Top 10 Cards Sold October 2-8, 2017

Feature Article from Jon Corpora
Jon Corpora
10/9/2017 11:01:00 AM
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Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, and good night. I'm Jon Corpora, Managing Editor of, and I'm fresh off a weekend full of World Championship action. These are the cards people bought over last week and the weekend, and if you watched Worlds too, a lot of these cards are going to look familiar.

#10: Treasure Map

 Treasure Map
Store QTY Price  
Woodworking Carder 1 $1.69
BeardBrosGames 1 $1.69
PKK Games 1 $1.75
CSDelgado 1 $1.93
PlsRibbits 1 $2.00
Reedsradicals 1 $2.25
UrborgBazaar 1 $2.33
PebbleBeachHobbies 1 $2.49
ShuffleShuffle Games 1 $2.50
HobbyShopWinterHaven 2 $2.55
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Magic MTG Card Treasure Map Magic MTG Card
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Conley Woods has been streaming with an exciting Marionette Master deck that takes advantage of Treasure Map and the Treasure it creates to win games out of nowhere. A repeatable Scry 1 has always been an underrated ability, and flipping into three treasures can be gangbusters in the right deck.

#9: Hostage Taker

 Hostage Taker
Store QTY Price  
Vermont Magic 1 $1.80
MTG Rares 1 $2.01
MTG Brodown 2 $2.25
Lotus Cobra Games 2 $2.25
BlackDiamondGames 1 $2.40
Moonbase Market 5 $2.40
FGames 2 $2.45
Game Haven MD 4 $2.45
MTG Rares 4 $2.46
SubedHuman 1 $2.46
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Magic MTG Card Hostage Taker Magic MTG Card
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Hostage Taker is a uniquely powerful card. Worlds competitors weren't able to find the right shell to accommodate it, but it's only a matter of time until someone finds the right midrange deck to slot in Hostage Taker. The card is simply too good.

#8: Walk the Plank

 Walk the Plank
Store QTY Price  
MTG Rares 10 $0.05
MTG Rares 10 $0.06
The Gaming Cantina 4 $0.07
Dragon Nest Games 14 $0.09
Lone Wanderer MTG 4 $0.09
Thorner's Gaming 13 $0.09
Purple Pyromancer 4 $0.09
Dragons 7 $0.09
Big Daddy Games LLC 2 $0.09
Roll for Damage 4 $0.09
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Magic MTG Card Walk the Plank Magic MTG Card
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Walk the Plank is new removal at a low price point. It sees play in a couple of decks, but it doesn't really do anything about the heavy hitters of Standard: Hazoret the Fervent and The Scarab God. Throw in the fact that it's sorcery-speed and that should be plenty of reason to look elsewhere for removal.

#7: Field of Ruin

 Field of Ruin
Store QTY Price  
KC Endeavor 1 $2.35
Fuzzy TCG 1 $2.60
Holymunchies 1 $2.75
Trade Mart 1 $2.90
Windy City Seller 2 $2.95
Matthews trades 2 $2.99
Jse comics cards 7 $3.00
Castle Games Detroit 1 $3.00
beemermtg 1 $3.00
Game Day Hobbies 3 $3.04
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Magic MTG Card Field of Ruin Magic MTG Card
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Search for Azcanta had a huge weekend, and Field of Ruin is the perfect tech to fight off Azcanta, the Sunken Ruin. Field of Ruin isn't the kind of card you can throw into Ramunap Red or Temur Energy, but it slots perfectly into the new deck of the weekend: U/B Control.

#6: Legion's Landing

 Legion's Landing
Store QTY Price  
The Game Cave 2 $4.61
The Z Store 1 $4.91
HobbyShopWinterHaven 1 $5.00
Jdawgz supercardz 1 $5.01
PKK Games 1 $5.01
Rogue Jin 1 $5.25
MTG Brodown 2 $5.40
RPG Games 1 $5.50
Game Haven MD 2 $5.51
quicksilver games 1 $5.68
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Magic MTG Card Legion's Landing Magic MTG Card
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Tokens is a broad archetype in Standard. There are lots of different ways to make tokens work; one of the lists floating around the interwebs features Legion's Landing, which is is easy for it to transform into Adanto, the First Fort thanks to all the tokens. From there, you've got yourself a lifelink token machine.

