Top 5 Gatecrash Preorders
With Gatecrash on the horizon, I figured it was time to start looking toward the Standard of the future. As a member of the SCG team—and a curious soul in my own right—tracking the pricing and preorder history of a new is often illuminating, and always interesting. To that end, I’m bringing you guys the top five most preordered cards over the last month! Keep in mind that mythic rares are naturally disadvantaged in this category, given the limitations placed on preordering them in large quantities.
Obviously Aurelia’s Fury stole Clan Defiance’s thunder once the former was spoiled, but Clan Defiance’s rarity has served to boost its preorder numbers (both cheaper and more available). I imagine we’ll see both showing up in the early stages of our next Standard format.
If you can boost the little guy up and start firing minor burn spells at him, then that’s a pretty powerful trigger you’re getting. All the work probably isn’t worth those hoops, however. Stick to using him on defense, and occasionally pressuring planeswalkers as an attacker they can't block effectively.
The much-maligned palliative for all our ills, Frontline Medic might be ugly—but he’s probably going to get the job done. Bonfire+of+the+Damned has been wavering on the edge of Standard for months, being great some weeks and awful on others, but the real victim of Frontline Medic will probably be Sphinx’s Revelation. Frontline Medic forces players to sweep the board and then cast Revelation, rather than the other way around... which is significantly worse, considering how well Revelation digs.
I don’t think the Medic will be dominant or a staple, but he’s a fine man and sales seem to indicate he’ll be an early role player.
Chalk this one up to just being cool. Unless I’ve missed some sweet mondo combo—very possible, I’m pretty bad at finding those—this card is probably hitting its high popularity levels based on a combination of “neat” and its incredible Commander playability.
Those are our Top 5 Gatecrash preorders as of Saturday morning—who knows where the week will take us? Keep checking in with Ben Bleiweiss on our home page for updates and pricing on the newest spoilers.
As one final tidbit, our Top 5 most preordered mythic rares:
And on the outside looking in, Aurelia's Fury comes in as #6. Our writers have chimed in on several of these already, so I'm just going to wish you good luck with your prerelease packs next weekend!