Top 10 Cards Sold Since Jace and Bloodbraid Elf Were Unbanned

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Jon Corpora
2/19/2018 11:02:00 AM
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Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Bloodbraid Elf are banned in Modern no longer. The announcement went up Monday morning, and the rest of the day was a frenzy. It was a fun time at TCGplayer HQ—my desk buddy Kate spent lots of time refreshing the Jace, the Mind Sculptor landing page, watching Jaces sell as soon as they were listed in realtime.

I pulled sales data from when the unban announcement went up—roughly 10 AM EST—to now. Bon appetit.

#10: Hallowed Fountain

 Hallowed Fountain
Store QTY Price  
The Rogues Roost 1 $7.27
DMs Cards 1 $7.50
CollectionOuts 4 $7.84
Big Kidz Games LLC 3 $7.87
Ponnis Point 1 $7.89
Strickles and Co 4 $8.00
Odyssey Games, LLC 3 $8.00
WUBRG Collectibles 1 $8.00
Collectibles Galore 1 $8.00
andreasencardz 4 $8.20
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Tundra variants and Jace, the Mind Sculptor are natural friends. They're friends in Legacy, they were friends in Standard way back when, and now they're destined to be best pals in Modern.

#9: Kitesail Freebooter

 Kitesail Freebooter
Store QTY Price  
TheGreathearted 2 $0.49
MTG lnventory 1 $0.49
Steelrose 1 $0.50
Piret Barter 1 $0.50
Carpman Cards 4 $0.50
LotusBox 1 $0.50
Undying Partisan 2 $0.50
IDC Comics 1 $0.54
CHW Cards 1 $0.60
Deals on Deals 1 $0.64
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Kitesail Freebooter is the disruptive element of choice across two formats. In Modern, its human subtype makes it an obvious inclusion in the newish human tribal deck, and in Standard, it sees a fair amount of play in blue-black and Sultai midrange decks.

#8: Notion Thief

 Notion Thief
Store QTY Price  
Collectors Buffalo 1 $0.15
Beloit Games 2 $0.50
Liberty Comics 1 $0.60
Gnome Games 1 $0.60
Wonderland Comics 2 $0.61
Gamers Domain 2 $0.65
New England Comics 1 $0.66
RelentlessMTG 3 $0.69
Mythic Games 1 $0.69
Kingdom Geekdom 2 $0.71
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At first glance, Notion Thief might seem like a strange card to suddenly jump in sales. One question: Have you ever flashed in a Notion Thief in response to a Jace, the Mind Sculptor zero activation?

Here's what happens, if you don't know and you don't feel like watching the video: You draw three cards, and your opponent puts two cards from their hand on top of their library. OH MAH GAW. That is the stuff dreams are made of. If I ever did that to someone in the finals, on camera, I would quit Magic because it's all downhill from there.

#7: Timestream Navigator

 Timestream Navigator
Store QTY Price  
Mythic Realm Games 1 $1.00
Spiral Cards 1 $1.90
BlackDiamondGames 2 $2.00
Athoria Games 2 $2.00
Cardfest 1 $2.00
Game Haven MD 2 $2.00
Knight Owl Gaming 1 $2.05
ChannelFireball 20 $2.05
BlackDiamondGames 1 $2.06
The MtgStore 2 $2.11
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This is the most baffling inclusion on the list. I suppose Timestream Navigator is a spicy one to cascade into with Bloodbraid Elf, but honestly I have no clue why it's here. If anyone wants to educate me in the comments, I'm all ears.

#6: Jace's Defeat

 Jace's Defeat
Store QTY Price  
Scorched Apple MTG 1 $0.04
MTG Rares 10 $0.04
Thorner's Gaming 1 $0.05
Tabletop Game Swap 4 $0.05
OGREs Cards 3 $0.05
AccessGranted 6 $0.05
IDC Comics 4 $0.06
The Perfect Hands 1 $0.06
Gaming Asylum 3 $0.06
All About Games 6 $0.06
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This is an easy one to explain.

#5: Eldrazi Obligator

 Eldrazi Obligator
Store QTY Price  
MTG Rares 10 $0.09
Liberty Comics 7 $0.10
New England Comics 2 $0.11
Mom's Basement Games 11 $0.14
Gamers Domain 1 $0.14
Immortals Inc 4 $0.14
Immortals Inc 4 $0.15
Brickmaster Games 7 $0.20
Brickmaster Games 2 $0.20
randommtgcard 2 $0.20
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Corbin ran Eldrazi Obligator in last week's Mining Modern, and Eldrazi Obligator is a natural Eldrazi to play in a post-Jace Modern format. It steals a blocker, and unless the stolen creature is a Wall of Omens or some such, it creates another attacker capable of wiping out a Jace, the Mind Sculptor.

#4: Field of Ruin

 Field of Ruin
Store QTY Price  
The Sage's Shoppe 2 $2.13
Matthews trades 2 $2.99
Game Day Hobbies 3 $3.04
The Citadel RPG 1 $3.10
Mana Banana 1 $3.15
Lotus Cobra Games 1 $3.25
MTGCellar 1 $3.36
Brew City Games 1 $3.49
Smokedragon 3 $3.50
Athoria Games 1 $3.51
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Field of Ruin was one of Modern's best cards before Jace, the Mind Sculptor. Now it offers Jace decks an additional shuffle effect to make their Brainstorms that much better.

#3: Dreadbore

Store QTY Price  
Board Wipe Gaming 1 $3.00
MaxrareEightOhEight 1 $3.97
EPSalesman 5 $4.20
Spell Bound 1 $4.44
Pipe Dream Toys 1 $4.50
Tapped Out Gaming 4 $4.52
urzadotcom 1 $4.79
Frontline Games 4 $4.94
Blazing Sales 1 $4.95
The End Games 1 $4.96
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As you've probably surmised thus far, Jace, the Mind Sculptor's impact has been felt far and wide. Dreadbore represents the most efficient targeted Planeswalker removal available. Sure, Lightning Bolt can get a Jace, the Mind Sculptor that Brainstormed, but it's not a sure thing like Dreadbore is.

#2: Terminus

Store QTY Price  
Snapcasters Gaming 2 $0.74
Lake Geneva Games 1 $1.65
Game Day Hobbies 1 $1.69
Spiral Cards 1 $1.80
Time walk Inc 6 $1.85
Odyssey Games, LLC 2 $2.00
Rosebud Games 3 $2.00
Game Haven MD 1 $2.02
Pristine CCG 1 $2.07
MTG Brodown 8 $2.09
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During last week's Team Modern Super League, Saffron Olive showed off the power of miracles + Jace, the Mind Sculptor. As it turns out, getting to put miracles on top of your library with Jace's Brainstorm ability rules.

#1: Bloodbraid Elf

 Bloodbraid Elf
Store QTY Price  
Friendly Magic 1 $4.99
The Sleek Geeks 5 $5.99
Board Wipe Gaming 2 $6.00
Cheese Boy Cards 1 $6.23
Red Raccoon Games 4 $6.25
HankGoyf 1 $6.48
Pipe Dream Toys 2 $6.50
NightHawk TCG 12 $6.79
JohnnyBCardsComics 1 $6.86
Asgard 1 $6.88
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The other card that got unbanned, Bloodbraid Elf's sales spike compared to Jace's makes a lot of sense. It's cheaper by several orders of magnitude, making it a lot easier to bite the bullet on, and Bloodbraid Elf was already legal in Modern and thus had an immediate, obvious home. In contrast, Jace, the Mind Sculptor can go anywhere and play a multitude of roles in blue decks.

Jon Corpora
pronounced Ca-pora

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