Market Watch: Gadgets, Rivals, and Rituals

Jason Grabher-Meyer

9/19/2016 11:02:00 AM
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Welcome back, to another edition of Market Watch! Over the past two weekends we saw over 20 Regional Qualifiers kicking off the new Advanced Format, and while Blue-Eyes White Dragon decks seemed to take the most Top 8 slots, Burning Abyss and Majespecter variants were hot on the strategy's heels, while a ton of other decks took repeated Top Cut finishes. Everything from Monarchs and Pendulums and Kozmos, to Heroes, Infernoids, and Ritual Beasts managed to earn their moment in the sun, and that's led to really varied trends in the secondary market.

That open field has created a bunch of smaller trends instead of a handful of truly dominant ones, and it's left the door open for prospectors and forward-thinking players to make a big impact on the marketplace; when there aren't big consensuses in the competitive landscape, expectations about upcoming releases… as well as overseas reveals in Asia's OCG… tend to have a bigger impact on the bestseller list.

The TCGplayer marketplace is a gateway to over a thousand active Yu-Gi-Oh! sellers at any given time, and when big news drops about future themes, or new competitive releases draw close, we tend to see huge sellouts of key cards.

Such situations were the guiding forces this past weekend, as current competitive trends took a bit of a backseat, and expectations for a mix of upcoming releases pushed a bunch of cards into the Top 10.

But first, one more rally for Blue-Eyes White Dragon

#10: Silver's Cry

Silver's Cry has often been a one-of singleton in recent Blue-Eyes builds, but we saw players start to experiment with two copies in the latest round of Regionals, as well as the Local Legend Duelist Series tournaments in Europe. Combined with a slew of players flocking to the deck as it continues to find success in premier-level tournaments, Silver's Cry just managed to make the Top 10; it finished ahead of previous Market Watch repeats like The Melody of Awakening Dragon, Return of the Dragon Lords, and Blue-Eyes White Dragon itself.

Watch for it to see more play at least for a while, as players hash out the complications and possible benefits of running multiple copies.

 Silver's Cry
$5.38
$3.49
$1.94
Silver's Cry71245
Set Structure Deck: Saga of Blue-Eyes White Dragon
Number SDBE-EN020
Type Spell Card
Monster spell
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Common
Card Text

Target 1 Dragon-Type Normal Monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon that target. You can only activate 1 "Silver's Cry" per turn.


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#9: Silver Gadget

The time has almost come! Structure Deck: Seto Kaiba is just one month away, dropping alongside Structure Deck: Yugi Muto on October 21st, bringing with it ABC-Dragon Buster and its associated Effect Monsters – a strategy that's proved dominant in Japan since the Structure Deck first launched. While there are several different ways to build the ABC-Dragon Buster deck for competition, some factors remain constant; Silver Gadget and Gold Gadget are practically staples, and the Structure Deck's impending release helped push both reduxed Gadgets into the Top 10 yet again.

Beyond that, duelists like Max Gattner found recent success with Gadget variants in logged tournament play, lending a bit more enthusiasm for Silver Gadget and Gold Gadget. Gattner won an LLDS in Mainz Germany running a Gadget Star Seraph deck, and while Tier 1 Local Legend tournaments are relatively small, his success still garnered a fair amount of attention. Silver Gadget and Gold Gadget are both obviously powerful cards, and any time they see the light of play the market responds accordingly.

 Silver Gadget
$3.57
$2.55
$1.80
Silver Gadget120919
Set The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Pack
Number MVP1-EN017
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Machine
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1500 / 1000
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

When this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 Machine-Type monster from your hand. If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 "Gadget" monster from your Deck, except "Silver Gadget". You can only use 1 "Silver Gadget" effect per turn, and only once that turn.


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#8: Magnet Reverse

Magnet Reverse was one of several new cards from Duelist Pack: Rivals of the Pharaoh that saw big action once the set released last week, and the subtlety of its effect was clearly no barrier to its popularity. Any monster that needs to be Special Summoned with specific requirements must be Summoned properly before you can revive it with Magnet Reverse, but the card applies to a wide range of Machines and Rocks.

Fusions like ABC-Dragon Buster; Synchros like Ally of Justice Catastor, and Giganticastle; and Xyz like Gear Gigant X and Cairngorgon, Antiluminescent Knight are all fair game. Karakuris, Mecha Phantom Beasts, Super Quantals, Superheavy Samurais, Crystrons and more all work with it, and it pairs with a variety of splashable cards that can interact favorably with those themes. This one might prove to be short lived, but in the immediate run one can certainly see the appeal.

