Weekly Super Sellers: Top 10 Cards Sold February 13-17, 2017

Feature Article from Jon Corpora
Jon Corpora
2/17/2017 11:01:00 AM
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We're getting right into it today. It's almost the weekend; you're trying to get straight to the meat. These are the best-selling wizard squares of the week:

#10: Blooming Marsh

 Blooming Marsh
Store QTY Price  
GloryFades 2 $3.75
Comic Lair 2 $4.18
BloatedCloud 1 $4.26
Wickeds Cards 1 $4.35
IDC Comics 1 $4.45
LadyPlanesWalker 1 $4.50
Play More Games 4 $4.50
UrborgBazaar 1 $4.50
Dogs of War Gaming 2 $4.53
Erics Card Shop 5 $4.55
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Magic MTG Card Blooming Marsh Magic MTG Card
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Not the most shocking development. More than half of the Top 32 decks at GP Pittsburgh were black-green, and that doesn't even take into account all of the B/G/X midrange decks floating around Modern.

#9: Walking Ballista

 Walking Ballista
Store QTY Price  
Tophat Cards 1 $10.00
Outlaw Moon Games 1 $10.35
QualityCardsGaming 2 $10.57
Nerd Merch 1 $11.00
Game Arena LLC 2 $11.13
Big Kidz Games LLC 2 $11.48
BTB Games 3 $11.50
Q Music Shop 2 $11.55
Gamers Domain 1 $11.62
Showtime Cards 1 $11.64
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Magic MTG Card Walking Ballista Magic MTG Card
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As the contours of Aether Revolt Standard come into sharper relief, comparing Walking Ballista to Hangarback Walker becomes more and more foolish. Walking Ballista is a dynamic role-player in every green-black deck Aether Revolt Standard has to offer, triggering revolt, providing two types for delirium, and synergizing with Winding Constrictor. Hangarback Walker was just a two-drop that became annoying to remove from play - Walking Ballista is that and lots more.

#8: Release the Gremlins

 Release the Gremlins
Store QTY Price  
AccessGranted 2 $0.07
MothershipATX 1 $0.07
MTG Rares 10 $0.07
OldSchoolGaming 2 $0.08
Lone Wanderer MTG 2 $0.08
Funertia 5 $0.09
KrakenPacksTCG 1 $0.09
TggChicago 1 $0.09
Die Hard Games 1 $0.09
TJKD Collectibles 1 $0.09
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Magic MTG Card Release the Gremlins Magic MTG Card
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Who made the executive decision to make gremlins look like anteaters? That person deserves a raise. Magic gremlins are the best.

#7: Renegade Rallier

 Renegade Rallier
Store QTY Price  
My husbands hobbies 1 $0.05
Graham Collectables 1 $0.06
MTG Rares 1 $0.06
Graham Collectables 3 $0.07
Krazy Kidz Gaming 9 $0.07
CriticalHitLLC 1 $0.07
Tekrebel TCG 4 $0.07
JasmineDragon 1 $0.08
MTG Rares 10 $0.08
TheGreathearted 1 $0.08
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Magic MTG Card Renegade Rallier Magic MTG Card
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Modern didn't have enough pain-in-the-neck brick walls, so now there's Renegade Rallier, which gets back Voice of Resurgence and won't drive any opponents up the wall, ever. Also goes great with Kitchen Finks!

#6: Gifted Aetherborn

 Gifted Aetherborn
Store QTY Price  
MTG Rares 9 $0.13
Graham Collectables 3 $0.55
Kendall Lux 1 $0.60
Vensers Journal 1 $0.60
CaelLaneMagic 2 $0.75
BolasRampStore 1 $0.75
Thegentlemansarmory 1 $0.75
The Battle Garden 1 $0.99
MTG Strategist 1 $1.00
Mtg Closet 1 $1.00
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Magic MTG Card Gifted Aetherborn Magic MTG Card
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Check out Craig Wescoe's latest piece on black-based midrange decks in Standard. Fair warning: both decks feature a heaping helping of Gifted Aetherborn.

