Market Watch Top 10: Holes, Magicians, and F.A.

Jason Grabher-Meyer

1/26/2018 11:00:00 AM
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New cards and reprints from Structure Deck: Wave of Light took over the TCGplayer Marketplace last weekend, but the Monday to Friday sales period was entirely different!

Four big factors shaped the Top 10 this week. The first was another surge in popularity for previous F.A. cards, as powerful new cards for the theme arrive this weekend at the Extreme Force Sneak Peeks. While the initial announcement of stuff like F.A. City Grand Prix and F.A. Test Run sent players scrabbling to gather up the previous cards for the theme earlier on, that demand subsided for a bit, then reemerged this week in the run-up to the Sneak.

Floodgate Trap Hole and Bottomless Trap Hole were two of the biggest tech picks to emerge from YCS Melbourne two weeks ago, and both cards saw a ton of play in tournaments last weekend. That created a demand for both cards, as well as a renewed interest in other powerful “go first” trap cards. A convergent reprint surged to the top of the charts as a result, too, serving as our third push-factor in sales patterns.

Finally, while those trends largely pushed Pendulum Magicians out of the Top 10, interest in some of the deck's tech options pushed big sales as players prepared for the arrival of Heavymetalfoes Electrumite. A previous sleeper hit this month moved in massive numbers, as players and speculators both rushed to grab their copies.

So what'd all that add up to? Here's what the Top 10 bestseller list looked like this week.

#10: Floodgate Trap Hole

Ryan Levine, Jake Quinsee, Brandon Eldridge, and Bohdan Temneck took 1 st Place, Top 8, Top 16, and Top 32 at YCS Melbourne respectively, all siding Bottomless Trap Hole and triple Floodgate Trap Hole. The idea was simple: with so many big themes having easy ways of coping with graveyard-centric destruction effects, banishing monsters or just locking them in place face-down are better alternatives.

It's entirely true, and even just as a sided technique it dominated the YCS and won it all for Levine. Frankly, those four players probably would've done even better if they hadn't had to smash on eachother in the playoff rounds. That technique was adopted by players who topped Regionals in North Dakota and New Jersey , and it appeared all over the ARGCS in Richmond the following week . We even saw those cards working their way into Main Deck play as well – Aaron Chase Furman went particularly hard , maining a full set of Bottomless and Floodgate as well as the Levine/Quinsee/Eldridge/Temneck pick, Ghostrick Jackfrost.

The result was tremendous interest in Floodgate Trap Hole, pushing it into the Number 10 position.

 Floodgate Trap Hole
$2.33
$1.31
$0.94
Floodgate Trap Hole141507
Set 2017 Mega-Tins Mega Pack
Number MP17-EN114
Type Normal Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

When your opponent Summons a monster(s): Change that monster(s) to face-down Defense Position. Monsters changed to face-down Defense Position by this effect cannot change their battle positions.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Fusion Gaming 1st Edition - Damaged 2 $0.86
Alter Reality Games 1st Edition - Lightly Played 2 $0.94
The Side Deck 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $0.97
Bosscards LLC 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.98
Battle Bliss 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.98
NoGameNoLife 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.98
Absolve Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.98
MTG lnventory 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.99
CuBox 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.08
Nexus Entertainment 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $1.09

#9: F.A. Sonic Meister

Meanwhile, half the Top 10 was occupied by F.A. cards. F.A. Sonic Meister is one of the theme's three Level 4 monsters, all of which are must-owns as players come to a consensus as to which ones should be played in which numbers. Sonic Meister's likely the weakest of the three, but with such limited monster choices and such low price points, you might as well stock up on a playset of everything.

