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GP Oakland Fallout

February 15, 2010

It’s been a while since my last entry, which sucks. School is pretty intense right now so a lot of my time is alotted there for the time being. Anyways, GP Oakland was held this past weekend with Rookie Matt Nass taking it down with Elves, proving how dense and wide the format Extended really is. While Dark Depths feat. ThoperFoundry along with Zoo was the big two decks coming into the GP, there was clearly room for more decks to come out and rock around.

The Top8 was pretty diverse, 1 DDT, 2 Zoo, 1 Elves, 1 Living End, 1 Barley Boros, 1 Hypergenesis and 1 “Conley Woods special”. Beside Conley Woods as always bringing some out-of-the-box thinking, I was impressed by both the Czech Barley Boros deck and Tamoharu Saito’s Hypergenesis.

The Czech deck is basically a clever innovation of “Mountain, Lava Spike you” but shows what happens when you bring a deck like this against a unknowing field. You just smash them (<3 Zektar Shrine Expedition), again and again and again. However, it’s not like that decks is going to take over the format. It was a clever deck for the GP but those kind of strategies is not that hard to beat when you set your mind to it.

Then we have Tamaharo Saito. Playing Zoo in Extended for a long time and always brings up new innovation while still turning Wild Nacatl sideways. In the interview he gave he said that he couldn’t find a Zoo list for the expected field, so he went with the next best thing which was Hypergenesis to him. We all know what crazy things that Hypergenesis can do, but the deck has taken a lot of crap for being very limited at counter whatever countermeasure the opponents brings out. But we know what happens when no one is really prepared for a deck with this raw potential. Terastodon in your face! ROAR! A lot of people playing him was expecting him to go Stomping Grounds, Wild Nacatl but instead saw him laying Gemstone Mine turn 1. Ouch.

How is this weekend going to affect Extended as a format? Not much if you ask me. The field and Top8 was pretty much what you expected (maybe a DDT or 2 less than what you could expect) so, not much is going to change in the upcomming weeks. So what I recommend for you thinking about playing Extended for PTQs or so is this. Find a deck you like which is powerful and proactive, learn how to play it, then learn to play it really well and then you should be doing fine. Extended is so broad and hoist a lot of raw power that pretty much anything strong playing with care will do fine. That’s my two cents about Extended.

Next weekend it’s time for the first Pro Tour of the year, Pro Tour San Diego. Standard and Zen-Zen-Wwk Draft it’s whats lined up and I’m excited. Have a good one and I will see you soon.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 15, 2010 19:22

    Was Jace the only card from Wordlwake in the top8? 😀

    • balthazar88 permalink*
      February 15, 2010 21:35

      Surprisingly not. There was actually lot of stuff from Worldwake seing play last weekend, which is odd considering small sets usually don’t make a lot of splash on Extended.

      Besides Jace, the Wallet sculptor, there were some Searing Blazes, Loam Lions, Stoneforge Mystic, Refraction Trap, Ricochet Trap, Terastodon and Smother in the Top8, which is a lot quiet frankly. Worldwake is doing good it seems.

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