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By: JXClaytor, Joshua Claytor
Feb 05 2008 2:04pm
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Hello everyone and thanks for checking in with me for the latest issue of the Extended Play series.  If you do not know the drill yet, here is what I do.  I recap the top eight of every Extended Premiere event that has been played on MTGO for the past week.  I love doing this articles for one reason, and that is recognizing the players that top eight these events. 

Anyways, with Morningtide about to impact the Extended season, this will also be the last recap that I write until Morningtide comes online.  I'm still going to take results and take notes of them, but really, with v3 coming up and Morningtide no where near coming out to our program, I'm afraid that there will not be much of an interest in dated Extended decks, especially since most PTQ players use these events as a forecasting tool for their own PTQ. 

Regardless, I have the month of January to bring to you, plus the last few days worth of recaps.  Let's take a look at the top five decks from last issue, and see if we are going to have any surprises pop up in the top five for this week! 

Last Weeks' top five.

1Dredge:  One of the quickest combo decks in the field.  It can win on turn two, and does so often.  It plays well with the graveyard, and it should, as it abuses the Dredge mechanic to dump your entire library into the yard and flashback a Dread Return targeting Flame Kin Zealot.  You sacrifice Narcomoeba to get Zombie tokens from Bridge from Below and a whole host of hasty undead because of the Zeaolt.

2Enduring Ideal:  Combo deck that plays like the Desire decks of old.  Uses Invasion lands like Geothermal Crevice to power out your expensive epic spell (Enduring Ideal), from there you play one spell a turn, but you win the game with Form of the Dragon, or can lock them out from dealing damage with the Solitary Confinment Dovescape combo.

Doran:  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.

4.  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. 

5.  Next Level Blue:  Pat Chapins Blue Green Counterbalancedeck.  It's unreal.  Lots of synergy, and some versions run a Trinket Mage toolbox to shore up some bad matchups.  Other versions of the deck stay true to Mr. Chapins original list, and run a Living Wish toolbox. 

Cephalid Coliseum

Top Eight Recaps  from Jan.  21 to Jan.  31. 


Dr.Siuss:  Next Level Blue
nofxdarkside2:  Dredge
Pickareta:  Zoo
gonza:  Red Deck Wins
sMann:  Goblins
oneplusseven:  Zoo
newman12:  Dredge
Niffiwan:  Elf Alarm

Elf Alarm makes the first of two top eights in this event.  I'm telling you all, that deck may be better than what people are giving it credit for.  It is like Affinity in a way.  It has a weakness to Deed, but if the deck gets rolling it is really hard to lose.  


Tribal Flames

i play ruff:  Zoo
CPal90:  Doran
Lucindo:  Dredge
S E V E S T R A:  Next Level Blue
The Ervin Tormos Jazz Hour:  Burning Wish Goblins
littlehunter:  Zoo
wrapter:  Next Level Blue with White
Kobefan:  Unknown

Pretty typical top eight here.  I may be wrong, but I think that the best name on MTGO is The Ervin Tormos Jazz Hour.  His deck was also interesting as well.  It had a Burning Wish package that can fetch stuff like Morningtide, Vindicate and Patriarch's Bidding. This build reminds me a lot of the goblin deck that Zvi played at Grand Prix Atlanta a few years ago.  


The Ervin Tormos Jazz Hour:  Burning Wish Goblins
JT Money:  Next Level Blue
FFfreak:  Doran
zeroh0ur:  Next Level Blue
Bard_Taliesin:  Enduring Ideal
QuiGonJinn985:  Threshold
captstabbin:  Zoo
kotarosato04:  Enduring Ideal

The best screen name wins!  Heh.  

QuiGon was playing a Threshold deck, well at least I thought it was.  I did not get to see much of it outside of Nimble Mongoose

Goblin Ringleader
Erayo, Soratami Ascendant

sMann:  Erayo Affinity
corey87:  Enduring Ideal
i play ruff:  Doran
kotarosato04:  Enduring Ideal
Grgapm:  Dredge
Carl_:  Affinity
furnacebaby31:  Simic Tron
stockdell:  Unknown

Erayo is a card that could see more play, and with the pressure that Affinity puts on its' opponents, I would not be surprised to see this deck get a little more press.  It  does well against the Mana hungry Combo decks, countering their expensive spells! 

wojas:  Dredge
mcrinkz:  Doran
hikiyamatsori:  Dredge
Carl_: Affinity
n1k1:  Elf Alarm
funkeymonkeyman:  Affinity
dark_chico:  Dredge
Anssi A:  Rock

Lots of Dredge and Affinity in this top eight.  The Elf Alarm deck puts up a token appearence as well.  I am surprised that this deck does not see more play.  It can win as quickly as Dredge (making infinite men on turn three with an optimal draw.) but I am assuming that it has a poor game one against Dredge. 
Sundering Titan
QuiGonJinn985:  Dimir Tron
TheBomberman:  Zoo
Spideydood:  Dredge
machine_1:  Zoo
JacquesICHAN:  Red Deck Wins
FFfreak:  Doran
Bard_Taliesin:  TEPS
kotarosato04:  Enduring Ideal

