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Extended (originally known as Type 1.X) was a rotating format for Magic: The Gathering that included sets from the most recent few years only, but with a larger pool of cards than Standard.[1][2] Wizards of the Coast no longer supports Extended, having replaced it with the Modern format.[3] Extended was founded in July 1997 from the former Classic-Restricted format (which later became Legacy) and retired on August 7, 2013.[4] It used typical Constructed rules for deck construction.[5]

Retirement[ | ]

As the popularity of Modern continued to rise, Wizards of the Coast decided to retire Extended as a sanctioned format on August 7, 2013 (approved sanctioned events could be held until October 8, 2013).[3] At the time the format retired, the format permitted cards from the Zendikar block, Magic 2011, the Scars of Mirrodin block, Magic 2012, the Innistrad–Avacyn Restored block, Magic 2013, the Return to Ravnica block, Magic 2014, and Theros.

Current rotation[ | ]

Though Wizards of the Coast no longer sanctions Extended, its current rotation can still be deduced. The last four rotation blocks are essentially the Extended environment, as opposed to the three last rotation blocks which create Standard. Originally, one core set and the three expansions preceding the core set would make up one rotation "block".

During the period of the Two-Block Paradigm where no core sets were printed, two blocks and the corresponding Welcome Deck made up the rotation block. In the Four-Set model, the four premier sets of the Magic year are counted.

Sets Legal until
Zendikar Rising Summer 2024
Strixhaven: School of Mages
Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Summer 2025
Innistrad: Crimson Vow
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty
Streets of New Capenna
Dominaria United Summer 2026
The Brothers' War
Phyrexia: All Will Be One
March of the Machine
March of the Machine: The Aftermath
Wilds of Eldraine Summer 2027
The Lost Caverns of Ixalan
Murders at Karlov Manor
Outlaws of Thunder Junction
The Big Score
Bloomburrow* Summer 2028
Duskmourn: House of Horror*

^* Not released yet.

Rotation[ | ]

When it was retired, Extended included the most recent four years of blocks and core sets, with the oldest year rotating out upon the release of a new block each autumn. (Each core set was grouped with the block preceding it.)

History[ | ]

When it was founded, Extended included the most recent three years of core sets and expansion sets (excluding Legends), along with all promotional cards that were never printed in a set. This accumulated as new sets were released, and had several blocks rotate out every two to three years (see table below).

On 1 March 2008, Extended changed to the last seven years of blocks and core sets, rotating upon the release of a new block each autumn.[6]

On 18 June 2010, Extended changed to the last four years of blocks and core sets, rotating upon the release of a new block each autumn.[7]

Previous rotations
Date In Out Notes
2011-10-01 Innistrad–Avacyn Restored block Lorwyn–Shadowmoor block
2010-10-01 Scars of Mirrodin block Time Spiral block, Tenth Edition
2010-07-01 Mirrodin block, Kamigawa block, Ravnica block, Coldsnap, Ninth Edition
2009-10-02 Zendikar Onslaught block, Eighth Edition
2008-10-03 Shards of Alara Invasion block, Odyssey block, Seventh Edition
2005-10-20 Ravnica: City of Guilds Tempest block, Urza's block, Masques block, Sixth Edition
2002-10-20 Onslaught Ice Age, Alliances, Homelands, Mirage block, Fifth Edition, dual lands
1999-10-01 The Dark, Fallen Empires, Revised, Fourth Edition Dual lands were kept legal.[8]

Online variant[ | ]

Extended was sanctioned on Magic Online for many years, but the online format was very different from the paper one before 2005, as Tempest block, Urza's block, Masques block, and Sixth Edition were not available online, shifting the metagame massively. Nonetheless, events were held using the format.

Banned list[ | ]

At the time Wizards of the Coast retired the Extended format, the following cards were banned:[5]

Previously banned cards[ | ]

These cards were banned at some points during their respective set's period of legality in the format:

Popular decks[ | ]

References[ | ]

  1. Randy Buehler (November 7, 2003). "The Banning Balancing Act". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Randy Buehler (November 14, 2003). "Extended Thoughts". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. a b Wizards of the Coast (July 22, 2013). "Retiring the Extended Format". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Beth Moursund. (May 22, 1997.) DCI(TM) Tournament-Environment Clarifications (dead link)
  5. a b c d e f Extended Deck Construction,
  6. Devin Low (March 7, 2008). "A More Consistent Extended Rotation". Wizards of the Coast.
  7. a b c d e f g Wizards of the Coast (June 18, 2010). "June 18, 2010 DCI Banned & Restricted List Announcement". Wizards of the Coast.
  8. a b c d e f Phil Buonomo. (September 2, 1999.) Major Changes to the Banned/Restricted List - Extended Format Rotates Out 4 Sets! ((dead link))
  9. a b c d e f g Randy Buehler (December 05, 2003). "Banned-ing Week". Wizards of the Coast.
  10. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q establishment of the format
  11. a b c d e f g h i j k Banned and Restricted changes,
  12. [ | Banned and Restricted Timeline>
  13. a b c d e Wizards of the Coast (September 20, 2011). "September 20, 2011 DCI Banned & Restricted List Announcement". Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Card Rulings 2000-11-18
  15. a b c Mark Rosewater (February 17, 2003). "Banned on the Run". Wizards of the Coast.
  16. a b Wizards of the Coast. (September 1, 2004.) September 2004 DCI Banned and Restricted List Announcement