Last weekend's tournaments were Modern, so I'm in favor of getting right into our Top 10 Sellers and seeing what effect the weekend's events had on sales. Sound good? Great. Here we go.
As more and more Aether Revolt gets opened, the prices of the cards start to slip. They're not falling off a cliff or anything - the decline is slight, but steady. As time goes on, so too does the demand for cards. It's hard for cards to enjoy sustained sales, especially the more expensive ones, but Walking Ballista's longevity speaks to how impactful the card is in the context of Aether Revolt Standard.
Oh wow, look: it's the crux of black-green Standard decks for the next two years! Doesn't that sound fun?
Sam Black's Death's Shadow list deviated an eensy bit from the others, opting for a singleton Renegade Rallier because it rules. More on that deck later.
Check out Craig Wescoe's latest piece on black-based midrange decks in Standard. Fair warning: both decks feature a heaping helping of Gifted Aetherborn.
Release the Gremlins is strictly better than Manic Vandal UNLESS lots of people start playing Negate. This got me thinking: what's it going to take to see a Remove Soul reprint? The creatures in Standard are bananas right now. Remove Soul might be necessary for the control / aggro decks to get back some equilibrium in the environment.
I'm going out on a limb here and assuming people saw this Caleb Durward beauty:
BUT Corbin Hosler's Mining Modern column from today ALSO features Brain in a Jar and Kari Zev's Expertise. Great minds, folks.
This is cool:
It's neat to see a deck perform well across multiple events. Matt Nass, Gerry Thompson, Josh Utter-Leyton, and Sam Black destroyed worlds with their Death's Shadow build, notching three GP Top 8s, an Open Top 8, and two wins:
Without Gitaxian Probe, the Death's Shadow archetype had no choice but to slow down a bit, eschewing Become Immense for a fairer game. Clearly, the deck is still great, at least in a metagame that's not expecting it; their success rate is outrageous. Obviously, the four are great players; as more players pick up the deck and as Modern adapts, the true power of the latest iteration of Death's Shadow will come into clearer focus.