Last week we saw the 2019 Gold Sarcophagus Tins dominate the Marketplacewith Knightmares, Dangers, World Premiere hand traps and classic reprintsleading the Top 10. Starving Venom Fusion Dragon and Shootingcode Talker –top cards from Fists of the Gadgets - both survived the Tinonslaught as well, holding their spots in the Top 10 bestseller list.
Today those FIGA cards are long gone and Dimension Shifter dropped toNumber 11; it took a big dive in demand this week after Regional Top Cutsrevealed that Shifter was missing from the top tables while lots ofsuccessful players ran Nibiru, the Primal Being and Dark Ruler No Moreinstead. Seven more cards continued to be Top 10 hits in back-to-backweeks, while three new cards ascended to bestseller status.
The first of those three cards represented a rising trend in demand for oneof the most powerful combo engines in the game today. And that card wasnone other than…
#10 - Danger! Nessie!
Danger!? Tsuchinoko? kept its spot in the Top 10 this week as you'll see ina few paragraphs, but Danger! Nessie! joined it while Danger!? Jackalope?crept up the charts as well. There's not much to say here: the Danger triohas proven to be a tremendous force in competition despite theSemi-Limiting of each card, and there are lots of examples in the deckarchive of successful 2/2/2 builds. We've seen a few players run four-cardengines with double Nessie and just one copy each of Jackalope andTsuchinoko, too.
However you decided to play them, the Dangers are a tremendous enablingengine in a whack ton of different combo decks, from Orcusts to TimelordTrains and beyond. Nessie's responsible for making a lot of that magichappen, with a powerful search effect that keeps the theme cohesive.Holding strong at $7 it's never been more affordable, and it seems unlikelyto slide further into budget territory since Jackalope and Tsuchinoko arealready rising in price.
#9 - Blue-Eyes Alternative Ultimate Dragon
You can never underestimate the nostalgia factor, and while Blue-EyesAlternative Ultimate Dragon was hugely popular across a wide range ofbuyers all week long, part of the demand was likely driven by speculation.As a Blue-Eyes fan service card it has long term growth potential as wellas some overseas demand, and its price tag of $1.50 combined with thenewness of the Prismatic Secret Rare print worked wonders for itspopularity all week long.
#8 - Monster Reborn
Slipping a bit from Number 5 last week, Monster Reborn continues to seemore Top Cut play in decks like Orcusts, Crusadias and even SPYRAL.Extending core combos and recurring important on-field effects, the newMonster Reborn's one of the most beautiful printings of all time andplayers and collectors are eating it up.
#7 - Danger!? Tsuchinoko?
Up from Numbrer 10 last week, rising demand for Danger!? Tsuchinoko?demonstrates rising interest in combo decks despite the release ofcombo-curbing cards like Nibiru, the Primal Being and Dark Ruler No More.Those cards don't appear to be big deterrents to combo players just yet,and the perceived viability of combo decks is definitely a hot button issuemoving forward.
As it stands Danger!? Tsuchinoko's actually on the rise a bit, creepingtoward the $8 mark this week from $7 a week ago. Danger!? Jackalope? isalready way up too, starting at seven bucks and now sitting at a whoppingthirteen.
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#6 - Raigeki
Number 6 last week and now Number 6 again, Raigeki made an appearance inDustin Richardson's Gren Maju Anti-Meta build that topped the RegionalQualifier in Rosemont Illinois. Is it making a big return to competition,in part thanks to Dark Ruler No More? Ehh… It's too early to say. But thethreat is real, and it could definitely pop up in your tournaments. Try notto look too surprised if someone drops it on you.
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#5 - Knightmare Phoenix
Up from Number 7, Knightmare Phoenix was even more popular this week. It'simpossible to say what that indicates; a vast spread of decks run Phoenixsince it's one of the most flexible Link Monsters in the game, and itseffect literally shapes the way we measure priorities regarding backrow.It's no surprise the new Ultra Rare is so popular.
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#4 - Borrelsword Dragon
Really one of the biggest stories in the secondary market this week,Borrelsword Dragon got off to a slower start when the2019 Gold Sarcophagus Tins dropped, but rocketed to Number 4 injust the past few days. Approaching a $15 price tag, it's rare to see arelatively pricy card generate so much demand. That spike probably suggestsrising interest in two of the format's best strategies, Sky Strikers andOrcusts.
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#3 - Knightmare Unicorn
Way up from Number 9 last week, Knightmare Unicorn exploded in demand towind up at Number 3 in our latest Top 10. And that makes sense because itwas suddenly everywhere in Top Cuts in the last round of Regionals:Salamangreats, Subterrors, Gren Maju, SPYRAL, Orcusts, Strikers, ThunderDragons… everything can play it, and lots of duelists are embracing it.
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#2 - Dark Ruler No More
And finally the two bestselling cards of the week were the two big winnersso far from the World Premiere hand traps. While Nibiru, the Primal Beingwas quickly recognized as a winner when it was first revealed, Dark RulerNo More saw more debate and its status seemed to be undecided. This week wesaw it Top 8 Regionals in several decks, especially some specializing ingoing second, and it'll probably get more popular as the good word spreads.Definitely be ready for it if you're playing a deck that sets up with bigboards early on.
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#1 - Nibiru, the Primal Being
And of course, Nibiru reigned supreme this week in the TCGplayerMarketplace. A massive threat to most combo decks, Nibiru's effect is sostrong that it needs to be answered in advance or played around verycarefully. We're already seeing a spike in demand for cards like KnightmareCorruptor Iblee – cards that can lock opponents out of Nibiru before ithits the table – and if you don't have a plan for how to handle it yourselfjust yet, now's the time to figure that out. Nibiru's going to get a lotbigger before it fades from competition.
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Which cards almost made the Top 10? As mentioned earlier, Dimension Shiftertumbled from Number 3 to Number 11. Beyond that Knightmare Mermaid andKnightmare Cerberus clocked in at Number 12 and Number 14 respectively asKnightmares continue to become even more popular, and fanservice tookPalladium Oracle Mana and Red-Eyes Alternative Black Dragon to Number 13and Number 15.
That's it for this week, but join us for another update next Friday as YCSNiagara Falls approaches.