 Magnet Reverse
$4.99
$2.97
$0.45
Magnet Reverse122945
Set Duelist Pack: Rivals of the Pharaoh
Number DPRP-EN006
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Target 1 of your Machine or Rock-Type monsters, that is banished or is in your Graveyard, that cannot be Normal Summoned/Set; Special Summon it.


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#7: Gold Gadget

Where Silver Gadget goes, Gold Gadget always follows, as both cards made the Top 10 over the weekend. Note the price point: Gold Gadget is way up from where it was a month ago, nearly tripling in value to wind up at a Market Price of over six dollars. Silver Gadget's almost as expensive, and while everything in MVP1 is getting a reprint in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Pack: Gold Edition, that sets not slated for release until mid-January, and players are going to need their Gadgets before the end of October if they want to jump on that ABC-Dragon bandwagon.

In the mean time supply is deep but moving fast. The Gadgets probably won't be getting cheaper any time soon, and their value could look a lot like Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon's given time.

 Gold Gadget
$4.75
$2.44
$1.50
Gold Gadget120920
Set The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Pack
Number MVP1-EN018
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Machine
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1700 / 800
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

When this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 Machine-Type monster from your hand. If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 "Gadget" monster from your Deck, except "Gold Gadget". You can only use 1 "Gold Gadget" effect per turn, and only once that turn.


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#6: Lullaby of Obedience

The most anticipated card from Rivals of the Pharaoh, Lullaby of Obedience took the Number 6 spot in the weekend's countdown and secured an average Market Price of $17.50, performing a lot like Card of Demise when it first debuted. That comparison's easy to make given the similarities between each card's release, but there's certainly more debate as to the power level of Lullaby versus Demise. While Lullaby of Obedience certainly looks amazing, there are lots of cards where your opponent can stick it in your hand and render it virtually useless, so it's going to take a bit more care to play than some might think.

The lack of Regional Qualifiers over the next two weeks will make Lullaby's viability even tougher to gauge, since the only logged results we'll be seeing are going to come from LLDS tournaments, which are significantly smaller than Regionals. This one's a tough call moving forward, but it's almost unthinkable that the card could get much more expensive, even if it sees competitive success. It's more a question of whether it can truly steal games, and if so, will it keep its current price.

 Lullaby of Obedience
$15.00
$6.24
$3.89
Lullaby of Obedience122948
Set Duelist Pack: Rivals of the Pharaoh
Number DPRP-EN009
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Pay 2000 LP and declare 1 Monster Card name; your opponent looks at their Deck, reveals 1 of the declared monsters if there is any, and applies 1 of these effects.
- Add it to the hand of the player who activated this card.
- The player who activated this card Special Summons it to their field in Attack Position, ignoring its Summoning conditions.


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#5: Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer

Mixed Pendulum decks made a big showing in the second weekend of Regional Qualifiers this format, and Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer was a huge part of that comeback. Freshly reprinted as a variant promo in the 2016 Mega-Tins and now available for less than a dollar, it's a classic case of a once-overpowered and formerly expensive card now printed for the dueling masses, still taking tournaments and still worth owning.

Anyone who didn't have their playset can now get theirs for about $2.50, and they almost definitely should.

 Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer
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$0.48
$0.20
Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer122291
Set 2016 Mega-Tins
Number CT13-EN007
Level 4
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1500 / 800
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : If a "Performapal" monster(s) is Pendulum Summoned to your side of the field: All "Performapal" monsters you currently control gain 1000 ATK until the end of this turn (even if this card leaves the field).
Monster Effect : If this card is Special Summoned: You can target up to 2 cards you control; destroy them, and if you do, add "Performapal" monsters with different names from your Deck to your hand, except "Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer", equal to the number of cards destroyed. You can only use this effect of "Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer" once per turn.


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#4: Urgent Ritual Art

And now we hit the fun stuff. On Friday we saw Aratama rocket to the Number 3 position on the sales charts off the strength of the new Esprit theme, incoming from Raging Tempest – it releases in a few weeks over in Japan. We saw Esprit Lord – Hikokujaku and Esprit Calling; Esprit Healing; and Esprit Bird – Kannagi Tsuru.

Since then we've seen even more cards, albeit only partially in some cases: Esprit Lord – Himekujaku, which has an unrevealed effect; and Esprit Powerspot, buffing stats and packing a powerful turn-to-turn search effect.

