Market Watch Top 10: ABC's, Floodgates, and Power Cards

Jason Grabher-Meyer

4/16/2018 11:00:00 AM
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A week and a half ago, the big reveal of the new F.A. cards from Flames of Destruction set the TCGplayer Marketplace ablaze as players scrabbled to get ahead on F.A. staples. Then last week, anticipation for Dark Saviors reached a new high, sending Shared Ride through the roof as players prepare for the Sky Striker Ace theme .

But as speculative hyped died down and Regional results continued to roll in, this weekend saw a return to tournament trends as the guiding factor in the marketplace. While shreds of those forward-thinking trends certainly remain, current competitive cards returned to fashion, and recent results from one underdog strategy started to shape sales patterns.

With no further ado, let's get right into the Top 10 for the weekend; these were the bestselling cards by sheer volume, from Friday to Monday morning.

#10: Torrential Tribute

Yes, Torrential Tribute was back in the Top 10, as players continue to embrace it as a combo-breaking answer to mass Special Summoning. While Torrential's still pretty obscure in modern competition, we're starting to see it in decks like World Chalice , Mekk-Knights , and ABC's. Kevin Bortle even ran a full three copies mained in his Top 8 Trickstar build from the recent Regional in Tulsa Oklahoma , relying on Torrential and cards like Heavy Storm Duster to get an edge with a deck that's normally regarded as predictable.

Will Torrential catch on? The sales numbers suggest a lot of players are looking to try it out, so watch out for it in your tournaments.

 Torrential Tribute
$1.56
$0.77
$0.40
Torrential Tribute138058
Set Starter Deck: Link Strike
Number YS17-EN035
Type Normal Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Common
Card Text

When a monster(s) is Summoned: Destroy all monsters on the field.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Gwent Merchant 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.40
TzTokTrades 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.49
IDeal808 1st Edition - Near Mint 26 $0.49
MultiMonster Deals 1st Edition - Near Mint 95 $0.50
Gorilla Games 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $0.57
GameTimeCC 1st Edition - Near Mint 23 $0.59
XtremeGames 1st Edition - Lightly Played 2 $0.59
Geekified Mind 1st Edition - Near Mint 6 $0.60
Cardshtuff 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.63
Gorilla Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.63

#9: C-Crush Wyvern

Speaking of ABC-Dragon Buster, the deck had a pretty strong few weeks and has proven especially popular in Latin America this format. While Called by the Grave is a huge threat to ABC's, it still hasn't really caught on in tournament competition, and that's left a big window for ABC-Dragon Buster. The Secret Rare reprints in Legendary Collection Kaiba were some of the most popular cards in that release when the set first debuted, and C-Crush Wyvern crept up to Number 9 in an encore showing.

 C-Crush Wyvern
$3.99
$1.30
$0.60
C-Crush Wyvern161947
Set Legendary Collection Kaiba
Number LCKC-EN021
Level 4
Type Union/Effect Monster
Monster Machine
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1200 / 2000
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

Once per turn, you can either: Target 1 LIGHT Machine-Type monster you control; equip this card to that target, OR: Unequip this card and Special Summon it. A monster equipped with this card is unaffected by your opponent's Trap effects, also if the equipped monster would be destroyed by battle or card effect, destroy this card instead. If this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: You can Special Summon 1 Union monster from your hand.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
GrandpaDoyleCardShop 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.60
WisCardboard 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.70
BergGoron Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.75
Aether Game World 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.75
ygosinglesallday 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.75
MajorLazer 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.75
NMGAMING 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.75
Gamezhop 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.80
Creaky Owl Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 4 $0.81
ycitygames 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.82

#8: Qliphort Genius

The ABC-Dragon Buster decks of today rely on the Machine-material Qliphort Genius to make bigger plays, and we saw Genius spike in demand a week and a half ago along with the rising interest in F.A. cards. It's tough to tell if the Number 8 placement this weekend was due to F.A.'s, ABC's, or both together, but regardless it's clear that there's a lot of interest in Machines moving forward, especially with Cybernet Horizon on the…. Well, you know.

 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

#7: Decode Talker

It's been a while since we've seen Decode Talker as a consistent player in the Top 10, but demand for it was huge over the weekend. Again, the main culprit is returning and new players: Decode Talker's been around for almost a year now, so most duelists have their copies. That said, the Starfoil Rare reprinting in last month's Star Pack: Vrains might have had something to do with boosted interest.

 Decode Talker
$6.93
$4.12
$2.90
Decode Talker138065
Set Starter Deck: Link Strike
Number YS17-EN041
Type Link/Effect Monster
Monster Cyberse
Attribute DARK 
A / D 2300 /
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

2+ Effect Monsters
Gains 500 ATK for each monster it points to. When your opponent activates a card or effect that targets a card(s) you control (Quick Effect): You can Tribute 1 monster this card points to; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Altera Exchange 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $2.90
TMM Card Store 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $3.00
Davis Cards & Games 1st Edition - Moderately Played 2 $3.00
RealGudDeals 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $3.10
Decent Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $3.25
Fulkamania Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $3.50
Legacy Defined Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $3.60
Creaky Owl Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $3.75
ZF Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $3.75
Buds Place 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $3.75

#6: Anti-Spell Fragrance

Anti-Spell Fragrance is becoming the most feared floodgate in an ever-refining format, and it's recently become a common Main Deck pick in multiples for True Draco decks. The allure of the Pendulum-pounding floodgate is clear; Fragrance is a one-two punch on a level that arguably shouldn't exist in the game, exercising control over the field while also protecting itself from common removal.

