Week two of Dominaria Constructed is in the books. Let's see what sold as a result. Think of it as a fun adventure to kick off the work week.
Raff Capashen is a sweet card! It's a great Brawl Commander, and it allows for a bunch of freaky stuff to go down. Unfortunately, it's just not very good in Standard. As Bryan Gottlieb so succinctly put it, the Raff decks in Standard are succeeding solely on the strength of the rest of the cards; they don't really need flash to win games all by themselves. Even Raff's rate—a 3/3 flier for four mana—is underwhelming for Constructed, even if it is the stuff of dreams in Limited.
Wizard's Retort combos with another card on the Top 10. We'll get to it soon, I promise.
However popular you think Brawl is, it's probably more popular than that. Adeliz hasn't popped up in any Standard decks yet, but it's still the 8th best-selling card of the past week, and surely a big portion of that owes to its potential in Brawl. Brawlers are rapidly discovering that Commanders on the cheaper side chop off a lot of the inherent variance (59 card singleton decks!) in Brawl. I'm sure there's a gnarly blue/red wizard tribal Brawl deck that gets real nutty with Adeliz.
This card hoses a lot of decks, and it does so very efficiently. Expect it to see it in this column for a very long time.
Dominaria's brand of wizards have SaffronOlive written all over them. Don't ask me why I think that. It's just a gut feeling.
As someone who happily played with suspend cards ten years ago (there's nothing quite like sweating a Phthisis!), I can confirm that Song of Freyalise is sweet. Maybe not good, but come on. Who doesn't look at an Overrun variant with suspend two and get giddy? I don't want to know anyone who doesn't. Friend of the show StrictlyBetterMTG did some stuff with this card and it's great:
Hey, look! It's the card that combos with Wizard's Retort!
Typically, removal spells as efficient and broad as Cast Down earn maindeck slots. However, in a post-Dominaria landscape, all the best stuff is legendary, focring Cast Down into a "I guess I should put one in my sideboard" role.
I played W/U Control at a PPTQ last weekend. It was a blast! Here's my quick-capsule tournament report:
ROUND 1, VS. W/B TOKENS: 1-1-1 D
ROUND 2, VS. W/U CONTROL: 1-1-1 D
ROUND 3, VS. SULTAI MIDRANGE: 2-0 W
ROUND 4, VS. SULTAI CONSTRICTOR: 2-0 W
ROUND 5, VS. W/B VEHICLES: 0-2 L
ROUND 6, VS. MONO-GREEN STOMPY: 2-0 W
I got very wrecked by that Vehicles deck. Seal Away was great for the vast majority of the day, but it did not match up well against Heart of Kiran, Knight of Malice, and History of Benalia. Oh well!
It's #1 again! Here comes the boilerplate:
Cards like Relentless Rats and Rat Colony sell well for two reasons. Reason One: Casual players love them, and casual players make up the vast majority of people that buy Magic cards. Reason Two: The nature of them—you can play as many in a deck as you want and multiple copies make each other better—means that each order that contains them will probably have way more than four copies in that order.
Boom. See you next time.