Market Watch Top 10: First Regional Responses

Jason Grabher-Meyer

2/12/2018 11:00:00 AM
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The first Regional weekend of the Extreme Force season is over, and as results pour into the Deck Archive from places like Kansas, Ecuador, Pennsylvania, Australia, and Texas, we're looking at the biggest cards of the weekend in today's Market Watch!

The new Advanced Format was already starting to shape sales trends on Sunday, but that wasn't the only cool thing going on in the TCGPlayer Marketplace. Eagle-eyed TCGplayers may have noticed the arrival of photo listings, a new feature that lets sellers provide exact pictures of the cards they're selling through TCGplayer.

Why is that a big deal? Well it's awesome for seeing the condition of a card before you buy it – really useful if you want a Lightly Played card, but you want to know what “Lightly Played” means to the seller you're buying from. It's awesome to see precise details on big prize cards and older, really rare promo cards too.

But the photo listing tool opens the door for so much more. If you click through into the Marketplace and hit the Listings With Photos button under Listing Types, you can see some of the cool stuff sellers are doing with photo listings. At any given time you might find signed cards from Yu-Gi-Oh! voice actors; card alters from community artists; professionally graded cards; or – wait for it – non-English cards!

That's right – there's finally an easy way to pick up all the French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese singles you need to take your deck to the next level. Finally.

We'll be highlighting some of the coolest photo listings later this week, and you should keep an eye out for some special deals. But for now, let's get back to our regularly scheduled programming and find out which ten cards dominated the Marketplace in the wake of the first new format Regionals!

#10: Mythical Beast Master Cerberus

Despite its sellout and price spike last week , Mythical Beast Master Cerberus sold even more copies over the weekend! While we've yet to see a big performance from it in Regionals, the suite of Master Cerberus and Mythical Beast Jackal King put in work at the last ARGCS , and that made an impact as Master Cerberus stabilized at eighteen dollars for the weekend.

 Mythical Beast Master Cerberus
$41.50
$24.12
$19.99
Mythical Beast Master Cerberus158092
Set Extreme Force
Number EXFO-EN027
Level 8
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 2800 / 2800
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect: If you have no cards in your other Pendulum Zone: You can destroy this card, and if you do, add 1 Level 7 or lower "Mythical Beast" Effect Monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Mythical Beast Master Cerberus" once per turn.
Monster Effect: Each time a Spell Card is activated, place 2 Spell Counters on this card when that Spell resolves. Cannot be destroyed by card effects while 4 or more Spell Counters are on your field. Once per turn: You can remove 4 Spell Counters from your field, then target 1 monster your opponent controls; banish it face-up, and if you do, this card gains ATK equal to the banished monster's original ATK until the end of the opponent's turn.


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#9: F.A. Auto Navigator

The F.A. theme lost a few slots in the Top 10, but they're still a hot ticket and their key Tuner is still one of the hottest cards in the game. Launching a ton of amazing plays that deliver big results for very few cards, F.A. Auto Navigator's a remarkable card that's way more powerful than similar Summon enablers of the past since it doesn't get banished off its revival effect. We've yet to see a Top Cut F.A. deck from Regionals, but the deck's tremendously promising and we're still not far into the week.

 F.A. Auto Navigator
$2.00
$0.23
$0.01
F.A. Auto Navigator158148
Set Extreme Force
Number EXFO-EN086
Level 1
Type Tuner/Effect Monster
Monster Machine
Attribute WIND 
Rarity Common
Card Text

If this card is in your hand or GY: You can target 1 "F.A." monster you control whose current Level is higher than its original Level; Special Summon this card, and if you do, reduce that target's Level by the difference between its current and original Level, and if you do that, this card's Level become equal to the amount reduced. If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can add 1 "F.A." Field Spell from your Deck to your hand. You can only use each effect of "F.A. Auto Navigator" once per turn.


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#8: Chronograph Sorcerer

Seemingly a must-run in Pendulum Magicians moving forward, Chronograph Sorcerer helps you field Materials for Heavymetalfoes Electrumite without using your Pendulum Summon or Normal Summon, which is one of the most important goals for Pendulum Magicians moving forward. Still available for under a buck as of this writing, it's an easy get for anyone looking to get ahead of a possible price spike… or just play Magicians and win games.

 Chronograph Sorcerer
$2.00
$0.99
$0.53
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.)


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#7: F.A. City Grand Prix

The last of the two F.A. cards in the Top 10 this weekend, F.A. City Grand Prix dropped to Number 7 from Number 3 on Friday. It's an absolute must-run in F.A.'s since it delivers the Main Phase Level boosts you need to make all of the deck's best Synchro plays, while keeping your F.A.'s at higher ATK in the Battle Phase as well.

But you probably already knew that, because F.A. City Grand Prix's one of the most talked-about cards from EXFO. It's a fantastic card and we may see it in Top Cut action at YCS Atlanta this weekend.

 F.A. City Grand Prix
$0.99
$0.16
$0.01
F.A. City Grand Prix158150
Set Extreme Force
Number EXFO-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 and Battle Phase. Your opponent cannot target "F.A." monsters you control with card effects. 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. City Grand Prix". You can only use this effect of "F.A. City Grand Prix" once per turn.


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#6: Double Evolution Pill

Overtex Qoatlus has been one of the biggest cards from Extreme Force since the set launched, a bit of a surprise sleeper hit that's blowing up now that it's already topping Regional Qualifiers . While Overtex's five-monster Special Summon is a bit difficult to achieve, it's incredibly easy to unleash with Double Evolution Pill, and the Top Cut build used it to search Double Evo to then make OTK's with Ultimate Conductor Tyranno.

