With Double Masters 2022, Dominaria United, and Universes Beyond: Warhammer 40,000 reveals occurring earlier in the week, players are still focused on picking up Streets of New Capenna cards for their decks. The art-deco-inspired set offers plenty for players and collectors for a myriad of formats. With that, let's break down the bestselling MTG cards from the week! 

10# Tainted Indulgence 

 

One of the most talked-about uncommons from Streets of New Capenna, Tainted Indulgence offers value in eternal formats. In Pioneer and Modern, the instant sees play in reanimator archetypes such as Esper Greasefang since the discard is a desirable bonus. Going further, the card sees application in Esper and Dimir variants of Control as the instant-speed card draw allows you to be proactive. And in some cases, you can meet the "five different mana values" criteria the longer the game progresses, which is ideal if you are playing Control as it becomes pure card advantage.


9# Void Rend

 

Joining the long line of uncounterable multi-colored spells, Void Rend is a strong option for Standard, Pioneer, and Commander. Given the mana demands of the card, it won't see heavy play but it's a convincing one at a low price point. Void Rend is a surefire answer for multicolor strategies that want a convincing answer to problematic permanents within the format. 

8# Ziatora, the Incinerator 

 

Becoming one of the most popular Commanders from Streets of New Capenna, Ziatora, the Incinerator offers a slightly different approach to sacrificing creatures. Instead of caring about the quantity of sacrificing permanents, Ziatora, the Incinerator wants to fling the largest creature you control at the opponent, and give you three Treasure tokens as a reward. Given the Demon Dragon is in Riveteers (Jund) colors, you can recur these threats for Ziatora, the Incinerator to throw over and over again. While it's clear Korvold, Fae-Cursed King is the better "sacrifice matters" Commander, running Ziatora, the Incinerator enables you to take a slightly different approach without being immediately hated out of a Commander pod. 

7# Unlicensed Hearse

 

Following Lion Sash from Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty, Unlicensed Hearse offers graveyard maintenance for archetypes of all colors. Given the cheap mana value and utility, the vehicle is seeing play in various constructed formats since you can choose which two cards to exile from a single library. Through exiling cards, you can use Unlicensed Hearse as a win condition as you would with a Scavenging Ooze. However, you don't need to crew the vehicle to get the benefits, but it's a solid win condition if the game goes long and there are enough cards exiled to make it matter. 

Even in Commander, it's a two mana, colorless artifact which gives plenty of graveyard control in a format which requires the attention. For the current price, it's no surprise players picking up the utility card for their decks.

6# Bootleggers' Stash

 

Once again, Bootleggers' Stash features on the bestsellers as it's a strong approach to creating Treasure tokens in Commander. Since Treasures play a convincing role in Commander thanks to Streets of New Capenna's release, expect to see the value of this card rise with the more "Treasure matter" cards printed in future sets. It's unlikely there will be another effect like this at a lower mana value, making it one of the best Treasure token generators in Green alongside Old Gnawbone from Adventures in the Forgotten Realms.

5# Professional Face-Breaker

 

Another card that becomes pivotal for "Treasure matter" strategies is Professional Face-Breaker, a Human Warrior that rewards you Treasure tokens for dealing combat damage to a player. Then, you can convert those Treasure tokens into card value by exiling the top card of your library and playing that card this turn.

Like Bootlegger's Stash for Green-based Commander lists, Professional Face-Breaker is a slam dunk for Red-based archetypes since it gives you an alternative use with all that excess Treasure. Red is entering an exciting space where instead of having "rummaging effects" (such as Faithless Looting, it offers card value through exiling cards for a turn or two. 

4# Giada, Font of Hope

 

One of the best Angel cards printed in some time, Giada, Font of Hope is popping up in Commander and Pioneer to help bolster the Angel tribe. Given its low mana value and ability to power out more Angels, it's becoming the headline Commander for Mono-White Angels while providing +1/+1 counters to any Angel that comes into play under your control. For Pioneer, Selesnya Angels is becoming a fringe strategy by using Collective Company to deploy more Angels while remaining mostly in Mono-White. With that, cards such as Giada, Font of Hope only become more lucrative the more Angel (or Angel-adjacent) cards are printed in future sets 

3# Ziatora's Proving Ground, Xander's Lounge, Raffine's Tower, Spara's Headquarters, and Jetmir's Garden

 

Unsurprisingly, the "Triome" cycle from Streets of New Capenna continues to make its mark, given its impact in singleton and constructed formats. These will remain in demand since they offer card draw and extremely good mana fixing, given they come with the basic land typing. 

2# An Offer You Can't Refuse 

 

Cheap counterspells typically become popular in the competitive circles of Commander (such as cEDH), and An Offer You Can't Refuse is undoubtedly one of those. Also, it's a budget placeholder on the now pricey Swan Song. Although you reward the opponent with two Treasure tokens instead of a 2/2 bird when you counter their spell, you can counter Planeswalkers and artifacts, which is a pretty decent trade-off.

