Market Watch Top 10: The Last Of The Format

Jason Grabher-Meyer

6/9/2017 11:00:00 AM
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Welcome to the final Market Watch countdown of the current Advanced Format!

As we counted down the hours this week to the new F&L List, more and more deck lists emerged from Regional Top 8ís and National Championships. And while there was a surprising volume of success for rogue decks last weekend, the biggest story to come out of the dozen or so Regional Qualifiers played in North American metagames was a big increase of Demise True Draco strategies in Top 8ís.

After several weeks of success for True Draco Zoodiacs, a more pure strain of Dracos suddenly saw a resurgence in places like Ft. Worth Texas, Kissimmee Florida, and St. Louis Missourri. Different variants ran cards like Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo, Deck Lockdown, and Skill Drain, straying from the format norm of ubiquitous hand traps to leverage the pure card advantage of Card of Demise instead. It was the kind of development we donít normally see in the sunset phase of a format, and combined with the rise of True Draco Zoodiacs, the result was a heavy demand for True Draco cards once again.

Meanwhile we saw a bit of a Rebound for Dinosaur variants with and without Dragonic Diagram, which seems noteworthy as we head into what many are hoping will be a second chance format for the theme. We also saw some new life for SPYRALS and Blue-Eyes White Dragon, while some recent tournament results in the OCG may have determined our Number 1 bestseller once again.

Without further ado, letís get right to the Top 10.

#10: Quaking Mirror Force

Quaking Mirror Force has seen a bit more play lately, but it also got some endorsements from notable players as a potential point of investment this week. Those two factors likely combined to raise Quaking Mirror Force into the Top 10, sending the Dinosmasherís Fury reprint to an average Market Price of $3.50 on an upward price trend.

 Quaking Mirror Force
$5.73
$3.75
$2.99
Quaking Mirror Force130146
Set Structure Deck: Dinosmasher's Fury
Number SR04-EN036
Type Normal Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Common
Card Text

When an opponent's monster declares an attack: Change all Attack Position monsters your opponent controls to face-down Defense Position. Monsters changed to face-down Defense Position by this effect cannot change their battle positions.


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#9: Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio

Baobaboonís started to gain major steam in tournaments, and enthusiasm for Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio and Predaplant Darlingtonia Cobra seems to be slipping a little in response, but Scorpio was still the Number 9 bestselling card in the TCGplayer Marketplace this week. Cobra was close behind at Number 12.

Weíve said it before, but pretty much everything that could replace Speedroid Terrortop and Speedroid Taketomborg in the new format has been selling really well since the announcement of the new F&L List. Predaplants, Baobaboon, and Windwitches are all going to be big in the early weeks of completion.

 Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio
$2.66
$1.49
$0.60
Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio131126
Set Maximum Crisis
Number MACR-EN009
Level 3
Type Effect Monster
Monster Plant
Attribute DARK 
A / D 1200 / 800
Rarity Rare
Card Text

If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can send 1 monster from your hand to the Graveyard; Special Summon 1 "Predaplant" monster from your Deck, except "Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio". You can only use this effect of "Predaplant Ophyrs Scorpio" once per turn.


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#8: Thousand-Eyes Restrict

The classic Fusion Monsterís abrupt return to the Top 10 is probably a late response to Elder Entity Nordenís soon-to-be-Forbidden status, as players look for new ways Ė or old ways Ė to use Instant Fusion. Loukas played Thousand-Eyes Restrict in this weekís Rerouting Deck Fix, though heís far from the only player experimenting with it.

 Thousand-Eyes Restrict
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$0.75
$0.36
Thousand-Eyes Restrict122985
Set Duelist Pack: Rivals of the Pharaoh
Number DPRP-EN046
Level 1
Type Fusion/Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute DARK 
Rarity Rare
Card Text

"Relinquished" + "Thousand-Eyes Idol"
Other monsters cannot change their battle position or attack. Once per turn, you can equip 1 monster your opponent controls to this card (max 1). This card's ATK and DEF become the same as the equipped monster's. If this card would be destroyed by battle, the equipped monster is destroyed instead.


