Top 10 Cards Sold During Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan

Feature Article from Jon Corpora
Jon Corpora
2/5/2018 11:01:00 AM
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Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan was the first Modern Pro Tour since Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch, a tournament that famously got Eye of Ugin banned. I wrote about some of the context behind Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan yesterday; today is all about the best-selling cards during the event. Let's hit it.

#10: Faithless Looting

 Faithless Looting
Store QTY Price  
FBAcademy 4 $0.60
Tier Zero Gaming 4 $0.69
The Battle Garden 1 $0.70
Mad Mikes Emporium 1 $0.70
Lake Geneva Games 2 $0.75
MAC Games ET 2 $0.75
GordonsGames 1 $0.75
commander maniac 1 $0.89
Buy Sell PLAY 2 $0.94
Basking Bazaar 2 $0.95
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Magic MTG Card Faithless Looting Magic MTG Card
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In the last few years, Faithless Looting has quietly grown into the role of crucial role-player in many Modern decks, particularly ones that use the graveyard as an additional resource.

#9: Young Pyromancer

 Young Pyromancer
Store QTY Price  
Second Syllable Inc 1 $0.10
Erics Card Shop 1 $0.62
GP Washington 1 $0.99
The Experience Point 4 $0.99
Ponnis Point 1 $1.00
Cheese Boy Cards 1 $1.00
Trade Up 2 $1.00
Tapped Out Gaming 3 $1.08
Mad Mikes Emporium 5 $1.08
Wild Hare Gaming 1 $1.20
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Magic MTG Card Young Pyromancer Magic MTG Card
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Like this one! Gerry Thompson piloted this deck to the finals of Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan, netting himself some very memorable victories along the way.

#8: Gurmag Angler

 Gurmag Angler
Store QTY Price  
Play More Games 4 $0.25
The Gypsies Den 1 $0.48
SolaFide 45 $0.49
SwordnBoard Games 2 $0.49
Brute Force Games 1 $0.49
EDH Wreck 1 $0.50
Toymo 1 $0.50
Dragons Lair 5 $0.51
MagicCityMagic 1 $0.51
The Reanimator Games 3 $0.51
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Magic MTG Card Gurmag Angler Magic MTG Card
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Delve's one of those mechanics that borders on being too good. Treasure Cruise and Dig Through Time are banned pretty much everywhere, but Gurmag Angler, effectively a 5/5 for one mana in the decks that choose to employ it, is untethered by bans. It sees play in both Pauper and Modern, and why shouldn't it? The card is great.

#7: Whir of Invention

 Whir of Invention
Store QTY Price  
Dragonslayer Games 1 $0.78
Cardboard Crusaders 1 $1.00
Sanctuary Games 1 $1.04
TrustyTradingPost 1 $1.06
Lotus Cobra Games 1 $1.25
CB MTG CARDS 1 $1.30
EightBitGames 1 $1.36
Lake Geneva Games 1 $1.38
TemplesPlayground 1 $1.44
Common Ground Games 3 $1.48
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Magic MTG Card Whir of Invention Magic MTG Card
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Lantern Control has been a real deck since its debut years ago, but its viability took a huge leap once players realized they should run four copies of Whir of Invention. In an artifact-based deck full of lock pieces to assemble, Whir of Invention makes a lot of sense. Plus, it just won a Pro Tour. That never hurts.

#6: Curious Obsession

 Curious Obsession
Store QTY Price  
A Sassins Guild 1 $0.10
josephjoseph 1 $0.10
Goblin God Games 2 $0.10
Bedlam TCG 1 $0.22
Scorched Apple MTG 1 $0.24
notgonnalie 1 $0.25
gacollectables 1 $0.25
Mischief 1 $0.25
Fabricated Familiar 1 $0.25
Classic CardMart 2 $0.25
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Magic MTG Card Curious Obsession Magic MTG Card
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The only card to not make the top 10 for Modern purposes, Curious Obsession is still part of the deck that's been the talk of the community since its debut in week one of Rivals of Ixalan Standard. The card is sweet, but it still remains difficult for auras to catch on in Constructed.

