As we bid farewell a little early

You know, I’d been looking forward to playing Gifts Ungiven in one more Extended qualifier season next year. Tsk.
You’ve seen the new Extended format right?
Short version – Extended is now four years of Magic instead of seven. This means that starting next month, Extended will be:
Time Spiral Block
Lorwyn Block
Alara Block
Zendikar Block
10th Edition
There was a mad rush immediately after the announcement to hit up buy lists and drop product. As I explained over at Quiet Speculation, I don’t sell cards, so I didn’t rush to get rid of anything – but I did preemptively pick up some Bitterblossoms and Mutavaults on the hunch that for the next two years of Extended, Faeries will be a good deck.
This may be especially likely in light of what’s happening to the mana in Extended. As of July first, here’s what we have by way of decent lands:
Time Spiral
Academy Ruins
Calciform Pools and the other storage lands
Flagstones of Trokair
Gemstone Mine
Grove of the Burnwillows
Horizon Canopy
Keldon Megaliths
Nimbus Maze
River of Tears
Terramorphic Expanse
Tolaria West
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Urza’s Factory
Auntie’s Hovel and the other Tribal duals
Mosswort Bridge and the other Hideaway lands
Murmuring Bosk
Rustic Clachan
Fetid Heath and the other Shadowmoor duals
Reflecting Pool
…and, of course, the Vivids
Ancient Ziggurat
Arcane Sanctum and the other tri-lands
Exotic Orchard
Akoum Refuge and the other “gain a life” duals
Arid Mesa and the other fetches
Celestial Colonnade and the other creature duals
Crypt of Agadeem
Eldrazi Temple
Emeria, the Sky Ruin
Evolving Wilds
Eye of Ugin
Halimar Depths and the other ETB-effect lands
Oran-Rief, the Vastwood
Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
Tenth Edition
Adarkar Wastes and the other painlands
Faerie Conclave and the other mono-color creature lands
Dragonskull Summit and the other M10 duals
Gargoyle Castle
This is why my no-sell policy exists — I’d hate to have to buy all this stuff all over again at increased prices now that it’s suddenly viable.
Overall, I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in the new Extended. Hopefully, we’ll see either informal or Wizards-supported events in an intermediate “Traditional” format that is something on the order of the Masques+ environment that’s been discussed in the past year.
Still sad to see Gifts exit early, though.

5 thoughts on “As we bid farewell a little early

  1. I’m not sure yet about Realms. Without Life from the Loam, it gets a little worse, but we do have Grim Discovery and other options. We’ll have to see.

  2. It’s only one year of Faeries, really. Time Spiral block is rotating out in October once Scars is in. This Extended format is only for Amsterdam.

  3. It is, I mean there’s only one PTQ season of Faeries at all. Lorwyn block will rotate out in October 2011.
    Time Spiral is only relevant if you’re qualified for Amsterdam. I doubt there will be many other tournaments with it.

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