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#7: True King Lithosagym, the Disaster

The lynchpin True King in True King Dinosaur decks fell from Number 1 to Number 7 over the course of the last few days, but the successful Dinosaur decks we saw cropping up in Regional Qualifier Top 8ís this week kept True King Lithosagym, the Disaster firm at Number 7.

The Disaster remains one of the hottest cards of 2017 so far, but weíll have to see if Dinosaurs can capitalize on the new format before we can judge if that trend will continue. For now, the cardís continued popularity seems to suggest a lot of players will be playing Dinosaurs come Monday.

 True King Lithosagym, the Disaster
$5.93
$2.41
$0.50
True King Lithosagym, the Disaster127273
Set Raging Tempest
Number RATE-EN019
Level 9
Type Effect Monster
Monster Wyrm
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 2500 / 2300
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

If this card is in your hand: You can destroy 2 other monsters in your hand and/or face-up on your field, including an EARTH monster, and if you do, Special Summon this card, and if you do that, and both destroyed monsters were EARTH, you can also look at your opponent's Extra Deck and banish up to 3 monsters from it with different names. If this card is destroyed by card effect: You can Special Summon 1 non-EARTH Wyrm-Type monster from your Graveyard. You can only use each effect of "True King Lithosagym, the Disaster" once per turn.


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#6: Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit

Itís kind of peculiar to see Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit suddenly back in the Top 10, since many duelists expect that it wonít be as useful in the new Advanced Format. Why did it spike to Number 6 this week? Unclear. It remained extremely popular in Regionals Top 8ís, but itís been a must-run for months now.

 Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit
$7.12
$5.75
$4.05
Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit122297
Set 2016 Mega-Tins
Number CT13-EN012
Level 3
Type Tuner/Effect Monster
Monster Psychic
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 0 / 1800
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

During either player's turn, when a monster on the field activates its effect, or when a Spell/Trap Card that is already face-up on the field activates its effect: You can send this card from your hand or field to the Graveyard; destroy that card on the field. You can only use this effect of "Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit" once per turn.


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#5: Interrupted Kaiju Slumber

More True Dracos means more reasons to run Kaijus, and full Kaiju engines with three to four Kaiju monsters plus double Interrupted Kaiju Slumber become more and more common with each passing week. Itís no surprise to see Slumber back in the Top 1; itís been here more times than we can count since its initial release.

Still under three bucks, itís a wildly affordable must-own for any serious competitive player. The demand is well understood at this point.

 Interrupted Kaiju Slumber
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$2.98
$2.00
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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#4: True King's Return

Down from the Number 3 spot it held on Monday, True King's Return has turned from a one-of in True Draco Zoodiacs to a potential two-of in that deck, and its status as a must-run at three in Demise Draco variants seemed vastly more important after the weekend, where we saw many Demise True Draco players making Regional Top 8ís.

Itís easy to see why True King's Return held its momentum, and itís safe to expect weíll see lots of it in the upcoming format.

 True King's Return
$7.70
$2.89
$0.86
True King's Return131186
Set Maximum Crisis
Number MACR-EN069
Type Continuous Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

If this card is sent from the Spell & Trap Zone to the Graveyard: You can target 1 monster on the field; destroy it. You cannot activate the following effects of "True King's Return" in the same Chain.
- You can target 1 "True Draco" or "True King" monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon it in Defense Position, also for the rest of this turn, you cannot Special Summon.
- During your opponent's Main Phase, you can: Immediately after this effect resolves, Tribute Summon 1 "True Draco" or "True King" monster face-up.
You can only use each effect of "True King's Return" once per turn.


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#3: Dinomight Knight, the True Dracofighter

Our next bestseller was more interesting, as Dinomight Knight, the True Dracofighter jumped from nowhere near the Top 10 last week, to Number 8 on Monday, and now all the way to Number 3.

