Weekend Super Sellers: Top 10 Cards Sold March 10-12, 2017

Feature Article from Jon Corpora
Jon Corpora
3/13/2017 11:01:00 AM
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A friend of mine mentioned that if the Saheeli Rai / Felidar Guardian combo were to get banned, then there should be no combos in Standard ever again. His point is that the Copy Cat deck is nowhere near unbeatable. It's easy to interact with, and although it can be assembled quickly, there are a laundry list of cards that efficiently disrupt the combo. These answers come at the expense of your own gameplan, but it's not worlds different than, say, being on the draw against a turn-four Gideon, Ally of Zendikar. Different ailments, similar symptoms.

There ware no bans in any format in this morning's announcement.

Standard's gameplay is fine, but on its face, it looks like a terrible two-deck format. The subtle changes the top decks undergo in reaction to fluctuations in the metagame are invisible compared to what another Top 8 full of Mardu Vehicles and Four-Color Saheeli looks like to someone that hasn't been playing the games. I can only cite my own experiences; for me, playing Standard's been rewarding. I've been playing Mardu Vehicles at PPTQs and I played a Temur Aetherworks Marvel deck last weekend at GP: New Jersey (I finished day one 6-3 and dropped instead of playing Day Two, but that's another topic for another time). I've been feeling good about Magic lately, which is nice given that I've been playing in lots of tournaments. The die roll matters a lot when Mardu's part of the equation, thanks to Thalia, Heretic Cathar and Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, but other than those cards locking me out of games completely, the Magic's been good. I've never felt like I had zero shot in a matchup, but that could be the nature of my deck choices; I've certainly never played the black-green side of the black-green / Aetherworks Marvel matchup.

My experience isn't reality, though. Given more games, there's certainly a universe in which I get very annoyed by dying to Saheeli Rai 52% of the times I tap out on my third turn. As Standard stands, the game play is healthy but the power level of the cards has yielded a metagame in which more cards than usual are simply unplayable. The problem isn't necessarily format health, but an issue of impact on retailers' bottom-lines, because when singles don't sell broadly and all the money is concentrated in fewer cards... that's no bueno. If the optics of Standard are bad, it doesn't matter how fun the games are. Swimming with sharks is thrilling until you get bit.

Enough Standard angst. It's time to count down Magic cards.

#10: Gifted Aetherborn

 Gifted Aetherborn
Store QTY Price  
Graham Collectables 3 $0.55
BolasRampStore 1 $0.75
Thegentlemansarmory 1 $0.75
CaelLaneMagic 2 $0.75
The Battle Garden 1 $0.99
MTG Strategist 1 $1.00
Mtg Closet 1 $1.00
Iceberg Gaming 8 $1.00
AccessGranted 2 $1.09
SubedHuman 4 $1.12
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Gifted Aetherborn Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

#7: Metallic Mimic

 Metallic Mimic
Store QTY Price  
Game Haven St George 2 $4.37
Game Haven St George 1 $4.50
Pipe Dream Toys 1 $4.50
Free Thought 1 $4.50
Vortex Gaming Center 2 $4.50
BlackDiamondGames 2 $4.53
Buy Sell PLAY 1 $4.56
BlackDiamondGames 1 $4.64
Mythic Realm Games 1 $4.65
Mythic Realm Games 1 $4.85
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Metallic Mimic Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

I just did a lot of pontificating about competitive Standard, but Gifted Aetherborn sees essentially no competitive Standard play at this point and has continued to sell well for months. Maybe competitive Magic's not the only thing driving sales!

#9: Harnessed Lightning

 Harnessed Lightning
Store QTY Price  
MTG Rares 9 $0.05
Ronson Big Card 1 $0.10
Graham Collectables 1 $0.10
Magic Base 4 $0.10
Vandal Gaming 1 $0.10
BobbysWorldCCG 3 $0.10
Serenity Games 1 $0.11
MTG Rares 10 $0.11
IDeal808 5 $0.12
The Gaming Cantina 1 $0.13
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Harnessed Lightning Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

#3: Aether Hub

 Aether Hub
Store QTY Price  
MTG Rares 2 $0.11
Unlucky Games 3 $0.16
LegionsGames 1 $0.16
Gators Stock 2 $0.16
Funertia 2 $0.17
DragonDenGaming 1 $0.17
Deck Factory Gaming 1 $0.19
Motor City MTG 4 $0.19
Gulf Coast Hobby 5 $0.19
ALRED cards 11 $0.20
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Aether Hub Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

All the non-Mardu decks seem to have an energy subtheme these days. Give credit where credit's due: Harnessed Lightning doesn't need much help in order to be able to take out one of Aether Revolt Standard's defining creatures, Felidar Guardian. The four-color combo decks would've all played Lay of the Land anyway, but Attune with Aether's energy component makes Harnessed Lightning even better. Energy is a super-insular mechanic, and all the cards make each other better.

