Market Watch Top 10: F.A.'s Take Over

Jason Grabher-Meyer

4/9/2018 11:00:00 AM
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Last week we saw demand spike for Altergeists, Goukki, and the F.A. theme , as players began counting the days to Flames of Destruction. Those trends continued through the weekend, but one of them absolutely exploded to dominate the TCGplayer Marketplace: F.A's destroyed nearly everything from Friday to this morning.

The second core booster of 2018 releases on May 4th, two weeks after YCS Memphis and one week after YCS Santiago. Goukki and Altergeists have both made a tournament-level impact in the OCG, but the F.A. theme is a total wildcard; OCG players still waiting to get the F.A. cards from our version of Extreme Force, so the theme's completely untested overseas. In addition, we have no idea what FLOD will bring for the F.A. theme anyways; while new cards like F.A. Motorhome Transport and F.A. Auto Navigator made the deck a hot prospect, there's no way to tell what Flames of Destruction could bring to the strategy.

Those cards could be equally strong, or stronger than what we've already seen. Or, they could wind up being totally irrelevant.

Personally I'd bet on the former; there's no reason to think that R&D would decide to abandon the theme now that it's standing on the cusp of viability. And a lot of other people seem to be placing the same bet: last week we saw the F.A. theme place three cards into the Top 10. This time around that number doubled, with six of the weekend's bestselling cards serving the F.A. strategy.

What does that look like across the full Top 10 countdown? Let's dive in and find out.

#10: F.A. City Grand Prix

New to the Top 10, F.A. City Grand Prix's the best of the three F.A. Field Spells, offering a Level boost in both the Main Phase and Battle Phase. That means it contributes to your combos and field spamming plays, as well as building the effectiveness of your F.A. monsters in battle; the other Field Spells can only do one or the other. It also gives you more redundancy with your replacement effects, ensuring that you're always putting your best foot forward.

City Grand Prix's almost assuredly a staple at three-per-deck, and as demand for F.A. cards heated up, it made a fitting entry at Number 10.

 F.A. City Grand Prix
$0.86
$0.15
$0.04
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.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
FSGCards Unlimited - Near Mint 2 $0.04
FSGCards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.04
Merlins Archives 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.05
MajorLazer Unlimited - Near Mint 2 $0.05
MajorLazer 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.05
Game Champ TCG 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.05
AP Relinqushed Unlimited - Near Mint 2 $0.05
AP Relinqushed 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.05
MagnificentTCG Unlimited - Near Mint 4 $0.05
BBC Card 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.05

#9: Underclock Taker

Down from Number 3 last week, Underclock Taker continues to outpace Proxy Dragon as the highest selling Link Monster in the game, but gave a ton of ground to F.A. cards over the weekend. There's not much left to say: as a common, Underclock Taker's massively accessible; and as a splashable Link-2, there's only one card that can rival it in the role it plays - Proxy Dragon. Since you'll want to run both of those cards in most decks anyways, demand is always strong for both of them.

 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

#8: F.A. Whip Crosser

If you're not familiar with the F.A. cards yet, they can be a lot to take in at first glance. But to shorthand this one, the most important part of F.A. Whip Crosser's effect is the last line: it basically reads, “stop most of your opponent's hand traps from working.” While hand traps aren't quite as ubiquitous as they were in the era of SPYRALs, they're still a huge part of competition, and the ability to play through them on Turn 1 could be a big win for F.A.'s once FLOD arrives.

If you have any doubt about that, just look at the impact of Amano-Iwato in True Dracos. F.A. Whip Crosser plays in a lot of the same ways, securing your Turn 1 combos and ensuring you can go off to build big fields. Again, this one didn't make the Top 10 last week, but seeing more demand over the weekend makes a ton of sense. You're definitely going to run it if you're playing F.A.'s.

 F.A. Whip Crosser
$100.00
$0.20
$0.08
F.A. Whip Crosser148392
Set Circuit Break
Number CIBR-EN086
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Machine
Attribute WIND 
A / D 0 / 1000
Rarity Common
Card Text

Gains ATK equal to its Level x 300. Your opponent must pay 300 LP to activate the effect of a monster whose original Level/Rank is lower than this card's Level. Each time a "F.A." Spell/Trap Card or effect is activated: You can increase this card's Level by 1. If this card is Level 7 or higher, your opponent cannot discard or send cards from their hand to the GY to activate a card effect.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Pro-PlayGames 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.08
HenrysTCG Shop 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.08
Cardhype Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.09
IkalaGaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.09
Davis Cards & Games 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $0.10
Cardhype 1st Edition - Near Mint 12 $0.10
Bolt Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 4 $0.10
IDeal808 1st Edition - Near Mint 79 $0.10
Cyber Lord Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.10
VanguardSpiele 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.10

#7: Qliphort Genius

Qliphort Genius was the Number 10 bestselling card last week, and its rise to the Number 7 spot helps to illustrate the rising interest in F.A. cards. People are already playing Qliphort Genius in Machine strategies like ABC-Dragon Buster, but with ABC's still only topping tournaments on rare occasion, you've gotta believe that the spike in demand for Qliphort Genius is owed almost entirely to incoming F.A. cards from Flames of Destruction.