#5: Vraska's Contempt

 Vraska's Contempt
Store QTY Price  
MTGHeadQuarters 5 $9.01
Conquest MTG 1 $9.58
All Cs Gaming 1 $9.75
Black Moon Games 2 $9.75
Cards On TapLLC 1 $9.97
CentralCardCade 1 $9.97
MobileMagic 1 $9.97
NerdtopiaGames 1 $10.00
Cryptic Corner 1 $10.00
Classic CardMart 1 $10.00
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Magic MTG Card Vraska's Contempt Magic MTG Card
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There's a card in Ixalan that takes care of Hazoret and The Scarab God… plus Chandra, Torch of Defiance, Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh, and more. Vraska's Contempt is a great catchall for all the craziness Standard decks can throw at you.

#4: Deathgorge Scavenger

 Deathgorge Scavenger
Store QTY Price  
CentralCardCade 1 $1.04
DuelSyngen 1 $1.12
Vermont Magic 1 $1.83
The Gypsies Den 1 $1.87
Big Daddy Games LLC 4 $1.94
Conquest MTG 1 $1.99
Mana Crypt Gaming 5 $1.99
Dragons 1 $2.00
Hero Comix 1 $2.00
Top Deck CGAZ 4 $2.00
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Magic MTG Card Deathgorge Scavenger Magic MTG Card
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There's some hidden utility in Deathgorge Scavenger: it allows you to get rid of The Scarab God permanently! Just destroy The Scarab God with a removal spell and then attack with your Deathgorge Scavenger—it'll exile The Scarab God before it returns to your opponent's hand on the end step! It's still just a 3/2 for three, but that's still a pretty cool interaction!

#3: Unclaimed Territory

 Unclaimed Territory
Store QTY Price  
JohnnyBCardsComics 1 $1.30
Marldains Menagerie 1 $1.44
Great Escape SV 1 $1.45
Funertia 1 $1.46
CentralCardCade 1 $1.47
Mythic Realm Games 8 $1.50
Conquest MTG 1 $1.50
jaymz games 4 $1.50
CDC Games 1 $1.50
Rivertown Comics 5 $1.51
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Magic MTG Card Unclaimed Territory Magic MTG Card
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Unclaimed Territory has yet to make a splash in competitive Magic, but its appearance on this list serves as a lesson to never underestimate the power of casuals. Casual players love tribal decks, and Unclaimed Territory is a cheap way to make them work. It works so well, in fact, that Unclaimed Territory is one of the best-selling cards of the whole time Ixalan's been released.

#2: Search for Azcanta

 Search for Azcanta
Store QTY Price  
TCGamers and Games 1 $12.49
Conquest MTG 1 $14.00
BlackDiamondGames 1 $14.36
MTGHeadQuarters 8 $14.70
The Fourth Wall 1 $14.76
BeardBrosGames 1 $14.97
CentralCardCade 4 $14.97
MissouriMTG 2 $15.00
Showtime Cards 1 $15.29
AM Cards 1 $15.50
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Magic MTG Card Search for Azcanta Magic MTG Card
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Search for Azcanta had a big weekend at Worlds, fueling a whole new archetype—blue-black Control—all by itself. When it flips into Azcanta, the Sunken Ruin, the card advantage is too much for opponents to handle, and can lead to an insurmountable avalanche of win.

#1: Opt

Store QTY Price  
Vensers Journal 4 $0.14
Gators Stock 1 $0.14
Free Logs 4 $0.15
MTG Rares 2 $0.19
Thorner's Gaming 32 $0.20
Amazing Games TCG 7 $0.20
Blazing Sales 1 $0.20
Heros Ink 1 $0.20
Crypt of Agadeem 8 $0.20
Purple Pyromancer 5 $0.20
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Magic MTG Card Opt Magic MTG Card
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The best-selling card, though, is Opt! It's definitely cheap, both price- and mana-wise, and it impacts both deckbuilding and gameplay, giving its controller more choice to impact the game. Cards like Opt are good for Standard, and I'm glad it exists.

That's all for this week, but we do one of these every Monday, so stay tuned for all the card-selling goodness. In the meantime, subscribe to our YouTube channel! Pros like Seth Manfield and Craig Wescoe make videos all the time, and you won't want to miss those. See you next time.

Jon Corpora
pronounced Ca-pora

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