If you haven't seen the Top Cut lists from last weekend's Regionals,gaze ye upon the bounty of strategies. Artifact ABC's, Gem-Knight FTK, two flavors of Lightsworn, Supreme KingPendulum Magicians, and lots of other decks took intrepid duelists to theTop 8, setting the stage for YCS Atlanta with a wide open field. By the endof that tournament we may have a new deck-to-beat, but for now almostanything seems possible, and that created some big pushes in the TCGplayerMarketplace.
The Monday to Friday sales period saw continued enthusiasm for PendulumMagicians and Dinosaurs leading the pack, as well as some more subtleinterest in True Dracos, particularly this Rescue Metalfoes versionpiloted to the Top 8 in Fort Worth, by Aaron McInnes.
Beyond those three strategies there was the usual demand for splashable,generic power cards, and a sudden spike of interest in a handful oftribute-driven game-changing trap cards. Let's get straight to thecountdown and take a look at the Top 10 bestselling cards in theMarketplace this week.
#10: Chronograph Sorcerer
Consistently one of the top-selling cards of 2018 so far, ChronographSorcerer was expected to be key in new Format Pendulum Magicians, and itcertainly is. Heck, it was key in post-Extreme Force decks for theone weekend before the F&L List came into rotation. Barring reallystrange turns of events in Atlanta, it's going to be a three-of staple inmost Pendulum Magician decks moving forward.
And on that note…
#9: Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm
The new Pendulum Magician decks are concerned with a specific set of goals,perhaps the biggest of which is "Summon Heavymetalfoes Electrumite withoutusing your Pendulum or Normal Summons." Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm ishuge toward that end, with a revival effect that offers free card economyand branching, flexible plays a long a number of paths.
Some of those paths lead to Heavymetalfoes Electrumite. Others lead toproblem-solving toolbox plays, lending Darkwurm even more utility. Whilemany OCG builds didn't run it in 2017, Darkwurm's have become a big focusfor discussion these past weeks, and the early results reinforced its powerlevel.
#8: Astrograph Sorcerer
Part of a two-card suite with Chronograph Sorcerer, or a four-card suitewith Timegazer Magician and Stargazer Magician, Astrograph Sorcerer's astaple for Pendulum Magicians moving forward. While it drifted in and outof competition for the majority of its run so far, it's a bonafide must incompetition today, and it's tough to imagine a Magician deck without it.
But interestingly enough, that's it for Pendulum Magicians this week; thetheme only made it to Number 8. Instead, Magicians lost what might betelling ground to a come-from-behind theme with a hazy future intournaments.
#7: Double Evolution Pill
That theme is Dinosaurs, newly bolstered by Overtex Qoatlus.
Big finishes are still few and far between for this format,but the Top 8 performance from Shaddoll Dinosaurs at the LenexaRegionalwas captivating in the eye of a worldwide audience, abusing Qoatlus andShaddoll Fusion to search our Number 7 bestseller this week. With ShaddollFusion loading the graveyard and Double Evolution Pill ready foractivation, the combo fields an immediate Fusion Monster plus UltimateConductor Tyranno.
Factor in synergy with Souleating Oviraptor, and you've got strong ways touse Qoatlus. And thus, heightened demand for Double Evolution Pill. WillDinosaurs represent at YCS Atlanta? It wouldn't be the first time we'veseen Dino hype turn into a giant competitive flop. But regardless, theinterest is definitely there.
#6: Rescue Hamster
On the more out-there side of things,Aaron McInnes topped in Texas with this left field build of RescueDraco Metalfoes, packing triple Rescue Rabbit and triple Rescue Hamster. While McInnes'strategy is an enticing one, the real takeaway might have been an expandeduse of Rescue Hamster above and beyond this first proving ground. A lot ofplayers have been waiting a long time to put Hamster into action, and it'san easy card to get excited about.
#5: Underclock Taker
Underclock Taker didn't appear in many Top 8 decks this past weekend, butthat didn't slow the demand for the game's latest splashable Link-2. A lotof themes don't have a native Link Monster with this kind of downward LinkArrow support, and that makes it a must for pretty much any tournamentplayer's collection.
The 38 cent average Market Price doesn't hurt either.
#4: Pot of Desires
Pot of Desires! Still drawing you two cards for almost nothing! Still worthplaying in decks where it can ruin your combos! And of course, stillselling like absolute hotcakes.
Note that while Pot of Desires was at or below $3 for many weeks, it'screeping up. The average Market Price is now above $3.50, which may notsound like a huge increase, but it indicates the long term growth potentialwe've all been sort of waiting around to see.
#3: Full Force Virus
Full Force Virus went CRAZY this week, with its reprint nearly selling outand the Raging Tempest original currently up 25% from its formerMarket Price as of this writing.
We saw FFV demolish players out of nowhere last format, specifically inPendulum Magicians where it was paid for with Purple Poison Magician. Butwith a wider spread of Magicians seeing play… along with a wider spread ofstrategies in general… there's far more potential moving forward.
#2: Effect Veiler
Speaking of potential, Effect Veiler's cycled back into competition thesepast few weeks, taking over from Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit in a numberof strategies. It's been a long time since Veiler was a competitivestandby, but at this point it's definitely a card to watch out for at theYCS.
With Maxx "C" Forbidden and Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring now pushing the$90 mark, hand traps are becoming a rich man's game, and Effect Veiler'ssuddenly a viable alternative.
#1: Overtex Qoatlus
And finally, the biggest winner of the week was none other than the newDinosaur in charge, Overtex Qoatlus. While the actual on-field worth ofQoatlus remains a point of debate, its ability to search Double EvolutionPill for Ultimate Conductor Tyranno is winning it respect in lots ofcircles, and that alone is enough to give Dinosaurs a push.
The coolest part is that as a Super Rare from a recent set, there's reallyno reason to speculate on Qoatlus at this time: currently on the tail endof a downward Price Trend, it's wildly affordable and it seems as if thepeople buying it have a legitimate interest in playing it. We'll have tosee where it goes at the YCS, and what happens if it takes off.
Beyond the Top 10, two specific cards saw massive speculation from a verysmall number of buyers: the Lightsworn staple Solar Recharge, and thenewly-hyped trap card Darklight.
The demand for Lightsworn cards makes a great deal of sense,with 60-Card versionsand newer, tighter buildsfeaturing Card Trooper both topping Regionals this week. Darklight's a bitmore of a shot in the dark, promoted in a few major facebook groups as acatch-all given the sheer number of Special Summoned threats floatingaround in the new format. Will it catch on? That's way up in the air.
But we'll probably find out by Monday, when YCS Atlanta is finished! Checkback with us then, for another Market Watch.