Market Watch Top 10: EXFO Special Edition and The YCS

Jason Grabher-Meyer

3/26/2018 11:00:00 AM
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YCS Salt Lake City was a massive upset this weekend, as all seven Pendulum Magician decks got blown out in the Top 16, leading to a Top 4 of three True Dracos and one Dinosaur deck. In the end it was True Dracos versus True Dracos in the finals, and the tournament caused a stir in the secondary market Sunday night.

At the same time, Extreme Force Special Edition arrived on Friday, instantly selling out in the TCGplayer Marketplace and unleashing massive demand for the reprinted PSY-Framegear Gamma, as well as Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Blade Dragon and Called by the Grave.

While True Dracos may have already reached peak demand heading into the YCS weekend – we saw tremendous sales for a number of True Draco cards in the run-up to that event – enthusiasm for Dinosaurs and the Special Edition promos led the bestseller list from Friday to Monday morning, in the TCGplayer Marketplace.

So what'd the Top 10 look like? With no further ado, let's get right to this weekend's countdown.

Number 10: Overtex Qoatlus

Ayinde Ross finished 8-2 in the Swiss Rounds at YCS Salt Lake City with a 60-Card Dinosaur deck, enough to give him 10th Place heading into the Top 32. From there he made it all the way to the Top 4 before he was knocked out by eventual runner-up Alessio Giordani . Overtex Qoatlus is the lynchpin of modern Dinosaur strategies, from 60-Card builds to True King versions, Lightsworn variants, and Shaddoll Dino decks.

Overtex featured prominently in Ross' Top 4 Feature Match, and his stellar showing in the YCS skyrocketed demand for it on Sunday night, lifting it to the Number 10 position.

 Overtex Qoatlus
$3.69
$1.29
$0.73
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.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Valueduelist Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.50
Hoffman Cards Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.69
Collector's Cache 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.73
Dragons Maw Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.73
CerisedeCommerce 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.75
CardEyes Shop Dragon Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.75
WisCardboard 1st Edition - Near Mint 6 $0.85
The Next Level Games Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.85
Five Elements Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.85
TheCardWard Unlimited - Near Mint 2 $0.85

Number 9: Proxy Dragon

Proxy Dragon remains a must-own, and while demand has fallen over time with players having lots of time to get their copies, it's still a big seller week to week. While Proxy Dragon may not feature in most builds of True Dracos as well as Pendulum Magicians in recent events, it's an important card to numerous other decks that are still topping tournaments.

 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  
Main Card TCG Limited - Lightly Played 1 $0.50
Pastimes Limited - Near Mint 1 $0.50
thechanman Limited - Near Mint 1 $0.65
Columbus Card Shop Limited - Near Mint 7 $0.69
ygosinglesallday Limited - Near Mint 2 $0.70
Johns Entertainment Limited - Near Mint 1 $0.70
ZLinked Gaming Limited - Near Mint 1 $0.70
KrakenPacksTCG Limited - Near Mint 1 $0.73
Opolentia TCG Limited - Near Mint 41 $0.73
MajorJusticeTrades Limited - Near Mint 4 $0.75

Number 8: PSY-Frame Driver

The reprint of PSY-Framegear Gamma in Extreme Force Special Edition proved to be hugely popular, but to use it, a number of players who didn't have their copies beforehand needed PSY-Frame Driver. That generated a big surge of interest in the card this weekend, pushing Driver to Number 8 on an upward Price Trend that landed it at the $6 mark.

With PSY-Frame Driver and PSY-Framegear Gamma in more players' hands you can expect to see more than just Gamma on tournament tables; expect to see PSY-Framegear Epsilon more often as well, making competition that much tougher for Trickstars.

 PSY-Frame Driver
$8.99
$4.98
$3.95
PSY-Frame Driver106025
Set High-Speed Riders
Number HSRD-EN028
Level 6
Type Normal Monster
Monster Psychic
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 2500 / 0
Rarity Rare
Card Text

A Psychic Warrior capable of manipulating electricity, he wields the Autonomous Amplification Units known as “PSY-Frame” and uses them to assault the “Security Force”. His form in such endeavors is truly fast as lightning.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
TheGameofGames 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $3.95
final savior 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $4.00
CLand 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $4.45
ShocksGaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $4.45
Gooses Games 1st Edition - Lightly Played 3 $4.45
Potts Gaming Store 1st Edition - Lightly Played 17 $4.45
Cardmonstergamez 1st Edition - Lightly Played 2 $4.45
Illustrious Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $4.49
Shenanigans Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $4.49
CardCraze Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $4.74

Number 7: Underclock Taker

Just like Proxy Dragon, Underclock Taker's a must-own Link Monster that features in a ton of different strategies. Both cards are wildly affordable but Underclock takes the cake as one of the lowest cost staples of the format, and its relative newness means a greater number of players who don't own it yet, and thus greater demand.

