Hello boys and girls, its T-Time once again! A lot of people were wondering why I haven’t written an article in awhile. I have decided to write primarily about the “Yu-Gi-Oh! Economy” since a lot of people would like to know about it and I feel that there isn’t anybody more qualified to write about it than myself. Naturally I wanted to wait until the new Banned/Restricted list to write another update on the Economy. I didn’t want to sit and speculate about what would happen, because without concrete evidence, the market was going to keep bearing as it was. So now that everyone has been sad about that bear market that happened post nationals, be happy because it is about to turn up and we will now see a bull market.
In my last article, I talked about what makes bull and bear markets (or an upwards turn in the overall price of cards) in Yu-Gi-Oh! The new set created a bull market, and the release of the Banned/Restricted list as well as a reveal of all reprints took the downward pressure off of the market. With the fear being removed and a new, powerful set being released, the market will go upwards once again. There are a lot of cards that immediately jumped up due to the list including Black Luster Soldier-Envoy of the Beginning and Heavy Storm, but there will be an overall increase in the price of cards across the board. There aren’t a lot of cards that will decrease as a result of this outside of maybe Six Samurai support. Even so, that deck isn’t dead by any means, so the price shouldn’t decrease that much. Six Samurai support has already been decreasing at a steady pace due to the overproduction of Storm of Ragnarok.
The first thing to think about is the decks that are going to gain play due to the list itself. Lightsworn and other Twilight variants will be popular immediately due to Judgment Dragon going to 3, Black Luster Soldier-Envoy of the Beginning coming back, and Necro Gardna going to 2. The fact that Wonder Wand came out will give that deck a big help as well since it creates another plus with Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress. Due to the fact that the Lightsworn cards haven’t been reprinted just yet, this is a perfect time to dump them if you have been stuck with them. Plant cards won’t be destroyed since they will simply be splashed with Zombies or Lightsworn. Dandylion, Lonefire Blossom, Glow-Up Bulb, Spore, One for One, Foolish Burial, and Debris Dragon are all still alive and well. They all happen to fit nicely into Zombies and Lightsworns which got better due to the most recent set and the list.
Now let’s talk about what wasn’t hit at all. Zombies got a huge boost from the new set and they weren’t hit. In fact, the removal of Royal Oppression made them even better. The fact that you can splash them with Teledad or Plants make Zombies worth buying. Fairies were also untouched, though the deck is relatively cheap as it is with Archlord Kristya getting reprinted. There isn’t a lot of money in that deck so I won’t go into it much. Gladiator Beasts will be popular due to it being the start of a new format. Mid range Gladiator Beast support is a good buy since it will move right now. If you are stuck on it, here is your chance to sell it since it probably won’t stand the test of time. Elemental Hero’s went untouched so the cards out of the new set are pretty good buy as is Elemental Hero the Shining, It's one of the only good HERO fusions that isn’t due for a reprint. Another untouched deck is Gravekeepers which got a boost with Wonder Wand.
As far as individual cards go, we can expect to see Solemn Warning up to $100 soon since it was neither reprinted, banned, nor restricted as everyone thought that it would be. Almost every deck needs to play two and a lot of people have already sold their copies. It will remain a staple even with the return of Heavy Storm. Effect Veiler also went untouched as any wise man would have predicted. That card will soon increase in value due to the volatility of backrows and its overall strength in and of itself. Scrap Dragon wasn’t touched, but it wasn’t expected to be. It was expected to be reprinted, but due to its extra deck staple status, you can expect it to keep on creeping up in price just like Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier and Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier. The big card that wasn’t touched was Tour Guide from the Underworld. Everyone expected it to get limited or for Sangan to be banned. Neither of these things happened so you can expect it to become a $150-$200 card by the end of the month.
You can expect a steady increase in the price of cards across the board until YCS Toronto. Until that time, enjoy the bull market rise! Until next time, feel free to ask me any questions and I’ll do my best to get back to you.