With Regionals backburnered for OTS Championships this past weekend in theAmericas, the single biggest influence in the secondary market was YCSDusseldorf. Or should we say, "Dusseldorfs". With a massive turnout topping2800 players, the Championship tournament was split into two smaller eventsto accommodate all hopeful competitors, giving us not one, but twodifferent metagames. And two different Champions, each piloting a differentstrategy.
We have the complete Top 4 for both tournaments over in the deck archive:here are the pages for
The next update to the F&L List will arrive "no sooner than April 2,2019," but at this point lots of players are expecting Sky Strikers andDangers to be Public Enemy #1 and #2. That meant once again, Salamangreatswere the biggest movers in the secondary market. But make no Mistake – thatdoesn't mean this week's Top 10 is a carbon copy of last week's. Mainedtech picks for Salamangreats were some of the biggest sellers this timearound as Salamangreat players looked to stay ahead of their competition,and a couple powerful Extra Deck cards are now proven viable, spiking indemand.
Roll in the usual list of splashable suspects, and you've got the entireTop 10 for this week. Here's what it looked like.
#10: Hiita the Fire Charmer, Ablaze
Hiita failed to materialize in Regional Qualifiers leading up to the YCS,but she was an absolute staple for Salamangreats at YCS Dusseldorf. With afew tricks that can rescue a Salamangreat player from some otherwise doomedpositions, Hitta's an easy-to-use problem solver that allowed savvySalamangreat duelists to wrest victory from the clutches of defeat.
It was a big seller before we saw it in Top Cuts, and now that it's aproven quantity we can expect to see it continue to move units.
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#9: Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring
Speaking of, Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring is still in the Top 10, andstill hugging the $9 mark. With Ash Blossom so ubiquitous in the wake ofits Structure Deck reprint, it's continued to push other cards higher inthe Top 10 just because they deal with Ash Blossom's threat. There are veryfew match-ups where you wouldn't want to see this thing, and with SkyStrikers still going strong it's seeing lots of Main Deck play.
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#8: Update Jammer
Update Jammer went from being a quirky tech pick to a respected flexiblewin-con in about a week. And while it first earned a rep for its combopotential with Transcode Talker, now people are just using it to make moredamage with more conventional Salamangreat monsters. In a race to findadvantages that exceed the usual output of the standard Salamangreatbuilds, Update Jammer's clearly a hit. And at a 5 penny price point, theticket to ride is clearly worth the cost.
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#7: Called by the Grave
It's possible Called by the Grave would be a tremendous tournament staplewithout a reprint of Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring. But since everyoneand their mother now has three copies of Ash Blossom, Called by the Gravehas just never been more important than it is now. And as we always say,the sustained sales of this card demonstrate that new players are enteringthe tournament scene every day, because established players have had theircopies for months.
Always a good sign for the health of Yu-Gi-Oh.
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#6: Salamangreat Violet Chimera
Fusion of Fire and Chimera wound up being more common in the Dusseldorf TopCuts than recent Regional and ARG finishes might have led us to believe.And again, it's all about maximizing opportunity: Salamangreat VioletChimera can randomly win games, and when you're up against a fieldpresenting a lot of mirror matches you need all the opportunities to sneakin wins that you can get.
Interest in the Salamangreat Fusion remained high as a result, with all buttwo of our logged Top Cut builds running it – a huge difference fromprevious logged showings.
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#5: Lady Debug
So far I've only seen one successful Salamangreat deck myself that chose toskip Lady Debug and went on to top a premier level tournament. TheElemental Hero Stratos of the strategy is still commanding an averageMarket Price around $7.50, but it's still selling like hotcakes as playerscontinue to make the switch to Salamangreats.
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#4: Fusion of Fire
Where Salamangreat Violet Chimera goes, Fusion of Fire goes too. But watchout - Super Polymerization was a big pick at YCS Dusseldorf as well, thoughperhaps in a more varied context. Both cards are strong picks with highutility so long as Salamangreats remain one of the most popular decks intournaments, with both offering aggressive and counter-oriented plays.That's elevated Fusion of Fire to striking distance of the two dollar mark.
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#3: Dinowrestler Pankratops
Clocking in at Number 5 last week, Dinowrestler Pankratops was even morepopular this week as its utility against Salamangreats continues to becomeincreasingly valuable. Combined with rising play both against and in SkyStrikers, its stock has never been higher and the sky seems to be thelimit.
And it's STILL under a buck! Easily some of the best value in duelingtoday, at least until we see an Ultimate Rare reprint. Fingers crossed.
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#2: Salamangreat Sunlight Wolf
After climbing all the way to twelve dollars, Salamangreat Sunlight Wolf isback down around $10. And while demand isn't going anywhere, it's probablethat a lot of people opening packs have just started to realize that you'remore than doubling your money when you open a Wolf, and are leveraging thekey Rare card accordingly.
Salamangreats do not work without this thing – as many Salamangreat playershave probably discovered at the hands of a well-timed Ghost Reaper &Winter Cherries – and that's kept it in incredible demand ever since therun-up to Structure Deck: Soulburner. It's no surprise to see Wolfcontinuing to sell like hotcakes. What WAS surprising was that it wasknocked out of the Number 1 spot, by this card…
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#1: Flame Bufferlo
Duelists likeRaphael NevenandLorenzo Romaran Flame Bufferlo as another Normal Summon in Salamangreats, both of whommanaged Top 16 finishes. Neven went so far as to run three Bufferlo withjust two Lady Debug. It's a very good play starting option that lends thedeck more consistency, helping you see more cards in the process of makingplays you were already aiming for.
Neven spoke specifically to the opportunity to draw into non-Salamangreatcards; stuff you can largely search anyways, especially lauding the chanceto dig for Artifact Sanctum in his Artifact build. Artifact Scythe is aridiculously powerful card right now, and anything that can help you get toit more consistently is an asset.
Will we see Flame Bufferlo make more prominent finishes in big tournaments?We'll have to see what the results look like from the Ultimate DuelistSeries in Las Vegas this weekend, but the card seems strong and it's backedby some stellar players.
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Salamangreats haven't won the big one just yet, but the deck's price pointmakes the theme far more accessible than other top contenders in thecurrent format. And while the F&L List may be breathing down the neckof Dangers and Sky Strikers, Salamangreats seem safe for the time being.Those factors are driving more and more players to run the deck, and that'scontinued to fan the flames in the TCGplayer Marketplace.
What impact will the UDS have this weekend? Follow us on Facebook orTwitter to find out, wherewe always post a Weekend Market Update to show you the immediate impact ofthe latest Championships.
Until then, if you're headed to Las Vegas yourself then good luck! Itshould be an awesome tournament.