Market Watch: D/Dís and Dragons and Dark Magician Shakeups!

Jason Grabher-Meyer

9/12/2016 11:02:00 AM
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We saw a consistent arc of secondary market trends over the course of last week: Different Dimension Demons were big off the successful debut of D/D/D Flame King Genghis, topping at least one Regional Qualifier and igniting enthusiasm for D/D cards; reprints of flexible utility cards from the 2016 Mega Pack were huge, as cards like Twin Twisters, Brilliant Fusion, and Solemn Strike stormed the sales charts; and a variety of cards for Blue-Eyes White Dragon decks did exceedingly well, with everything from The Melody of Awakening Dragon and Blue-Eyes Spirit Dragon to the eponymous Normal Monster itself selling in droves.

But no, two weekends into the new format, some of that's changed. We've seen some shakeups. D/D's did even better over the weekend, and Blue-Eyes cards were equally strong, but we saw some new trends too. Splashable utility cards were a bit down over the weekend, replaced by Majespecters and Shiranui, some more D/D's, and a returning classicÖ

None other than the ultimate wizard in terms of attack and defense!

#10: Dark Magician

Yes, fresh out of the Yugi Muto 2016 Mega-Tin, Dark Magician has finally followed in Blue-Eyes White Dragon's footsteps to make the Top 10. While there was some exciting news this past week about upcoming Dark Magician support in the OCG, courtesy of our friends over at The Organization, the spike of interest was probably owed less to Apprentice Illusion Magician, and more to the impending release of Legendary Decks II arriving on October 7th, bringing with it the long-awaited Eternal Soul.

 Dark Magician
$1.26
$0.78
$0.20
Dark Magician122287
Set 2016 Mega-Tins
Number CT13-EN003
Level 7
Type Normal Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute DARK 
A / D 2500 / 2100
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

The ultimate wizard in terms of attack and defense.


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#9: D/D/D Flame King Genghis

Back again at Number 9, D/D/D Flame King Genghis continues to light a fire under the imaginations of tournament-going duelists, fresh off that initial Top 8 showing last weekend at the Colorado Regional. Reviving monsters to swarm the field and recurring your Dark Contracts when it's destroyed, Flame King Genghis brings speed and longevity to the Different Dimension Demons, and that's made the deck an actual competitor long in advance of Pendulum Domination's release next year.

D/D's really took over this week, as you'll see shortly.

 D/D/D Flame King Genghis
$2.49
$1.00
$0.26
D/D/D Flame King Genghis122289
Set 2016 Mega-Tins
Number CT13-EN005
Level 6
Type Fusion/Effect Monster
Monster Fiend
Attribute FIRE 
A / D 2000 / 1500
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

2 "D/D" monsters
If another "D/D" monster(s) is Special Summoned to your field, while you control this face-up card (except during the Damage Step): You can target 1 "D/D" monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon it. You can only use this effect of "D/D/D Flame King Genghis" once per turn. If this card is destroyed by battle, or if this card in its owner's possession is destroyed by an opponent's card effect: You can target 1 "Dark Contract" card in your Graveyard; add it to your hand.


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#8: The Melody of Awakening Dragon

Blue-Eyes White Dragon seems to be jockeying with Burning Abyss variants for the top position this format, and so long as that's the case its key support cards will remain tremendously popular. The Melody of Awakening Dragon went from being a $15 card to $4 almost overnight with the new Mega Pack reprint, and those reprints have thrown open the doors to thousands of aspiring BEWD duelists. That meant big sales numbers for Melody over the weekend.

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$5.99
$1.86
$0.50
The Melody of Awakening Dragon122338
Set 2016 Mega-Tins Mega Pack
Number MP16-EN041
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Discard 1 card; add up to 2 Dragon-Type monsters with 3000 or more ATK and 2500 or less DEF from your Deck to your hand.