Even for casual Commander, An Offer You Can't Refuse is a decent spell to run in Blue-based Commander decks as you are likely to have countermagic ready to counter the spell the opponent tries to play off the two Treasure tokens. There are instances you can use the spell to counter your own spell to generate Treasure value in a pinch, especially if you need the fixing. 

1# Ledger Shredder

 

Given the buzz last week, it's far from surprising to see Ledger Shredder's demand continue to rise. It's seeing heavy play in Pioneer, Modern, Legacy, and even Vintage given how easy it is to meet the connive requirements. It's seeing comparisons to Tarmogoyf, a signature Modern card since it's reasonably costed and grows in power through generating value. 

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Izzet Phoenix by jessy_samek

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Pioneer

Market Price: $498.48

Cards

Opt

Color Identity:U

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Scry 1.
Draw a card.

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Arclight Phoenix

Color Identity:R

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Flying, haste
At the beginning of combat on your turn, if you've cast three or more instant and sorcery spells this turn, return Arclight Phoenix from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Alpine Moon

Color Identity:R

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As Alpine Moon enters the battlefield, choose a nonbasic land card name.
Lands your opponents control with the chosen name lose all land types and abilities, and they gain "{T}: Add one mana of any color."

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Treasure Cruise

Color Identity:U

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Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for {1}.)
Draw three cards.

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Narset's Reversal

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Copy target instant or sorcery spell, then return it to its owner's hand. You may choose new targets for the copy.

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Temporal Trespass

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Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for {1}.)
Take an extra turn after this one. Exile Temporal Trespass.

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Thing in the Ice

Color Identity:U

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Defender
Thing in the Ice enters the battlefield with four ice counters on it.
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, remove an ice counter from Thing in the Ice. Then if it has no ice counters on it, transform it.

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Expressive Iteration

Color Identity:R,U

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Look at the top three cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand, put one of them on the bottom of your library, and exile one of them. You may play the exiled card this turn.

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Stormcarved Coast

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Stormcarved Coast enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or more other lands.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Lightning Axe

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, discard a card or pay {5}.
Lightning Axe deals 5 damage to target creature.

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Consider

Color Identity:U

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Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card into your graveyard.
Draw a card.

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Strangle

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Strangle deals 3 damage to target creature or planeswalker.

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Jace, Wielder of Mysteries

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If you would draw a card while your library has no cards in it, you win the game instead.
+1: Target player mills two cards. Draw a card.
−8: Draw seven cards. Then if your library has no cards in it, you win the game.

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Spirebluff Canal

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Spirebluff Canal enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Galvanic Iteration

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When you cast your next instant or sorcery spell this turn, copy that spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.
Flashback {1}{U}{R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Redcap Melee

Color Identity:R

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Redcap Melee deals 4 damage to target creature or planeswalker. If a nonred permanent is dealt damage this way, you sacrifice a land.

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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Hall of Storm Giants

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If you control two or more other lands, Hall of Storm Giants enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U}.
{5}{U}: Until end of turn, Hall of Storm Giants becomes a 7/7 blue Giant creature with ward {3}. It's still a land. (Whenever it becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls, counter it unless that player pays {3}.)

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Tablet of the Guilds

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As Tablet of the Guilds enters the battlefield, choose two colors.
Whenever you cast a spell, if it's at least one of the chosen colors, you gain 1 life for each of the chosen colors it is.

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Steam Vents

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({T}: Add {U} or {R}.)
As Steam Vents enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Flame-Blessed Bolt

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Flame-Blessed Bolt deals 2 damage to target creature or planeswalker. If that creature or planeswalker would die this turn, exile it instead.

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Ledger Shredder

Color Identity:U

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Flying
Whenever a player casts their second spell each turn, Ledger Shredder connives. (Draw a card, then discard a card. If you discarded a nonland card, put a +1/+1 counter on this creature.)

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Fiery Impulse

Color Identity:R

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Fiery Impulse deals 2 damage to target creature.
Spell mastery — If there are two or more instant and/or sorcery cards in your graveyard, Fiery Impulse deals 3 damage instead.

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Pieces of the Puzzle

Color Identity:U

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Reveal the top five cards of your library. Put up to two instant and/or sorcery cards from among them into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.

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Spell Pierce

Color Identity:U

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Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {2}.

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Riverglide Pathway

Color Identity:R,U

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{T}: Add {U}.

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Otawara, Soaring City

Color Identity:U

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{T}: Add {U}.
Channel — {3}{U}, Discard Otawara, Soaring City: Return target artifact, creature, enchantment, or planeswalker to its owner's hand. This ability costs {1} less to activate for each legendary creature you control.

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Disdainful Stroke

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell with mana value 4 or greater.

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Formats such as Modern, Legacy, and Vintage are full of cheap and effective spells which raises the value of the Bird Advisor even more. From Pioneer Izzet Phoenix to Modern Grixis Death's Shadow, Ledger Shredder is becoming a huge roleplayer for spell-dense archetypes and will only become more effective the more spells enter these formats. It's clear players now understand how powerful Ledger Shredder is, and it's likely to be one of the most impactful cards from Streets of New Capenna for eternal formats.