All that Ritual hype sparked a buyout on Urgent Ritual Art, a low-value Secret Rare from Dimension of Chaos that suddenly spiked to nearly eight dollars from a Market Price of about two bucks. The idea here was pretty clear: with Rituals likely to see a ton of anticipation and enthusiasm leading up to the launch of Esprits in the TCG, it's highly unlikely that Urgent Ritual Art would ever sink below its previous price point, and will likely hold at least twice its original value. Hence a giant buyout, and a Number 4 position in our countdown.

 Urgent Ritual Art
$14.85
$6.75
$5.01
Urgent Ritual Art107715
Set Dimension of Chaos
Number DOCS-EN078
Type Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

If you control no Ritual Monsters: Banish 1 Ritual Spell Card from your hand or Graveyard; this card's effect becomes that card's effect that Ritual Summons a monster when the card is activated.


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#3: Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit

Once again a format-defining hand trap, Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit remained popular as Metalfoes and mixed Pendulum strategies saw much more success in the second weekend of Regional Qualifiers last week, and continued to see success in Local Legend Duelist Series tournaments over the past few days. It's been a Top 10 favorite since it was reprinted in the 2016 Mega-Tins and sales haven't really slowed since it was reissued. No surprise there.

 Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit
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$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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#2: Nikitama

Moving forward, the last two big cards of the weekend were both determined by Esprits, with Nikitama hopping from obscurity right to Number 2. Packing a Double Summon effect and a powerful search trick that encourages Xyz Summons, it's been a three-of staple for every competitive Spirit deck we've seen in the past, and a TCGplayer favorite in numerous deck articles.

Costing about 30 cents, Nikitama was an easy grab for Spirit fans and prospectors alike, positioned as one of those rare few cards that costs virtually nothing today but could easily hit the $2 or $3 mark by the time Raging Tempest reaches our shores.

 Nikitama
$5.99
$1.69
$1.24
Nikitama79006
Set Legacy of the Valiant
Number LVAL-EN037
Level 4
Type Spirit Monster
Monster Fairy
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 800 / 1800
Rarity Rare
Card Text

Cannot be Special Summoned. During the End Phase of the turn this card is Normal Summoned or flipped face-up: Return it to the hand. During the turn this card was Normal Summoned or flipped face-up, you can Normal Summon 1 Spirit monster in addition to your Normal Summon/Set. (You can only gain this effect once per turn.) When this card is sent to the Graveyard: Draw 1 card. You must control a Spirit monster to activate and to resolve this effect.


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#1: Aratama

And finally, last week's Number 3 pick ascended to the Number 1 spot, as Aratama took home top honors and the biggest numbers of the weekend! With Herald of Perfection outperforming player expectations off the release of Cyber Angel Benten, Esprits look really good as a future pick, and Aratama's simple and reusable search ability has obvious relevance. How long will Aratama remain a big “it card” in the secondary market? That's up in the air. But its popularity certainly said a lot about player responses to the Esprit reveals.

 Aratama
$2.37
$1.09
$0.50
Aratama72406
Set Shadow Specters
Number SHSP-EN035
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Fiend/Effect
Attribute DARK 
A / D 800 / 1800
Rarity Rare
Card Text

Cannot be Special Summoned. During the End Phase of the turn this card is Normal Summoned or flipped face-up: Return it to the hand. When this card is Normal Summoned or flipped face-up: Add 1 Spirit monster from your Deck to your hand, except "Aratama".


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Beyond our formal Top 10, other big movers and shakers for the week trended toward two different groups of cards: tech-y stuff that did well in Regionals, and cards from Rivals of the Pharaoh.

Thousand-Eyes Restrict saw some more play with Instant Fusion; Twin Twisters continues to be the number one backrow removal in competition, up in popularity with Pendulums doing better; Majespecter Raccoon – Bunbuku is the lynchpin for all the splashed Majespecter play we've been seeing; Number 24: Dragulas the Vampiric Dragon had breakthrough showings; and Aether, the Evil Empowering Dragon started appearing in a variety of Pendulum strategies.

All of those cards saw spikes in sales numbers this weekend. Meanwhile Tribute Burial, Neutron Blast, and the reprint of Necroface rounded out the list of top sellers from the latest Duelist Pack. Rivals of the Pharaoh didn't make anywhere near the impact of other releases this year, but there's clearly some experimentation going on there.

That's it for today, but we'll be back Friday with another look at secondary market action this week! In the meantime, keep checking back with the deck archive – we've added dozens of Top Cut lists and winning LLDS builds, and there's plenty more to come.

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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