Surgical Extraction


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters 2015 Edition (MM2) Rare
New Phyrexia (NPH) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Surgical Extraction


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Choose target card in a graveyard other than a basic land card. Search its owner's graveyard, hand, and library for all cards with the same name as that card and exile them. Then that player shuffles his or her library.

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Surgical Extraction Discussion

RobotCowhand on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

3 days ago

Wanted to throw in my motions for my meta-tuning/upcoming release :

Blood Tribute -> Revival//Revenge - Well covered in thread already! Strictly better.

Thaumatic Compass  Flip -> Weathered Wayfarer - I typically find myself with this card in hand in low mana situations, leaving me in a position where I'm painfully waiting for a third mana to crack it. Wayfarer is cheaper and can find maze quicker than Compass transforming if desired.

Curse of Opulence -> Smothering Tithe - Same effect, but more upside without singling out an opponent

Virtus the Veiled -> Surgical Extraction - Virtus generates too much heat at my table without evasion/haste feels like a dead card; I feel the same about master of cruelties, but payoff is far greater. I've seen a rise in early game Entomb/Reanimate effects - I've been hit twice with a turn 2 It That Betrays in the last month, along with a Shadowborn Apostle deck becoming a heavy hitter at my local LGS and an infinite spore frog loop.. I don't want to use Rest In Peace, etc. since that will generate too much hate, as opposed to singling out a combo piece. Also, the surprise 0 cost will catch even the best players off guard.

Xantcha, Sleeper Agent -> The Scorpion God - Too many sacrifice effects in my meta for this to be worth the slot; it’s also killed me twice due to Homeward Path type effects. Scorpion God seems like a good politicial tool and dump for mana kept open for instants before next turn, also card draw.

Caves of Koilos > Cabal Coffers -> Lots of Urborg usage in my meta.

cdkime on If you put card:Blightsteel Colossus ...

1 week ago

For Goblin Welder's ability to work, you need to have (a) a target artifact in a graveyard, which will go into play and (b) a target artifact in play that will go to the graveyard.

You will not be able to put Blightsteel Colossus into play using Goblin Welder because Blightsteel Colossus cannot go into the graveyard. Blightsteel Colossus has a replacement effect, indicated by the word "instead" in its shuffle ability. Replacement effects do not use the stack--they merely occur in place of what normally would. So, in this example, if Blightsteel Colossus would go to the graveyard, it "instead" is shuffled into your library, meaning at no point does it ever actually touch the graveyard. As such, it will never be a legal target for recursion with Goblin Welder's ability.

Compare to Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, which has a very similar effect. However, Emrakul's is a triggered ability--meaning it hits the graveyard, the ability triggers and goes on the stack. Until the ability resolves, Emrakul is a valid target in a graveyard, which is why you can hit her with Surgical Extraction during that brief interlude.

Icbrgr on BU Mill

1 week ago

I highly recommend Jace's Phantasm along with Glimpse the Unthinkable for potentially swinging for 5 in the air on T2. Artful Dodge is great evasion and Trepanation Blade can be fun. Also recommend Extirpate/Surgical Extraction.

I have a primer on my page for Modern Dimir Mill if you are interested/want more ideas.

WizardOfTheNorthernCoast on RAKDOS Anti-Arclight Phoenix PRISON! -NEW- GRN

1 week ago

Love the idea (and your channel!), though I think building a whole deck to counter another one is a lot of effort when you could pack say 3 Leyline of the Void and 3-4 Surgical Extraction in the SB while waiting for an inevitable ban, don't you think? :)

mtgplayer100 on Gifts Tron

1 week ago

Surgical Extraction or something among those lines would be good to help you against dregde and other graveyard-based decks.

Crucible of Worlds is also worth looking into. Helps against green tron, which is really hard to beat with this deck.

hungry000 on 8 Rack but still whack

1 week ago

:) happy to help. I noticed you had some Surgical Extraction in your maybeboard, and I have to say in the new graveyard-based metagame maindeck Surgical does work. I believe it would be best if you put in 2 copies of it and 1 more Fatal Push (or maybe even all 3 Surgical since you have so much discard) to fill in the space Augur of Skulls left behind.

Kjartan on Cannibal Corpses

1 week ago

Surgical Extraction for sideboard.

Icbrgr on RAKDOS Anti-Arclight Phoenix PRISON! -NEW- GRN

1 week ago

wouldnt somthing silly like Necrogen Mists and Ensnaring Bridge just prevent there creatures from attacking? ... perhaps Surgical Extraction/Extirpate to just cut them or even Slaughter Games?

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