After a short break due to the holiday weekend last week we are back with another Top 10. Let's take a look at what made the cut.
Mono-Red is still holding its own in Standard. As usual it is one of the cheapest options to build a competitive deck. The current deck is around $100 right now so the ease of access to this competitive deck is probably playing a role in keeping this in the Top 10. Alongside Mono-Red, Lava Coil is seeing play in Phoenix, Jeskai, and Red-Green Midrange decks as well.
With Dreadhorde decks' ability to gain life so fast, using Lava Coil on Wildgrowth Walker can keep your opponent's life total in check and prevent Wildgrowth Walker from being reanimated by Command the Dreadhorde. With enough pressure on your opponent's life total, exiling Wildgrowth Walker can shut down Command the Dreadhorde—especially when you're threatening an instant-speed burn spell.
This one I think I'll need your help on. I haven't found a single mention of Ob Nixilis, the Hate-Twisted being played in any format other than Oathbreaker, which I don't think has gotten big enough to influence sales to this degree, but maybe I'm wrong.
Tribal Zombie players were commenting up a storm about this card on Mythic Spoiler when it was previewed. Besides working well with changelings in Limited, Undead Augur is a powerful two-mana creature to add to any Zombie Tribal deck. It allows all of your Zombies to replace themselves when they go to the graveyard. It's a double-edged sword though as the effect is not a "may" ability. It may also be getting a boost in sales from Carrion Feeder being added to Modern from Modern Horizons.
It's not often that we get a land with no abilities in the Top 10. Overgrown Tomb has been a four-of in one of the best performing decks recently, Four-Color Dreadhorde. This deck is likely what pushed Overgrown Tomb into the Top 10, as we have a few more pieces of the deck coming up in just a minute.
Nissa, Who Shakes the World has been featured in a lot of Standard decks recently. Standard "Tron"-style decks, Blue-Green Ramp, and Bant Aggro are a few of the most successful ones we've seen. In this past weekend's Fandom Legends Standard tournament four out of the Top 8 decks were running playsets of Nissa, Who Shakes the World in the maindeck. Each of the decks makes use of Nissa's mana doubling ability for slightly different purposes. Whatever the purpose, you can be sure that if Nissa, Who Shakes the World makes it past your untap step, your opponent will be on edge, waiting to see what you are going to do with all that mana.
In the previously mentioned Fandom Legends Tournament Jim Davis piloted a Four-Color Dreadhorde deck to a first place finish. This version of Dreadhorde takes advantage of the explore mechanic early game for card selection and to improve your manabase. Late game these creatures come back with Command the Dreadhorde, triggering Wildgrowth Walker and bringing your life total back into a safe range. This also pumps Wildgrowth Walker with +1/+1 counters, making it a threat that your opponent has to deal with quickly in order to stay in the game.
It seems Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons is our only Commander-specific card this week. This Amonkhet card had new life breathed into it with the reveal of Yawgmoth, Thran Physician. These two cards combo allowing you to repeatedly sacrifice Snake Tokens to put -1/-1 counters on your opponents' creatures which in turn creates another snake ready to be sacrificed—all while filling your hand with new spells for every -1/-1 counter. Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons was one of the weaker options for Golgari commanders but this new combo has significantly improved the deck. Black-green Commander decks have no trouble tutoring for creatures so putting this combo together should prove quite easy.
At this point I might as well assume Narset, Parter of Veils is going to be on my list every week. I've lost count of how many times Narset, Parter of Veils has been in the Top 10 but it's for good reason. Narset keeps proving its worth across all formats with Top 8 finishes at every tournament that I've seen.
It's hard to find a deck in Standard that doesn't have a suite of planeswalkers in it these days. Interplanar Beacon is pretty much necessary as long as your mana base can support the restrictions that come along with it. Esper Planeswalkers is one of the decks that while loaded with planeswalkers, can't afford to play too many restrictive cards like Interplanar Beacon. An early game Interplanar Beacon can get in the way of casting Tyrant's Scorn and Thought Erasure when you need them.
As far as I've seen Mobilized District hasn't made any Top 8 finishes in any format, so my guess is that SBMtG's recent "Oops all Colorless" deck tech may be what pushed this to the number 1 slot. It's a deck that Dev himself admits is not great. For those who like to travel off the beaten path in Standard it is a pretty cool deck that lets you play all the new colorless lands and a bunch of Karns. The deck can have a surprising number of creatures on the battlefield at one time. With the number of artifacts you play in this deck Karn's tokens can be a real threat to your opponent. The impetus of this deck was Dev trying to pull off a combo of Karn, the Great Creator, Helm of the Host, and God-Pharaoh's Statue. It works occasionally but isn't reliable enough to base the deck around so the only copies of Helm of the Host and God-Pharaoh's Statue are waiting in the sideboard for Karn, the Great Creator to tutor up with its -2 ability.
And that's it for this week's Top 10. I'm surprised we didn't get more Modern Horizons presales in the Top 10 this week. Prerelease for Modern Horizons is this weekend so we might see more making it into the Top 10 next week.