If you are interested in the Dimir Tron deck, I have put a sample decklist at the end of this article.  It looks like a lot of fun to play, has strong anti aggro elements with Chalice of the Void AND Damnation.  Chalice of the Void in my opinion does not see enough play in this format.  Against Zoo a Chalice set on one or two is often times enough to end the game!  

kotarosato04:  Enduring Ideal
doorey loo:  Red Deck Wins
Ra_Po:  Affinity
Azazel314:  Goblins
Good_Game:  Dredge
russian magic:  Affinity
The Electric Factory:  Zoo
Benju46:  unknown

Here is a typical top eight, and one that I think would reflect most of the PTQs that are going on around the world right now. 

Enduring Ideal
oneplusseven:  Zoo
Platinum Angel:  Dredge
_Tachikoma_:  Izzet Tron
Lucindo:  Dredge
benju46:  Gifts Rock
RenataBeger:  Enduring Ideal
trunks123:  Next Level Blue
Azazel314:  Goblins

Blue Red Tron makes a surprising apperance here.  I'm not sure why people would want to play this.  It seems to me to be weaker than Dimir and Simic tron, and does not have nearly the same amount of anti aggro cards that the other versions of tron do.  Now, I'm just waiting to see a week of top eights were we have a lot of tron decks.  It's been a while since I said anything about Azorious Tron. 
Lucindo:  Dredge
Iscicle:  Goblins
emeng:  Elf Opposition
mcrinkz:  Doran
thinktwice:  Next Level Blue
Dipterans:  Enduring Ideal
Bard_Taliesin:  Enduring Ideal
QuiGonJinn985:  Unknown

I have included a list for the Elf deck at the end of this article if you have any interest in seeing a basic list!  
Mogg Fanatic
supportourtroops:  Goblins
S E V E S T R A:  Next Level Blue
TheBomberMan:  Zoo
wrapter:  Next Level Blue
RoboLegend:  Dredge
masterofhandpuppets:  Affinity
kotarosato04:  Enduring Ideal
FFfreak:  unknown

We end the week with an uninspiring top eight.  Same old, same old.  

Let's get to our beautiful results table! 

Results for the days from Jan 22 to Jan 31. 

Colors Deck Name Placings Percentage
Dredge 16%
Zoo 13%
Ideal 12%
Next Level Blue 11%
Goblins 8%
  Affinity 7%
Doran 6%
Red Deck Wins 3%
Elf Alarm 2%
Rock 1%
Dimir Tron 1%
Erayo Affinity 1%
Opposition 1%
Izzet Tron 1%
Simic Tron 1%
Gifts Rock 1%
Threshhold 1%
  Unknown 5%

Well, that wraps up the week, let's see what happened within the month.  Here is a table with all of the top eight results for all PE's that had not been wiped by a crash for the month of January!   Dredge put up the best results last month,  would it be able to do it again?  *Spoiler*  Yes! 

Total Results for the month of January

Deck Name Placings Percentage
Dredge 17%
Next Level Blue 11%
Ideal 11%
Zoo 10%
Doran 8%
Affinity 6%
Goblins 4%
Red Deck Wins 4%
Gifts Rock 3%
King in the Castle/Next Level Blue with White.  2%
Flow Rock 1%
Mono Blue Control 1%
Tog 1%
Tooth and Nail 1%
Loam Assault 1%
Simic Tron 0%
Gruul Aggro 0%
Dragon Stompy 0%
CAL 0%
4 Color Gro 0%
RIW Beasts 0%
Izzet Tron 0%
Threshhold 0%
Mono Black Control 0%
Cephalid Breakfast 0%
Balancing Tings 0%
Dimir Tron 0%
Elf Opposition 0%
Erayo Affinity 0%
Crunch Berries 0%
Rock 0%
Unknown 2%

So what have we learned from this month?  Clearly if you want to win packs, Dredge is the way for you to go.  Now why is this deck so successful against a field just so full of hate for it?  I mean this deck often times wins through Leyline of the Void and Tormod's Crypt. How can it still almost put up double the amount of top eights as the next most successful deck?  Maybe the hate that is currently being played is just too weak?  I think it is.  Whenever you are bringing in the Leylines and Crypts, Dredge is going to be bringing in Needles and (Chain of Vapors).  Those cards are the counter strategy to the hate.  Of course, those hate cards can be played in any decks sideboards, because they are essentially free spells. 

I honestly think that the best anti-Dredge card is not seeing play because it cost B to play.  Extirpate really puts the screws to the graveyard fueled monster.  I've never won a game when Extirpate has resolved and removed my Dread Return from the game.  That forces the deck to go into a back up plan of Narcomeoba beat down, and when Dredge is forced to do that, it is just a really terrible deck!  I propose that if you have black spells in your deck, you should have Extirpate in your sideboard.  In my opinion it is the best answer to the Dredge deck!



Play me, I'm really good against Dredge! 

