Market Watch: What's Hot After Regionals

Jason Grabher-Meyer

8/21/2017 11:02:00 AM
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The 2018 competitive season kicked off with Regional Qualifiers this weekend, and we saw some immediate shifts in the TCGplayer Marketplace.

For the uninitiated this is our twice-weekly Market Watch column, where we look at sales from over 1000 active Yu-Gi-Oh! sellers right here on TCGplayer, and tally up everything to show you the Top 10 bestselling cards from the latest sales period. Every Monday we look at secondary market action from Friday to Monday morning, and this time around that means we're looking at a slice of the marketplace that was actively shifting in response to Regional Qualifier results – the first Regionals played under the new Link Summoning rules.

You can see the first batch of Top 8 Regional deck lists from Salt Lake City, Seattle, Fargo, Shreveport, Lubbock, and Parsippany over in the Deck Archive. In a nutshell, Zoodiacs remained strong: Pure builds continued to put in the biggest results, while True Draco variants made numerous Top Cuts and some players ran Kaiju Zoodiacs to stop them.

The only major adaptation these decks made for Link Summoning was to play Missus Radiant and rejigger their Extra Deck lineups to take full advantage of it. From there it was just a matter of swapping around tech cards: Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring was big since it's more useful against a range of matchups than the more specific Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit; Floodgate Trap Hole saw a spike in use as well. After weeks of high sales, Heavy Storm Duster only appeared in a couple of Side Decks, but it did partly contribute to the trend of fewer and fewer trap cards in Zoodiac main decks.

The good news? That wasn't all that topped. Chris Watton Top 8'd the Seattle Regional with a 60-Card Plant Zombie Lightsworn deck, capitalizing on Ryko, Twilightsworn Fighter. He played Decode Talker, Gaia Saber, the Lightning Shadow, Ib the World Chalice Priestess, and double Firewall Dragon, making way more use of Link Monsters than the Zoodiac decks. Dinosaurs made a comeback in metagames like Fargo North Dakota and Seattle, played with Yang Zings for strong early game setups hingeing on Denglong, First of the Yang Zing. And Will Preising topped the Salt Lake City Regional with Volcanic True Dracos, tributing off his searchable Blaze Accelerator Reload for Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King to set up big disruption with a flexible field wipe off Volcanic Scattershot.

News of what happened at the weekend's Regionals was a little slow to emerge, so it's tough to say how much of the marketplace action was really a response to that info. But regardless, there were some big shifts from the patterns we saw in the wake of Code of the Duelist, and with YCS Toronto just days away any insight could prove to be valuable.

Let's get to it! Here are the Top 10 bestselling cards in the TCGplayer Marketplace from Friday to Monday.

#10: Back to the Front

The newer, and in many ways better Call Of The Haunted alternative was an immovable installation in the Top 3 in our previous countdowns, all the way back to Code of the Duelist's debut. But it fell from grace over the weekend, possibly in response to the rising trend of players simply running fewer and fewer trap cards. If the most dominant decks are largely combo-based, then reactive cards are box office poison; they just don't help you outpace your opponent because they don't feed your win. And almost everything we saw topping this weekend was effectively an explosive combo deck.

That kind of play philosophy makes any non-combo card a liability, and if the card in question is a slow trap card that may require opponent action to, say, load your graveyard? Then you're proper screwed. I'll be surprised if we see Back to the Front back in the Top 10 unless the next F&L List changes the game drastically, shifting players' attentions away from big combo strategies.

 Back to the Front
$2.66
$2.24
$0.99
Back to the Front139250
Set Code of the Duelist
Number COTD-EN077
Type Normal Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Rare
Card Text

Target 1 monster in your GY; Special Summon it in Defense Position.


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#9: Gouki Re-Match

We saw a big push for Goukis last Monday, which was a bit of a headscratcher at the time since the deck's rarely if ever seen competitive success abroad. That enthusiasm slipped a bit over the weekend, though Gouki Suprex and Gouki Riscorpio still took the Number 11 and Number 12 spots, while Gouki Re-Match took Number 9.

Still kind of confusing.

 Gouki Re-Match
$1.50
$0.24
$0.10
Gouki Re-Match139225
Set Code of the Duelist
Number COTD-EN054
Type Normal Spell
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Target 2 "Gouki" monsters in your GY with different Levels; Special Summon them in Defense Position. You can only activate 1 "Gouki Re-Match" per turn.


