Ask any group of people what the "Top 10" of anything is, and you'll get wildly different lists. Yu-Gi-Oh isn't free from that sort of controversy, whether it be "Top 10 Cards That Need To Be Forbidden," or "Top 10 Decks of All Time," there's never much consistency across the vast player pool, unless it's "Top Ten Dougs That Almost Wrecked My Truck."
Yu-Gi-Oh!'s unique because the interest level of a player, combined with their length of tenure in the game varies so drastically across the player base; peoples' pool of knowledge differ so much it's impossible to make sweeping statements about anything unless you're talking to a very specific group. The opinion of the kid picking up Yu-Gi-Oh! for the first time casually versus the veteran who thinks Goat Format is the only format with skill are worlds apart in their opinions.
So when I say "Top 10 Cards That Need Reprints" I'm not without bias, nor am I free of doubt that I'm going to royally annoy somebody out there who thinks that Card Trooper genuinely needs to be printed again. What I'm looking at today are cards that would help casual and competitive players equally, regardless of whether you think $5 is too much for a card, or $100 is just about right for that new Secret Rare.
Now, if Konami would just release these cards in one sealed set, I'd be very grateful! They could do me a solid and throw in some new Fabled cards, too. Hey, if you work for Konami and you're reading this, my Twitter is at the end of the article. DM me if you need some ideas.
10 - Infinite Impermanence
If you haven't noticed, hand traps have replaced traps over the last few years and you can count the exceptions on one hand. Dimensional Prison? Bottomless Trap Hole? Breakthrough Skill?
Do those words mean anything anymore?
Sure, some decks like Frogs and Altergeists thrive on traps, and Eldlich the Golden Lord's made a career out of abusing his own theme-stamped trap cards. But if a trap isn't searchable, it really isn't used these days. It's not hard to figure out why, either; you'd rather have cards that work on both players' turns regardless of who goes first. Typhoon's one of the few cards that's a hand trap and a regular trap so it draws some comparisons, but Infinite Impermanence checks every box of playability that exists.
Yes, Impermanence was printed in Duel Power and Duel Overload, but it's time it got the Card Trooper treatment - reprinted ad nauseum in everything. Infinite Impermanence isn't used in every deck, sure, and newer cards tend to keep their prices because that's how the market works. But it's been over two years now; Impermanence still isn't a budget-accessible card and it's keeping players out of competition.
Solemn Strike, Pot of Desires, Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring, Saryuja Skull Dread… budget players got help staying competitive with lots of other reprints, but Infinite Impermanence is about as generic a counter as you can get. Going first it beefs up your defenses, while going second it's either a saving grace or a mini version of Dark Ruler No More.
9 - Madolche Magileine + Madolche Queen Tiaramisu + Madole Anjelly + Madolche Puddingcess + Madolche Hootcake + Madolche Everything
Yes , this is a Top 10 list and yes, this is the Number 9 slot, but it goes to "the Madolche cards" as a whole because even the cards with multiple reprints – both recent and those off in the past - cost way more than anyone wants to spend. The new Madolche support from Eternity Code, Madolche Promenade and Madolche Salon, certainly didn't help the need for reprints either.
Remember just a few short months ago when Madolche Magileine was the hot ticket item because Madolche Petingcessoeur was fresh on the block? Magileine got a reprint and things calmed down, helping players AND helping move new product. Win-win.
But that was so last year! Now Madolche Petingcessoeur, a rare from Savage Strike, is floating around 3 dollars and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Even the overly reprinted Madolche Queen Tiaramisu is up from the 10 cent price point it clung to for literally half a decade. If you thought those scraps were expensive, have you looked at the hottest Madolche cards?
Madolche Anjelly's about as high as it's ever been, even the reprinted Mega Pack version. Thankfully it's coming back again in Battles of Legend: Armageddon, but Madolche Hootcake's hardly better. It's barely over the 10 dollar mark, and both cards used to be worth less than a pack of gum. Theree's new support in ETCO that players are super-keen for and Konami's equally eager to sell, so it just makes sense: it's time to get this stuff back in the hands of duelists.
