Top 10 Cards Sold: Kickback Edition

Feature Article from Jon Corpora
Jon Corpora
1/22/2018 11:02:00 AM
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Last weekend marked the first weekend of Rivals of Ixalan action, and for the first time in what's felt like years, Standard felt dynamic and interesting—a format finally capable of earning the demand it makes on players' wallets. This is what sold the best from Friday to Sunday; note that the release of Rivals of Ixalan coincided with our Kickback sale. If you're still looking for singles with a kickback, get those orders in today, because our Kickback sale ends at midnight (EST) tonight.

#10: Skymarcher Aspirant

 Skymarcher Aspirant
Store QTY Price  
TheGreathearted 1 $0.09
The Wizards Duel 1 $0.10
Matthews trades 1 $0.12
ChaosGames and More 2 $0.15
Brooklyn MTG 1 $0.15
Nerd Merch 6 $0.15
Two Man Band 1 $0.16
Ronson Big Card 2 $0.16
NCoastCollectorsMall 1 $0.16
Shake Battle Roll 1 $0.17
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After failing to make day two of the SCG Open, Jim Davis made Top 8 of the Standard Classic with a very spicy deck that we'll be covering here later on. I want to play it very badly.

#9: Dusk Legion Zealot

 Dusk Legion Zealot
Store QTY Price  
Performance Cards 5 $0.02
ChaosGames and More 3 $0.03
KevinSellsMTG 1 $0.03
Motor City MTG 13 $0.05
The Mages Sanctum 4 $0.05
SalesbyStephenB 4 $0.05
Tabletop Game Swap 4 $0.05
Nerd Merch 12 $0.05
All About Games 5 $0.06
jazzriot 5 $0.06
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The black Elvish Visionary! I was wondering when this weird-looking little duder would pop up on this list. I think this card's great. Last time Elvish Visionary was Standard-legal, it helped fuel one of Standard's last great combo decks. It's tough to say that'll happen again, but don't be surprised to see a steady uptick in decks using Dusk Legion Zealot as the Standard metagame settles.

#8: Ghalta, Primal Hunger

 Ghalta, Primal Hunger
Store QTY Price  
NOLA Magic 1 $1.99
Mindsight Gaming 1 $2.25
CardCast 1 $2.26
Geek Out Games 2 $2.36
Tophat Cards 2 $2.50
Crazy Squirrel Games 1 $2.50
TheGreathearted 2 $2.50
Mythic Realm Games 3 $2.60
Tacoma Games 1 $2.72
Junjiros Singles 1 $2.73
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If you had "12-mana trampling dinosaur as a Top 10-seller" on your Top 10 Cards Sold bingo card, congrats. To be totally honest, some of these red/green aggressive decks look quite potent, and they all make excellent use of Ghalta, Primal Hunger. The card's got a lot of tension built into it: if an opponent has a specific type of removal spell, the game continues, but if you get to untap with it on the battlefield, it usually ends the game right then and there.

#7: Thrashing Brontodon

 Thrashing Brontodon
Store QTY Price  
TheMagicBackpack 1 $0.10
Poke Magi World 1 $0.10
Matthews trades 1 $0.12
ChaosGames and More 1 $0.14
The Spellbinder 1 $0.15
Windy City Seller 5 $0.15
Magic Mana Vault 1 $0.15
TheOneStopShop 1 $0.17
jazzriot 2 $0.20
cool stuff daily 1 $0.20
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God-Pharaoh's Gift. Cast Out. Herat of Kiran. Torrential Gearhulk. The list of relevant cards Thrashing Brontodon deals with goes on and on, and its outstanding rate means that, if you can stomach the double-green cost and cast it on time, it will protect you from all the three-power two-drops Standard's full of these days.

#6: Thunderherd Migration

 Thunderherd Migration
Store QTY Price  
ChaosGames and More 1 $0.09
Cassies Cards 1 $0.10
TheMagicBackpack 2 $0.10
Gauntlet Gaming 1 $0.10
The Argonaut 2 $0.11
Space Cadets Gaming 2 $0.12
Tabletop Game Swap 1 $0.12
Darpys Card Shack 3 $0.12
SalesbyStephenB 5 $0.13
mtgelf 1 $0.14
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It's Rampant Growth, if you're into that sort of thing! You have to jump through considerable deck-building hoops to get your two-mana mana-fixing-plus-ramping, but in a wide-open Standard metagame, these dinosaur decks are compelling enough to make Thunderherd Migration worth it:

