Pro Tour Super Sellers: Top 25 Cards Sold August 4-5, 2016

Feature Article from Adam Styborski
Adam Styborski
8/6/2016
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The Pro Tour Eldritch Moon Top 8 is set, and the decks of the format are here. Bant Company is still great, of course, but there's more to the mix now—and players have answered the call. Here's the Top 10 card solds from during the Pro Tour so far.

#10: Ishkanah, Grafwidow

Mid
Low
 Ishkanah, Grafwidow
$5.33
$3.34
Store QTY Price  
Magikbros card shop 1 $3.34
CgStore 2 $3.38
Mindswipe Games 4 $3.50
MTG Deals 3 $3.67
Clemens Gaming 1 $3.75
Replay Games CNY 1 $3.88
Desert Sky Games 2 $3.89

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Delirium decks have arrived, and it's Ishkanah, Grafwidow that gives one of the reasons why. Turning delirium on means you get plenty of Spiders to hold the fort, and if you've got the mana and time then draining an opponent to death works too. It's stability meets win condition, a rare feat for a single creature these days.

B/G Delirium by Sam Pardee
Finished 3rd - 4th Place at Pro Tour Eldritch Moon
Main Deck
Sideboard
1 Den Protector
1 Emrakul, the Promised End
4 Grim Flayer
2 Ishkanah, Grafwidow
2 Nissa, Vastwood Seer
2 Sylvan Advocate
3 Tireless Tracker
Creatures [15]
4 Liliana, the Last Hope
Planeswalkers [4]
4 Grasp of Darkness
3 Languish
1 Murder
3 Ruinous Path
4 Traverse the Ulvenwald
2 Ultimate Price
Spells [17]
4 Evolving Wilds
5 Forest (295)
4 Hissing Quagmire
4 Llanowar Wastes
7 Swamp (289)
Lands [24]
Deck Total [60]


1 Conclave Naturalists
2 Dark Petition
1 Dead Weight
2 Duress
1 Gilt-Leaf Winnower
1 Infinite Obliteration
2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
1 Languish
1 Seasons Past
2 Transgress the Mind
1 Virulent Plague
Sideboard [15]





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#9: Grim Flayer

Mid
Low
 Grim Flayer
$16.86
$12.00
Store QTY Price  
zeexhalcyon 2 $12.00
TripFair 1 $12.00
Sapphire TCG 1 $12.00
Liberty Comics 1 $12.00
Skylers plethorama 1 $12.00
GNcards 1 $12.40
Liliana Hopes Market 1 $12.50

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Speaking of delirium, Grim Flayer's an aggressive little creature poised to payoff achieving it as well. It turns out getting a 4/4 with trample and a saboteur ability for just two mana is okay.

#8: Gnarlwood Dryad

Mid
Low
 Gnarlwood Dryad
$0.28
$0.08
Store QTY Price  
Kirwan's Game Store 6 $0.08
MTG Rares 10 $0.08
Kirwan's Game Store 2 $0.09
Legacy CCG 4 $0.10
Golden Glow Gaming 4 $0.10
Mana Haven Games 3 $0.11
BlackwingsSwarm 2 $0.11

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Gnarlwood Dryad isn't exactly a special card, seeing some sideboard action in decks that turn on delirium. The ability to trade with big creatures or small, and slipping onto the battlefield for just one mana is a great piece of flexibility that doesn't need a lot of mana to sort out.

#7: Corrupted Grafstone

Mid
Low
 Corrupted Grafstone
$0.37
$0.07
Store QTY Price  
Kirwan's Game Store 6 $0.07
randommtgcard 1 $0.09
Oniesk ccg 1 $0.10
Prof Bonds Emporium 3 $0.10
Eggyism 3 $0.10
FLM Cards 1 $0.10
Druids Cache 2 $0.10

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Corrupted Grafstone was too slow for a Standard dominated by White-Green Tokens and other decks that put pressure on quickly. Now, thanks to more focus on delirium and the late game, Corrupted Grafstone finally makes its appearance. Powering up Ramp decks, getting Kozilek's Return off casting a fatty sooner, is one of the winning moves made at the Pro Tour.

