We're back! Let's see what's going on in the secondary market here in 2022.

So far, the biggest driver on secondary this year was the anticipation for real-life Championship dueling at YCS Pasadena… which… is gone now, as of yesterday. The YCS will still be held as a Remote Duel event, but in the meantime, it's pretty easy to look at the Top 10 this week and see a mix of casual rogue deck interest, and a ton of players gearing up to get back to real-life dueling.

Let's get right into it, and count down the Top 10 best-selling cards of the week in the TCGplayer Marketplace.

#10 Piri Reis Map

Hanko wrote on the Stealth Kragen variant of the Rank 4 Water deck this week, a new strategy made viable by product-hover id="243710". It's the latest in a long line of Toadally Awesome decks and it's still maintaining hype. Piri Reis Map is one of two cards appearing in the Top 10 this week because of that strategy; it searches Beautunaful Princess, which in turn searches Buzzsaw Shark for an instant 1-card Bahamut Shark. The Map offers deck thinning, and running extra copies of Piri Reis Map is $12 cheaper than running extra Beautunaful Princess.

#9 Knightmare Unicorn & #8 Knightmare Phoenix

The majority of releases in the last few months have been reprint sets offering very few new cards, and with The Grand Creators still a few weeks away, lots of players are saving their duel dollars for that release. That means a lot of the best-selling cards this week were tournament staples as competitors get caught up in advance of in-person Regionals and YCS tournaments, including perennial best-sellers Knightmare Unicorn and Knightmare Phoenix, still two of the most splashable Extra Deck monsters in the game.

#7 Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder

Last week I revealed that the product-hover id="241346" printing of Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder was the best-selling card of the year that was actually printed in 2021, and demand is still really high as the new year ramps up. This deck's played in a lot of different places, but it features in Tri-Brigade and Drytron, two of the biggest decks in competition right now.

Speaking of Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder and Tri-Brigade, did you see that Zoo Tri-Brigade deck Aaron Psatrana won the latest One Up TCG Regional Qualifier with ? Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder is so good that you actually just can't kill Zoo Brigade, even if you ban Zoodiac Broadbull, Zoodiac Drident and Zoodiac Barrage, and Limit Zoodiac Ratpier on top of that. Yeesh.

#6 Nadir Servant

Dogmatika Invoked just keeps topping tournaments, and that's fueled demand for Nadir Servant. The lack of Nadir Servant in the upcoming product-hover id="257371" is keeping demand high as well, since there's a very real possibility that we just won't see another reprint in the first half of this year.

Right now it looks as if the product-hover id="241346" Ultra Rare may have reached its price floor, with no shortage of buys at the $14 to $15 mark, and it's easy to imagine this card being $20 again in a matter of weeks. It certainly makes sense to pick up a playset now if you don't have yours yet, since it's the raw fuel for one of the best engines in Yu-Gi-Oh today.

#5 Nibiru, the Primal Being

With over a year between product-hover id="220322" and product-hover id="243710", the Secret Rare reprint of Nibiru, the Primal Being couldn't have come too soon. Looking at recent event results in our deck archive, Nibiru, the Primal Being obviously one of the top hand traps in the format, and that's essentially kept it above the $10 mark for… let me check my watch… forever.

Whatever Structure Deck reprints Nibiru, the Primal Being as a common is gonna sell really well.

#4 Number 4: Stealth Kragen

What a weird card to come out swinging as the last surprise hit of 2021. Number 4: Stealth Kragen add a new dimension to one of the most enduring control decks of all time, clogging the field, offering removal, and creating a slick lock with Gozen Match. Some variants run the Crooked Cook combo too, for extra wackiness when you really just want to make your opponent tear their hair out.

#3 Predaplant Verte Anaconda

 

Gotta make Destiny HERO - Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer somehow, amirite? Predaplant Verte Anaconda continues to sell like hotcakes at the $9 to $10 mark, even as the possibility of a January Forbidden & Limited List hovers in the background. I've said before, I don't personally think we'll see Predaplant Verte Anaconda restricted this close to Destiny HERO - Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer release; I could be wrong, but for now, the format is so centered around what can play and what can beat that card, that you basically need to own the Destiny Fusion package.

If you're totally all-in one a deck that doesn't run Destiny HERO - Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer, sure, don't risk your ten bucks. But if you're competing on a level where you might pivot your deck choice to fit a metagame read for something like a Regional or a YCS, Predaplant Verte Anaconda just a must-have, and the demand for this card reflects that.

 

#2 Astral Kuriboh

It's nuts to see this card so high up on the best-seller list. For the uninitiated, Astral Kuriboh probably the best way to put together a near-invincible Number 59: Crooked Cook. Its summoning restriction is pretty harsh, but for decks that only want to summon Number Xyz in the first place, it's really easy to use as a simple extender and its protection effect is nothing to sneeze at.

Personally, I'm waiting to see if this thing can get on the radar next weekend at the Remote Duel YCS. It's a long shot, but we've seen weirder things happen.

#1 Crossout Designator

Finally, you might've guessed it from the header image at the top of this article, but the best-selling card of the week was Crossout Designator. This card's still not seeing a ton of play - you can browse the recent Top Cut lists we've logged that were running it, and there aren't many - but the flurry of interest this week could suggest an uptick in popularity. There was a chunk of November where we saw trap-heavy decks making a bit of a comeback, eroding tableshare for decks running hand traps. But that trend's swung in the opposite direction for weeks now, and interest in minimalistic combo decks like Prank-Kids and Phantom Knights may be on an uptick - the decks that are best positioned to abuse Crossout Designator.

It's too early to make any firm predictions, but for now, we know demand for Crossout Designator up, and that could be a precursor to real trends in competition. It's food for thought at the very least.

What else was big this week? The Number 1 best-selling card of the year, PSY-Framegear Gamma, came in at Number 11, just missing the Top 10. Allure of Darkness clocked the Number 12 slot, despite having no relevance to the current Advanced Format, and Infinite Impermanence was just behind it at Number 13. Pot of Extravagance and Stealth Kragen Spawn finished at Numbers 14 and 15 respectively.

That's it for today, but join us tomorrow for a fresh Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode Deck, and on Sunday I'm going to be telling you about another group of Yu-Gi-Oh Cards You Should Invest In. I'm really excited about that article, so don't miss it.

For now, thanks for reading and have an awesome weekend!