Krark-Clan Ironworks won another Grand Prix. That deck is super complicated to me and coverage, while comprised of wonderful, wonderful folks, doesn't really help me understand it better. So I made a video a month back:
Peruse that at your leisure. For now, though, here are some cards that sold well:
Ah yes, the ol' unfetchable, drawback-free dual-land for multiplayer formats. Commander junkies will be trying to get their hands on these for a minute, so expect to see them on the Top 10 for the time being.
Since Kat Light's runner-up finish at the Atlanta Open, Bant Spirits has gotten a lot more press. I can't really speak to how real the deck is, but it's definitely sweet. I will say that Rattlechains messed me up at a Modern PPTQ last summer.
As Luis Scott-Vargas' ongoing campaign to convince players not to play Navigator's Compass in Limited rages on, it turns out that the compass is a fine enabler for any Improvise-based brew:
Red's the best color in Standard, and if the longevity of the Burn archetype is any indicator, hitting people for three damage with one card will literally never go out of style.
Prediction: Aether Hub will be a Top 10 seller more often than not until it rotates out of Standard. The card's that good.
There's a phenomenon happening in Magic, specifically casual formats, that's hard to quantify right now, but I'm going to attempt to do so here:
Growing up, sets had a lot of chaff. They were simply too bad to be played. Stuff like Phyrexian Altar, Rhystic Study, and Diabolic Intent could safely be classified as unplayable. When I was 13 I microwaved a foil Lightning Greaves because it was unplayable garbage, I'm not very bright, and I wanted to see what would happen (it expands like a bag of popcorn and then sparks and Ruptures擁t's pretty cool but I still don't recommend doing it).
The resurgence of terrible cards from my childhood that have caught on in casual formats is, for lack of a better term, bizarre. My brain will probably never catch up to the fact that the most expensive card in Apocalypse isn't Pernicious Deed, but Phyrexian Arena. Pyrexian Arena was a throw-in rare! Pernicious Deed (and Spiritmonger, lol) were big bucks! Urza's Incubator is worth more than Yawgmoth's Bargain.
I am not mad that casual play drives the Magic market these days. On the contrary, it's probably the best possible outcome. Magic's advantage over other games is that it's ginormous, allowing players to build decks all over the power-level spectrum. If these cards are where the demand lies, I have no issue with that. But I'll always marvel at the fact that Skyshroud Claim, a card I wrote "Birds of Paradise" on roughly two dozen times in my life, is now worth three dollars.
(The Battlebond version is much cheaper. I recommend going that route.)
A handful of players are cutting Bomat Couriers from their black/red decks. I'm going to try and outline why that's a mistake:
-It's really, really good against literally any deck that doesn't have Goblin Chainwhirler
-You have agency in the games against red, ie., you don't have to cast Bomat Courier if your opponent hasn't cast a Goblin Chainwhirler yet
-If you don't have Bomat Courier in your deck, you end up needing clunky nonsense like Walking Ballista to "turn on" Unlicensed Disintegration
-Sometimes they don't draw Goblin Chainwhirler!
Admittedly you don't really want Bomat Courier in matchups where the ground bogs down. Right now, only two decks really do that: the red decks, and Mono-Green Stompy.
Goblin Chainwhirler is good against Bomat Courier, but Goblin Chainwhirler also prevents people from playing decks that create ground stalls, so the "Chainwhirler is good against Bomat Courier" issue ends up being a wash. I also don't have much faith in the more midrange version of black/red deck's matchup against a Disallow deck if it's not packing Bomat Couriers. It's a really important card in otherwise poor matchups, and the matchups where it's bad still have enough play to them that you can prevent it from being a total liability.
See you next week.