Most of thatís probably due to the rise of Demise Draco variants, but we did see at least one notable example of Dinomight Knight in a True Draco Zoo variant, since it was played to a Championship win at the Spanish Nationals.

More suggestive that this was a response to Demise Dracoís surge: Ignis Heat clocked in at Number 11 from Monday to Friday, and Majesty Maiden, the True Dracocaster came in at Number 17. There are clearly a lot of people who were inspired to pick up Demise True Dracos this week, since neither card has ever seen play in Draco Zoo.

 Dinomight Knight, the True Dracofighter
$8.00
$2.56
$1.00
Dinomight Knight, the True Dracofighter131139
Set Maximum Crisis
Number MACR-EN022
Level 6
Type Effect Monster
Monster Wyrm
Attribute WATER 
A / D 2500 / 1200
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

To Tribute Summon this card face-up, you can Tribute a Continuous Spell/Trap Card you control, instead of a monster. Once per turn, during either player's turn, when your opponent activates a card or effect while you control this Tribute Summoned monster: You can take 1 "True Draco" or "True King" Continuous Trap Card from your Deck, and either activate it or add it to your hand.


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#2: True Draco Heritage

Up from Number 4 on Monday, True Draco Heritage is about as popular as True King's Return. Itís played as a singleton and now an emerging two-of in True Draco Zoodiacs, and itís an obvious staple at three in Demise Draco.

Is there a price spike in the making to get ahead of? Heritage is currently on a flat Price Trend, so it seems safe for now, but Ultra Rares from recent releases under the current foil collation are always vulnerable to price spikes. The fact that we could see not one, but two top decks running Heritage next format is slightly concerning.

 True Draco Heritage
$6.60
$3.26
$0.86
True Draco Heritage131171
Set Maximum Crisis
Number MACR-EN054
Type Continuous Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

During your Main Phase: You can draw cards equal to the number of "True Draco" and "True King" card types (Monster, Spell, and Trap) sent from the field to the Graveyard this turn. During your Main Phase, you can: Immediately after this effect resolves, Tribute Summon 1 "True Draco" or "True King" monster face-up. If this card is sent from the Spell & Trap Zone to the Graveyard: You can target 1 Spell/Trap Card on the field; destroy it. You can only use each effect of "True Draco Heritage" once per turn.


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#1: Fairy Tail - Luna

And finally, several logged tournament decks in the OCG this week played triple Fairy Tail Ė Luna in Kaiju Windwitch decks, as documented by our friends over at The Organization. Itís very good in the mirror match in the OCG, and while aspirations for its use are a bit more varied here in the TCG, it seems as if those tournament results made it a hot prospect.

As an accessible Super Rare with competitive potential and a possible speculative upside, itís no longer surprising whenever we see it spike back into the Top 5.

 Fairy Tail - Luna
$1.51
$0.47
$0.23
Fairy Tail - Luna131155
Set Maximum Crisis
Number MACR-EN038
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1850 / 1000
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

When this card is Normal Summoned: You can add 1 Spellcaster-Type monster with 1850 ATK from your Deck to your hand. Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; your opponent can send 1 card with that monster's name from their Deck or Extra Deck to the Graveyard to negate this effect, otherwise return both this card and that monster to the hand.


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And that was it for this, the last Market Watch Top 10 under the current Advanced Format. Come Monday weíll bring you another countdown to kick off the new era of competition, but the secondary market wonít have nearly so much to go off of Ė there are only two more Regional Qualifiers left in the North American season: one in Rosemont Illinois, and one in London, Ontario; effectively Chicago and Toronto.

From there weíll see the Central American WCQ on June 24th, the South American WCQ on July 1st, and finally the North American WCQ on July 8th. The 2016/2017 competitive season is winding up to its grand finale at the World Championship in August, and weíll be bringing you all the secondary market trends along the way.

See you on Monday!

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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