For ‘Spike’ players.. these creatures get *very* expensive because they were the most played creatures in their heyday.. the reason why I choose creatures here and not just all cards is because 90% of the competitive Vintage cards that are banned/restricted are actually lands, artifacts and non creatures (like the Power Nine), and that wouldn’t be interesting.
Tarmogoyf – hey the most expensive creature you can find! this guy is ridiculous because he’s basically 2 mana for at least a 3/4 in the early game and a 6/7 or 7/8 in the late game which is absolutely insane
Psychatog – a absolutely dominant card in its heyday.. one often had a lot to fear staring down this measly 1/2 with a full hand and graveyard and a force of will in hand…
Dark Confidant – New players didnt like this card because you lose life.. but once you become more competitive you realize just how good card advantage is. Still a great tempo card to use, great in the early game and quite an aggro body as well!
Snapcaster Mage – Again, an extremely high power level card in competitive play. Nothing better than being able to use the same card twice.. played as an instant!
Noble Hierarch – A Birds of Paradise for Bant decks that is almost strictly better. And hence why, its an auto include in every blue, green and white deck.
Blightsteel Colossus – the ultimate finisher card. basically one hit from him and you are dead, thanks to the 11 infect counters you get.
Academy Rector – the central card of the Rector decks, basically sac him and your enchantment combos are all there for you
Metalworker – It’s basically Tolarian Academy as a creature… nuff said
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn – pretty much the most powerful creature ever printed when it came out.. and still might be to this day.
Arcbound Ravager – the central card of the Affinity decks when it came out.. still a beast in modern day Affinity decks, though not quite as powerful as when it came out.
Edit: I’ve made a video about it here
For those who don’t know, every year the NBA goes through a lottery process for teams to select players, either high school or college, that want to play in the NBA. Because NBA teams are world renowned, the first draft pick usually tends to be the best player out of all available players in the world. So its kind of a big deal, and while most number one picks end up busting, there are alot that lived up to the hype too. So here’s the top 10 number one draft picked players of all time!
1. Kareem Abdul Jabbar Selected in 1969 by the Milwaukee Bucks
Kareem is greatest #1 pick of all time and arguably the greatest player ever. He won 6 MVPs, 6 Championships, 2 Finals MVPs, Rookie of the Year, the NBA’s #1 in points scored, #3 in rebounds and #3 in blocks. He won Rookie of the Year and led the Bucks to a championship in his second season. That’s what I call instant success.
2. Lebron James Selected in 2003 by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Lebron is either the best small forward or second best small forward of all time depending on where you rank Larry Bird. But either way he’s one of the greatest players of all time. 4 MVPs, 3 championships, 3 Finals MVPs, and Rookie of the Year, he’s the modern day Oscar Robertson, able to score, rebound and pass well. Cleveland definitely didn’t mess up this pick.
3. Magic Johnson Selected in 1979 by the Los Angeles Lakers
Magic is a top 5 player of all time. How many rookies can say that they won Finals MVP? He won 3 Finals MVPs in his career, 3 MVPs, 5 championships, and led the Lakers to NINE NBA Finals. All he did was win, be the greatest point guard of all time, and average 20/8/12 in the playoffs. Yeah, he lived up to the hype.
4. Tim Duncan Selected in 1997 by the San Antonio Spurs
The greatest power forward of all time, Duncan has led the Spurs to 5 championships split between 3 different decades, the 1990s,2000s & 2010s. He’s just a winner. 5 championships, 2 MVPs, 3 Finals MVPs, Rookie of the Year, Needless to say, the Spurs made a good pick on this one.
5. Shaquille O’Neal Selected in 1992 by the Orlando Magic
Shaq was the most dominant center to play since Wilt Chamberlain. He was Rookie of the Year, beat Jordan’s Bulls and led the Magic to the Finals in his third season. He also had 4 championships, 1 MVP, 3 Finals MVPs, including a dominating 3-peat with the Lakers later in his career.