I'm not sure if Madolches are going to be a dominant force in the near future, but both competitive and casual players adore the cute theme. I'd like to see the deck played at every level of the game, but there's a significant barrier to playability when some of the best cards haven't been printed in five years.
8 - Gallis the Star Beast
This isn't a card most people would have on their list, but it's a niche utility pick that's strangely more expensive than it "should" be. The version from Ra Yellow Mega Pack is sitting around the five dollar mark, but Gallis is in the weird position of not being good enough to warrant the expense while also being an absolute necessity in a handful of decks.
Gallis the Star Beast only really works in a Monster Mash deck, where spells and traps are few and far between, and even then it doesn't always see play. It's not the best way to field a free monster, nor is it the best at getting specific monsters into your graveyard, but it hits a perfect sweet spot that no other card occupies. Block Dragon B.A. isn't an unbeatable powerhouse, but it's one of several decks that might see more table time if Gallis was chump change.
If you're keeping track at home, it's been over eight years since the last printing of Gallis the Star Beast in that Ra Yellow Mega Pack. If Card Trooper can get literally 20 different printings, can't Gallis get some love?
7 - Souleating Oviraptor
Remember when the Dinosmasher's Fury Structure Deck came out? As most Structure Decks do, they retailed at around ten bucks, but you could easily find them for $8 if you bought in bulk for you and your friends.
With the Structure Deck now long out of print, Souleating Oviraptor is around the $10 mark by itself! It shouldn't come as a surprise; any Structure Deck that makes a huge splash will retain its value, but a single card that's worth more than the entire sealed deck? Yikes. Cards like Lost World and Ultimate Conductor Tyranno aren't cheap either, but full playsets of those cards aren't necessary and some Dinosaur decks don't even play the Field Spell. It's clear which card needs the reprint the most.
Simply put, Souleating Oviraptor is mandatory for any Dinosaur deck, and a lot of other combo decks to boot. With three copies of Souleating Oviraptor and Fossil Dig, combos that need a Tuner and a non-Tuner are just a Normal Summon away.
Heck, Souleating Oviraptor even searches for Dogoran, the Mad Flame Kaiju. Is that ground-breaking? No, but when a card has such utility that even "mediocre" plays are powerful, we need a reprint to get to the masses.
I'd also welcome a reprint of the entire Structure Deck, but a man can only dream.
6 - Urgent Schedule
With different types of rarities and some weird distributions, non-core booster sets often known tend to have cards with wildly high prices and low availability. It doesn't matter if only three people in the whole world actually use the card, prices for big cards from "special boosters" and Legendary Duelist releases rarely reflect competitive power. Many of the biggest money pulls from those sets are boosted more by nostalgic demand than anything else.
But Urgent Schedule threads the needle here; it's a limited supply card for a fan-favorite deck that also sees competitive play. I'm not ragging on Crystal Promise, Harpie Perfumer, Cyberload Fusion, Ancient Gear Fusion, Cocoon of Ultra Evolution… the list goes on. Those cards are all fine. But I AM saying that if we can only reprint one high-demand, high-value card from those sets, the card people actually use should probably be the pick.
Would it be swell if everything in the world was reprinted in onegiant set? Releases like Duel Overload and Duel Power did a lot of the heavy lifting, but it's hard to make the "best" versions of decks like my Machina build without Urgent Schedule. It's equally hard to win and drop the hallmark Rank 10 Train victory cry without it, too.
You know the one I mean. (Choo-choo.)
5 - Invocation
Without looking at the price, could you tell me how much the entire Invoked core costs? Go beyond the core and look at every invoked card.
Sure, Invoked Raidjin and Aleister the Invoker of Madness aren't cheap, but they have one printing apiece and kind of deserve their higher price. Furthermore, most decks only need one copy of each anyway, so they're not that hard for your wallet.
But check out the price of Invocation. I understand that not all cards needed for competitive themes will be the same price, but it blows my mind that a Super Rare from an ancillary booster could run you over 100 dollars for a playset.
