There's no mystery as to what was the biggest factor in the market this week.
COVID-19 did nothing to slow the market action here on TCGplayer as Tuesday delivered news about a new format beginning April 1st. Reactions on socials were all over the place, we brought you several perspectives on the changes just hours after they dropped, and the news unleashed a buying frenzy in the secondary market.
If you're like me you probably just want to dive right into the numbers, so let's do it! The following cards were the Top 10 best-sellers in the TCGplayer Marketplace, from Monday morning to today.
#10 - Relinquished Anima
Down from Number 4 last week , Relinquished Anima's still a hot prospect as players try and figure out exactly where it fits into the new format. With Instant Fusion Limited it's much tougher to use this thing as a double dose of removal via Thousand-Eyes Restrict, and it's been creeping up in price since the surge of demand last week. The fact that it's also been widely recognized as a short print's probably keeping some potential sellers from offering up their copies, but for now supply is strong.
Personally I don't think that's going to last. You're going to want to play Relinquished Anima anywhere you have enough Level 1s to support it, and as a DUOV exclusive that won't be reprinted for a while this is a "once it's gone, it's gone" type situation. I think Anima's going to keep climbing in price as supply dries up.
#9 - Daigusto Emeral
Emeral was Number 9 last week and it's still Number 9 today… and I'm still not sure why. It's an awesome card, and it could be important under Master Rule 5; the DUOV reprint DID slash its price by 90%, too, and together those factors were probably enough to drive demand. Note that Emeral did get a text update in Duel Overload, but as far as I know it didn't change anything about how the card works.
It's just a great Xyz Monster as we all lick our lips waiting for the Master Rule update.
#8 - Raidraptor - Wise Strix
Slightly down from Number 6, Raidraptor - Wise Strix was set to become a must-run in what would've been one of the strongest decks of the summer, Winged Beast Lunalights. But with Lunalight Tiger Forbidden in the new format that deck's almost certainly wiped off the face of the earth.
That said, the demand for Wise Strix barely stumbled. Since Wise Strix isn't short printed there's a ton of copies in the TCGplayer Marketplace, and with Lunalights demolished it dropped to a dollar. That price dip enabled more buyers to pick up copies on a "just in case" basis, and we saw players and speculators both stocking up. High prospect cards just don't get any better than this, nor do they get any cheaper; expect Wise Strix to remain a player favorite plus a penny stock darling.
#7 - Simorgh, Bird of Sovereignty
You can say similar things about Simorgh, Bird of Sovereignty. Largely tied to the Winged Beast Lunalight deck, Simorgh's now even cheaper than Wise Strix at 88 cents as of this writing. Supply's very high as, again, this card was not short printed by all reports. But demand remained as Simorgh dropped from Number 3 to Number 7. Not only is Simorgh an obvious get for players thinking ahead and investors looking for a 6 to 9 month profit window, both Simorgh and Wise Strix are of course still viable in fan-favorite decks like Blackwings, Raidraptors and Harpies.
If Simorgh and Wise Strix get bumped down to casual play for a few formats, well, there are lots of casual players eager to pick them up, especially when tournaments are delayed and kitchen tables are the new meta.
#6 - Dingirsu, the Orcust of the Evening Star
Up from Number 12, Dingirsu, the Orcust of the Evening Star was one of DUOV's least recognized short prints out of the gates, with many players not even considering it amongst all the flashy new exclusives. But that said, it IS a short print by all the accounts I've seen, roughly dropping at 2 or 3 copies per case. And while Orcusts may not be viable right now, Eternity Code's just around the corner and Dingirsu's a steal at $3 with Mekk-Knight Orcust Girsu headed our way.
#5 - Lib the World Key Blademaster
Lib jumped a couple spots from Number 7 to Number 5 this week, after being almost totally ignored during preorders. Packing an awesome search effect and a flexible non-targeting removal ability, Lib has obvious combo potential. Once it was revealed to be an almost definite short print demand started to rise, and while it was just under $2 this time last week it's now up to $4 with just one price wall – one vendor listing lots of copies – keeping it from hitting the $5 mark.
