Market Watch Top 10: First Hits From Legendary Duelists

Jason Grabher-Meyer

9/11/2017 11:00:00 AM
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The new Legendary Duelists release dropped on Friday, and today we get our first look at the biggest cards from the set, as we see the Top 10 bestsellers from Friday to Monday.

At the same time we saw big hubbub about Qliphorts getting new support in the OCG's upcoming LINK VRAINS Pack , slated to release in Japan on November 25th. That kicked off some demand for Qliphorts, while the dominant cards in the TCGplayer Marketplace continued to be the new material and biggest reprints from the 2017 Mega-Tins and Mega Pack.

With no further ado, let's dive right in and look at the Top 10 bestsellers from the weekend!

#10: Back to the Front

One of the three highest-selling cards from Code of the Duelist in the first weeks of the set's run, Back to the Front fell from grace when it became readily apparent that absolutely no one had any use for a better Call Of The Haunted.

That situation hasn't changed much in the weeks that followed, but demand for the card surged once again, to the point that it beat out a ton of new material from Legendary Duelists.

 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: Qliphort Stealth

Not only did Qliphort Stealth come in at Number 9 for the weekend in the wake of fresh expectations for new Qliphort support, but Qliphort Monolith crossed the finish line at Number 11 and Qliphort Carrier was Number 12.

That doesn't mean much for now, but it does demonstrate that big interest in the theme. If and when we get new cards for Qli's here in the TCG, you can expect the new support to arrive to a ready audience.

 Qliphort Stealth
$4.25
$0.79
$0.35
Qliphort Stealth105399
Set 2015 Mega-Tins Mega Pack
Number MP15-EN210
Level 8
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Machine
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 2800 / 1000
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : You cannot Special Summon monsters, except "Qli" monsters. This effect cannot be negated. All "Qli" monsters you control gain 300 ATK.
Monster Effect : You can Normal Summon this card without Tributing. If this card is Normal Summoned without Tributing, or is Special Summoned, its Level becomes 4 and its original ATK becomes 1800. If this card is Normal Summoned/Set, it is unaffected by activated effects from any monster whose original Level/Rank is lower than this card's current Level. When this card is Tribute Summoned by Tributing a "Qli" monster(s): You can target 1 card on the field; return it to the hand. Your opponent cannot activate cards or effects in response to this effect's activation.


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#8: Drowning Mirror Force

We saw some recent enthusiasm for Drowning Mirror Force in Market Watch columns, and it's surged once again thanks to its Mega Pack reprint, dropping it from the double digits to about a buck-fifty. It's actually on a neutral or upwards price trend at the time of this writing, though that could easily change as the more sellers see the demand and list more copies. It's probably not a high priority card for a lot of sellers listing incomplete stock right now, but higher sales will change that pretty quickly.

 Drowning Mirror Force
$13.00
$8.25
$2.75
Drowning Mirror Force117960
Set Shining Victories
Number SHVI-EN075
Type 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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#7: Cyberdark Inferno

Next up, the first of the well-received cards from Legendary Duelists! Not much made an impact from the new set, but Cyberdarks were the big exception; the new cards do a pretty great job of solving some of the theme's longstanding problems, as Doug explained in his Ahead Of The Curve article this week .

The new Cyberdark Field Spell protects your cards from destruction and targeting, rearranges your board and hand to make sure you have the right cards equipped in the right places, and threatens a free search if your opponent destroys it. It's very obviously worth playing, and exists to shore up old problems while helping you leverage the new cards better.

 Cyberdark Inferno
$5.65
$3.99
$3.43
Cyberdark Inferno144988
Set Legendary Duelists
Number LEDU-EN025
Type Field Spell
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

"Cyberdark" Effect Monsters you control that are equipped with an Equip Card cannot be destroyed by your opponent's card effects, also your opponent cannot target them with card effects. You can target 1 "Cyberdark" monster you control; return it to the hand, then, immediately after this effect resolves, you can Normal Summon 1 "Cyberdark" monster. You can only use this effect of "Cyberdark Inferno" once per turn. If this card in its owner's control is destroyed by an opponent's card effect: You can add 1 "Polymerization" Spell or "Fusion" Spell from your Deck to your hand.


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#6: Full Force Virus

Back from last week's Top 10, Full Force Virus came into vogue with the rising enthusiasm for Cyberdarks, since it's possible to activate in that strategy. Is it better than alternatives like Dimensional Barrier, Solemn Strike, and Lost Wind? That remains to be seen, and trying to play FFV could be gilding the lily or just plain reaching too far since it requires big plays to resolve. But at less than a buck a pop thanks to its reprint, it's not exactly a pricy card to try out for yourself, and that made it a popular buy.

Beyond that, FFV also saw big success in Johnny Nguyen's deck from the Tulsa Regional Qualifier this weekend, where Nguyen took 1st Place in the final standings with - wait for it - Kozmos. Was that a factor? Quite possibly. We'll have to see what impact if any Nguyen's latest amazing feat has on competition.

 Full Force Virus
$5.00
$1.49
$0.99
Full Force Virus141724
Set 2017 Mega-Tins Mega Pack
Number MP17-EN228
Type Normal Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

Tribute 1 DARK monster with 2000 or more DEF; check your opponent's hand, all monsters they control, and all cards they draw until the end of their 3rd turn after this card's activation, and destroy all those monsters with 1500 or less DEF.