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#8: Transmodify

Transmodify's been on and off the Top 10 list for weeks now ever since Link Strike was released, and for a variety of reasons. ABC-Dragon Buster's been a high profile deck in the OCG, though it no longer really plays Transmodify due to Link Summoning rules. And the deck failed to materialize over the weekend… At least as we know so far.

But Trickstars have been successful with Transmodify, while Goukis can use it too. It's likely a combination of those factors that drove Transmodify back into the Top 10 once again.

 Transmodify
$12.98
$5.17
$2.90
Transmodify70865
Set Judgment of the Light
Number JOTL-EN067
Type Normal Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

Send 1 face-up monster you control to the Graveyard; Special Summon from your Deck, 1 monster with the same Type and Attribute as that monster in the Graveyard, but 1 level higher. You can only activate 1 "Transmodify" per turn.


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#7: Pot of Duality

Card of Demise decks often see more play at the beginning of new formats, and with YCS Toronto assumedly the last Championship of our current Advanced Format, Demise is picking up some steam. Where Card of Demise goes Pot of Duality follows, and its fresh reprint in Link Strike made it even more accessible than it was before.

Will Duality prove to be too slow for the next format? That's anybody's guess, but if True Dracos survive and Zoodiacs take a hit, the Demise draw engine could become hugely relevant once again.

 Pot of Duality
$1.99
$1.41
$0.95
Pot of Duality123517
Set Legendary Decks II
Number LDK2-ENY34
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Common
Card Text

Excavate the top 3 cards of your Deck, add 1 of them to your hand, also, after that, shuffle the rest back into your Deck. You can only activate 1 "Pot of Duality" per turn. You cannot Special Summon during the turn you activate this card.


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#6: Terraforming

Dinosaurs and True Dracos both run Dragonic Diagram, so unless you were playing Pure Zoo this weekend or something entirely rogue, you were probably running Terraforming. Newly reprinted in Link Strike, it's in rich supply, and with new Field Spells now in play for the latest Code of the Duelist themes, this card's an absolute must-own staple in preparation for the next format.

 Terraforming
$1.25
$0.78
$0.45
Terraforming138052
Set Starter Deck: Link Strike
Number YS17-EN031
Type Normal Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Common
Card Text

Add 1 Field Spell from your Deck to your hand.


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#5: Auram, the World Chalice Blademaster

We've yet to see World Chalice post any big results from the weekend, but results are still coming in. World Chalice emerged as the biggest and most-demanded theme from Code of the Duelist as the hype surrounding Vendreads settled to a light buzz; we've seen most of the deck's key monsters in our Top 10's at least once as a result. Now it's Auram's turn, catapulting straight to Number 5.

 Auram the World Chalice Blademaster
$1.50
$0.29
$0.17
Auram the World Chalice Blademaster139213
Set Code of the Duelist
Number COTD-EN049
Type Link/Effect Monster
Monster Cyberse
Attribute FIRE 
A / D 2000 /
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

2 "World Chalice" monsters
Gains 300 ATK for each "World Legacy" monster in your GY with a different name. You can Tribute 1 "World Chalice" monster this card points to, then target 1 other monster in your GY; Special Summon it to your zone this card points to. You can only use this effect of "Auram the World Chalice Blademaster" once per turn. If this card is sent from the field to the GY: You can Special Summon 1 "World Chalice" monster from your hand.


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#4: Blackwing - Gofu the Vague Shadow

Still the best reason to play Link Monsters, Blackwing - Gofu the Vague Shadow's an instant Decode Talker or Missus Radiant by way of Link Spiders, and the boost it offers you as a Turn 1 play is currently the driving reason to play Links. That said, few players are running Links right now anyways. But Gofu's hugely affordable, and it's almost a guarantee that the next F&L List will pull some strings to put Link Monsters front and center.

Anyone who doesn't own Gofus now should be picking them up, while speculators may be starting to smell blood in the water.

