Last week we saw the immediate fallout of the new banlist, as well as some big hits from Dragons of Legend: The Complete Series.
This week, as opinions about the new format started to mature and Complete Series hype died down, we saw more competitive cards return to the Top 10, as well as some strong indicators of player interest in one particular strategy.
Legendary Duelists: Rage of Ra debuts today, but it wasn't in presales for very long, so you won't see any cards from that release in today's countdown. While the set's marquee chase card, The Winged Dragon of Ra (Ghost Rare) sits in the triple digits, we'll need to wait until next Friday to see how the set shakes out. But for now let's dive into this week's Top 10 best sellers, looking at the cards with the most unique purchases since last Saturday.
Still the most important Synchro in competition today, Borreload Savage Dragon had a wild ride this year before plummeting in price off the release of the 2020 Tins. It hasn't budged much over the last few weeks, still solidly in the $12 range. With the format now locked until December, any players who were holding off on Borreload Savage Dragon for fear of a metagame shift that might have rendered it worthless, now have the assurance they need, so demand has remained pretty steady.
It's huge, it negates, and it's really easy to play. Borreload Savage Dragon Top 10 reign will only end when everybody and their mom has their copies. Though to be fair, we may be reaching that point now.
Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon is still seeing pretty consistent demand for the last twelve days, while the price continues to slowly slide more toward the $40 mark from $45. That may continue, but it'll depend on supply; there's some speculation that the 2020 Tin of Lost Memories may see a second printing, and while it's not common for that to happen, we are seeing Konami doing reprints of releases more and more – a smart practice that keeps the game accessible.
For now, Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon as good as most of us expected it to be, and that's keeping demand high.
I don't know who kicked off the latest buyout of D-Boyz, but it's still worth nothing, so… that clearly had mixed results.
Nobody I've spoken with knows why this card went crazy this week. With just one printing ever, as a Secret Rare in Photon Shockwave, D-Boyz has been speculated on and constantly bought out for literally years, with buyers swooping in every now and then to scoop up half a dozen copies on the cheap. But demand exploded this week across a much wider range of buyers, and it's unclear why. I suspect someone built some hype somewhere to kick off the buying frenzy, but it died off about as fast as it usually does, and D-Boyz never really gained value before supply returned to the Marketplace.
Was there a Link combo I missed? Did the OCG just drop some killer D-Boyz support? Was somebody this desperate to gather three Tributes for The Winged Dragon of Ra? If you know why this happened, let us know over on Twitter.
Dragon Link is picking up in popularity now that so many of the key cards have been reprinted, and we have a guarantee that the deck will survive at least until December. Personally I'm surprised every time Guardragons make it to another format, but it escaped again, and we saw the market respond on a bit of a delay this week as more than one Dragon Link staple made the Top 10.
More on that in a bit.
Speaking of cards that survived the F&L List, Linkross is clearly heading for a ban, but for now it's just too new in the era of COVID to be Forbidden. This card's a problem for both game balance and probably tournament round time, extending combos that can already stretch a single turn.
Regardless, it's Forbidden in the OCG and could easily get whacked in our game once December rolls around; with a powerful effect that just makes countless combos that much better, Linkross was a problem from the start and there's no real solution short of banning it.
Pot of Extravagance was nowhere near the Top 10 last week, when the best seller list was flooded with the immediate winners from the new banlist and top picks from Dragons of Legend. But Pot of Extravagance came roaring back as more players explore rogue strategies that run the card, from popular picks like Madolche, Altergeists and Subterrors to less acknowledged strategies on the competitive fringe.
Pot of Extravagance is a solid investment for budget players that don't want to run a more costly Extra Deck, and since you can play it in several different decks that savings carries over. It's also slowly trending downward, and buyers had more opportunities this week to get it at around the $20 mark rather than its upper end of $25.
Up from Number 4 last week, I:P Masquerena's slowly sinking below 10 dollars, and realistically it's a must-own for anyone interested in playing Link Summoning strategies in the near future. While I:P Masquerena far from ubiquitous, it pops up in enough decks that it's a staple for any complete deck building arsenal, and for 10 bucks it's not a difficult investment.
It's more difficult to imagine I:P Masquerena being any cheaper than it already is.
Like Chaos Space, this card was nowhere near the Top 10 last week, and its placement here indicates a sudden surge of interest in Dragon Link decks. Starliege Seyfert was actually going as low as $4 a pop earlier this month, but now it's slowly climbing, back into the $5 to $6 range. A Dragon Link staple, it's only been printed twice and likely won't see a reprint in Maximum Gold, so if you're not picking it up now it may get more expensive if that 2020 Tin reprint never materializes.
Is Dragon Link quietly the deck-to-beat this format? And will it continue to dodge bans in December? We'll have to wait for those answers. But right now is a great time to give the strategy a try as players look to find new ways to keep combo strategies as strong as they were last format, and it's possible that no one deck saw a bigger price drop from the 2020 Tins than this one.
Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess dipped to Number 4 last week, briefly overwhelmed by Cyber Slash Harpie Lady, The Phantom Knights of Rusty Bardiche and Harpie's Feather Duster. But with all three cards gone from the Top 10 this week the biggest surprise may be that the hottest reprint in the 2020 Tins failed to recapture the Number 1 spot.
Instead, that top-of-the-heap status went to the card that was Number 8 last week…
With Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess and PSY-Framegear Gamma staples in so many competitive decks right now, it was simply a matter of time before PSY-Framegear Gamma overtook the Link 4. After all, you only need one Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess, while PSY-Framegear Gamma the definition of a 3-or-none card.
PSY-Framegear Gamma so ubiquitous that playing around it at almost all times is becoming a top priority; just yesterday I saw our own Zachariah Butler chastising someone for Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring their opponent's Pot of Extravagance without holding a PSY-Framegear Gamma themselves. That person was naturally kicked down the stairs by their opponent's PSY-Framegear Gamma in response to their Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring, the kind of situation you generally wish to avoid, and a threat that becomes more relevant every day more PSY-Framegear Gamma are sold.
Watch out for it.
Beyond the Top 10, we saw PSY-Frame Driver at Number 11 to match PSY-Framegear Gamma, and Cross-Sheep suddenly back at Number 12. Dragunity Divine Lance clocked Number 13, while Fantastical Dragon Phantazmay and Effect Veiler came in at Numbers 14 and 15 respectively.
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