Usually when I say "Top Cards That Need Reprints," I'm not without my biases. Nor am I entirely free of doubt that I might royally annoy somebody out there who thinks differently. Typically, I want to see cards reprinted that would benefit the most people out there. Sure, Tongue Twister hasn't been reprinted since it first appeared in Gladiator's Assault. But… who cares?
If Konami would just release these cards all in one sealed set, I'd be grateful until the end of time. I specifically mean these cards below… and while I'm getting my way, I might as well get plenty of other cards in there too, right?
The 2021 Tin of Ancient Battles gave us lots of reprints, but Maximum Gold: El Dorado and Brothers of Legend are both right around the corner, and each are likely to reissue some major fan-favorites. That said, some things always fall through the cracks. Here are the cards I hope we see sooner, rather than later.
With 15 Collector's Rare cards in Toon Chaos, it's arguably one of the most expensive sets in modern Yu-Gi-Oh on a per-card basis. You think I might start off the list with something that's ridiculously expensive, but I personally favor Infernoble Knight - Renaud for a niche play that's fallen out of popularity as other cards have taken over the competitive scene.
Infernoble Knight - Renaud one of the best options to summon off your Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights because it's a backdoor way to search any Equip Spell. Send one equip with Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights effect, summon Infernoble Knight - Renaud, and get your equip back from the graveyard. It's simple and easy in any deck that uses Warriors. The other Infernoble Knight don't have the same applications, but effectively searching an Equip Spell is a neat trick to have in your backpocket.
Originally, this was a Top 10 list, but… it's really hard to keep things down when there are so many cards we need reprinted. Also, it's a nice bait and switch for my next card.
Thought I wasn't going to complain about Infinite Impermanence, huh? You thought wrong!
The set list for product-hover id="240558" was recently revealed, and while it's confirmed that Infinite Impermanence will be in the deck, that may not solve the problem completely. Remember when Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring got a reprint in the product-hover id="183523"?
Well, it's two and a half years later, and good luck finding that card for under 15 dollars. At the time of writing, Infinite Impermanence is around that price range already; given the trends, the Structure reprint may do little to solve the root problem.
Fine, if they won't get banned, then everyone should have them!
I'm not sure which of these two cards has done more to define competitive Yu-Gi-Oh at this point, but these two polarizing cards have definitely shaped the way modern Yu-Gi-Oh is played. The mere existence of Gorz the Emissary of Darkness had such an impact in its day that veteran players still involuntarily declare their attacks in ascending order when they're swinging into an open field.
Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon and Mystic Mine both require answers your deck should have. They're by no means unstoppable, but if you're not prepared for them there are games where you might as well scoop just to save the time. Sadly, Dragoon's still out of many players' price ranges, and paying eight dollars for Mystic Mine when you know its days are probably numbered just feels really bad.
If I had to choose one, I'd prefer Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon to get a reprint. My feelings toward Mystic Mine are anything but positive, and I'll always side with big cool monsters versus cards that shut off essential game actions. Might as well let everyone have access to our modern day big bad, right?
Lots of Madolche cards were pretty expensive at times, but most of them were reprinted to cool them off. Madolche Anjelly hovered around 50 dollars for much of its life, but it crashed to five bucks after its second reprint in last year's Battles of Legend: Armageddon.
Looking at the price of Madolche cards, the cheapest versions of everything you need are all under five dollars. Even some of the rarity upgrades of older Madolche cards are pretty affordable… or at least that was the case, until suddenly Madolche Salon exploded onto the scene in Eternity Code.
Normally you don't absolutely have to run more than one of a Madolche support card because Madolche Messengelato searches whatever you need, but Madolche Salon very much a starter card, so you want to run multiples. Not only that, it's another way to search for spells and traps. It's not explicitly better than Madolche Messengelato, but the additional boost for a second Normal Summon makes it just as necessary.
I suppose you could get away with shaving down a copy, but I don't see many reasons not to run three. The additional Normal Summon combats the most popular hand traps and bolsters the power of Madolche Magileine.
