Top 10 Cards Sold February 26-March 4, 2018

Feature Article from Jon Corpora
Jon Corpora
3/5/2018 11:01:00 AM
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Let's hop right in today. No time to waste.

#10: Moment of Craving

Mid
Low
 Moment of Craving
$0.17
$0.01
Store QTY Price  
The Wizards Duel 1 $0.01
The Mana Fix 6 $0.01
MTG Rares 10 $0.01
ChaosGames and More 4 $0.02
jazzriot 5 $0.02
Medieval Comics 6 $0.03
mtgelf 3 $0.03
SalesbyStephenB 2 $0.03
Cephalid Cards 3 $0.03
Rebel Gamers 1 $0.03
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Magic MTG Card Moment of Craving Magic MTG Card
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It took a minute to catch, but Moment of Craving is out in force in Standard these days. Every U/B Control deck worth its salt has four copies in its 75, and why wouldn't it? Between Moment of Craving, Vraska's Contempt, and Torrential Gearhulk to rebuy either, it's basically as if U/B Control decks get to start anywhere from 24 to 28 life. That's a massive advantage for a deck that's already very good to begin with.

#9: Curious Obsession

Mid
Low
 Curious Obsession
$0.49
$0.20
Store QTY Price  
jazzriot 2 $0.20
The Battle Garden 2 $0.20
Matthews trades 1 $0.20
A Sassins Guild 1 $0.20
The Game Cave 5 $0.21
PebbleBeachHobbies 1 $0.22
MTG Rares 10 $0.23
mtgmintcard 7 $0.24
Scorched Apple MTG 1 $0.24
notgonnalie 1 $0.25
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Magic MTG Card Curious Obsession Magic MTG Card
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W/U Auras continues to tear it up online in the hands of Magic Online user Ruiner. I should probably get my hands on this deck at some point—I'd really like to see if it's for real or not.

#8: Ixalan's Binding

Mid
Low
 Ixalan's Binding
$0.50
$0.20
Store QTY Price  
The Battle Garden 5 $0.20
PhaseOneComics 1 $0.25
Gamers Arsenal 7 $0.25
Erics Card Shop 9 $0.27
BKCardsComicsandToys 4 $0.30
CHW Cards 3 $0.30
Q Music Shop 2 $0.32
Chosen 1 $0.33
BobbysWorldCCG 1 $0.33
The Game Cave 4 $0.34
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Magic MTG Card Ixalan's Binding Magic MTG Card
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If we're operating under the premise that Standard is dominated by decks dense with efficient creatures that are impossible to remove with normal means—I'm talking stuff like Hazoret the Fervent, The Scarab God, Rekindling Phoenix, etc.—then Ixalan's Binding plays less like Oblivion Ring and more like Eradicate.

#7: Legion Lieutenant

Mid
Low
 Legion Lieutenant
$0.85
$0.35
Store QTY Price  
Cephalid Cards 5 $0.35
MTG Rares 7 $0.39
MTG Strategist 3 $0.40
The Battle Garden 6 $0.40
RicksTCG 3 $0.48
MTG lnventory 1 $0.49
Shufflingandcutting 1 $0.49
jazzriot 1 $0.50
Jse comics cards 3 $0.50
MagicMonstergame 2 $0.50
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Magic MTG Card Legion Lieutenant Magic MTG Card
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It finally happened. A serious, dedicated vampire deck made waves in last weekend's Standard MOCS. Lack of a Standard Pro Tour has been kind of nice—without the sped-up cycles of optimization, players have felt empowered to experiment with wacky stuff. As a result, we're treated to sweet decks like this:

#6: Thrashing Brontodon

Mid
Low
 Thrashing Brontodon
$0.48
$0.12
Store QTY Price  
Matthews trades 1 $0.12
The Spellbinder 1 $0.15
MTG Rares 10 $0.18
Rebel Gamers 2 $0.19
Scorched Apple MTG 1 $0.20
MTG Dragons Elite 1 $0.20
jazzriot 2 $0.20
Magic Mana Vault 1 $0.20
Load Of Zargos 1 $0.20
Stalking Dragon 2 $0.24
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Magic MTG Card Thrashing Brontodon Magic MTG Card
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A 3/4 with no text for three mana is slightly below replacement level. A 3/4 for three mana with a Disenchant built in, however, is exactly what green sideboards are looking for.

