Countdown til Christmas: Top 10 Magic Cards of 2018 (#10)

Cardmarket's top 10 most sold Magic: The Gathering cards of 2018 - with a Christmas twist! These cards topped our charts from 1 January to 30 November 2018 and we can't wait to share them. Here's our 10th most popular card!

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So they made a card called Goblin Chainwhirler
It's certainly a hair curler
When it's played on the board
Your opponent gets floored!

 

How Red Decks Win

Goblin Chainwhirler Rampaging Ferocidon Hazoret the Fervent

Well, this card certainly caused more than a few ripples! Goblin Chainwhirler came soon after Rampaging Ferocidon was banned to nerf the power of Mono Red decks, featuring Hazoret the Fervent, in Standard. Costing three red mana, players initially thought the Goblin would be too hard to cast. However, it was never going to be difficult for those who already have a Mono Red deck. Then with the powerful dual lands available in Standard, the spiky Goblin was even able to be the core of Rakdos Aggro decks that predominantly splashed black for Scrapheap Scrounger.

The card's major breakthrough was in Grand Prix Birmingham (12-13 May 2018) where Simon Nielsen took the trophy with Goblin Chainwhirler at the heart of his deck. A field of Chainwhirlers were also prominent during this weekend.

The following weeks post GP Birmingham saw the card's popularity increase as many Magic players sought the card to play one of the best decks in Standard. Whether during FNM, a Standard Showdown, or a Grand Prix, red decks featuring Goblin Chainwhirler took over the format.

So, what makes this card so good?

Goblin Chainwhirler can wreak havoc on your opponent as early as turn 3 by killing key threats, such as Llanowar Elves and Glint-Sleeve Siphoner.

Llanowar Elves Glint-Sleeve Siphoner

Another back-breaking play happens when your opponent plays Chandra, Torch of Defiance and upticks the planeswalker to five loyalty. Goblin Chainwhirler can reduce Chandra's loyalty to four, then crew your Heart of Kiran, which can then swing and kill Chandra.

Chandra, Torch of Defiance Heart of Kiran

Goblin Chainwhirler, however, brought with him a wave of stagnation. His efficiency really pushed red over the top, causing many players to sell out of the game or at least out of Standard. Chances are, if you were playing Standard, you were seeing a whole lot of whirling chains.

The card's popularity has waned since the September 2018 rotation, but its specter looms large with Ravnica Allegiance releasing in January 2019. Featuring the Rakdos Guild, Magic's first expansion for the new year will bring back Blood Crypt, and hybrid black and/or red cards will give Gobln Chainwhirler the chance to return as the boogeyman of Standard.

Opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not necessarily Cardmarket.


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