Eternity Code debuted in April 2020, meaning the 2021 Tin of Ancient Battles could have had a reprint of Madolche Salon. But it was not meant to be. I'm confident we could see a reprint soon though, and its current price certainly creates a need.
Does anyone remember product-hover id="191932"? I legitimately forgot that set existed until I started looking around for cards that needed reprints. Fire Fists? New support? Are we sure this wasn't a fever dream?
I suppose when the cover card was Boot-Up Admiral - Destroyer Dynamo, the set's got some issues.
While the Gadget and Summoned Skull themes went absolutely nowhere with their new support - and calling the Summoned Skull cards "support" may be overly generous - Fire Fists were lifted back into competition for a bit. They haven't done much since, but the new support is vital for the deck going forward.
The bad news is that some of the Fire Fist cards are locked behind a paywall, sitting around 10 dollars each. I'd like an Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Elephant reprint the most out of all them, but there are several cards here that could use a new printing.
There are few things in life that you can rest assured will always be true. Invocation being unnecessarily expensive is one of them.
Check out the price of Invocation right now if you're unfamiliar with this madness. It's bonkers to me that a Super Rare from a side set booster could run you more than 100 dollars for a playset. Even though Invocation doesn't see the near universal level of play it once did, the price isn't coming down anytime soon unless it gets reprinted.
I don't have anything I'd play Invocation in right now anyways. But it still seems unnecessarily expensive as it is. Invoked Mechaba the only other Invoked card with a prohibitively high price tag. While it's not a perfect parallel with Madolche Salon, it sticks out like a sore thumb when the price of one card in a theme is so much higher than all the rest.
It's not a big surprise that one card in theme is expensive. That's a tale as old as time for Yu-Gi-Oh over the last 20 years. But Invocation is the glue that holds the entire deck together. There isn't much of an Invoked deck without Invocation, and this thing debuted almost five years ago. Let's get on with it.
It's been a long while since Rescue Cat got a reprint. It was an Ultra Rare in 2017's Duelist Saga, but there was a seven-year gap between that point and it's prior printing. Even then, the 2009 and 2010 versions both came in Turbo Packs, exclusively given as tournament prizes. And in 2008? It was in Champion Pack Game Five, which was the same thing. You have to go back to 2006 and Dark Revelation Volume 3 to find this thing in anything that looks like a normal booster set. Granted, Rescue Cat was living on the Forbidden & Limited List for a while and that killed its potential, but now that it's playable and severely errata'd, it should be easy to get.
Rescue Cat not completely out of anyone's price range, but it's curiously high, and three copies is still a big chunk of change. Two free monsters from your deck isn't a bad effect, but the severe restrictions the errata imposed on the deck means its power is severely dampened. It's only played in Tri-Brigades these days, but it's actively gating that deck from modern play.
I'm unaware of any reprint planned for the future. Rescue Cat may be a little high on this list for the average duelist, but the timing seems right. Most cards that leave the banlist by errata were printed again with new text, so new players could snatch them up. Rescue Cat Ultra Rare is one of the more expensive printings of the card, which had the opposite of the desired effect.
If you need a primer on why I'm calling for a reprint of this card, check out Kelly's discussion on what Goat Format is. Not everyone was playing the game back in 2006 during the Goat Control era, so you might have some catching up to do. There's even a dedicated website that covers competitive Goat Format tournaments and matches in 2021.
For the most part, Goat Format's widely accessible to most players. Almost every card from the era has numerous reprints, but there are a few that stick out: Tribe-Infecting Virus, Dimension Fusion, and Delinquent Duo are big names, but when I think of Goat format, I think of transforming Sheep Tokens into Thousand-Eyes Restrict.
It might surprise you to see this so high on the list, but I'm not the only one that wants a reprint of Metamorphosis. Funny enough, it's actually fallen out of favor for some top Goat Format decks played in 2021, but for a Forbidden common that's barely used, it's much more expensive than you might guess.