 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

#6: F.A. Auto Navigator

Up from Number 8 last week, F.A. Auto Navigator's emerged as the heart and soul of the F.A. strategy, creating nutsy combos that reap massive card advantage and unleash big boss monsters for almost no investment. Doug did a fantastic video demonstrating the power of Auto Navigator with some specific plays, so make sure you check that out if you missed it . There's some awesome stuff there that you'll want to get ahead of, so it doesn't take you by surprise in May.

 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

#5: PSY-Framegear Gamma

Demand for PSY-Framegear Gamma fell over the weekend, sending it tumbling from Number 2 to Number 5. It's not so much that sales of Gamma dipped, so much as demand for F.A. cards outstripped it. Gamma's become a frontline defender against many of the same cards that have driven Amano-Iwato into the tournament spotlight, and its $4 price point thanks to its reprint in Legendary Collection Kaiba's made it vastly more accessible. It'll probably Rebound by the end of the week, but as far as the weekend was concerned, the F.A. fervor just couldn't be stopped.

 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

#4: F.A. Off-Road Grand Prix

The second of two F.A. Field Spells that can bolster the Levels of your F.A. monsters in the Main Phase, Off-Road Grand Prix is important because without that Main Phase Level boost, you can't really make any of the deck's crazy Synchro combos. Off-Road gives redundancy in the face of removal and poor draws, and gives you a secondary option to bounce between when another differently-named F.A. Field Spell is destroyed.

 F.A. Off-Road Grand Prix
$0.91
$0.20
$0.01
F.A. Off-Road Grand Prix148394
Set Circuit Break
Number CIBR-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 only. You can only use each of the following effects of "F.A. Off-Road Grand Prix" once per turn.
• When a "F.A." monster you control is destroyed by battle: You can discard 1 random card from your opponent's hand.
• 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. Off-Road Grand Prix".


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Untouchables 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.01
Pedras Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.05
IkalaGaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.05
IDeal808 1st Edition - Near Mint 78 $0.08
Merlins Archives Unlimited - Near Mint 3 $0.08
SilverCrow 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.08
NMGAMING Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.10
Nerd Haven 1st Edition - Near Mint 5 $0.10
CollaborativeEntLLC 1st Edition - Near Mint 17 $0.10
IkalaGaming Unlimited - Near Mint 2 $0.10

#3: F.A. Pit Stop

WAY up from Number 9 last week, F.A. Pit Stop was the bestselling card for F.A.'s this weekend, with an effect that combines a free Monster Reborn with Upstart Goblin… and sometimes replaces the Upstart Goblin bit with Pot of Greed. That's about as crazy as it sounds, and it's easy to see why F.A. Pit Stop sold like hotcakes all weekend long. It's a definite three-of in any F.A. build.

 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

#2: Pot of Desires

Despite the incredible demand for F.A. cards, Pot of Desires still outsold them all, and once again it was only bested by…

 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

#1: Called by the Grave

With a bunch of graveyard-centric cards on the horizon, and incredibly utility and impact in current competition, Called by the Grave was once again the highest selling card in the TCGplayer Marketplace. As more and more examples of Top Cut use continue to come to light, the demand for Called only gets higher and higher. And with supply of Extreme Force Special Edition drying up, the imperative to get your copies now before a possible price spike is very real.

For now it's on a downward Price Trend at about five bucks, but with fewer than 80 Special Editions left in the TCGplayer Marketplace as of this writing, some going for as much as $15, that downward trend might not last.

 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

Looking beyond the Top 10 revealed even more demand for F.A. cards, with F.A. Test Run, F.A. Hang On Mach, and the big boss F.A. Motorhome Transport coming in at Number 11, Number 13, and Number 14 respectively. F.A. City Grand Prix only sold a handful of copies more than F.A. Test Run, which makes sense since Test Run's basically a free Mystical Space Typhoon that destroys any card, including monsters, and then comes with a free Emergency Teleport effect for later.

That left Proxy Dragon at Number 12 and Link Spider at Number 15, two of the most important splashable Link Monsters in the game today. Aside from the tremendous spike of interest in F.A.'s there weren't any big upsets in the Marketplace this weekend.

Join us again on Friday when we'll see if F.A. fever goes cold, or heats up even more! Keep an eye on the deck archive for Top 8 Regional lists from Tulsa Oklahoma, Spartanburg South Carolina, Madison Wisconsin, and Philadelphia, then check back to see what impact those lists have on the marketplace this week.

See you then!

-Jason Grabher-Meyer



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