#5: Aether Hub

 Aether Hub
Store QTY Price  
MTG Rares 3 $0.11
MTG Rares 10 $0.14
Unlucky Games 3 $0.16
LegionsGames 1 $0.16
Gators Stock 2 $0.16
DragonDenGaming 1 $0.17
Funertia 2 $0.17
Motor City MTG 4 $0.19
Rivertown Comics 1 $0.20
jaymz games 1 $0.20
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Magic MTG Card Aether Hub Magic MTG Card
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It's Aether Hub. It's going to be in every deck forever and ever until it rotates out of Standard. Describing why Aether Hub is good is like trying to describe why a sunset is good. It's just good. Don't overthink it.

#4: Gonti, Lord of Luxury

 Gonti, Lord of Luxury
Store QTY Price  
MTG Rares 10 $0.33
Mizewell Games 1 $0.34
The Wasteland Gaming 3 $0.39
Windy City Seller 2 $0.40
MaxrareEightOhEight 2 $0.40
Card Monster Games 1 $0.42
JTs Card Shop 4 $0.43
NEPA Gaming 4 $0.43
Thorner's Gaming 15 $0.45
Knight Owl Gaming 1 $0.45
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Magic MTG Card Gonti, Lord of Luxury Magic MTG Card
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While you're recapping this week's articles, Seth Manfield's look back at testing for Pro Tour Aether Revolt is worth it if just for the discussion on Gonti, Lord of Luxury and the differences between the black-green decks alone.

#3: Winding Constrictor

 Winding Constrictor
Store QTY Price  
MTG Rares 10 $0.09
MTG Rares 10 $0.11
IDeal808 69 $0.12
Insomniac Games 1 $0.13
Jokers Wild GC 1 $0.14
Thorner's Gaming 23 $0.14
Untapped Riches 4 $0.14
Lone Wanderer MTG 11 $0.15
MTGCardsMan 4 $0.16
LaughlinCCG 1 $0.17
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Magic MTG Card Winding Constrictor Magic MTG Card
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Yep. Winding Constrictor's a card that's gotta die on sight. If an opponent's untapping with a Winding Contrictor in play, that's bad news. That's where Standard's at right now.

#2: Dark Intimations

 Dark Intimations
Store QTY Price  
MothershipATX 1 $0.05
MTG Rares 10 $0.06
Sun Quan Games 1 $0.07
Die Hard Games 1 $0.08
CriticalHitLLC 1 $0.08
VGMX Magic 1 $0.09
OldSchoolGaming 8 $0.09
The Magic Arena 1 $0.10
Lone Wanderer MTG 2 $0.10
Vortex Gaming Center 2 $0.10
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Magic MTG Card Dark Intimations Magic MTG Card
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Wandring into Monday's comments, I discovered that this card's spiking because of a spec, and continuing to rise thanks to a bunch of side bets. Kind of a freeroll, I guess; if you're losing, you're losing small, but if the card catches, you're winning big. I'm not really in the business of making judgment calls on what people do with their money, so, yeah, go nuts. Buy all the Dark Intimations you want. Let me know how that goes.

#1: Fatal Push

 Fatal Push
Store QTY Price  
Ye Olde Spells 1 $5.75
mysba 4 $5.95
Card Board Tables 1 $5.95
enjin 2 $5.99
Indy MTG 1 $5.99
TapCastGo 3 $6.00
GiveMeAChansey 1 $6.00
Castle Games Detroit 1 $6.00
Lone Wanderer MTG 2 $6.00
Northcoast Magic 2 $6.00
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Magic MTG Card Fatal Push Magic MTG Card
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Funny that Fatal Push and Shock exist in the same set-both cards have similar functions, but Fatal Push is just so much better at its job, whereas Shock has fallen off the map since Pro Tour Aether Revolt. Thanks to Kaladesh's rare land cycle, mana's pretty free, so most decks that would normally play Shock can just play Fatal Push.

In Aether Revolt Standard, there's no chipping away at an opponent with incremental advantage. In a world with Wild Nacatl and Kird Ape-Toolcraft Exemplar and Inventor's Apprentice, respectively-and removal defined by its mana efficiency rather than its versatility, damage comes through in huge chunks. Any board advantage snowballs effortlessly. In an environment like this, there's no room for a card like Shock because it's so hard to stabilize that the "two damage to target player" mode has far less value than it has in the past. This isn't a condemnation of Aether Revolt Standard, but rather another way of stating that context is important when evaluating cards.

See you next week.

Jon Corpora
pronounced Ca-pora

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