 Underclock Taker
$2.00
$0.50
$0.20
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  
Kirwan's Game Store 1st Edition - Near Mint 16 $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
Mystic Tree Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.22
SimplyBulk 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.24
VynilCards 1st Edition - Near Mint 4 $0.24
TGS Trades 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.24
The Game Capital Unlimited - Near Mint 3 $0.24
ET Collectibles Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.25

Number 6: Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Blade Dragon

Previously available only as a super-scarce SHONEN JUMP subscriber promo, Number 6: Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Blade Dragon adds more disruptive power to plays that largely already existed with other Galaxy-Eyes Xyz, on a more than respectable set of legs with 3200 ATK, backed by a self-replacing effect that revives Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon.

Since Cipher Blade Dragon once commanded more than $15, and often approached buyout status here on TCGplayer, the reprint was clearly welcome.

 Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Blade Dragon
Price N/A
Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Blade Dragon162601
Set Extreme Force
Number EXFO-ENSE4
Level 9
Type Xyz/Effect Monster
Monster Dragon
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 3200 / 2800
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

3 Level 9 monsters
You can also Xyz Summon this card by using a Rank 8 "Galaxy-Eyes" Xyz Monster you control as material. (Transfer its materials to this card.) Cannot be used as material for an Xyz Summon. Once per turn: You can detach 1 material from this card, then target 1 card on the field; destroy it. If this Xyz Summoned card you control, is destroyed by battle with an opponent's attacking monster, or destroyed by an opponent's card effect, and sent to your GY: You can target 1 "Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon" in your GY; Special Summon it.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Cyber Sales Limited - Near Mint 2 $0.25
Bemani Lounge Limited - Near Mint 1 $0.33
Taniks House Limited - Near Mint 2 $0.33
Mystic Tree Limited - Near Mint 1 $0.35
Gamerz Klubb Limited - Near Mint 3 $0.35
Avivagamez Limited - Near Mint 1 $0.35
CerisedeCommerce Limited - Near Mint 1 $0.40
Collector's Cache Limited - Near Mint 19 $0.46
Picante TCG Limited - Near Mint 2 $0.48
IDeal808 Limited - Near Mint 29 $0.49

Number 5: Pot of Desires

Pot of Desires is still the benchmark for bestselling cards week to week; it spends so much time as the Number 1 card that if a card beats it, we know the demand is clearly very high and we should be paying attention for possible tournament trends. This week, a whopping four cards managed to outsell the catch-all “draw 2” spell.

 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
TeamGuyaneseGamer Limited - Near Mint 9 $3.40
GrandpaDoyleCardShop Limited - Near Mint 3 $3.50
Scards Limited - Near Mint 8 $3.50
MkohlGames Limited - Lightly Played 1 $3.87
Lucky Dice Cafe Limited - Near Mint 1 $3.92
Terrin Limited - Near Mint 1 $4.00
Tactixx Limited - Near Mint 1 $4.00
Game Goblins Limited - Lightly Played 5 $4.16
Buds Place Limited - Near Mint 1 $4.25

Number 4: Effect Veiler

The first was Effect Veiler, still popular on its own, and as a budget replacement for Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring. Ash Blossom was back up to $64 in its lowest available listing as of this writing, up nearly ten bucks from where it was last week. With Ash Blossom showing no signs of slowing down, Effect Veiler's the next best option for players looking to flesh out their hand trap arsenal.

 Effect Veiler
$4.50
$2.50
$1.42
Effect Veiler103924
Set Structure Deck: Synchron Extreme
Number SDSE-EN018
Level 1
Type Tuner/Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute LIGHT 
Rarity Common
Card Text

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


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
NEPA Gaming 1st Edition - Heavily Played 1 $0.90
Davis Cards & Games 1st Edition - Heavily Played 1 $0.90
Game Goblins 1st Edition - Moderately Played 1 $1.35
NEPA Gaming 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $1.42
Game Goblins 1st Edition - Lightly Played 3 $1.59
Gorilla Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.84
DNA Comics and Games 1st Edition - Moderately Played 1 $1.88
One Up TCG 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $1.98
One Piece 1st Edition - Lightly Played 3 $1.99
Near Mint Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 6 $2.01

Number 3: The Winged Dragon of Ra - Sphere Mode

The Winged Dragon of Ra - Sphere Mode was one of the most influential cards at YCS Salt Lake City, and has seen widespread Side Deck play all format long. It's the perfect choice for some of the format's biggest matchups, and demand spiked once again over the weekend.