Temur Emerge by Owen Turtenwald
Finished 2nd Place at Pro Tour Eldritch Moon
Main Deck
Sideboard
3 Elder Deep-Fiend
3 Emrakul, the Promised End
4 Gnarlwood Dryad
2 Ishkanah, Grafwidow
3 Pilgrim's Eye
1 Wretched Gryff
Creatures [16]
1 Chandra, Flamecaller
Planeswalkers [1]
2 Corrupted Grafstone
4 Gather the Pack
4 Grapple with the Past
4 Kozilek's Return
4 Nissa's Pilgrimage
4 Vessel of Nascency
Spells [22]
7 Forest (295)
3 Game Trail
3 Island (286)
1 Mountain (292)
3 Shivan Reef
4 Yavimaya Coast
Lands [21]
Deck Total [60]


1 Clip Wings
1 Coax from the Blind Eternities
1 Den Protector
2 Dispel
2 Fiery Impulse
2 Invasive Surgery
2 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy
1 Negate
2 Shaman of Forgotten Ways
1 Summary Dismissal
Sideboard [15]





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#6: Ulvenwald Hydra

Mid
Low
 Ulvenwald Hydra
$1.09
$0.50
Store QTY Price  
The Card Catalog 1 $0.50
Comic Cards Etc 2 $0.75
Closet Deals 1 $0.75
The Fantastic Store 4 $0.79
Liberty Comics 2 $0.80
ClassicMagic 1 $0.81
Gamers N Geeks 1 $0.82

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Instead of relying (solely) on World Breaker, the Red-Green Ramp deck packed Ulvenwald Hydra as well. It fetches up Shrine of the Forsaken Gods or Drownyard Temple for World Breaker value, or just grabs extra red if it's still needed. With reach, annoying creatures like Spell Queller are stopped too.

R/G Ramp by Reid Duke
Finished 5th - 8th Place at Pro Tour Eldritch Moon
Main Deck
Sideboard
2 Dragonlord Atarka
2 Emrakul, the Promised End
2 Hedron Crawler
2 Ishkanah, Grafwidow
1 Nissa, Vastwood Seer
1 Sylvan Advocate
1 Ulvenwald Hydra
2 World Breaker
Creatures [13]
2 Fiery Impulse
2 Gather the Pack
4 Grapple with the Past
2 Hedron Archive
3 Kozilek's Return
4 Nissa's Pilgrimage
4 Traverse the Ulvenwald
4 Vessel of Nascency
Spells [25]
1 Cinder Glade
2 Drownyard Temple
1 Evolving Wilds
10 Forest (295)
4 Game Trail
2 Mountain (292)
2 Shrine of the Forsaken Gods
Lands [22]
Deck Total [60]


1 Fiery Impulse
2 Gnarlwood Dryad
2 Greenwarden of Murasa
1 Kozilek's Return
1 Nissa, Vastwood Seer
3 Rending Volley
1 Roast
1 Shaman of Forgotten Ways
2 Tireless Tracker
1 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
Sideboard [15]





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#5: Voldaren Pariah

Mid
Low
 Voldaren Pariah
$1.08
$0.45
Store QTY Price  
discard into madness 3 $0.45
Magikbros card shop 1 $0.50
CHC Cards 1 $0.75
Desert Penguin Magic 1 $0.75
DZ Gaming 1 $0.79
Budas Card Shack 1 $0.80
Pyxis Games 2 $0.80

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Voldaren Pariah didn't make the Top 8 in Sydney, but it did make a splash on camera Day 1 and Day 2. For Swamp-centric decks that can produce tokens—some builds of Madness and Blue-Black Zombies namely—the Pariah provides some unparalleled value controlling the battlefield.

#4: Traverse the Ulvenwald

Mid
Low
 Traverse the Ulvenwald
$5.00
$2.51
Store QTY Price  
RizBear 1 $2.51
EP Magic 1 $3.46
Vintage Nerd 1 $3.55
LSCandG 2 $3.72
Pandas PairaDice 1 $3.75
Ravencaster 3 $3.78
Game Day Hobbies 2 $3.79

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Traverse the Ulvenwald has seen some play since Shadows over Innistrad came out, and now delirium's day has come. Tutoring up a creature or land of choice is exactly what long game decks want to do, and that made Traverse the Ulvenwald one of the most played cards across the Pro Tour.

