Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, and good night. I'm Jon Corpora, Managing Editor of magic.tcgplayer.com, and it's Monday. You know what that means. Time to count down the best-selling singles of the past week and make some sense out of what everyone bought. Here we go.
Chart a Course is better rate on drawing two cards than we've seen in a while, and there are plenty of aggressive Standard decks that trigger raid just fine. I actually played against a Temur Energy deck at Nationals that played Chart a Course, and it seemed pretty good there.
A longtime friend of mine, Bryan Gottlieb, has a podcast with Gerry Thompson. On last week's episode, Bryan asked Gerry how Temur Energy could be beat. Ever the enigma, Gerry replied, "Marionette Master is dope. Treasure Map is sweet." That was it! I and many, many TCGplayer buyers can verify that Treasure Map is indeed sweet.
U/G Merfolk looks like it's for real, netting a Top 4 finish at last weekend's Modern Open, and Kumena's Speaker is the best power and toughness rate the deck has.
Field of Ruin will continue to be a tricky inclusion in one-and-two color decks that serves a ton of different purposes. Field of Ruin can destroy an opposing utility land, fix your mana, and trigger revolt. That is a lot of stuff, and the fact that it doesn't even occupy a spell slot in your deck is just gravy.
Merfolk Branchwalker also played a part in U/G Merfolk's Top 4 finish, duplicating the efforts of Silvergill Adept with the additional upside of potentially growing to a 3/2 for two mana. Ixalan has definitely reshaped one of Modern's oldest and best archetypes.
Spell Pierce is starting to see some play in Temur Energy sideboards as players start packing Confiscation Coup and River's Rebuke. All those expensive sorceries are perfect cards to hit with a Spell Pierce.
A couple Mardu Vehicles lists surfaced over the weekend, all playing Unclaimed Territory, presumably to name "dwarf" in order to power out early Veteran Motorists and Toolcraft Exemplars. I like when present cards synergize with stuff from the past. Now all that's left for these Vehicles decks to do is play Depala and go full-on dwarf tribal.
Opt isn't #1 anymore! HOLY smokes. What could have possibly happened?
Kitesail Freebooter's been all over the place, from the Modern Open-winning Human tribal deck to U/B control and midrange decks in Standard. It's a pushed version of a type of card that's been around since Torment, and this iteration's just too good to ignore.
However, the #1-selling card from the weekend is Sunbird's Invocation. My only experience with this card is getting utterly trounced by it in a game of Ixalan Limited, and, uh, yeah. It was good then! A W/R Approach of the Second Sun deck made Top 16 at Nationals, and it featured Sunbird's Invocation. People dig fresh takes on old archetypes, and Sunbird's Invocation is definitely a spicy one.
That about does it for this week's Top 10, but fear not! We do one of these every Monday, and until then, you can watch gameplay videos and deck techs from the game's best pros. We've got Seth Manfield, Brian Braun-Duin, Raphael Levy, and more, so subscribe to our YouTube channel and I'll see you next time.