Market Watch Top 10: OCG Influences

Jason Grabher-Meyer

12/15/2017 11:00:00 AM
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As Regional Qualifiers started to wind down stateside, Japanese product previews and the reveal of the OCG's next F&L List made an impact on the TCGplayer Marketplace.

While current OCG metagames appear to be pretty healthy and varied week to week , the new F&L List seems to work to preserve that careful balance, while bringing other strategies into the mix… Including a few getting support from upcoming releases. The new Advanced Format curbs SPYRALs with a Limit to SPYRAL Resort, and a carryover of the TCG's Limits on SPYRAL Quik-Fix and SPYRAL GEAR – Drone. It even Forbids Ancient Fairy Dragon, though that may have had more to do with the want to let players have two copies of Set Rotation, now Semi-Limited.

But other big strategies saw few or no further hits, leaving the bulk of the changes to individual balances and a needed restriction on Token-driven cards like Dandylion, Scapegoat, and Blackwing – Steam the Cloak. Amongst the big winners were Nekroz, Monarchs, and Elemental Lords, at least two of which are now confirmed to get big support in January's Flames of Destruction.

In fact, the unveiling of sixteen new cards from FLOD was another big factor guiding the secondary market this week, sparking immediate interest in Elemental Lords and Nekroz. We'll get to those cards as we work our way closer to the Number 1 bestseller this week, but first, let's start with a continued winner here in TCG territories.

#10: Purple Poison Magician

Pendulum Magicians have been a hot ticket since the deck's recovering performance at YCS Buenos Aires and the reveal of Heavymetalfoes Electrumite last week, the latter now slated for the TCG version of Extreme Force. The enthusiasm continued through this week, with Magicians taking no fewer than three spots in the Top 10, starting with the ever-popular Purple Poison Magician.

 Purple Poison Magician
$1.95
$0.90
$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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#9: Soul Charge

Next up, Soul Charge remains a big seller after its reprinting in Structure Deck: Cyberse Link, a staple for numerous competitive decks in tournaments today, and a popular pick for hot fan-favorites like Six Samurai. It's one of the most powerful spells ever printed, and even though it's Limited it continues to see widespread sales that transcend speculation, hitting a wide audience of people who apparently didn't own their copy (or copies) until now.

 Soul Charge
$2.60
$0.95
$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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#8: Black Fang Magician

Black Fang Magician might be the one Pendulum Magician that players often skimp on by running just two copies, but that trend seems to be fading over time. We're seeing it sell in impressive numbers, and as Magicians score more Regional Top 8's triple Black Fang keeps getting more and more common.

 Black Fang Magician
$549.00
$0.82
$0.15
Black Fang Magician134951
Set Pendulum Evolution
Number PEVO-EN004
Level 4
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute DARK 
A / D 1700 / 800
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : Once per turn: You can target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; its ATK becomes half its current ATK (until the end of this turn), then destroy this card.
Monster Effect : (This card is always treated as an "Xyz Dragon" card.) If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can target 1 DARK Spellcaster-Type monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon it.


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#7: Solemn Strike

The deadly Counter Trap's been a mainstay of our Top 10 countdowns for weeks, and even in the era of Go-Second SPYRALs there are still lots of players aiming to go first that are using it to help protect their Turn 1 investment. There's not much to say here - Solemn Strike's an amazing card, and as long as it isn't Limited it's likely to see a lot of play.

 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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#6: Windrose the Elemental Lord

The new Elementsaber cards revealed in Flames of Destruction all have a variety of supporting effects to help you Summon and make the most of the old Elemental Lord monsters, and heightened demand for all four Elemental Lords manifested as massive sales for the most accessible of the bunch. Pyrorex the Elemental Lord is currently about $2.50; Grandosoil the Elemental Lord is nearly $5; and the mighty Moulinglacia the Elemental Lord was bought out and now sits at just below $20. Each was only available as a Secret Rare so far in just one printing.

Meanwhile Windrose the Elemental Lord has never seen competitive play, and it's been printed twice – first in Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy and then again in the 2014 Mega Pack. While Windrose was a Secret Rare as well, it's still in the highest supply with the lowest demand, and that meant a price point that was less than 25 cents. Seeing the possibilities of the new support in FLOD, it was an easy buy for players at any budget level.

It hasn't sold out yet, but copies are flying and there are only a few pages of listings left. It'll be interesting to see if it gets pushed into a buyout some time over the weekend.

