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

Mid
Low
 Kitesail Freebooter
$0.75
$0.25
Store QTY Price  
FORC Arizona 1 $0.40
MobileMagic 5 $0.43
Don Palabras 2 $0.43
Epic Worlds andGames 1 $0.44
Blazing Sales 2 $0.44
Gators Stock 1 $0.44
MagicFortheWin 1 $0.45
Big Daddy Games LLC 1 $0.45
Magic Base 1 $0.45
Purple Pyromancer 2 $0.45
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Magic MTG Card Kitesail Freebooter Magic MTG Card
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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

Mid
Low
 Abrade
$1.47
$0.92
Store QTY Price  
STORM CROW 1 $0.95
PebbleBeachHobbies 1 $0.98
GCHobbies 4 $0.99
Menken goods 4 $0.99
Rogue Jin 2 $0.99
MTG Plank 1 $1.00
All That Games & Acc 2 $1.00
Basking Bazaar 1 $1.00
MagicMonstergame 2 $1.00
jazzriot 1 $1.05
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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

Mid
Low
 Baffling End
$0.33
$0.04
Store QTY Price  
MTG Rares 10 $0.04
The Mana Fix 9 $0.05
LegionsGames 2 $0.08
TheGreathearted 6 $0.08
CollectingEverything 2 $0.10
The Battle Garden 6 $0.10
ChaosGames and More 1 $0.10
Motor City MTG 1 $0.10
JC Cards 1 $0.10
Power and Toughness 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

Mid
Low
 Ethereal Armor
$0.33
$0.08
Store QTY Price  
Odyssey Games, LLC 2 $0.15
White Lion Games 4 $0.15
New England Comics 1 $0.16
Bridge City Games 3 $0.20
Crull and Tandom's 1 $0.20
All That Games & Acc 1 $0.20
Collectors Buffalo 4 $0.20
Island Top Gaming 3 $0.20
Mulligans Gaming 3 $0.22
Serenity Games 10 $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

Mid
Low
 Gurmag Angler
$0.87
$0.15
Store QTY Price  
Play More Games 4 $0.25
Pristine CCG 1 $0.30
Brute Force Games 3 $0.49
Toymo 1 $0.50
MTG Strategist 2 $0.50
Mythic Realm Games 2 $0.65
Whidbey Games 4 $0.65
Wild Things Games 1 $0.65
The End Games 1 $0.67
Raven's Nest Games 1 $0.68
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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

Mid
Low
 Merfolk Branchwalker
$0.99
$0.47
Store QTY Price  
Erics Card Shop 2 $0.47
MobileMagic 2 $0.48
MTG Rares 10 $0.48
Time Island Games 1 $0.49
A Sassins Guild 1 $0.50
Toymo 1 $0.50
Conquest MTG 2 $0.50
RitualTCG 1 $0.50
Crypt of Agadeem 1 $0.55
Triple Towers 1 $0.58
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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

Mid
Low
 Electrickery
$0.53
$0.05
Store QTY Price  
Erics Card Shop 1 $0.14
Play More Games 4 $0.25
Haunted Game Cafe 4 $0.25
High End Pezui 2 $0.25
Hideaway Games 18 $0.25
Cephalid Cards 4 $0.25
Wild Things Games 17 $0.25
Warhost Games 4 $0.32
TCGWarehouse 4 $0.35
Whidbey Games 4 $0.35
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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

Mid
Low
 Birchlore Rangers
$1.08
$0.08
Store QTY Price  
Tabletop Game Swap 1 $0.08
Tabletop Game Swap 1 $0.09
The Sage's Shoppe 5 $0.55
Recycled Games 7 $0.57
The Whiz Store 2 $0.60
ZEJ Games 1 $0.60
Whidbey Games 1 $0.61
Whidbey Games 2 $0.64
TCGWarehouse 5 $0.64
Blue Ox Games 4 $0.69
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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

Mid
Low
 Arch of Orazca
$0.66
$0.30
Store QTY Price  
The Collectors 1 $0.30
The Battle Garden 2 $0.30
ChaosGames and More 1 $0.35
Gamers Domain 4 $0.45
Mindsight Gaming 1 $0.45
Tabletop Game Swap 1 $0.45
AccessGranted 1 $0.46
Ohana Collectibles 1 $0.46
Dogs of War Gaming 1 $0.47
Cardfest 1 $0.47
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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

Mid
Low
 Field of Ruin
$4.15
$2.35
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
Lotus Cobra Games 4 $3.05
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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)
@feb31st




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