Here's the deal. We pulled the sales data from noon EST up to 9 AM EST today in order to get a better idea of what people have been buying since Monday's ban announcement. You'll be excited to learn that the Unstable basics came nowhere near this Top 10. Let's jump in.
If your strategy revolves around swarming an opponent with a bunch of small creatures—and if you're playing white, that's probably what you're doing—your deck is probably capable of setting up some pretty dank Slaughter the Strong, wiping out your opponent's most relevant creatures while leaving you with plenty of creatures to attack away with. It's especially good with Adanto Vanguard, since it's a 1/1 when Slaughter the Strong resolves, but a 3/1 when it attacks. Expect to see that combo in many a Vampire deck.
It's a lot more difficult to see what the incentive is for playing green cards is now that Rogue Refiner and Attune with Aether are banned. My guess is that the reason to play green lie with Jadelight Ranger and its Ixalan counterpart: Merfolk Branchwalker. They're kinda card advantage-y, right?
Unclaimed Territory's appearance in the Top 10 is a testament to just how much players love tribes. Unclaimed Territory has sold well the entire time Ixalan's been available for purchase, and Rivals of Ixalan's only juicing its sales numbers further. I'm not a proponent of this card, even in tribal decks, but many, many more people are. So there's that.
If merfolk are going to be good, Deeproot Elite's going to be part of its success. Spoiler Alert: Deeproot Elite is not the last merfolk in the Top 10.
This week's tribal love extends all the way to Vampires. As I've noted before, there are a bunch of different ways to take a Vampire deck; no Vampire deck has 5-0d a Standard league yet, but Craig Wescoe published his take today:
Jadelight Ranger is niiiice. Any way this card shakes out is great. A 2/1 for three that draws two cards? Awesome. A 3/2 for three that draws a card? Awesome. A 4/3 for three? Awesome. It's going to be hard to justify playing green without Jadelight Ranger.
On Monday, I predicted that the Merfolk would be bad despite everyone's enthusiasm about them. People in the comments openly rooted for me to get dunked on by Merfolk. By golly, I hope it happens. You'll be the first to hear about it.
The mono-red deck wasn't hit quite as hard by the bans as Temur Energy was. The angle Ramunap Ruins offered the deck is irreplaceable, but it can still be replaced by Mountains. Rampaging Ferocidon was a three-drop that excelled against decks going wide but wasn't necessarily a key component of the deck. The Ramunap Red core is still there, and an early version of that core touches white for, among other things, Path of Mettle. How much play Path of Mettle will see going forward is unclear, but I'd be happy to play it right now—it's the closest we'll get to reliving the heyday of Ramunap Ruins.
Were you aware that Ravenous Chupacabra is really good in conjunction with The Scarab God? Well, it is. You are welcome.
The best-selling card since the bans is Kitesail Freebooter, but what's remarkable about its sales is its volume compared to the rest of the cards on the Top 10. Looking at the raw amount of copies sold, 10-2 tells the story of a steady, incremental rise in sales, but the jump from Ravenous Chupacabra to Kitesail Freebooter is around 20%. The rise in sales between all the #10-#2 cards is roughly 2-5%.
The explanation for the jump is threefold: Kitesail Freebooter is cheaper, and it's a known quantity, and it's available now. Be that as it may, this Top 10 was dominated by Rivals of Ixalan, and it'll likely continue that way for the next few weeks.