Market Watch: ABC, Ties, and Dragons

Jason Grabher-Meyer

10/28/2016 11:00:00 AM
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ABC-Dragon Buster has officially arrived, and the deck's massive impact was the leading factor in the TCGplayer marketplace this week.

But that said, other elements had a say in determining the Top 10 bestselling cards of the week from Monday to Friday! Infernoids continued to be successful through the Regional debut of Structure Deck: Seto Kaiba, while Blue-Eyes White Dragon remains a popular deck choice, and the sheer strength of reprints from Legendary Decks II keeps on making casual fan-favorites into dominant top sellers.

This is your latest Friday Market Watch, where we highlight the ten cards that sold the most copies across over a 1000 active Yu-Gi-Oh! sellers in the TCGplayer marketplace. That means sheer sales numbers regardless of rarity or price point, which often demonstrates new trends in both tournament competition, and player perceptions of upcoming releases.

How did it all shake out this week? Let's take a look.

#10: The Black Stone of Legend

Legendary Decks II worked wonders making a ton of pricy cards vastly more accessible to budget players and casuals, and while that largely meant more competitors running Blue-Eyes White Dragon, virtually no card became more accessible than this one: The Black Stone of Legend.

While the new breed of Red-Eyes decks have virtually never impacted tournament play, The Black Stone of Legend is every Joey fan's dream: it's a cool monster with sweet effects that just happen to be tremendously powerful, hampered only by the cards that surround it. It's a great card in a vacuum, and when it was released as a Secret Rare in its first printing that individual strength jacked its price to 45 bucks and beyond.

Now that it's three dollars instead, it's become a huge seller that still held onto a spot in the Top 10 this week. With new support for Red-Eyes coming in Invasion: Vengeance, it may remain popular through the weekend.

 The Black Stone of Legend
$20.53
$14.58
$10.76
The Black Stone of Legend102435
Set Clash of Rebellions
Number CORE-EN021
Level 1
Type Effect Monster
Monster Dragon
Attribute DARK 
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

You can Tribute this card; Special Summon 1 Level 7 or lower "Red-Eyes" monster from your Deck, except "Red-Eyes B. Chick". If this card is in your Graveyard: You can target 1 Level 7 or lower "Red-Eyes" monster in your Graveyard, except "Red-Eyes B. Chick"; shuffle it into the Deck, and if you do, add this card to your hand. You can only use 1 "The Black Stone of Legend" effect per turn, and only once that turn.


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#9: Union Hangar

And here come the pretzels.

Literally every new card played in the ABC-Dragon Buster deck made the Top 10 this week. While lots of different strategies still topped the last round of Regional Qualifiers, the ABC deck still had one of the biggest debuts we've seen in recent memory, instantly taking enough Top 8 finishes to become the new deck-to-beat.

Since Union Hangar and all the related monster cards are three-ofs in pretty much every build of ABC's imaginable, a good chunk of the slots in this week's Top 10 countdown could be interchangeable. But it just so happens that the theme's must-run, ridiculously powerful Field Spell was the least attractive to speculators, and while it's just as important as the other three-ofs it saw slightly fewer sales, likely due to sheer curb appeal.

Unsurprisingly, the next three cards that narrowly bested it were all ABC monsters.

 Union Hangar
$2.99
$1.29
$0.80
Union Hangar123773
Set Structure Deck: Seto Kaiba
Number SDKS-EN020
Type Field Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Common
Card Text

When this card is activated: You can add 1 LIGHT Machine-Type Union monster from your Deck to your hand. Once per turn, if a LIGHT Machine-Type Union monster(s) is Normal or Special Summoned to your field (except during the Damage Step): You can target 1 of those monsters; equip 1 appropriate LIGHT Machine-Type Union monster with a different name, from your Deck to that monster, but the Union monster you equipped cannot be Special Summoned this turn. You can only activate 1 "Union Hangar" per turn.


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#8: C-Crush Wyvern

The ABC deck revolves around a fast-moving early game that looks to quickly establish A-Assault Core, B-Buster Drake, and this card C-Crush Wyvern, on the field and in the graveyard, to quickly deploy ABC-Dragon Buster and exercise control over the field. There are some complications to that plan, but nothing that would make anybody not want to run three copies of the three component monsters.

 C-Crush Wyvern
$4.99
$2.67
$1.18
C-Crush Wyvern123756
Set Structure Deck: Seto Kaiba
Number SDKS-EN003
Level 4
Type Union/Effect Monster
Monster Machine
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1200 / 2000
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Once per turn, you can either: Target 1 LIGHT Machine-Type monster you control; equip this card to that target, OR: Unequip this card and Special Summon it. A monster equipped with this card is unaffected by your opponent's Trap effects, also if the equipped monster would be destroyed by battle or card effect, destroy this card instead. If this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: You can Special Summon 1 Union monster from your hand.


