Ghosts From the Past Haunt the Market


Ghosts From the Past: The 2nd Haunting was released on May 5. The set is an incredible blend of nostalgia, collectibles, much-needed reprints, and tournament-worthy cards, some new to the TCG, some just new for us in Europe. Why do not we go through the set and find out what all the hype is about?


The Ghost Rares

When you go from no ghost rares for many years and then slowly introduce them until suddenly nine of them are in the same set, collectors go crazy. Dark Magician Girl in particular is a huge hit, both in popularity and price, since it is the card's first ever ghost rare printing. It is currently the most expensive card of the set and I believe it will only keep going up in price. So if you plan to get your hands on it, maybe you should act soon.

Dark Magician Girl

Blue-Eyes White Dragon finally received a proper ghost rare printing. The version from Gold Series 5: Haunted Mine doesn't look as good in my opinion. The rest, including Red-Eyes Black Dragon and Cyber Dragon, received their first ever ghost rare printings, which in my opinion were long overdue. The odd card among the bunch is The Eye of Timaeus. The fact that it received the ghost rare treatment hints that The Fang of Critias and the The Claw of Hermos will most likely get the same treatment eventually, so be ready to build your set.

Much-Needed Reprints

Aluber the Jester of Despia was by far one of the most needed reprints for the current competitive season. The release of the Albaz Strike structure deck drove up the demand for the card as it is the main searcher of the Despia strategy. The price was honestly exaggerated, so a reprint is great to bring down the price to make it accessible to a wider section of the player base. The reprint is by no means cheap, but it definitely is a lot cheaper than the price of the original reprint.

Crystron Halqifibrax is also a very welcome reprint. The original Duel Overload version was released a little over two years ago, and the ultimate rare version can hardly be considered an adequate reprint. Halqifibrax is very much in demand this format as it is used in the B.A.S.E.D. deck and in other strategies such as P.U.N.K. Virtual World.

Aluber the Jester of Despia Crystron Halqifibrax

Galaxy Soldier and Number 97: Draglubion are two other reprints that were needed to drive down the price of both cards. Draglubion hasn't been reprinted since its release in 2019, while Galaxy Soldier desperately needed another reprint, especially after the release of Structure Deck: Cyber Strike, which rekindled interest in both sides of the cyber-style strategy. Vision HEROs also received a crucial reprint as the prices of Vision HERO Faris and Vision HERO Increase were getting out of hand.

Another remarkable reprint is Raiza the Mega Monarch, which is an integral card to the Floowandereeze strategy. Its last reprint was a very long time ago, and the prices were honestly ridiculous. Doomking Balerdroch and Necroworld Banshee also deserve spots in this set. Also, do not get me started to Plunder Patroll reprints.

Overall, there were some very solid reprints that appeal to a wide range of players who either want to play competitively or to complete some decks with cheaper reprints.

New Cards (Some for the TCG, Others for Europe)

Starting with the cards which finally made their way to Europe, D/D/D Destiny King Zero Laplace and Go! - D/D/D Divine Zero King Rage are finally legal to be played in Europe. After a strong start in life with the new support, D/D/D seems to be taking a bit of a backseat currently. But who knows, maybe the introduction of Zero King Rage could pique the interest of players to give the strategy another go.

Borrelend Dragon is introduced in this set as one of the few link five monsters we have in our card pool. A beefy monster with 3,500 attack that not only can attack all monsters, it is also immune to destruction by battle or card effects as well as immune to monster effects. It even has a bonus effect if you have a Rokket monster in your graveyard. It is a strong extra deck monster on paper, and it is one of the best-selling cards at the time of writing this article. However, only time will tell if the card lives up to the expectations.

Borrelend Dragon Go! - D/D/D Divine Zero King Rage

Decode Talker Heatsoul is your Decode Talker on crack. It gains 500 attack by pointing to a monster and lets you draw a card once during each player's turn at the cost of 1,000 life points. Sadly, you can only summon it with Cyberse materials. Otherwise it would have been an incredibly generic card, but I guess Konami learned their lesson. It has another bonus effect too. After drawing, if your life points are 2,000 or lower, you can banish Heatsoul and replace it with any link three or lower Cyberse monster from the extra deck.

The last set I want to talk about briefly is the new Agent material—and the reprints. We were supposed to get an Agent structure deck; however, Konami decided to give us the cards in this set instead. Granted, the Agent cards are not expensive and you can pick up a cheap core, but structure decks offer a chance of guaranteed generic reprints, which everyone enjoys.

Of course, the set has many other cards that I could have mentioned. Please let us know in the comment section below which cards you are happy to see in this set. Which cards do you plan to pick up?

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

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Hessoomae(13.05.2022 12:42)

Some cards that no one uses got reprinted like why ,the only Vision hero that matter are Faris and increase so why also reprinting the rest .

Iliaster(13.05.2022 12:30)

They don't only haunt the market, they also haunt me. 50% of the Ultra rares are not Near Mint (according to cardmarket's grading guidelines), and the "Ghost rares" are just black-and-white artworks with holographic foil on them. Basically Ultra rares with alternate art - in no way worth 100€.

danielnelba(13.05.2022 13:22)

True, they really need a quality check

rolebo(20.05.2022 09:29)

That does explain why previous ghost rares were impossible to photograph and these new ones look fine.

Yu-Gi-Lars(13.05.2022 01:44)

I honestly was pretty stoked about Trackblack and Brute Enforcer.
Sure they might not be or become meta relevant, but who cares, their effects are pretty good, no matter how you want to look at it.
Also, i was pretty happy to see Vampires, Tenyi, and Yang Zing getting some reprints, and to see the Salamangreat rank 4 be released.

Also was pretty happy to see ghost rares in my case, since i never pulled one, and now i did. :)