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This week Swordsouls continued to stand strong in the secondary market, while it seemed as if demand for Floowandereeze has been fulfilled. Heroes are getting even hotter as more players pick up their Destiny HERO - Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer, and Live☆Twins continue to be a prospect for purchasers.
All that said, the Number 1 best-selling card of the week was a big surprise, and one that may telegraph a huge shift in the way competitors build decks moving forward. Do we have another new generic, high-dollar power spell in the format? Read on to find out.
Lots of competitive players are viewing hand traps as suboptimal right now, since the decks sitting at the top of the format are largely combo strategies that are very good at playing through one-shot interrupts. That's made cards like Forbidden Droplet and Dark Ruler No More much more popular in recent weeks, and we saw that play out in the secondary market over the last few days as more players picked up Dark Ruler No More. At an average purchase price of about $7.50 it's not cheap for a Structure Deck card, but it's still way below the current price of Forbidden Droplet.
The same three Swordsoul cards that made the Top 10 last week were all best-sellers again, landing in almost the exact same positions. Interest in Swordsoul is sticking, and Swordsoul Emergence is actually up a spot from Number 10 last week as sales of Floowandereeze cards evaporated. Swordsoul Emergence is a powerful search card, a clear staple for Swordsoul, and it's actually about a buck cheaper this week than last week, so demand is still strong.
Down two spots from last week, Evil Twin's Trouble Sunny (Ultra Rare) was still huge. As Remote Duel Regional Qualifier decklists start to slip into the spotlight, a few Top Cut showings from Live☆Twins could work wonders to fan the flames for this theme. At the same time if the deck doesn't finally take off, we may see another extended hibernation for Live☆Twins over the winter season.
Back in the same Number 7 slot as last week, Swordsoul Supreme Sovereign - Chengying offers non-targeting banishing removal if you're willing and able to jump through the simple hoop of banishing a card. Like Swordsoul Emergence, Swordsoul Supreme Sovereign - Chengying slightly cheaper this week. And while that's not saying much for a card that was about $2 to begin with, if it sinks anymore it's going to start looking like serious penny stock material for anyone who wants to bet on some big showings from Swordsouls in upcoming events.
Fusion Destiny could be had for roughly a dollar as late into the year as July, but August saw the beginning of a series of spikes leading to the release of Destiny HERO - Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer. It all brought us to where we are now, with the Dark Neostorm Super Rare and 2020 Tin Ultra Rare both above the 16 dollar mark.
With this and Destiny HERO - Dasher sitting in the same range - not to mention the explosion in price of Scrap Chimera a few months ago, in the run-up to Scrap Raptor - it's enough to make you wonder if Konami's going to start reprinting older, must-have combo cards required for new releases.
Oh, and in case you've been sleepy and haven't noticed? The Destiny Hero - Dasher (UTR) a solid $200 now. Wow, are old Ultimate Rares ever getting expensive.
At least Destiny HERO - Denier cheap as dirt. Players are experimenting with this guy to help set up Destiny HERO - Plasma as an alternative to Destiny HERO - Dasher, and that punted Denier straight into the Top 10 this week after it sat at Number 12 last time around. As much as Destiny HERO - Dasher and Destiny HERO - Celestial are the crowd favorites for the Destiny HERO - Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer engine, players are very much experimenting with other options, so don't get caught offguard.
Down a tick from Number 3 last week, Swordsoul Strategist Longyuan can start combos or extend them, and that 1200 damage ain't half bad. This is a three-of in most builds and it's still under 3 bucks, so the appeal's easy to understand. The bigger surprise this week was the massive surge of interest in another Swordsoul card that didn't make the Top 10 last week.
But first: Destiny HERO - Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer, still a massive seller. This is going to be one of the most format-defining cards of the format, if not the most format-defining, so while the price tag's incredibly high for a card selling in such a huge volume, it's no mystery why it's selling so many copies. Whether a deck can play Destiny HERO - Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer this format, and whether it can play THROUGH it when it's on the other side of the table, will be two of the most important questions you're going to have to ask yourself when you're choosing what to play.
For basically the foreseeable future. It's been a year and Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon is still legal and totally unrestricted. I wouldn't be surprised if Destiny HERO - Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer lasted just as long, maybe even with Predaplant Verte Anaconda intact to keep it consistent.
Yes, Incredible Ecclesia, the Virtuous (Secret Rare) came out of nowhere this week, as players and investors seemed to gain more confidence in Swordsouls, and started to look forward to Structure Deck: Albaz Strike. As much as this Top 10 is based off unique purchases - which means one buy for 100 copies of a card is counted as just 1 purchase, same as someone buying 1 copy - we did see people taking positions on this card as well. Check out this snippet of action from Wednesday:
Either someone wanted to make a 5000 dollar bet, or them and their 24 closest friends all wanted to take Swordsouls to the YCS. It's one of the two.
Yes, Small World is the hottest-selling card of the week! Slowly but surely, players are starting to figure out how this card works and what it can do for their decks, which is turning out to be a lot, especially if you're still playing hand traps. Themes that run lots of monsters of uniform type and attribute have less to gain here, so while Drytron's probably a don't, decks like Madolche are already flexing in Remote Duel Regionals.
As Regional lists start to roll out, this is one of the cards everyone's going to be keeping their eye on, if only to see the ever-expanding list of plays you can make with it. The average buy price this week was $20 a pop, but the market price is already up to $30 and climbing, so if this thing takes off it could be way more expensive in just a couple weeks.
Looking past the Top 10, Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder is still huge, and by far the most popular card from the product-hover id="241346", coming in at Number 11 for the week. The surge of interest in Lyrilusc and Floowandereeze pushed Mist Valley Apex Avian to the Number 12 spot too: you can see one example of how it works in current competition, in Hanko's Floowandereeze article earlier this week.
Masquerade the Blazing Dragon is starting to become more popular, and I've seen more than one facebook post raging about it this past week. It was the Number 13 best-selling card the last few days, so don't get caught off guard when it hits the table across from you. Floowandereeze & Robina at Number 14 was the only trace of Floowandereeze's popularity in the last few Top 10s, and Swordsoul of Taia ended up at Number 15.
That's it for this week, but stay with us through the weekend for another Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode Deck on Saturday, and a look into the lore of one of the TCG's most popular recurring characters on Sunday.
As always, thanks for reading!