Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Bloodbraid Elf are banned in Modern no longer. The announcement went up Monday morning, and the rest of the day was a frenzy. It was a fun time at TCGplayer HQ—my desk buddy Kate spent lots of time refreshing the Jace, the Mind Sculptor landing page, watching Jaces sell as soon as they were listed in realtime.
I pulled sales data from when the unban announcement went up—roughly 10 AM EST—to now. Bon appetit.
Tundra variants and Jace, the Mind Sculptor are natural friends. They're friends in Legacy, they were friends in Standard way back when, and now they're destined to be best pals in Modern.
Kitesail Freebooter is the disruptive element of choice across two formats. In Modern, its human subtype makes it an obvious inclusion in the newish human tribal deck, and in Standard, it sees a fair amount of play in blue-black and Sultai midrange decks.
At first glance, Notion Thief might seem like a strange card to suddenly jump in sales. One question: Have you ever flashed in a Notion Thief in response to a Jace, the Mind Sculptor zero activation?
Here's what happens, if you don't know and you don't feel like watching the video: You draw three cards, and your opponent puts two cards from their hand on top of their library. OH MAH GAW. That is the stuff dreams are made of. If I ever did that to someone in the finals, on camera, I would quit Magic because it's all downhill from there.
This is the most baffling inclusion on the list. I suppose Timestream Navigator is a spicy one to cascade into with Bloodbraid Elf, but honestly I have no clue why it's here. If anyone wants to educate me in the comments, I'm all ears.
This is an easy one to explain.
Budding Modern deck builders! When you order your copies of Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Bloodbraid Elf today be sure to pick up copies of Jace's Defeat for your blue control deck sideboards too. pic.twitter.com/UkMdx9L1c9— Stybs, Keldon Warlord (@the_stybs) February 12, 2018
Corbin ran Eldrazi Obligator in last week's Mining Modern, and Eldrazi Obligator is a natural Eldrazi to play in a post-Jace Modern format. It steals a blocker, and unless the stolen creature is a Wall of Omens or some such, it creates another attacker capable of wiping out a Jace, the Mind Sculptor.
Field of Ruin was one of Modern's best cards before Jace, the Mind Sculptor. Now it offers Jace decks an additional shuffle effect to make their Brainstorms that much better.
As you've probably surmised thus far, Jace, the Mind Sculptor's impact has been felt far and wide. Dreadbore represents the most efficient targeted Planeswalker removal available. Sure, Lightning Bolt can get a Jace, the Mind Sculptor that Brainstormed, but it's not a sure thing like Dreadbore is.
During last week's Team Modern Super League, Saffron Olive showed off the power of miracles + Jace, the Mind Sculptor. As it turns out, getting to put miracles on top of your library with Jace's Brainstorm ability rules.
The other card that got unbanned, Bloodbraid Elf's sales spike compared to Jace's makes a lot of sense. It's cheaper by several orders of magnitude, making it a lot easier to bite the bullet on, and Bloodbraid Elf was already legal in Modern and thus had an immediate, obvious home. In contrast, Jace, the Mind Sculptor can go anywhere and play a multitude of roles in blue decks.