I played a handful of M19 sealed leagues over the weekend, which was very convenient because irl Prereleases take a long time, but you can wrap up a sealed league in less than two hours. This is important when Magic competes with nice weather—the Prerelease leagues allow you to enjoy both. Efficiency is also as important when you're as bad as I am:
5-12 in M19 sealed on the weekend. Feels extremely good.— jon corpora (@feb31st) July 9, 2018
Onto the cards.
The second coming of Broodmate Dragon is getting a bump in sales for two reasons: it's pretty cheap, price tag-wise, and M19's got a dragon tribal theme. There's never been a better time to be a Broodmate Dragon.
I get the impression I'll be talking about Scrapheap Scrounger and Bomat Courier until they rotate out of Standard. Fortunately there's not much to say about either of them that I haven't already said. Both cards are really, really good, to the point that they're both litmus tests for the other Standard decks that need to beat them.
Lava Axe dragon! This thing is pretty darn good.
This thing's appearance on here is, shockingly enough, easily explained. I'll get to it in due time, I promise.
Ditto for this thing.
I really think Standard's gotta go back to the original rotation plan Mark Rosewater laid out four years ago: sets stay in Standard for a year, max, and then rotate out. Two years is a looooooong time for a set like Kaladesh to be Standard-legal, and I can't think of a single person who will be sad to see Kaladesh (or Amonkhet, for that matter) block go.
There's an explanation to all the goofy Alara-block cards, I promise.
It's coming, I swear.
If you're already pretty plugged-in to the goings-on of Magic, you probably saw this video:
It's been this way for years and will stay like this for the foreseeable future: content creators have an outsize impact on Magic card sales. Pro Tours have some impact too, but the videos produced by the heavy hitters—The Mana Source, Tolarian Community College, MTG Goldfish—drive sales just as well as a Pro Tour does, if not more efficiently. This represents a massive shift in consumer behavior.
I guess what I'm saying is pay attention to YouTube!