 Windrose the Elemental Lord
$1.24
$0.37
$0.19
Windrose the Elemental Lord92572
Set 2014 Mega-Tin Mega-Pack
Number MP14-EN022
Level 8
Type Effect Monster
Monster Winged Beast
Attribute WIND 
A / D 2800 / 2200
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

Cannot be Normal Summoned/set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand) by having exactly 5 WIND monsters in your Graveyard, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. When this card is Special Summoned: Destroy all Spell and Trap Card your opponent controls: You can only use this effect of "Windrose the Elemental Lord" once per turn. If this card leaves the field, skip the Battle Phase of your next turn.


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#5: Double Iris Magician

One of the most important of the Pendulum Magician monsters, there's no mystery why Double Iris Magician was the bestseller of the lot. With solid stats, a high scale, and an effect that can combo with other abilities to make OTK's, it's always been a three-of for Pendulum Magician players.

 Double Iris Magician
$2.24
$1.00
$0.66
Double Iris Magician134950
Set Pendulum Evolution
Number PEVO-EN003
Level 4
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute DARK 
A / D 1500 / 1000
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : Once per turn: You can target 1 DARK Spellcaster-Type monster you control; apply this effect to it, then destroy this card. Once applied, double any battle damage that monster inflicts to your opponent this turn if it battles an opponent's monster.
Monster Effect : (This card is always treated as a "Pendulum Dragon" card.) If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can add 1 "Pendulumgraph" card from your Deck to your hand.


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#4: Proxy Dragon

Solemn Strike, Proxy Dragon, and Pot of Desires are all so important to so many strategies that those three cards make the Top 10 more weeks than not. Demand for Proxy Dragon continued to be strong, as one of the chief enablers of Link Summoning strategies. If you're playing a deck that wants to field more than one Extra Deck monster at a time, you're probably running at least one Proxy, often two.

 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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#3: The Winged Dragon of Ra – Sphere Mode

The Number 1 bestseller in our Monday Market Watch, The Winged Dragon of Ra – Sphere Mode continued to be a huge mover in the wake of its Special Edition reprint. At a time when Kaiju and Lava Golem have risen to prominence to break fields and stop monsters like SPYRAL Sleeper, Sphere Mode is a slightly more risky option that offers bigger wards – namely the chance to wipe out your opponent's entire field instead of just one or two monsters.

Formerly a $12-$13 Ultra Rare in Duelist Pack: Battle City, it's now available for three bucks as a Super Rare, and that's brought it into the budget range of thousands of competitors. And while this is assuredly a competitive trend, you can't ignore the casual appeal of the converted God Card either; some of this demand is likely from fans of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series who can finally snag a few copies without breaking the bank.

 The Winged Dragon of Ra - Sphere Mode
$38.75
$19.56
$12.00
The Winged Dragon of Ra - Sphere Mode99961
Set Duelist Pack: Battle City
Number DPBC-EN001
Level 10
Type Effect Monster
Monster Divine-Beast
Attribute DIVINE 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Cannot be Special Summoned. Requires 3 Tributes from either side of the field to Normal Summon to that side of the field (cannot be Normal Set), then shift control to this card's owner during the End Phase of the next turn. Cannot attack. Your opponent cannot target this card for attacks or by card effects. You can Tribute this card; Special Summon 1 "The Winged Dragon of Ra" from your hand or Deck, ignoring its Summoning conditions, and if you do, its ATK and DEF become 4000.


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#2: Scrap-Iron Scarecrow

Scrap-Iron Scarecrow was just reprinted in Spirit Warriors, but that doesn't really explain why it outsold almost every card in the game this week. What is up? If you know why it happened, or just have a theory, shout it out down in the Comments!

 Scrap-Iron Scarecrow
$9.90
$4.83
$1.75
Scrap-Iron Scarecrow93885
Set Legendary Collection 5D's
Number LC5D-EN051
Type Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Activate only when an opponent's monster declares an attack. Negate the attack, and Set this card face-down again instead of sending it to the Graveyard.


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#1: Pot of Desires

And finally, Pot of Desires was once again the Number 1 bestselling card of the week. My surprised looks suspiciously not very surprised…

 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 happened beyond the Top 10? Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir took the Number 11 spot with widespread sales, narrowly missing the Top 10. That was likely tied to the continued enthusiasm for Magicians, at least in part.

We also saw big niche interest from specualtors in both Shurit, Strategist of Nekroz and Nekroz of Unicore, which sold tons of copies in the wake of the OCG's announcement that Shurit will become Semi-Limited on January 1 st.

Beyond that the big winners were largely speculative outliers: stuff like Astrograph Sorcerer and Zoodiac Bunnyblast make sense, since while neither card is big in competition now, each has seen some success this format and packs a high enough power level to have a future under the right conditions. Other speculative picks, like The Golden Apples and Raidraptor – Last Strix, were a bit more individualized.

That's it for this week, but we'll be back on Monday with another Top 10, following up on the final Regional Qualifiers of 2017. See you then!

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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