Market Watch Top 10: Dragunities and Blue-Eyes

Jason Grabher-Meyer

3/16/2018 11:00:00 AM
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With Legendary Collection Kaiba creating new demand for Blue-Eyes White Dragon, and upcoming releases in the OCG fueling interest in the dusty Dragunity theme, Dragons were the order of the week in the TCGplayer Marketplace!

While Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring clocked in at Number 1 over the weekend, there simply weren't enough copies for a repeat showing; Ash Blossom fell from the top of the salescharts. At the same time it seems that demand was sated for new breakouts like Dragon Revival Rhapsody and Goddess of Sweet Revenge, as those cards fell from the Top 10 too.

That made room for a mix of popular standbys as well as some new trends, and the biggest push factor of the week looks to have been the OCG reveal of Dragunity Knight – Ascalon . With 3300 ATK, a massive self-replacing effect, and a not-once-per-turn banishing ability that draws immediate comparisons to Dark Armed Dragon, it's a crazypants extension of the Dragunity arsenal, and it placed at least two cards into the Top 10 this week – maybe more.

Let's dive right in and look at the bestselling cards of the week; as always, we'll go by number of cards sold. Remember, our Top 10 lists don't factor in card rarity or cash value, since you can spot those kinds of spikes on your own. Instead, we look at the sheer volume of cards sold, and that often gives us perspective nobody would have otherwise.

Here we go.

#10: Dragon Ravine

First up, the newly reprinted Dragon Ravine. This card's been seeing more play lately with the rise of Destrudo the Lost Dragon's Frisson in strategies like Invoked, but the demand spike this week is almost certainly owed to the rising interest in Dragunities.

The Dragunity theme debuted seven and a half years ago, so if you're not familiar with it, the strategy revolves around sending Dragunity Phalanx to the graveyard and then reusing it with monsters like Dragunity Dux and Dragunity Knight – Vajrayana, in part to make bigger and bigger Synchros.

Dragon Ravine serves to load your graveyard with Phalanx, and searches out stuff like Dux, and it's an absolute must-run in this type of deck. That's what got it to Number 10 this week, fresh off its LCKC reprint.

 Dragon Ravine
$5.95
$3.73
$1.74
Dragon Ravine161998
Set Legendary Collection Kaiba
Number LCKC-EN072
Type Field Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

Once per turn: You can discard 1 card, then activate 1 of these effects;
• Add 1 Level 4 or lower "Dragunity" monster from your Deck to your hand.
• Send 1 Dragon-Type monster from your Deck to the Graveyard.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
DavidNJames 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.74
ClevelandCardResale 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $2.00
Hoffman Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $2.99
Central Game Den 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $3.00
Aesop Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $3.00
Whako Incorporated 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $3.25
Phantasm Inferno 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $3.28
Buds Place 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $3.28
MultiMonster Deals 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $3.31
lumina 1st Edition - Near Mint 9 $3.50

#9: Link Spider

Continuing t one of the most ubiquitous Link Monsters in the game, Link Spider sees play anywhere Scapegoat makes an appearance, or where cheap Link climbing is the goal. It's a fundamental pillar of Link Summoning in this format, and it continues to pop up even in unexpected places as Scapegoat appears in various strategies.

 Link Spider
$3.00
$1.99
$1.00
Link Spider138067
Set Starter Deck: Link Strike
Number YS17-EN043
Type Link/Effect Monster
Monster Cyberse
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1000 /
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

1 Normal Monster
Once per turn: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower Normal Monster from your hand to your zone this card points to.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Alphabet Soup 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.00
Dark World Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.25
ZLinked Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.50
Jse comics cards 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $1.50
MemeKingsCabin 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $1.50
MajorJusticeTrades 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $1.50
realgoodeal 1st Edition - Near Mint 17 $1.52
ZF Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.60
Creaky Owl Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.69
StephCurrysJumper 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.70

#8: Dragon Shrine

A near-staple in Pendulum Magicians for its synergy with Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm, Dragon Shrine may also be seeing a rise in demand thanks to Dragunities. It was certainly seeing tons of use before Ascalon was revealed, and Darkwurm keeps appearing in different strategies, but at least some of the push is likely due to Dux and company.

