Market Watch Top 10: YCS Fallout and Mega-Tin Action

Jason Grabher-Meyer

9/1/2017 11:02:00 AM
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Dozens of deck lists from YCS Toronto and YCS Rimini are logged, and more and more players perused them this over the past few days. Meanwhile, duelists have had a full week to grab their top picks from the 2017 Mega-Tins, and the secondary market's beginning to give us a better picture of player responses to the reprints and new promos.

The result was a week of action in the TCGplayer Marketplace that looked a lot like the sales patterns we saw over the weekend, but with some different cards on the list as things shook out – including some direct responses to happenings at the YCS tournaments.

Let's get right into the breakdown, starting with the return of a Code of the Duelist card that was huge in the Marketplace, dipped due to lack of Regional play, and then hit it big in Rimini.

#10: Heavy Storm Duster

Virtually nobody at YCS Toronto played Heavy Storm Duster, and the same can be said of its performance in North American Regional Qualifiers. But it was huge at YCS Rimini , mained and sided in Andreas Vrellos' winning Pure Zoodiacs , mained at three copies in Jonas Spreng's Top 4 Zoo , and then played all throughout the Top 32.

Hand traps were more popular at YCS Toronto than they were at YCS Rimini, where more players in the Top 32 appeared to have played disruptive backrow instead. That created a situation where Heavy Storm Duster could do some major damage; every player that ran it seemed to say good things about it post-event. And while those conditions may remain different for a while, North American players clearly took note as interested in Duster surged once again.

 Heavy Storm Duster
$4.27
$2.50
$1.15
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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#9: Dark Magical Circle

Cards for classic fan-favorite themes reprinted in the 2017 Mega-Tins were big last weekend, and they remained in the Top 10 over the course of the week despite taking a bit of a tumble down the charts. Dark Magical Circle led the pack at Number 5 as of Monday, but it was actually overtaken by other options from Monday to today.

 Dark Magical Circle
$11.74
$6.35
$4.00
Dark Magical Circle141491
Set 2017 Mega-Tins Mega Pack
Number MP17-EN100
Type Continuous Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

When this card is activated: Look at the top 3 cards of your Deck, then you can reveal 1 "Dark Magician" or 1 Spell/Trap Card that specifically lists the card "Dark Magician", among them, and add it to your hand, also place the remaining cards on top of your Deck in any order. If "Dark Magician" is Normal or Special Summoned to your field (except during the Damage Step): You can target 1 card your opponent controls; banish it. You can only use each effect of "Dark Magical Circle" once per turn.


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#8: Magician Navigation

Magician Navigation was down from Number 7 last weekend to Number 8, but actually outsold Dark Magical Circle and Dark Magician, the latter of which disappeared entirely from the Top 10. Instead of Dark Magician topping the salescharts, another fan-favorite character card entered the Top 10 at Number 6 instead. More on that momentarily, but first a new entry that didn't chart last weekend….

 Magician Navigation
$12.10
$6.50
$5.11
Magician Navigation141503
Set 2017 Mega-Tins Mega Pack
Number MP17-EN110
Type Normal Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

Special Summon 1 "Dark Magician" from your hand, then Special Summon 1 Level 7 or lower DARK Spellcaster-Type monster from your Deck. If you control "Dark Magician", except the turn this card was sent to the Graveyard: You can banish this card from your Graveyard, then target 1 face-up Spell/Trap Card your opponent controls; it has its effects negated until the end of this turn.


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Collector's Cache 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $5.25
ZarateChops 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $5.26
bmanzcards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $5.75
IDeal808 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $5.95
CoreTCG 1st Edition - Near Mint 15 $5.99

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#7: Drowning Mirror Force

…None other than Drowning Mirror Force. This card was Number 12 in sales over the weekend, and surged into the Number 7 spot this week. While it's yet to see competitive play in recent memory, and didn't appear in logged deck lists yet from either YCS, Storming Mirror Force and Quaking Mirror Force have both seen Top Cut success in recent tournaments and players are drawing comparisons.

Drowning Mirror Force is arguably the most punishing of the Mirror Force trap cards, cutting through any form of protection a monster might have save immunity to trap cards and just being in defense mode. Sadly that means it often struggles to deal with Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King, and won't hit a wealth of Zoodiac set-ups in plenty of cases. But still, Drowning Mirror Force was a $7-$9 card before its reprinting, and now it's available for about a tenth of that.

The Mirror Force cards are all pretty good, and owning a playset of each is an attractive prospect. At such a low price, the appeal's easy to understand.

 Drowning Mirror Force
$5.00
$2.47
$1.50
Drowning Mirror Force141361
Set 2017 Mega-Tins Mega Pack
Number MP17-EN041
Type Normal Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

When an opponent's monster declares a direct attack: Shuffle all Attack Position monsters your opponent controls into the Deck.


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#6: The White Stone of Ancients

We saw some niche interest in The White Stone of Ancients over the weekend, but demand was far bigger and more widespread from Monday to Friday. Blue-Eyes White Dragon is a huge fan-favorite for casuals and competitives alike, and with the new F&L List potentially dragging down bigger decks to BEWD's level, now could be the right time to stock up on cards for the strategy.

Pretty much everything for the deck is affordable right now, and The White Stone of Ancients was one of the last missing pieces of the puzzle. While it was reprinted in Legendary Decks II and is still widely available, it appeared in that set as a Common, and the new Ultra Rare reprint is cheaper than the non-foil version.