With obvious growth potential there was lots of talk in market groups about a possible targeted buyout, but a lot of buyers picked up copies this week and the number of Libs sold doesn't suggest a big artificial demand. There's definitely some speculation going on here with some buyers picking up multiple copies, but there's also legitimate player interest, so this one's going to be interesting to watch.
The bottom line is that everything exclusive to DUOV is a potential investment right now, especially those cards that are tougher pulls. If you're looking for opportunities in the collector's market right now, DUOV is offering plenty.
#4 - Crystron Halqifibrax
Halqifibrax slipped to Number 11 last week in the final days of preorders, but it came roaring back after the price settled south of 30 dollars. While the new F&L List deals some big blows to Crystron Halqifibrax – you can read all about them in my new format response article here – we now know the extent of the damage and Crystron Halqifibrax is still a fearsome card.
Stay tuned here no Infinite tomorrow, because we'll be running a really crazy combo guide article from Loukas that demonstrates some totally nutty stuff you can do with Halqifibrax, all legal for the new format. If you think you know everything Crystron Halqifibrax is capable of, well, think again because some of Loukas' ideas shocked even me.
#3 - Predaplant Verte Anaconda
WAY UP from Number 14 last week, Predaplant Verte Anaconda is settling around $18 and the spike of demand's definitely a response to the F&L List announcement. One of the biggest questions about the new format, right behind "when will it happen," was "will Super Polymerization survive." On one hand that card's a general nuisance and feels overpowered, especially in an environment where Invoked Shaddolls are still at full power. On the other hand, leaving Super Polymerization in the mix for one more format makes Predaplant Verte Anaconda that much better for players that just got their copy, featuring in all sorts of strategies.
Now the big question is, where do you play it? Shaddolls definitely benefit from having their three Super Polymerizations intact, but they don't necessarily benefit from Verte Anaconda. One of my favorite answers so far is Cyber Dragons, and if you missed Kelly's totally awesome How To Play guide for that strategy check it out; it's new-format-ready and an awesome rundown of everything from market commentary to combo walkthroughs and match-up notes. Seriosly good stuff.
#2 - Union Carrier
Dragon Buster Destruction Sword? Legal. Mist Valley Thunderbird? Legal. Mist Valley Apex Avian? Legal. The only thing the new format takes away from Union Carrier was, weirdly enough, ABC-Dragon Buster. And while Union Carrier did slip from Number 1 to Number 2, that's not saying much. Its slow climb continues and it's about to hit the $15 mark as players try to figure out how best to run it in the new format.
As soon as there's an answer to that this thing probably shoots to 20+ dollars. It's a tough pull, it makes some awesome plays, and in my opinion it's got nowhere to go but up.
#1 - Salamangreat Almiraj
That left Salamangreat Almiraj to bunny hop from Number 2 to the top spot! Almiraj is again not a short print, it's still available for about a dollar, though it may be headed to two dollars, and it's just a must-own at such a low price point. This is one of the best flexible Link-1s in the game, it's a must in Invoked Shaddolls which are completely unscathed in the new format, and it's just never going to get cheaper than this.
Looking beyond the Top 10, Selene, Queen of the Master Magicians remained strong at Number 11 as Pendulum Players flock to the card. Cynet Mining was up to Number 12 with Salamangreats taking no hits from the new list, while D/D/D Abyss King Gilgamesh came in at Number 13 with Halqifibrax hopes high from D/D/D players. Infinite Impermanence was Number 14 and Chaos Dragon Levianeer finished at Number 15.
Tournaments may be down for a while, but the secondary market is seemingly unfazed! If you're stuck at home now might be a great time to introduce whoever's close to you to the game – as TCG fans we're kind of in a good position to keep ourselves and others from getting too bored! We'll return with a Weekend Market Update on Facebook and Twitter on Monday, and for now, stay safe and thanks for reading.