The market continues to shift.

Adamancipators are settling into a top position for the current format, but demand is slowing as early adopters largely finish their decks. New(ish) tricks with Crystron Halqifibrax drove demand for cards that appeared in our Top 10 countdown last week, and there was more demand for Halqifibrax itself in this sales period, from Monday to Friday.

If this is your first time dropping in on one of our Friday Market Watch's, welcome, and know that we're tallying up the number of orders this week in the TCGplayer Marketplace to present you with a Top 10 that demonstrates current trends in competition and collecting. With no further ado, let's get right into it at Number 10.

#10 - Jet Synchron
With Glow-Up Bulb and Blackwing – Steam The Cloak both gone, Jet Synchron's the number one most popular accomplice for Crystron Halqifibrax (and the obvious parter in crime for Scrap Recycler). It's practically canon at this point; Jet Synchron's huge this format, and the moment the new F&L List was announced it was very clear that Jet would be seeing lots of play. There's just nothing else that fills that general Halqifibrax niche in most decks.

#9 - Adamancipator Risen - Dragite
Adamancipators like negating all your stuff, and this is one of the ways they do it. Demand for Adamancipator cards started to slide two weeks ago; early adopters have finished their builds by now, and the competitors taking a wait-and-see approach – many of whom don't want to invest until tournaments are scheduled to return – won't be breaking their position for at least a few weeks.

But Dragite's so affordable right now, and so flexible in the way it can fit into Water decks or even just anything running Crystron Halqifibrax, that demand for it has stayed pretty high. Even if you don't want to dive straight face-first into the commitment of a full Adamancipator builds, Dragite's obviously worth owning and probably won't get any cheaper than it already is.

#8 - Mecha Phantom Beast Auroradon
Auroradon popped onto the Top 10 radar just last week, and it's still here now, albeit down a little from Number 6. While Crystron Halqifibrax, Predaplant Verte Anaconda and Union Carrier got the lion's share of the Link Monster attention coming off the launch of Duel Overload, Mecha Phantom Beast Auroradon was pretty under-appreciated for a powerful combo card that saw pretty big discussion around the time of its OCG release, but players are starting to realize what it's capable of. While that turn-long ban on Link Summons is rough, a Synchro deck like Adamancipators can do a lot of work with three Level 3 Token monsters and that's starting to bring Auroradon the respect it deserves. It's ridiculously easy to summon through Crystron Halqifibrax and from there it opens up plays with…

#7 - Mecha Phantom Beast O-Lion
…This guy! Crystron Halqifibrax and Jet Synchron make Mecha Phantom Beast Auroradon for three Tokens, and from there you can tribute two monsters – usually Auroradon and a Token – to Special Summon Mecha Phantom Beast O-Lion from your deck. O-Lion's a Level 2, so that's an immediate play for Borreload Savage Dragon, equipping the Auroradon and scoring another Token with O-Lion. Bring back Jet Synchron and you'll use that Token to make Herald of the Arc Light and… that's just some of what this card can do.

 

 

Mecha Phantom Beast O-Lion's had a pretty crazy ride lately; it's spiked in demand after every reported online tournament this month, and since it was never reprinted after its first appearance in Primal Origin, it's sitting at $11.50 as of this writing. It actually hit the $15 mark back on April 18, and with more players buying into Mecha Phantom Beast Auroradon it cold get back to that point any day now. This thing needs a reprint, ASAP.

#6 - Union Carrier
Still amazing and still only twelve dollars, it seems like Union Carrier might still be the best deal going in Duel Overload, at least until we get a hard start date for tournaments. Despite all the discussion and potential, Union Carrier's only really seeing play in Adamancipator right now, loading up the graveyard and, in at least some cases, pulling out Dragon Buster Destruction Sword. That's enough to keep it in the double digits during pandemic times, but seemingly not enough to get it up to the 23-25 dollar range of Verte Anaconda and Halqifibrax.

#5 -Dark Ruler No More
We're starting to see decks in this format that field six, seven, or more negations on Turn 1. That's made Dark Ruler No More even more desirable than it once was. You only have to take a brief glance at stuff like the most recent PPG Weekend Championship to see how ubiquitous it's becoming: four players in the Top 8 sided it, while two more mained it, including winner Niklas Delhey. Dark Ruler No More, Cosmic Cyclone, Nibiru, the Primal Being and Lightning Vortex are all approaching staple status right now.

#4 - Upstart Goblin
Nothing highly competitive seems to be running Upstart Goblin right now, but that didn't do much to slow the popularity of the Secret Slayers reprint. Cheap foil Upstarts come around in… well, it's happened twice in literally 19 years, so the speculative value of this thing's pretty attractive. Lots of people are picking up extras, and for newer players, this might be their first chance to grab a copy.

#3 - Solemn Judgment
We've seen Solemn Judgment and Upstart Goblin moving in lock step together for the past several weeks; both were freshly reprinted in Secret Slayers and both are timeless, powerful cards that have no real alternatives. Adamancipators are relying solely on spell cards right now, but some Eldlich players are running three copies along with their theme-stamped trap cards. I haven't seen Altergeists around for a while, but historically speaking that deck loves it too. Foil Solemns have been much more common over the years than Upstarts, but still, any time you get a chance to pick up a foil playset for five bucks, that's the kind of opportunity people pay attention to.

#2 - Martial Metal Marcher
This thing burst into the Top 10 last week, where we discussed its use in facilitating both Crystron Quariongandrax and several Linkross combos. Bringing this in off Crystron Halqifibrax nets you a whole ton of Tuner power, and with a price tag that's barely Cracking the two dollar mark it's a potentially important card that lots of players are picking up on the cheap. It was printed in the 2018 Mega-Tins which means there are a lot of them out there, but cards like this tend to have a tendency to spike a buck or two when they start getting competitive; speculators sit on hundreds of copies at a time, so judging the actual available supply can be tricky. For two bucks it's hard to go wrong.

#1 - Crystron Halqifibrax
And finally, Crystron Halqifibrax was back in the Number 1 spot, up from Number 4 last week. This is a staple for the combo-heavy Adamancipator theme, and while most Eldlich decks don't seem to be running it, several more offbeat builds still do. Halqifibrax probably won't get a reprint for quite a while, and I'm still surprised it's as affordable as it is right now.

What else was big this week? D.D. Crow was huge, coming in at Number 11 and almost beating Jet Synchron. Demand for D.D. Crow's been steadily rising all month long – the graph below shows you the sales trend from April 1 to April 30, so you can see how steady the growth of interest has been. Adamancipators and Eldlich both rely on cards in the graveyard, and Orcusts are about to make a big comeback once we get Eternity Code, so D.D. Crow has a lot of matchup utility right now.

 

 

Salamangreat Almiraj finished at Number 12 with Altergeists and Invoked both seeing play right now, and Dragon Buster Destruction Sword clocked the Number 13 spot for its use with Union Carrier. Predaplant Verte Anaconda was down to Number 14, while Called by the Grave ended at Number 15.

That's it for today, but we'll be back with more Market Updateson Facebook and Twitter Monday! For now, have a great weekend and as always, thank you for reading.

-Jason Grabher-Meyer