 Dragon Shrine
$6.27
$3.79
$2.49
Dragon Shrine162001
Set Legendary Collection Kaiba
Number LCKC-EN075
Type Normal Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

Send 1 Dragon monster from your Deck to the GY, then, if that monster in your GY is a Dragon Normal Monster, you can send 1 more Dragon monster from your Deck to the GY. You can only activate 1 "Dragon Shrine" per turn.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Xltd Ent 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $2.49
WisCardboard 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $2.65
Zodiac TCG 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $2.79
Game Nut 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $2.99
RealGudDeals 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $3.25
ClevelandCardResale 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $3.49
D20 Hobbies 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $3.50
knightcardsales 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $3.50
Absolute Zero 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $3.50
The Next Level Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $3.70

#7: Dragunity Phalanx

Speaking of, the lynchpin Tuner Dragunity Phalanx exploded this week, as Dragunity Kight – Ascalon drove demand and Legendary Collection Kaiba provided ample supply. Previously printed only in Duel Terminal 3 and Hidden Arsenal 3, Dragunity Phalanx has crept into the double digits on the secondary market several times before, so the Ultra Rare reprint is more than welcome now that Ascalon is on the way later this year.

Phalanx could've seen a massive price spike otherwise, and the Duel Terminal original already sold out and jumped to north of $15 anyways.

 Dragunity Phalanx
$3.15
$0.54
$0.10
Dragunity Phalanx162012
Set Legendary Collection Kaiba
Number LCKC-EN086
Level 2
Type Effect Monster
Monster Dragon
Attribute WIND 
A / D 500 / 1100
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Once per turn, while this card is equipped to a monster as an Equip Card by a card effect, you can Special Summon this card.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
WisCardboard 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.10
GandG 1st Edition - Near Mint 4 $0.15
Kevins Collectibles 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.15
KNK Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.19
Epik Cards & Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.19
Hoffman Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.20
Free Logs 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.20
IkalaGaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.23
Minato Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.24
Forbiddenonegaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.24

#6: The Melody of Awakening Dragon

Speaking of reprints, The Melody of Awakening Dragon held at Number 6, coming off the same position over the weekend. A three-of staple for any serious Blue-Eyes White Dragon deck, the Secret Rare's proving especially popular thanks to the fact that it looks totally awesome. It's stuck a solid landing at around $2.00 to $2.50 ever since LCKC dropped last week.

 The Melody of Awakening Dragon
$5.06
$2.87
$1.45
The Melody of Awakening Dragon123550
Set Legendary Decks II
Number LDK2-ENK26
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Discard 1 card; add up to 2 Dragon-Type monsters with 3000 or more ATK and 2500 or less DEF from your Deck to your hand.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Rice Bowl 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.45
AMFcollection 1st Edition - Moderately Played 1 $1.50
Hisoka Inc 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.78
Cardboard Castle 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $1.79
Game Cafe 1st Edition - Heavily Played 1 $1.81
EHero of Cards 1st Edition - Lightly Played 2 $1.90
Absolute Zero 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $2.00
KingOfGamesPlayers 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $2.00
Top Cut Chicago 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $2.06
Tazs Games 1st Edition - Lightly Played 3 $2.09

#5: Amano-Iwato

A frequent sight in recent Top 10's, Amano-Iwato's become hugely popular as the lifeblood of a new breed of True Draco decks. Locking the opponent out of both their hand traps and on-field control effects, the plucky Spirit Monster's become extremely important in competition, as True Dracos continue to gain steam.

 Amano-Iwato
$2.00
$0.35
$0.10
Amano-Iwato148317
Set Circuit Break
Number CIBR-EN036
Level 4
Type Spirit/Effect Monster
Monster Rock
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1900 / 1200
Rarity Common
Card Text

Cannot be Special Summoned. Monsters cannot activate their effects, except Spirit monsters. Once per turn, during the End Phase, if this card was Normal Summoned or flipped face-up this turn: Return this card to the hand.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Hebrews cards 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $0.10
IDeal808 1st Edition - Near Mint 72 $0.12
Merlins Archives Unlimited - Near Mint 4 $0.13
Merlins Archives 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.15
IkalaGaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.15
card Stock Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.15
Great Lakes Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.15
HenrysTCG Shop 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.15
Omega Card Games Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.15
Frontline Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.15

#4: Effect Veiler

Effect Veiler fell off the map last week with the release of Legendary Collection Kaiba, but it's still selling very strongly. With the Ultra Rare reprint of Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring now on an upward Price Trend and pushing 60 dollars, more and more players are relying on Effect Veiler to fill their need for hand traps. Some are even playing both, though that trend seems to be lessening from where it stood at the beginning of the format.

