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"Srubs Corner": A Look at Extended
By Shawn J. Houtsinger
Hello everyone,

I thought I'd take a look at the Extended format again and reevaluate some of the new contending decks. I hope this helps you out in your future PTQs attempts.

"Horn of Obliterate":

4 Horn of Greed
4 Exploration
4 Gush
4 Counterspell
4 Force of Will
3 Impulse
2 Timewarp
4 Oath of Druids

1 Crater Hellion
1 Spike Weaver
1 Spike Feeder

2 Gaea's Blessing
1 Obliterate

4 Tropical Island
2 Volcanic Island
2 Mountain
11 Island
5 Forest
1 Undiscovered Paradise

Not only is this deck fun to play, it definitely can hold it's own. Since the introduction by ZVI last year, the addition of Oath of Druids gives it a stable shot at surviving creatures and creating a disruption for your opponent to set up this combo. The idea is to get Horn of Greed out and start dropping lands every turn. Once exploration hits play, you gush, impulse, and drop lands for card advantage. If you hit around 9-11 mana, you will use those lovely Timewarps to gain another turn to drop even more land and get card advantage. Once it gets going, you can use the Gea's Blessings as your way to get Timewarp back. You will find it very easy to recur the Timewarps if you get two Horn of Greeds out and some explorations. The Obliterate is great. Since you play so much land, you might come to a time when you need to reset the board with all the junky land in your hand. Especially when Counter-Sliver and Tradewind start to give you problems late in the game. Your Explorations stay in board against the Obliterate and you can start dropping lands again. Not bad. A main deck Scroll Rack can be in here if you want. The Crater Hellion is more beneficial, in my view, to clear the board rather than a beat down card like Morphling.

Recurring Nightmare:

4 Survival of the Fittest
3 Recurring Nightmare
1 Living Death

4 Birds of Paradise
2 Squee Goblin Nabob
4 Wall of Roots
2 Llanowar Elves
1 Ghitu Slinger
1 Bone Shredder
1 Verdant Force
1 Wood Elves
1 Avalanche Riders
1 Masticore
1 Deranged Hermit
1 Spike Feeder
1 Spike Weaver
1 U. Orangutan
1 Elfish Lyrist
1 Blastoderm

4 Duress
2 Vampiric Tutor

4 Bayou
4 Tiaga
4 Wasteland

4 Land Grant

2 Swamp
4 Forest

This is another combo deck in my view. You need the survival to get this engine going. Learning what to get first (Squee) and then how to gain advantage over your opponent (abuse Squee with birds, walls, and elves) is important. The Land Grant is useful since you?re not playing a lot of land and finding the right land is crucial sometimes for first turn Duress. You will notice that there are a couple of times when there?s only one card of a creature. Since you can Survival for them and Recurring Nightmare them, you only need one copy of each.


4 Birds of Paradise
4 Wall of Roots
2 Llanowar Elves
2 Stampeding Wildebeests
2 Masticore

3 Stormbind

3 Squee Goblin Nabob
1 Spike Feeder
1 Spike Weaver
1 Ghitu Slinger
1 Wood Elves
1 Avalanche Riders
2 Blastoderm

2 Firestorm

1 U. Orangutan

4 Survival of the Fittest

2 Elfish Lyrist
1 Deranged Hermit

4 Wasteland
4 Tiaga
1 Treetop Village
1 Gea's Cradle
8 Forest
4 Mountain

Squee-Bind became popular last year when Illusions-Donate was about 50% of the field. The idea was to have some efficient creatures (Lyrist against Enchantments), some way to find them (Survival), and burn to back it all up (Stormbind). This deck is versatile and the Sideboard extremely helpful. The great thing is you don't depend upon the Survival to win. You have a couple copies of good creatures.


3 Granger Guildmage
4 Skyshroud Elite
3 River Boa
4 Jackal Pup
4 Mogg Fanatic

4 Giant Growth
3 Wax/Wane
3 Swords to Plowshares
3 Cursed Scroll
4 Incinerate
2 Urza's Rage

4 Wasteland
4 Taiga
4 Savannah
4 Plateau

4 Land Grant

4 Treetop Village

This deck was made by Brian Kowal, who had enough insight to beat some of the combo decks last year. So far, it has shown itself to be a contender for T8. The quick beatdowns and creature removal gives it a consistent gameplay. The sideboard, once again, is great. Pyroblast and Charms.

I hope this helps, If anyone has suggestions or comments about what they?d like to know for future tournaments, or any helpful insights, please let me know.


Shawn J. Houtsinger
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