Welcome to another Friday Market Watch!
YCS San Diego is just one week away, and this past weekend was the finalseries of Regional Qualifiers played under the previous F&L List. Butthe star-studded ARG Circuit Series in St. Louis was played in the newformat,giving us a glimpse into the future of the Advanced Format.
SPYRALs, Pendulum Magicians, Lightsworn Infernoids, Burning Abyss, FrogPaleozoics, and True Dracos all made the Top 16 in that tournament, but itwas Trickstars that took home top honors as Joel White captured the win.All of the Top Cut strategies were innovated in at least some ways to adaptto the new F&L List, making the decks from the ARGCS must-read materialfor San Diego… and making them hugely influential in the secondary marketthis week.
The ARGCS results combined with the continued hype forCyberse Link, and some new information about the upcomingLINK VRAINS Pack in the OCG, to guide the look of the TCGplayerMarketplace from Monday to Friday. Let's count down the Top 10 bestsellingcards of the week, then talk about some of the near-misses and topspeculator picks once we're finished.
The repeated demand for Metaverse finally started to pay off this pastweekend,played to a Top 8 finish at the ARGCS in St. Louis by Benjamin Deeter. He ran a really cool Trickstar deck with tech choices like BrilliantFusion and Arrivalrivals, and with Set Rotation now Limited, tripleMetaverse helped ensure that he'd always get to Trickstar Light Stage.
#9: Missus Radiant
Deeter also played Missus Radiant in his Trickstar build, and the eventualwinner of the ARGCS, Joel White,made the same choice with his Trickstars. Both duelists played Scapegoat to help facilitate it, Deeter siding threecopies and White maining a full playset. There was some speculation thatthe new Trickstar cards from CIBR would help push the theme toward moreLink Summoning, but as it turns out they've continued to be unnecessaryeven for that.
#8: Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir
Bagooska's been a hot card since it was released, and with PendulumMagicians putting in a few good showings at YCS London, and the deckreturning to potential top contender status under the new F&L List,Bagooska's bound to see more play. It was run in Trickstars, LightswornInfernoids, and SPYRALs at the ARGCS as well, and it's clearly become thego-to Rank 4 in current competition.
#7: Tri-Gate Wizard
Fresh off its Number 2 debut on Monday, Tri-Gate Wizard helps smooth outthe SPYRAL strategy as a new must-run control card, but it also saw play inDeeter's Trickstars. As Tri-Gate Wizard sees more success, there's a goodchance that more players will try to run it in a wider span of strategies.It's really a phenomenal card that delivers on the sheer power level itpromises.
#6: Proxy Dragon
Still one of the most commonly-run Link Monsters in the game, ProxyDragon's only become more important as Cyberse Link andCircuit Break usher in more Link Monsters, and a more Link-centriclandscape in competition. It's a key enabler for almost any Link Summoningstrategy, and that's kept it hot weeks after its initial release.
A continued approachable price point and ready supply has kept thosenumbers high as more and more players gravitate toward Link Summoning.
#5: Storming Mirror Force
Up from Number 6 on Monday, Storming Mirror Force proved to be one of thebiggest reprints in the Cyberse Link Structure Deck, offeringnon-targeting non-destructive mass removal. It's yet to appear in major TopCuts, but the sheer number being sold suggests it might soon enough, and inthe mean time it's definitely a card to keep in the back of your head forupcoming tournaments.
YCS San Diego will likely shape the future of this card's use just as itshapes metagames emerging from that event, so it's a good card to pick upnow before the event, in case it becomes important afterwards.
#4: Dimensional Barrier
Dimensional Barrier's great against a lot of revitalized strategies, andit's especially good in an open format with the current mix of decks onecan expect to see. Again, like Storming Mirror Force, the competitiveprospects for Dimensional Barrier will be shaped by the results from YCSSan Diego. But for now it's an incredibly safe bet, and the uber-powerfulTrap Card has never been more affordable.
#3: Binary Sorceress
After seeing very Little Demand in the first weekend ofCyberse Link sales, Binary Sorceress made a huge rally in theTCGplayer Marketplace this week. While it's yet to see a competitivebreakthrough – at least as far as we've seen in the Deck Archive – it hasseen some limited play in logged SPYRAL decks over in the OCG.
This could just be follow through on OCG hype, or it could be a response tothe rise of Trickstars; we saw some interesting measures over the weekendto gain Life Points and survive burn effects, such as Side Decked use ofD/D/D Rebel King Leonidas, so there's at least some precedent there.Realistically the appeal may just be its price point, and the fact that ifyou squint hard enough and use Link Spiders, it's KIND of a better ProxyDragon?
#2: Cosmic Cyclone
The Number 1 bestseller over the weekend dropped to Number 2 this week, asCyberse Link plummeted the cost of Cosmic Cyclone and opened it upto tens of thousands of budget players worldwide. It's an obviously greatcard to grab if you don't already own your copies, and that fact keptdemand strong through Monday to Friday.
#1: Pot of Desires
And finally, Pot of Desires was once again the bestselling card in theTCGplayer Marketplace. Drawing two cards, still as good now as it was lastweek; maybe even better with SPYRAL usage set to take a dip.
Beyond the Top 10, we saw a ton of niche demand and heavy speculation as wehead toward YCS San Diego.
A very small group of buyers snagged tons of Mermail Abyssteus andNeptabyss, the Atlantean Prince off the reveal ofa new Mermail Link Monstercoming in the OCG'sLINK VRAINS Pack, which remains one of the biggest trendsetting factors in the game.Thousand-Eyes Restrict saw huge sales too, likely due to the reveal of the contents of Duelist Pack 19, again in the OCG.
Meanwhile Solemn Strike took the Number 11 spot, Decode Talker took Number12, and Toadally Awesome took Number 13after a Top 8 finish from one of Paleozoic Frog's original innovators, Alfie Danklefsen at the ARGCS. Link Spider took Number 14, building offthe use of Scapegoat in that tournament; and the freshly reprinted Glow-UpBulb came in at Number 15, now much more affordable.
Everything was pretty clear cut this week, with market influences both domestic and foreign being easy to trace. Join us again on Monday, when we'll have our next update and our next bestseller list.