Inside the Numbers

Posted in Feature on June 4, 2009

By Wizards of the Coast

Do you like numbers? Do you like decklists? Do you like when decklists are broken down and reassembled to create pleasing tables and graphs? Then we have some good news!

In today's Decks of the Week, we've got all 246 decklists from the Magic Online Championship Series. If you're interested in Shards of Alara Block Constructed, this is a treasure trove of information. First of all, here are the ten most popular cards:

Card Total
Forest 984
Mountain 792
Swamp 704
Savage Lands 662
Bloodbraid Elf 651
Terminate 634
Maelstrom Pulse 568
Exotic Orchard 563
Blightning 551
Sprouting Thrinax 504

Now, that's counting both main decks and sideboards. If we break them up, it looks like this:

Maindeck Totals

Card Total
Forest 969
Mountain 792
Swamp 704
Savage Lands 661
Bloodbraid Elf 651
Terminate 584
Exotic Orchard 559
Maelstrom Pulse 526
Sprouting Thrinax 501

Sideboard Totals

Card Total
Anathemancer 406
Vithian Renegades 387
Celestial Purge 318
Goblin Outlander 208
Thought Hemorrhage 197
Caldera Hellion 129
Jund Charm 128
Slave of Bolas 89
Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund 77

Yes! Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund!

As you can see from the Top Tens, the most popular land was Forest and the most popular nonbasic land was Savage Lands. The most popular creature, as you might have heard from Mike Flores, was Bloodbraid Elf.

Out of the 524 cards in the block, 257 different cards made an appearance somewhere. There were only 27 cards that appeared only once:

Aerie Mystics Filigree Angel Sylvan Bounty
Angelic Benediction Flameblast Dragon Unsummon
Angel's Herald Mana Cylix Vectis Dominator
Asha's Favor Manaforce Mace Vectis Silencers
Aven Trailblazer Maniacal Rage Vedalken Ghoul
Banewasp Affliction Marble Chalice Volcanic Fallout
Bant Sojourners Scepter of Insight Worldly Counsel
Bant Sureblade Sen Triplets Yoke of the Damned
Dragon Broodmother Sigil Blessing Yoked Plowbeast

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