Countdown til Christmas: Top 10 Magic Cards of 2018 (#5)


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 5th most popular card!

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Island, sweet island
So borderless blue
Only thing better
Is when I have two

Cry Me A River

Nothing brings tears to a mage's eyes like seeing their spells countered… and number one on Cardmarket's Christmas Countdown is the source of all those tears. As I (and so many others) have pointed out time and again, the very symbol on this card is the salty tear of a non-blue mage having his big bulky creature or smarty-pants planeswalker countered by well-timed blue magic. And the only thing better than an Island to bring out the tears? Two Islands. (Public Service Announcement to players of formats, such as Modern and Standard: The correct price for casting a Counterspell is two blue mana, or at least it was until Alliances.)


I'm Dreaming of a Blue Christmas

Why waste part of the strongest card in Magic on boring non-Island-ey borders? Blue mages want their Islands all the way to the edge of the sea. And the only official unaltered way to achieve such beauty is, of course, with the gorgeous borderless Islands from Unstable, featuring the art of John Avon. It is no wonder that this card is the uncontested number one in our Christmas countdown!

Eh… Wait a minute…?

I am now being told that the latest Un-set Island is only number two? No… FIVE?!? And it may not even be the highest placed basic land? Plus, it does not even have the blue mana symbol on it, you say? Oh, well, now it is I who must drop a salty tear! What has this world come to? Well, to me, you will always be number one, dear Island. And I am sure many others feel the same. It is obvious that the devotion to blue of mages across Europe who want their decks blinged-out with these borderless blue beauties is the reason why this card made it to this year's list of the most sold cards on Cardmarket.

There are 15 cards with the type "Island", including Snow-Covered Island, various dual lands, and of course, the good old basic Island, which alone comes with 190 different illustrations. However, only one is borderless. And even if others follow, I am sure that these beautiful ones, with their astonishing John Avon art, will remain attractive to both collectors and players who will want to own enough for a full monocolored blue deck. I suppose it is not too bold to predict that Unstable Islands will command a healthy and probably ever-increasing price for years to come.

Sancho's Islands
A king is born. If Islands are the kings of Magic cards, then John Avon's Unstable Island is truly a king of kings.

A very merry Christmas to all my fellow mages out there, wherever you are on the WUBRG spectrum… and to the colorless ones as well! Let's give the last words to a song made famous by Elvis:

You'll be doin' all right with your Christmas of white
But I'll have a blue, blue Christmas

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

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sanchonil(18.12.2018 15:58)

Sorry to the people who feel that the article was a waste of their time. It was for entertainment purposes only.

I think the decision to make this list was made before the data was available on which cards were the most traded this year, and the result was probably a bit surprising to those making the decision. My guess is, that in any normal year no single version of a basic land would have made it to such a list, and it only happened because another un-set with a whole new approach to the style of lands was released just before the year began. Personally I find it interesting.

But of course being about a basic land the articles could have been summed up as "People need so many more copies of a basic land compared to a playset of any other land, that basic lands in a whole new style are bound to be traded in large numbers". But four articles (so far) all saying just that would also have been kind of boring.

Anyways, that is just my opinion.

Also I was surprised to see that the Forest outsold the Island (see #4 on the list). And if I did not already know the answer, I would be interested in finding out whether Plains came out on top of all the other basics. Any waving of the blue flag aside, I actually think that Plains was the most beautiful Unstable land.

tracyborbor(18.12.2018 11:53)

It's pretty interesting actually.
That Island > Swamp > Mountain this year.
(Although Island topping isn't really a surprise. ^^)
But then again, that's just me. :)

Phitt(17.12.2018 21:20)

I agree with the other posters, Unstable lands should be one spot on the list (if at all, you could just as well leave remove basic lands from the list). This is just boring and makes no sense. But uh, since Island is out of the way now I guess the last 4 cards aren't basic lands.

sluggy10(17.12.2018 13:40)

.... The 5 colors of magic isn't a 2018 top cards...
It started well but now...
Just give us top cards, and not top colors or decks :s