Market Watch Top 10: The FLOD Speculation Begins

Jason Grabher-Meyer

4/6/2018 11:00:00 AM
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The Flames of Destruction booster arrives on May 4th, but with no big Championships this weekend and the Advanced Format still wide open, the biggest push-factor creating new trends this week was speculation and preparation for the new set.

If you haven't had a chance to look through Flames of Destruction just yet, now's a good time to get familiar with the original OCG release . While the new Elementsaber and Knightmare monsters have generated lots of discussion, new support for Goukis and Altergeists elevated those two themes into tournament competition in the OCG, and that's translated into interest in those themes this week here in the TCG. Looking at logged OCG decks from our friends over in The Organization , we can see that Altergeists in particular have broken the glass ceiling and become seriously relevant. The market responded accordingly this week.

Meanwhile the F.A. theme is largely exclusive to the TCG; theCode of the Duelist F.A. cards were printed in Japan in Extra Pack 2017, but the Circuit Break cards and the all-important Extreme Force stuff fundamentals like F.A. Auto Navigator and F.A. Motorhome Transport have yet to be released in the OCG. That means the theme is unproven overseas, but the sheer power level of those EXFO cards was a major talking point when they released here, and with more F.A. support expected in our version of Flames of Destruction, players started stocking up on F.A. cards to get ready.

Dinosaurs and ABC-Dragon Buster cards remained popular this week as well, placing two or three cards into the Top 10 on our latest bestseller list. And from there it was all competitive standbys all the time, as splashable generic cards continue to rule demand in this wide-open competitive environment.

With all that established, let's dive into the Top 10 and check out the bestselling cards this week, from Monday to Friday.

#10: Qliphort Genius

With decent stats, solid effects, and two downward-pointing Link Markers, Qliphort Genius is the go-to Link Monster for Machines. We've seen it pop up in ABC's several times before, the most recent instance being Kalileo Yang's build from last week's Fargo Regional , but it's also a hot prospect for F.A.'s. The spike in demand that we saw for it this week was likely a function of both factors: recent success for ABC's, and the anticipation for new F.A. cards.

 Qliphort Genius
$2.99
$1.68
$0.88
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.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
ShadowYugioh Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.60
Dragons Maw Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.88
IDeal808 Unlimited - Near Mint 37 $0.95
MTG lnventory 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.99
TMM Card Store Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $1.00
Omega Card Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.00
A+ Comics 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $1.14
The Playing Card 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $1.15
Buds Place 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $1.15
House of Lightning 1st Edition - Near Mint 8 $1.19

#9: F.A. Pitstop

Speaking of, F.A. Pitstop's widely recognized as an incredible card just waiting for a competitive breakthrough, and the potential for Flames of Destruction to finally elevate F.A.'s to contender status spiked demand for it this week. A single Pitstop is effectively Upstart Goblin with a free Monster Reborn effect. Successive copies can offer free draws as well, upgrading that Upstart Goblin effect to a straight Pot of Greed if you don't mind waiting on the revival effect.

Repeat: free Monster Reborn that turns into a Pot of Greed. Yeah, that's worth Number 9.

 F.A. Pit Stop
$0.60
$0.18
$0.01
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
Untouchables 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.01
Pedras Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.01
The Wizards Duel 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $0.01
IkalaGaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.05
Enticing Name 1st Edition - Near Mint 5 $0.07
IDeal808 1st Edition - Near Mint 34 $0.08
FSGCards Unlimited - Near Mint 2 $0.08
Pro-PlayGames 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.08
Cardhype Unlimited - Near Mint 3 $0.09

#8: F.A. Auto Navigator

Another busted revival effect for the F.A. theme, F.A. Auto Navigator has come to be seen as the lynchpin for the F.A. strategy, kicking off massive Turn 1 combos that lead into impressive Synchro plays and more. The reality is that Auto Navigator would probably be playable even if it just revived itself as a Tuner.

Instead, we have a card with a built-in Field searching ability too, offering instant +2's that leverage big combos and are effectively repeatable off multiple copies. The F.A. theme has a lot of great cards, but if you had to single out one that's going to wind up Semi-Limited or Limited sometime in the future, the one with the bullseye on it is pretty easy to spot.

 F.A. Auto Navigator
$2.00
$0.20
$0.07
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.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
FSGCards 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.07
SilverCrow 1st Edition - Near Mint 4 $0.08
Hoffman Cards Unlimited - Near Mint 3 $0.10
TMM Card Store Unlimited - Near Mint 4 $0.10
dragonspentrading Unlimited - Near Mint 2 $0.10
Cardhype 1st Edition - Near Mint 29 $0.10
Avivagamez Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.10
OneStopYugiohShop 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.10
Mystic Tree 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.10
IDeal808 1st Edition - Near Mint 79 $0.12

#7: Overtex Qoatlus

Dinosaurs continue to do well this format in all of their forms: Shaddoll, True King, and 60-Card Zombie builds all top tournaments on the reg, and while all three strategies have different strengths and weaknesses, the biggest common denominator amongst them all is Overtex Qoatlus.

