Market Watch Top 10: Salt Lake City x Altergeists

Jason Grabher-Meyer

3/30/2018 11:02:00 AM
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With duelists the world over still reeling from the blowout of Pendulum Magicians at YCS Salt Lake City, the market is looking ahead to the May 4 th release of Flames of Destruction.

Combined with continued enthusiasm for Extreme Force Special Edition promos, those three factors were the biggest forces of influence in the TCGplayer Marketplace this week. After a dominant showing at the YCS that concluded in a mirror match , True Dracos were in huge demand. PSY-Framegear Gamma and Called by the Grave were still big picks in the wake of their Special Edition printings. And anticipation for FLOD led to boosted sales for a strategy that's currently flying under the radar.

If it's your first time joining us, here's the skinny: our twice-weekly Market Watches count down the Top 10 bestselling cards on TCGplayer for the previous four days, and we calculate those numbers by volume of cards sold – not rarity and not value.

Why? Because if a big card spikes in price it's not tough to find out about it on your own. But when a common card or an accessible Super Rare sells a bajillion copies, that card might not actually rise in price… even if players are flocking to the deck it's played in.

We have that sales data, and by bringing it to you we can glean early insight into player responses to upcoming releases, news from overseas, and upcoming tournament trends. So with no further ado, here were the Top 10 bestselling cards in the TCGplayer Marketplace this week, from Monday to Friday morning.

#10: Terraforming

Rebounding from the always-bizarre spike of demand for Metaverse last week, Terraforming's position in the Number 10 spot is probably a response to a few different forces: Trickstars' better showing in the last two YCS tournaments comes to mind, as well as the big uptick in Mekk-Knight Invoked decks in the Top 32 of YCS Salt Lake City. Four of them made the Top Cut, making Mekk-Knights the third most successful deck in the Swiss Rounds.

But all those factors pale in comparison to the success of True Dracos, capturing three seats in the Top 4 and both spots in the Finals. Pendulum Magicians had a bullseye on its back for months, and this YCS might've been the long-awaited turning point in competition. A lot of players are going to be migrating to True Dracos and the demand for Terraforming's just the first indicator.

 Terraforming
$1.90
$0.66
$0.40
Terraforming138052
Set Starter Deck: Link Strike
Number YS17-EN031
Type Normal Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Common
Card Text

Add 1 Field Spell from your Deck to your hand.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Pastimes 1st Edition - Near Mint 53 $0.40
Gwent Merchant 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.40
SorinsDen 1st Edition - Near Mint 4 $0.40
GameTimeCC 1st Edition - Near Mint 6 $0.49
Yatalock 1st Edition - Near Mint 9 $0.49
IDeal808 1st Edition - Near Mint 67 $0.49
EoT Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.50
CompetitiveCardShack 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.50
FSGCards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.52
Rivercitygamez 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $0.53

#9: Effect Veiler

Down from its lofty spot in the Top 10 last weekend, Effect Veiler's still huge, as players look to either replace or supplement Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring. Emphasis on “supplement” too; Effect Veiler's not just a poor man's replacement for Ash Blossom, it continues to see growing play alongside it.

How the trending status of True Dracos impacts that demand, we won't know until Monday, but for now the Veiler hype was still very real.

 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

#8: Altergeist Hexstia

Four more Altergeist cards are arriving a little over a month from now in Flames of Destruction: Altergeist Multifaker , Altergeist Pixiel , Altergeist Kidolga , and Altergeist Emulelf . Of those four there's a very good chance Multifaker will be the only one that proves relevant, but Altergeists have done well in recent tournaments in the OCG, and Multifaker's an irreplaceable three-of in those strategies.

An instant +1 that sets up your Link Summons, Altergeist Multifaker makes everything about the Altergeist strategy faster and more consistent, and that generated really strong demand this week for Altergeist Hexstia as an easy, often absurdly powerful Link-2. Players are clearly looking at results from recent tournaments in Japan and trying to stay ahead of the curve , weeks before Flames of Destruction arrives.

