Now, fast forward a few days and reactions to the WCQ have caused someshifts in the salescharts. Relentless Revenge is still dominatingthe bestseller lists, but a couple of trends from the WCQs have elevatedother releases into the Top 10. The majority of the bestsellers this weekfrom Monday to Friday remained the same from the weekend, but every cardsave one shifted placement, while it's a bit surprising to see WCQ techcreeping into the picture this early.
For many players, this is the time of year where they liquidate their decksand take a break from competition, opting for casual play or a few weeksoff before Regionals start up again. But the break isn't long this year –there's a whopping TWELVE Regional Qualifiers scheduled in North Americafor the August 11th weekend alone, kicking off the new season.That's led a lot of players to hold onto their cards, as many don't expectan F&L List update until after the World Championship and the firstround of Regionals.
That meant more demand for WCQ picks than perhaps expected. Which ones madeit big? We'll find out mid-way through the Countdown, or now if you cheatand scroll down, but we'll start with some returning hits from theBattles of Legend: Relentless Revenge launch.
#10: Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir
Down a spot from Number 9 over the weekend, Bagooska the Terribly TiredTapir remained one of the bestselling cards from BLRR. Regarded as one ofthe most powerful Rank 4 Xyz in the game, Bagooska actually wasn't playedin any of the Top Cut North Am WCQ decks we've seen so far, saveRyan Gaskins' Kaiju Dinosaur deck that took him to a Top 64 finish. We've only seen one of the two Pendulum lists that topped the WCQ –that's Jeremy Mitchell's 50-Card Pendulum Magician build– but he didn't run it either.
That raises big questions about the current utility of Number 41: Bagooskathe Terribly Tired Tapir in current competition, but the card's remainedimmensely popular anyways.
#9: T.G. Wonder Magician
Up from Number 12 over the weekend, T.G. Wonder Magician's reprint isviewed by many as a wink-wink nudge-nudge not-so-subtle nod to theimpending arrival of Crystron Needlefiber, probably the most anticipatedOCG card yet to arrive here in the TCG. That anticipation clearly hit a newlevel this week, as even more players and collectors picked up their copiesof Wonder Magician in advance of Needlefiber's release.
#8: Torrential Tribute
Down from Number 6, Torrential Tribute barely saw play at the WCQ, but itsperennial viability combined with the lack of a good foil reprint for halfa decade continued to drive pretty big demand over the course of the week.
#7: Solemn Judgment
Also slipping from high weekend placement in the Top 10, Solemn Judgmentfell from Number 5 to Number 7. Again, Judgment was never printed as anUltra Rare since its original release, and hasn't been reprinted in anyform since Legendary Collection 4 in 2013, so a lot of playersdon't own a copy despite its reintroduction to tournament play this year.
#6: Foolish Burial Goods
Back on the Top 10 after disappearing from the bestseller lists over theWCQ weekend, Foolish Burial Goods is a staple for pure Sky Strikerstrategies and could see play with some of the incoming themes from theOCG. Though its BLRR reprint was taken pretty lightly by a lot of players –many of whom had already picked up their copies in the recentLair of Darkness and Dark Saviors releases – sales arestill huge for the latest printing, indicating surprising demand.
#5: Neo-Spacian Aqua Dolphin
One of the biggest surprise tech cards of the North American WCQ,Neo-Spacian Aqua Dolphin emerged as a powerhouse pick in Goukis, helpingthe deck play through opposing hand traps. A searchable Level 3 Warrior, itcould be leveraged into Extra Deck Summons, turn your worst card intosomething useful, and load the graveyard all in one fell swoop.
It was a cool idea that paid off, taking at least three players to the Top64 and beyond, and that made for massive sales this week as word gotaround. The Relentless Revenge Ultra Rare held strong at anapproachable 50 cents, but Near Mint Ultimate Rares were bought out hard,now starting at a price of $90.
#4: Unending Nightmare
Way up from Number 10 on Monday, Unending Nightmare rocketed to Number 4,and it's kind of tough to tell why that happened. On one hand it's still aviable pseudo-floodgate that can help answer what might be the risingPendulum Magician matchup. On the other, it really saw no notable action atthe WCQ as far as we're aware. Was there a push factor for this fromoverseas? Let us know down in the comments if you have a theory.
Uni-Zombie slid from Number 1 on Monday to Number 3 today, which isn'tsaying much. The card's first foil printing is being widely celebrated bylots of players, even as Lightsworn Zombie decks struggle to remainrelevant after the Forbidding of That Grass Looks Greener. As a foilupgrade it's incredibly inexpensive, with the original Common printingsclocking in at almost twice the 80 cent asking price of the new Ultra Rare.
#2: Solemn Strike
Number 2 over the weekend and Number 2 yet again today, Solemn Strike isstill one of the most popular trap cards in the game. Like Foolish BurialGoods earlier, a lot of players felt this was too early for anotherreprint, but the sheer demand and number of sales has shown that anotherSolemn Strike printing was more than welcome for thousands of duelists. Ifyou didn't snag your copies before, now's a great time to get them at aneven deeper discount.
#1: Eater of Millions
Up from Number 3 and effectively trading spots with Uni-Zombie, Eater ofMillions is another fan-favorite Ultra Rare upgrade for a card that wasnever foiled in its past printings. While Eater of Millions isn't popularin current competition, it was a staple of Trickstars before the advent ofSky Strikers and still sees limited play in Top Cut builds. Again, the realdraw here is opportunity cost: at less than 50 cents, the Ultra Rare Eaterof Millions is unlikely to ever get more affordable, so you might as wellpick them up now in case Sky Strikers are restricted on the next F&LList.
Other top sellers in the TCGplayer Marketplace this week included NobleKnight Medraut at Number 11 and Noble Knight Brothers at Number 14. Medrautwas all the way up at Number 4 over the weekend as player anticipationbuilds for new Noble Knight cards in Cybernetic Horizon.
Robert Loa played Cyber Dragon to a Top 32 finish in his Mekk-Knight SkyStriker Invoked deck, coinciding with the card's Ultra Rare reprint. Thatlanded it at Number 12 for the week. Meanwhile an Ultra Rare upgrade inRelentless Revenge plus some decent performances from WorldChalice at WCQ's kicked up demand for Kyoutou Waterfront, hiking it toNumber 13. And Slash Draw rounded out the also-rans at Number 15.
That's it for Market Watch this week, but we'll be back on Monday to seehow things shake out over the weekend. Players are still getting familiarwith the WCQ lists, and Battles of Legend: Relentless Revenge isstill settling in the market, so we might see some more shifts over theweekend.