Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, and good night, wherever you are. I'm Jon Corpora, Managing Editor of magic.tcgplayer.com, and it's Monday, so we're counting down the ten best-selling cards from the week that was. Let's just dive right in here and see if there's anything to suss out from all of this.
A red-green dinosaur deck surfaced in the Magic Online results last week, and they all played Drover of the Mighty to great effect, using it to power out huge threats and fix mana woes at the same time. The fact that it's a 3/3 with a dinosaur in play means it can attack in a pinch and really bash some skulls.
Marionette Master hasn't performed in a deck thus far, but its effect is too powerful with treasure and its price tag is way too low for buyers to ignore. As always, its synergy with Treasure Tokens is what everyone's banking on.
Search for Azcanta is a cute card with a ton of functionality in the Approach of the Second Sun deck. It filters card draw on both sides, and weirdly enough, it ramps. There aren't many places where this card's effect is any good—its backside only finds non-creature non-lands, and you have to reveal it—but it's tailor-made for Approach decks.
Succinctly put, Drowned Catacomb found its way into a lot of winning decks over the weekend. Esper versions of God-Pharaoh's Gift, Grixis Control, and Grixis Improvise decks all needed Drowned Catacomb to cast their spells.
Plenty of wreckages were settled over the weekend. Settle the Wreckage is fairly easy to play around if you can sense it's coming, but this was Week One of Ixalan Standard, so everyone got blown out by this card. This card will lead to lots of cute bluffs and posturing this Standard season. I'm a fan.
What makes Chart a Course special is its rate. Two mana for two cards is a rare sight. It's tempting to compare this to Tormenting Voice, but even if you cast Chart a Course without attacking, you don't need to discard a card up-front, allowing you to make a better-informed decision on which card to discard.
Like Marionette Master, Unclaimed Territory hasn't performed in a deck yet, but for those players looking to unlock the tribes of Ixalan, Unclaimed Territory is the perfect role-player to make that possible. Three-color Pirates, anyone?
The brothers Jessup took the Dallas Open by storm with a Sultai energy deck featuring four copies of Deathgorge Scavenger in the sideboard, presumably for both mono-red and God-Pharaoh's Gift matchups. I uh… I don't think this is very good! I got the chance to play the Mono-Red / Energy matchup yesterday from the Mono-Red side; they resolved a Deathgorge Scavenger and it just did not matter. I still had a Hazoret, and they still died. Look elsewhere for your mono-red beaters.
Hostage Taker's a uniquely powerful card, showing up in both God-Pharaoh's Gift decks as well as the aforementioned Sultai Energy deck. Fun Fact: If you exile your own permanent with Hostage Taker and then it dies, you get that permanent in play. Neato!
Much like Search for Azcanta, Opt seems tailor-made for the Approach deck. Fortunately for Opt, and it's also better in a ton of other situations, seeing plenty of play over the weekend in both Standard and Modern. Opt is going to be great for a very long time, so lock down your playset today.
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