It's especially good if you've got Shaddoll Fusion to load up your graveyard in advance. Cool stuff.

 Double Evolution Pill
$7.99
$5.89
$5.50
Double Evolution Pill136817
Set Battles of Legend: Light's Revenge
Number BLLR-EN028
Type Normal Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

Banish 1 Dinosaur monster and 1 non-Dinosaur monster from your hand and/or GY; Special Summon 1 Level 7 or higher Dinosaur monster from your hand or Deck, ignoring its Summoning conditions. You can only activate 1 "Double Evolution Pill" per turn.


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#5: Duelittle Chimera

Metalfoes are back in Top 8 action, in part thanks to Duelittle Chimera! The Fire equivalent of Missus Radiant and Mistar Boy, Aaron McInnes played it to the Top 8 in Texas this weekend in a slick Rescue Draco Metalfoes strategy . It's a definite deck-to-watch in the run-up to the YCS this week, and Chimera is clutch in extending plays.

 Duelittle Chimera
$1.95
$0.31
$0.13
Duelittle Chimera158115
Set Extreme Force
Number EXFO-EN050
Type Link/Effect Monster
Attribute FIRE 
A / D 1400 /
Rarity Rare
Card Text

2 FIRE monsters
All FIRE monsters on the field gain 500 ATK/DEF, also all WATER monsters on the field lose 400 ATK/DEF. If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can target 1 FIRE monster in your GY; add it to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Duelittle Chimera" once per turn.


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#4: Pot of Desires

With the 2018 competitive season kicking off in earnest, Pot of Desires is back in the Top 10. Not only is it a generally powerful card, it featured heavily in several Card of Demise True Draco variants we've seen from the latest Regionals. There's not much to say – we all knew Pot of Desires was going to be back in the Top 10 some time, and while EXFO's top cards remain in high demand, the return of Regionals and a string of upcoming YCS tournaments has fed demand once again.

 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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#3: Qliphort Genius

We talked on Friday about the use of Qliphort Genius in F.A.'s, which lack a native downward Link Monster but have enough Machines hanging around to make Genius a snap. Qliphort Genius was only at Number 7 in our Top 10 last week , but now it's up to Number 3 – a surprising trend right before Atlanta. Will F.A.'s have a presence at the YCS?

It's starting to look like a question of increasing merit given the way demand is pivoting to newly-recognized competitive cards for the strategy.

 Qliphort Genius
$2.99
$1.38
$0.75
Qliphort Genius158156
Set Extreme Force
Number EXFO-EN095
Type Link/Effect Monster
Monster Machine
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1800 /
Rarity Rare
Card Text

2 Machine monsters
This Link Summoned card is unaffected by Spell/Trap effects and the activated effects from other Link Monsters. Once per turn: You can target 1 face-up card on each player's field, except this card; both face-up cards have their effects negated until the end of this turn. When 2 monsters are Special Summoned at the same time to the zones this card points to: You can add 1 Level 5 or higher Machine monster from your Deck to your hand.


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#2: Overtex Qoatlus

Back at Number 2 after sticking the same spot in the countdown on Friday, Overtex Qoatlus saw massive demand this weekend, and played a starring role in fast, high-impact combos in that Shaddoll Dinosaur deck from Kansas . Was that deck a one-off fluke? It seems solid, but we'll have to see how it stacks up against the consistency and power level of other decks as the format develops.

Regardless, the deck's success seems to have continued to feed demand for the control-oriented Overtex, searching Double Evolution Pill to support Ultimate Conductor Tyranno and serving as an alternative boss monster itself.

 Overtex Qoatlus
$3.69
$1.79
$1.00
Overtex Qoatlus158101
Set Extreme Force
Number EXFO-EN036
Level 7
Type Effect Monster
Monster Dinosaur
Attribute DARK 
A / D 2700 / 2100
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand) by shuffling 5 of your banished Dinosaur monsters into the Main Deck. Once per turn, when your opponent activates a Spell/Trap Card (Quick Effect): You can destroy 1 Dinosaur monster in your hand or face-up on your field, and if you do, negate that activation, and if you do that, destroy that card. If this card is sent to the GY by a card effect: You can add 1 "Evolution Pill" Spell from your Deck to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Overtex Qoatlus" once per turn.


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#1: Underclock Taker

And finally, we've only seen Underclock Taker played in one Regional Top 8 deck we've seen so far, but the week is still young. YCS Atlanta will clearly be the make-or-break proving ground for the latest generic Link, though it's kind of surprising to not see it in more decks from the early pool of results.

 Underclock Taker
$1.79
$0.30
$0.18
Underclock Taker158104
Set Extreme Force
Number EXFO-EN039
Type Link/Effect Monster
Monster Cyberse
Attribute DARK 
A / D 1000 /
Rarity Common
Card Text

2 Effect Monsters
Once per turn: You can target 1 face-up monster this card points to, and 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; the opponent's target loses ATK equal to the ATK of the target this monster points to, until the end of this turn.


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Beyond the Top 10, a few F.A. cards still hung in there with F.A. Test Run and F.A. Whip Crosser taking Number 11 and Number 15 respectively. Supreme King Gate Zero clocked in at Number 12, with more and more players becoming aware of the full power of the Supreme King variants of Pendulum Magicians, while Vendread Charge and Torrential Tribute finished at 13 and 14.

At this point the format looks more wide open than it usually does in a sunrise period, making YCS Atlanta an especially tough read. Keep your eyes on the Deck Archive this week as more Top Cut lists arrive, and we'll be back on Friday with one more Market Watch before the YCS.

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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