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While it doesn't have the "split second" that made Extirpate so awesome, it makes up for it with the phyrexian mana cost. I can run this in any color (and boy does my mono-blue control love it). I'm not quite sure why this isn't a 5/5. You get to look at your opponents hand and library for 1 or 2 life, and remove a potential threat. I like to goad my opponent into using a mana leak turn two, and then extract the living $#!& out of it. The look on their face is always nice.

TL;DR 5/5.
Posted By: AvatarofBro (2/21/2012 9:07:25 AM)
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This card hoses undying, (yes you can exile Strangleroot Geist before he comes back to life) hoses flashback, is an instant for 0 mana. Will be a legacy staple for anti graveyard.

Great card, ive seen it hose my Curse of Exhaustion//Knowledge Pool deck.

I prefer it in maindeck imo, because you never know what your going to face. Worst case scenario you get to look at their entire deck, there hand, and ensure there biggest threat in the yard never returns, all at instant speed for 2 life, if that. Hows this not maindeck material? Plus Sorin token decks are polluting MTGO standard right now, and this would deal with allot of things they are packing

If your black and your running Despise, well if you see multiples of a creature or planeswalker, discard it, then you can discard the other for free with this. Just a possible situation I would
Posted By: TheWrathofShane (2/27/2012 9:50:41 PM)
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@GlassJoetheChamp
Add Mana Severance and Laboratory Maniac.
Posted By: Lief098 (3/29/2012 9:03:25 PM)
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This is where they got all those extra spines for Xenograft.

Oh, and then they attached Myr heads to them I guess. Silly Phyrexians.
Posted By: Raibys (8/25/2012 5:14:26 PM)
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Mean people in Vintage will have played all four of theirs by turn three, then drop a Yawgmoth's Will and do it again.

One other thing to keep in mind with this card: 75-95% of competitive decks use non-basic lands. This thing can KILL those kinds of decks.

EDIT: "Mean people in Vintage"--are there any other kinds of people who play Vintage? ;-)
Posted By: Paleopaladin (9/10/2011 4:37:30 PM)
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Beginning of game, reveal Chancellor of the Spires from your hand. Then 2 life this and pull one of the milled cards. Congrats, you have just damaged their deck, perhaps irreprably, at TURN 0!
Posted By: jemas42 (6/2/2011 6:46:25 AM)
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You can counter Surgical Extraction with another Surgical Extraction. Your opponent casts Surgical Extraction targeting something you want to keep in your deck, let's say your Mental Misstep, you cast Surgical Extraction in response to theirs targeting your own Mental Misstep, choose to only exile the one that your opponent is targeting and fail to find the rest of them. When your opponent's spell goes to resolve it gets countered since its only target is now an illegal target, saves you from revealing your hand and your entire library. I can see this being a 4 of for every sideboard for a very long time.

Bye-Bye Bloodghast, Bye-Bye Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle, and Bye-Bye Wurmcoil Engine. For added laughs, mill/discard your opponent's Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre and Extract it in response to t... (see all)
Posted By: reddaemon (7/29/2011 10:09:26 AM)
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You can counter this. In fact, if not countering it means losing all your Mana Leaks or Jaces (or Mental Missteps), you might have to. But then you just spent 1 or 2 mana countering a spell which cost its controller 0 mana, giving them time to squeeze out an actual threat.

Control spells that don't cost mana are extremely powerful. Mental Misstep is even more amazing (and is a direct foil to this), but this is still amazing.
Posted By: Hydr0 (5/28/2011 3:00:28 PM)
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On card: This is like a mini Haunting Echoes, for only 1 {B}. Plus, it's still in standard. What's not to like?
On art: SUB-ZERO WINS! FATALITY
Posted By: Totema (10/11/2011 3:17:44 PM)
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Ultimate card against a Relentless Rats deck.
Posted By: LuminOfMoonlight (10/20/2011 7:19:19 PM)
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