Today we present the ten biggest movers in the TCGplayer Marketplace from Friday to Monday: the cards that sold the most copies regardless of price or rarity. For the past couple weeks we've seen Abyss Actors sell in droves, but that trend may have finally come and gone, as Abyss Actors were pushed straight of the bestseller charts.
Instead we saw continued enthusiasm for two of last week's biggest winners, as well as some rekindled interest in big Side Deck cards. There were some indicators of continued interest in Lightsworns, Infernoids, and Metalfoes, as well as one mysterious entry in the Top 10 that seems to defy explanation. Let's get to it so you can see what we're talking about.
#10: Pot of Acquisitiveness
After a dwindling presence in Regional Top 8 lists, Pot of Acquisitiveness appeared in about 25% of the Top 32 lists from YCS Anaheim. Deck lists from Bochum are still a little scarce, but the card seemed to see an upswing in Regional play this past weekend. Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries has remained a three-of despite the threat of Acquisitiveness, and it seems like the pendulum is swinging back a bit in response.
#9: Bottomless Trap Hole
Traptrix Rafflesia continues to see considerable play in a variety of strategies, largely for Bottomless Trap Hole and Floodgate Trap Hole. ABC-Dragon Buster's the number one place we've seen it run lately, but it's huge in Awesome Heroes as well, and has appeared in a variety of decks with Rank 4 access. Bottomless Trap Hole's always a pretty powerful removal pick after Solemn Strike and Solemn Warning, and a lot of players picked up their copies this weekend.
#8: Interrupted Kaiju Slumber
Tumbling from Number 1 in the wake of the revelation that Kaiju are a favored fit overseas in Zoodiacs, Interrupted Kaiju Slumber clocked in at Number 8. After some representation at YCS Anaheim, we didn't see it played in the Top Cut Bochum lists we've seen so far, and since the bulk of the card's popularity was powered by OCG trends it may disappear from the Top 10 entirely by Friday.
#7: Foolish Burial
A staple for ABC-Dragon Buster and virtually any combo-driven Synchro deck in competition, Foolish Burial became a surprisingly hot pick over the weekend. Decks like Torben Wahl's Zombie Synchron Hand Loop and Marvin Weber's Awesome Performage Lightsworn, both Top Cut strategies from YCS Bochum, may have pushed Foolish Burial further into the marketplace zeitgeist.
#6: Red-Eyes Insight
While Red-Eyes cards were hot coming off the launch of Invasion: Vengeance, enthusiasm cooled when Destiny Soldiers dropped and the marketplace was dominated by Darklords, and then Abyss Actors. Now with both themes cooling off, Insight made a solid return at Number 6.
#5: Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn
More and more players are flocking to Lightsworn with and without Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn, and combined with enthusiasm for Infernoids in the post-Raging Tempest environment, we saw a big run on Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn.
You can check out recent OCG deck lists over on The Organization to see some examples of up-and-coming Infernoid variants made possible by The Grass Is Always Tastier On The Other Side, AKA Lawnmowing Next Door and see Raiden in action. The card's Number 5 placing over the weekend is likely a function of its use both here, and in the future.
#4: Blackwing - Gofu the Vague Shadow
Metalfoes were a hot prospect last week coming off YCS Anaheim, and it looks like players continued to adopt the deck over the weekend. While Blackwing - Gofu the Vague Shadow clocked in at an admirable Number 4, we also saw Raremetalfoes Bismugear at Nmber 11, Metalfoes Steelen at 13, Metalfoes Goldriver at 15, showing broad interest in the strategy.
Majespecter Metalfoes is one of the three biggest decks of the format, and with new variants like Yang Zing Metalfoes emerging in big tournaments, combined with Billy Brake's massive win at Bochum, the strategy just keeps getting more and more tempting.
#3: Allure of Darkness
A huge seller since its reprinting in Destiny Soldiers, Allure of Darkness held strong at Number 3. As we've said before the past few weeks, Allure's one of the most powerful "Draw 2" spells in the game, and factors like the continued fringe success of Dark Synchro variants, the rise of Darklords, and combos with Pot of Acquisitiveness and related cards all seem to have worked together to keep Allure in the top half of the Top 10, week in and week out.
Which stands in stark comparison to our next big seller.
#2: Royal Oppression
Why? I have no idea. Royal Oppression's been Forbidden for ages, and I think anyone who believes it's coming off the list any time soon needs to get their head checked. The card's wildly overpowered and flies in the face of the direction game design is headed, making it wildly unlikely. No one I spoke to this week seemed to have a reason for this thing to sell so well in so many different printings. If you can solve the mystery, shout it out down in the comments. We must be missing something.
#1: Dark Hole
And finally, after strong showings that saw it often favored over Book of Eclipse and Swords of Concealing Light at both YCS Anaheim and YCS Bochum, Dark Hole saw massive sales as competitive duelists on-trend set out to add copies to their Side Decks, and in some cases Main Decks. While Dark Hole isn't quite as flexible as alternatives like Eclipse and Swords, the element of permanence is huge, answering problem-cards that might survive other answers just to dominate you again a turn later.
As of this writing, Dark Hole was played in sixteen of the twenty-five Top 32 decks logged from YCS Anaheim, and seven of the nine logged Top Cut decks from Bochum. That represents a tremendous shift, and a ton of people took notice as Dark Hole moved in huge numbers. This is a metagame-defining trend that could have big ramifications over the coming week, so definitely expect to see more Dark Hole in your tournaments.
Other notable showings this week? Return of the Dragon Lords spiked in sales as Blue-Eyes White Dragon made a bit of a resurgence in back-to-back Championships, and we saw significant niche interest in Cairngorgon, Antiluminescent Knight, which gained some more popularity over the weekend as a sleeper pick in ABC's.
That's it for now, but join us on Friday when we see where these trends wind up, four days later.