 F.A. Sonic Meister
$1.10
$0.20
$0.04
F.A. Sonic Meister139259
Set Code of the Duelist
Number COTD-EN086
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Machine
Attribute WIND 
A / D 0 / 1000
Rarity Common
Card Text

Gains ATK equal to its Level x 300. Cannot be destroyed by battle with an opponent's monster whose original Level/Rank is lower than this card's Level. Each time a "F.A." Spell/Trap Card or effect is activated: You can increase this card's Level by 1. If this card is Level 7 or higher, it can make up to 2 attacks on monsters during each Battle Phase.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Kiros TCG Unlimited - Near Mint 2 $0.03
Borealis Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.03
gooseTCG Unlimited - Near Mint 3 $0.04
XFMSports 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $0.04
CredibleCards 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.04
Noble inc 1st Edition - Near Mint 6 $0.05
ScanManCardsTcg Unlimited - Near Mint 4 $0.05
WisCardboard Unlimited - Near Mint 3 $0.05
OneStopSetShop 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.05
gooseTCG 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.05

#8: F.A. Downforce

F.A. Downforce may not be the theme's most powerful card either, offering nothing but a double Level boost compared to more impressive effects like Special Summons and free draws. But your options are limited, and the cards are incredibly affordable, so a lot of players seemed to be filling gaps in their F.A. arsenal before the weekend.

 F.A. Downforce
$1.10
$0.20
$0.02
F.A. Downforce139262
Set Code of the Duelist
Number COTD-EN089
Type Quick-Play Spell
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Common
Card Text

Target 1 "F.A." monster you control; increase its Level by 2 until the end of this turn. During your Main Phase, except the turn this card was sent to the GY: You can banish this card from your GY, then target 1 "F.A." monster you control; increase its Level by 2 until the end of this turn. You can only use each effect of "F.A. Downforce" once per turn.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Graham Collectables Unlimited - Lightly Played 2 $0.01
KrakenPacksTCG Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.02
gooseTCG Unlimited - Near Mint 2 $0.02
OneStopSetShop Unlimited - Near Mint 3 $0.02
CredibleCards 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.02
KrakenPacksTCG 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.03
OneStopSetShop 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.03
Tylers card stores Unlimited - Near Mint 3 $0.03
gooseTCG 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.03
ScanManCardsTcg Unlimited - Near Mint 2 $0.04

#7: F.A. Whip Crosser

A more competitive pick, F.A. Whip Crosser stumps a wealth of powerful hand traps – basically everything from the top shelf of the hand trap world minus Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring. It's extremely easy to get Whip Crosser up to Level 7 whereupon it hits 2100 ATK and secures the rest of your plays on Turn 1. We haven't really seen themes with built-in protection from hand traps before, and while there are lots of flashy reasons to want to pick up F.A.'s right now, this one's a more subtle, extremely strong selling point.

Oddly enough, the apex predator of the F.A. monster lineup – F.A. Hang On Mach – didn't make the Top 10 this week. Why that was the case is anybody's guess, but it might just be a function of the over-the-top sales that card saw off the last surge for F.A.'s.

 F.A. Whip Crosser
$1.10
$0.20
$0.09
F.A. Whip Crosser148392
Set Circuit Break
Number CIBR-EN086
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Machine
Attribute WIND 
A / D 0 / 1000
Rarity Common
Card Text

Gains ATK equal to its Level x 300. Your opponent must pay 300 LP to activate the effect of a monster whose original Level/Rank is lower than this card's Level. Each time a "F.A." Spell/Trap Card or effect is activated: You can increase this card's Level by 1. If this card is Level 7 or higher, your opponent cannot discard or send cards from their hand to the GY to activate a card effect.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Florida Cards Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.05
Pro-PlayGames 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $0.09
IDeal808 1st Edition - Near Mint 20 $0.09
Delta Cards Unlimited - Near Mint 2 $0.09
OneStopSetShop Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.09
Tylers card stores Unlimited - Near Mint 2 $0.10
Desert TCG 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.10
JandAGaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.10
OneStopSetShop 1st Edition - Near Mint 4 $0.10
CreativeDeckBuilders Unlimited - Near Mint 2 $0.10

#6: Proxy Dragon

Proxy Dragon's still a strong contender for most important Link Monster in the game, thanks to its staple status in virtually every Link Summoning deck going. Eminently splashable, and offering a range of utility that nothing else doubles over, it's a perennial top seller in the TCGplayer Marketplace even if most decks only run one copy. It's no surprise to see it here in the Top 10 once again.

