Top 10 Cards Sold During Grand Prix Toronto

Feature Article from Jon Corpora
Jon Corpora
2/12/2018 11:01:00 AM
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It's hard to tell whether or not we're nearing an oversaturation of Modern event coverage. Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan curved right into a Modern Grand Prix the following weekend and so far, no one seems to mind. Modern has clearly surpassed Standard as the weekend warrior's format of choice, and as long as Kaladesh block is Standard-legal, it'll stay that way, because those cards mess Standard up.

I figured that it would be cool to see what people bought during the Grand Prix broadcast, and I hope you do too. Let me know your thoughts on this in the comments. Highlighting sales data during the weekend's coverage and seeing what people bought as a result of what was on screen is definitely something I'm willing to do going forward. I'd love some feedback.

#10: Kitesail Freebooter

 Kitesail Freebooter
Store QTY Price  
Prof Bonds Emporium 1 $0.25
Well Of Ideas 2 $0.33
Classic CardMart 2 $0.33
Vensers Journal 1 $0.34
Gators Stock 1 $0.34
The MTG Collective 1 $0.35
PebbleBeachHobbies 1 $0.39
This Magic World 3 $0.40
Poke E Mana 1 $0.40
StigersBGG 4 $0.41
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Kitesail sees regular Modern play in Humans, but it's also beginning to see an uptick in Standard play in certain blue-black decks that establish a tempo advantage early on and cement their lead with disruptive elements... like Kitesail Freebooter.

#9: Abrade

Store QTY Price  
PebbleBeachHobbies 1 $0.98
Admirals MTG 1 $1.25
Mythics 5 $1.25
CardsIDontNeed 1 $1.25
Rusty Shacklecards 1 $1.25
Brightskull 4 $1.30
STORM CROW 1 $1.35
Wild Hare Gaming 1 $1.39
HockomockHobbies 1 $1.45
SneakySnakeMTG 2 $1.49
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Magic MTG Card Abrade Magic MTG Card
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Now that energy isn't a ubiquitous freeroll, Abrade has surpassed Harnessed Lightning as the removal spell of choice in Standard. It helps that Heart of Kiran is, for the moment, very good again.

#8: Baffling End

 Baffling End
Store QTY Price  
MTG Rares 7 $0.06
Classic CardMart 3 $0.08
MTG Plank 1 $0.09
RamenHouse 1 $0.10
Raiden Games 1 $0.10
Cards On TapLLC 2 $0.10
The Battle Garden 6 $0.10
Pipe Dream Toys 18 $0.10
Motor City MTG 1 $0.10
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Magic MTG Card Baffling End Magic MTG Card
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Putting enchantment-based removal in an expansion where many of the cards incentivize you to race towards getting ten permanents onto the battlefield is cute, play experience-driven design. Baffling End is a weird twist on Journey to Nowhere that probably ends up being slightly better in a Constructed context. The difference is negligible though. Just give me Banishing Light.

#7: Ethereal Armor

 Ethereal Armor
Store QTY Price  
New England Comics 1 $0.16
Mulligans Gaming 3 $0.19
Biggums 1 $0.20
Bridge City Games 3 $0.20
All That Games & Acc 1 $0.20
Collectors Buffalo 3 $0.20
Island Top Gaming 3 $0.20
HeyImmaWolf 2 $0.22
Serenity Games 9 $0.22
Deck Factory Gaming 12 $0.22
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Magic MTG Card Ethereal Armor Magic MTG Card
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Bogles won the Grand Prix, and Ethereal Armor's one of the best cards in that deck. Makes sense to me!

#6: Gurmag Angler

 Gurmag Angler
Store QTY Price  
Play More Games 4 $0.25
SolaFide 45 $0.49
MTG Strategist 2 $0.50
Toymo 1 $0.50
EDH Wreck 1 $0.50
Pristine CCG 2 $0.52
The Gypsies Den 1 $0.56
VGMX Magic 3 $0.57
Dragons Lair 20 $0.57
JaceTheBrainGuy 2 $0.58
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Magic MTG Card Gurmag Angler Magic MTG Card
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Gurmag Angler's not a shocking top-seller. It's a cheap common that sees widespread play in Modern and Pauper. Delve is a crazy mechanic.

