Weekly Super Sellers: Top 10 Cards Sold May 15-18, 2017

Feature Article from Jon Corpora
Jon Corpora
5/19/2017 11:00:00 AM
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Would I recommend becoming a professional Magic player to someone? God, no. Stay in school or whatever it is you're doing with your life. Chances are, you aren't one of the fifty people or so that are going to make it happen. Even if you do, it might not make you happy.
-Gerry Thompson

Rare is the content creator who's unwilling to gloss over the unattractive aspects of Magic. There's a reason for this: the audience for "Magic isn't all upside, it's complex and being good at it comes at a cost" blogs is relatively scant stacked against the unwashed masses clamoring for decklists, sideboard guides, box-openings, and other such offerings unfettered by criticism. In this regard, Gerry Thompson stands out as a pro's pro in the most traditional sense of the term. More accurately, he appeals to Magic players across the entire breadth of the competitive landscape — a world-class player and deck-builder, willing to brew new decks while retaining the understand of the real constraints of the format he's brewing in.

The fact that Thompson won a Pro Tour with a heretofore strictly casual tribal theme is a deliciously ironic twist of fate. Forever the kind of player gently guiding his readers toward playing only the best decks, it's funny to see Gerry Thompson collect his trophy on the back of a deck totally lacking in pretense and nuance. Considering his other Top 8, at Pro Tour Gatecrash, was earned with a Jeskai deck sporting a bunch of instant-speed cards that could bob and weave and play whatever role the matchup called for, zombies almost feels like a regression. Play zombies. Attack with zombies until the game ends. Of course, playing zombies isn't a regression because that's not how Magic works — deck choices speak more to a player's goals than anything else — but it's still funny to watch a player known for his deckbuilding prowess win a tournament with 22 Swamps in his deck.

Congratulations to Gerry Thompson, a man who's never shied away from honesty. It's hard to have played Magic for any substantial amount of time without having a first- or second-hand story about Gerry Thompson scooping someone into gold, platinum, or even another Pro Tour. He understands what people have to give up (and the costs are steep) in order to reach Magic's highest levels of competition, and in a community where his peers mostly seek to sell Magic as a zero-downside escape, he's even-handed in both his criticism and his praise of the game. The world needs more Gerry Thompsons.

Onto the top sellers. They're going to be out of order today and probably forever. That's what happens when a bunch of zombies cards are all over the list!

#9: Censor

Mid
Low
 Censor
$0.60
$0.09
Store QTY Price  
Puderug Games 4 $0.10
MTG Plank 1 $0.10
Mind Sculpt Games 71 $0.13
LegionsGames 40 $0.13
Game Heroes 174 $0.13
BGC Cards 4 $0.13
Krazy Kidz Gaming 3 $0.14
Giga-Bites Cafe 37 $0.14
AWildCardShopAppears 3 $0.14
Battlegrounds Games 8 $0.15
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Censor Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

What makes Force Spike so attractive? There is something about super-situational cards, cards that fit so neatly together in-game like puzzle pieces conspiring to make an opponent's life miserable, that feel incredible to cast. It feels like cheating to Censor something.

#10: Dread Wanderer

Mid
Low
 Dread Wanderer
$1.19
$0.49
Store QTY Price  
Tortoise & Hair 1 $0.51
Tophat Cards 1 $0.65
The Card Catalog 1 $0.65
CriticalHitLLC 1 $0.75
NOLA Magic 1 $0.75
AWildCardShopAppears 1 $0.78
Cardboard Crusaders 1 $0.78
SneakySnakeMTG 1 $0.79
SylveMTG 1 $0.79
Good Games USA 2 $0.85
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Dread Wanderer Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

#7: Lord of the Accursed

Mid
Low
 Lord of the Accursed
$0.70
$0.30
Store QTY Price  
A Sassins Guild 1 $0.30
gacollectables 1 $0.33
Classic CardMart 1 $0.33
Domhain 1 $0.33
Natural One 1 $0.33
Graham Collectables 1 $0.34
Lanes Game Store 1 $0.35
Mythic Realm Games 1 $0.35
Vandal Gaming 2 $0.35
Scorched Apple MTG 1 $0.39
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Lord of the Accursed Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

