TCGplayer Top 10 Sellers | August 12-18, 2019

Some players had hoped an emergency ban on
Hogaak would be put into place before Grand Prix Bermingham this past weekend, but with
no such action taken by Wizards of the Coast, deck builders had to find their own way to
take down the Arisen Necropolis. Some of those tools show up in this week’s
list, along with the usual mix of casual favorites and speculative purchases, so let’s get
right to it. #10: Vilis, Broker of Blood, from Core Set
2020 It’s hard to resist the lure of a powerful
Demon, especially one that offers you a way to draw cards and thin out your opponent’s
board, even if it does cost you some life. Dev, from Strictly Better MTG, put two copies
in his version of a Standard Jund Reanimator deck, cheating Vilis into play with Blood
for Bones or Bond of Revival, alongside other haymakers like Drakuseth, Maw of Flames and
End-Raze Forerunners. Vilis also plays well with K’rrik, Son of
Yawgmoth, from Commander 2019. Since his activated ability has a black mana
cost, you can pay life for it through K’rrik, and then since you lost life, you get to draw
even more cards. Jumbo Commander already put out a list that
does this, and The Commander’s Quarters also played around with the combo in one of
their quick-takes videos. #9: Mystic Forge, from Core Set 2020 Modern Urza Thopter decks continue to make
good use of this artifact, which can help dig for crucial combo pieces, but players
are also starting to experiment with it more in other formats. Matt Nass brought a mono-blue artifacts deck
to Fandom Legends, a weekly Arena tournament. While he didn’t exactly walk away with first
place, the deck does show some of Standard’s interesting and underused cards. Mystic Forge lets you play Karn, the Great
Creator, or Ugin, the Ineffable, right off the top of your deck, while Renowned Weaponsmith
generates mana and Sai, Master Thopterist creates your army. The potential is there, and if Throne of Eldraine
gives us just a few more playable artifacts—a sword taken from a stone, perhaps?—the deck
could become a breakout success. #8: Goblin Ringleader, from Core Set 2020 Hogaak decks in Modern are known for their
speed, but if there’s one deck that can outpace the graveyard strategy, it could be
Goblins. The tribe got some help recently in Modern
Horizons, and that was enough to inspire Jim Davis to take a Goblin list to the Mythic
Championship in Barcelona. Goblin Ringleader can quickly refill your
hand, and when that refill includes cards like Munitions Expert, Sling-Gang Lieutenant
or Pashalik Mons, you’re able to keep putting pressure on your opponent, without relying
on your own graveyard to do it. The deck seems well positioned, as the sideboard
cards that work against Hogaak do almost nothing against Goblins, so you might be able to steal
enough games against a field that is geared almost entirely toward stopping the dredge
menace. #7: Lotus Field, from Core Set 2020 Alongside the word ‘mox,’ no other card
in Magic conjures up images of power the way “lotus” does, and MTGGoldfish put the
Field to the test recently in a Modern Twiddle Storm deck. Twiddle and Dream’s Grip let you untap Lotus
Field, which you can then tap for three mana. Repeat this process using cards like Psychic
Puppetry spliced onto Reach Through Mists, or Ideas Unbound. Continue doing this, making more and more
mana with each card cast, until you finish off your opponent with a lethal Grapeshot. The deck is affordable, resilient and able
to win games on turn three, making it a great choice for anyone looking to play something
different from Modern’s other archetypes. #6: Bazaar Trademage, from Modern Horizons Nicknamed “Commander Horizons,” the set
that was intended to mostly shake up Modern has ended up having an impact on just about
every Constructed format under the sun. Bazaar Trademage seems to have found its calling
in Vintage, where it gets to shine alongside Survival of the Fittest and the original Bazaar
of Baghdad, intentionally discarding creatures for value. Could a similar strategy be adapted to Modern? Hogaak dredge decks already attack along a
similar axis, and without the support of the lands and artifacts you’ll only find in
Vintage, Trademage makes you jump through more hoops than it may be worth. But at less than 50 cents per copy, it’s
not too late to get in on the ground floor of this one, despite weeks of appearing on
our Top 10 list. #5: Leyline of Anticipation, from Core Set
2020 The London mulligan rule has been in effect
for a while now, and the Leylines haven’t broken the game wide open, despite initial
fears. They do remain an interesting deck building
inclusion though, as getting a “free” card can’t be ignored. Even more exciting is how you can make playing
