Market Watch Top 10: Hot Tech From YCS Prague

Jason Grabher-Meyer

12/1/2017 11:02:00 AM
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With lots of deck lists now available from YCS Prague , we saw some new competitive trends in the TCGplayer Marketplace this week.

Recent interest in the Six Samurai theme, spurred by new releases in Spirit Warriors, remained strong again this week, and Weather Painters just slipped from the Top 10. In their place was enthusiasm for some big competitive staples, and some newly popularized cards that performed well at the YCS.

With SPYRAL's role a lock for current tournament play, the bulk of the new additions to our countdown focused on the next biggest deck in competition: players were looking to win with Trickstars, and beat back the rising Trickstar threat.

How were those trends demonstrated in sales numbers from Monday to Friday? Let's look at the Top 10, starting with an obvious example.

#10: Eater of Millions

Formerly a niche tech pick in a handful of Top Cut and near-Top Cut Trickstar decks, Eater of Millions took off like a slow burning rocket at YCS Prague. Max Van Nijverseel and Darren Stephenson played two copies to the Top 32 ; Henri Dopheide played three copies to the Top 32 ; and Pham Dinh Khang Top 8'd with a full playset . We even saw Luke Coogan split 1st and 2nd in the Mega Regional public event with three copies.

In the OCG, Eater of Millions is played in part for easy access to Linkuriboh. But it's still easy Material for summons here in the TCG, as well as a Special Summoned answer to big boss monsters; either forcing disruption effects so you can go off with Trickstar plays, or removing problem monsters entirely. We've seen the Trickstar deck evolve a lot over the past few months, and now it finally feels as if we're arriving at a standard build.

After YCS Prague, Eater of Millions appears to be a part of that new standard.

 Eater of Millions
$1.17
$0.20
$0.08
Eater of Millions127286
Set Raging Tempest
Number RATE-EN032
Level 1
Type Effect Monster
Monster Fiend
Attribute DARK 
Rarity Common
Card Text

Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand) by banishing 5 or more cards from your hand, field and/or Extra Deck, face-down, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. This card gains 100 ATK and DEF for each face-down banished card. This face-up card on the field cannot be Tributed, nor used as Material for a Fusion, Synchro, or Xyz Summon. Once per turn, at the start of the Damage Step, if this card battles an opponent's monster: You can banish that opponent's monster, face-down.


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#9: Solemn Strike

YCS Prague did nothing to reduce the number of perceived viable strategies in the Advanced Format, and that's shunted Solemn Strike back into the Top 10 once again. How Solemn Strike will be played moving forward, in a competitive environment where going second is suddenly much more appealing, is up in the air. But its sheer power level means it always has a niche in competition.

 Solemn Strike
Price N/A
Solemn Strike145917
Set Code of the Duelist
Number COTD-ENSE2
Type Counter Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

When a monster(s) would be Special Summoned, or a monster effect is activated: Pay 1500 LP; negate the Summon or activation, and if you do, destroy that card.


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#8: Secret Six Samurai - Kizaru

The Six Samurai still captured three spots n the Top 10 despite an expected no-show at the YCS, and Secret Six Samurai – Kizaru remains a three-of in most builds. It search effect and the free card economy it offers is too good to ignore, and that's kept in in demand as interest continues to ride high in the revived theme.

 Secret Six Samurai - Kizaru
$4.99
$3.25
$1.99
Secret Six Samurai - Kizaru152399
Set Spirit Warriors
Number SPWA-EN005
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Warrior
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1900 / 1000
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

When this card is Special Summoned: You can add from your Deck to your hand, 1 "Six Samurai" monster with a different Attribute from every monster you control. If exactly 1 "Six Samurai" monster you control (and no other cards) would be destroyed by card effect, you can banish this card from your GY instead.


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#7: Legendary Six Samurai - Kizan

One of the easiest Special Summons and best beatsticks in the Six Sam strategy, Legendary Six Samurai – Kizan has been one of the hottest cards in the game since Spirit Warriors reprinted it, and that demand continued this week.

 Legendary Six Samurai - Kizan
$2.50
$0.33
$0.19
Legendary Six Samurai - Kizan152402
Set Spirit Warriors
Number SPWA-EN010
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Warrior
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1800 / 500
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

If you control a "Six Samurai" monster with a different name, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand). While you control 2 or more other "Six Samurai" monsters, this card gains 300 ATK and DEF.


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#6: Cosmic Cyclone

Cosmic Cyclone's reprint in Structure Deck: Cyberse Link helped bring it into the reach of budget players, and it remains the most valuable and card from the release, outselling other big hits like Dimensional Barrier, Tri-Gate Wizard, Soul Charge, and Glow-Up Bulb. While many formats are characterized by a single S/T removal card, we've seen Cosmic Cyclone, Twin Twisters, and Mystical Space Typhoon all topping tournaments, so even in the weeks when Cyclone hasn't been the biggest of the bunch it's still seeing play.

