Welcome to This Week in Future Extended
, an article series intended to follow the Future Extended metagame as seen through XPDC and UPDC events in the Lorwyn
“If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” — that seemed to be the credo of a fair number of players at XPDC 1.03, with Spore Cry and Xtra Crispy (strangely) being played in multiples, Affinity and Martyr Control hiding in dark corners, and a deftly-piloted Orzhov Blink and a weenie-heavy Blue Beats variant soaring their way to the top of the heap. On Sunday, the Izzet Boilerworks were hoppin’
, and control was back in a big way — especially the Raspberry kind.
Put on your berets, Princes and other Paupers, and we’ll have a look at this week’s metagame and also talk a bit about the Future Extended format as a whole, looking at what I’ll call the “Power Decks” of the format.