  (4 x) ONS Windswept Heath
View  Buy  (4 x) ONS Wooded Foothills
View  Buy  (4 x) ONS Bloodstained Mire
View  Buy  (1 x) RAV Temple Garden
View  Buy  (1 x) GPT Steam Vents
View  Buy  (1 x) GPT Stomping Ground
View  Buy  (1 x) RAV Sacred Foundry
View  Buy  (1 x) GPT Godless Shrine
View  Buy  (1 x) RAV Overgrown Tomb
View  Buy  (1 x) DIS Blood Crypt

View
  Buy  (3 x)
CHK Isamaru, Hound of Konda

Sideboard

View  Buy  (1 x) 10E Mogg Fanatic
View  Buy  (2 x) BOK Umezawa's Jitte
View  Buy  (1 x) CHK Kami of Ancient Law
View  Buy  (4 x) GPT Leyline of the Void
View  Buy  (3 x) LRW Gaddock Teeg
View  Buy  (4 x) TSP Ancient Grudge


Doran

View
  Buy  (1 x)
MRD Chrome Mox

View
  Buy  (3 x)
ICE Forest
View  Buy  (1 x) ICE Plains
View  Buy  (1 x) ICE Swamp

View
  Buy  (4 x)
7E Birds of Paradise
View  Buy  (3 x) RAV Loxodon Hierarch
View  Buy  (3 x) 5DN Eternal Witness
View  Buy  (4 x) RAV Dark Confidant
View  Buy  (4 x) FUT Tarmogoyf

View
  Buy  (2 x)
ONS Smother

View
  Buy  (1 x)
ONS Polluted Delta
View  Buy  (4 x) 10E Treetop Village
View  Buy  (1 x) ONS Bloodstained Mire
View  Buy  (4 x) ONS Windswept Heath
View  Buy  (2 x) RAV Temple Garden
View  Buy  (1 x) GPT Godless Shrine
View  Buy  (2 x) RAV Overgrown Tomb

View
  Buy  (4 x)
LRW Doran, the Siege Tower

View
  Buy  (1 x)
CHK Shizo, Death's Storehouse

View
  Buy  (4 x)
AP Vindicate
View  Buy  (2 x) LRW Profane Command
View  Buy  (4 x) JUD Cabal Therapy
View  Buy  (2 x) LRW Thoughtseize

Sideboard

View  Buy  (3 x) AP Pernicious Deed
View  Buy  (3 x) BOK Umezawa's Jitte
View  Buy  (2 x) DIS Indrik Stomphowler
View  Buy  (4 x) GPT Leyline of the Void
View  Buy  (2 x) LRW Gaddock Teeg
View  Buy  (1 x) LRW Thoughtseize

Mono Blue Control

View  Buy  (1 x) 10E Pithing Needle
View  Buy  (2 x) 5DN Vedalken Shackles
View  Buy  (1 x) 5DN Engineered Explosives
View  Buy  (1 x) CHK Sensei's Divining Top
View  Buy  (3 x) DST Spire GolemView  Buy  (1 x) MRD Seat of the SynodView  Buy  (14 x) ICE IslandView  Buy  (3 x) 5DN Trinket Mage

view  Buy  (4 x) DIS Spell Snare

View  Buy  (2 x) IN Fact or Fiction

View  Buy  (4 x) SCG Stifle
View  Buy  (3 x) MRD Thirst for Knowledge
View  Buy  (4 x) 7E Counterspell
View  Buy  (2 x) LRW Cryptic Command

View  Buy  (2 x) ONS Polluted Delta
View  Buy  (1 x) ONS Riptide Laboratory
View  Buy  (1 x) FUT Tolaria West
View  Buy  (2 x) ONS Flooded Strand
View  Buy  (1 x) GPT Steam Vents
View  Buy  (1 x) RAV Watery Grave
View  Buy  (2 x) BOK Umezawa's JitteView  Buy  (2 x) FUT Venser, Shaper Savant
View  Buy  (2 x) CHK Meloku the Clouded Mirror
View  Buy  (1 x) TSP Academy Ruins
Sideboard

View  Buy  (4 x) 10E Hurkyl's Recall
View  Buy  (1 x) 5DN Engineered Explosives
View  Buy  (2 x) 7E Arcane Laboratory
View  Buy  (4 x) 7E Force Spike
View  Buy  (3 x) LRW Sower of Temptation

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by one million words at Wed, 01/09/2008 - 11:33
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Decklists are so useful  - really nice job.

Get well soon.

I see a new format for cards  (view / buy).  Is that the new standard?  Will autocard create that, or should we be entering those links manually?

 

 

by _Shaddai_ (not verified) at Wed, 01/09/2008 - 12:39
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My dredge sideboard runs 4 leyline as even 3 was not consistant enough to have opening hand, so I bumped it to a playset. Tombstalker is ok...but I still believe there to be better choices like even the classic ghoul/breath finisher when you have trouble with sacrificing creatures such as moggs or ravagers. Needles work, but sometimes you want to hold back until you see a crypt hit board or not. Also against affinity, usually you never needle ravager as it goes crypt first post board, and then plating. The rest though I have to agree are still great cards for dredge sideboard.

by JXClaytor (Unregistered) 216.221.201.110 (not verified) at Wed, 01/09/2008 - 18:39
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I created those decklists using the sites deck function.  All you need is .dec file, upload it to the site, and than copy paste the ensuing page. 

by JXClaytor at Tue, 01/08/2008 - 22:05
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I am actually about to edit this because I feel it is rather short, and I want to highlight the players that kicked butt in the issue as well.  Thanks for the well wishes.    

by 53N531 at Tue, 01/08/2008 - 19:55
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Massive data. Ownage.

by theauthenticsimpsonian (Unregistered) 24.2.188.53 (not verified) at Tue, 01/08/2008 - 21:22
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I really hope you get better. Can someone give this man a week off to recover from the flu? I don't think we want him to get worse by having to sit in front of a computer when he should be resting.

Also, as 53N531 said, awesome data.