Core Set 2020 continues to burn up the charts, supplying another nine out of our top ten cards for this week's list. Some familiar faces are here, but their positions have shifted as players are already reacting to the early metagame.
Last week, our list was dominated by cards from the blue-green, or Simic, flash deck, and this Wolf is a major part of that deck's gameplan. Sneaking in during your opponent's end step and then being able to attack on your turn is great, but you can also play the Wolf as a surprise blocker to eat any small Elemental who thought the coast was clear.
A solid body with lots of ways to generate value, Nightpack Ambusher could be on the Top 10 for a long time.
Making good use of your mana each and every turn of the game is one of the best ways to ensure victory, and this Pirate Spirit lets you turn four mana into three of the best words in Magic:
Draw a card.
If your opponent plays a card, counter it. If they don't, draw your free card on their end step. Repeat this cycle enough times and you'll bury them in card advantage. And, don't forget that as a Pirate, this one-drop lets you play Lookout's Dispersal as a virtual Mana Leak.
The U/G Flash deck was everywhere last week, which made many players scramble for their own answer. They found one waiting in Shifting Ceratops, which walks all over the blue half of the deck, and is big enough to trade with Nightpack Ambusher, the deck's only non-blue threat.
Shifting Ceratops also stomps on the Teferi control decks, and will be a great replacement for Carnage Tyrant once it rotates out of the format later this year.
MTGGoldfish does a video series called "Against the Odds," in which they try to build decks around some of the less traditional strategies in a given format.
Fans get to vote on which card the series will brew around next, and the frontrunner on the current poll is Scheming Symmetry. Is someone expecting Goldfish to find a way to break this card? It does have some synergy with Ashiok, Dream Render, but aside from that it will be interesting to see where they go with this one.
Copies are already just about the value of a pack in paper, but a nudge from a fun and irregular deck could push Scheming Symmetry way up.
The Leylines are still in an interesting spot, as players try to understand how much the new London mulligan rule influences your ability to start the game with one of these enchantments in play.
They're also popular in non-Standard formats, like Commander. While having just one copy among your one hundred cards means you'll rarely get it into play for free, it's still an effect worth putting in the deck—just check Commander's Quarters and their recent Golos, Tireless Pilgrim list.
For the last three weeks, a new leyline has appeared in the Top 10 every week, and this time the white one makes its debut.
A good sideboard card to have on hand when Mono-Red Burn decks are running wild, Leyline of Sanctity hasn't really found a home in Standard yet, but a little bit of speculation paired with experimentation and the London mulligan has players picking up their copies.
The Agent remains a powerful, if unusual, answer to planeswalkers. You can double up its ability with Yarok, the Desecrated, cheat it into play with Bond of Revival or Blood for Bones, or use it as the top end of your ramp deck along with Mass Manipulation to turn all your extra mana into Stolen Goods.
Fitting into multiple Standard decks, and also being a reasonable Commander card means Agent of Treachery will likely be on this list for weeks to come.
Out of all the color-hoser cards printed in the set, Veil seems to be best-positioned against some of the most popular decks, which in turn makes it a popular sideboard choice.
Luis-Scott Vargas had three copies in the board for his Scapeshift deck, which recently won MagicFest Denver. No doubt he was expecting a lot of Esper Control decks at the event, and having access to the Veil could have been the deciding factor in a lot of matchups.
Wedge from The Mana Source called this one of the best Modern Horizons cards under five dollars, and while there is no tournament-winning decklist yet to prove that, the price is right to get in on the ground floor.
A free and permanent anthem effect that can come down and ruin combat math in an instant seems like it would be right at home in a Modern Tokens deck, maybe alongside classics like Lingering Souls or Spectral Procession.
Temur Elementals continues to be a powerhouse deck in Standard, and some lists are finding room for Thunderkin Awakener, which can bring back a Risen Reef for quick value.
If you've already got a Reef in play, you can instead bring back Scampering Scorcher, and keep the tokens along with whatever else you found off the three Reef triggers.
It's not expensive and a deck doesn't need many copies of it to be effective, but Thunderkin Awakener earns the top spot this week by slotting beautifully into a deck that's already making deep runs in the competitive scene.
Will Vampires, Dinosaurs, or even planeswalker tribal decks get their chance to shine? Or will we be seeing nothing but Simic Flash and Elementals on this list until Thrones of Eldraine comes out later this year? Tune in next week to find out.