Surgical Extraction


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker 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.

Surgical Extraction Discussion

legendofa on Dimill

4 hours ago

The thing about mill is that it doesn't do much of anything by itself once key cards are in your opponent's hand or on the battlefield. Look for some good discard, Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek are popular, Duress if you have budget constraints, and some counterspells. I also have a personal soft spot for Unmoored Ego as a removal card, but Surgical Extraction and Extirpate largely do it better for mill.

ZendikariWol on Core 2020 spoiler thread

4 hours ago

Probably Terminate , Dismember , Galvanic Blast , Path to Exile , Assassin's Trophy the Sorin or the Baron into oblivion, Thoughtseize or Inquisition of Kozilek the Sorin out of the opponent’s hand, have any sort of graveyard hate whatsoever, Surgical Extraction away the Baron- or, better yet, the Sorin.

ToolmasterOfBrainerd on Foil Hogaak. Should I trade/sell ...

5 days ago

Hogaak is about to rip modern in half. My understanding is that he hasn't even released yet and he's already smashing modern leagues on mtgo. I've tested the deck and it's brutal. Surgical Extraction isn't enough - you need Leyline or RIP to beat them, yet they pack a lot to deal with them in the sideboard.

That said, he already spiked hard once when people realized he's modern viable. I feel confident saying he won't spike again. At best, he'll go up by 10-15% of his current price, but that seems really unlikely to me. I find it more likely that he'll slowly decline over the next few weeks. I think you should move it.

Marcus_Licinius_Crassus on

6 days ago


I like the idea of Blasting Station as an answer to Surgical Extraction on the Altar of Dementia . I think blasting station has some value. You can also overload the triggers on the stack in order to grind out maximum value against Relic of Progenitus . You can also backdoor win against Death's Shadow decks as any variety (4C / Grixis / Esper). I hope the card does it's job, which is to make the deck better post board.

clayperce on He protec. He attac. But mostly ...

1 week ago

Great comments; thanks so much! Some thoughts ...

  • On Necrotic Wound : I found I brought it in often enough, but that it was just too inconsistent for my tastes. E.g., I had one in hand vs. Humans, but they had a RIP on board ... ugh! I've swapped it with Lightning Axe , for now.
  • Flamekin Harbinger is MVP in the Mirror. Finds Wispmare when they have a Leyline start, and can grab a Vengevine when they don't.
  • I've also been amazed how strong the deck is vs. Surgical Extraction ... I started out totally convinced the deck needed 3-4x Silent Gravestone and now I'm almost positive it doesn't need any :-)
  • Neo-Grisel is definitely faster, but it seems MUCH easier to hate out (not necessarily with this deck, but by other decks) so I don't think it's going to be anything but a super-fringe.
  • Yeah, Burn is scary. Especially since I will almost certainly have to start with Sulfurous Springs in paper ...

Thanks again, and I'll give your deck a hard look shortly!


All hail, indeed!

PerrinAlbear on Esper Mentor

1 week ago

metall6010 Thanks for the feedback! My thought was to always just drop one wincon at a time and then cast a bunch of spells to get it online as fast as possible. Also having the 4 Mentors and 2 TiTis draws us at least 1 of them reliable und dodges Surgical Extraction .

ArchonBlue on Modern Esper Control

1 week ago

Also it depends on your meta but Surgical Extraction and/or Extirpate might be worth a shot instead of Collective Brutality .

Sarkhan420X on Modern Snow Mill?

2 weeks ago

snow lands alone won't make the Iceberg Cancrix worth the slot, and using any nonland snow permanents will just mean less space for cards that actually mill. so given the current modern card pool, i don't think its possible to build a full mill deck that abuses Iceberg Cancrix .

theres also the problem of mill in modern in general. without some sort of infinite mill combo (which i believe can be done if you still really wanna build a mill deck) you're actually just helping out any graveyard based decks. you're either beefing up a Tarmogoyf , fueling a Snapcaster Mage , dumping dredge cards or an Arclight Phoenix , and now theres Ruination Rioter that i'm sure will see play. these are important things to consider when building mill, but fortunately theres Surgical Extraction and Extirpate and other grave hate you can use

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Surgical Extraction occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.11%

Golgari: 0.2%


All decks: 0.06%