One part control-oriented boss monster and one part search combo, Overtex Qoatlus made Double Evolution Pill a stunningly flexible and competitive card, finally delivering the consistency and raw power Dinosaurs needed to live up to the hype we saw in early 2017. It's continually proven to be one of the most popular cards from Extreme Force, rivalled only by splashable commons that are more commonly played and more accessible.

 Overtex Qoatlus
$3.69
$1.26
$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
NateD Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.75
SilverCrow 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.75
CardEyes Shop Dragon Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.75
CerisedeCommerce 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.75
Davis Cards & Games 1st Edition - Moderately Played 2 $0.75
Five Elements Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.85

#6: Proxy Dragon

Still a must-own as one of the only good Link-2's in the game, Proxy Dragon is still in big demand despite having been around for almost eight months. Still available for under a buck, every competitive player needs one, arguably multiple copies. The fact that it's still in the Top 10 just suggests how big the WCQ season is going to be this summer, as more and more players return to competition and new ones enter the tournament arena.

 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
Columbus Card Shop Limited - Near Mint 7 $0.69
ygosinglesallday Limited - Near Mint 2 $0.70
Johns Entertainment Limited - Near Mint 1 $0.70
BNE Card Shop Limited - Near Mint 2 $0.70
Opolentia TCG Limited - Near Mint 13 $0.73
Game Goblins Limited - Moderately Played 1 $0.74
MajorJusticeTrades Limited - Near Mint 4 $0.75
JC Theater YGO Limited - Near Mint 2 $0.75
Atlas Gaming Limited - Near Mint 3 $0.79

#5: Effect Veiler

Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring has slid about ten dollars over the past week or two, but it's still largely inaccessible to budget duelists, and that's made Effect Veiler a common sight here in our Top 10's. In addition, Effect Veiler's continued to see an upswing in play alongside Ash Blossom; a trend we first mentioned weeks ago, but that's gained traction bit by bit as the weeks have passed.

 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

#4: Pot of Desires

Stabilizing at about $4.50 after a slight rise in price over the last six weeks, the best-selling card of 2017 seems on track to become the biggest card of 2018 as well. That said, three cards outsold Pot of Desires this week, all of them splashable and covering a variety of strategies.

 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

#3: Underclock Taker

The first is no surprise; Underclock Taker's been outpacing Proxy Dragon for weeks, because while both Link-2's are effectively staples for a competitive collection, Proxy Dragon's simply been around a lot longer. Not as many players need Proxy Dragon since many players got them last year. But even observing that, we need to recognize the recent trend in some strategies; several decks are now often running more than one Underclock Taker, creating even more demand in the TCGplayer Marketplace.

 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

#2: PSY-Framegear Gamma

And finally, the Top 2 cards of the week were both promos from Extreme Force Special Edition. With individual EXFO SE boxes still commanding $13+ on the open market, PSY-Framegear Gamma is still a $4 pull. That makes it a $17 investment for a playset plus one PSY-Frame Driver to play them, but that still makes Gamma way more affordable than Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit, Droll & Lock Bird, or Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring.

Add to that the unique utility of PSY-Framegear Gamma, and you've got a card that's effectively a must for both competitive and budget players. Combined with the rationale that Gamma was previously $15 a pop before its reprint, you've got a recipe for massive demand.

 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

#1: Called by the Grave

The only card to outsell PSY-Framegear Gamma this week was Called by the Grave. While Called only appeared in two decks form the first round of logged Top Cut lists from YCS Salt Lake City, it emerged as a more popular pick once more decks from that event were documented, and it was popular in Regionals last weekend too. Combining Effect Veiler and D.D. Crow into one card, the attraction is obvious, and with supply of Special Editions dwindling there's lots of reason for players to jump at $5 copies of Called by the Grave.

 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

We saw even more speculation outside the Top 10, with a limited number of buyers heavily targeting Goukis, Altergeists, and F.A.'s. In the Gouki corner it was Gouki Re-Match, Gouki Twistcobra, and Gouki Headbatt leading the pack. Altergeists were again led by Altergeist Hexstia and Altergeist Manifestation. And while the demand for F.A. Pitstop, F.A. Auto Navigator, and Qliphort Genius were more widespread trends, we also saw big niche investment in F.A. Motorhome Transport and F.A. Test Run.

YCS Memphis is two weeks away, and in the mean time we'll be looking at the ARG Circuit Series next weekend in San Jose, too. Stay tuned to the deck archive to see new advancements in these last weeks of the pre-FLOD format, and check in with us here on Monday for our next Market Watch.

-Jason Grabher-Meyer



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