If you factor in casual play amongst friends, Goat Control's probably still the most played deck in the format, and that's my ultimate point here. There are plenty of other reprinted cards that literally no one has asked for, so… throw us a bone, Konami.
Evil Hero Adusted Gold
This is absolutely wild.
The Legendary Duelists sets are never cheap. Most of the cards are reasonably priced, but each set always seem to have a small suite of cards that become painfully expensive pretty quick. Some cards, like Magicians' Souls from Legendary Duelists: Magical Hero, see extensive play that drives up their price, and then there are things like Evil Hero Adusted Gold.
Evil Hero Adusted Gold barely played. Giovanni Rivera finished in 2nd Place at the August Extravaganza , and I wrote about a similar deck that leveraged Evil Hero Adusted Gold, but that's stretching it. It just isn't a necessary combo piece for most Hero decks and it's often redundant when it comes to creating an actual win, but here we are with Evil Hero Adusted Gold at nearly 200 dollars.
The main problem largely comes down to the number of actual copies of the card available, believe it or not. The Legendary Duelists boosters aren't printed on the same scale as main set boosters; compound that with Evil Hero Adusted Gold single printing and high rarity, and it paints a clearer picture to explain the bloated price. Still, I think it's exaggerated by the secondary market trends. Plenty of other cards deserve reprints as well, but being priced out of Evil Hero Adusted Gold feels like being kicked when you're down.
Similarly, I feel pain for anyone that didn't pick up Ascator, Dawnwalker when they were about a dollar.
Funny enough, only Dimension Shifter hasn't been reprinted out of these three cards. When they came out in the 2019 Gold Sarcophagus Tin, I thought these three cards would shape competitive Yu-Gi-Oh forever. I wasn't wrong, but I wasn't 100% right either.
Nibiru, the Primal Being was quickly recognized as an explosive and daunting hand trap that's surprisingly easy to counter. It's one of the most devastating hand traps you can run into, but sidestepping it is totally possible. It wound up being more balanced than a lot of players first expected.
Dark Ruler No More has waxed and waned in usage, now mostly touted as a budget version of Forbidden Droplet. It's still powerful and you need to respect it, much like Nibiru, the Primal Being. The reprint in Structure Deck: Spirit Charmers slashed the price, but like Nibiru, the Primal Being it's worth holding onto. I really think we need both of these cards in a more accessible printing.
Then there's Dimension Shifter. It's found some use in a few Top Cut decks, but it's not as popular as other two 2019 promos. Additionally, it's the only one without a reprint; at the very least, Dimension Shifter deserves a revisit.
It's also one of my favorite card arts of all time; I'd love to see a Super Rare version.
This just has to be reprinted before the end of the year, right? It's the most surprising card to be left out of the 2021 Tin of Ancient Battles. Crossout Designator the big money card for the tins, but seeing Accesscode Talker absent was a bummer. In terms of money cards that people often have to leave out of their decks, Accesscode Talker a bridge between budget and non-budget players.
Summoning it's effectively an instant win button in most situations, and while I'd like everyone that wants Accesscode Talker to actually have a copy, I totally understand when the card's left out of decklists. If I create a budget version of anything for people, Accesscode Talker one of the first cards to be left on the cutting room floor.
Accesscode Talker not particularly essential to any strategy. If you classify pulling wins out of a hat as a necessary option, sure, the argument changes slightly, but it's the cherry on top for many combo strategies when a Battle Phase is involved.
I really don't see us going much longer without an Accesscode Talker reprint; maybe it'll be the money card in Maximum Gold: El Dorado. So far, the Dragonmaid cards and I:P Masquerena are being touted as the set's main draws, but I'm optimistic for an eleventh hour addition of Accesscode Talker.
Shortly after I compiled this list, I was painfully reminded of just how many cards still need reprints, but I'll stand by my claims for the ones above. Prank-Kids Place need a reprint too, but with the limit of Prank-Kids Meow-Meow-Mu, the clamor for that reprint's dampened slightly.
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Just remember: beat your opponents before they beat you.