 Altergeist Hexstia
$1.90
$0.34
$0.10
Altergeist Hexstia158111
Set Extreme Force
Number EXFO-EN046
Type Link/Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute FIRE 
A / D 1500 /
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

2 "Altergeist" monsters
Gains ATK equal to the original ATK of each "Altergeist" monsters it points to. When a Spell/Trap Card is activated (Quick Effect): You can Tribute 1 "Altergeist" monster this card points to; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card. If this card is sent from the field to the GY: You can add 1 "Altegeist" card from your Deck to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Altergeist Hexstia" once per turn.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Collector's Cache 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.10
DRC Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.10
WisCardboard 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.15
Enticing Name Unlimited - Near Mint 4 $0.15
Avivagamez Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.17
Merlins Archives Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.18
Madfury 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.18
SilverCrow 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.18
AP Relinqushed Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.19
Prof Bonds Emporium Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.19

#7: PSY-Framegear Gamma

In a format where some decks are still running as many as 12 hand traps, and where Maxx "C" is gone and Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring is inaccessible to many players, PSY-Framegear Gamma's become an instant all-star. The EXFO Special Edition reprint dropped it from $15+ to under five, so it's another big pick for budget duelists and deep-pocketed competitors alike.

 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  
ShadowTCG Limited - Near Mint 1 $2.45
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
IDeal808 Limited - Near Mint 34 $2.95
Nerdz Miami Limited - Near Mint 17 $2.99
Game Nut Limited - Near Mint 3 $2.99
Akatsuki CT Limited - Near Mint 1 $3.00
Duel Monsters Pro Limited - Near Mint 2 $3.00

#6: Pot of Desires

This week on the Pot of Desires Index, a whopping five cards managed to outsell the must-have “draw-2” spell. That says a lot about the demand for cards like…

 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

#5: Altergeist Manifestation

Seriously. Altergeist support outsold Pot of Freakin' Desires. That happened.

A name-stamped Call Of The Haunted with a wealth of synergies in the Altergeist theme, its banish effect makes it a free +1 on top of whatever else you do with it before it gets yarded. Manifestation's clearly been a powerful card waiting for a worthwhile application ever since it was released in Extreme Force, and Altergeist Multifaker finally pushes it over the top.

The result is a resilient combo deck with a more-than-respectable grind game, anchored in part by this flexible trap card. Altergeist Manifestation is technically on an upward Price Trend as of this writing, but it's still hugely available with an average Market Price of less than a quarter. Not bad for a soon-to-be-competitive Super Rare.

 Altergeist Manifestation
$3.80
$0.34
$0.05
Altergeist Manifestation158135
Set Extreme Force
Number EXFO-EN070
Type Normal Trap
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Target 1 "Altergeist" monster in your GY; Special Summon it in Attack Position and equip it with this card. When this card leaves the field, destroy that monster. You can banish this card from your GY, then target 1 "Altergeist" Trap in your GY; add it to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Altergeist Manifestation" once per turn.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
ZLinked Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.05
DRC Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.10
Cyber Sales Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.10
Cyber Sales 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.10
Jokers Wild GC Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.14
GandG 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.15
WisCardboard 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.15
VynilCards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.15
IDeal808 Unlimited - Near Mint 39 $0.18
Kirwan's Game Store 1st Edition - Near Mint 4 $0.18

#4: Glow-Up Bulb

Several strategies have leveraged Glow-Up Bulb in recent weeks, culminating in stuff like Brent Casey's deck from the San Diego Regional Qualifier earlier this month. Turn 1 Naturia Beast is pretty fantastic this format if you back it up with the right stuff, and we're seeing Glow-Up Bulb appear in not just 60-Card Lightsworn Zombies, but other more innovative decks as well.

If you missed Kelly Locke's deep dive on Brent Casey's strategy earlier this week, definitely check that out . With numbers like this, expect to see Glow-Up Bulb in your tournaments at some point, in one form or another.

