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Zendikar Review Part 3: Extended September 30, 2009

Posted by James in : all, reviews, previews, speculation , trackback

Zendikar’s rares are among the most powerful we have seen in a while. Some of them might even be good enough for extended tournaments. Although I’m not really sure which of these cards will be best in extended, here are my top 5 favorites:

5th Place: Warren Instigator

warren instigator

Warren Instigator will probably be used in a Legacy Goblin deck, but I’m not sure if it will be good enough for standard or extended Goblin decks. Now that Lorwyn and Eventide left Standard, there’s not a lot of great Goblins for standard, but all those Goblins are still legal in extended.

4th Place: Goblin Guide

goblin guide

Goblin Guide’s drawback will probably mean a lot less in extended in standard because landfall will only have a small impact in extended. Goblin Guide is the most powerful one casting cost beat stick we’ve ever seen.

3rd Place: Ravenous Trap

ravenous trap

Ravenous Trap is the new answer to Dredge extended decks just in case Faerie Macabre wasn’t already good enough.

2nd Place: Mindbreak Trap

Mindbreak Trap

Stile wasn’t a good enough answer for Storm decks, so here’s a new answer.

1st Place: Bloodghast


Bloodghast is a great card, but it will be even better in Dredge decks. You discard it, put it into play, sacrifice it, put it back into play, and so on.


1. Bob The Builder - September 30, 2009

“Warren Instigator will probably be used in a Legacy Elf deck, ”

you might want to edit that

2. michael - October 5, 2009

I would think that Archive Trap deserves mention with all the Fetchlands. That trap should be easy to activate. 13 cards to remove and in Legacy you can also be running Leyline of the Void so you do not have to worry about enabling their graveyard strategies.

Spell Pierce is also probably going to be good here as well.

3. James - October 5, 2009


This is just my top 5. Spell Pierce and Archive Trap might be good in Extended, but they are even more worth mentioning for standard.

4. michael - October 6, 2009

I think there is more Library searching going on in extended. If you do a Legacy/Vintage review, there is even more going on in there so the card becomes even more likely to pay for the trap cost. Vintage Mill!

And Spell Pierce is more important in extended/legacy where you are more likely to need a 1 mana counter for non-creature spells for when Force Spike just isn’t good enough (or legal in extended).

5. James - October 6, 2009

There might be a vintage mill deck, but I’m not convinced it will be the deck everyone starts playing. However, it might become the deck everyone plays in standard. Searching in standard will become very common. If you play landfall, you will want around 12 to 20 fetch lands in your deck. Also, standard is a slower format where mill decks were already viable.

Spell Pierce might be better in extended than in standard, but I don’t know if it is better than the other 5 cards listed. It might be better than the goblin deck stuff (Warren Instigator).