Market Watch Top 10: Extreme Force Reactions

Jason Grabher-Meyer

12/8/2017 11:02:00 AM
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The big news of the week was the reveal of import cards from the OCG's LINK VRAINS Pack, scheduled for release stateside in Extreme Force . The market reacted accordingly.

Looking at sales numbers from Monday to Friday this week, the brunt of the impact seems to've been dealt by Heavymetalfoes Electrumite , the first of the cards to be spotlighted on the official Konami strategy site. Calling for two Pendulum Monsters as its Link Materials, Electrumite loads your Extra Deck, recovers Pendulums from the Extra Deck to your hand, and nabs you free draws when your Pendulum Spells leave the field.

That had an immediate impact on Pendulum Magicians, revitalizing interest in the theme and shooting two of the deck's staple monsters into the Top 10. Beyond that, generic Link Monsters were even more popular than theyw ere before, while enabling cards spiked as well. The Link Monster acceptance train just keeps chugging along.

With no further ado, let's take you straight to the Top 10.

#10: Decode Talker

While Proxy Dragon and Missus Radiant are a common sight here in Market Watch, the just-as-ubiquitous Decode Talker is a rarity in the Top 10. It managed to take the Number 10 spot this week as increased discussion drew more attention to Links in general. Meanwhile tournament results continue to push decks further toward Link Summoning, leading to more demand.

 Decode Talker
$6.49
$4.75
$3.87
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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#9: Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio

A tremendous enabler for Link Summons, Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio featured in several Top Cut decks from YCS Prague and it's a definite get when so many awesome Link Monsters are cluttering the horizon. Even if many of them are themed, some of the best are actually approaching generic, including Cherubini, Black Angel of the Burning Abyss and Crystron Needlefiber .

Predaplants can open up a lot of doors with their different abilities, and the recent tournament success plus upward trajectory was enough to kick Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio to Number 9.

 Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio
$2.66
$1.55
$1.00
Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio131126
Set Maximum Crisis
Number MACR-EN009
Level 3
Type Effect Monster
Monster Plant
Attribute DARK 
A / D 1200 / 800
Rarity Rare
Card Text

If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can send 1 monster from your hand to the Graveyard; Special Summon 1 "Predaplant" monster from your Deck, except "Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio". You can only use this effect of "Predaplant Ophyrs Scorpio" once per turn.


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#8: Solemn Strike

Solemn Strike: still an amazing card everyone should own.

The wealth of Go-Second SPYRAL decks winning tournaments lately has created a divide, with players hoping to go first now forced to defend their established fields even more. That's one of the many factors continuing to drive demand for Solemn Strike, which continues to appear in ever-increasing numbers in Top Cut lists.

 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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#7: Six Samurai United

Weeks after the release of Spirit Warriors, the Samurai hype is still alive, perhaps owing to the anticipation for Legendary Shadow of the Six Samurai – a card in such vocal demand from hardcore fans, you'd think it was Elemental Hero Stratos.

 Six Samurai United
$1.79
$0.32
$0.15
Six Samurai United152404
Set Spirit Warriors
Number SPWA-EN013
Type Continuous Spell
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Each time a "Six Samurai" monster(s) is Normal or Special Summoned, place 1 Bushido Counter on this card (max. 2). You can send this card to the GY; draw 1 card for each Bushido Counter on this card.


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#6: Purple Poison Magician

The early hubbub-driving “leak” of Heavymetalfoes Electrumite sparked a renewed fervor for Pendulum Magicians, which were already in a powder keg state after the deck took four spots in the Top 32 at YCS Buenos Aires. We've seen Purple Poison Magician become one of the strongest sellers for the Pendulum Magician theme in the deck's hottest weeks, so it's no surprise to see it here.

 Purple Poison Magician
$1.95
$0.93
$0.40
Purple Poison Magician134953
Set Pendulum Evolution
Number PEVO-EN006
Level 4
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute DARK 
A / D 1200 / 2100
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : Once per turn, if your DARK Spellcaster-Type monster battles, before damage calculation: You can activate this effect; that monster gains 1200 ATK (until the end of the Damage Step), then destroy this card.
Monster Effect : (This card is always treated as a "Fusion Dragon" card.) If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can target 1 face-up card on the field; destroy it.


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#5: Dogoran, the Mad Flame Kaiju

This one's a bit more of a blank slate to me. Kaiju engines complete with Interrupted Kaiju Slumber are definitely up in Top Cut tableshare, but was that enough to drive Dogoran alone into the Top 10? I feel like I'm missing something here. Dinosaurs?

