Market Watch Top 10: Another Regional Weekend
Another Monday Market Watch, another snapshot of the secondary market with no F&L List in sight.
It was another big weekend for Regional Qualifiers in North America, with no fewer than seven Regionals held in major Dueling cities like Denver, Ft. Worth, and Indianapolis, as well as a Canadian Regional in Winnipeg.
There were some interesting results that have already rolled in from those tournaments , but for the most part we're seeing a continuation of existing trends: the Rock Paper Scissors game of Pure Zoodiacs, True Draco Zoodiacs, and Kaiju Zoodiacs continues; True King Dinosaur variants are putting in some work; Demise True Draco remains a big part of competition; and everything else is a long-shot rogue.
Similar statements could be made about the secondary market and the TCGplayer Marketplace over the weekend too, as we saw recent trends extend straight through the Friday to Monday sales period.
Here's the latest Top 10 countdown; the bestselling cards by volume in the TCGplayer Marketplace.
#10: Elder Entity N'tss
Back in the Top 10, it's safe to say the overall response to Elder Entity N'Tss exceeded most players' expectations. Despite the “too little, too late” outlook when N'Tss was first announced for the 2017 Mega-Tins, it's been a solid seller ever since the Tins released, and its recent showings in decks like Nekroz and especially Infernoids in the OCG have breathed a steady stream of life into the card.
The fact that Infernoids actually topped in Kissimmee Florida last weekend might be helping its rep as well, though it's worth noting that Abraham Jalloul's Top 8 Regional list didn't run N'Tss anyways.
#9: Missus Radiant
Are Zoodiacs still legal? They are, which means Missus Radiant is still the most important Link Monster in the game.
Sometimes you just can't stop the crush of anime-driven fandom, and that appears to be the case for Starving Venom Fusion Dragon. If there's a competitive use for it I don't think I've run into it before, but with fandom at a fevered pitch for both Dark Magician and Blue-Eyes White Dragon reprints, it's not much of a stretch to imagine ARC-V enthusiasts picking up Fusion Dragons with its reprint dropping it from twelve dollars to one.
On the slightly more competitive side of that fandom trend, Dark Magical Circle continues to sell well, once again sticking a spot in the Top 10 as the card drops from $30 in its original printing fromThe Dark Illusion, to a much more comfortable six bucks in the 2017 Mega-Tins.
In all seriousness Foolish Burial Goods is a unique spell that can fill an important role if we see the right releases in the future. But for now it has no immediate use I'm aware of, and unlike most of the high-demand reprints we've seen, the drop in value from its original printing to its reissue is only a few bucks. It's a bit odd to see Foolish Burial Goods selling so well – shout it out in the comments if I'm missing something.
#5: Cosmic Cyclone
Demise True Dracos and True Draco Zoodiacs seem to gain more of a footing in competitive metagames every weekend, and that's kept Cosmic Cyclone the removal card of choice, at least in North America. While Heavy Storm Duster saw a ton of play at YCS Rimini, it made very little impact in stateside Regionals for another weekend running, at least as far as we can see from logged Top Cut finishes.
Add the fact that Cosmic Cyclone seems very likely to survive a new F&L List unscathed, and you've got a great opportunity to pick up a now-much-more-affordable card that everyone should own three of.
And while we're on the topic of once-expensive cards you should probably own three of that recently became far more affordable, Dimensional Barrier continued to see a ton of play this past weekend.
While Barrier's shelf life may be limited with the next F&L List likely to push Link Summoning to the front of competition, it's an amazing card that a lot of players underestimated in the wake of the WCQ season, only to return to it when tournaments continued to be dominated by Zoodiacs.
Barring a Semi-Limited or Limited status, not much is going to plunge Dimensional Barrier's value any time soon, and it's already pretty low at eight to ten dollars all things considered.
Shooting up from the Number 6 position last week, The White Stone of Ancients outperformed all but two cards in the TCGplayer Marketplace this weekend, topping the charts with authority.
That's a bit of a surprise; it's reasonable to see fan-driven cards rank in the lower half of our Market Watch Top 10's, but much rarer for them to break into the Top 3, and since BEWD's not seeing any tournament play at present we have to assume that most of the interest is from casual duelfans.
The alternative would be to suggest a hefty speculation from dealers and players looking to make a fast buck betting on a new Advanced Format, but since we have no idea when that format change is coming, and there's no guarantee a new format could push Blue-Eyes White Dragon, that seems like less of a factor.
#2: Proxy Dragon
And finally, after seeing Proxy Dragon at the Number 1 spot last week, it fell to Number 2, trading places with….
#1: …Pot of Desires…
…Over the weekend. More and more Top Cut finishers are swearing by Pot of Desires these days, and while Proxy Dragon's a must-own for some future era of competition, Pot of Desires is a must in the here and now. Few players want to invest big bucks while they wait to see a new Advanced Format, and Pot of Desires is so affordable that it's a painless expense. Nobody's really expecting to see it restricted anyways.
In the vacuum between the sunset of an old format and the announcement of a new one, inexpensive high-impact cards that can be played in a wide spread of decks are often a perfect fit for new duelists, and more veteran competitors looking to fill gaps in their collection. The logic here's not tough to understand, as Pot of Desires just seems easier and easier to both purchase and play with each passing week.
That's it for the Top 10, but we also saw big interest this week in Revendread Slayer, Terraforming, Floodgate Trap Hole, Magician Navigation, and Shiranui Solitaire, which took the Number 11 to Number 15 spots respectively. Floodgate Trap Hole's become a huge addition to a number of top strategies, seeing both mained and Side Decked play, while Shiranui Solitaire remains a card of interest with a handful of 60-card decks still topping Regionals.
Terraforming needs no explanation and Magician Navigation is another of the uber-popular fan-driven cards now way down in price, but the sudden resurgence of demand for Revendread Slayer's an interesting quirk. Will it see tournament play at some point? Some players are clearly betting yes once again.
The new Legendary Duelists release hits on Friday, just in time for our next Market Watch! Check back with us then to see what the biggest winners were from the pre-sale of the new set. See you then!