DCI Rotates Extended
On May 16, Sideboard.com posted the following message to its web site:
"Tomorrow, May 17, at 1:00 pm PDT, an announcement will be made on www.sideboard.com regarding the DCI's future plans for rotating the Extended format."
Many wondered why the Sideboard staff felt the need to make an announcement about an announcement about future plans, but, as anonymous sources have revealed, the news is indeed worthy of such publicity.
The rotation in question will take effect on July 1, 2002. Entering Extended will be Judgment, the other green set. Leaving Extended will be Fifth Edition, Classic Sixth Edition, Ice Age, Homelands, Alliances, Mirage, Visions, Weatherlight, Tempest, Stronghold, Exodus, Urza's Saga, Urza's Legacy, Urza's Destiny, Mercadian Masques, Nemesis, Prophecy, and the ten dual lands.
Sources say DCI and WotC representatives aim to stimulate the growth of the Extended environment while retaining a significant card pool with which players can create a healthy variety of decks, citing the similar Standard environment where blue/black, blue/red, blue/green, blue/white, blue/red/green, blue/black/red, blue/white/green, blue/black/white, and blue/white/red are all viable decks. Therefore, all sets and expansions from Ice Age to Prophecy will be rotated out to ensure the Invasion and Odyssey blocks have a chance to truly influence the development of the Extended format.
In addition to promoting growth on the strategic side of the game, the new format will ensure that all players will be able to have the same access to the entire Extended card pool. According to insiders, the DCI is well aware of the existing dual land shortage, and Ice Age cards are becoming increasingly difficult to find with the increasing popularity of Iron Man Magic. With Extended now consisting of only in-print cards, all players will be equally able to spend hundreds of dollars on boosters packs and pull mostly unplayable rares, which they can then trade to ignorant minors for tournament-quality rares.
Two hours after the Sideboard announcement announcement, Zvi Mowshowitz vowed to break the new Extended format, mentioning the possibilities of Judgment's Quiet Speculation. It is predicted that he will then sell the deck to a player who has the ability to win a major tournament.