The new List dropped Monday to demolish Zoodiacs and deal big blows to TrueDracos and True King Dinosaurs, and while the Yugiverse is pretty settledon the dead-and-gone status of Zoo, the future of Dracos and Dinos could bebrighter than some expect. Meanwhile other competitors have high hopes forthe immediate potential of strategies like Trickstars, World Chalice,Infernoids, ABC's, Zombie Lightsworn, and Pendulum Magicians, and thefuture hype for SPYRALS, Vendreads, and a handful of other decks continuesto grow.
The format's fresh and we've got some strong sales trends indicating whatyou might see in the first tournaments of competition, so let's get rightto it! Here are the Top 10 bestselling cards by volume in the TCGplayerMarketplace, from Monday to Friday morning.
#10: Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries
After seeing some big demand late in the previous format, Ghost Reaper& Winter Cherries has kept on selling well through the debut of the newF&L despite the open-ended nature of competition at the moment.Reaper's reprint in the 2017 Mega Pack brought it to the masses,and it might've been the one card most impacted by a reprint announcementbefore that reprint actually arrived.
A lot of players still needed to pick it up, and they continue to do soeven in the wide open metagames of this sunrise format.
#9: Missus Radiant
Previously Missus Radiant was the most relevant Link Monster in competitiondue to Zoodiacs. Now, with Zoodiacs gone, it's probably still one of themost important Links in the game; the new format was predictably kind toLink Monsters, and Missus Radiant's still one of the best.
#8: Harmonizing Magician
The biggest surprise of the week is probably the strong enthusiasm and hugebuys backing Pendulum Magicians. Harmonizing Magician was the only Pendulumcard to break into the Top 10, but we'll revisit this trend a little later,as a few more Pendulum Magician cards almost made the cut.
#7: Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King
Arguably the biggest prospect of the new format, True Dracos took a coupleof beatings on the F&L List, but none of the hits were directed towardMaster Peace, the True Dracoslaying King. With Master Peace, DragonicDiagram, and True Draco Heritage all intact, True Dracos could wind upbeing the new deck-to-beat. And the marketplace took notice.
#6: Toadally Awesome
That said, there's a ton of talk about the potential of Paleozoic Frogs inthe new format as well; the deck lost nothing, but gained everything withthe unrestricting of Rescue Rabbit and the release of its own personal LinkMonster, Mistar Boy. The reprint's on an upward price trend after a totalbuyout in the TCGplayer marketplace, now available for $5. TheInvasion: Vengeance original is in much deeper supply, but it'sstarting at about eight bucks.
Toadally Awesome's been far more expensive than those price points in thepast, so it's an easy pick for speculators with deep enough pockets. Forplayers who might want to run the deck themselves, it's still an easyinvestment to make. For now, at least.
#5: Pot of Desires
Still three bucks and still a must-run in practically everything, Pot ofDesires dropped from the Number 1 and Number 2 spot it held so reliably thepast few weeks, but still sold by the barrel to secure the Number 5 spot.
There are very few reasons to not run Pot of Desires these days, and ifyour deck gives you reasons, you probably don't want to be playing it.
#4: Preparation of Rites
Freshly moved from one-per-deck to two-per-deck, Preparation of Rites hassparked a ton of interest in anything and everything Ritual, bringing oldstrategies out of the woodwork and pushing enthusiasm for newer fare likeVendreads. Preparation of Rites and Pre-Preparation of Rites are both crazypowerful cards for the decks that can play them, and players have takennote, stocking up on both.
#3: Proxy Dragon
Again, the new F&L List does a lot to passively encourage the use ofLink Monsters, and Proxy Dragon's been a massive pick since it debuted inthe 2017 Mega-Tins. It's no surprise to see it at Number 3 in abrand new open format with an F&L List that arguably went light on keycards for Link Summoning strategies, leaving stuff like Firewall Dragonuntouched.
Proxy Dragon is splashable, flexible, and the key enabler for a lot ofcrazy stuff that's still possible despite changes to the Advanced Format.It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.
#2: Rescue Rabbit
Rescue Rabbit's a crazypants card, and now it's back, with no errata, atthree-per-deck. In a format where Paleozoic Frogs are arguably better thanever, and where Dinosaurs are looking to fill a few card slots… almost theprecise number needed to run Rescue Rabbit and some Normal Dino backup.
I'd say "you do the math," but you probably already did, along withthousands of other people, which is why Rescue Rabbit sold so many copiesthis week. The common from Dinosmasher's Fury will now run youabout two bucks, and remains on an upward Price Trend.
#1: Wavering Eyes
And finally, Wavering Eyes sold an absolute berserk number of cards thisweek, surprising absolutely no one. It's rare to see such an insanelypowerful card move from Forbidden status to being entirely gone from theF&L List, and the common consensus is that it could easily become oneof the defining cards of the format, if not THE defining card.
Wavering Eyes is the singular reason players are now looking at PendulumMagicians, Metalfoes, and other Pendulum strategies once again. Thequestion that leaves us with isn't "Are Pendulum decks viable," so much as,"Will Pendulum decks dominate competition to the point of threateningtournament play."
Right now there's really no answer to that question, and that's created asituation where absolutely everybody needs a playset of Wavering Eyes, justin case. The common's technically on an upward Price Trend right now, butit's still available for less than a buck with free shipping.
What cards almost made the Top 10? Dragonic Diagram came in at Number 11,mirroring the high demand for Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King.Burial from a Different Dimension sold to the Number 12 position, and FullForce Virus hung tight at Number 13 after its recent breakout showing inKozmos – it's interesting to see such demand for that card, when it wasplayed almost entirely to beat Zoodiacs.
Astrograph Sorcerer and Luster Pendulum, the Dracoslayer took Number 14 andNumber 15 respectively, continuing to demonstrate interest in the PendulumMagician deck. We'll have to see how that deck fares at this weekend'sUltimate Duelist Series in Florida; it's definitely seen some late weekhype.
We also saw big niche interest in Blackwing - Gofu the Vague Shadow, Witchof the Black Forest, and Dreiath III, the True Dracocavalry General. Thosecards sold in notable numbers too, but only to a limited number of buyers.
That's it for now, but with the Ultimate Duelist Series and four RegionalQualifiers this weekend we're going to see some big responses to earlycompetitive trends come Monday's Market Watch. OTS Championships are just aweek away too, which are sure to make local impressions but may not informwider competition. It's going to be an interesting couple of weeks.
See you on Monday!