 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.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
EMGaming Limited - Lightly Played 3 $0.15
PhantomHero TCG Limited - Near Mint 4 $0.50
macattackcards Limited - Near Mint 2 $0.55
FarOutGaming Limited - Near Mint 2 $0.57
Cardmonstergamez Limited - Lightly Played 2 $0.59
Atlas Gaming Limited - Lightly Played 1 $0.59
Pozjoker Games Limited - Near Mint 1 $0.60
Buis Card Place Limited - Near Mint 2 $0.64
NoGameNoLife Limited - Near Mint 1 $0.64
The Empty Jar Limited - Near Mint 1 $0.64

#5: F.A. Pit Stop

F.A. Pit Stop is either a free Upstart Goblin that turns into Pot of Greed and then double Pot of Greed over time, or a free Upstart Goblin that turns into a free Monster Reborn on your following turn.

It's crazy, and it's one of the best reasons to play F.A.'s once Extreme Force goes legal. We've seen a lot of similar mechanics repackaged into theme support over the years – search cards and backrow removal are the two most common – but a retrained version of Upstart Goblin is rare. Especially one that just straight up outclasses the original.

 F.A. Pit Stop
$1.10
$0.18
$0.02
F.A. Pit Stop148395
Set Circuit Break
Number CIBR-EN089
Type Quick-Play Spell
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Common
Card Text

Target 1 "F.A." monster you control; reduce its Level by 2, and if you do, draw cards equal to the number of "F.A. Pit Stop" in your GY+1. During your Main Phase, except the turn this card was sent to the GY: You can banish this card from your GY, then target 1 "F.A." monster in your GY; Special Summon it. You can only use each effect of "F.A. Pit Stop" once per turn.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Gillys Hobbies ETC Unlimited - Near Mint 3 $0.01
Graham Collectables 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $0.02
Florida Cards Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.05
Delta Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.05
Awesum James 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.05
thechanman 1st Edition - Near Mint 7 $0.05
JandAGaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.05
OneStopSetShop 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.05
XFMSports Unlimited - Lightly Played 2 $0.05
Weatherainbow 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.05

#4: F.A. Off-Road Grand Prix

The last F.A. card in the Top 10 this week, Off-Road Grand Prix again smacks of players filling in the holes in their F.A. collections. Effectively the “defensive” of the three F.A. Field Spells, it exists to punish your opponent for destroying your monsters, something you don't want happening; by discarding cards from their hand, something the big decks right now can often play around or benefit from anyways; and it costs you your Battle Phase boosts from the other two F.A. Field Spells.

At this point I have major doubts that Off-Road Grand Prix will even see play. But regardless, hedging your bets that it might is super cheap, and lots of players clearly wanted to round out their options just in case.

 F.A. Off-Road Grand Prix
$1.10
$0.22
$0.01
F.A. Off-Road Grand Prix148394
Set Circuit Break
Number CIBR-EN088
Type Field Spell
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Common
Card Text

Increase the Levels of all "F.A." monsters on the field by 2 during the Main Phase only. You can only use each of the following effects of "F.A. Off-Road Grand Prix" once per turn.
• When a "F.A." monster you control is destroyed by battle: You can discard 1 random card from your opponent's hand.
• If this face-up card on the field is destroyed by a card effect: You can add 1 "F.A." card from your Deck to your hand, except "F.A. Off-Road Grand Prix".


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
The Wizards Duel 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $0.01
ScanManCardsTcg Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.05
OneStopSetShop 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.05
The Deck Box 1st Edition - Lightly Played 2 $0.08
Dandalfs Stash Unlimited - Near Mint 2 $0.08
Dandalfs Stash 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.08
IDeal808 1st Edition - Near Mint 14 $0.09
The Deck Box 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.09
Untouchables 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.10
Game Heroes 1st Edition - Near Mint 6 $0.10

#3: Chronograph Sorcerer

Chronograph Sorcerer was the only Pendulum Magician card to make the Top 10 this week, and the demand for it this week was largely the product of speculation. It's played in the OCG and may become a staple pick for Magicians post-EXFO, largely for the sheer power level it represents. Previously available for a song due to its unplayed status in the OCG, it's now on an upward Price Trend at an average Market Price of about 60 cents as of this writing.

