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!
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.
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.
Check out Island, Unstable and help it top the charts next year too, if you'd like!
COUNTDOWN TIL CHRISTMAS
Top 10 Magic Cards of 2018