Still available for less than four bucks, now's the time to pick up your copies if you don't have them already; it's unlikely that they'll get any more affordable as the WCQ's get closer.

Number 2: PSY-Framegear Gamma

Available for a third of the price of the High-Speed Riders original, the reprint of PSY-Framegear Gamma was a huge boon to budget duelists. Countering everything from hand traps to boss monsters, Gamma turns your opponent's plans against them and then follows up by fielding Synchro Materials for PSY-Framelord Omega. Demand for Omega was strong as a result, as well as the aforementioned PSY-Frame Driver and PSY-Framegear Epsilon.

Expect to see Gamma and everything related to it a lot more frequently in the coming weeks. But as fantastic as PSY-Framegear Gamma is, it was outshone by one card over the weekend…

 PSY-Framegear Gamma
Price N/A
PSY-Framegear Gamma162600
Set Extreme Force
Number EXFO-ENSE3
Level 2
Type Tuner/Effect Monster
Monster Psychic
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1000 / 0
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned by a card effect, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. During either player's turn, when your opponent activates a monster effect while you control no monsters: You can Special Summon both this card from your hand and 1 "PSY-Frame Driver" from your hand, Deck, or Graveyard, and if you do, negate that activation, and if you do that, destroy that monster. During the End Phase, banish the face-up monsters Special Summoned by this effect.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
simplyugi Limited - Near Mint 1 $2.47
TeamGuyaneseGamer Limited - Near Mint 2 $2.48
GrandpaDoyleCardShop Limited - Near Mint 1 $2.48
TMM Card Store Limited - Near Mint 2 $2.55
VT Cards Limited - Near Mint 3 $2.78
Eddies Games Limited - Near Mint 1 $2.80
Nerdz Miami Limited - Near Mint 17 $2.99
Broken Dealz Limited - Near Mint 6 $3.00
Woffwoffcards Limited - Near Mint 5 $3.00
House of Lightning Limited - Near Mint 6 $3.00

Number 1: Called by the Grave

Surprising no one, Called by the Grave absolutely dominated the TCGplayer Marketplace this weekend. With an average Market Price and current available price hovering at the cusp of eight dollars, Called by the Grave is worth almost as much as the MSRP of a sealed Extreme Force Special Edition all on its own.

 Called by the Grave
Price N/A
Called by the Grave162602
Set Extreme Force
Number EXFO-ENSE2
Type Quick-Play Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Target 1 monster in your opponent's GY; banish it, and if you do, monsters with the same original name as that banished monster have their effects negated until the end of the next turn.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Redeyescollecter Limited - Near Mint 1 $2.28
ChromesShop Limited - Near Mint 1 $4.00
Woffwoffcards Limited - Near Mint 3 $4.00
simplyugi Limited - Near Mint 1 $4.28
TeamGuyaneseGamer Limited - Near Mint 1 $4.71
ShocksGaming Limited - Heavily Played 1 $4.90
LuckyGaming Limited - Near Mint 1 $5.00
TactiX Limited - Near Mint 7 $5.00
Central Game Den Limited - Near Mint 1 $5.02
Gamers Den Limited - Near Mint 1 $5.19

Packing a versatile effect that dominates the mid-game and late game by compromising some of the best monster abilities in any strategy, it also chains to revival effects to beat theme-stamped cards and strong generic material like Monster Reborn. It's effectively one part graveyard disruption and two parts flexible counter, making it the most talked-about card of the week.

All that hype landed Called by the Grave in the Number 1 spot from Friday on forward, and while there's still quite a few copies in the Marketplace right now, it's still on an upward Price Trend.

That's it for now, but we'll be back on Friday with another look at the fallout from YCS Salt Lake City. With deck lists slated for posting in the Deck Archive starting tomorrow, we're going to see a lot of information that's going to shape new trends over the course of the week.

We'll see you then!

-Jason Grabher-Meyer



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