 Glow-Up Bulb
$1.79
$0.81
$0.45
Glow-Up Bulb149326
Set Structure Deck: Cyberse Link
Number SDCL-EN021
Level 1
Type Tuner/Effect Monster
Monster Plant
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 100 / 100
Rarity Common
Card Text

If this card is in your GY: You can send the top card of your Deck to the GY, and if you do, Special Summon this card. You can only use this effect of "Glow-Up Bulb" once per Duel.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Enticing Name 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.45
Collector's Cache 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.49
Main Card TCG 1st Edition - Lightly Played 2 $0.50
MagnificentTCG 1st Edition - Near Mint 5 $0.50
Stackeree Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 6 $0.55
TCGWarehouse 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.58
MagnificentTCG 1st Edition - Near Mint 9 $0.59
JunkNeuStore 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.60
Turtle Rock Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 89 $0.60
OverdoseGaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 6 $0.63

#3: Amano-Iwato

True Dracos outperformed expectations in pretty much every metric you can imagine last weekend, and the deck's return to dominance is really owed to one card: Amano-Iwato. With an effect that lets you play through opposing monster abilities – including hand traps – it's exactly what a control-oriented deck needs to guarantee a strong Turn 1.

At the same time, Amano-Iwato's become so ubiquitous that players were already Main Decking Rivalry of Warlords at YCS Salt Lake City largely just to beat it – while Amano-Iwato's a Rock-type monster, everything else in the deck is a Wyrm. That means if you Summon Amano-Iwato and your opponent responds with Rivalry, the card you were relying on to protect all your plays literally just stops you from making them. Brutal.

I'm almost surprised Rivalry didn't make the Top 10 this week, but we might see it in the spotlight by the time Monday rolls around. For now, Amano-Iwato remains the number one reason for True Draco's success, and that drove demand through the roof.

 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

#2: Underclock Taker

Week by week, more and more players continue to learn to appreciate Underclock Taker, including some who were running True Dracos at the YCS. Salt Lake City was a fascinating tournament, and the gravitation away from The Monarchs Erupt in some True Draco builds was one of the most intriguing trends.

While some duelists skipped The Monarchs Erupt and then basically ran a joke deck for their Extra , others like Ittipat Arunnaveesiri and Corey Nakata were a little more serious, and those players ran Underclock Taker in their builds.

But really, so did everyone else. This isn't a single deck trend so much as a wide adoption of Underclock Taker. You basically have to own it, and since it costs less than 50 cents there's really no reason not to pick up your copies.

You're gonna need them some time, that much is for sure.

 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: Called by the Grave

And finally, the Number 1 card from last weekend dominated the TCGplayer Marketplace through the week as well, as Called by the Grave kept selling in droves. Clocking in at about five bucks off its preview release, Called made very few appearances at YCS Salt Lake City. But the winner of the event, Leonard Anaya, Side Decked two copies, and that meant instant credibility .

Effectively a Quick-Play hybrid of D.D. Crow and Effect Veiler, Called by the Grave's especially well suited for a Draco-dominated metagame where it can break up established fields and change powerful graveyard-driven combos into game-losing nonbos. Not only is it a fantastic card overall, it's becoming impossible to find in sealed product, since Extreme Force Special Edition boxes are sold out in so many stores.

Generic power spells don't come around very often these days. The versatility of Called by the Grave makes it another must-own for competitive players as WCQ's loom in the not-too-distant future.

 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
Woffwoffcards Limited - Near Mint 3 $4.00
ChromesShop Limited - Near Mint 1 $4.00
heroicROAR Limited - Near Mint 1 $4.00
Omega Card Games Limited - Near Mint 1 $5.00
TactiX Limited - Near Mint 7 $5.00
Central Game Den Limited - Near Mint 1 $5.02
Game Cafe Limited - Near Mint 4 $5.03
YGOAnimeGames Limited - Near Mint 2 $5.05
Fusion Gaming Limited - Near Mint 6 $5.39

That's it for this week, but we'll be back on Monday to see how these trends play out over the weekend. There are no big Championships for a while, but there are lots of Regionals, including some in well documented venues like Garden City, Fargo, and Seattle.

With YCS Salt Lake City so influential, it should be an interesting few days of Regionals as we see the fallout of last week's action.

We'll see you on Monday.

-Jason Grabher-Meyer



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