#3: Kozilek's Return

Mid
Low
 Kozilek's Return
$6.00
$3.50
Store QTY Price  
UndeadGamesCCG 1 $3.50
commander maniac 1 $3.75
Cardboard Delver 1 $3.84
Helms Card Shop 1 $4.00
The Common Room 4 $4.00
Card Blitz 1 $4.00
TripFair 1 $4.00

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Not only did Red-Green Ramp decks take advantage of bringing down colorless creatures to take control of the battlefield, the breakout Temur Emerge deck did too. Elder Deep-Fiend (see below) is already good, and taking on a free sweeper is gravy at that point.

Temur Emerge by Andrew Brown
Finished 5th - 8th Place at Pro Tour Eldritch Moon
Main Deck
Sideboard
3 Elder Deep-Fiend
4 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy
1 Lashweed Lurker
4 Matter Reshaper
1 Nissa, Vastwood Seer
4 Primal Druid
3 Shaman of Forgotten Ways
4 Wretched Gryff
Creatures [24]
4 Gather the Pack
4 Grapple with the Past
4 Kozilek's Return
Spells [12]
4 Forest (295)
2 Island (286)
4 Lumbering Falls
1 Mountain (292)
4 Sanctum of Ugin
4 Shivan Reef
1 Woodland Stream
4 Yavimaya Coast
Lands [24]
Deck Total [60]


1 Eldrazi Obligator
1 Emrakul, the Promised End
1 Ishkanah, Grafwidow
2 Kiora, Master of the Depths
2 Noose Constrictor
2 Radiant Flames
1 Thought-Knot Seer
4 Traverse the Ulvenwald
1 World Breaker
Sideboard [15]





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#2: Emrakul, the Promised End

Mid
Low
Store QTY Price  
The Eternal Squirrel 1 $6.00
cowboycardboard 1 $6.00
Magic Mana Vault 1 $6.25
GameHavenSTL 1 $6.34
BFMagic 1 $6.41
Eureka Emporium 2 $6.49
Achieve Gaming 2 $6.50

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Ali Aintrazi was right. Emrakul, the Promised End arrived in force for the Pro Tour as the over-the-top finisher of choice. Wrecking plays, demolishing blockers, and generally derailing any hope of an opponent's recovery by stealing control of their turn isn't quite the rules text "You win the game." but it's darn close.

#1: Elder Deep-Fiend

Mid
Low
 Elder Deep-Fiend
$2.00
$0.81
Store QTY Price  
SomeCoolCards 1 $0.80
Jolly Old Seller 1 $0.81
HobbitTerry 1 $1.00
MikamiMYPV 1 $1.25
randommtgcard 2 $1.25
MTG Castle 2 $1.46
DZ Gaming 4 $1.47

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Elder Deep-Fiend was made to echo Mistbind Clique, an entirely fair and reasonable card to play against. It turns out being more expensive and, sometimes, sacrificing a creature still isn't enough to make it fair. "Upkeep? Elder Deep-Friend, tap your lands." is a brutal was to lock an opponent down while adding a lethal threat to the board.

And it worked, all weekend long.

For more data, here's a table of the total Top 25 cards sold. If you're looking for what's hot, needs added to your TCGplayer marketplace listings, or even updated if you're a store participating in the TCGplayer Buylist, this is what's moving fast right now:

 

Card

Rank

Elder Deep-Fiend

1

Emrakul, the Promised End

2

Kozilek's Return

3

Traverse the Ulvenwald

4

Voldaren Pariah

5

Ulvenwald Hydra

6

Corrupted Grafstone

7

Gnarlwood Dryad

8

Grim Flayer

9

Ishkanah, Grafwidow

10

Prized Amalgam

11

Grapple with the Past

12

Distended Mindbender

13

Haunted Dead

14

Cryptbreaker

15

Mindwrack Demon

16

Noose Constrictor

17

Summary Dismissal

18

Thalia's Lancers

19

Geier Reach Sanitarium

20

Collective Defiance

21

Liliana, the Last Hope

22

Choked Estuary

23

Bedlam Reveler

24

Gather the Pack

25

We'll catch up next Friday with a look at how a full week of Pro Tour data affected sales. See you then!




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