We'll dive into the best-selling cards of the past week in a bit, but there are two things to cover first. First: I'm omitting the Unstable basics from the list again this week, but in case you were curious, only Island and Forest made the Top 10, and while all five basics rank among our Top 20 best-sellers, their sales are all in decline. Second: There's a Banned & Restricted announcement set to go out this morning. My guess is that they're going to ban something in Standard. Either way, we're going to run this column again on Friday to see if sales shook up in any way in the wake of the bans. So that should be cool. Onto the cards!
This feels geared towards casual play but has some cool flavor. It's like the Magic equivalent of the fin poking out of the water at the beach—once that first prey counter hits, you know Jaws is coming.
This card's not really suited for tournament play either, but it's a new card and it's weird and novel. That's the real trick to selling Magic cards these days, because it's no Ixalan block synergy can compete with Energy.
The rate on this thing sucks. Now that that's out of the way, can you imagine untapping with this thing? Why wouldn't you just throw all your mana into it? This card is pretty exciting, and is definitely going to test how good the text box on a 1/1 for three mana has to be to play it. My guess is that it's not good enough but that it's very close to getting there; if a deck with Tomb Robber cashes a tournament and a decklist gets published, I am a heavy favorite to take that deck to FNM.
Porting the tenants of the Modern Merfolk deck to Standard in a world full of Ravenous Chupacabras and other things waiting to kill your limited amount of lords and leave you with some terrible Grizzly Bears and Trained Armodons is dubious, but don't forget—lack of tournament viability has never stopped anyone from buying a Magic card.
This card combos with our second-best seller, so I'll write about them both there. Until then, here's a video of me in a ridiculous costume blending up magic cards and drinking them.
I almost lost to this thing at the prerelease last weekend; I had to point out to my opponent that they got a Saproling every upkeep, not just on theirs. Can't sneak a Verdant Force reference past me!
Rivals of Ixalan seems designed as a set to stress the lower limits of playable cards. On its rate, this card is thoroughly mediocre. I mean... it's Welkin Tern. Whether or not Warkite Marauder's going to be good relies heavily on how relevant its text box ends up being.
This is less about the card itself and more a cautionary tale about its design ramifications, but Patrick Sullivan had a good take on Ravenous Chupacabra during the last SCG Open broadcast. I transcribed it in a tweet because I think more people should read it.
Worth noting that @BasicMountain has a much more informed and nuanced take on his bleak outlook of Standard. I transcribed his thoughts from last weekend's cast: pic.twitter.com/NyY5kX6Bdw— jon corpora (@feb31st) January 10, 2018
Oh yes. This card followed up by a Ghalta, Primal Hunger is a win. The combo has influenced sales so much that I made a short video about it:
This card is cheap and it shows up in a lot of Modern sideboards. Other than that, I don't know how it's the best-selling card this week. I mean, I know that it sold the most copies and is thus the best-seller, but the past two weeks seem like a random time for a random Return to Ravnica uncommon to spike in sales.
Maybe the entire universe is random! Maybe there's no order to anything and we're just molecules bouncing off of each other on a giant blue ball hurtling through the void.
See you next week!