This week was pretty crazy.
Six days ago, players competed in the first-ever Remote Duel Yu-Gi-Oh! Day, giving remote play vets and newbies alike the chance to compete once again in the post-Phantom Rage era. And yesterday, even as players were scrambling for details about those Yu-Gi-Oh! Day results, the entire format changed with the reveal of the new banlist.
On top of that, today we've finally reached the long-awaited launch of the Speed Duel: Battle City Box, a new set that brings cube-style draft play to Yu-Gi-Oh, and which may serve as a hard reset to competitive Speed Duels as a format. And if that wasn't enough, we're just one week out from the delayed drop of Genesis Impact, the final Yu-Gi-Oh release of 2020, and presales are starting to make an impact.
Whew. What did it all mean for the secondary market? Let's take a look at the bestselling cards of the week and find out.
The original printing of Cyber Emergency in Battles of Legend: Relentless Revenge sold for as much as $40 at its peak, and while the Duel Overload Ultra Rare offered a much more affordable reprint, even that versiono's bounced between 4 to 9 bucks. Now, with Cyber Emergency about to appear next week as a Super Rare in Genesis Impact, those copies are preselling for less than a dollar.
That massive discount pushed Cyber Emergency firmly into the Number 10 slot, as the fandom for Cyber Dragon remains massive. A lot of budget Cyber Dragon decks are about to become way more viable, as players begin to warm up to Genesis Impact.
Phantom Knights' Rank-Up-Magic Force makes Arc Rebellion Xyz Dragon a very real threat in decks like Phantom Knight Burning Abyss (also known as PK Fire). Arc Rebellion Xyz Dragon was a strong seller throughout the week as interest slowly loops back around to Phantom Knights, but with the new F&L List placing Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss and Graff, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss back to 3-per-deck, interest in the strategy's bound to grow. That could lead to even more demand for Arc Rebellion Xyz Dragon over the weekend.
As a staple Secret Rare for a deck that could prove to be competitive, Arc Rebellion Xyz Dragon might be savagely undervalued at its current price of $3.75 a pop. Coming into the release of Phantom Rage, lots of players were expecting Arc Rebellion Xyz Dragon to settle somewhere around 2 to 3 times that value, and it may gain substantial value in the coming days. Playable Secret Rares just don't stay that cheap very often.
The new F&L List is great for Eldlich too, a deck that's obviously proven to be competitive many times over, slated for more support in Feruary's Blazing Vortex. Before Maximum Gold dropped, many players believed Eldlich the Golden Lord would be the set's marquee money pull along with Infinite Impermanence, and plenty of folks were forecasting prices around $20. There was also ample suspicion Eldlich the Golden Lord would be shortprinted.
But none of that materialized. The only cards that were really shorted in Maximum Gold turned out to be the old school vanilla monsters, while the cards that appear twice in the set with different artworks were balanced to sort of split the regular distribution for one card. Which makes sense - you'd be swimming in far too many copies of Sky Striker Ace - Kagari and Tour Guide From the Underworld otherwise. With no short print, Eldlich the Golden Lord has settled at 7 bucks, and while it was a popular buy ever since Maximum Gold launched the new banlist is sure to boost demand even more. It'll be interesting to see where this card stands by this time next week.
The new format does nothing to restrict True King of All Calamities, which means Virtual World is free and clear to keep being awesome. Virtual World Mai-Hime - Lulu the only card from the Virtual World theme that's more than 6 bucks right now, and the theme's low price has made it wildly popular now that it's been successful in tournaments. [Lulu's] Virtual World Mai-Hime - Lulu) 20 dollars right now, and that price might be enough to insulate it from further spikes… but I wouldn't bet on it.
Players were buying up Virtual World Mai-Hime - Lulu in impressive numbers for weeks, at a time when there was at least a reasonable chance True King of All Calamities might have been Forbidden. But that risk and high price did nothing to slow sales. Now that the deck's future is guaranteed until at least March? I think we're going to see even more demand.
Back in then bestseller mix once again, PSY-Framegear Gamma been one of 2020's best-selling cards ever since it was reprinted in Toon Chaos, slashing its price and sending it plummeting into bargain basement territory. If you want to compete you basically need to own a playset of this card so you at least have the option to run it, and with more and more Remote Duel events coming the demand for these types of staples is on the rise.
And of course, with PSY-Framegear Gamma played all over the place, Infinite Impermanence is a great card that just gets even better. The price of the Maximum Gold reprint is almost as high as the Duel Overload version, and again, it's worth noting that such a valuable card rarely climbs so high in the bestseller charts. This is a landmark card that makes almost any deck better, and it's a must-own if you're serious about winning.
Bit by bit, the reprint of Nibiru, the Primal Being is creeping up in price; it debuted at about $7, and is now sitting at a market price of roughly $9. Like Infinite Impermanence and PSY-Framegear Gamma, it's just the kind of card that a competitive player wants to have in their arsenal; you might not play it all the time, but you'll want to have it often enough that owning a playset is hugely important.
Harpie's Feather Duster: still wrecking people for setting stuff after all these years. Even as a Side Deck card, the sheer no-strings-attached power level of Harpie's Feather Duster in any matchup where it's relevant is huge. And at 5 bucks a pop, the price doesn't seem to be moving.
How many weeks has it been since I first wrote that the sustained demand for Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess was surprising? It feels like twenty. Let's go with that.
And finally, the new printing of Borrelsword Dragon (Alternate Art) continues to be a surprise hit. I feel like the demand here isn't quite borne out by the number of decks playing Borrelsword Dragon (Alternate Art) these days, but it does appear in Dragon Link, which was likely part of the reason behind the strong sales.
To be honest I feel like the most important action this week wasn't in the Top 10: Drytron were huge, and they almost made the cut, with Drytron Alpha Thuban, Drytron Zeta Aldhiba, Drytron Beta Rastaban, and Drytron Delta Altais coming in at Number 11, Number 12, Number 14, and Number 15 respectively. The Drytron hype is real, and you should definitely look at the strategy before Genesis Impact drops next week. We'll be running an article in a few days to give you a full look at a few different builds, so keep an eye out for that.
Stay tuned to Infinite! The banlist is generating a ton of discussion, and we've got more articles this weekend looking at the future of the new format. See you then.