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#7: A-Assault Core

A large volume of the counters we're seeing to the ABC-Dragon Buster strategy revolve around removing these monsters from the game in a bid to keep the ABC player off their dominant Fusion Monster, and while Pot of Acquisitiveness will help mitigate that in the wake of Invasion: Vengeance, it's currently unimaginable to skimp on these things while opponents are looking to wreck you with stuff like Ally of Justice Cycle Reader.

 A-Assault Core
$4.99
$3.47
$2.00
A-Assault Core123754
Set Structure Deck: Seto Kaiba
Number SDKS-EN001
Level 4
Type Union/Effect Monster
Monster Machine
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1900 / 200
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Once per turn, you can either: Target 1 LIGHT Machine-Type monster you control; equip this card to that target, OR: Unequip this card and Special Summon it. A monster equipped with this card is unaffected by your opponent's monster effects (except its own), also if the equipped monster would be destroyed by battle or card effect, destroy this card instead. If this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: You can add 1 other Union monster from your Graveyard to your hand.


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#6: B-Buster Drake

So the fact that sales here were so strong isn't surprising. At the same time the uniform level of interest in the ABC cards provides confirmation of the strategy's new deck-to-beat status: a status that might have been easier to dispute going off just Regional numbers alone. There were a lot of players who were expecting ABC-Dragon Buster to just drown out everything in the format its first weekend out, and that didn't really happen. At least not yet. The deck was highly successful but it wasn't ubiquitous.

Despite that glimmer of hope, the volume of ABC cards sold this past week forecasts a continued migration of players to this strategy. We've yet to see Regional Qualifier and YCS Liverpool results from the coming weekend, but with so many people picking up ABC-Dragon Buster and its accompaniments, we can expect to see the deck gaining even more momentum in the next few weekends.

At the same time, we can also expect to see answers like Jowgen, Barrier Statues, Vanity's Fiend, and Imperial Iron Wall to see more play in response. There's a ton of second and third stage fallout we can draw conclusions on now that we know the sales numbers.

 B-Buster Drake
$4.99
$2.21
$0.99
B-Buster Drake123755
Set Structure Deck: Seto Kaiba
Number SDKS-EN002
Level 4
Type Union/Effect Monster
Monster Machine
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1500 / 1800
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Once per turn, you can either: Target 1 LIGHT Machine-Type monster you control; equip this card to that target, OR: Unequip this card and Special Summon it. A monster equipped with this card is unaffected by your opponent's Spell effects, also if the equipped monster would be destroyed by battle or card effect, destroy this card instead. If this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: You can add 1 Union monster from your Deck to your hand.


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#5: Ties of the Brethren

Despite the ABC-Dragon Buster hype, players were even more enthused about Ties of the Brethren! By now we can feel pretty confident in the knowledge that Brethren's biggest impact was felt in Majespecters, where it's part of a Turn 1 +5 combo that sets up big disruption effects in the form of three on-field monsters backed by Majespecter Tempest and Majespecter Tornado according to match-up.

And while lots of players have noted that Brethren seems stiffly pricy at $8 a pop in a release that costs just $30 for everything, demand continued to be huge, and that's kept the Price Trend on this card quite steady. Majespecters did pretty well in Regionals last weekend and could become one of the biggest strategies in the new post-ABC landscape.

It doesn't seem like that oft-forecasted Ties of the Brethren price dip is coming any time soon.

 Ties of the Brethren
$15.00
$8.61
$6.00
Ties of the Brethren123485
Set Legendary Decks II
Number LDK2-ENY02
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Pay 2000 LP, then target 1 Level 4 or lower monster you control; for the rest of this turn after this card resolves, you cannot Special Summon monsters, also Special Summon 2 monsters from your Deck, with the same Type, Attribute, and Level as that monster, but with different names from each other and that monster. You cannot conduct your Battle Phase the turn you activate this card.


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#4: Infernoid Onuncu

One of the bigger surprises this week, dedicated and Burning Abyss Infernoid variants continue to be a fringe success in Regionals, and the secondary market took note this week as Infernoid Onuncu became a big seller. While it didn't have the same broad spectrum appeal as the other items on this week's list, Onuncu sold in huge volume to a number of people clearly banking on its potential in the coming weeks. That's really interesting; it doesn't suggest that players are moving en masse toward the deck, but it suggests that buyers and sellers have that expectation?