#5: Thing in the Ice

 Thing in the Ice
Store QTY Price  
AlphaCardsGaming 2 $3.00
MCB Toledo 1 $3.00
Roland CCGs 1 $3.00
Unloaded Collection 1 $3.00
Epic Worlds andGames 1 $3.17
Mottman Cards 1 $3.18
Power Up Games 1 $3.19
Pearl Trident Magic 2 $3.19
CFcardz 1 $3.20
EBG cards 1 $3.25
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Magic MTG Card Thing in the Ice Magic MTG Card
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Two Young Pryomancer decks actually showed in the top 8 of Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan, and they squared off in the semifinals in a fantastic five-game set. Gerry Thompson was victorious with Mardu, but Pascal Vieren competed admirably with his blue-red version, featuring Thing in the Ice to act as a cheap beatdown creature that just so happened to clear the way for itself.

#4: Field of Ruin

 Field of Ruin
Store QTY Price  
OmahaMTG321 1 $2.35
stans card shoppe 1 $2.45
SoleCollector 1 $2.45
SoleCollector 1 $2.71
USA Comics 1 $2.75
MidshipGaming 1 $2.75
Blakes Store 1 $2.85
LegionsGames 2 $2.85
BGC Cards 2 $2.85
Dead Guy Games 20 $2.89
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Magic MTG Card Field of Ruin Magic MTG Card
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During Corey Burkhart's deck tech, he called out Field of Ruin as one of the best cards in Modern. Expect to see Field of Ruin pop up more and more as players catch onto this piece of tech.

#3: Bedlam Reveler

 Bedlam Reveler
Store QTY Price  
RoundTableSupplier 1 $1.00
Unloaded Collection 1 $1.75
Strategic Durdling 1 $1.90
Two Asterisks 2 $2.50
StorytellersTCG 2 $2.50
Deals on Deals 2 $2.59
Metropolis 1 $2.75
The Sleek Geeks 1 $2.77
Lokis cards 1 $2.77
Showtime Cards 1 $2.79
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Magic MTG Card Bedlam Reveler Magic MTG Card
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Did you know that Bedlam Reveler is a horror? It's true! Gerry Thompson's semifinal match at Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan hinged on that very fact; Bedlam Reveler was able to chump-block a transformed Thing in the Ice that bounced all his other creatures, buying him time to deal with Awoken Horror.

#2: Hollow One

 Hollow One
Store QTY Price  
Infinite TCG 1 $0.89
Well Of Ideas 1 $0.99
Play More Games 1 $1.00
BRC Hobbies 1 $1.00
Wily MTG 1 $1.00
Castle Games Detroit 1 $1.00
TradeMark Cards 2 $1.06
Good Games USA 2 $1.13
Tier Zero Gaming 1 $1.14
Atlas Gaming LLC 1 $1.15
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Magic MTG Card Hollow One Magic MTG Card
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#1: Flamewake Phoenix

 Flamewake Phoenix
Store QTY Price  
Wizards of Game 1 $0.98
Tornado Alley MTG 1 $0.98
Unloaded Collection 1 $1.00
Enchantment Alley 1 $1.00
KnG collectibles 1 $1.03
Infinite TCG 1 $1.10
Game Citadel 1 $1.13
Brute Force Games 2 $1.34
Cryptomation 1 $1.37
Brute Force Games 1 $1.49
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Magic MTG Card Flamewake Phoenix Magic MTG Card
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The most novel deck that showed up in the Top 8 of Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan was Musashi's iteration of the Hollow One combo deck:

Intermediate players tend to stay away from cards like Burning Inquiry and Goblin Lore; the phrase "discard at random" serves as an adequate enough deterrent for most players that take the game seriously. To their credit, Musashi correctly identified that introducing a little variance to games isn't a risk when the payoff for doing so is so high.

A quick hypothetical: You are playing this deck and it is your second turn. You're up to seven cards in your hand葉wo of them are Hollow One and one is a Burning Inquiry. You cast Burning Inquiry. After it resolves, the odds of you being left with a second land and at least one Hollow One (which is free to cast now, by the way) are high. "Random" doesn't always translate to "50% chance of a desirable outcome." Sometimes the odds are much more favorable than that.

See you next time.

Jon Corpora
(pronounced ca-pora)

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