#5: Merfolk Branchwalker

 Merfolk Branchwalker
Store QTY Price  
Erics Card Shop 1 $0.47
Rex Yofays Deals 1 $0.49
Toymo 1 $0.50
Kards by Koopa 1 $0.69
Gamerz Klubb 1 $0.76
pastro 1 $0.94
MagicFortheWin 1 $0.97
The Argonaut 2 $0.99
Like a Boss 1 $1.00
GordonsGames 1 $1.00
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Magic MTG Card Merfolk Branchwalker Magic MTG Card
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Reid Ruke and Hall-of-Famer Paul Rietzl made big waves when they both Top 16'd last weekend's Standard MOCS with their take on Winding Constrictor.

#4: Electrickery

Store QTY Price  
Erics Card Shop 1 $0.14
NCoastCollectorsMall 1 $0.18
MTG Rares 2 $0.24
Gnome Games 1 $0.25
CloudySkies 4 $0.25
CriticalHitLLC 19 $0.25
Haunted Game Cafe 4 $0.25
Smokedragon 3 $0.25
High End Pezui 2 $0.25
Hideaway Games 16 $0.25
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Magic MTG Card Electrickery Magic MTG Card
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Mardu Pyromancer, in the hands of Gerry Thompson, came in second place at Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan. Do you know what's really good against Young Pyromancer, a bunch of Elementals, and a bunch of Lingering Souls spirits? Electrickery!

#3: Birchlore Rangers

 Birchlore Rangers
Store QTY Price  
MTG Rares 3 $0.48
Pristine CCG 1 $0.49
GordonsGames 1 $0.50
Tacoma Games 2 $0.58
Common Ground Games 2 $0.60
NEPA Gaming 1 $0.60
At Ease Games 1 $0.60
Vensers Journal 1 $0.65
Funertia 3 $0.65
Topgaming 1 $0.65
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Magic MTG Card Birchlore Rangers Magic MTG Card
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Birchlore Rangers is the rare elf that sees play in Pauper Elves, but not the Modern iteration. With all the extra attention on Pauper lately, a spike in Birchlore Rangers sales seems like a foregone conclusion.

#2: Arch of Orazca

 Arch of Orazca
Store QTY Price  
Gamers Arsenal 4 $0.15
ChannelFireball 20 $0.49
Tophat Cards 1 $0.50
Magic Mana Vault 1 $0.50
MTG Mesa 1 $0.50
NOLA Magic 1 $0.50
DAEVcards 2 $0.50
randommtgcard 1 $0.51
TheOneStopShop 2 $0.53
A+ Comics 2 $0.59
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Magic MTG Card Arch of Orazca Magic MTG Card
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Arch of Orazca is the perfect addition for a plodding control deck that makes lots of one-for-one trades in the early game and is left with a lot of mana lying around and nothing to showfor it. Arch of Orazca turns all that superfluous mana into cards, and that late in the game, getting the city's blessing is easy peasy.

#1: Field of Ruin

 Field of Ruin
Store QTY Price  
stans card shoppe 1 $2.45
SoleCollector 1 $2.45
SoleCollector 1 $2.71
JT Enterprises 1 $2.90
Matthews trades 2 $2.99
Castle Games Detroit 1 $3.00
RicksTCG 1 $3.09
The Sleek Geeks 2 $3.24
Conquest MTG 3 $3.24
Friendly Ghost Games 2 $3.25
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Magic MTG Card Field of Ruin Magic MTG Card
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Likely the most impactful Ixalan card from a Modern standpoint, Field of Ruin morphed the Modern metagame drastically. Control decks like the one Raphael Levy played at Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan relied heavily on Field of Ruin, alongside Spreading Seas, to keep opponents off-balance and to neutralize their utility lands.

See you next time. I'm sure the Jace/Bloodbraid Elf unbannings won't have any impact on the top 10, right?

Jon Corpora
(pronounced ca-pora)

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