Surgical Extraction

Surgical Extraction


( can be paid with either B or 2 life.)

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

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

Surgical Extraction occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.11%

Golgari: 0.2%


All decks: 0.06%

Surgical Extraction Discussion

Joker4242 on Island Secrets

5 days ago

My sideboard continues to change frequently. I have a 4th Archmage's Charm, Cyclonic Rift, and Day's Undoing at the ready. Surgical Extraction seems likely to stay in. But the rest are merely placeholders. I’m not exactly sure what I should replace them with. Pongify is still a valid option. Having early removal may prove highly beneficial. Mystical Dispute and Stubborn Denial are also useful counters against other blue/counter decks.

Now Relic of Progenitus is a very useful card, although is does have its drawbacks.

It can consistently remove cards from your opponents graveyard. But it’s second ability works against you because it will exile your graveyard as well. It does not work well with Day's Undoing. It is also not blue, nor is it an instant or sorcery, therefore you cannot combo it with Thing in the Ice  Flip or exile it with Force of Negation.

Surgical Extraction Is nice, it can be cast for free, it can be cast at any time, it can also be recycled with Mystic Sanctuary. The downside is that you must always pay 2 life to cast it (this deck has no lifegain whatsoever). Both cards have their downsides and neither one fits exactly, although Surgical Extraction works slightly better for this kind of deck.

Vendilion Clique is a useful card on its own, yet it doesn’t fit exactly into the deck. I don’t have enough bounce in the deck to consistently utilize Clique’s ability several times over. Now the 3/1 flying is nice, but I already have that with Brazen Borrower. The upside to the Clique is that you get to look at your opponents Hand and get rid of a problematic card. However, Borrower can act as an Instant spell (Which can trigger Thing in the Ice  Flip. Borrower can also remain in exile, this way it won’t be Bounced by Thing in the Ice nor will it be shuffled back into the deck by a Day's Undoing.

Venser, Shaper Savant is certainly a placeholder, it does pretty much what Cryptic Command will be doing (but with less options).

Kefnet the Mindful used to be in the deck. It was paired with Day’s Undoing to immediately become a 5/5 flyer. The problem is that he takes to long to setup. His 4 mana draw/land bounce ability won’t be useful until the late game. In the end, he ends up taking space in the hand or field, but doesn’t actually do anything (with a hand of 7 cards Kefnet is formidable, as soon as you start to play spells, Kefnet is useless again, essentially, Kefnet discourages spellcasting).

Aether Spellbomb was a card I enjoyed playing in the main deck. However, I found that it couldn’t combat every situation. Eventually it made its way into the sideboard as I needed to make space for Brazen Borrower (a mich more useful and potent card). Even though it has saved me in the past, I am thinking that it just can’t keep up with the rest of the deck. For one, it cannot be exiled with Force of Negation, for another, it is not an instant or sorcery, therefore it cannot trigger Thing in the Ice  Flip. I think it has served it’s purpose in the past, but I don’t see it coming back into the deck.

This is what I would end up with when considering what I want to keep in my sideboard:

1x Archmage’s Charm 1x Cyclonic Rift 1x Day’s Undoing 3x Surgical Extraction 4x Mystical Dispute

I still have 5 slots left to fill.

I’m thinking about perhaps adding some sort of protection against burn decks, maybe some more countermeasures against other counter/control decks, and I also feel like my defenses against Aggro may need to be tightened up.

match_lighter on Leishmaniasis

1 week ago

Thanks for the upvote and comment JadedLord! I really enjoy the extra interaction which makes for better games against removal heavy decks. One thing to note is that Surgical Extraction makes for a unbanned Gitaxian Probe when you need it, take that ban hammer!

EzraTerrestrial on Wicked Devotion

1 week ago

MrNobleMonkey, thank you! Extirpate is an excellent replacement to Surgical Extraction. Nearly get the whole playset for the price of one extraction! As far as Demigod of Revenge I would say it's certainly the weakest card in the deck, but it usually ends up helping me fish out removal spells in order to give Phyrexian Obliterator a better chance. If I swapped out any card it'd be the demigod though. Works far better in my deck Revenge of the Underworld [Remastered] it fairs far better thanks to the engines that can put it in the graveyard. Entomb might be a good option, but I figure we want as many permanents as possible to rack up devotion. Sometimes it pays off if I've got Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, but by and large it gets 5 damage in and then gets killed off. I'll probably end up switching demigod out for either Murderous Rider or Ayara, First of Locthwain.

MrNobleMonkey on Wicked Devotion

1 week ago

love the deck i have a devotion deck of my own and found that the card Extirpate performed better then Surgical Extraction also is much cheaper. Also im interested to hear how Demigod of Revenge performs with it at the top of the curve.

Joker4242 on Island Secrets

2 weeks ago

I’m thinking that this may be my new sideboard.

4 Surgical Extraction 4 Brazen Borrower 4 Pongify 2 Force of Negation 1 Archmage's Charm

Extraction is good against graveyard combos as well as annoying counterspells. Borrower is extra creature support and a bounce spell. Pongify acts as early permanent creature removal. Negation works well against non-creature heavy decks (works especially well with counteracting combos). And finally a fourth charm in case a playset is called for (especially if I’m playing against decks that contain powerful 1 mana cost permanents (such as Aether Vial, Noble Hierarch, or any token or spell that has x for mana cost)

Braska on U/B Modern Mill (Any advice is appreciated)

2 weeks ago

Looks great!

I would include one Mystic Sanctuary and one Oboro, Palace in the Clouds instead of a flooded strand. 8 fetches it's a little too much when you're two colours. (oboro good against choke as well)

I think you're missing Mission Briefing. It's a very good card as, unlike snappy, you can play the alternative cost to cards (e.g archive trap or surgical).

Mind Funeral is one of my favourite cards. Unfortunately, it's not great. Consider Mission Briefing, Collective Brutality, Surgical Extraction or Search for Azcanta  Flip

Ashiok, Dream Render is mainly used for her static effect. Can main board if your meta has a lot of scapeshift or something, but I would keep her a 1-2 of in the side.

Not a big fan of Profane Memento. I think Crypt Incursion is just better as you don't have to hard mulligan for it as you can top deck it.

Consider Leyline of Sanctity if burn, jund or mardu pyromancer is big in your meta.

I feel like Inquisition of Kozilek is just a (very good) filler card. If you're struggling to fit something in, I would cut that.

PonyBoy2792 on Bant Snow Control

3 weeks ago

Rest in Peace in the sideboard seems to work against the Snapcaster Mage and Uro, Titan of Nature's Wraith in the main board.

You could try Leyline of the Void as a one sided exile effect or Surgical Extraction. I play Snow Control in legacy and Return to Nature has been a versatile slot option for myself. Surgical Extraction plus Field of Ruin gives you the Tron lock out option too.

I really like the deck overall as it reminds me of a modern version of my legacy deck +1 from me.

SynergyBuild on Control Zur

3 weeks ago

Disrupt, Divert, Word of Undoing, Spell Snare, Force Spike, Slaughter Pact, Rapid Hybridization, Pongify, and Surgical Extraction are options I thought of for interaction at 1 and 0 mana.

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