Intriguing stuff.

 Infernoid Onuncu
$3.16
$1.59
$0.48
Infernoid Onuncu95480
Set Secrets of Eternity
Number SECE-EN019
Level 10
Type Effect
Monster Fiend
Attribute FIRE 
A / D 3000 / 3000
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand or Graveyard) by banishing 3 "Infernoid" monsters from your hand or Graveyard while the total Levels and Ranks of all Effect Monsters you control are 8 or lower, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. When this card is Special Summoned: You can destroy all other monsters on the field. Once per turn, during either player's turn, when a Spell/Trap Card or effect is activated: You can Tribute 1 monster; negate the activation, and if you do, banish that card.


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#3: ABC-Dragon Buster

Back on the world domination side, there's no surprise here that the flashiest element of the ABC deck drew attention from both players, who would've been buying three of everything in the deck needs, and speculators and traders, who'd favor the key boss monster and its shiny Ultra Rare appeal. The actual position of ABC-Dragon Buster on this list is sort of irrelevant in predicting its tournament potential: in fact, it's easy to say the popularity of the less collectible common and Super Rare cards is a better indicator of how many people actually want to play it.

But that's kind of splitting hairs. A ton of people played the deck last weekend, and a ton more bought the cards needed to play it over the past week. It'll be intriguing to see what Monday's numbers look like, and what they suggest about the deck's growth potential moving forward.

 ABC-Dragon Buster
$4.99
$3.35
$0.89
ABC-Dragon Buster123794
Set Structure Deck: Seto Kaiba
Number SDKS-EN041
Level 8
Type Fusion/Effect Monster
Monster Machine
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 3000 / 2800
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

"A-Assault Core" + "B-Buster Drake" + "C-Crush Wyvern"
Must first be Special Summoned (from your Extra Deck) by banishing the above cards you control and/or from your Graveyard. (You do not use "Polymerization".) Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can discard 1 card, then target 1 card on the field; banish it. During your opponent's turn: You can Tribute this card, then target 3 of your banished LIGHT Machine-Type Union monsters with different names; Special Summon them (this is a Quick Effect).


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#2: Dark Magic Inheritance

I literally have no idea. Dark Magician decks have put in some work lately, Top 8'ing at least one Regional and nearly making the top 32 at YCS Minneapolis, but neither build ran Dark Magic Inheritance. This one's a puzzler.

 Dark Magic Inheritance
$5.52
$3.94
$2.47
Dark Magic Inheritance123823
Set Structure Deck: Yugi Muto
Number SDMY-EN025
Type Quick-Play Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Common
Card Text

Banish 2 Spell Cards from your Graveyard; add 1 Spell/Trap Card from your Deck to your hand, that specifically lists the card "Dark Magician" or "Dark Magician Girl" in its text, except "Dark Magic Inheritance". You can only activate 1 "Dark Magic Inheritance" per turn.


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#1: Dragon Spirit of White

Finally, despite all the ABC-Dragon Buster hype this week, Dragon Spirit of White was the biggest mover in the marketplace. An integral two-of in standard Blue-Eyes White Dragon builds, Dragon Spirit hasn't appeared in the Top 10 for several weeks, but it's back now in what looks like a bit of a market correction.

Dragon Spirit's common reprint from Legendary Decks II is just over a $1.50 Market Price right now, on a relatively steady Price Trend, with the Ultra Rare still commanding over $5. It's unclear what to make of the huge demand for the card this week: it was a widespread trend, not just a limited number of high volume sales. It may suggest that while ABC-Dragon Buster is hailed by some as simply a better equivalent to the Blue-Eyes White Dragon deck, players are remaining highly interested in Blue-Eyes builds anyways.

What do you think about that Number 1 and Number 2? Let me know your thoughts down in the Comments.

 Dragon Spirit of White
$2.99
$1.93
$1.39
Dragon Spirit of White123526
Set Legendary Decks II
Number LDK2-ENK02
Level 8
Type Effect Monster
Monster Dragon
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 2500 / 2000
Rarity Common
Card Text

(This card is always treated as a "Blue-Eyes" card.)
This card is treated as a Normal Monster while in the hand or Graveyard. When this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can target 1 Spell/Trap Card your opponent controls; banish it. During either player's turn, if your opponent controls a monster: You can Tribute this card; Special Summon 1 "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" from your hand.


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That's all for this Top 10, but we'll be back Monday with a look at the early fallout from YCS Liverpool! The first Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series tournament to follow the release of Structure Deck: Seto Kaiba, it's sure to make some waves as the first Championship proving ground for ABC-Dragon Buster.

See you then!


-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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