#8: Thoughtseize

Store QTY Price  
GloryFades 1 $12.99
Plib Games 1 $14.00
Instant Speed Cards 2 $14.00
Erics Card Shop 1 $14.05
ShopOfMagic 2 $14.16
Game Haven MD 1 $14.25
GameClap 2 $14.25
Game Cafe 1 $14.29
ysquirtle 2 $14.46
Wild Things Games 1 $14.54
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Thoughtseize Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

#5: Ancient Stirrings

 Ancient Stirrings
Store QTY Price  
WC Magic 1 $1.27
Tier Zero Gaming 1 $1.49
Kings of Cardboard 1 $1.69
SwordAndBoardTCG 1 $1.70
MilitaryGamer Supply 1 $1.74
Scorchulators LLC 1 $1.75
Moose Loot 1 $1.75
The Mage Cage 4 $1.79
Raiden Games 1 $1.85
Play More Games 4 $1.90
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Ancient Stirrings Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

Cards like these two - Modern-only, relatively pricey, at least compared to the other Super Sellers - can only sell as well as they do as long a time as they have if there's demand and the price stays flat. The Market Price on both cards are flat and neither were reprinted in Modern Masters 2017, now is a good time for a long-term spec on them, given you think the demand will eventually go up by non-vendors, which isn't guaranteed. Also worth noting: a reprint of these cards would be a disaster for a speculator; there are lots of copies of both of these cards out in the world as it is.

#6: Walking Ballista

 Walking Ballista
Store QTY Price  
Outlaw Moon Games 1 $10.35
QualityCardsGaming 2 $10.57
Galactic Toys Store 9 $11.22
BTB Games 3 $11.50
Brooks Cards 1 $11.50
Dice Addiction Pro 1 $11.76
Game Cafe 1 $11.86
Rise and Grind Games 1 $11.88
WeSellMagic 1 $12.00
Odyssey Games, LLC 7 $12.00
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Walking Ballista Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

Corbin Hosler took over in my stead last week while I was celebrating my birthday in a car hurtling towards the garden state. He did a good job at summing up why someone would buy a Walking Ballista: the card does everything and can be played anywhere.

#4: Island

 Island (253)
Store QTY Price  
MTG Rares 10 $0.02
MTG Rares 10 $0.04
IDeal808 87 $0.05
Tabletop Game Swap 4 $0.05
Gamers Portal 5 $0.07
SalesbyStephenB 1 $0.07
DL Collectible 9 $0.07
LegionsGames 13 $0.08
Games to Die For 7 $0.08
CategoryOneGames 5 $0.08
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Island (253) Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

No idea why this happened. Let's keep moving.

#2: Oath of Chandra

 Oath of Chandra
Store QTY Price  
OldSchoolGaming 1 $0.08
FORC Arizona 2 $0.09
PlanesChasers 1 $0.09
Wonderland Comics 2 $0.09
OldSchoolGaming 1 $0.09
Game Nite 2 $0.09
Roland CCGs 4 $0.10
NEPA Gaming 4 $0.10
Big Daddy Games LLC 3 $0.10
Swadizzles House 2 $0.10
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Oath of Chandra Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

Oath of Chandra looks unimpressive on its face, but is a serviceable role-player in lots of places. It can get blinked by a Felidar Guardian, it can team up with any Planeswalker to Take Down opposing Planeswalkers or just dome folks for two. Never underestimate the chip-shot.

#1: Fatal Push

 Fatal Push
Store QTY Price  
mysba 4 $5.95
Card Board Tables 1 $5.95
LotusBox 1 $5.95
Indy MTG 1 $5.99
Lone Wanderer MTG 1 $6.00
TapCastGo 3 $6.00
GiveMeAChansey 1 $6.00
Castle Games Detroit 1 $6.00
Northcoast Magic 2 $6.00
BlackDiamondGames 3 $6.06
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Fatal Push Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

I mean, yeah. This was a foregone conclusion, right? Fatal Push is going to be #1 until Amonkhet is released, and even then, it'll be in the Top 10 for a long time. It's a defining factor of every black deck in Standard and also sees play in Modern. It's a good Magic card.

Jon Corpora
pronounced Ca-pora

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