We're back! With another look at the best-selling cards in the TCGplayer Marketplace from Monday to Friday.
Tournaments are still on hiatus, but as Duel Overload settled and everyone took stock of their pulls, we saw a clear trend as players started to fill the gaps in their DUOV arsenals. And while competitive play is still a few weeks off, would-be contenders were gearing up with splash-worthy tech cards in a way we haven't seen in weeks.
The high-profile cards in Duel Overload shared the spotlight the last few days with some of the set's best reprints, as player preference skewed further toward flexible picks. That's no surprise since it's a trend we see at the beginning of every format; players want to grab priority cards that might fit in a wide range of decks, because they aren't sure what they might wind up playing.
What did that all look like in the market this week? Let's get into it and find out.
#10 - Infinite Impermanence
Believe it or not, but this is the first time Infinite Impermanence has reached the Top 10 for its Duel Overload printing. The first of several powerhouse reprints making their way to the top of the charts for the first time this week, Impermanence needs no introduction; it's one of the game's go-to cards for monster negation and a staple of competitive play. Lots of duelists never got a chance to pick it up at its former price, and now that it's settling at $20 it probably won't be getting any cheaper.
At this point many players have opened all the Duel Overload they're planning to buy. If they didn't open Infinite Impermanence, they're starting to realize that now's the time to grab singles.
#9 - Simorgh, Bird of Sovereignty
Simorgh hasn't dropped of the Top 10 despite the fact that the number one deck for it got demolished by the F&L List – Winged Beast Lunalights. Simorgh, Bird of Sovereignty's still a big pick for several decks that are likely to float between semi-competitive, semi-casual status once tournament's return, like Blackwings, Raidraptors and Harpies, sure. But for now there are no tournaments, and we're starting to see players taking a "build what you want" type attitude.
That means those types of decks are a little more popular than they might be otherwise, and since Simorgh, Bird of Sovereignty's continuing to drop in price it's really easy to pick up and just futz around with. Simorgh is literally 30 cents right now, which is pretty crazy for a marquee card anchoring some of the format's most talked-about combos. If you want to see where it stands and what it can do, click on over to Kelly's latest column.
#8 - Chaos Dragon Levianeer
Back on the reprint side, the alt art Chaos Dragon Levianeer also made its breakthrough showing this week as players batted cleanup on some of DUOV's more competitive short prints. Dragon Link is still a hot prospect for the new format and Levianeer's just one of those cards that's powerful in any strategy that can support it, placing it in a long term position that makes it comparable to stuff like Black Luster Soldier - Envy of the Beginning and Chaos Sorcerer; flexible cards that saw competitive play for years in their day.
Levianeer's hunkered down in the $4 to $5 range, and it may not stay there forever. With a proven competitive record, fun casual applications, and a "this may never be cheaper" price point, the attraction was easy to understand.
#7 - Fantastical Dragon Phantazmay
Link Monsters may see substantially less play under Master Rule 5, but demand has only risen for Fantastical Dragon Phantazmay. The original Secret Rare's still 40+ dollars, so the UR's pretty attractive at 12 to 13 bucks. Personally I'm surprised Phantazmay's stock isn't dropping faster, but with no tournaments to demonstrate the level of popularity of Link Monsters, there's nothing really driving down Phantazmay's value. It's going to be a while before we know how good this card actually is.
#6 - Predaplant Verte Anaconda
Instant Fusion's still playable at 1-per-deck? Super Polymerization's still at 3? Predaplant Verte Anaconda's probably going to be in high demand until that changes. With some of the biggest combos excised from the format Anaconda's totally intact, and that's kept it a hot seller despite a slow creep to the $17 mark. Watch for this one to continue gaining value over time.
#5 - Relinquished Anima
In fact, watch Relinquished Anima too. As a powerful removal card that fits into several strategies, it seems to be undervalued right now as players readjust their expectations for it in a world where Instant Fusion's Limited and the easiest way to deploy Anima is suddenly far less consistent. Sure, Relinquished Anima's not as good as it would've been with Instant Fusion at 3. But at three bucks a pop it's just too much of an opportunity to ignore.
#4 - Dragon Buster Destruction Sword
With Lunalight Tiger Forbidden and Winged Beast Lunalights effectively gone, the most exciting Union Carrier combo has shifted from Mist Valley Apex Avian plus Mist Valley Thunderbird, back to Dragon Buster Destruction Sword. Throwing out Destruction Sword with Carrier's effect locks your opponent out of their Extra Deck and it's especially easy to do in Dragon Links. But with so many decks making a comeback under Master Rule 5 the gloves are off, and any deck running Dragons or Dark monsters can put this thing to use. That's a huge spread.
#3 - Union Carrier
The fall of Winged Beast Lunalights has kept Union Carrier from rising in price, and at $12 it's still an obviously great value for a card that could prove to be game-shaping. Again, at this point a lot of people are finished opening sealed Duel Overload and it's time to fill the holes in their arsenal. Since Union Carrier's a DUOV exclusive and most parties agree that it's one of the tougher pulls in the set, it seems very unlikely that Union Carrier would fall in value. Twelve dollars might not be cheap for a relatively unproven card, but if you're at all interested in Union Carrier there may be no better time to get it.
This is the kind of card that won't be reprinted soon and might not be reprinted for years; cards like that have a track record of winding up at 40 bucks once they're viable, and that's not an 8-ball anybody wants to get stuck behind.
#2 - Salamangreat Almiraj
Almiraj lost about 25% of its value over the course of the week, now down to $1.50 as of this writing. It's wildly affordable, it's a staple for decks like Invoked, Shadolls and Altergeists, and it's one of the best Link-1's in the game. The appeal's easy to understand.
#1 - Crystron Halqifibrax
Finally, Crystron Halqifibrax hasn't risen in price, and I'm not sure how long that's going to last. We published a great article from Loukas a few days ago that detailed some of the competitive combos with Halqifibrax in this format, as well as ne that was just totally nuts; there's clearly a lot this card's capable of even without Ib the World Chalice Justiciar. On one hand you might expect Crystron Halqifibrax to be heading north of the $25 mark, but on the other hand it's remarkable to see a $20+ card outpacing every other card on TCGplayer so consistently.
That said, the same rules apply here: we know Crystron Halqifibrax is a game-shaping card, and as a DUOV exclusive that was almost certainly short printed, it's got nowhere to go but up. Anyone who didn't pull their copy out of packs is grabbing it now, and it's just a matter of time before that gets tougher to do.
Looking beyond the Top 10, Daigusto Emeral almost made the cut after falling to Number 11. Cynet Mining clock in at Number 12, with Salamangreats still strong in competition. Decks like Marincess and Mathmechs may see more play during the tournament lull too, driving some extra demand for the Cyberse search spell. Dingirsu, the Orcust of the Evening Star is still remarkably affordable given the new Orcust support arriving in Eternity Code, and that drove Dingirsu to finish at Number 13. Lib the World Key Blademaster and Artifact Dagda finished at Numbers 14 and 15 respectively.
That's it for this week, but everybody at TCGplayer's hoping you stay safe and stay indoors. We'll be back with another Market Updateon Facebook and Twitter Monday. For now I hope you have the best weekend possible, and thanks for reading!