I had a nice prerelease.

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

#10: The Antiquities War

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

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

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

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

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

So much flavor! You tap an artifact (AKA rubbing the lamp) and the genie comes out! WHEEEEE

#4: Bomat Courier

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

#2: Cast Down

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

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