Welcome back! Now that we're in the new year, we're looking at the Top 10 best-selling cards on TCGplayer once again every Friday, and discussing the trends that turned those cards into winners.
…And it's a good time for it, because spoiler season is in full effect! Konami of Japan was drip-feeding us cards from Lightning Overdrive all through the holiday season, and as the pace ramped up so did the action in the secondary market, and the TCGplayer Marketplace. Lightning Overdrive's the next core booster following Blazing Vortex, and while LIOV makes its OCG debut next week, it'll probably arrive in May here in TCG territory. That gives players lots of time to prepare if they want to stay ahead of the curve, but we've already seen the LIOV reveals making a big impact.
The biggest winners? Magistus and Plunder Patroll.
The Xyz Monster Rilliona, the Magistus Glass Witch is a new Rank 4 coming in LIOV, Special Summoning Magistus monsters straight from your deck and negating monster effects on your turn. Meanwhile Ravenwing, the Plunder Patroll Pilot is a new Level 4 that targets a Plunder Patroll monster in your graveyard, Special Summons itself, and adds the card you targeted back to your hand. It's a combo extender, it's free recursion on legs, and it works exceptionally well to fuel the Plunder Patroll's Extra Deck monsters.
Live☆Twins were big too, with new support coming in Blazing Vortex as well as a cameo appearance in Lightning Overdrive that may hint at further support . Tournament cards from Genesis Impact were big too, and all in all GEIM placed eight cards in the Top 10. Whether that's enough to start raising the set's profile - and value - is up in the air, but for now you can still get boxes for basically the distributor price . The way the set's going I don't think that'll last. Drytron Nova $40+ a copy right now, and Drytrons are one of the two big decks-to-beat in current competition.
So how'd the first Top 10 of 2021 play out? Let's take a look.
Three cards from the Magistus family made the list this week, starting with Zoroa, the Magistus of Flame. A Level 4 Tuner that equips Magistus monsters from the Extra Deck to Special Summon from your graveyard or hand, it's an easy combo starter that's bound to feature in almost any Magistus build. If you're not familiar with the deck, check out Loukas' article from a couple weeks ago; his build runs 3 copies of Zoroa, the Magistus of Flame, shows you exactly how to play it, and it's basically what you can expect from Magistus in the future.
One of the best generic Link Monsters of all time, Knightmare Phoenix was reprinted for just the second time ever, more than 2 and a half years after its debut in Flames of Destruction. Available as a budget rare that goes for 50 cents, as well as a coveted Collector's Rare that clocks in at about 75 dollars, it's been a massive pick for going on a month.
If you know the card you know the drill: Knightmare Phoenix hits the field for 2 Link Materials, it packs a respectable 1900 ATK, and when you Link Summon it you can discard a card to blow away an opposing spell or trap. If you co-link the Knightmare Phoenix you draw a card as well, turning it into free deck cycling as well as an OTK enabler. It's brutal, and demand for it was aggressive.
It's Friday, and you know what that means!
Harpie's Feather Duster is back in another Top 10, surprising no one given the rising use of trap cards in the current format. Harpie's Feather Duster is a blowout in the right matchups, it's loaded with old school cache, and the Maximum Gold reprint's both a steal at $6, and a gorgeous riff on the card's original art.
This card is 40 dollars right now, and the fact that it sold enough copies to become the Number 7 best-selling card on TCGplayer is nuuuuuuuuts! Drytron just keeps topping and winning events, with combos that go for days and a level of consistency that immediately placed it at the forefront of competition. As a kicker, everything else in the theme's dirt cheap give or take Meteonis Drytron, so snagging Drytron Nova is really the only thing standing between you and all that Ritual Summoned goodness
Still, it's exceptionally rare to see a card this expensive in the Top 10, especially for several weeks in a row. If you think Drytron's seeing a lot of play now, get ready, because more and more players are buying in.
Ravenwing, the Plunder Patroll Pilot will be a huge new addition to Plunder Patroll, delivering a key combo extender that supports all of the deck's biggest threats… including Whitebeard, the Plunder Patroll Helm. This card was only an Ultra Rare in Ignition Assault, but it was reportedly short printed and lots of people who cracked cases found it was a tougher pull than some of the set's Secret Rares. The new-support hype was enough to take Whitebeard, the Plunder Patroll Helm from $4.50 to $11.00 in just a couple days.
Knightmare Unicorn been a best-seller since Genesis Impact brought it from Secret and Ultra to a regular rare, dropping it to less than 50 cents. It's one of the game's most respected Rank 3s, it's powerful generic removal, and the fact that it doesn't destroy is an asset. With I:P Masquerena reprinted earlier this year, it's even more desirable than it might be otherwise, the two cards being a classic pairing in combo decks.
Ten days ago, Rilliona, the Magistus of Verre was less than 4 dollars. Now, you'll probably struggle to find one for under 10.
Rilliona, the Magistus of Verre a powerful 3-of in Magistus decks. Searching spells and traps and reloading your graveyard, it even works from the yard to equip other Magistus monsters for combos and comeback potential. Looking at the numbers it doesn't seem like speculators went in on this at all, but tons of prospective players snagged their playsets - enough to almost triple the card's value.
Right now there are only a handful of copies left at the $10 mark, and it seems like Rilliona, the Magistus of Verre could be $15 by the time you read this.
Live☆Twin cards are getting more discussion in competitive circles than many expected, and with player interest slowly climbing, demand exploded this week. Neither of the two Evil Twin Link Monsters moved much in price - both cards have been about $10 since the Genesis Impact launch weekend cooled off - but strong demand is starting to clear out supply.
Again, these are more cards that could easily continue to grow in value if the current supply of cheap Genesis Impact sealed gets bought up, or otherwise removed from the market. A lot of newbie backpack vendors went in on a few cases of Genesis Impact and panic-sold off their stock when the set wasn't an immediate financial hit. Some are still doing it. But if that level of supply changes - and it seems inevitable that it will - anyone who snagged Live☆Twin staples at their current price could be feeling pretty good.
Finally, Artemis, the Magistus Moon Maiden is a key combo card for Magistus decks, and Zoroa, the Magistus of Flame partner in crime. It also works wonders with Crowley, the Magistus of Grimoires and other cards in the theme; nothing really works without it. Like the Live☆Twins this card's held value really well even while Genesis Impact has been selling for a song; it's 6 bucks now, and it's been 6 bucks basically since prices stabilized.
Artemis, the Magistus Moon Maiden is an Ultra Rare, and compared to some of the other Ultras in the set it may still have room to climb if Magistus get enough support. Right now it's anybody's guess if that'll happen, but just the reveal of Rilliona, the Magistus Glass Witch was enough to drive Artemis, the Magistus Moon Maiden to Number 1 for the week.
Other cards that were big? Eldlich the Golden Lord still did well, clocking in at Number 11. Cyber Emergency, re-popularized by Drytron, reached Number 12. Live Twin Ki-sikil and Live Twin Lil-la took Numbers 13 and 14 respectively, while Plunder Patroll scored aother win with Plunder Patrollship Lys at Number 15. Plunder Patrollship Lys spiked from $3 to more than $8 in a single week.
It's a pretty crazy time and there's A LOT going on in the secondary market! Be sure to check back next week to see where this is all headed, in our next Market Watch.