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#7: D/D/D Wave Oblivion King Caesar Ragnarok

Cracking the Top 10 for the first time ever, the giant D/D boss monster is a horror to behold, breaking fields and presenting massive damage. It may seem surprising to see it ranked so highly since the deck usually plays just two copies, but at a price point around 50 cents it's possible lots of players are ignoring that and just snagging their third ďjust in case.Ē

The original Super Rare version of D/D/D Wave Oblivion King Caesar Ragnarok, from Dimension of Chaos, is still hovering around $4. So it doesn't seem out of line to suspect that the reprint might cross the $5 mark by January when Pendulum Domination finally releases. That makes Wave Oblivion King an attractive pick at its current price, likely responsible for a lot of the demand surrounding it.

 D/D/D Wave Oblivion King Caesar Ragnarok
$3.51
$1.87
$1.00
D/D/D Wave Oblivion King Caesar Ragnarok107676
Set Dimension of Chaos
Number DOCS-EN044
Level 10
Type Fusion/Effect Monster
Monster Fiend
Attribute DARK 
A / D 3200 / 3000
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

2 "D/D/D" monsters
Once per turn, when an attack is declared involving this card: You can target 1 other "D/D" or "Dark Contract" card you control; return it to the hand, and if you do, equip 1 face-up monster your opponent controls to this card, except the battling monster. This card gains ATK equal to the combined original ATK of the monsters equipped to it by this effect.


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#6: Majespecter Tornado

This one's more of a mystery! New to the Top 10, Majespecter Tornado's a powerful control card for a theme that wasn't doing much last week, but saw some impressive finishes over the weekend: Grabriel Vazquez Top 8'd a Regional in Mexico piloting Majespecters, while a Majespecter Metalfoes deck topped the Lenexa Kansas Regional.

Those successes likely played a factor in Tornado's popularity late in the weekend, and while the original Ultra Rare's still just a couple of bucks, the Mega-Tin reprint's under fifty cents and an easy grab for anyone paying attention and looking to see what else they could throw in their cart before checking out.

 Majespecter Tornado
$2.15
$0.51
$0.18
Majespecter Tornado122455
Set 2016 Mega-Tins Mega Pack
Number MP16-EN158
Type Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Tribute 1 WIND Spellcaster-Type monster, then target 1 monster your opponent controls; banish it.


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#5: Bottomless Trap Hole

Traptrix Rafflesia made a comeback the past two weeks, and Bottomless Trap Hole is a great fit against some of the biggest strategies today. Trap cards on the whole saw more use than we'd come to expect from the previous format, with play considerably slower and the field open to a wider range of strategies.

While Solemn Strike saw huge numbers last week and remains in healthy supply, Bottomless has always been a strong alternative, played in part for its lack of Life Point cost and budget-friendly sticker price.

 Bottomless Trap Hole
$1.46
$1.14
$0.05
Bottomless Trap Hole111903
Set Wing Raiders
Number WIRA-EN056
Type Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Common
Card Text

When your opponent Summons a monster(s) with 1500 or more ATK: Destroy that monster(s) with 1500 or more ATK, and if you do, banish it.


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#4: Shiranui Solitaire

Despite no apparent repeat Top 8, Shiranui's success in the hands of Tre Braaten last weekend at the Washington Regional still drove Shiranui Solitaire way up the charts. Solitaire's a three-of in new Zombie variants, fueled by Mezuki and Gold Sarcophagus to make massive plays with multiple PSY-Framelord Omegas.

Everyone's looking for that big combo deck that can be more consistent and more explosive than all the rest, and the strength of Shiranui Solitaire by those standards made it a huge seller the past four days. Keep an eye on this thing, because it might not have peaked just yet.

 Shiranui Solitaire
$10.00
$4.71
$3.40
Shiranui Solitaire121288
Set The Dark Illusion
Number TDIL-EN031
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Zombie
Attribute FIRE 
A / D 500 / 0
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

You can Tribute 1 Zombie-Type monster; Special Summon 1 Zombie-Type Tuner with 0 DEF from your Deck. If this card is banished: You can target 1 of your banished "Shiranui" monsters, except "Shiranui Solitaire", or up to 2 instead if "Shiranui Style Synthesis" is on the field; Special Summon them. You can only use each effect of "Shiranui Solitaire" once per turn.