6. Hakeem Olajuwon Selected in 1984 by the Houston Rockets
Even though the 1984 draft had Michael Jordan in it, Hakeem wasn’t a bad pick either for Houston. He ended winning 1 MVP, 2 championships, 2 Finals MVPs, and the all time leader in blocked shots. Probably the most versatile center ever, he also had a quadruple double once and is the only center who is top 10 in steals.
7. David Robinson Selected in 1987 by the San Antonio Spurs
David Robinson was one of the greatest centers of all time, captaining the Spurs for 10 years until he teamed up with Duncan. He won 2 championships, 1 MVP, Rookie of the Year, scored 71 points in a game before, and had a quadruple double in a game before.
8. Allen Iverson Selected in 1996 by the Philadelphia 76ers
Along with Isiah Thomas and Tiny Archibald, the greatest 6 footers to ever play the game, Allen Iverson won an MVP and led the Sixers to the Finals almost by himself. He also had Rookie of the Year, 4 scoring titles, and holds the second highest playoffs scoring average in NBA history at almost 30 points a game, second only to Michael Jordan.
9. Elgin Baylor Selected in 1958 by the Los Angeles Lakers
This Rookie of the Year was one of the most dominating players of the 60s along with West, Oscar, Russell and Wilt. He averaged 27/13.5/4.5 for his career, which is astounding, and shot 61 points in a Finals game before, still an NBA record. He led the Lakers to 8 Finals appearances, co-captaining the team along with Jerry West.
10. Dwight Howard Selected in 2004 by the Orlando Magic
While he didn’t win a championship yet, Dwight Howard is the greatest Orlando Magic player, their all time leading scorer, and one of the greatest defenders ever. a 3 time defensive player of the year, 5x rebounds leader and 2x blocks leader.
7 out of the top 10 #1 draft picks of all time won Rookie of the Year. Note that I left out Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson because they were territorial picks, but could’ve been number one as well
My Magic the Gathering top 10 lists have been the most popular articles on my site by far… so here’s one for Hearthstone! (up to the GvG expansion). The top 10 legendaries of all time… if you want some ideas on what to craft, this should be a good place to start.
10. Bloodmage Thalnos
A very cheap legendary, but very effective. Gives you extra spell damage, and replaces itself when it dies. Simple and effective.
The abiltiy to resummon all friendly minions that die every turn is incredible, and with full health and abilities nonetheless!
This is a very powerful card because it can instantly bring any minion down to 2 health, and has a decent amount of power (6) to boot.
7. Sylvanas Windrunner
Her death rattle is a free Mind Control, which is a 10 mana card. You get a 5/5 body with it too. She forces your opponent to play around her, and that’s always a good thing.
6. The Black Knight
This is a sort of meta card, but a lot of decks run minions with taunt. If they do, then this is Assassinate on a stick, and a 4/5 body if you really need it.
5. Lord Jaraxxus
If your warlord deck can fit him, then run him. He’s really that good. If you are ever under 15 health, you turn into this guy, with a hero power that can summon 6/6s, and a 3/8 weapon. That’s insane.
4. Ragnaros the Firelord
One of the strongest minions ever because he does an incredible 8 damage right away before the opponent starts their turn. The opponent can’t do anything about it. And if the opponent doesn’t kill him the next turn, he’s just gonna take 8 damage every turn, which is quite a bit.
3. Tirion Fordring
The best class specific legendary minion in my opinion. Divine Shield and Taunt means the opponent has to waste at least two cards / hero powers on him, and when he does die, you get a 5/3 weapon, which is worth 15 damage. Is that amazing or what?
Loatheb is amazing against control decks, which is most of the competitive decks out there. He basically gives you tempo advantage by giving the opponent a turn which they can’t really play many spells. Under the right conditions, this could definitely mean the difference between a loss and a win.
1. Dr. Boom
No competition here. Dr. Boom is so good because he can go in any deck, and always be of value. He’s a 7/7 by himself, and the best thing is that he brings two other guys with him that does damage, which always results in card advantage or wasted resources from your opponent. Those guys do up to 4 damage each, which means in addition to a 7/7, you get 2 1/1s that can deal a possible 10 damage total which is incredible.