#5: Opt

Mid
Low
 Opt
$0.66
$0.10
Store QTY Price  
Gators Stock 1 $0.10
MTG Rares 6 $0.13
MTG Rares 10 $0.14
Free Logs 4 $0.15
Thorner's Gaming 28 $0.20
Amazing Games TCG 7 $0.20
Heros Ink 1 $0.20
Crypt of Agadeem 8 $0.20
Purple Pyromancer 5 $0.20
Darpys Card Shack 1 $0.20
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Magic MTG Card Opt Magic MTG Card
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I was worried about Opt's power level in Modern from day one, but it's turned out to be just fine. It hasn't enabled any heretofore busted combo decks or made control unbeatable, it's just a fine card that slots into certain archetypes well.

#4: Ethereal Armor

Mid
Low
 Ethereal Armor
$0.35
$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
All That Games & Acc 1 $0.20
Collectors Buffalo 4 $0.20
Island Top Gaming 3 $0.20
Crull and Tandom's 1 $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 continues its run of dominance, following up a Grand Prix title with a first-place finish at last weekend's Magic Online Championships.

#3: Field of Ruin

Mid
Low
 Field of Ruin
$4.05
$2.27
Store QTY Price  
Wizurd Game Shop 1 $2.27
KC Endeavor 1 $2.35
Holymunchies 1 $2.35
Fuzzy TCG 1 $2.60
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
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Magic MTG Card Field of Ruin Magic MTG Card
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Field of Ruin, like Fatal Push before it, is the latest in a series of cards that feel deliberately above the power-level curve in order to influence Modern specifically in a certain direction. I have a theory on the post-Magic Online Championship Modern metagame. There will be some exceptions to this rule, but for the most part, decks will fall into three buckets: Big mana decks (Tron, Scapeshift), Field of Ruin decks, and Jund. It's a rock-scissors-paper paradigm, where Jund beats Field of Ruin but loses to big mana, big mana loses to Field of Ruin but beats Jund, and Field of Ruin beats big mana but loses to Jund. That's just my theory—obviously things like Bogles fall outside of this framework.

#2: Hadana's Climb

Mid
Low
 Hadana's Climb
$2.27
$0.95
Store QTY Price  
BkMTG 1 $1.00
The Game Cave 1 $1.41
Brooklyn MTG 1 $1.50
HobbyShopWinterHaven 1 $1.75
Darpys Card Shack 1 $1.75
jazzriot 1 $1.75
Capital Cards 1 $1.75
Showtime Cards 8 $1.78
mtgmintcard 2 $1.79
The Game Hub 2 $1.80
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Magic MTG Card Hadana's Climb Magic MTG Card
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After a runner-up finish at Grand Prix Memphis, Hadana's Climb continued to demonstrate its realness in last weekend's Standard MOCS. Card is nice.

#1: Masters 25 Sealed Booster Box

Mid
Low
 Masters 25 - Booster Box
$189.00
$141.00
Store QTY Price  
Reality Shift Games 2 $141.00
CDC Games 8 $141.45
Gametraders 2 $142.94
OneStop Collectibles 1 $145.87
Collector Store LLC 2 $145.95
Legit MTG 7 $145.96
PlaytheGame 2 $146.51
Top Deck CGAZ 4 $147.91
Gamesmart 1 $149.10
The Game Hub 3 $149.22

Oh right, we sell sealed product. Almost forgot!

Jon Corpora
(pronounced ca-pora)
@feb31st




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