Even if it only draws even with cards like Purple Poison Magician and Double Iris Magician, there will likely still be some winners from this week who picked up their copies on the cheap.

 Chronograph Sorcerer
$3.00
$1.99
$0.83
Chronograph Sorcerer134949
Set Pendulum Evolution
Number PEVO-EN002
Level 6
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute DARK 
A / D 2000 / 1700
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : During your Main Phase: You can destroy this card, and if you do, take 1 "Timegazer 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 "Chronograph 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 Special Summon 1 monster from 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.)


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Kamiizumi 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.83
Smallville CGM 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $1.25
The End Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.27
DustyAtticCollection 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.44
Collector's Cache 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $1.49
Fusion Gaming 1st Edition - Lightly Played 2 $1.54
Frontline Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $1.55
Mind Sculpt Games 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $1.66
knightcardsales 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $1.70
Fusion Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.71

#2: Pot of Desires

The highest selling card of 2017 is still one of the highest selling cards of 2018, with really no signs of slowing down. It'll be interesting to see where Pot of Desires winds up next week as we start to see Extreme Force singles filtering into the Marketplace off the back of the Sneak Peek, but we've yet to see a Big Core release that knocked it out of a relevant position.

And it's been a few of those by this point.

 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.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
BelmanGames Limited - Lightly Played 1 $3.00
Ztm Gaming Limited - Near Mint 1 $3.00
CommanderGames Limited - Near Mint 4 $3.00
TrueTalentGames Limited - Near Mint 4 $3.25
PhantomHero TCG Limited - Near Mint 1 $3.50
Neverland Games Limited - Lightly Played 1 $3.64
TPlaysetSales Limited - Near Mint 2 $3.79
Bedlams Baubles Limited - Near Mint 1 $3.85
TCGgalaxyyy Limited - Near Mint 1 $3.85
Fusion Gaming Limited - Lightly Played 2 $3.86

#1: Solemn Warning

And finally, the push for trap-driven strategies reclaiming the Turn 1 advantage converged with the reprinting of Solemn Warning in Structure Deck: Wave of Light, ushering in huge sales for Warning. Even as we see Bottomless Trap Hole and Floodgate Trap Hole benefiting from a perspective that avoids sending opposing cards to the graveyard, Warning remains a powerful card in a class reserved for very few trap cards, and the chance to pick up dozens of copies for pennies sent speculators scrabbling.

 Solemn Warning
$2.71
$2.06
$0.99
Solemn Warning156027
Set Structure Deck: Wave of Light
Number SR05-EN037
Type Counter Trap
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Common
Card Text

When a monster(s) would be Summoned, OR when a Spell/Trap Card, or monster effect, is activated that includes an effect that Special Summons a monster(s): Pay 2000 LP; negate the Summon or activation, and if you do, destroy that card.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Knoxville TCG 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.99
Pro corp 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.00
SuperGamesInc 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $1.05
Leias Collectibles 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.10
SuperGamesInc 1st Edition - Near Mint 11 $1.23
Mark YuGiOh 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.25
Hideaway Games 1st Edition - Lightly Played 2 $1.34
Fusion Gaming 1st Edition - Moderately Played 1 $1.37
Gators 1st Edition - Moderately Played 1 $1.40
Atlas Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $1.49

What else was big this week? F.A. Circuit Grand Prix and F.A. Turbo Charger took the Number 11 and Number 14 spots, while Duelist Alliance at Number 13 was one of the last remnants of interest in Pendulum Magicians.

Meanwhile Vendread Chimera took Number 12, showing that there's still demand for Vendreads in the wake of the new EXFO releases, and Subterror Fiendess clocked in at Number 15.

Extreme Force cards are available for presale this week in the TCGplayer Marketplace, so tune in Monday to see if there are any early hits, and check back on Friday to see the first impact of the full tournament-legal release.

We'll see you then!

-Jason Grabher-Meyer



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