If you have the answer, let me know down in the comments.

 Dogoran, the Mad Flame Kaiju
$5.97
$2.29
$0.58
Dogoran, the Mad Flame Kaiju122395
Set 2016 Mega-Tins Mega Pack
Number MP16-EN098
Level 8
Type Effect Monster
Monster Dinosaur
Attribute FIRE 
A / D 3000 / 1200
Rarity Rare
Card Text

You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) to your opponent's side of the field in Attack Position, by Tributing 1 monster they control. If your opponent controls a "Kaiju" monster, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand) in Attack Position. You can only control 1 "Kaiju" monster. Once per turn: You can remove 3 Kaiju Counters from anywhere on the field; destroy all monsters your opponent controls. This card cannot attack the turn you activate this effect.


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#4: Soul Charge

Fresh off its latest reprint in Cyberse Link, Soul Charge is played in SPYRALs and a wealth of other currently competitive decks. It's a big pick for Six Samurai as well, which spiked in demand at the same time off the release of Spirit Warriors.

Soul Charge has essentially been on the cusp of brokenness since it was released, and as a flexible, splashable card that can often function as a win button almost entirely on its own, occasional spikes of demand are a fairly regular occurrence.

 Soul Charge
$1.47
$0.97
$0.30
Soul Charge149329
Set Structure Deck: Cyberse Link
Number SDCL-EN024
Type Normal Spell
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Common
Card Text

Target any number of monsters in your GY; Special Summon them, and if you do, you lose 1000 LP for each monster Special Summoned by this effect. You cannot conduct your Battle Phase the turn you activate this card. You can only activate 1 "Soul Charge" per turn.


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#3: Astrograph Sorcerer

Also back in large part due to the impact of Heavymetalfoes Electrumite, Astrograph Sorcerer. We've seen Astrograph fall out of competitive favor in tournaments over the past four to six weeks, but it's always been a hot seller in the TCGplayer Marketplace. It's got an obvious appeal both as a possible competitive pick, and just as an attractive boss monster, and that seems to keep demand strong when interest in Pendulum Magicians is on the rise.

 Astrograph Sorcerer
$4.99
$4.10
$3.10
Astrograph Sorcerer134948
Set Pendulum Evolution
Number PEVO-EN001
Level 7
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute DARK 
A / D 2500 / 2000
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : During your Main Phase: You can destroy this card, and if you do, take 1 "Stargazer Magician" from your hand or Deck, and either place it in your Pendulum Zone or Special Summon it. You can only use this effect of "Astrograph Sorcerer" once per turn.
Monster Effect : If a card(s) you control is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can Special Summon this card from your hand, then you can choose 1 monster in the Graveyard, Extra Deck, or that is banished, and that was destroyed this turn, and add 1 monster with the same name from your Deck to your hand. You can banish this card you control, plus 4 monsters from your hand, field, and/or Graveyard (1 each with "Pendulum Dragon", "Xyz Dragon", "Synchro Dragon", and "Fusion Dragon" in their names); Special Summon 1 "Supreme King Z-ARC" from your Extra Deck. (This is treated as a Fusion Summon.)


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#2: Proxy Dragon

More interest in Link Monsters = more sales of Proxy Dragon. A must-play singleton and potential two-of in Link strategies, its merit speaks for itself. You rarely play Link Monsters without it.

 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 once again, the bestselling card of the year logged another week in the Number 1 spot. The past several weeks has seen players trying to work Pot of Desires into decks where it wasn't previously played – including SPYRAL, in at least some cases. At the same time, rising popularity of stuff like Magicians, Zombies, and Infernoids has kept up the demand for Desires, too.

As one of the most powerful cards in the game today, Pot of Desires has become a common sight in the Number 1 spot.

 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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What else was big this week? We saw more Magician enthusiasm with Duelist Alliance and Double Iris Magician at Numbers 12 and 13 respectively. We saw a potential backlash against Magicians too, with Anti-Spell Fragrance clocking in at Number 11.

SPYRAL Tough and Terraforming took the Number 14 and Number 15 spots, demonstrating that the SPYRAL hype train is still well on track, while Zefraath sold to the Number 16 position. If you missed it, Zefras broke onto the competitive radar three weeks ago when Maurice Douglas Top 8'd the Lenex Regional Qualifier with a dedicated build . He played triple Zefraath, rightly so, and left quite the impression.

That's it for this week, but we'll be back on Monday with a look at all the action from this weekend. See you then!

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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