The Magic Sock: Building an Extended Deck



The Magic Sock Episode 12: Building an Extended Deck

You won't want to hear my sob story so I'll keep it short. I've been away for work for over a week and came back to take care of my wife and son as she recovers from surgery she had the day after I came back from my business trip. Thankfully, she's doing fine, but free moments to work on The Magic Sock have been few and far between.

With that said, episode 12 is a bit rough. I wanted to explain more of the background behind the episode to help you play along. The premise is straightforward: I have never been one to play Extended. I decided to look only at the Extended banned/restricted list and build a deck off of that. Let me clarify: I didn't look at any of the net decks out there. I sifted through the cards and built a deck. In episode 12, I take my Red/Green deck and play it against one of the top decks in the format: Tooth and Nail. What happens? You’ll have to watch the episode to find out.

If you're not familiar with Extended, or any format, I encourage you to build a deck of your own. Do not look at the top decks. Use your creativity and build some decks. Why? Part of enjoying Magic is learning how to create decks of your own. Anyone (well, nearly anyone) can take a Net deck and play it. Sure, you might not have the intricacies of the deck down, but you'll learn fairly quickly how to successfully win with the deck. But to build your own deck from scratch, that's a whole other story.

Episode 12 is the end result of my journey. I built a deck and learned a lot about what to do better next time. Sometimes failure (or success) isn't the main goal. Going on the journey of deck building, well, that’s a whole other story. Challenge yourself and build a deck from scratch. If you fail, build another one. No matter if your deck wins or loses against a top tier deck, give yourself credit for building the deck on your own and be sure to learn what you could do better.

I don't want to spoil the fun in your watching my deck have it out against the Tooth and Nail deck. I would have liked to play more than one game, but at over 20 minutes this episode is long enough. Enjoy the game but pay attention to the mistakes I make and study my choices in card choice and in the choices of the Tooth and Nail deck.

If you do take up my advice and build your own Extended deck from scratch and play it against the top tier decks, learn from what your deck can and cannot handle. Understand what cards were most effective in the sideboard and what didn't help you at all. And most of all: Keep at it. Build, build, and build some more decks. What that said, I hope you enjoy this latest episode. Thank you.

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Editor's Note: WE KNOW that there are several play mistakes and several rules confusions that occur during the game. Pointing them out is not going to prove anything.

Decks:

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Creatures
2 Basking Rootwalla
4 Birds of Paradise
2 Call of the Herd
2 Flametongue Kavu
4 Giant Solifuge
4 Llanowar Elves
4 Raging Kavu
2 Rathi Dragon

Spells
2 Carbonize
4 Fires of Yavimaya
4 Shock
2 Urza's Rage

Land
10 Forest
10 Mountain
4 Wooded Foothills



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Artifacts
3 Oblivion Stone
4 Sensei's Divining Top
2 Talisman Of Unity

Artifact Creatures
1 Darksteel Colossus
1 Sundering Titan
1 Triskelion

Creatures
2 Eternal Witness
1 Mephidross Vampire
4 Sakura-tribe Elder

Instants
3 Moment's Peace

Legendary Artifacts
2 Mindslaver

Legendary Creatures
1 Kiki-jiki, Mirror Breaker

Sorceries
4 Reap And Sow
4 Sylvan Scrying
4 Tooth And Nail

Basic Lands
5 Forest

Lands
1 Tranquil Thicket
4 Urza's Mine
4 Urza's Power Plant
4 Urza's Tower
4 Windswept Heath

Legendary Lands
1 Boseiju, Who Shelters All



Total running time: 20 minutes and 49 seconds.


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