New Thumps and Rarity Bumps: Is GFTP Worth it?

Ghosts from the Past is set to release on April 15th. Some Yugitubers have already cracked open a few boxes for us to feast our eyes on. We all know about the Ghost Rares at this point, so let’s examine the other cards in the set and see if GFTP is worth the hype!


GFTP’s New Toys for the Bad Boys

GFTP sees two new archetypes come into the fray: Sunavalon and Starry Knights. Let’s look at both of them.

Starry Knights

GFTP gives us this archetype that revolves around summoning level 7 Light Dragons from hand. To no one’s surprise, the big boss monster, Starry Night, Starry Dragon, is a level 7 Light Dragon. It has a pretty strong effect, having an effect to destroy any card on the field when it’s normal or special summoned. It can also temporarily banish a monster at the start of the damage step, THEN attack again. In addition to all of this, it also has destruction protection from dark monsters. But the best part is that the destruction effect is not limited to once per turn! This comes up because some of the cards in the archetype actually help to get Starry Dragon from field / graveyard back to hand or straight up summon it!

There’s definitely a lot of potential for this archetype, it’s already got an “unfair” aspect to it. Having a non-OPT removal (or any effect, for that matter), is usually good. Someone could potentially break this deck, or some pivotal support could arrive to get it over the hump.


Sunavalon

This archetype revolves around summoning the link-4 Sunavalon Dryatrentiay. This humongous tree allows the player to tribute a link monster to destroy opponent’s cards up to the number of the tributed monster’s markers.

Sunseed Genius Loci, albeit a vanilla monster, is arguably the most essential one from the main deck. Sounds ironic, right? But when you link summon Sunavalon Dryas, you get to fetch Sunvine Shrine to go further up in link-climbing.

Sunavalon debuts in GFTP. Overall, this archetype seems a little weak at the moment. Yes, it prevents its monsters from being attacked, but doesn’t prevent direct attacks. It also recovers damage taken and can summon free monsters from the extra deck. But you ever get that feeling when the deck just does… nothing? That’s how it feels right now. Maybe if they get negates, a floodgate-esque effect, or more going 2nd options, they’d be more viable.


Notable GFTP Reprints

GFTP sees a few interesting and much needed reprints. Some of these shiny cardboards have risen up to exorbitant prices due to not having other printings. Let’s look at some of them, shall we?

Non-targetting bounce and summons ANY dragon from the deck? Oh, dear god. Hieratic Seal of the Heavenly Spheres is bonkers, and having just the DUPO print really hurt the price of this card. Dragon Link is still widely considered as the top deck of the format currently, so having this reprint is extremely welcome.

A Tincan

Kozmo Tincan has only had one printing (BOSH) prior to GFTP. It’s one of the few remaining pricey pieces to the Kozmo archetype and it appears Konami wants more people playing the deck again. Hmmm, foreshadowing of something to come?

You’re a dragon, YOU’RE a dragon, you’re ALL dragons!

Another card originating from BOSH, Buster Dragon is the only remaining expensive part of the Buster Blader strategy. Buster Blader, the Dragon Destroyer Swordsman just recently got a cheap printing in MAGO, so with this reprint, we might see more budget players go for this stun deck!

Look at those little guys!

Having only been printed in 2009 within RGBT, this card’s been going up in price. This Ojama Country reprint in GFTP makes the Ojama players all around the world happy! All 3 of them!

E-Telly

This card’s weird. Emergency Teleport has 5 prints, but still is ridiculously high in price. The cheapest was 20$ at some point!

Ah, yes. The only remaining expensive card from the old school Orcust deck. Orcustrated Return finally gets its reprint. Only Girsu remains as the last pricey piece, making the once mighty archetype more affordable to everyone.

“Entering battle phase?”

What is a reprint bunch without the short-printed chase card? Evenly Matched FINALLY gets a new printing. This card was 10$ each for the 1st print secret rare before Magicians’ Souls made Evenly mandatory to combat Spyrals, and spike the card to around 30 to 40 dollars each – and never went back down.

There’s also a ton of other nice niche reprints such as Geartown, Salvage, Monarchs Erupt, Phantom Knights’ Fog Blade, Thestalos the Mega Monarch and sooo much more!


Rarity Bumps from the Past

GFTP also gave us a huge array of some much needed rarity bumps for some archetypes of old. Let’s check out these beauties.

The last few cards in the Salamangreat deck that did not have foil printings. These are some much awaited reprints. Have you ever had a card you’ve been using forever as a common? Then you get an OTS super rare version? Oh man, it’s making me feel some type of way just thinking about it. Salamangreat players now have the option to have their ENTIRE deck be shining in all the bling. Very, very nice.