 The White Stone of Ancients
$5.99
$2.90
$1.76
The White Stone of Ancients141292
Set 2017 Mega-Tins Mega Pack
Number MP17-EN013
Level 1
Type Tuner/Effect Monster
Monster Dragon
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 600 / 500
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Once per turn, during the End Phase, if this card is in the Graveyard because it was sent there this turn: You can Special Summon 1 "Blue-Eyes" monster from your Deck. You can banish this card from your Graveyard, then target 1 "Blue-Eyes" monster in your Graveyard; add it to your hand. You can only use this effect of "The White Stone of Ancients" once per turn.


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#5: Cosmic Cyclone

Cosmic Cyclone was huge at YCS Toronto and North American Regionals, and though Twin Twisters and Heavy Storm Duster saw comparatively more play at YCS Rimini, Cosmic Cyclone was still a big factor for the obvious reasons: largest amongst them the popularity of True Dracos. While Draco variants weren't as big in Rimini as they are here, Cyclone's still pretty much a must-own, and the opportunity to pick it up for five bucks instead of twenty was a big hit with a ton of players.

Nothing like getting an entire playset of a competitive staple for less than what a single copy used to cost.

 Cosmic Cyclone
$49.95
$13.80
$9.90
Cosmic Cyclone121322
Set The Dark Illusion
Number TDIL-EN065
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

Pay 1000 LP, then target 1 Spell/Trap Card on the field; banish it.


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#4: Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries

Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries hasn't seen much play this summer, but it was the only hand trap in Joshua Schmidt's Top 4 Demise True Draco build at YCS Rimini . That deck usually avoids hand traps, largely because they conflict with Card of Demise, but Schmidt smashed up competitors all weekend long, sparking a resurgence of interest. Schmidt's incredible track record has made him one of the game's biggest tastemakers, and the competitive community clearly took note of his success.

 Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries
$17.00
$7.95
$7.49
Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries141317
Set 2017 Mega-Tins Mega Pack
Number MP17-EN022
Level 3
Type Tuner/Effect Monster
Monster Zombie
Attribute DARK 
A / D 0 / 1800
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

During either player's turn, if your opponent controls more monsters than you do: You can discard this card; reveal 1 card in your Extra Deck, then look at your opponent's Extra Deck, also banish all cards in their Extra Deck with the same name as that revealed card. You can only use this effect of "Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries" once per turn.


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#3: Dimensional Barrier

Some players predicted a big dip in play for Dimensional Barrier once Link Monsters arrived, but as long as Zoodiacs remain dominant in tournament play, that just isn't a factor. Dimensional Barrier was big in every major tournament this past weekend, and that won't change any time soon unless there's a major F&L List shakeup. Which… well, it's Friday of a long weekend and we still don't have a new format yet. It's actually up a spot in th Top 10 from last week.

So yeah. Dimensional Barrier gets at least another weekend of supremacy.

 Dimensional Barrier
$9.99
$9.89
$6.99
Dimensional Barrier141659
Set 2017 Mega-Tins Mega Pack
Number MP17-EN163
Type Normal Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

Declare 1 monster card type (Ritual, Fusion, Synchro, Xyz, or Pendulum); for the rest of this turn, neither player can Special Summon monsters of the declared type, also negate the effects of all monsters of that type while they are on the field. You can only activate 1 "Dimensional Barrier" per turn.


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#2: Pot of Desires

Holding its place from its Number 2 spot over the weekend, Pot of Desires is still massive, still available at less than three bucks a piece. The continued demand for this card is one of the factors making it easy for retailers to crack entire cases of the 2017 Mega-Tins, with several sellers in the TCGplayer Marketplace each listing over 100 copies at present.

While Pot of Desires went from seeing no play in Zoodiacs, to becoming a one-of or two-of, we're now seeing players moving all-in on it and running entire playsets. As high-level competition continues to get more and more invested in resource management, and players moved to running entire playsets of Zoodiac Thoroughblade and Zoodiac Whiptail more ubiquitously, Pot of Desires just becomes more and more important.

 Pot of Desires
Price N/A
Pot of Desires141277
Set 2017 Mega-Tins
Number CT14-EN004
Type Normal Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Banish 10 cards from the top of your Deck, face-down; draw 2 cards. You can only activate 1 "Pot of Desires" per turn.


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#1: Proxy Dragon

But once again, Proxy Dragon outsold everything else in the TCGplayer Marketplace! After the terrifying ruination left in the wake of Eric Dalton's run at YCS Toronto we're left in a weird situation: on one hand, Link Monsters won some more credibility; and on the other hand, nobody wants to invest in bigger cards like Firewall Dragon for fear of seeing them on the F&L List.

That leaves cards like Proxy Dragon in a high-demand position since they're so safe; cards that are obvious must-runs for the foreseeable future in Link-heavy strategies, but that don't seem problematic enough to land on the F&L List.

It's always intriguing to see cards generally played as singletons topping the sales charts; it means a ton of individual players are picking up their copies, and some players are picking up extras. Since Proxy Dragon's still just $1.50 it's very likely that some players are picking up entire playsets because why not.

 Proxy Dragon
Price N/A
Proxy Dragon141276
Set 2017 Mega-Tins
Number CT14-EN003
Type Link/Effect Monster
Monster Cyberse
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1400 /
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

2 monsters
If a card(s) you control would be destroyed by battle or card effect, you can destroy 1 of your monsters this card points to, instead.


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What else was big this week? Zoodiac Barrage nearly made the Top 10 at Number 11; Foolish Burial Goods came in at Number 12; Missus Radiant was Number 13; Blackwing - Gofu the Vague Shadow was Number 14; and Zoodiac Drident was Number 15. There's clearly a substantial number of players gambling on the idea that Zoodiacs may make it through the F&L List. And aside from that, interest in standard Link Summoning support continues to rumble along in the background.

That's it for this week, but we'll be back after the long weekend with another look at the bestselling cards in the TCGplayer Marketplace!

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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