#5: Liliana's Mastery

Mid
Low
 Liliana's Mastery
$0.86
$0.30
Store QTY Price  
lvmtg 1 $0.36
Tophat Cards 4 $0.36
Tier Zero Gaming 1 $0.38
Gsantsm 1 $0.39
AWildCardShopAppears 3 $0.39
PlusOneGaming 2 $0.39
Cardboard Crusaders 1 $0.39
Gamescape North 1 $0.40
Classic CardMart 1 $0.40
Jdawgz supercardz 1 $0.40
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Liliana's Mastery Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

#3: Dark Salvation

Mid
Low
 Dark Salvation
$0.85
$0.20
Store QTY Price  
EZ Collectibles 1 $0.20
Bush Wacker Cards 1 $0.25
Magic Mana Vault 2 $0.25
Cuba Gaming 2 $0.26
Mindarch 3 $0.26
Collectors Buffalo 4 $0.30
FOW Big Deals 1 $0.30
DaPlanet 1 $0.30
Cheese Boy Cards 1 $0.32
Graham Collectables 1 $0.35
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Dark Salvation Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

I deserve to eat crow for the rest of eternity for saying Zombies wasn't for real. The deck won the damn Pro Tour! I am terrible.

#8: Mountain

Mid
Low
Store QTY Price  
Windy City Seller 4 $0.15
Odyssey Games, LLC 7 $0.15
Auggie's Games 2 $0.19
MTG Rares 10 $0.19
Tekrebel TCG 6 $0.20
Crypt of Agadeem 5 $0.20
jaymz games 2 $0.20
CreativeDeckBuilders 1 $0.20
PhaseOneComics 2 $0.20
IDC Comics 4 $0.22
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Mountain (253) - Full Art Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

#6: Plains

Mid
Low
 Plains (250) - Full Art
$0.30
$0.05
Store QTY Price  
The Wizards Duel 1 $0.05
Windy City Seller 1 $0.10
MTG Rares 8 $0.10
CavernCards 1 $0.11
MagicDabbers 10 $0.11
Odyssey Games, LLC 16 $0.15
Mtg Closet 2 $0.15
Kards by Koopa 2 $0.16
OmahaMTG321 15 $0.17
Space Cadets Gaming 1 $0.18
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Plains (250) - Full Art Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

#4: Forest

Mid
Low
 Forest (254) - Full Art
$0.33
$0.12
Store QTY Price  
Tier Zero Gaming 1 $0.12
IceCards 1 $0.13
Odyssey Games, LLC 14 $0.15
PhaseOneComics 2 $0.15
Windy City Seller 4 $0.15
Mango Migraines 6 $0.15
A+ Comics 4 $0.18
IDC Comics 4 $0.19
Dogs of War Gaming 4 $0.19
Strategy Kings 2 $0.19
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Forest (254) - Full Art Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

#2: Island

Mid
Low
 Island (251) - Full Art
$0.36
$0.09
Store QTY Price  
Windy City Seller 2 $0.15
MTG Rares 7 $0.20
CriticalHitLLC 2 $0.20
PhaseOneComics 2 $0.20
Dogs of War Gaming 5 $0.23
Dadandavasshop 9 $0.23
Serenity Games 4 $0.23
Swadizzles House 2 $0.23
A+ Comics 8 $0.23
Dice Addiction Pro 2 $0.23
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Island (251) - Full Art Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

#1: Swamp

Mid
Low
 Swamp (252) - Full Art
$0.39
$0.15
Store QTY Price  
Odyssey Games, LLC 2 $0.15
Brickmaster Games 1 $0.20
Crypt of Agadeem 1 $0.22
CavernCards 1 $0.23
Dice Addiction Pro 18 $0.24
The Gypsies Den 8 $0.24
PhaseOneComics 2 $0.25
The Realm 4 $0.25
ChannelFireball 50 $0.25
War Torn Front 8 $0.25
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Swamp (252) - Full Art Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

A little odd for the Amonkhet full-art basics to start selling well now. It's unclear whether or not the spike in sales is due to some price dip, or even if a bunch of folks arbitrarily decided to buy a bunch of new basics at the same time. I never cared much for the full-art basics from either Zendikar-based set, but I dig these Amonkhet basics. They are Good.

Jon Corpora
pronounced Ca-pora
@feb31st




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