Dinosaur enthusiasts are kind of used to disappointment:Structure Deck: Dinosaur's Rage might be the most popularStructure of all time, and True King Lithosagym, the Disaster was one ofthe bestselling cards of 2017. We've always seen consistent enthusiasm fornew Dinosaur cards. But despite all that, Dinosaurs have never reallymanaged to deliver at the YCS level. In the past we've commonly seen anoccasional Regional Top 8 showing, a YCS push, and no Top Cut finish tofollow through.
YCS Atlanta changed that pattern. With mounting enthusiasm for OvertexQoatlus as both a search card and a hefty negation body, two 60-CardDinosaur mash-up decks made the Top 32 last weekend: whileDavid Huss' build wasn't as heavy on the prehistorics,Jacob Moore's deck ran a full 12-card Dino suitethat put Dinosaurs front and center. Both decks revolved around Overtex andDouble Evolution Pill, sparking even more demand for those cards than wesaw in previous weeks.
Meanwhile Pendulum Magicians won the event, taking three seats in the Top 4and seventeen spots in the Top 32. While Mythical Beast Master Cerberus mayhave seen even more play than expected, Supreme King Dragon Darkwurmreigned supreme in the supporting cast department, and that was reflectedin sales this week.
Meanwhile splashables and emerging Side Deck tech put in a ton of work, andthe flashiest win condition of the weekend rocketed to Number 1 on thesalescharts, demonstrating a surprising level of interest in the format'sfirst big FTK.
Without further ado, let's get into the Top 10 countdown. These were thebestselling cards by volume in the TCGplayer Marketplace this week, fromMonday to Friday.
#10: Double Evolution Pill
Overtex Qoatlus made Regional breakthroughs in the run-up to YCS Atlanta,chiefly played as graveyard fodder to search Double Evolution Pill. WithQoatlus and another monster in the graveyard you can search Pill and thenactivate it to Special Summon Ultimate Conductor Tyranno, still thesmash-everything highlight of most Dinosaur variants.
And that was good. But things got even better when everyone started playingmore defensive traps again. With Bottomless Trap Hole, Torrential Tribute,Floodgate Trap Hole, Dimensional Barrier and more all seeing boosted play,Overtex Qoatlus' negation effect is suddenly more valuable, making bothOvertex and Double Evolution Pill more competitive.
Expect to see more Dinosaurs in competition in the coming weeks.
#9: Supreme King Gate Zero
Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm was huge at YCS Atlanta, as Pendulum Magicianplayers prioritize the goal of fielding Heavymetalfoes Electrumite withoutusing their Normal or Pendulum Summons for the turn. Darkwurm is creepinginto a variety of strategies unaccompanied, but Supreme King Gate Zero isalmost becoming a staple - and one played in multiples – for Magicians.That was enough to drive it into the Number 9 spot.
#8: Dimensional Barrier
An early frontrunner on Monday, Dimensional Barrier slipped from Number 2to Number 8, still selling strongly as an emerging must for Side Decks inthe new format.
If you don't own it already, the Cyberse Link reprint makes it aneasy pick, at least for now; we're starting to see a rising Price Trend oneven the common, so now might be the time to grab yours if you sitll needthem.
#7: The Winged Dragon of Ra - Sphere Mode
The biggest Kaiju going, The Winged Dragon of Ra - Sphere Mode saw somenotable sided play at YCS Atlanta, though it was nowhere near ubiquitous.You can find copies at about $1.50 with some patience, but stock isdwindling and it'll likely be a solid $3 card in a few days.
#6: Chronograph Sorcerer
"If a card you control is destroyed by battle or card effect, makeHeavymetalfoes Electrumite without using your Normal or Pendulum Summon."< Basically what Chronograph Sorcerer says. Or just do a bunch ofdamage. Or make half an FTK with Lyrilusc - Independent Nightingale. Or doa bunch of other stuff. In the biggest deck of the format.
The demand for Chronograph Sorcerer is easily understood, and the hugesales it's seen demonstrate how many players are migrating to PendulumMagicians in the wake of the YCS.