The secondary market normally reflects supply and demand pretty well, and the Invoked engine does drift in and out of lots of competitive decks over time. But regardless, I think there's something a bit screwy going on with Invocation. Even at the peak of its hype and my tenure with the deck in 2018, Invocation wasn't an expensive card, and now it's over 30 dollars? I'm not saying the Illuminati's involved on this one, but...
Raise your hand if you'd straight up pay $10 for a playset of Invocation? Is your hand up? Then it's time for a reprint.
4 - Borreload Savage Dragon
Cards from core boosters do typically get reprints within two years, but Konami's been rather cagey on Borreload Savage Dragon. Even cards like Fantastical Dragon Phantazmay graduated from Savage Strike into reprint territory, but Savage is still patiently waiting.
Not that anyone ever thought the card was bad, but over time we've come to find that it's increasingly easy to end on Borreload Savage Dragon, a powerful generic boss card like Stardust Dragon was back in the day. A reprint would boost its use in less conventional decks like my revamped ABCs , but even in mainstream competition its commonplace usage rivals Infinite Impermanence.
The card's nearly $100 on the secondary market now, so the time is ripe for a reprint. While it's the budget player's dream that every expensive card immediately get reissued, I understand that's not the reality. But Borreload Savage Dragon reminds me a lot of Saryuja Skull Dread in the way that it's creating a barrier to competition; if you don't have one yourself, there are suddenly several decks you just can't play.
Borreload Savage Dragon's not required for every Extra Deck, but it's an awfully generic card that's needed for a bunch of flashy combos anchoring popular strategies. It absolutely deserves a reprint sooner than later.
3 - Evil HERO Adusted Gold
Without looking up the price on the secondary market, can you guess how much Evil HERO Adusted Gold costs right now? My guess was about 50 dollars off, but I suppose it warrants the price tag since Dark Calling is searchable. It helps that Evil HERO Adusted Gold is searchable as well, making it a stepping stone from Elemental HERO Shadow Mist and Elemental HERO Stratos to Dark Calling.
Legendary Duelists: Immortal Destiny is barely half a year old, yet Adusted Gold's cost is a barrier to its playability. We haven't seen a big spike of Evil HERO focused decks in tournaments, and the price of Adusted Gold no doubt plays a role in that.
It's a self-feeding cycle. With little to no visibility, the average player isn't going to shell out close to $400 dollars for one part f a deck that hasn't achieved overwhelming success. So very few people play it, and it earns very few top cut finishes.
2 - Blood Mefist
Most prize cards are available to the masses - even some newer cards have had mass reprintings, but nine years is a long, long wait. There was a time when Blood Mefist would have been relevant, but Scarlight Red Dragon Archfiend basically ate its lunch in the category of burning your opponent to death, and Scarlight can do it proactively.
This may fall into the category of collector priorities rather than competitive use, but it's time Blood Mefist got a reprint. I'd wager 99 out of 100 people don't know what the card even does at this point, and is that really fair for a prize card? I'm not sure why this particular prize card never got the red carpet treatment for reprints, but it's time that was corrected.
Can I reiterate it's been nearly nine years? The drought for new Fabled cards is pushing a decade, and that's something we can all agree is too long as well, right?
Elemental HERO Air Neos
1 - Elemental HERO Air Neos
Many of the cards listed here skew towards my preferences and my personal feelings, but virtually every reprint Top 10 that exists includes Elemental HERO Air Neos somewhere on the list. Fun fact for the day: it's the only cover card from a legacy booster set without a reprint.
Its effect boosts its ATK when there's a large disparity in Life Points which is… fine? Even with the new Neos support around Elemental Hero Neos and its Fusions, it doesn't fit well into many consistent FTKs.
BUT WHO CARES! I WANT THE CARD!!!!
…And I know I'm not alone. FTKs aside, Elemental HERO Air Neos is rare. It's nostalgic. The art's awesome. I want to be like Jaden and dunk on my opponent with old school Elemental Hero cards, ideally without paying 50 dollars for this thing.
Let me know on Twitter which cards you think need a reprint, even if it's not a money card. Infernity Necromancer may be cheap with only two printings and no foil version… maybe it's time for Infernities to make a comeback?
Just remember: beat your opponents before they beat you.