#5: Legion Lieutenant

 Legion Lieutenant
Store QTY Price  
KevinSellsMTG 1 $0.10
Home Games 2 $0.25
Cephalid Cards 3 $0.35
UrborgBazaar 2 $0.39
Perspective Cards 3 $0.39
MTG lnventory 9 $0.40
PFC Games 2 $0.43
Storm Brew Games 1 $0.43
Game Haven MD 4 $0.44
The Comic Bug 1 $0.44
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Legion Lieutenant—and by extension, Vampires as a whole—didn't pop up in any lists after one week of Rivals of Ixalan action. One week of tournament data is in no way, shape, or form conclusive evidence, but the fact remains that there's a lot of good cards working against Legion Lieutenant. One of the reasons that Dinosaurs has surfaced as the best of the Ixalan tribes (so far) is that one removal spell on a "lord" doesn't render the rest of the deck obsolete. Each dinosaurs is a force to be reckoned with by itself. That's not the case with Merfolk and Vampires.

#4: Merfolk Mistbinder

 Merfolk Mistbinder
Store QTY Price  
Tophat Cards 4 $0.70
Performance Cards 1 $0.70
MTG lnventory 7 $0.75
Frybread Power 1 $0.80
LegionsGames 1 $0.80
Mindarch 3 $0.85
MTG Mint Singles 6 $0.85
OGREs Cards 1 $0.85
PFC Games 1 $0.86
Marldains Menagerie 1 $0.86
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Speaking of Merfolk, Merfolk Mistbinder decks fall prey to the same trappings as tribal Vampire decks—if you get to untap with a Merfolk Mistbinder, it's clearly awesome, but if it dies, you're left with a bunch of very underwhelming little creatures.

The reason Merfolk have been able to spike early finishes and Vampires haven't is because the best Merfolk cards play in a very clear way. The deck builds itself; it's aggressive and establishes tempo advantage quickly. Those tendencies lead to a fair amount of free wins. I still wouldn't play Merfolk personally, but it's not completely unplayable. It preys on slow draws and clunky mana-curves as good as anything else.

#3: Ravenous Chupacabra

 Ravenous Chupacabra
Store QTY Price  
Coachs Manna Dungeon 1 $0.50
The Noble Goat 1 $0.50
Performance Cards 1 $0.55
MTG Mint Singles 6 $0.69
Prodigy Games 2 $0.74
Game Haven MD 28 $0.75
LGND Cards 2 $0.75
Realms Uncharted 4 $0.75
Game Haven MD 24 $0.75
MagicalCardboard 7 $0.75
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Ravenous Chupacabra is a really, really good card that's great in combination with one of Standard's best cards: The Scarab God. It's going to sell well forever. There's not much else to say, right? There's not a ton of nuance here. The card's power level is right there in the text box.

#2: Jadelight Ranger

 Jadelight Ranger
Store QTY Price  
Matthews trades 1 $6.99
jonpb 1 $6.99
KevinSellsMTG 1 $7.50
The Citadel RPG 1 $7.86
Holymunchies 1 $7.91
Three Headed Dragon 2 $8.15
Corzos Cache 1 $8.30
One Eyed Jacques 1 $8.33
One Up TCG 1 $8.33
Realms Uncharted 1 $8.50
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It's not Rivals of Ixalan's most expensive card, but it's the best (Rekindling Phoenix comes in at a close second). Jadelight Ranger is the rare Merfolk that doesn't need a bunch of other Merfolk around it to be good. To put it succinctly: all of the possible outcomes when resolving this card are great, and they all add up to a great card.

#1: Curious Obsession

 Curious Obsession
Store QTY Price  
Givens Magic Store 1 $0.15
MTG Rares 2 $0.18
jazzriot 2 $0.20
Matthews trades 1 $0.20
Heroic Knight Games 5 $0.23
Space Cadets Gaming 2 $0.24
OGREs Cards 1 $0.24
RDCards 2 $0.25
MTG Mint Singles 5 $0.25
The Mages Sanctum 4 $0.25
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It appears that Jim Davis' Standard deck from last weekend's SCG Classic caught on in a big way:

I have no idea if this deck is good or not, but it looks perfect for casual play. It plays a bunch of under-appreciated cards, has decent pedigree—Jim Davis is a proven deck-builder—and perhaps most importantly: it's cheap. I love everything about this deck, and I'm excited to see if anyone will iterate on it to make it dominate Standard.

Jon Corpora
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