With The Infinity Chasers hitting stores and the Marketplace justtoday, the biggest impact shaping the secondary market this week
The result was a Top 10 countdown comprising sales from Monday to Friday,that on one hand featured many familiar cards, but reframed some of them inthe context of new trends. On the other hand, several cards saw big actionsimply being new tech picks.
Let's dive right in and talk about all of it.
#10: World Legacy Guardragon
Everything Guardragon's hot right now with the full-force power ofGuardragon Elpy and Guardragon Agarpain coming to fruition, but WorldLegacy Guardragon managed to spike to the Top 10 position this week. Doesthat mean big things for Crusadias and other decks that have played it thisformat? Probably not. But it does express a growing appreciation forDragons in current competition, and it demonstrates that players arekeeping a weather eye on pending releases.
#9: Lady Debug
There are STILL a ton of players converting to Salamangreats, especially inthe wake of the deck's positive results at YCS Atlanta. Seemingly solid atabout seven dollars, Lady Debug's still one of the most popular blue chipcards you can have in a trade binder these days. And that's still true evenwith Flamer Bufferlo appearing in regular Salamangreat builds, instead ofjust being related to Artifact variants.
#8: Mythical Beast Master Cerberus
With the reprint of Mythical Beast Jackal King inThe Infinity Chasers plsu an entire Spellcaster Pendulum StructureDeck waiting in the wings, Mythical Beast Master Cerberus became one of thehottest picks of the week. We've seen Cerberus top the $20 mark in itsheyday, but with a Market Price that fell below $4 at times over the lastfive days it was a clear opportunity for players and speculators alike. Itended up at about six bucks for the week.
#7: Crusadia Reclusia
One of the breakout tech picks from YCS Atlanta, Crusadia Reclusia appearedin Salamangreats offering redundancy in Special Summoning and a sweetremoval effect that offers unparalleled problem-solving power. Floodgates?Problem monsters? Reclusia clears pretty much everything.
It's basically an alternative Backup Secretary that works underMiragestallio and counts as Material for your Extra Deck monsters thatrequire Fire monsters. With an awesome removal effect rolled in. It's a bittougher to search than Secretary since Secretary's a Cyberse, but reallywho cares? It's just so much more versatile, making it a safe three-ofinstead of a single-card flex slot filler.
Check out the deck archive and you can see it in Top Cut builds from thelikes ofJake Quinsee,Luke Parkes, andRaphael Neven. Expect to see it everywhere over the coming weeks.
#6: Salamangreat Violet Chimera
Salamangreat Violet Chimera: still wildly affordable and still beingadopted by the last few Salamangreat players who weren't already runningit.
#5: Fusion of Fire
See above. Fusion of Fire's become a standard Main Deck singleton in mostbuilds of Salamangreats, and now that it is, more and more players arerunning two additional copies alongside Super Polymerization in their SideDeck, largely looking to beat the mirror. More Salamangreat decks meansmore mirror matches, and demand for Fusion of Fire's remained consistent asa result.
#4: Dinowrestler Pankratops
Still one of the best cards in the format, Dinowrestler Pankratops maybegin to see a decline in play soon if competition continues in its currentdirection. But for now it's tremendously powerful as a Side Deck card, it'soccasionally making tops as a Main Deck card, and it's still so affordablethat picking up a playset represents no real risk. Like Pot of Desires andCalled by the Grave before it, the only surprising thing about DinowrestlerPankratops is that some players don't have their copies yet.
#3: Flame Bufferlo
While very few Salamangreat players are running Flame Bufferlo over theusual three copies of Lady Debug, the trend we mentioned earlier was likelypart of the reinvigorated demand for Bufferlo that we saw this week. Thelast couple of big events showed some flagging interest in the ArtifactSanctum x Artifact Scythe version of Salamangreats; the variant that wassynonymous with Flame Bufferlo for several weeks. But as players started torun Bufferlo in the more pure hand trap heavy versions, a whole new groupof Salamangreat players were introduced to its power, and that's probablywhy Bufferlo remained in the Top 3 while Lady Debug fell to Number 9.
#2: Called by the Grave
Hand traps are once again front and center in competition as Sky Strikersand Salamangreats both continue to play them in increasing numbers. That'sjust yet another reason to run Called by the Grave, ensuring that you canpress your plays through your opponent's would-be defenses as much aspossible. As we ramp up toward WCQ's lots of lapsed players are returningto the tournament scene, so staples like Called by the Grave can see bigresurgences like this one.
#1: Salamangreat Sunlight Wolf
And for the second week in a row, Salamangreat Sunlight Wolf is once againthe Number 1 bestselling card in the TCGplayer Marketplace. Salamangreatscontinued to garner better and better results while the Special Editionreprint of Salamangreat Sunlight Wolf kept driving down its price, makingit an easier buy for players who don't yet have their copies.
And a lot of players who fit that description last week clearly picked uptheir Sunlight Wolfs, so get ready to see even more Salamangreats in yourtournaments. The deck's too good to ignore, and yet at the same time itseems unlikely that Konami would hit it on the new F&L List. It's asafe investment, an ever more affordable card, and an all-around star intournament play today.
Not surprising to see it at Number 1.
What else was big this week? Number 11 to Number 15 on the countdown wereDanger! Mothman! and Hiita the Fire Charmer, Ablaze, followed by AshBlossom & Joyous Spring, Pot of Desires, and White Rose Dragon. No realsurprises there, though it's worth noting that some players have startedplaying Hiita to run it AGAINST Salamangreats.
The speculator targets were more interesting. Defrag Dragon was bought upby the barrelful by a small group of buyers who were paying carefulattention to the action at YCS Atlanta: that card was played by all threemembers of Team Mare Mare Lair, the 2nd Place finishersEsala Wathuthantrige, Aaron Chase Furman, andJesse Kotton. It's a powerful new option that's bound to see more play in ThunderDragons.
Meanwhile Orcust Knightmare and Time Thief Redoer both saw big action aswell, as speculators behind the scenes seem to be hedging their betsagainst the possibility of Danger! combo decks getting nailed on the AprilF&L List. Whether those decks will see real action taken against themor not does seem like a total tossup to me, especially since any hit tothose strategies could have a trickledown impact on lots of future productsKonami will be releasing in 2019. It'll be interesting to see if thespeculator bet pays off.
That's it for this week, but we'll be back in another seven days withanother look at all the action in the TCGplayer Marketplace!