Market Watch: After YCS Bochum

Jason Grabher-Meyer

12/12/2016 11:04:00 AM
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Welcome back! YCS Bochum is in the record books, and that's brought a ton of fresh cards into the TCGplayer bestseller list.

Today we present the ten biggest movers in the TCGplayer Marketplace from Friday to Monday: the cards that sold the most copies regardless of price or rarity. For the past couple weeks we've seen Abyss Actors sell in droves, but that trend may have finally come and gone, as Abyss Actors were pushed straight of the bestseller charts.

Instead we saw continued enthusiasm for two of last week's biggest winners, as well as some rekindled interest in big Side Deck cards. There were some indicators of continued interest in Lightsworns, Infernoids, and Metalfoes, as well as one mysterious entry in the Top 10 that seems to defy explanation. Let's get to it so you can see what we're talking about.

#10: Pot of Acquisitiveness

After a dwindling presence in Regional Top 8 lists, Pot of Acquisitiveness appeared in about 25% of the Top 32 lists from YCS Anaheim. Deck lists from Bochum are still a little scarce, but the card seemed to see an upswing in Regional play this past weekend. Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries has remained a three-of despite the threat of Acquisitiveness, and it seems like the pendulum is swinging back a bit in response.

 Pot of Acquisitiveness
$3.75
$0.95
$0.10
Pot of Acquisitiveness124769
Set Invasion: Vengeance
Number INOV-EN065
Type Quick-Play Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Target 3 banished monsters; shuffle all 3 into the Deck, then draw 1 card. You can only activate 1 "Pot of Acquisitiveness" per turn.


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#9: Bottomless Trap Hole

Traptrix Rafflesia continues to see considerable play in a variety of strategies, largely for Bottomless Trap Hole and Floodgate Trap Hole. ABC-Dragon Buster's the number one place we've seen it run lately, but it's huge in Awesome Heroes as well, and has appeared in a variety of decks with Rank 4 access. Bottomless Trap Hole's always a pretty powerful removal pick after Solemn Strike and Solemn Warning, and a lot of players picked up their copies this weekend.

 Bottomless Trap Hole
$4.33
$3.02
$1.50
Bottomless Trap Hole71622
Set Legendary Collection 4: Joey's World
Number LCJW-EN078
Monster Trap
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

When your opponent Summons a monster(s) with 1500 or more ATK: Destroy that monster(s) with 1500 or more ATK, and if you do, banish it instead of sending it to the Graveyard.


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#8: Interrupted Kaiju Slumber

Tumbling from Number 1 in the wake of the revelation that Kaiju are a favored fit overseas in Zoodiacs, Interrupted Kaiju Slumber clocked in at Number 8. After some representation at YCS Anaheim, we didn't see it played in the Top Cut Bochum lists we've seen so far, and since the bulk of the card's popularity was powered by OCG trends it may disappear from the Top 10 entirely by Friday.

 Interrupted Kaiju Slumber
$5.00
$3.01
$2.02
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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#7: Foolish Burial

A staple for ABC-Dragon Buster and virtually any combo-driven Synchro deck in competition, Foolish Burial became a surprisingly hot pick over the weekend. Decks like Torben Wahl's Zombie Synchron Hand Loop and Marvin Weber's Awesome Performage Lightsworn, both Top Cut strategies from YCS Bochum, may have pushed Foolish Burial further into the marketplace zeitgeist.

 Foolish Burial
$5.99
$4.21
$3.00
Foolish Burial71614
Set Legendary Collection 4: Joey's World
Number LCJW-EN070
Monster spell
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

Send 1 monster from your Deck to the Graveyard.


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#6: Red-Eyes Insight

While Red-Eyes cards were hot coming off the launch of Invasion: Vengeance, enthusiasm cooled when Destiny Soldiers dropped and the marketplace was dominated by Darklords, and then Abyss Actors. Now with both themes cooling off, Insight made a solid return at Number 6.

 Red-Eyes Insight
$3.92
$1.86
$0.49
Red-Eyes Insight124762
Set Invasion: Vengeance
Number INOV-EN060
Type Normal Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Rare
Card Text

Send 1 "Red-Eyes" monster from your hand or Deck to the Graveyard; add 1 "Red-Eyes" Spell/Trap Card from your Deck to your hand, except "Red-Eyes Insight". You can only activate 1 "Red-Eyes Insight" per turn.


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#5: Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn

More and more players are flocking to Lightsworn with and without Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn, and combined with enthusiasm for Infernoids in the post-Raging Tempest environment, we saw a big run on Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn.

You can check out recent OCG deck lists over on The Organization to see some examples of up-and-coming Infernoid variants made possible by The Grass Is Always Tastier On The Other Side, AKA Lawnmowing Next Door and see Raiden in action. The card's Number 5 placing over the weekend is likely a function of its use both here, and in the future.

 Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn
$4.47
$2.56
$1.25
Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn90993
Set Structure Deck: Realm of Light
Number SDLI-EN003
Level 4
Type Tuner Monster
Monster Warrior
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1700 / 100
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

You can send the top 2 cards of your Deck to the Graveyard, then, if there is a "Lightsworn" monster among those cards, this card gains 200 ATK until your opponent's End Phase. You can only use this effect of "Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn" once per turn. During each of your End Phases: Send the top 2 cards of your Deck to the Graveyard. You must control this face-up card to activate and to resolve this effect.


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#4: Blackwing - Gofu the Vague Shadow

Metalfoes were a hot prospect last week coming off YCS Anaheim, and it looks like players continued to adopt the deck over the weekend. While Blackwing - Gofu the Vague Shadow clocked in at an admirable Number 4, we also saw Raremetalfoes Bismugear at Nmber 11, Metalfoes Steelen at 13, Metalfoes Goldriver at 15, showing broad interest in the strategy.

Majespecter Metalfoes is one of the three biggest decks of the format, and with new variants like Yang Zing Metalfoes emerging in big tournaments, combined with Billy Brake's massive win at Bochum, the strategy just keeps getting more and more tempting.

 Blackwing - Gofu the Vague Shadow
$3.47
$0.93
$0.21
Blackwing - Gofu the Vague Shadow121270
Set The Dark Illusion
Number TDIL-EN013
Level 5
Type Tuner/Effect Monster
Monster Winged Beast
Attribute DARK 
Rarity Common
Card Text

Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) while you control no monsters. When this card is Special Summoned from the hand: You can Special Summon 2 "Vague Shadow Tokens" (Winged Beast/DARK/Level 1/ATK 0/DEF 0), but they cannot be Tributed or be used as Synchro Material. You can banish this card and 1 or more face-up non-Tuners you control, then target 1 "Blackwing" Synchro Monster in your Graveyard whose Level equals the total Levels the banished monsters had on the field; Special Summon it, and if you do, it is treated as a Tuner.


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#3: Allure of Darkness

A huge seller since its reprinting in Destiny Soldiers, Allure of Darkness held strong at Number 3. As we've said before the past few weeks, Allure's one of the most powerful “Draw 2” spells in the game, and factors like the continued fringe success of Dark Synchro variants, the rise of Darklords, and combos with Pot of Acquisitiveness and related cards all seem to have worked together to keep Allure in the top half of the Top 10, week in and week out.

Which stands in stark comparison to our next big seller.

 Allure of Darkness
$8.27
$5.20
$3.49
Allure of Darkness125300
Set Destiny Soldiers
Number DESO-EN044
Type Normal Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Draw 2 cards, then banish 1 DARK monster from your hand, or, if you do not have any in your hand, send your entire hand to the Graveyard.


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#2: Royal Oppression

Why? I have no idea. Royal Oppression's been Forbidden for ages, and I think anyone who believes it's coming off the list any time soon needs to get their head checked. The card's wildly overpowered and flies in the face of the direction game design is headed, making it wildly unlikely. No one I spoke to this week seemed to have a reason for this thing to sell so well in so many different printings. If you can solve the mystery, shout it out down in the comments. We must be missing something.

 Royal Oppression
$7.95
$1.18
$0.69
Royal Oppression47600
Set Gold Series 4: Pyramids Edition
Number GLD4-EN047
Type Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Gold Rare
Card Text

Either player can pay 800 Life Points to negate the Special Summon of a monster(s), and/or an effect that Special Summons a monster(s), and destroy those cards.


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#1: Dark Hole

And finally, after strong showings that saw it often favored over Book of Eclipse and Swords of Concealing Light at both YCS Anaheim and YCS Bochum, Dark Hole saw massive sales as competitive duelists on-trend set out to add copies to their Side Decks, and in some cases Main Decks. While Dark Hole isn't quite as flexible as alternatives like Eclipse and Swords, the element of permanence is huge, answering problem-cards that might survive other answers just to dominate you again a turn later.

As of this writing, Dark Hole was played in sixteen of the twenty-five Top 32 decks logged from YCS Anaheim, and seven of the nine logged Top Cut decks from Bochum. That represents a tremendous shift, and a ton of people took notice as Dark Hole moved in huge numbers. This is a metagame-defining trend that could have big ramifications over the coming week, so definitely expect to see more Dark Hole in your tournaments.

 Dark Hole
$4.89
$2.96
$1.33
Dark Hole66853
Set Legendary Collection 3: Yugi's World
Number LCYW-EN053
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

Destroy all monsters on the field.


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Other notable showings this week? Return of the Dragon Lords spiked in sales as Blue-Eyes White Dragon made a bit of a resurgence in back-to-back Championships, and we saw significant niche interest in Cairngorgon, Antiluminescent Knight, which gained some more popularity over the weekend as a sleeper pick in ABC's.

That's it for now, but join us on Friday when we see where these trends wind up, four days later.

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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