Time Thief Gang

You’re seeing it right, ladies and gentlemen. The entire Time Thief archetype has been reprinted in ultras. This is extremely nice as it just blings up the entire deck in one go. The only card that had a higher rarity is Time Thief Redoer, who came in Prismatic Secret Rare in the 2020 Megatins. Time to steal some cards from your opponent’s decks!

Madolches got some love in GFTP, too. This leaves just a couple “non-bling” cards in the deck. Oh, and don’t forget the Puddingcess, too! That card’s been rising in price due to having just 3 printings (common, ultra, and ultimate).


New Supports

Reprints aren’t the only thing that GFTP will bring upon us. It also improves some strategies that have already existed, adding a new thump to their arsenals.

Dragunity Remus is an amazing card, both for a Dragunity-centric deck, or just Dragon Link (or any Dragon deck, for that matter). Being able to just discard this little guy and search out Dragon Ravine is already really good! But in addition to that, Remus can also summon itself from the graveyard when you control a Dragunity monster! This, along with Dragunity Legatus, are the new “free bodies” that Dragon decks can utilize.

I guess let’s not forget Dragunity Knight – Areadbhair, too. The card is bonkers. It can negate AND banish a monster when it activates an effect. It can also banish a monster it destroys by battle. If that wasn’t enough, it can also destroy every spell and trap your opponent controls when it gets destroyed by an opponent’s card! And yes, that means, either by battle or card effect. I’d say this card is pretty neat.

Laval also got new support (and 2 reprints) in the form of Laval Archer and Lavalval Salamander. Archer allows an additional normal summon, which is always nice. Salamander, on the other hand, allows you to refresh your hand by drawing 2 and sending two cards to the grave (including a fire monster, but you’d get that 99% of the time playing Laval).

There are also a few niche support cards like Fairy Tail – Rochka, Helshaddoll Hollow, and Vampire Voivode!


Conclusion: So is GFTP worth?

With the scarce openings we’ve gotten from Yugitubers so far, it appears that the Ghost Rares are very hard to come by. Potentially 1 per case? So let’s look at trying to open the product and NOT getting a ghost rare. Is it worth? If you’re trying to make back a lot of money, probably not. If you get the ghost rare, then you plus really hard, but if you don’t, then you’d be lucky to break even.

I like Ghosts from the Past. I think the set is pretty decent. It’s got some really good reprints of cards that are of scarce quantity. It also has rarity bumps for some cool archetypes. I’d definitely be getting singles! So is it worth? Well, for opening sealed for value, probably not. For the singles? Oh, definitely. I believe this set will hold value in the long run, even solely for the chance to get the ghosts.

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Yugi Papi

Orcustrated Duelist. Dark Magician collector that ventured into the competitive scene using Orcusts prior to it being meta! Currently using several other decks and consistently exploring as the meta develops.


43 thoughts on “New Thumps and Rarity Bumps: Is GFTP Worth it?


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    April 5, 2021 at 4:24 pm

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    the sets cool but the main reason people will really be buying this sealed is the same reason people were buying LED7. Definitely gonna buy some singles from this set though

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    April 5, 2021 at 4:29 pm

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    Interesting post. Tbh, having watched quite a lot of openings on Youtube, and based on actual prices on Yugioh Cardmarket (most of the time inflated at the beginning), I agree it will definitiely be nearly impossible to break even on this set unless you get a Ghost rare (jackpot) or Evenly Matched (refund the box in itself).
    Sunavalon Archetype is fun to play with, but without Benghalances and Melias (coming soon in next extension Lightning Override I think), the deck is clearly not good at the moment.
    Starry Night has some potential, I’ve see some nice strategies involving other fairy archetypes such as Heralds for instance (good synergies), but the deck lack some powerfull win condition to really make the difference in late game. I always feel like Starry Dragon alone is not sufficient to win.

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    April 5, 2021 at 4:31 pm

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    gftp is a bad set

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    April 5, 2021 at 4:38 pm

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    ghosts from the past more like ghosts from the ass

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    April 5, 2021 at 6:15 pm

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    remus and suns pog

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    April 5, 2021 at 6:33 pm

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    I’ll love to see a Kozmo support in the future

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    April 5, 2021 at 6:35 pm

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    if its not mecha phantom beast support, its not worth making

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    April 5, 2021 at 6:41 pm

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    or plant spport now that suns are out we need new suns

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    April 5, 2021 at 10:26 pm

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    Yeah I agree. I’m looking at Sunavalon and it feels kinda like what Orcust was without Crescendo and Dingirsu. For the Starry Knights, it feels a little bit close since it already has a boss monster that actually does something. Time will tell, I suppose

