Good morning, good afternoon, good evening and good night, wherever you are in the world. I'm Jon Corpora, managing editor of magic.tcgplayer.com, and this is the who-what-where-when-why of the best-selling Magic cards of the past week.
Bristling Hydra kicks us off. This was our Kaladesh preview card! Getting this thing was bizarre容nergy was a new resource, so it was tough to evaluate傭ut Bristling Hydra has ended up being one of the cornerstone of the Temur Energy deck, one of Standard's best decks and a strong choice for post-rotation Standard play. Bristling Hydra's stock is trending up.
Commander 2017 has done a great job of getting new players interested in the Commander format, and all the newbies need Command Towers.
There's a strong +1/+1 counters theme among the Merfolk of Ixalan. As a result, Animation Module has seen a huge uptick in sales. At the the very worst, it's a strong Commander card that lets you do some silly things.
Speaking of strong Commander cards, there may be no more polarizing card in the format than Sol Ring. Just like Command Tower, the new wave of Commander players all need Sol Rings in order to compete in the format, resulting in this old favorite hitting the top 10.
Gideon of the Trials has seen some play in Modern in white-blue control decks as a catch-all against the randomness of the Modern format, and it only stands to get better with the new legendary Planeswalker rule; now players are allowed to have multiple Gideons in play at once!
Saheeli Rai continues to sell steadily as a classic buy-low-hope-it-spikes spec. Its ability to rebuy enters-the-battlefield triggers and its cheap converted mana cost make it an enticing pickup, and worst-case scenario, you can still go infinite with it in Modern. That's a good pickup.
I could go on all day about the Reserve List. It's a complicated issue fraught with nuance on both sides of the argument. This isn't a countdown about the Reserve List, but yes, speculators are in the midst of some Reserve List buyouts, and Volrath's Shapeshifter is on the Reserve List. It's a neat card, but nothing special. Such is the power of the Reserve List. Womp womp.
Arcane Adaptation isn't the first card that allows players to go infinite with Turntimber Ranger, but the card has put Turntimber Ranger back on players' radars. Yawn. NEXT.
The number-one seller and the official winner of the Planeswalkers-are-now-legendary rule is Thalia's Lancers. Sure, Honor-Worn Shaku, Untaidake, the Cloud Keeper, and a bevy of other Kamigawa-block cards I'm surely forgetting have all risen in stock, but Thalia's Lancers has the added benefit of rotating out of Standard with Ixalan, meaning there are players less in-the-know selling theirs, meaning the market is flooded with them, MEANING that they're a cheap pickup right now. It's often the case that a bunch of players dumping a card all at once means it's the perfect time to buy it, especially if you're unconcerned with immediate profit.
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