#5: Overtex Qoatlus
We already discussed the awesome that is Overtex Qoatlus and what it offersa few paragraphs ago, but note that Overtex continues to sell well enoughto take the Number 5 spot – outselling Dimensional Barrier and ChronographSorcerer. There are clearly a lot of players interested in running someform of Dinosaurs, so be prepared to see them, either as a dedicatedstrategy, with Shaddolls, or with Lightsworn Zombies. Dinosaurs are reallyramping up in tournament play.
#4: Underclock Taker
After an underwhelming couple of weekends in Regional representation,Underclock Taker saw Top 32 action at YCS Atlanta in decks like Invoked,ABC's, SPYRALs, and Dino Lightsworn Zombies. And while it saw very littleuse in Pendulum Magicians, it was playedto a Finals finish by runner-up Dablessin Wilson as well.
As an enabling Link-2 for themes that struggle to find downward arrows, itoffers some basic infrastructure as well as a solid effect that can make itpreferable in the moment over Proxy Dragon. That's kept it a strong sellersince the launch of Extreme Force.
#3: Pot of Desires
The bestselling card of 2017 is still in massive demand, with the UltraRare reprint creeping toward the $4 mark.
Free cards. Really good.
#2: Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm
Speaking of free cards, Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm's just gaining moreand more steam as a solve-it-all in a variety of strategies. The ability toFoolish Burial or Dragon Shrine it to the graveyard and revive it for freeas a 1-for-1 is great all on its own, helping Pendulum players makeHeavymetalfoes Electrumite (and a wealth of other plays).
But add in a free +1 of card economy in the form of a search for SupremeKing Gate Zero, and an alternate Pendulum play that plusses you into a fullScale, and you've got an incredibly flexible hand-fixer that troubleshootsawkward draws and grants you free momentum along almost any axis of play.It's even got 1800 ATK, which seems entirely excessive given itsalready-high-utility.
And it's a Common. So while it's technically on a rising Price Trend rightnow, there are lots of copies available for less than its average MarketPrice ($1.18 as of this writing). There's a ton of supply rushing in tofill the growing demand, and again, we can take the sustained interest as aweighty suggestion that more players are making the obvious move, migratingto Pendulum Magicians.
#1: Lyrilusc - Independent Nightingale
And yet, as strong as Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm is, it was outsold byLyrilusc - Independent Nightingale. Let's be clear: this is not a case of ahandful of speculators buying up copies to drive up the price of this card.While Nightingale's technically on a rising Price Trend, it's stillavailable for 10 cents right now, with an average Market Price of aquarter.
For those who missed it, Lyrilusc - Independent Nightingale was thelynchpin in a Magician FTK deck from the Top 16 in Atlanta,piloted by Colby Potts. The deck aims to cheat Nightingale into the graveyard, then assemblesfour Dark Pendulum monsters to make two copies of Supreme King DragonStarving Venom. From there you copy Nightingale's effect with both StarvingVenoms. That effect burns your opponent for 500 damage for every LevelNightingale has, which in Nightingale's case would be 1.
But mimicked with the Level 8 Starving Venom it deals 4000 damage, andyou're doing it twice. And the best part is that you don't really have todo a ton of footwork to bring that gameplan into a standard PendulumMagician strategy. Potts' monster lineup looked entirely standard save oneSupreme King Gate Infinity, and while he optimized with Allure of Darknessto get to his combo more reliably, the three Instant Fusions are really allthat looks out of place until you spot the extra Fusions in the Extra Deck.
Historically speaking, dedicated FTK's aren't great. But a bonus FTKslotted into the biggest deck of the format at almost no cost? That's apowerful concept, and it drove Lyrilusc - Independent Nightingale straightto Number 1 this week.
Beyond the Top 10 we saw some big speculative interest in Zoodiac Dridentand Red-Eyes B. Dragon, as well as Zefra Metaltron. Metaltron was prettykey in Potts' Magician FTK deck, but it was also played in at least fourother Pendulum Magician builds. Potts described it as "just a better DecodeTalker" in his strategy, though Instant Fusion gave him a leg up inSummoning it.
That's it for this week, but join us again on Monday when we'll have theresults from Regionals in Connecticut, Michigan, and Mississippi, as wellas YCS Bochum, and a new Top 10 list here in Market Watch.