Market Watch Top 10: Another Regional Weekend

Jason Grabher-Meyer

9/4/2017 11:00:00 AM
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Another Monday Market Watch, another snapshot of the secondary market with no F&L List in sight.

It was another big weekend for Regional Qualifiers in North America, with no fewer than seven Regionals held in major Dueling cities like Denver, Ft. Worth, and Indianapolis, as well as a Canadian Regional in Winnipeg.

There were some interesting results that have already rolled in from those tournaments , but for the most part we're seeing a continuation of existing trends: the Rock Paper Scissors game of Pure Zoodiacs, True Draco Zoodiacs, and Kaiju Zoodiacs continues; True King Dinosaur variants are putting in some work; Demise True Draco remains a big part of competition; and everything else is a long-shot rogue.

Similar statements could be made about the secondary market and the TCGplayer Marketplace over the weekend too, as we saw recent trends extend straight through the Friday to Monday sales period.

Here's the latest Top 10 countdown; the bestselling cards by volume in the TCGplayer Marketplace.

#10: Elder Entity N'tss

Back in the Top 10, it's safe to say the overall response to Elder Entity N'Tss exceeded most players' expectations. Despite the “too little, too late” outlook when N'Tss was first announced for the 2017 Mega-Tins, it's been a solid seller ever since the Tins released, and its recent showings in decks like Nekroz and especially Infernoids in the OCG have breathed a steady stream of life into the card.

The fact that Infernoids actually topped in Kissimmee Florida last weekend might be helping its rep as well, though it's worth noting that Abraham Jalloul's Top 8 Regional list didn't run N'Tss anyways.

 Elder Entity N'tss
Price N/A
Elder Entity N'tss141275
Set 2017 Mega-Tins
Number CT14-EN009
Level 4
Type Fusion/Effect Monster
Monster Fairy
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 2500 / 1200
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

1 Synchro Monster + 1 Xyz Monster
Must be Special Summoned (from your Extra Deck) by sending the above cards you control to the GY. (You do not use "Polymerization".) Once per turn: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 monster from your hand. If this card is sent to the GY: You can target 1 card on the field; destroy it. You can only Special Summon "Elder Entity N'tss(s)" once per turn.


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StephCurrysJumper Limited - Near Mint 10 $0.27
NeutronBlastGaming Limited - Near Mint 1 $0.29

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#9: Missus Radiant

Are Zoodiacs still legal? They are, which means Missus Radiant is still the most important Link Monster in the game.

 Missus Radiant
$3.96
$1.43
$0.86
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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IvannLand 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $0.86
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donaldw 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.00
Amazing Discoveries Unlimited - Near Mint 8 $1.07

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#8: Starving Venom Fusion Dragon

Sometimes you just can't stop the crush of anime-driven fandom, and that appears to be the case for Starving Venom Fusion Dragon. If there's a competitive use for it I don't think I've run into it before, but with fandom at a fevered pitch for both Dark Magician and Blue-Eyes White Dragon reprints, it's not much of a stretch to imagine ARC-V enthusiasts picking up Fusion Dragons with its reprint dropping it from twelve dollars to one.

 Starving Venom Fusion Dragon
$3.99
$1.20
$0.35
Starving Venom Fusion Dragon141637
Set 2017 Mega-Tins Mega Pack
Number MP17-EN147
Level 8
Type Fusion/Effect Monster
Monster Dragon
Attribute DARK 
A / D 2800 / 2000
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

2 DARK monsters on the field, except Tokens
If this card is Fusion Summoned: You can make this card gain ATK equal to 1 Special Summoned monster your opponent controls, until the end of this turn. Once per turn: You can target 1 Level 5 or higher monster your opponent controls; until the end of this turn, this card's name becomes that monster's original name, and replace this effect with that monster's original effects. If this Fusion Summoned card is destroyed: You can destroy all Special Summoned monsters your opponent controls.


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Team Upstart 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.43
Flutterguy games 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.45
Collector's Cache 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.48

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#7: Dark Magical Circle

On the slightly more competitive side of that fandom trend, Dark Magical Circle continues to sell well, once again sticking a spot in the Top 10 as the card drops from $30 in its original printing fromThe Dark Illusion, to a much more comfortable six bucks in the 2017 Mega-Tins.

 Dark Magical Circle
$8.87
$2.60
$1.95
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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#6: Foolish Burial Goods

We still don't have Frightfur Patchwork , so I'm not sure why this card matters, but at this point I'm just going to blame Doug Zeeff .

