Standard, Modern and Commander were all represented in this week's top sellers, with cards coming from a variety of different sets, so let's get right to the list and see what's trending across the board.
Cards with "Lotus" in the name are always worthy of attention. Black Lotus remains one of the most powerful Magic cards ever made, and follow-ups like Lotus Petal, Lotus Vale and even Lotus Cobra inspired players to look for ways to abuse the extra mana.
In Standard, the closest we've come is using Blood Sun to dodge the Field's downside, but since everyone has moved on to using Field of the Dead and Scapeshift to get their fill of land fun, we're not seeing a lot of development devoted to the "Blood Lotus" decks.
If you want to see one in action though, AliasV gave it her best shot recently.
Commander players are also drawn to Lotus Field. Lord Windgrace can immediately recover the two lands you just sacrificed, or you can get them back with cards like Ramunap Excavator, Crucible of Worlds or Splendid Reclamation.
We've said before how this card works great with Urza and a ton of artifacts, and with Eldrazi in Modern, but if you've got about thirty thousand dollars to invest in a new vintage deck, Mystic Forge can do impressive things there, too.
Between the Forge and Sensei's Divining Top, you have good control over the top of your deck. You can then rip through your Moxes, Black Lotus, Lion's Eye Diamond, and Mana Crypt.
Use those rocks to create a ton of mana, alongside Mishra's Workshop and Tolarian Academy, of course, and then create an absurdly large Walking Ballista which immediately converts to lethal damage, or, lock your opponent out of the game by having Karn, the Great Creator fetch Mycosynth Lattice out of your sideboard.
It's always fun when a harmless-looking Standard card gets used in older formats alongside the game's classics.
With all of the cards in the Commander 2019 decks now known, we're seeing players move in on the cards they think are the best upgrades to the stock lists.
Falkenrath Gorger fits in perfectly with the black and red "Merciless Rage" deck, by improving its consistency.
Giving all the other Vampire cards in the deck madness means you get to untap the new legendary creature, Anje Falkenrath, and dig through your deck to find exactly the card you need. You also have the option of casting any of the Vampires you're discarding as you go, giving you a way of filling up the battlefield without actually emptying out your hand.Being a member of a popular tribe and enabling a strong mechanic makes Falkenrath Gorger a must-pick-up card for fans of both Vampires and madness.
Mythic Championship IV was just a few weeks ago, and showcased a ton of decks making use of new cards from Modern Horizons.
Ice-Fang Coatl was one such card, and while it didn't make it to the final tables, we saw it appear in a variety of lists as players tried to make a home for the flying, card drawing, potentially death-touching snow Snake.
Bant shells made room for it, alongside fellow newcomer Giver of Runes, both of which are great hits off of Collected Company.
You can also use the Coatl to help dig for combo pieces in a Sultai Urza, Lord High Artificer deck. Ice-Fang and Tarmogoyf hold down the air and ground while you assemble Sword of the Meek and Thopter Foundry.
That's just a few of the ways this new card is already seeing action, but there's plenty more left to brew up, which makes Ice-Fang Coatl an attractive grab and easy inclusion on our Top 10 this week.
Modern Horizons quickly earned the nickname "commander horizons" as the set was previewed and players realized how many cards in there would be perfect for the format.
The Commander's Quarters seems to agree, and has been finding homes for many of the cheaper cards from the set, recently putting Force of Virtue into Kykar, Wind's Fury.
The deck is able to generate a dizzying number of flying Spirit tokens, and then has multiple ways to buff them up into real threats, like Glorious Anthem, Call for Unity and Intangible Virtue.
All of those, by the way, can be exiled from your hand to pay for a flashed-in Force of Virtue, which can change combat math in your favor even while you're tapped out.
The full list for each deck is now fully previewed, and armed with that knowledge, players are preordering the whole enchilada so they don't miss out on the valuable reprints and exciting new cards.
The math is simple. The four decks together go for about $160, and the top ten single cards from within those decks have a combined value of about...$160.
This means you can buy all four decks, sell just ten or 12 cards to recoup your investment, and still be up the other 388 cards.
Of course, that requires a lot of money up front, so it doesn't work for everyone. Instead, you can preorder just the singles you want.
Vampires and Scapeshift decks are the dominating forces in Standard right now, but Yoman5 and Autumn Burchett recently speculated that their reign could be disrupted by Merfolk.
A Merfolk deck making use of Kumena's Speaker, Merfolk Mistbinder, Silvergill Adept and their friends could grow their side of the board to be bigger than the Vampires, while also remaining fast enough to pressure a Scapeshift deck.
With some help from Herald of Secret Streams, the deck would be able to attack through the wall of Zombie tokens created by Scapeshift and Field of the Dead.
If the winner of the first ever Mythic Championship thinks the fish have what it takes to shake up Standard, maybe Kumena's Speaker is just the first we've seen of Merfolk's next big wave.
Another curious case, Bazaar Trademage is another card that's more at home in Vintage play than it seems to be in Modern.
Survival decks use Survival of the Fittest to generate a ton of value while searching their library for specific creatures, often silver bullets like Collector Ouphe or Scavenging Ooze.
The creatures they discard are barely a cost. Things like Basking Rootwalla become free, Vengevine can come back into play, and Wonder just makes all your other creatures better.
The deck also uses Bazaar of Baghdad as another value engine. Most of the time the discards don't hurt you, and in the case of Hollow One, they end up helping immensely.
Bazaar Trademage gives this deck another way to dig through the library while discarding at little to no cost. The fact that the Trademage is also a strong flying creature itself only increases the amount of beating down this deck can do.
For just one mana of any color, you can stop one of the most popular strategies in Modern, and cripple one of the new preconstructed Commander 2019 decks.
The cage is often a sideboard card, giving Modern decks a cheap and effective answer to graveyard strategies that run Vengevine or Arclight Phoenix, which are all the rage right now.
And, since it stops any spell from being cast in a graveyard, it also removes a lot of the value from flashback decks, like the new "Mystic Intellect" deck in Commander 2019.
There's not a whole lot of graveyard activity in Standard at the moment, but the upcoming fall set, Throne of Eldraine, could change that. Some players are already speculating that the teased storybook-looking mechanic could be a type of flashback for creatures, and if those get out of hand, then Grafdigger's Cage would be the safety valve everyone starts reaching for.
MTGGoldfish lists the Bant Ramp deck as making up about 5% of the Standard metagame right now, and that deck includes Voracious Hydra, who benefits greatly from all the mana the deck is able to throw at it.
The Hydra can be a huge late-game threat, or come down early and immediately fight an opposing utility creature. Knocking out your opponent's Llanowar Elves before they can power out their own giant threat is often a good way to establish control of the game and eventually secure the win.
If the board is clear, you can just double the counters on Voracious Hydra as it comes in, which makes it a must-answer threat in the mid- to late-game.
Does green have what it takes to overthrow the Vampire and Scapeshift lists that are currently dominating the format? It's unclear, but Voracious Hydra does give creature-based strategies a fighting chance.