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Top 10 Cards Sold September 24-30, 2018

Jon Corpora

10/1/2018 11:01:00 AM

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I had a real good time at the Guilds of Ravnica Prerelease. I hope you did too. Onward and upward.

#10: Legion Warboss

Mid
Low
 Legion Warboss
$2.49
$1.08
Store QTY Price  
Zulus Games 7 $1.00
CrescentComicsGames 3 $1.08
Miniature Magic 1 $1.28
ThatGUYs Stuff 1 $1.29
Poltergeist Games 1 $1.34
Chicagoland Games 3 $1.49
Divine Break Ent 1 $1.49
jay used cards 3 $1.50
EBJ Games 2 $1.50
Zulus Games 1 $1.65
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Magic MTG Card Legion Warboss Magic MTG Card
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I'm still not a huge fan of this card, and I'm not the only one down on it. I'm less sure this week that Legion Warboss is objectively bad, though, and if it does indeed turn out to be even playable, then the depressed price point from all the bad press it got gave lots of people a cheaper avenue to the card.

#9: Find // Finality

Mid
Low
 Find // Finality
$0.40
$0.05
Store QTY Price  
The Mithril Core 1 $0.05
Magic Mana Vault 2 $0.05
Weird Flex 1 $0.07
Ghost and Jester 1 $0.07
Weekend Jumps 3 $0.07
Psquared Muncie 1 $0.07
Tytanic Games 1 $0.08
Arrowstar Games 4 $0.08
Geek Things 2 $0.10
Tier Zero Gaming 1 $0.10
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Magic MTG Card Find // Finality Magic MTG Card
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One half is a cheaper Soul Salvage, and the other half is a more expensive Languish that gives one of your creatures a shot at surviving it. It's pretty good, especially right now, when no one sees it coming.

#8: Swiftblade Vindicator

Mid
Low
 Swiftblade Vindicator
$0.59
$0.15
Store QTY Price  
UniqueFindsAndDeals 1 $0.15
Booplesnoot 2 $0.15
Sorrows Path 1 $0.20
Engles Card Cache 2 $0.20
BadlandsSC 1 $0.25
Cosmic sales 2 $0.25
Groundsbattle 2 $0.25
Labyrinth Game Shop 2 $0.25
Land In Front 4 $0.34
Big Kahuna Cards 1 $0.35
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Magic MTG Card Swiftblade Vindicator Magic MTG Card
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Last week, I observed that Swiftblade Vindicator lacks the raw stats to be any good. It turns out a lot of the Boros cards—Tajic, Legion's Edge, Integrity // Intervention, and a slew of mentor dorks—don't need to try very hard to make Swiftblade Vindicator a world-beater.

#7: Thief of Sanity

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Low
 Thief of Sanity
$1.92
$0.84
Store QTY Price  
Lions Gaming 2 $0.84
KadiaaKards 1 $0.84
BTail Games 1 $0.84
Deal Broker Magic 1 $0.89
Land In Front 8 $0.92
Zulus Games 4 $0.92
MagicMage 1 $0.92
Toywiz 2 $0.99
AJs Shop 1 $0.99
MTGMJ13 4 $1.00
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Magic MTG Card Thief of Sanity Magic MTG Card
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More players will compare Thief of Sanity to Nightveil Specter, but the original three-mana two-power Dimir rare that had a triggered ability when it hit an opponent was Dimir Cutpurse. Playing Dimir Cutpurse with Birds of Paradise, Hypnotic Specter, and Umezawa's Jitte was just as sweet as you think it was. Be that as it may, I sure am glad these cards get flying now. Also, Thief of Sanity rules. It's like a Gonti, Lord of Luxury enters-the-battlefield trigger every time it hits!

#6: Sinister Sabotage

Mid
Low
 Sinister Sabotage
$0.35
$0.07
Store QTY Price  
ZippyDoDa MTG 1 $0.07
Magic Bird 1 $0.07
Cardboardom 1 $0.07
CardStockade 1 $0.07
Canonical 2 $0.07
Crimson Wing Games 2 $0.07
BeardFishGaming 4 $0.10
Comfy Games 3 $0.10
Le mode 3 $0.10
EBJ Games 1 $0.10
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Magic MTG Card Sinister Sabotage Magic MTG Card
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Good ol' Dissolve. This thing's like Dissolve but better! Sinister Sabotage will see play in Standard control decks until Guilds of Ravnica rotates.

