Last Friday was the official release date of Dragons of Legend: The Complete Series. I was really curious to see how the set would do, following in the footsteps of Legendary Duelists: Season 1, a set that saw mixed receptions in a year that's been full of smash hits.
But we never really got to find out, because Friday marked the reveal of the new Forbidden & Limited List, kicking off an explosion of action in the secondary market. Several cards from DLCS actually made the Top 10 on our best seller list the last 7 days anyways, which is actually kind of remarkable – the re-trains of classic monsters were huge, to a degree that surprised me personally; I don't think many people would've predicted that Dragons of Legend cards would be outperforming key picks from the new banlist.
So with no further ado, let's jump in and show you the 10 best-selling cards on TCGplayer, from last Friday to this morning.
Three of the 7 Secret Rares from Dragons of Legend: The Complete Series made the Top 10 this week, starting with Time Wizard of Tomorrow at Number 10. The OG Time Wizard is an iconic card from the original series, and this new version isn't half bad, turning Instant Fusion into Dark Hole. I love the artwork, too; with that sassy little hand-on-hip pose, you can just tell this Time Wizard of Tomorrow knows he looks pretty fly in his new cape.
The second of the Dragons of Legend re-trains, Jinzo - Layered is basically a removal effect on a 2400 ATK body. Swiping your opponent's monster sets you up for an Extra Deck summon, or just gets a monster out of the way so you can swing for game. The new Jinzo - Layered ability to sack that stolen monster for free spot removal makes it even better, should you control a face-up trap.
And while this is effectively a generic card that can fit into any deck that can play Rank 6 Xyz, the Jinzo theme gets more support in Legendary Duelists: Rage of Ra, arriving next Friday. With cards like Jinzo the Machine Menace to back it up, Jinzo - Layered gets that much better. It's not a broken card that's going to take the Yugiverse by storm, but it's a solid homage to a fan-favorite monster.
PSY-Framegear Gamma was huge toward the end of last format, in large part for its ability to cover so many different match-ups. Now that we're in a new(ish) format where any playgroup is likely to be a mix of acknowledged decks and new strategies people want to try, PSY-Framegear Gamma still a hot prospect for the same reason. An incredible defensive card on your opponent's turn, it's even better on yours, where you can use it to push through big plays and then capitalize on that free PSY-Frame Driver for a PSY-Framelord Omega.
The utility's high, the power level's high, and that's continued to fuel demand.
Coming in at Number 7, down from Number 3 last week, I:P Masquerena holding at $10 a copy coming off its reprint in the 2020 Tins. The big Extra Deck reprints - cards that have been dominating the Top 10 since the tins dropped, like I:P Masquerena Borreload Savage Dragon - all took a backseat to stuff that was boosted by the new F&L List (as well as the best-selling card from Dragons of Legend: The Complete Series). But their placement is more representative of the surging interest in those hot cards, not flagging demand for the Extra Deck staples.
Speaking of cards that were hot coming off the banlist, Pantheism of the Monarchs is our first example in the week's Top 10. Monarchs have their Pot of Greed back, and it's been enough to get players interested in the classic strategy for the first time in years: Sam and Leon both featured builds in recent videos. Monarchs are largely positioned as a budget strategy thanks to Domain of the True Monarchs, which conveniently wiping the expense of an Extra Deck.
It's unclear whether Monarchs have the ceiling required to compete in modern Yu-Gi-Oh, but with the consistency boost of Pantheism of the Monarchs, a lot of players clearly plan to try the deck and find out. Be prepared for it.
Also way up in demand thanks to the new banlist, Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss landed at Number 5 while Graff, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss came in at Number 15.
Burning Abyss monsters remained a part of competition in small, splashable engines in certain rogue strategies over the last many months, but with Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss and Graff, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss no longer Limited, and more Phantom Knights support headed our way in Phantom Rage, we'll definitely see new versions of the time-honored PK Fire deck.
Still the most important Link 4 in the game, Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess was about 10 bucks last week and is now rebounding close to 14 dollars. That price is fluctuating wildly, so it could be different by the time you read this, but keep an eye on Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess in the coming days. If you haven't snagged yours yet, definitely consider picking it up the next time you see a good price; those opportunities may not last.
The final best seller from Dragons of Legend: The Complete Series, Cyber Slash Harpie Lady proved to be a huge hit, mixing nostalgia and character value with ease of play and synergistic card design. There are lots of easy ways to bring it out, and from there it's a high-Level Harpie for cards like Harpie Perfumer and Harpie's Feather Rest, doubling down on their search and draw effects.
The Harpie deck still has a lot of needs, but an easy-access Level 5+ was pretty high up there, and Cyber Slash Harpie Lady will never be a dead draw in the Main Deck. It's impossible to say which factors were most responsible for the demand here, but either way, Cyber Slash Harpie Lady managed to be one of the hottest cards of the week, despite having nothing to do with high end competition in the new format.
This thing was a terror in its day and I'm kind of surprised to see it back. With great link arrows, easy Link Materials, and a set of effects that make it a combo powerhouse, it's clear the powers that be at Konami want Phantom Rage to hit hard with that new Phantom Knight support. Players responded to that obvious piece of news and leaned in hard, driving The Phantom Knights of Rusty Bardiche all the way to the Number 2 spot.
The pricing on The Phantom Knights of Rusty Bardiche is interesting; it started September at about $2.50, then doubled in price on September 5th. It dipped back down to $4, then spiked again on banlist day to nearly $7.50, before crashing back down to $4.50 where it roughly is now, as of this writing. Supply's pretty deep, but it could creep back up to that $7 mark sometime in the near future.
Not much surprise here: Harpie's Feather Duster was one of the big focal points of discussion on the new F&L List, and it swept the secondary market. Disregarding the tremendously expensive Tournament Pack 8 version and looking at its other 5 printings, Harpie's Feather Duster jumped from $12 to $28 overnight when we learned it was coming back to the Advanced Format, eventually settling around $25.
In an era where Lightning Storm exists at 3-per-deck, it was pretty absurd that Harpie's Feather Duster was still Forbidden. The cards are subject to very different nuances, sure, but Harpie's Feather Duster a welcome option that almost looks like a budget substitute when you put it against Lightning Storm. Its synergy with the revitalized Harpie theme makes it a nostalgic crowdpleaser that supports Dragons of Legend, just as much as it's a competitive candidate for Side Decks.
Meanwhile beyond the Top 10, Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon took the Number 11 spot and Borreload Savage Dragon met it at Number 12, as the 2020 Tin of Lost Memories continued to be a hot ticket. Cherubini, Ebon Angel of the Burning Abyss came in at lucky 13 with Phantom Knights and Burning Abyss suddenly looking strong. Xyz Import scored the Number 14 slot, and as noted earlier the Number 15 position went to Graff, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss.
That's it for this week, but be sure to join us again in another seven days for another look at the best-selling cards on TCGplayer.