The Top 5 Best-Selling Monsters, Spells, and Traps of 2020


For our final Insight article of the year, we're revealing the correct answers to our Christmas contests. It's time to show off the monster, spell, and trap cards that were traded the most on between January and the end of October. How many of them did you guess correctly?

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5. Chaos Emperor Dragon - Envoy of the End

Chaos Emperor Dragon - Envoy of the End
Not so powerful, but still so popular

Forbidden from 2004 to 2019, it was only able to return after a significant reduction in power. Iconic collectible cards are always popular, and Toon Chaos gave Chaos Emperor its first easily accessible printing. Despite this, it was almost entirely overlooked, receiving just one correct guess in the competition.

4. Nibiru, the Primal Being

Nibiru, the Primal Being
"How many summons was that?"

Nibiru is no Maxx "C", but while the Primal Being doesn't draw as many cards, it certainly sells a lot of them! Unlike Chaos Emperor, this 3k behemoth has been shifting en masse to people's deck boxes rather than their binders. It was the TN19 Nibiru that got this top spot, making it the only monster in our charts not printed this year.

3. Salamangreat Almiraj

Salamangreat Almiraj
Multiplying like rabbits!

After reaching some high prices in February, the ultra rare reprint of Salamangreat Almiraj in Duel Overload really took the heat off the cost for this utility rank-1. This brought some big savings for control-oriented strategies, with many decks playing Almiraj alongside Pot of Extravagance.

2. Parallel eXceed

Parallel eXceed
One-card rank 4

Rank 4s have some of the best toolbox options of any type of extra deck monster and Parallel eXceed is your ticket to ride. A one-card investment without needing a normal summon makes for a great extender. So far it hasn't seen much play outside of Salamangreat, but definitely one to watch.

1. PSY-Framegear Gamma

PSY-Framegear Gamma
"Please don't draw Driver!"

One of the best protections available for playing second, difficult to play around, and deadly alongside a Nibiru. Gamma was the most sold monster of the year, and you guys knew it! More than 70% of your comments included this versatile monster negator.


5. Raigeki

"Then I summon Silver Fang to attack directly!"

Just as we did with the monsters, we have another iconic legacy card in the number five spot. Raigeki has less text than any other card in our Top 5s. It's one of the simplest cards ever printed, but who needs to be nuanced when you can destroy everything?

4. Chaos Space

chaos space
Powerful search cards often end up limited

The ultimate search card for chaos monster combo decks. It might look like a minus one in card advantage, but it pays back the discard cost with a free draw later in the turn. This card was definitely instrumental to Chaos Dragons becoming one of the top decks of the year.

3. Upstart Goblin

Upstart Goblin
It's all fun and games until time gets called

Upstart is still sitting at one on the Forbidden and Limited list, but that hasn't stopped it getting the number three spot in our spell card countdown. Secret Slayers saw the release of its first budget-friendly holo print.

2. Dark Ruler No More

Dark Ruler No More
"Five negates? Let's turn those off."

One of the best answers to a big opening turn from a combo deck, Dark Ruler No More has been breaking big boards for over a year now. This is the third card in our sales charts from the 2019 Gold Sarcophagus Tin, impressive for a set that wasn't even published this year!

1. Pot of Desires

Pot of Desires
Just don't banish your combo pieces

For four years now, Desires has cemented itself as the go-to draw two. Over that time there have been plenty of reprints, but Toon Chaos brought another rarity to the mix—my personal favorite too. You guys really saw this one coming. Not only was it the most guessed spell card, it even scored more votes than Almiraj in the competition that asked for Top 5 monsters!


5. Infinite Impermanence

Infinite Impermanence
The most popular trap, but not the most purchased

A hand trap that actually is a trap card? Infinite Impermanence is often the only trap card in many decks, so it's easy to see why it made the Top 5. It wasn't the most sold trap card of the year, but it was the one you guessed the most.

4. Solemn Strike

Solemn Strike
Counter traps are slow but pack a punch

Solemn Strike may not be a hand trap, but it can stop them. It also stops all of the other monster effects too, and at spell speel 3 there's nothing in most combo decks that can interact with it.

3. There Can Be Only One

There Can Only Be One
Only One floodgate in our list

The only continuous spell or trap to make our top charts. I guess there can be only one. Floodgate effects have proven themselves to be strong choices time and time again. There Can Be Only One is one of the strongest, functioning as removal on activation, then preventing further summons afterward.

2. Trap Trick

trap trick
Three more copies of your favorite trap card

If you had to choose a trap card to be the most popular, then it would be wise to consider a trap card that lets you choose another trap card. The super rare reprint in Secret Slayers is in abundant supply, making it a top choice to sell loads of copies.

1. Solemn Judgment

Solemn Judgment
The original negation, still going strong

Half your life points may seem like a hefty cost, but for a negation with such broad coverage it's a small price to pay. Unlike the other Top 5 lists, for the trap cards it was a vintage staple taking the number one spot.


The guesses seemed to improve as the competition progressed. For the monsters there was an average of just 1.85 correct answers per comment, although this might have been much higher if there weren't so many people choosing spell cards! By the final round the average had risen to more than 2.3 correct answers per entry.

Nobody managed to guess all five cards correctly for any of the competitions. But very well done to anybody who got four, particularly on the spell round, where just two people achieved that feat.

I hope you all enjoyed playing along, and congratulations to our lottery winners. We'll back back next year with more Insight articles and competitions, so look out for more Yu-Gi-Oh! content in January. Until then stay safe, enjoy the holidays, and happy (remote) dueling!

Opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not necessarily Cardmarket.


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Crisanoid(28.12.2020 16:50)

Thank you for this event, it was interesting to investigate through the website and your social network to find some clue ^^.

Cylla(21.12.2020 22:25)

I really enjoyed guessing. Thanks to cardmarket for the contest.
Would be awesome to open your sales statistics through an opened API.

chris13ole1(23.12.2020 23:25)

Do we know when the winners will be announced ?

TobiHenke(24.12.2020 11:44)

Chris13ole1, winners all have had their account balance updated last week already. There's no public list of winners.

chris13ole1(24.12.2020 20:48)

TobiHenke, oh okay but I was correct about some spells and traps tho I didn't get the 5€ prize reward

TobiHenke(26.12.2020 11:48)(Edited: 26.12.2020 12:14)

Chris13ole1 - You might want to re-read the section "The Prizes" in the contest articles. Not everyone who has some cards correct can be a winner.