Top 10 Cards Sold April 16-22, 2018

Feature Article from Jon Corpora
Jon Corpora
4/23/2018 11:01:00 AM
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I had a nice prerelease.

That enough small talk for this week. Onto the cards!

#10: The Antiquities War

Mid
Low
 The Antiquities War
$1.40
$0.29
Store QTY Price  
Zillacraft 1 $0.29
Aurora Games 2 $0.49
BGC Cards 2 $0.49
LegionsGames 1 $0.49
Tophat Cards 1 $0.50
Epic Cards Online 1 $0.65
BobbysWorldCCG 1 $0.67
NotoriaCollections 1 $0.67
Untapped Riches 3 $0.69
Seth Games 1 $0.69
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If you're expecting to see the bombastic, guaranteed-to-be-good Dominaria rares on the top 10, forget it. The biggest indicator of sales—far more than tournament performance—is price. Not everyone's willing to shell out ~$40 for Karn, Scion of Urza, but everyone's got 75 cents for a copy of The Antiquities War.

#9: Jaya's Immolating Inferno

Mid
Low
Store QTY Price  
MobileMagic 1 $0.17
Epic Cards Online 1 $0.18
A Sassins Guild 1 $0.18
MobileMagic 1 $0.18
BGC Cards 1 $0.19
LegionsGames 1 $0.19
WisCardboard 1 $0.19
Shadow Realm Gamess 1 $0.19
CBC Games 1 $0.19
UrborgBazaar 1 $0.20
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A red deck that maximizes Jaya's Immolating Inferno would have to keep the board clear in order to preserve the Planeswalker necessary to cast it. In that context, finding three targets will be unlikely. There are much better things to throw your mana into than this card.

#8: Song of Freyalise

Mid
Low
 Song of Freyalise
$0.74
$0.05
Store QTY Price  
Hot Like Cakes 3 $0.05
StaxxJaxx 15 $0.25
Windy City Seller 2 $0.30
Graham Collectables 2 $0.30
Pokeologist 3 $0.35
Sanctuary Games 3 $0.38
Magic Actuator 2 $0.40
Epic Cards Online 2 $0.44
Brightskull 2 $0.44
Jdawgz supercardz 3 $0.45
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The comparison between Song of Freyalise and Cryptolith Rite is apt. Song of Freyalise doesn't give you the same thing every turn like Cryptolith Rite does, but it does, for one turn, grow your team and make it bonkers. Both cards reward you for creating a massive army, but Song of Freyalise empowers them to attack. The card creates a progression that makes logical sense: the first two chapters allow you to play even more creatures, and the final chapter allows all of them to attack with impunity. Song of Freyalise is a really powerful card.

#7: Yawgmoth's Vile Offering

Mid
Low
 Yawgmoth's Vile Offering
$0.92
$0.48
Store QTY Price  
MaelstromNexus 1 $0.48
The Wizards Duel 1 $0.49
Hazard Games 1 $0.50
Counterspells 1 $0.50
vietTCGUSA 1 $0.50
Cheap Cardboard 1 $0.50
Card Monster Games 12 $0.50
Long Haul Cards 5 $0.50
Epic Cards Online 1 $0.55
MagicDabbers 1 $0.55
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I have a lot more faith in Yawgmoth's Vile Offering than I do in Jaya's Immolating Inferno, but ultimately the legendary sorceries are tough to evaluate because they depend on two things: how easily you can protect a legendary creature or a Planeswalker, and how many answers your opponent has for a legendary creature or a Planeswalker. I think these cards are not very good, but Yawgmoth's Vile Offering is pretty powerful if it resolves.

#6: Damping Sphere

Mid
Low
 Damping Sphere
$2.07
$0.50
Store QTY Price  
Biggus Nosus Bazaar 1 $0.50
Trading Post Games 1 $0.76
Trading Post Games 6 $0.80
A Sassins Guild 2 $0.80
LegionsGames 1 $0.94
Limitless Games 1 $0.94
BGC Cards 2 $0.94
Aurora Games 2 $0.95
CFcardz 4 $0.99
The Mothership 2 $0.99
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As many people have already pointed out, this is a bizarre uncommon; text like this is traditionally found on rares. Damping Sphere hoses a lot of decks, as proven by its instant popularity.

#5: Zahid, Djinn of the Lamp

Mid
Low
 Zahid, Djinn of the Lamp
$0.50
$0.08
Store QTY Price  
Ye Olde Spells 1 $0.08
Seth Games 3 $0.14
Epic Cards Online 1 $0.14
A Sassins Guild 1 $0.14
BGC Cards 2 $0.15
LegionsGames 1 $0.15
RedWorld 2 $0.15
Heros Ink 1 $0.15
Raiden Games 3 $0.15
LegendaryMTG 1 $0.15
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So much flavor! You tap an artifact (AKA rubbing the lamp) and the genie comes out! WHEEEEE

#4: Bomat Courier

Mid
Low
 Bomat Courier
$0.77
$0.15
Store QTY Price  
LegionsGames 24 $0.22
Game Heroes 336 $0.22
Pro-PlayGames 2 $0.22
Standard Services 2 $0.23
SuperGamesInc 7 $0.23
SuperGamesInc 93 $0.25
Triple Towers 1 $0.25
vietTCGUSA 24 $0.25
HatGames 1 $0.30
benbigcard 1 $0.30
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More and more people are catching onto how good Bomat Courier every day. I used to rag on Bomat Courier a lot back when Thraben Inspector was widely played because 1/2s eat 1/1s for breakfast, but now that there's not a 1/2 for one mana running rampant, Bomat Courier's gotten to thrive. The card is great.

#3: Seal Away

Mid
Low
 Seal Away
$1.32
$0.44
Store QTY Price  
Cids Gaming Corner 1 $0.44
BRC Hobbies 1 $0.50
RedWorld 1 $0.50
Cards On Tap 2 $0.50
BlackDiamondGames 1 $0.70
Tall Tale Games 7 $0.75
Rex Yofays Deals 1 $0.75
MAC Games ET 1 $0.75
Straw Collectibles 3 $0.78
Neonbomb 1 $0.78
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#2: Cast Down

Mid
Low
 Cast Down
$1.00
$0.30
Store QTY Price  
Pack Fresh Cards 2 $0.30
CloudySkies 1 $0.49
DS Gaming Lounge 1 $0.49
Heros Ink 2 $0.50
Limitless Games 1 $0.54
Straw Collectibles 2 $0.55
MobileMagic 9 $0.68
Seth Games 4 $0.69
Epic Cards Online 1 $0.70
Showtime Cards 8 $0.70
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Addressing all the talk about Cast Down in Modern: I don't buy that Cast Down is good enough but Go for the Throat isn't. If Cast Down was good enough, you would've seen a lot more Go for the Throat running around Modern decks. Yeah, I realize Go for the Throat doesn't destroy artifact creatures. I don't care. The cards aren't different enough.

#1: Rat Colony

Mid
Low
 Rat Colony
$0.79
$0.01
Store QTY Price  
Hot Like Cakes 11 $0.01
The Baird Necessity 2 $0.25
Seth Games 3 $0.29
MTG Portent 1 $0.30
MobileMagic 1 $0.31
JaceTheBrainGuy 2 $0.31
Darkswirls 1 $0.32
JaceTheBrainGuy 2 $0.33
VanguardSpiele 1 $0.34
Well Of Ideas 3 $0.35
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If you're wondering which way to take this card, look no further than this Caleb Durward stream (spoiler alert—Gonti, Lord of Luxury brawl is sweet):

See you next week.

Jon Corpora
(pronounced Ca-pora)
@feb31st




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