#5: Risk Factor

Mid
Low
 Risk Factor
$1.95
$0.48
Store QTY Price  
Disc Heroes 1 $0.48
Dork Den Mankato 2 $0.55
Bob and Freds 1 $0.70
East Coast Gaming 1 $0.75
Zulus Games 1 $0.77
Zulus Games 2 $0.83
budgetcardboard 1 $0.92
Grogg's Club 1 $0.97
starland cards 2 $0.99
Burn Them Dead 4 $1.00
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Magic MTG Card Risk Factor Magic MTG Card
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Risk Factor's probably the best punisher card ever printed. It's still bad. I would love if it were good, but it's not. Don't play it.

#4: Chemister's Insight

Mid
Low
 Chemister's Insight
$0.25
$0.03
Store QTY Price  
Abbys house 4 $0.03
FernandezCards 3 $0.07
KJ American Gaming 1 $0.08
Cosmic Games 1 $0.08
TheGamingCo 1396 $0.09
xFutureCorruption 2 $0.09
MTGtyrant 2 $0.09
Paradox CNC 23 $0.09
Katts cards 1 $0.10
The War Zone 11 $0.10
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Magic MTG Card Chemister's Insight Magic MTG Card
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Both Hieroglyphic Illumination and Glimmer of Genius are out of Standard. Now the only Inspiration variant control decks will have access to is Chemister's Insight. If you can get some sort of benefit from the card you discard, Chemister's Insight will be pretty great, but as it stands, Chemister's Insight isn't that much better than straight-up Inspiration.

#3: Pelt Collector

Mid
Low
 Pelt Collector
$2.69
$1.00
Store QTY Price  
AllInTCG 1 $1.25
Total Access Games 1 $1.25
MagicMage 2 $1.41
Zulus Games 8 $1.41
Monkey Time 1 $1.50
Plaid Magic 1 $1.50
Asgard 1 $1.54
Gamers Portal 1 $1.60
Zulus Games 4 $1.65
Secret Door Games 4 $1.70
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Magic MTG Card Pelt Collector Magic MTG Card
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Again, everyone's comparing Pelt Collector to Experiment One while I daydream of a different, older card—this time, I just want to relive my former glory with Rogue Elephant. Also, this deck is sweet:

#2: Consulate Dreadnought

Mid
Low
 Consulate Dreadnought
$0.25
$0.01
Store QTY Price  
Graham Collectables 13 $0.03
Graham Collectables 2 $0.05
gemwest 1 $0.07
Frankobaby 7 $0.07
onemillioncardman 1 $0.07
Adventure Games Osh 7 $0.08
Nerd Happy Gaming 1 $0.08
Buy Sell PLAY 2 $0.09
onemillioncardman 8 $0.09
Gamers Portal 2 $0.09
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Magic MTG Card Consulate Dreadnought Magic MTG Card
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I'm guessing this is some elaborate joke I'm not in on. If you have any clue why this card hit #2 in sales, hit me up on Twitter because I'm curious. Thanks in advance.

#1: Experimental Frenzy

Mid
Low
 Experimental Frenzy
$0.51
$0.08
Store QTY Price  
Hubbells Hobbies 3 $0.08
Canonical 1 $0.09
Tolarian Dropout 1 $0.10
NotAnotherGameStore 1 $0.10
castledenerds 2 $0.11
Red Door Games 2 $0.14
Dragons Lair Houston 1 $0.15
TheGamingCo 854 $0.16
Zombrick 1 $0.16
Cardboardom 2 $0.17
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Magic MTG Card Experimental Frenzy Magic MTG Card
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Todd Stevens drove a lot of sales by virtue of being one of the only people that streamed Standard over the weekend. Every time his aforementioned Boros deck stuck an Experimental Frenzy in post-board games, it wildly overperformed. People saw this and bought Experimental Frenzy.

It's an exciting time in Magic. I can't wait to get into some Standard games.

Jon Corpora
(pronounced ca-pora)
@feb31st