New accessibility always means new demand for such a staple card, and people keep picking up more copies of this one.

 Cosmic Cyclone
$4.90
$2.95
$1.74
Cosmic Cyclone149334
Set Structure Deck: Cyberse Link
Number SDCL-EN029
Type Quick-Play Spell
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Common
Card Text

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


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#5: Secret Six Samurai - Fuma

The last Six Samurai to make the cut, Secret Six Samurai – Fuma is game-saver, a play-marker, and an all-around Swiss army knife of a card that ties the new Six Sam builds together. Solving problems with Legendary Six Samurai – Enishi and leading into plays for Legendary Six Samurai – Shi En, it does everything you could want it to do, and it's now riding an upward Price Trend at an average Market Price of about $7.25 – way up from Friday.

 Secret Six Samurai - Fuma
$9.28
$6.25
$5.00
Secret Six Samurai - Fuma152392
Set Spirit Warriors
Number SPWA-EN001
Level 1
Type Tuner/Effect Monster
Monster Warrior
Attribute WIND 
A / D 200 / 1800
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can Special Summon 1 "Six Samurai" monster from your Deck, except "Secret Six Samurai - Fuma". If exactly 1 "Six Samurai" monster you control (and no other cards) would be destroyed by card effect, you can banish this card from your GY instead.


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#4: Honest

More Trickstars means more demand for Honest, and it's continued to see more sales across an ever-widening audience over the past two weeks. With twelve printings in total, the reissue in Spirit Warriors led to a ton of speculative orders last week as hoarders stocked up, but this time around the sales were much more widespread, suggesting more players will be bringing Trickstars to Regionals and locals in December.

 Honest
$1.99
$0.28
$0.19
Honest152456
Set Spirit Warriors
Number SPWA-EN047
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Fairy
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1100 / 1900
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

During your Main Phase: You can return this face-up card from the field to the hand. During the Damage Step, when a LIGHT monster you control battles (Quick Effect): You can send this card from your hand to the GY; that monster gains ATK equal to the ATK of the opponent's monster it is battling, until the end of this turn.


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#3: Proxy Dragon

Proxy Dragon bounces onto the bestseller list every weeks, and now its time has come back around. The rising use of Scapegoat has brought Link Monsters into even more strategies than before with Trickstars being the biggest new converts, and that always means more demand. Link Monsters continue to become more and more ubiquitous in competition.

 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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#2: Pot of Desires

Surprisingly, Pot of Desires was NOT Number 1 on the salescharts this week! Instead, that top spot went to…

 Pot of Desires
$60.99
$14.01
$11.00
Pot of Desires121323
Set The Dark Illusion
Number TDIL-EN066
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Secret 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: PSY-Framegear Epsilon

Yes, the Trickstar Reincarnation beating hand trap sold by the dozens to a mid-sized audience this week, as players paying attention scrabbled to get their playsets and speculators looked to get ahead of the curve! A mere common from High-Speed Riders, Epsilon was going for pennies and can still be had for less than a nickel from some sellers, but its average Market Price is already up to 25 cents as of this writing.

Firmly on an upward Price Trend these last few days, it's easy to see the perceived opportunity: a surprise answer to the hand-ruining combos Trickstar players rely on, Epsilon offers the same payoffs as PSY-Framegear Gamma but solves different problems. It's an easy swap for any deck already maining Gamma, and we saw proof of that in Raphael Neven's 1st Place YCS-winning deck where he sided three copies .

Remember, that same list also put Robin Bachofner into the Top 16 , Lorenzo Santoni into the Top 8 , and Joshua Schmidt into the Top 4 , and took at least one spot in the Top 32. Epsilon was huge at YCS Prague, and the market responded accordingly. You can bet you're going to start seeing it at your tournaments, so Trickstar players need to watch out.

 PSY-Framegear Epsilon
$1.19
$0.21
$0.08
PSY-Framegear Epsilon106030
Set High-Speed Riders
Number HSRD-EN033
Level 2
Type Tuner/Effect Monster
Monster Psychic
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1500 / 0
Rarity Common
Card Text

Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned by a card effect, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. During either player's turn, when an opponent's Trap Card is activated while you control no monsters: You can Special Summon this card from your hand and 1 "PSY-Frame Driver" from your hand, Deck, or Graveyard, and if you do, negate the activation, and if you do that, destroy it. During the End Phase, banish any monsters Summoned this way.


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That's it for this week, but we'll be back on Monday with another look at the trends emerging from YCS Prague. See you then!

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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