That said, the new format may have done less to directly influence thisweek's bestseller list than one might think. The real contribution may havebeen creating demand for casual players, who are now inspired to entertournament competition aided by the Duel Devastatorrelease.Gutting the splashed Orcust engine and curbing the power of Sky Strikersmakes for a more inviting tournament scene, and players responded in drovesby picking up tons of DUDE cards during pre-sales.
All in all,Duel Devastatorplaced eight cards into the Top 10 fromMonday to Friday morning, while the remaining two were cards from otherreleases now freed from restriction entirely. What cards were they?
Let's start the countdown and find out.
#10 - Cosmic Cyclone
Fresh off its Duel Devastator reprint, Cosmic Cyclone sold likehotcakes all week long. That might be surprising, since it was largelyfavored over destruction-based removal like Mystical Space Typhoon and TwinTwisters in part to counter cards like Sky Striker Mecha Modules –Multirole and Dingirsu, the Orcust of the Evening Star, key picks for thetwo decks that took the biggest hits from the new F&L List.
The popularity of Cosmic Cyclone may indicate the temperature of the room;while Widow Anchor's Limited and Orcusts will appear in a more narrow rangeof decks, enough players believed in the continued competitive capacity ofboth strategies to keep demand for Cosmic Cyclone high.
#9 - There Can Be Only One
Speaking of faith in Sky Strikers,There Can Be Only One is the marqueefloodgate trap for that strategy and it's been a popular choice in the Mainand Side Deck for that strategy for several months. While theExtreme Forceoriginal was hugging the $5 mark, the reprint isabout $1.50 and upgrades the card from Super to Ultra Rare. Again, the factthat demand was so strong for There Can Be Only One after the reveal ofWidow Anchor's Limiting seems to suggest that lots of Sky Striker playersare still siding with Kagari and co.
#8 - Called by the Grave
Called by the Grave was reprinted in the Gold Sarcophagus Tins,but the fact that it appeared as a Prismatic Secret Rare still made it a $6or $7 pull. That lowered the price of the Super Rare and common versions,sure, but at two bucks for the new Ultra Rare there were lots of playersthat snagged their new-and-improved copies for the same price as onePrismatic. Konami's demonstrated time and time again that they intend tokeep hand traps as an integral part of the game, and re-releasing themajority of them in Duel Devastatordoes nothing to slow thatexpectation.
That means Called by the Grave will probably be a must-own for a whilelonger, and that's continued to make it one of the strongest sellers weekto week. Factor in the likely expectation that Sky Strikers will keepseeing play, and Called by the Grave just gets more important.
#7 - Ghost Sister & Spooky Dogwood
Four of the five variant printings of the Ghost Girl hand traps made it tothe Top 10 this week with the exception being Ghost Reaper & WinterCherries, the only one that's been irrelevant in recent tournaments. Theplacement of the remaining four hand traps on this list doesn't necessarilyfollow their tournament popularity, but since Spooky Dogwood sees nowherenear the amount of play of the other three – it's largely just used tosneak wins in end-of-match procedures – it's no surprise that it wound upat the bottom of the heap.
Still, being the least popular hand trap with cool new art is still apretty big deal, and the fact that the new Ghost Sister & SpookyDogwood is something like 20% of the price of the original Secret Raremakes it far more approachable. A tremendously niche side card you maynever use for ten bucks? Not so hot. But for $1.50? You might as well throwit in your shopping cart while you're looking at magazines and gum in thecheckout line.
#6 - Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring
This one actually IS sort of surprising, at least for the moment. You mightexpect Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring to be at the top of the list of thevariant art hand traps, since it's by far the most competitive. But thedetermining factor was probably price; with Ash Blossom somewhere between 5and 6 dollars it's actually the most expensive single card fromDuel Devastator. A lot of players have their Ash Blossoms already,and the ones that don't might see more sense in snagging an entireDuel Devastorbox instead of going for singles.