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    April 6, 2021 at 4:32 pm

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    Sunavalon looks cool, so we sit here and wait until we get a giant mf tree floodgate

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    April 6, 2021 at 8:01 pm

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    gonna buy this just for Ghost Rare Ojama Country

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    April 6, 2021 at 8:02 pm

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    is it bad that i read that as “Obama Country”

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    April 6, 2021 at 8:03 pm

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    very

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    April 6, 2021 at 8:04 pm

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    no not at all

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    April 7, 2021 at 8:31 pm

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    O B A M A C O U N T R Y

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    April 7, 2021 at 10:37 pm

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    This set is slightly decent although if there was one thing that would have made it a tiny bit better it’s replacing Terror of Trishula with Ice Dragon’s Prison.

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    April 8, 2021 at 12:24 am

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    why would they reprint a super expensive card that recently came out, they’re Konami

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    April 8, 2021 at 12:54 am

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    So the price can drop, players would beable to afford 2 or 3 copies of the card, and they wouldn’t have to wait 4 months for the mega tin.

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    April 8, 2021 at 12:59 am

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    there a corporation they want MOONEY

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    April 8, 2021 at 1:57 am

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    And they want they’re product to sell well which is kind of hard to do especially when they lazily cherry pick said product.

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    April 8, 2021 at 2:20 am

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    People are willing to pay 100s of dollars
    Konami Know That

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    April 8, 2021 at 4:19 am

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    And did Konami know that they false advertised the Spirit charmers structure deck?

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    April 8, 2021 at 4:55 am

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    Probably

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    April 8, 2021 at 2:02 pm

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    And do they know that false advertising a product is illegal?

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    April 8, 2021 at 2:04 pm

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    Depends on how misleading, for example fast food ads are misleading all the time

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    April 8, 2021 at 3:11 pm

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    Konami doesn’t do that lol, they want money

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    April 8, 2021 at 3:19 pm

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    What about some of the Spirit Charmers structure decks not including any of the alternate art Familiar possessed charmers even though the back says it includes 1 of 4 of them?

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    April 8, 2021 at 3:20 pm

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    Idk cause i haven’t seen it

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    April 8, 2021 at 3:22 pm

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    It includes 1 of 4 of them, yea. It randomly includes 1 of the 4 alternate arts, it’s a lotto to see which one you get. That’s not false advertising my guy. I bought the Spirit Charmer structures (and i kinda regret it)

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    April 8, 2021 at 3:27 pm

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    B U Y S I N G L E S

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    April 8, 2021 at 3:30 pm

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    Your right the structure deck is supposed to include 1 of 4 random alternate arts however I bought 3 of them and there was no alternate art in any of them.

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    April 8, 2021 at 3:33 pm

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    Proof?

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    April 8, 2021 at 3:35 pm

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    I got three and got two alternate arts, it’s just up to luck

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    April 8, 2021 at 3:41 pm

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    I got 1 alt art in each of mine, and I bought 3. That’s how i t works.
    Either A) yall got a factory error
    B) your product was tampered with
    C) or your fucking lying

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    April 8, 2021 at 3:42 pm

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    I’ll say D) none of the above
    I just got three decks and two of them were the water one, I got the earth one on the other. It’s just luck

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    April 8, 2021 at 3:52 pm

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    it’s one of those three my guy. It’s not “luck”

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    April 8, 2021 at 5:26 pm

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    Even if I post a picture of all the cards I got in all three spirit charmers structure decks I would still be a liar cause that’s how society is nowadays.

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    April 8, 2021 at 5:27 pm

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    just lookin more shady by the minute

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    April 8, 2021 at 5:28 pm

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    post pictures my guy

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    April 8, 2021 at 7:54 pm

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    Why do I get the feeling that you’re the kinda of person who would unironically post those stupid gamer joker memes that say “we live in a society” and shit like that?

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    April 9, 2021 at 3:51 am

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    Personally, I’ve been playtesting the Starry Nights on Dueling Nexus and…they were tricky to set up at first but they pair well with Arkbrave Dragon, the OG Seiyaryu, Hyozanryu, etc. Dragon Shrine and Arkbrave are this archetype’s best friends. Plus Sauravis at 2 or 3 is a good ritual which synchs with the theme of bouncing cards back to the hand to negate effects. So I’m looking forward to this archetype the most. I had to do a bit of trial and error but so far..I like it.

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    s o c i e t y

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    April 12, 2021 at 1:30 am

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    Gonna buy all the mapped boxes for da bling

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