The numbers are in! The 2020 Tin of Lost Memories was a huge release that's worked wonders to level the competitive playing field, and now we can show you the set's biggest hits.
The run-up to the 2020 Tin release was full of big price shifts on the secondary market, as vendors and speculators slowly divested themselves of cards likely to be reprinted. And once reprint confirmations finally hit, the responses were explosive with cards worth as much as $100 losing up to 90% of their value in a matter of days. Short prints don't appear to be much of a problem in this year's tin release, and that's meant price drops across the board.
With no further ado, these were the biggest sellers in the TCGplayer Marketplace from Saturday to today.
Even in a post-Master Rule 4 world, Link Monsters have remained a staple of competitive play, and Fantastical Dragon Phantazmay's still a hot card. Ten days ago it was over 10 dollars, and now that the 2020 Tin's had time to do its work, Fantastical Dragon Phantazmay down to 4 bucks. Suddenly the Super and Ultra Rare printings are in budget territory, and the market responded in a big way with the average buyer picking up 2 to 3 copies.
Expect to see way more Fantastical Dragon Phantazmay in your play circles.
Love it or hate it – and you probably hate it – Mystic Mine is still legal, and still one of the game's most powerful equalizers. The good news? Only one competitor played Mystic Mine at the North American Remote Duel Invitational. The bad news? It was Sam Arunnaveesiri, AKA TeamSamuraiX1, AKA the player who won the event.
Foregoing Crystron Halqifibrax to run cards like Elder Entity N'tss and Cyber Dragon Nova in his Extra Deck to beat Dogmatika, Sam brought all sorts of tech to force his opponents into weird off-meta situations. Mystic Mine was a part of that, and it once again proved just overpowered this card can be.
Starliege Seyfert was regularly $40 back in February, and was still in the 30 to 40 dollar range well into July as a staple of Dragon Link variants. Now you can pick up the 2020 Tin Super Rare for 4 dollars, driving the price of Dragon Link decks way down. A ton of Extra Deck staples played in Dragon Link got price cuts as well between the2020 Tin of Lost Memories and Battles of Legend: Armageddon, and as the deck's continued to see play online and in the hands of Shun Ping Xu at the Remote Duel Invitational, interest in the strategy's still trending up.
Salamangreats may not be the top of the competitive mountain right now, but the deck's pedigree speaks for itself, and if the next banlist flushes the top decks out of the current format we could easily see Salamangreats leading competitive play once again.
Cynet Mining started the year at the 40 dollar mark, dropped to 10 dollars when it was reprinted in Duel Overload, and stayed there until mid August. Now it's $2.50, meaning not only are Salamangreats vastly easier to build, but rogue decks like Mathmechs, Marincess, and other Cyberse strategies are suddenly much more fairly priced for their place in competition.
Not many decks are runnning Mekk-Knight Crusadia Avramax these days, but when a viable Link 4 drops from $28 to $2.80 you might as well make the correct play and add it to your arsenal. This card was 30 bucks a month and a half ago, and since Mekk-Knight Crusadia Avramax wasn't crucial to many big decks, it was really easy for both budget players and competitives to ignore – even if you're willing and able to drop a lot of Duel Dollars™ for the stuff you need, $30 is a solid chunk of change you could spend on more essential cards.
That meant there was a lot of quiet demand in the background, and players responded to the price drop by finally grabbing their copies.
Zach's written repeatedly about how the price of Pot of Extravagance kept decks like Madolches and Subterrors out of competition, priced at 90 dollars or more for the first half of this year. The Toon Chaos reprint eventually knocked it down to $55, but for many budget conscious players a 55 dollar card is probably just as out of reach.
Flash forward to now and you're still paying $20 for the TOCH Ultra Rare or the MP20 Prismatic Secret, but that's been a huge break point for thousands of duelists. Both versions of Pot of Extravagance are selling like hotcakes, and that means you could see a lot more deck diversity in your play groups. With two reprints this year we may not see another printing for a while, so we may see Pot of Extravagance slowly rise in price over time.
Borreload Savage Dragon's one of the most best control monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh today, and a common sight in big combo end boards. It's easy to summon with generic Synchro materials, it hits the field huge at 3000 ATK, it gets bigger moments later, and its multi-negate effect is repeatable and ridiculously powerful.
Entering the year at $35, Borreload Savage Dragon jumped to almost $45 at the end of February and started a steady climb to almost $95 in June. Speculations of the reprint hit in July and briefly dragged its price down to $35, but it shot back up to $75 in a couple of weeks and it fluctuated up and down between $60 and $75 until early August, when the card went into freefall with the reprint confirmed. Now you can own one for about $15, making it an incredibly hot seller.
I:P Masquerena saw a similar trend downward in a similar timeframe, dropping from $40 in early August to $10 last week. It's important to note that the price trends of these big competitive cards don't exist in a vacuum; if just Starliege Seyfert, or just Borreload Savage Dragon, or just I:P Masquerena were reprinted on their own, the decks they're played in would still be almost as expensive as they were before.
But the fact that so many staple cards have dropped in price all at the same time has really shifted the landscape, effectively democratizing major competitive strategies for players with more restricted funds. One of those cards dropping in price doesn't make a huge impact on demand, but nerfing prices across the board? That opens up the game in a way that creates a big influx of players, and that influx creates the kind of demand we're seeing now.
As more players discover that you can win stacks of prizes in OTS Remote Duel locals, that demand's just going to continue.
Speaking of staples dropping in price and opening up competition, Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess dropped from $89 to $13 once it was revealed that not only was it slated for reprinting in Maximum Gold, it was also appearing in the 2020 Tin. There's no big surprise there; like Borreload Savage Dragon, Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess is a huge control monster that features in the end fields of countless strategies. Unlike Borreload Savage Dragon you don't have to run Tuners to play it, making it even more popular.
And dang, it's a good thing Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess got reprinted in the 2020 Tins, with Maximum Gold now pushed from an October release into November. If we had to wait that long for this card to drop in price a ridiculous number of decks would still be nearly $100 more expensive; a big enough barrier to keep countless players from returning to their locals via Remote Duel, or in person as stores open up.
And finally, the highest selling card of the week wasn't a reprint, but simply one of the biggest cards of the year. Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon appears to be settling around $45, almost 10 dollars up from its launch day average of $36. At this point there's not much left to say about Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon; it's an incredibly powerful card, it fits into almost any deck thanks to Predaplant Verte Anaconda, and it's a must-own for competitive players moving forward.
Looking beyond the Top 10, the impact of Dragon Link was evident with Striker Dragon and World Legacy Guardragon coming in at Number 11 and Number 12 respectively. PSY-Framegear Gamma was still hot coming off heavy use at the Remote Duel Invitational, landing it at Number 13. Gizmek Orochi, the Serpentron Sky Slasher clocked the Number 14 spot, and demand for Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon pushed Predaplant Verte Anaconda to Number 15.
We'll be posting content all through the Labor Day weekend, and you can get alerts when we do over on the official Yu-Gi-Oh! Infinite Facebook Page and Twitter – if you're cracking Tins yourself and score some awesome pulls, let us know! And until then, have a great long weekend!