Market Watch: Kaijus And Cockroaches

Jason Grabher-Meyer

12/9/2016 11:00:00 AM
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Welcome back to another Friday Market Watch! As we count down the hours to YCS Bochum over in Germany, we'll count down the Top 10 bestselling singles in the TCGplayer marketplace from Monday to today.

That means we'll look at the ten cards that sold the most copies across all rarities and editions, regardless of price. So if a key common or rare outsells a big foil? The less expensive card makes the Top 10, and the more prized one might not. Looking at overall sales volume lets us make better reads on what decks could be big moving forward, and what new releases players are responding to. When dozens of an Ultra Rare or Secret Rare sell in a short period of time, it really could be for any reason, including speculation. But when hundreds or thousands of a non-foil move, it often suggests a tech trend or potential swing in the popularity of a major strategy.

The story since Destiny Soldiers dropped has been pretty simple: Darklords sold in droves until supply of Darklord Ixchel and Darklord Nasten dried up, driving up their prices. From there we saw a sudden upswing in demand for Abyss Actors that's lasted a couple weeks, while Allure of Darkness, Trade-In, and Destiny HERO Malicious have remained huge sellers. But aside from the draw cards, those trends started to slip last week, and we saw Metalfoes and Yang Zings start to rally.

Here's the fallout of the last four days of sales.

#10: Paleozoic Opabinia

After a lot of jockeying between Hero, Mermail, and Lightsworn builds featuring Toadally Awesome, Paleozoic Frogs has finally started to take its place as one of the format's truly dominant strategies. That rise in success appears to've sparked a bit of a rise in demand, as Paleozoic Opabinia generally seen as a three-of in most Top Cut builds reached the Number 10 spot this week.

 Paleozoic Opabinia
$1.27
$0.29
$0.12
Paleozoic Opabinia124816
Set Invasion: Vengeance
Number INOV-EN099
Level 2
Type Xyz/Effect Monster
Monster Aqua
Attribute WATER 
A / D 0 / 2400
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

2 Level 2 monsters
This card is unaffected by other monsters' effects. You can activate "Paleozoic" Trap Cards from your hand. If this card has a Trap Card as Xyz Material: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; add 1 "Paleozoic" Trap Card from your Deck to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Paleozoic Opabinia" once per turn.


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#9: Abyss Actor Evil Heel

Abyss Actors slipped this week, but they still managed to hang onto no less than four slots in the Top 10. Evil Heel reprised its Number 9 showing last week, remaining in the exact same spot.

 Abyss Actor - Evil Heel
$2.00
$0.42
$0.25
Abyss Actor - Evil Heel125272
Set Destiny Soldiers
Number DESO-EN016
Level 8
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Fiend
Attribute DARK 
A / D 3000 / 2000
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : Once per turn: You can Tribute 1 "Abyss Actor" monster, then target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; it loses ATK equal to the original ATK of the Tributed monster, until the end of this turn (even if this card leaves the field).
Monster Effect : If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; it loses 1000 ATK for each "Abyss Actor" monster you currently control, until the end of this turn. When this card destroys an opponent's monster by battle: You can target 1 "Abyss Script" Spell Card in your Graveyard; Set that card


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#8: Abyss Actor Wild Hope

Meanwhile the strategy's ace card fell from Number 3 on Monday to Number 8 today, likely reflecting a flagging interest in Abyss Actors on the whole. Abyss Actor Wild Hope is a must-run at three per deck, instantly turning any other Abyss Actor into a complete Pendulum Scale and letting you Pendulum Summon Abyss Actor Evil Heel. It searches, it attacks, it sets up your biggest Special Summons, and its collapse in demand isn't much of a surprise. It's kind of a wonder that Abyss Actors remained so hot for so long.

 Abyss Actor - Wild Hope
$2.63
$0.50
$0.29
Abyss Actor - Wild Hope125278
Set Destiny Soldiers
Number DESO-EN022
Level 4
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Fiend
Attribute DARK 
A / D 1600 / 1200
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : Once per turn: You can target 1 "Abyss Actor" card in your other Pendulum Zone; its Pendulum Scale becomes 9 until the end of this turn, also you cannot Special Summon monsters for the rest of this turn, except "Abyss Actor" monsters (even if this card leaves the field).
Monster Effect : Once per turn: You can make this card gain 100 ATK for each "Abyss Actor" monster you currently control with different names, until the end of this turn. If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can add 1 "Abyss Actor" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Abyss Actor - Wild Hope". You can only use this effect of "Abyss Actor - Wild Hope" once per turn.


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#7: Polymerization

New support for Frightfurs and Fluffals just keeps rolling out in the OCG, and that anticipation combined with numerous other factors launched the original Fusion Spell into the Top 10, as Polymerization popped in at Number 7. Was this really a function of upcoming releases, or just nostalgia in the wake of Polymerization's recent reprintings mixed with some holiday enthusiasm? We'll probably never know for sure, but it was likely a blend of both factors.

 Polymerization
$4.39
$2.11
$1.48
Polymerization66856
Set Legendary Collection 3: Yugi's World
Number LCYW-EN056
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Send Fusion Material Monsters that are listed on a Fusion Monster Card from your hand or your side of the field to the Graveyard, and Special Summon that Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck.


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#6: Abyss Actor Sassy Rookie

Back on the thespian side of things, Abyss Actor Sassy Rookie fell from Number 5 to Number 6 this week, which is still kind of surprising; Sassy Rookie's often regarded as too slow for competitive builds of Abyss Actors. The card's popularity may be owed to Jackie Bernal's recent build of Abyss Actor Metalfoes, which was covered a little while ago on Jon Moore's House of Champs Youtube Channel.