In all seriousness Foolish Burial Goods is a unique spell that can fill an important role if we see the right releases in the future. But for now it has no immediate use I'm aware of, and unlike most of the high-demand reprints we've seen, the drop in value from its original printing to its reissue is only a few bucks. It's a bit odd to see Foolish Burial Goods selling so well – shout it out in the comments if I'm missing something.

 Foolish Burial Goods
$7.89
$4.99
$3.90
Foolish Burial Goods141714
Set 2017 Mega-Tins Mega Pack
Number MP17-EN218
Type Normal Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

Send 1 Spell/Trap Card from your Deck to the Graveyard. You can only activate 1 "Foolish Burial Goods" per turn.


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#5: Cosmic Cyclone

Demise True Dracos and True Draco Zoodiacs seem to gain more of a footing in competitive metagames every weekend, and that's kept Cosmic Cyclone the removal card of choice, at least in North America. While Heavy Storm Duster saw a ton of play at YCS Rimini, it made very little impact in stateside Regionals for another weekend running, at least as far as we can see from logged Top Cut finishes.

Add the fact that Cosmic Cyclone seems very likely to survive a new F&L List unscathed, and you've got a great opportunity to pick up a now-much-more-affordable card that everyone should own three of.

 Cosmic Cyclone
$11.99
$6.99
$5.28
Cosmic Cyclone141498
Set 2017 Mega-Tins Mega Pack
Number MP17-EN105
Type Quick-Play 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: Dimensional Barrier

And while we're on the topic of once-expensive cards you should probably own three of that recently became far more affordable, Dimensional Barrier continued to see a ton of play this past weekend.

While Barrier's shelf life may be limited with the next F&L List likely to push Link Summoning to the front of competition, it's an amazing card that a lot of players underestimated in the wake of the WCQ season, only to return to it when tournaments continued to be dominated by Zoodiacs.

Barring a Semi-Limited or Limited status, not much is going to plunge Dimensional Barrier's value any time soon, and it's already pretty low at eight to ten dollars all things considered.

 Dimensional Barrier
$9.74
$5.00
$4.00
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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#3: The White Stone of Ancients

Shooting up from the Number 6 position last week, The White Stone of Ancients outperformed all but two cards in the TCGplayer Marketplace this weekend, topping the charts with authority.

That's a bit of a surprise; it's reasonable to see fan-driven cards rank in the lower half of our Market Watch Top 10's, but much rarer for them to break into the Top 3, and since BEWD's not seeing any tournament play at present we have to assume that most of the interest is from casual duelfans.

The alternative would be to suggest a hefty speculation from dealers and players looking to make a fast buck betting on a new Advanced Format, but since we have no idea when that format change is coming, and there's no guarantee a new format could push Blue-Eyes White Dragon, that seems like less of a factor.

 The White Stone of Ancients
$4.04
$2.54
$1.75
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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#2: Proxy Dragon

And finally, after seeing Proxy Dragon at the Number 1 spot last week, it fell to Number 2, trading places with….

 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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#1: …Pot of Desires…

…Over the weekend. More and more Top Cut finishers are swearing by Pot of Desires these days, and while Proxy Dragon's a must-own for some future era of competition, Pot of Desires is a must in the here and now. Few players want to invest big bucks while they wait to see a new Advanced Format, and Pot of Desires is so affordable that it's a painless expense. Nobody's really expecting to see it restricted anyways.

In the vacuum between the sunset of an old format and the announcement of a new one, inexpensive high-impact cards that can be played in a wide spread of decks are often a perfect fit for new duelists, and more veteran competitors looking to fill gaps in their collection. The logic here's not tough to understand, as Pot of Desires just seems easier and easier to both purchase and play with each passing week.

 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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That's it for the Top 10, but we also saw big interest this week in Revendread Slayer, Terraforming, Floodgate Trap Hole, Magician Navigation, and Shiranui Solitaire, which took the Number 11 to Number 15 spots respectively. Floodgate Trap Hole's become a huge addition to a number of top strategies, seeing both mained and Side Decked play, while Shiranui Solitaire remains a card of interest with a handful of 60-card decks still topping Regionals.

Terraforming needs no explanation and Magician Navigation is another of the uber-popular fan-driven cards now way down in price, but the sudden resurgence of demand for Revendread Slayer's an interesting quirk. Will it see tournament play at some point? Some players are clearly betting yes once again.

The new Legendary Duelists release hits on Friday, just in time for our next Market Watch! Check back with us then to see what the biggest winners were from the pre-sale of the new set. See you then!

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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