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


( 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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Surgical Extraction Discussion

Cereal_Killer on Why mill if you can exile?

17 hours ago

Since i will lose some life due to the shock, the fetches, Thoughtseize and Surgical Extraction I was thining about creature that could also be a problem for my opponent: Death's Shadow. Could it have any sense instead of Fog Bank, or do you think it's not worth?

Another creature I was considering is Nyxathid, but I need to playtest it.

Lokust on Infinite possibilities

19 hours ago

generalrenard the only reason i have Extirpate is i already had them. One day I'll get Surgical Extraction and trade them out.

generalrenard on Infinite possibilities

20 hours ago

Any particular reason for Extirpate over Surgical Extraction?

PTsmitty on Sparky41

1 day ago

Hey, thanks for the post on my binder. While it would be nice to finally have my tron pieces together, I am more focused on improving my sideboard and mana for my mardu pyromancer deck. So I am really looking for Leyline of the Voids, Blackcleave Cliffss, Marsh Flats, Ensnaring Bridges, and Surgical Extractions. The Catacomb would be something I would really only want to give up if I was getting a cliff or flat in the deal. Let me know if there is a deal that we can figure out.

Cereal_Killer on Turbo Mill

3 days ago

Fetch and Shock lands (in your case Polluted Delta, Marsh Flats, Flooded Strand and Watery Grave) are always a good choice, so why don't you add them?

Then, remember you have Archive Trap, so you should find a way to make your opponent search his library, maybe Ghost Quarter or Field of Ruin?

25 lands are too much, you need to be very fast or your opponent will kill you first!

Better alternatives to Lost Legacy are Surgical Extraction and Extirpate, they cost less and since you mill his deck, it will be easy for you to use them

You need something that let's you draw, so why not Visions of Beyond or, also, a less powerfull Opt or Serum Visions?

Consuming Aberration is too slow and too easy to destroy in my opinion.

Do you want to spend some money on your deck? Add some Snapcaster Mage

In my opinion Startled Awake  Flip is too slow and Talent of the Telepath isn't a good card you want to draw if your opponent plays only creatures, I'd add more mill cards, such as Thought Scour or Mesmeric Orb

Personally I don't like Sleep. Your opponent plays tons of creatures? Use Crypt Incursion or Fatal Push

A good sideboard can help you, so I'd add Leyline of the Void or Relic of Progenitus, Pithing Needle or Sorcerous Spyglass, Set Adrift or anything that could remove Leyline of Sanctity from the battlefield. Other suggestions are Damnation, Hurkyl's Recall (against affinity) and Murderous Cut

landofMordor on Guilds of Ravnica: Spoilers and ...

3 days ago

To be fair, Dimir needs some love. Cipher and Transmute were terrible, and it's nice to see UB branching away from their repetitive "mill and profit" themes.

Unmoored Ego will probably be a worse Extirpate/Surgical Extraction in most cases except Tron lands, in which case there might still be better options, especially since it won't affect lands already played.

Demarge on God Help You If You Don't Run Basics

4 days ago

nah, 1 to 2 is probably enough for a deck focusing on a value route, though maybe swap a veil liliana for the other since dredge will give her - more value.

For your sideboard maybe have some number of Surgical Extraction as gy hate, it's also pretty fun to use against tron on a urza land you blow up, some of my modern decks I've even just been running a couple mainboard after bridgevine became popular, the utility is pretty nice if a meta isn't too heavy with humans or burn.

clayperce on Mwonvuli Takeover

1 week ago

First, the deck looks really fun. A few thoughts though, in no particular order:

  • Land Destruction is not a wincon. If it's working for you, that's awesome. But I worry that 1x Thrun, 1x Nissa, and 1x Strombreath may not be enough to actually close out the game.
  • Your mana- and dork-base would benefit a little from -3x Forest, -1x Birds of Paradise, +3x Green Fetchlands (Windswept Heath are the least expensive, but any of them are fine). Because the Fetches allow us to grab Stomping Ground as well, they give us a slightly better chance of getting the 2R we need to cast Blood Moon on Turn 2, which would allow you to drop a Bird for something better in the late game. Here's a piece on our Ponza Mana Simulator if you'd like to play with the numbers yourself.
  • I like Ancient Grudge better than Artifact sweepers, personally. But if your meta demands sweepers, Shatterstorm is strictly better than Creeping Corrosion.
  • Unless your meta is just overrun with Tron and Titanshift, 4x Crumble to Dust may be excessive. Surgical Extraction is another similar(ish) option, which is great in other match-ups as well.

Also, I TOTALLY get the desire to make a deck competitive "without necessarily carbon copying someone else's card list", but I always recommend starting with other lists and then tweaking (sometimes drastically) to fit our meta and playstyle. If you haven't already, I'd strongly recommend looking at these:

Good luck (and good skill) with the deck!

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