Expanded

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When Decipher introduced rotation for the Standard format in March 2005, they also created a new format that would continue to allow all sets and use sites from the current block just as Standard had done in the past. Expanded, it was called, was intended to truly be the players' format: upon its creation, a poll was held to determine which of the Standard X-listed cards would remain banned and which would be moved to the new R-list and be allowed one copy in a deck. Votes from the general public, high-ranking competitive players, and Decipher test circles were grouped, and the unweighted average of each group together determined the result. Decipher vowed to evaluate the health of Expanded with Standard and hold similar community polls whenever a card was banned in Standard.

Expanded has always been the format with the largest card pool and is popular for its relative freedom to create. It suffered along with the rest of the game as the quality of each new set fell. Even worse, the X- and R-lists of Expanded remained unchanged when Demoralized (11U114)LOTR-EN11S114.0 card.jpg, Courtyard Parapet (13U188)LOTR-EN13S188.0 card.jpg, and Madril, Defender of Osgiliath (15R64)LOTR-EN15S064.0 card.jpg were banned in Standard despite Decipher's original commitment. It nevertheless remained popular, and today Expanded is the third-most played format on GEMP. Decklists can be found in this subforum of TLHH.

X- and R-List[edit]

Expanded is the only official format to have both an X-list and an R-list. The end result of the community votes are listed below; the majority opinion in the "Final Result" column determined which list the card belongs to.

Card General Public Master Players Playtesters Final Result
X-list R-list X-list R-list X-list R-list X-list R-list
Elrond, Lord of Rivendell (1R40)LOTR-EN01S040.0 card.jpg 47% 53% 31% 69% 43% 57% 40% 60%
Galadriel, Lady of Light (1R45)LOTR-EN01S045.0 card.jpg 84% 16% 70% 30% 89% 11% 81% 19%
Ottar, Man of Laketown (1R80)LOTR-EN01S080.0 card.jpg 22% 78% 28% 72% 26% 74% 25% 75%
No Stranger to the Shadows (1U108)LOTR-EN01S108.0 card.jpg 35% 65% 44% 56% 41% 59% 40% 60%
Saruman's Snows (1C138)LOTR-EN01S138.0 card.jpg 38% 62% 64% 36% 68% 32% 57% 43%
Savagery to Match Their Numbers (1R139)LOTR-EN01S139.0 card.jpg 26% 74% 17% 83% 26% 74% 23% 77%
Relics of Moria (1R195)LOTR-EN01S195.0 card.jpg 41% 59% 32% 68% 38% 62% 37% 63%
Úlairë Nertëa, Messenger of Dol Guldur (1U234)LOTR-EN01S234.0 card.jpg 61% 39% 58% 42% 74% 26% 64% 36%
Forces of Mordor (1C248)LOTR-EN01S248.0 card.jpg 44% 56% 44% 56% 47% 53% 45% 55%
Sam, Son of Hamfast (1C311)LOTR-EN01S311.0 card.jpg 79% 21% 75% 25% 68% 32% 74% 26%
Sting (1R313)LOTR-EN01S313.0 card.jpg 37% 63% 67% 33% 77% 23% 60% 40%
A Talent for Not Being Seen (1U316)LOTR-EN01S316.0 card.jpg 49% 51% 60% 40% 47% 53% 52% 48%
Flaming Brand (2R32)LOTR-EN02S032.0 card.jpg 18% 82% 34% 66% 26% 74% 26% 74%
Bill Ferny, Swarthy Sneering Fellow (2R75)LOTR-EN02S075.0 card.jpg 38% 62% 42% 58% 29% 71% 36% 64%
Gimli, Dwarf of the Mountain-race (2P121)LOTR-EN02S121.0 card.jpg 70% 30% 82% 18% 82% 18% 78% 22%
Galadriel, Lady of the Golden Wood (3R17)LOTR-EN03S017.0 card.jpg 62% 38% 62% 38% 60% 40% 61% 39%
Aragorn, Heir to the White City (3R38)LOTR-EN03S038.0 card.jpg 74% 26% 79% 21% 88% 12% 80% 20%
Horn of Boromir (3R42)LOTR-EN03S042.0 card.jpg 62% 38% 65% 35% 79% 21% 69% 31%
The Palantír of Orthanc (3R67)LOTR-EN03S067.0 card.jpg 81% 19% 74% 26% 91% 9% 82% 18%
Saruman, Keeper of Isengard (3R68)LOTR-EN03S068.0 card.jpg 54% 46% 58% 42% 60% 40% 57% 43%
Bill the Pony (3U106)LOTR-EN03S106.0 card.jpg 33% 67% 41% 59% 40% 60% 38% 62%
Frying Pan (3C108)LOTR-EN03S108.0 card.jpg 44% 56% 86% 16% 65% 35% 65% 36%
The Shire Countryside (3R113)LOTR-EN03S113.0 card.jpg 59% 41% 64% 36% 62% 38% 62% 38%
Legolas, Dauntless Hunter (4R73)LOTR-EN04S073.0 card.jpg 81% 19% 82% 18% 97% 3% 87% 13%
Fortress Never Fallen (4U276)LOTR-EN04S276.0 card.jpg 25% 75% 16% 84% 15% 85% 19% 81%
Get On and Get Away (4R304)LOTR-EN04S304.0 card.jpg 33% 67% 36% 64% 26% 74% 32% 68%
Steadfast Champion (7U49)LOTR-EN07S049.0 card.jpg 83% 17% 96% 4% 79% 21% 86% 14%
Aggression (8C1)LOTR-EN08S001.0 card.jpg 43% 57% 58% 42% 50% 50% 50% 50%
Memories of Darkness (10U2)LOTR-EN10S002.0 card.jpg 78% 22% 90% 10% 79% 21% 82% 18%
Galadriel, Lady Redeemed (10R11)LOTR-EN10S011.0 card.jpg 78% 22% 92% 8% 89% 11% 86% 14%
Mordor Fiend (10C91)LOTR-EN10S091.0 card.jpg 87% 13% 89% 11% 71% 29% 82% 18%
Final Account (11C31)LOTR-EN11S031.0 card.jpg 50% 50% 56% 44% 68% 32% 58% 42%
Strange-looking Men (11R100)LOTR-EN11S100.0 card.jpg Added to the X-list in the last CRD without a vote
Orkish Smith (11C132)LOTR-EN11S132.0 card.jpg Added to the X-list in the last CRD without a vote

See Also[edit]


Formats
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