 Effect Veiler
$3.59
$1.75
$0.54
Effect Veiler138037
Set Starter Deck: Link Strike
Number YS17-EN020
Level 1
Type Tuner/Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute LIGHT 
Rarity Common
Card Text

During your opponent's Main Phase (Quick Effect): You can send this card from your hand to the GY, then target 1 Effect Monster your opponent controls; that face-up monster your opponent controls has its effects negated until the end of this turn.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
FSGCards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.54
Ganbarimasu 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.56
Collectible Corner 1st Edition - Damaged 1 $0.65
Kyorms 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.70
IDeal808 1st Edition - Near Mint 35 $1.25
Gamers N Geeks 1st Edition - Lightly Played 2 $1.41
Buds Place 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $1.43
Duel Monsters Pro 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $1.50
EvolutionGaming Inc 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.55
Creaky Owl Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.58

#3: Return of the Dragon Lords

Way up from its Number 15 finish last week, Return of the Dragon Lords spiked almost inexplicably. Are more players turning a competitive eye toward Blue-Eyes White Dragon? Are Dragunities responsible? Or did everyone just realize they bought everything else out of Legendary Collecton Kaiba? It's probably a mix of all those factors, and collectively they launched Return to Number 3, just short of two perennially popular cards.

Those being…

 Return of the Dragon Lords
$19.79
$8.45
$5.15
Return of the Dragon Lords120313
Set Structure Deck: Rise of the True Dragons
Number SR02-EN025
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Target 1 Level 7 or 8 Dragon-Type monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon it. If a Dragon-Type monster(s) you control would be destroyed by battle or card effect, you can banish this card from your Graveyard instead.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
DarkSunDown 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $5.15
Charmillionaire 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $5.16
Collector's Cache 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $5.59
Gsantsm 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $5.99
Tonys Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $6.00
ygosinglesallday 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $6.00
The Dice Depot 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $6.00
Syracusegaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $6.20
WeLitXD 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $6.22
CLand 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $6.22

#2: Underclock Taker

Just as important as Proxy Dragon but with a fraction of the time on shelves, Underclock Taker just keeps getting more popular. I've noticed that more players are calling it out as an amazing, game-winning card in post-event deck profiles; appreciation for its effect is really growing. It's a must-own as we ramp up into the WCQ season, and it's still one of the most affordable Extra Deck cards in the game.

Demand plus supply plus accessibility equals big numbers, so it's no surprise to see Underclock Taker ranking so high once again.

 Underclock Taker
$2.00
$0.50
$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.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
SilverCrow 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.18
Kirwan's Game Store 1st Edition - Near Mint 8 $0.20
Hoffman Cards Unlimited - Near Mint 5 $0.20
Columbus Card Shop Unlimited - Near Mint 2 $0.20
Boomstick Trading Unlimited - Near Mint 2 $0.20
Pro-PlayGames 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.21
Mystic Tree Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.22
FSGCards Unlimited - Near Mint 6 $0.23
KrakenPacksTCG 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.23
SimplyBulk 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.24

#1: Pot of Desires

And once again, sales of Pot of Desires were through the roof. Judging by the stats, this was a big hit for both players and speculators through the week, as the number of copies purchases and the number of people buying them just exploded… even by Pot of Desires standards.

Surprisingly that had almost no impact on the card's value, as the Market Price and lowest available price both held steady at just under four bucks. As the demand for Proxy Dragon steadily declines bit by bit, the unshakable demand for Pot of Desires grows ever more mysterious.

 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  
MajorJusticeTrades Limited - Near Mint 5 $3.25
GrandpaDoyleCardShop Limited - Near Mint 3 $3.50
Scards Limited - Near Mint 8 $3.50
TrickstarPlayer Limited - Near Mint 4 $3.50
Copacetic Cards Limited - Near Mint 2 $3.50
Lucky Dice Cafe Limited - Near Mint 1 $3.92
Omega Card Games Limited - Near Mint 1 $4.00
Davis Cards & Games Limited - Moderately Played 2 $4.00
Terrin Limited - Near Mint 1 $4.00
Duel Monsters Pro Limited - Near Mint 4 $4.10

On that note, Proxy Dragon came in at Number 11 this week, while the Number 12 to Number 15 spots were all occupied by semi-competitive reprints from Legendary Collection Kaiba. Those were The White Stone of Ancients at Number 12, The Monarchs Stormforth at Number 13, Silver's Cry at Number 14, and Trade-In at Number 15.

All four cards have been played in Championship-level decks in the past, but none of them are particularly useful right now. Still, it'll be interesting to see what impact these types of reprints have on upcoming Championships, as we count down the hours to YCS San Jose and YCS Salt Lake City.

We'll be back on Monday with another Market Watch. See you then!

-Jason Grabher-Meyer



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