 Blackwing - Gofu the Vague Shadow
$3.25
$1.49
$0.99
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: Ib the World Chalice Priestess

Still one of the best pseudo-generic Link Monsters in the OCG, and definitely one of the best here in our more limited TCG card pool, Ib the World Chalice Priestess Top 8'd this weekend in at least one case – Chris Watton's Plant Zombie Lightsworn deck. Easy to Summon as a Link 2 and only requiring Link Materials of non-matching types and attributes, Ib's a great fit for many strategies that value combo potential over name-stamped theming, which makes it a top prospect in a combo-driven format. It's like it was custom made for mish-mash “best of everything” combo decks.

With an effect that protects both itself and whatever it's linked to, Ib's great with Topologic Bomber Dragon, though we've yet to see that card materialize in a top cut. That may just be a matter of time, and it's worth noting that Ib's continued to be a big card in OCG metagames well through the release of Circuit Break. As a 40-cent Super Rare it's an easy card to justify picking up.

 Ib the World Chalice Priestess
$1.75
$0.50
$0.15
Ib the World Chalice Priestess139212
Set Code of the Duelist
Number COTD-EN048
Type Link/Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute WATER 
A / D 1800 /
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

2 monsters with different Types and Attributes
This linked card cannot be destroyed by battle or card effects. Your opponent cannot target this linked card with card effects. If a monster(s) this card points to would be destroyed by a card effect, you can send this card to the GY instead. If this card is sent from the field to the GY: You can Special Summon 1 "World Chalice" monster from your hand.


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#2: Missus Radiant

No surprise here: for many tournament players, Missus Radiant's literally the only Link Monster that matters, acting as a compensatory extender in Zoodiac decks that helps you outplay the limitations of the new Link Summoning rules.

Even beyond that context it's clearly the easiest way to put multiple Link Arrows on your field, and its Earth ATK boost is so powerful that it's bound to become a finer point of high-level competition starting as early as YCS Toronto. (Kelly Locke wrote a great piece on the impact of that effect and how it can be turned against its controller just last week.)

Missus Radiant's already $1.50 and it's currently on a neutral price trend. The main thing keeping it from being an even hotter prospect is the general consensus that the new F&L List will flatten its potential in Zoodiacs by… well…killing Zoodiacs. But even if that happens, Missus Radiant's still going to be a must-own for pretty much everyone moving forward. Its rarity and its status as a one-of or two-of at most keeps it from becoming the next Twin Twisters.

 Missus Radiant
$2.42
$1.75
$1.00
Missus Radiant139218
Set Code of the Duelist
Number COTD-EN052
Type Link/Effect Monster
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1400 /
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

2 EARTH monsters
All EARTH monsters on the field gain 500 ATK and DEF, also all WIND monsters on the field lose 400 ATK and DEF. If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can target 1 EARTH monster in your GY; add it to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Missus Radiant" once per turn.


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#1: Heavy Storm Duster

And finally, Heavy Storm Duster was once again the biggest seller in the TCGplayer Marketplace! That's kind of surprising, because the lack of trap cards appears to have kept it from seeing almost any play in tournaments this past weekend: Will Preising sided three copies in his Volcanic True Dracos while Jeremy Cummins sided one in True Draco Zoo, but if anybody else topped with it we haven't seen the deck list yet. Small backrows and the popularity of True Draco decks, which are better countered with Cosmic Cyclone, combined with the emphasis on speed, might keep Heavy Storm Duster from seeing play until the new format.

But at the same time the card's sheer power level is so obviousl that it's smart to own a playset, and it could make some sort of showing this weekend at the YCS. Heavy Storm Duster's been coasting on its potential for a while, but the tension of the impending new format is keeping demand high. Nobody wants to sleep on something like this and then see it spike to eight bucks. It's already at a very solid $2 right now, making it the most expensive Super Rare in the set.

 Heavy Storm Duster
$4.27
$2.52
$0.97
Heavy Storm Duster139249
Set Code of the Duelist
Number COTD-EN076
Type Normal Trap
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Target up to 2 Spells/Traps on the field; destroy them. You cannot conduct your Battle Phase the turn you activate this card.


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That's it for this week, but we'll have one more Market Watch for you on Friday before we see how everything shakes out at YCS Toronto! Again, deck lists from this past weekend were a bit slow to appear, so lots of players are only just seeing the bulk of those strategies.

That means we're bound to see some reactions to those push factors over the course of this week, and it should make Friday an interesting read. We'll see you then!

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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