Happy Friday, everyone. I'm Jon Corpora, managing editor of magic.tcgplayer.com, and today, we're changing things up a bit. You see, Hour of Devastation releases today, so we thought it'd be cool to take a look waaaaay back and see which cards presold the best — period. There's no date range this week, these are simply the best presales. Let's get after it.
Claim // Fame might just be the card to break Modern, or at the very least, get Death's Shadow banned. Claim regrows Death's Shadows for a secant one mana, and Fame gives them haste! Expect this card to have an immediate impact on Modern.
Lots of folks are high on Bontu's Last Reckoning, but I expect they'll be regretful of that after they get to play with the card. This cycle of cards that keeps your lands locked down is just not very good, but people see three-mana board sweeper and don't read the fine print. This drawback is ginormous, and you're better off looking elsewhere.
Like Hour of Devastation! Now this card is the real deal! Finally, a sweeper that deals with both Planeswalkers AND creatures. This card is going to shake up Standard all by itself.
Dreamstealer is a pretty nice one. I expect it'll slot right into the emerge decks as a unique threat that can best cast from the graveyard to good effect. At the very least, it doesn't cost much money, so it's a fine card to pick up and see if it works without breaking the bank.
People are very excited about Hour of Promise. Okay, so you cast Hour of Promise on turn five, getting two copies of Shrine of the Forgotten Gods. Now, if you have any untapped land next turn, you can cast Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger! Jumping from five to TEN is something really unprecedented. Only time will tell if Hour of Promise is the new Aetherworks Marvel.
Ramunap Excavator is a classic effect that harkens back to Fifth Dawn and the card Crucible of Worlds, with the added bonus of being able to be cheated into play with Collected Company. This is a strong card for sure, no doubt about it.
I first-picked a Champion of Wits last night, followed it up with two Vizier of the Anointed, and won the draft. So yeah, I guess that could be a Standard deck. I will say that it felt VERY good to eternalize Champion of Wits. Card's for real.
Fraying Sanity is here because people love to mill stuff. Let's move on.
Supreme Will is Impulse and Mana Leak kinda baked together, and it's expected to make a huge splash in Standard. I think it could go either way! Disallow is really good and will be tough to dethrone as the standard Counterspell of choice, but Supreme Will definitely has what it takes to do it.
And our #1 preseller is Abrade. Abrade doesn't scale up like Harnessed Lightning does, but it kills gearhulks without fuss and has a ton of utility beyond that. Abrade might go down as the best card in Hour of Devastation, and that is alright with me.
So, was there anything that didn't make the top 10? Confused by the ranks of some of the cards? Sign off in the comments! Let us know what you thought. Please. We love it. I hope you enjoyed this, and for all of us at TCGplayer, have a good weekend! Bye!