So what are players looking to buy from the set on Amazon? Let’s take a look at the Top 100 Single Cards and go in reverse order of sales rank. One hint: there are a lot of Eldrazi upcoming.
One of the more powerful cards in the set, Desolation Twin can make 2 10/10 monsters for 10 mana. Problem is, you have to cast him to get the 10/10 token - you can’t cheat him in. There’s enough ramp with Eldrazi, though, that you’ll be able to cast him long before hitting 10 lands. Once this guy hits the board, along with his twin, your opponent better have removal to deal with them.
One of the more unique cards from Battle for Zendikar, the casual appeal of shutting down probably half of your opponents’ spells (all even-costed) and making lots of their creatures unable to block (again, any that are even-costed, including tokens with their CMC of 0) is pretty strong. It’s not really a surprise that players want this to cheat into play somehow. While not quite a win condition, Void Winnower is a card that players should have plenty of fun with.
Tutoring up one of your best colorless creatures as a cast trigger is pretty cool. Making your colorless creatures cost 2 less to cast is also pretty cool. This is a great card for anyone who wants to build an Eldrazi deck - while perhaps not super competitively playable, it has a decent power level for casual play. Keep in mind that cheating this into play (not casting it) means you don’t get the tutor trigger. In any case, casual and Commander players should be finding homes for this guy upon release.
Easily the most sought after Planeswalker in the set, Gideon, Ally of Zendikar looks like he’s going to be a major part of any Ally deck built from here on out. Creating those Ally tokens is pretty powerful and he can get in for decent damage on his own. The anthem (creatures get +1/+1) emblem is pretty good, too. The spread in pre-order prices shows that this Gideon could be the most expensive card in the set for awhile. He’s probably not worth more than $30, but plenty of players are anxious to get ahold of their copies.
It shouldn’t be any surprise that the only true Eldrazi Titan in the set would be the set’s best seller so far. Ulamog isn’t quite as good in some ways as his Rise of the Eldrazi predecessor, but exiling the top 20 cards of an opponent’s deck is pretty powerful. It’s not Annihilator - forcing your opponent to sacrifice permanents - but he does exile two permanents upon casting him. It’s not quite clear just yet how valuable this Ulamog will prove to be in Constructed, but plenty of casual players will jam this into their Eldrazi decks.
What cards you most excited for in Battle for Zendikar? Any cards from BFZ you’re looking to pre-order, or will you wait for release?