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#3: Blue-Eyes White Dragon

All that said, Blue-Eyes White Dragon decks DO continue to put in results, and that combined with the ever-present nostalgia factor took Blue-Eyes from the Number 5 Position on Friday, all the way up to Number 3 today. No mysteries here: Blue-Eyes White Dragon strategies are huge right now, a lot of players are returning to the game with fond memories of Seto Kaiba, and Blue-Eyes has never been hotter as a result. Combined with the sheer availability of the Mega-Tin reprint it's a recipe for massive sales.

 Blue-Eyes White Dragon
$3.35
$2.06
$1.00
Blue-Eyes White Dragon122293
Set 2016 Mega-Tins
Number CT13-EN008
Level 8
Type Normal Monster
Monster Dragon
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 3000 / 2500
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

This legendary dragon is a powerful engine of destruction. Virtually invincible, very few have faced this awesome creature and lived to tell the tale.


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#2: Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit

Previously the Number 1 bestseller fresh off its Mega-Tin reprint, Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit sunk to Number 4 last week before jumping right back into the Number 2 slot this weekend. A powerful combo-breaker and preemptive defense all in one, Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit's never been so affordable, and any time you can get a tournament-relevant splashable at a tenth of the price it once commanded, it's going to do well. That said, it'll be interesting to see how it stacks up to the newly-Semi Limited Maxx "C" in the coming weeks.

 Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit
$7.12
$5.75
$4.05
Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit122297
Set 2016 Mega-Tins
Number CT13-EN012
Level 3
Type Tuner/Effect Monster
Monster Psychic
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 0 / 1800
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

During either player's turn, when a monster on the field activates its effect, or when a Spell/Trap Card that is already face-up on the field activates its effect: You can send this card from your hand or field to the Graveyard; destroy that card on the field. You can only use this effect of "Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit" once per turn.


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#1: D/D Savant Thomas

And finally, D/D Savant Thomas absolutely exploded this week, claiming the Number 1 spot almost out of nowhere! It makes sense: Different Dimension Demons are doing well already, months before anyone expected them to become relevant with the release of Structure Deck: Pendulum Domination in January. And while D/D/D Flame King Genghis and D/D/D Wave Oblivion King Caesar Ragnarok both got popular over the past week and a half, Savant Thomas largely went unnoticed. The new Rare from The Dark Illusion is integral to the strategy's newfound success, just as important as Flame King Genghis, and it seems like everyone realized that all at once sometime over the weekend.

If you're even considering trying the D/D deck, now or in January, now's the time to pick up D/D Savant Thomas. But if you're a speculator looking to grab cheap rares that could be worth a couple bucks three months from now? Then D/D Savant Thomas is also where you want to be. That convergence may have fueled this week's fervor for Savant Thomas.

 D/D Savant Thomas
$4.25
$1.99
$0.69
D/D Savant Thomas121267
Set The Dark Illusion
Number TDIL-EN010
Level 8
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Fiend
Attribute DARK 
A / D 1800 / 2600
Rarity Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : During your Main Phase: You can add 1 face-up "D/D" Pendulum Monster from your Extra Deck to your hand. You can only use this effect of "D/D Savant Thomas" once per turn.
Monster Effect : You can target 1 "D/D" card in your Pendulum Zone; destroy that card, and if you do, Special Summon 1 Level 8 "D/D/D" monster from your Deck in Defense Position, but for the rest of this turn, its effects (if any) are negated, and any battle damage your opponent takes becomes halved. You can only use this effect of "D/D Savant Thomas" once per turn.


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Brilliant Fusion and Twin Twisters just missed the Top 10, and we saw a lot of niche interest in a variety of cards that didn't really constitute trends: stuff like Dinomist Ankylos, Assault Blackwing Ė Raikiri the Rain Shower, and Gaia The Fierce Knight' rel="/db/WP-CH.asp?CN=Charging Gaia The Fierce Knight">Charging Gaia The Fierce Knight. Prediction Ritual and Forbidden Chalice both put in solid numbers from a limited audience as well, and Trains saw a resurgence of interest with Night Express Knight and Number 81: Superdreadnought Rail Cannon Super Dora both making the Top 25.

That's it for now, but join us again Friday when we look to see if Different Dimension Demons and Blue-Eyes White Dragon continue to hold their places on the salescharts.

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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