I am going to sign off of this last issue (Remember to check out the Feb. Month in review at the end of the month though, and whenever Morningtide comes out!)  and I hope you all have enjoyed reading this column.  I'm going to leave you with a few Pre Morningtide Decks that have so far been under the radar.  With these decks I hope you can enjoy the format online while we wait for a paused v3, and an unreleased Morningtide.  When the tide rises, I'll be back! 

Death Cloud

3 Death Cloud
3 Smother
4 Tarmogoyf
4 Sakura-Tribe Elder
4 Garruk Wildspeaker
3 Liliana Vess
4 Ravenous Baloth
3 Forest
4 Swamp
4 Golgari Rot Farm

4 Bloodstained Mire
2 Overgrown Tomb
2 Tainted Wood
2 Wooded Foothills
1 Windswept Heath
1 Polluted Delta
3 Sensei's Divining Top
4 Thoughtseize
3 Pernicious Deed
2 Damnation


1 Smother
2 Damnation
2 Indrik Stomphowler
4 Duress
2 Extirpate
4 Leyline of the Void

Death Cloud
Elf Opposition

7 Forest
2 Wooded Foothills
4 Yavimaya Coast
2 Windswept Heath
4 Breeding Pool
1 Pendelhaven
1 Sylvan Messenger
3 Wirewood Hivemaster
1 Caller of the Claw
4 Wirewood Herald
4 Llanowar Elves
1 Viridian Shaman
4 Wren's Run Vanquisher
4 Imperious Perfect
4 Wirewood Symbiote
1 Elvish Champion
4 Coiling Oracle
2 Boreal Druid
4 Opposition
3 Umezawa's Jitte

4 Tormod's Crypt
3 Pithing Needle
1 Viridian Shaman
3 Krosan Grip
4 Remand
Dimir Tron

4 Watery Grave
4 Darkwater Catacombs
4 Tolaria West
4 Urza's Mine
4 Urza's Tower
4 Urza's Power Plant
1 Academy Ruins
3 Sundering Titan
3 Fact or Fiction
4 Chrome Mox
1 Engineered Explosives
2 Mindslaver
4 Thirst for Knowledge

4 Condescend
2 Dimir Signet
4 Damnation
4 Chalice of the Void
1 Slaughter Pact
2 Smother
1 Tormod's Crypt

2 Smother
4 Hurkyl's Recall
4 Leyline of the Void
2 Cranial Extraction
3 Bottle Gnomes
Fact or Fiction

Goblins with Wish Package

4 Skirk Prospector
4 Mogg Fanatic
4 Mogg War Marshall
4 Goblin Piledriver

4 Goblin Matron
4 Goblin Warchief
4 Goblin Ringleader
3 Gempalm Incinerator
3 Burning Wish
1 Goblin Sharpshooter

1 Siege-Gang Commander
4 Chrome Mox
4 Wooded Foothillls
4 Bloodstained Mire
4 Auntie’s Hovel
5 Mountain
1 Swamp
1 Blood Crypt
1 Sacred Foundry


4 Leyline of the Void
4 Cabal Therapy
1 Gempalm Incinerator
1 Patriarch’s Bidding
1 Damnation
1 Vindicate
1 Morningtide
1 Deathmark
1 Shattering Spree
Burning Wish

Blood Moon Goblins

4 Skirk Prospector
4 Mogg Fanatic
4 Mogg War Marshal
4 Goblin Piledriver
4 Goblin Matron
4 Goblin Warchief
4 Goblin Ringleader
3 Gempalm Incinerator
2 Blood Moon
1 Tin-Street Hooligan
1 Goblin Sharpshooter
1 Siege-Gang Commander
4 Chrome Mox
4 (Wooded Foothillls
4 Bloodstained Mire
4 Auntie’s Hovel
6 Mountain
1 Stomping Ground
1 Blood Crypt


1 Goblin King
1 Tin Street Hooligan
3 Ancient Grudge
2 Boil
2 Krosan Grip
4 Cabal Therapy
2 Tormod's Crypt

Blood Moon
Special Thanks to www.magic-league.com for the decklists.  Also I would like to thank bluegrassmagic.com for providing me with the Goblin lists that I have edited into the article.   I suggest while MTGO is down, to go hang out there!


by Will (Unregistered) (not verified) at Tue, 02/12/2008 - 08:58
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Nice job, keep going.

Burning wish Goblin by Anonymous (Unregistered) (not verified) at Tue, 02/05/2008 - 16:25
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by JXClaytor at Tue, 02/05/2008 - 23:04
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you are welcome!  Good luck at the PTQ!

Burning wish Goblin by Anonymous (Unregistered) (not verified) at Tue, 02/05/2008 - 14:55
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Can you put the decklist from The Ervin Tormos Jazz Hour:  Burning Wish Goblins, please. Two top8 and win one of them seems to be a very solid decklist. I'm testing Goblins for PTQ's i looking forward to see this decklist!



by JXClaytor at Tue, 02/05/2008 - 15:30
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I'll do you one better.  I'll post the list of the Burning Wish Goblins, and a more traditional list that I recently ptq'ed with.