your spells with flash into an advantage, and The Command Zone picked this leyline as
an upgrade to the Sultai Morph deck from Commander 2019. With Kadena, Slinking Sorcerer in play, the
first face-down creature that enters the battlefield each turn gets a three-mana discount. Giving all your spells flash with Leyline
of Anticipation means you can now play a face-down creature for free on each opponent’s turn
as well, letting you quickly establish a board without emptying your hand because Kadena
also draws you a card for every morph you play. It’s unlikely you’ll get to drop the Leyline
for free, being just one of your 99 cards, but the value it generates once it’s on
the battlefield next to your commander is just too good to pass up. #4: Cryptic Caves from Core Set 2020 The Commander’s Quarters is an excellent
resource for anyone looking to enter the format on a budget. Their ability to identify cards that are both
useful and affordable has been a strong influence on our weekly Top 10 Sellers, and that’s
not changing today. The Gitrog Monster is a green and black legendary
creature that encourages players to think about their deck construction a little differently
than what’s typical for those colors. With such a huge emphasis on lands, players
often dig deep to find cards that synergize with the Frog Horror, and one example is Cryptic
Caves. Since the deck can easily get five lands on
the battlefield, you’ll almost always have access to the activated ability, and when
you do use it, Gitrog Monster will actually feed you a second card as he sees you sacrifice
the land to its own ability. An effective two-for-one for under 20 cents
is good enough for The Commander’s Quarters, and good enough to make our list this week. #3: Aria of Flame, from Modern Horizons An alternate win condition for the Twiddle
Storm deck, this enchantment benefits from all the cheap spells you’re able to cast
even if you somehow fail to draw a Grapeshot or Empty the Warrens. It also shows up in more creature-centric
decks, like Blue-Red Arclight Phoenix. These lists also play a ton of cheap spells,
but tend to use Faithless Looting and Thought Scour to try and put their own Phoenix into
the graveyard, or to quickly flip a Thing in the Ice. Adding Aria of Flame lets them pile on damage,
even without being a dedicated storm deck, and it lets them avoid some of the graveyard
hate everyone is already packing for Hogaak. #2: Rule of Law, from Core Set 2020 White loves its symmetrical effects, and it
also tends to have the best answer cards for an opponent’s strategy. Rule of Law manages to be both, and it interacts
with a surprising number of strategies in Modern. Consider for a moment all the cards hurt by
this enchantment: Vengevine? Never going to see a second creature spell
cast. Arclight Phoenix? Never going to see a second, much less third,
instant or sorcery cast. Snapcaster Mage? Sure, go ahead, give something in your graveyard
flashback. You’ll never see it cast this turn. Finale of Promise, or any spell that lets
you cast copies? Useless. That Twiddle Storm deck we talked about earlier? Absolutely silenced. You get the idea. Some of the most degenerate decks in Modern
depend on being able to cast more than one spell per turn, which makes Rule of Law a
widely useful sideboard card for any deck able to generate just one white mana. #1: Soulherder, from Modern Horizons With so many creatures having great abilities
that trigger upon entering the battlefield, Soulherder was bound to find a home in Modern. The best shell to emerge so far is Bant, which
gives access to Wall of Blossoms, Coiling Oracle, and Eternal Witness. Ephemerate, also from Modern Horizons, provides
another way to trigger all these great abilities, and the whole package is backed up with Force
of Negation, Path to Exile, and a card once considered so good it had to be banned from
the format: Jace, the Mind Sculptor. This one didn’t quite crack the Top 8 at
GP Birmingham, but came close enough that it’s worth keeping an eye on. That’s our Top 10 this week: plenty of hits
for Commander, Modern, and even Standard. There’s still time to experiment before
rotation, or to upgrade your favorite 100 card stack with the Commander 2019 preconstructed
decks. Whatever format you play, subscribe to the
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15 thoughts on “TCGplayer Top 10 Sellers | August 12-18, 2019

  1. The Command Zone wasn't the first to talk about the Leyline for the morph deck.
    They might be popular, but their content is subpar.

  2. Rule of law is a main board for me. I run two in my black white green life deck. It really helps me to get my board together while slowing down everyone else

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