#5 - Elemental Hero Stratos
Stratos is back at three per deck! TheBattles of Legend: Hero's RevengeUltra Rare is one of the nicestprintings this card's ever seen, and it's also the cheapest at a marketprice of about a dollar. Aside from the $55 Tournament Pack 9Ultimate Rare it just doesn't get any better, and that made Stratos one ofthe hottest cards of the week in the wake of the format reveal.
#4 - Saryuja Skull Dread
One of the most anticipated reprints from Duel Devastator, SaryujaSkull Dread's new two-dollar price tag makes it available to budgetplayers… just in time for the F&L List to ignore it, so you can runmultiple copies. While Saryuja took a backseat in the last couple months ofChampionship play, it could easily make a comeback given the formatrebalancing, and that made it a huge pick this week.
I'd be surprised if Saryuja survives January without being Limited, but fornow it's powerful, cheap and you can play as many as you want. That's arecipe for a bestseller.
#3 - Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion
Similar to Spooky Dogwood, Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion was one ofthose cards that was nice to have, and had some unique utility, but thatsimply wasn't worth the price tag to a lot of players. That said, it wasactually a pretty big sleeper hit this format to tackle stuff like OrcustCymbal Skeleton, Lunalight Tiger and Will of the Salamangreat, and itscored some big tournament successes likeDominic Couch's Top 4 finish at YCS Niagara. It's a great card to have in your arsenal and now that it's moreaffordable – and gaining steam in Championships – it was one of the biggestcards of the week.
#2 - Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit
Finally, last up for the Ghost Girls and Duel Devastator, GhostOgre & Snow Rabbit took the Number 2 spot. This thing was still $5+before the latest reprint, despite a whopping six printings across fouryears, but the seventh printing knocked down the price on several differentversions and that led a ton of players to scoop up more copies; especiallythe gorgeous new variant.
Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit's frequently at its best in the sunrise phaseof a new format, when lots of different decks are being played. We'releaving a very open era of competition and plunging into one that's goingto invite even more creativity, at least for the first few weeks, so now'sa great time to be playing Ghost Ogre.
#1 - Super Rejuvenation
And finally, one of the greatest draw cards of all time is back at threecopies, fresh off the Forbidden List. I don't think the motivation here isdifficult to grasp, Mystic Fightersis just around the corner andI'm sure Konamii's R&D team wants to give Dragonmaids as much of afighting chance as possible. But the ACTUAL impact of this move is waytougher to predict.
As soon as the F&L List was revealed this was the first card to see aflurry of buys in the TCGplayer Marketplace; if you were trying to getcopies yourself it was actually kind of difficult because they were sellingso quickly. You'd click and they'd be gone. Players are interested inDragonmaids, they're interested in modern Dragon decks salvaging theGuardragons, and there's even some pie-in-the-sky talk about Exodia decksand one of my all-time favorite strategies, Deep Draw Dragons.
Will it amount to anything? I have no idea, and as much as I love this cardmyself I've got some skepticism. Regardless, nobody wants to be caught onthe wrong side of history and Super Rejuuvenation's sheer potential moved astunning number of copies this week.
Looking beyond the Top 10 proper, Solemn Strike was big at Number 11 andfell just short of beating Cosmic Cyclone in the Number 10 spot. SuperPolymerization clocked in at Number 12, so don't expect it to slow down intournament play, especially if Salamangreats become more central tocompetition.
Mind Control took the Number 13 spot, the new Red Blossoms from Underrootcaught some traction at Number 14, and Inspector Boarder was incredibly hotpartly due to speculation, coming in at Number 15. At 50 cents InspectorBoarder has never been anywhere near this affordable before, and a ton ofplayers and investors alike decided to bank on it.
That's it for this week, but be sure to check in onthe Yugioh.TCGplayer Facebookand Twitter on Monday,when we'll recap the biggest sellers from the weekend. See you then!