With Pendulum Magicians still the deck-to-beat in most metagames, and more matches are being won with Anti-Spell Fragrance. Its most affordable printing is still the Battles of Legend Ultra Rare, and with that card commanding a Market Price of nearly $5, lots of players seemed to be looking to get ahead of a possible price increase this weekend.

 Anti-Spell Fragrance
$10.00
$5.77
$2.99
Anti-Spell Fragrance136867
Set Battles of Legend: Light's Revenge
Number BLLR-EN078
Type Continuous Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Both players must Set Spell Cards before activating them, and cannot activate them until their next turn after Setting them.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
TenSeCrush 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $2.99
soldji 1st Edition - Lightly Played 2 $4.50
MrCarrotsPlace 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $4.50
Gsantsm 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $4.79
Amazing Discoveries 1st Edition - Lightly Played 6 $4.84
Tonys Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $5.00
Titan Production 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $5.00
Shawns Card Shop 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $5.04
realgoodeal 1st Edition - Near Mint 80 $5.44
Rivercitygamez 1st Edition - Near Mint 53 $5.60

#5: Shared Ride

Down from the Number 1 spot last week, Shared Ride was still one of the hottest cards in the game over the weekend. Both Secret Rare versions are still on upward Price Trends hugging the $7 mark, and the Infinite Gold version – the only other printing – is now officially on an upward Trend as well. That version's still affordable at just under three bucks, and with so much conversation surrounding the card last week, lots of players grabbed their copies over the weekend.

 Shared Ride
$9.99
$2.61
$0.31
Shared Ride115869
Set Premium Gold: Infinite Gold
Number PGL3-EN084
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Gold Rare
Card Text

After this card resolves, each time your opponent adds a card(s) from their Deck or Graveyard to their hand this turn, except by drawing them, you immediately draw 1 card for each card effect. You can only activate 1 "Shared Ride" per turn.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
A+ Comics 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $0.31
Omega Card Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 4 $0.38
Dice Addiction Pro 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.41
realgoodeal 1st Edition - Near Mint 147 $1.15
chowproductions 1st Edition - Near Mint 82 $1.43
tcglowest 1st Edition - Near Mint 191 $1.46
Absolve Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.59
Amazing Discoveries 1st Edition - Lightly Played 2 $1.80
Sun City Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $1.82
RealGudDeals 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.90

#4: Underclock Taker

Underclock Taker's still one of the most important Link Monsters in the game, and it's still one of the bestselling cards in the TCGplayer Marketplace. A Link-2 with a downward pointing Link Marker and a knack for replacing more important Links when they're lost to Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries, Taker's a backup plan for some of the format's top decks as well as a table-turning source of damage thanks to its ATK swapping effect.

It's a game-winning card for a lot of different reasons, and the continued demand demonstrates that lots of players are ramping up for the WCQ season.

 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

#3: Proxy Dragon

Once again, Proxy Dragon outsold Underclock Taker just as it did last week. It's difficult to tell what exactly that indicates; perhaps returning players knuckling down and picking up the Extra Deck staple in preparation for the WCQ? Time may tell, or this one may remain a bit of a mystery. We've seen Underclock Taker outsell Proxy for so many weeks that a reversal of trends – especially one that sees the older card, which more players have had more time to pick up, outperform the newer one – seems a bit bizarre.

 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

#2: Pot of Desires

Though if we're talking about older cards that sell like hotcakes day in and day out, Pot of Desires is the absolute kingmaker. Still locked in at about $4 to $4.50, it's rare for Pot of Desires to rise in price, despite the perpetual demand. It was the bestselling card of 2017 thanks to its Mega-Tin reprint bringing it to the masses, and it's en route to be the bestselling card of 2018 as well.

If your deck can support Pot of Desires, you're playing it. If it can't, it better be good enough to win out when your opponent's making free plusses of card economy.

 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

And finally, Called by the Grave was the biggest mover in the TCGplayer Marketplace yet again. A huge pick in the OCG, Called by the Grave was expected to see just as much play here in TCG territories; but even while it's slowly becoming more popular, we're not seeing it topping a lot of tournaments. Kelly Locke has a really great article about that trend and the reasons for it tomorrow here on TCGplayer, but for our purposes today, it was still the best card of the weekend… even though almost no one is playing it.

Called by the Grave remained a solid five dollars over the course of the weekend, while Extreme Force Special Editions are still about $13 a box.

 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 was it for the weekend's Top 10, but looking beyond the biggest sellers we saw a lot of indecision and long shots in the marketplace. There was no real consensus amongst speculative buyers regarding possible niche picks, though we did see some concentrated interest in Mekk-Knights.

Mekk-Knight Yellow Star, Mekk-Knight Red Moon, and Mekk-KNight Indigo Eclipse all saw substantial sales as popular cards in current Mekk-Knight Invoked builds, but the biggest picks were actually Mekk-Knight Orange Sunset and Mekk-Knight Green Horizon. Those cards are wildly affordable right now since they're seeing no play, and a few buyers clearly saw that as an opportunity.

Dragunities, World Legacy, and ‘roids were popular with small groups as well, as buyers look to cash in on potential hits from future releases. Dragunities have been the subject of lots of talk over the last few weeks, and interest has rotated through the entire Dragunity arsenal at this point.

That's it for our weekend recap, but stick with us here on TCGplayer this week, as we bring you competitive commentary, creative deck fixes, and some surprises in this week's lineup. Then we'll be back on Friday with another Market Watch countdown – we'll see you then!

-Jason Grabher-Meyer



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