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#5: Cyberdark Claw

The new Cyberdark monsters are equippable Dragons that can be pitched straight from your hand to search cards essential to the Cyberdark strategy. They are, in a word, nutty. Dumping them to the yard gets you a card you wanted anyways, thins your deck, and then places a 1600 ATK Dragon in your graveyard to combo with your Machine-type Cyberdarks. Each also has an effect that kicks in when it's equipped and hits the yard, and then another effect that does something in Damage Calculation.

Cyberdark Claw searches Cyberdark Impact! or Cyberdark Inferno when you chuck it from your hand, and when it moves from the field to the yard as an equip you can get back a Cyberdark monster from your graveyard and add it to your hand. Including Cyberdark Claw. Which is the kind of thing cards like this normally don't let you do, especially if the card is good.

Finally, when Cyberdark Claw's equipped to a monster that battles, you can load your graveyard with a monster from your Extra Deck. That means you can pop something with Elder Entity N'tss or put a Fusion or Polymerization spell on layaway with Predaplant Chimerafflesia. The sheer range of the two new Cyberdark Dragon-types is what makes them so impressive, and when you break it all down you can see why they're so popular right out of the gates.

 Cyberdark Claw
$2.25
$0.56
$0.25
Cyberdark Claw144986
Set Legendary Duelists
Number LEDU-EN023
Level 3
Type Effect Monster
Monster Dragon
Attribute DARK 
A / D 1600 / 800
Rarity Rare
Card Text

If this card is sent to the GY while equipped to a monster: You can target 1 "Cyberdark" monster in your GY; add it to your hand. You can only use each of the following effects of "Cyberdark Claw" once per turn.
You can discard this card; add 1 "Cyberdark" Spell/Trap from your Deck to your hand.
During damage calculation, if a monster equipped with this card battles: You can send 1 monster from your Extra Deck to the GY.


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#4: Cyberdark Cannon

Cyberdark Cannon is effectively more of the same, with an even better search effect that grabs you a Cyberdark Machine from your deck when you pitch it, a free draw when it hits the graveyard as an equip, and a free Foolish Burial when the monster it's equipped to battles. That could be fodder for your Cyberdark Fusion plays, or it could be anything else; any monster is fair game.

The sheer amount of deck thinning this deck now leverages deserves a nod. You're searching a ton of cards turn to turn, and you're sending about as many to your graveyard in the process. That means better access to big standard power cards than many other strategies, and more ease in getting to key themed cards even if you're not searching them.

The only cards that beat out the Cyberdarks in sales this weekend are the usual suspects.

 Cyberdark Cannon
$2.00
$0.58
$0.33
Cyberdark Cannon144985
Set Legendary Duelists
Number LEDU-EN022
Level 3
Type Effect Monster
Monster Dragon
Attribute DARK 
A / D 1600 / 800
Rarity Rare
Card Text

If this card is sent to the GY while equipped to a monster: You can draw 1 card. You can only use each of the following effects of "Cyberdark Cannon" once per turn.
You can discard this card; add 1 Machine "Cyberdark" monster from your Deck to your hand.
During damage calculation, if a monster equipped with this card battles: You can send 1 monster from your Deck to the GY.


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#3: Decode Talker

At this point it's getting kind of surprising that people still need Decode Talkers, but here we are. Supply's actually starting to dry up, and the card's approaching $5 some days depending on supply. If a big surge of supply doesn't rush in to fill demand, we can probably expect to see Decode Talker continue climbing.

Suddenly it's going to be in demand for speculation purposes, which could put it in an entirely new league.

 Decode Talker
$5.97
$4.60
$3.69
Decode Talker138065
Set Starter Deck: Link Strike
Number YS17-EN041
Type Link/Effect Monster
Monster Cyberse
Attribute DARK 
A / D 2300 /
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

2+ Effect Monsters
Gains 500 ATK for each monster it points to. When your opponent activates a card or effect that targets a card(s) you control (Quick Effect): You can Tribute 1 monster this card points to; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card.


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#2: Proxy Dragon

Will Proxy Dragon go the same way? For now it's still on a flat Price Trend with a steady Market Value of $1.50 the past few days, and supply is still five pages deep. But the drying up of Decode Talkers is a bit concerning, and Proxy Dragon's about as important to the future of competition. At $1.50 a pop it still has some definite upside.

 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

And finally, Pot of Desires wound up on top yet again. Unsurprisingly the supply in the TCGplayer Marketplace is similar to that of Proxy Dragon meaning there's still tons of them available but the demand just isn't slowing. So far that hasn't increased its price, but we'll see how that plays out as the fall season kicks up and players on hiatus from the summer lull return to competition.

There's not much to say about Pot of Desires that we haven't said already. It's a must-run in most of the current top decks, and it stands a good chance of keeping that status in whatever new Advanced Format we eventually see. At $1.50 it's a must-buy if you don't have your play set yet one of the most powerful cards of recent memory, available for a ridiculously low price.

There's a reason this thing used to be north of eighty bucks.

 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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And that's it for the weekend! Was this all Legendary Duelists has to offer? We'll have a better answer to that question and a better idea of how long the release's legs will be when we see the next set of numbers on Friday. We also may see some responses to the release of the Yugi's Collector Box, since that launches Friday as a swift followup.

Join us then, for our next Market Watch.

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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