If there's another explanation, I don't know what it is.

 Abyss Actor - Sassy Rookie
$1.00
$0.19
$0.09
Abyss Actor - Sassy Rookie125275
Set Destiny Soldiers
Number DESO-EN019
Level 4
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Fiend
Attribute DARK 
A / D 1700 / 1000
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : If an "Abyss Actor" monster(s) you control would be destroyed by battle or an opponent's card effect, you can destroy this card instead.
Monster Effect : The first time this card would be destroyed by battle or card effect each turn, it is not destroyed. If this card is destroyed by battle, or if this card in its owner's Monster Zone is destroyed by an opponent's card effect: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower "Abyss Actor" monster from your Deck, except "Abyss Actor - Sassy Rookie". If this card in the Pendulum Zone is destroyed: You can target 1 Level 4 or lower monster your opponent controls; destroy it.


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#5: Abyss Actor Superstar

Our final Abyss Actor in the week's Top 10 was another two-of in Bernal's list: Abyss Actor Superstar. That said, Superstar's much more common in the average Abyss Actor deck, so it makes sense to see it at Number 5.

 Abyss Actor - Superstar
$2.99
$0.51
$0.26
Abyss Actor - Superstar125274
Set Destiny Soldiers
Number DESO-EN018
Level 7
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Fiend
Attribute DARK 
A / D 2500 / 1800
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : Once per turn: You can Tribute 1 "Abyss Actor" monster, then target 1 "Abyss Script" Spell Card in your Graveyard; add it to your hand.
Monster Effect : When Normal or Special Summoned, your opponent's Spell/Trap Cards and effects cannot be activated. Once per turn: You can Set 1 "Abyss Script" Spell Card directly from your Deck, but it is sent to the Graveyard during the End Phase.


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#4: Mirror Force

More surprising, Mirror Force is inexplicably one of the top-selling cards of the week! Seems like more nostalgia.

 Mirror Force
$2.39
$1.53
$1.13
Mirror Force59172
Set Battle Pack: Epic Dawn
Number BP01-EN048
Type Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Rare
Card Text

When an opponent's monster declares an attack: Destroy all Attack Position monsters your opponent controls.


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#3: Retaliating "C"

Blowing up at YCS Anaheim, Retaliating "C" was one of the most popular Side Deck choices at the YCS and had a breakout showing that saw it evolve from a common Metalfoes pick to a candidate for a wide range of strategies. Doug did an awesome job Spotlighting Retaliating "C" earlier this week, and if you're not playing it yet yourself, definitely check out that article. It probably still has legs through the coming weeks of competition.

 Retaliating "C"
$1.33
$0.28
$0.08
Retaliating
Set 2016 Mega-Tins Mega Pack
Number MP16-EN076
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Insect
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1400 / 1400
Rarity Common
Card Text

During either player's turn, when your opponent activates a Spell Card that includes an effect that Special Summons a monster(s): You can Special Summon this card from your hand. If Summoned this way, while this card is face-up on the field, any card sent to the Graveyard is banished instead. If this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: You can add 1 EARTH Insect-Type monster with 1500 or less ATK from your Deck to your hand, except "Retaliating "C"".


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#2: SPYRAL Super Agent

Why was SPYRAL Super Agent a huge seller? No idea! If you have theories or answers, let me know down in the comments.

 SPYRAL Super Agent
$45.00
$34.95
$29.98
SPYRAL Super Agent121342
Set The Dark Illusion
Number TDIL-EN086
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Warrior
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1900 / 1200
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

If this card is in your hand: You can declare 1 card type (Monster, Spell, or Trap); reveal the top card of your opponent's Deck, and if you do, Special Summon this card if it is a card of that type. If this card is Special Summoned by the effect of a "SPYRAL" card: You can target 1 Spell/Trap Card your opponent controls; destroy it. You can only use each effect of "SPYRAL Super Agent" once per turn.


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#1: Interrupted Kaiju Slumber

And finally, Interrupted Kaiju Slumber exploded this week to surge ahead of every other card in the TCGplayer marketplace.

Kaiju made a few notable impacts the past two weeks. A Kaiju Blue-Eyes White Dragon topped the recent Glasgow Regional Qualifier in Scotland, and similar decks have seen success lately in Japan. But the card's biggest claim to fame is its rise to power in Zoodiac, the new theme from Raging Tempest that's been crushing competition overseas since its debut. You can check the most recent deck lists over on The Organization to see what I'm talking about: they recently logged nearly 50 Zoodiac decks that were successful in tournaments, and about 20% of them ran Kaiju engines.

While Interrupted Kaiju Slumber has been about a buck for most of its run, its Market Price is pushing the $2 mark, and the most affordable copies on the TCGplayer marketplace right now are over four dollars. With Raging Tempest still two months out, the card's sitting on an upwards price trend as players scrabbled for their copies and dealers stocked up, making it the Number 1 bestselling card of the week.

 Interrupted Kaiju Slumber
$4.99
$2.57
$1.50
Interrupted Kaiju Slumber111188
Set Breakers of Shadow
Number BOSH-EN089
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Destroy as many monsters on the field as possible, then Special Summon in Attack Position, 2 "Kaiju" monsters with different names from your Deck (1 on each side), but they cannot change their battle positions, and must attack, if able. During your Main Phase, except the turn this card was sent to the Graveyard: You can banish this card from your Graveyard; add 1 "Kaiju" monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only activate 1 "Interrupted Kaiju Slumber" per turn.


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And that wraps up the week! We'll be back on Monday with another look at a new list of bestsellers, coming off the final Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series of the European season, YCS Bochum. Will that Championship shake up the secondary market?

We'll find out in our next Market Watch.

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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