Market Watch: Dinosaurs and Different Dimension Demons

Jason Grabher-Meyer

1/16/2017 11:00:00 AM
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Structure Decks! Structure Decks everywhere!

This Friday marks the long-awaited launch of Structure Deck: Pendulum Domination, the release that will finally see Different Dimension Demons rise to their full power. We saw the impact of that release in our latest Market Watch on Friday: D/D Swirl Slime, D/D Necro Slime, D/D/D Flame King Genghis, and D/D Savant Thomas all made the Top 10, because they're all essential Different Dimension Demon cards that won't be reprinted in the Structure.

At the same time, cards from the upcoming Japanese Structure Deck R: Tyranno's Rage, releasing in the OCG on February 25th, were revealed over the weekend and proved to be totally bonkers. While previous decks built around Evolzar Dolkka and Evolzar Laggia revolved around Rescue Rabbit and Leviair the Sea Dragon almost exclusively, the new cards include a killer boss monster – Ultimate Conductor Tyranno – and several cards that make it easier to play, and give alternate methods of Special Summoning to make those Rank 4 Dino plays.

Soul-Devouring Oviraptor is a Dinosaur Elemental Hero Stratos on steroids, searching a card or loading it to the graveyard upon Normal or Special Summon, then giving you the chance to destroy another Dinosaur on the field to revive one from your graveyard. Survival Line is a one-shot trap that destroys Normal Monsters on the field and replaces them with Level 4 or lower Dinosaurs from your deck, and you can banish it from your graveyard to destroy one of your Dinosaurs and pop an opposing card.

The new Lost World reduces the ATK and DEF of all non-Dinosaur monsters by 500, and once per turn if a Dinosaur is Normal or Special Summoned you can Summon a Token to your opponent's field that helps fuel Survival Line. While your opponent controls a Token, Lost World keeps them targeting non-Token monsters with card effects. Even better, you can protet Normal Monsters on the field from being destroyed by battle once per turn, by destroying an equal number of Dinosaurs from your hand or deck.

That's three cards that all want to destroy your Dinosaur monsters in what are effectively 1-for-1 trades, so you know there's gonna be some sort of cheat there to make all those cards better. That cheat's name is Petiranodon: when it's destroyed by a card effect and it hits the graveyard, you Special Summon a Level 4 OR HIGHER Dinosaur from your deck. Whatever you Special Summon can't attack that turn, but it's still crazy.

And remember, while Rescue Rabbit's Limited here, it's not on the F&L List at all in the OCG. You can Rabbit into Evolzar Dolkka and Evolzar Laggia just like before, but these days you can also Rabbit in Bahamut Shark for Toadally Awesome too. Whether the new Dinosaur cards foreshadow Rabbit moving to Limited or Forbidden status at some point is anybody's guess, but for now the deck looks insane.

That level of competitive promise set the TCGplayer marketplace ablaze this weekend. Seven of the ten cards in this week's Top 10 Countdown were put there by those two Structure Decks.

#10: Fossil Dig

Starting with Fossil Dig. Want to search Soul-Devouring Oviraptor? Of course you do. Fossil Dig was only printed in Ancient Prophecy and Legendary Collection 4, not counting a very limited run as a Duelist League promo, so if it's not reprinted in the Structure Deck it's going to be scarce.

 Fossil Dig
$4.24
$2.12
$0.63
Fossil Dig33185
Set Ancient Prophecy
Number ANPR-EN062
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Common
Card Text

Add 1 Level 6 or lower Dinosaur-Type monster from your Deck to your hand.


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#9: Sabersaurus

A must-run for Rescue Rabbit, Sabersaurus was printed in Power of the Duelist, Dinosaur's Rage, the 2009 Starter Deck, and Legendary Collection 4. It was also offered in limited quantities through the Duelist League and in a 2011 demo deck used by volunteers to teach Yu-Gi-Oh.

It still sold like hotcakes.

 Sabersaurus
$4.99
$2.31
$0.99
Sabersaurus71687
Set Legendary Collection 4: Joey's World
Number LCJW-EN143
Level 4
Type Normal Monster
Monster Dinosaur
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1900 / 500
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

This normally gentle dinosaur enjoys relaxing in its nest in the prairies. If it becomes angered, it turns terribly ferocious.


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#8: True King Bahrastos, the Fathomer

True King Bahrastos has seen play in Yang Zing strategies here in the TCG, but it's a bigger deal in the OCG, and stands to benefit from True Draco support in Maximum Crisis. It's tasted Market Watch Top 10 status before, and as future releases draw closer it's no surprise to see it here again.

 True King Bahrastos, the Fathomer
$8.95
$5.00
$2.85
True King Bahrastos, the Fathomer124719
Set Invasion: Vengeance
Number INOV-EN021
Level 9
Type Effect Monster
Monster Wyrm
Attribute WATER 
A / D 1800 / 3000
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

If this card is in your hand: You can destroy 2 other monsters in your hand and/or face-up on your field, including a WATER monster, and if you do, Special Summon this card, and if you do that, you can banish up to 2 Spell/Trap Cards from your opponent's field and/or Graveyard, if both the destroyed monsters were WATER. If this card is destroyed by card effect: You can Special Summon 1 non-WATER Wyrm-Type monster from your Deck in Defense Position. You can only use each effect of "True King Bahrastos, the Fathomer" once per turn.


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#7: SPYRAL Super Agent

SPYRAL Super Agent was mega-hot last week, selling so many copies that it hit the Number 1 position on our countdown. Anticipation's running high for new SPYRAL cards in Raging Tempest, and combined with the recent low key Regional and ARGCS success SPYRALs have seen, the result was a total sell out in the TCGplayer marketplace.

 SPYRAL Super Agent
$15.00
$5.43
$3.97
SPYRAL Super Agent121342
Set The Dark Illusion
Number TDIL-EN086
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Warrior
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1900 / 1200
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

If this card is in your hand: You can declare 1 card type (Monster, Spell, or Trap); reveal the top card of your opponent's Deck, and if you do, Special Summon this card if it is a card of that type. If this card is Special Summoned by the effect of a "SPYRAL" card: You can target 1 Spell/Trap Card your opponent controls; destroy it. You can only use each effect of "SPYRAL Super Agent" once per turn.


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#6: D/D/D Flame King Genghis

Up from Number 7 last week, D/D/D Flame King Genghis is a must-run for Different Dimension Demons and won't be included in Structure Deck Pendulum Domination. That equaled high demand.

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$2.49
$1.05
$0.50
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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#5: Duza the Meteor Cubic Vessel

Freshly released in Movie Pack: Gold Edition, Duza loads the graveyard with stuff like Cubic Karma to make combos and trigger advantageous effects, all while making itself into a sizable beatstick. If Cubics are ever going to be a serious strategy, this will be the card that makes it happen. And while that's unlikely for now, it didn't stop eager Cubic duelists and ravenous speculators from stocking up.

#4: D/D Savant Thomas

Down from Number 3 last week, D/D Savant Thomas is another must-run for D/D/D's that won't see a reprint in the upcoming Structure Deck. Buckling under the strain of huge demand, it's repeatedly sold out in the TCGplayer marketplace. It was a favorite for speculators for several months, as lots of players foresaw scarcity when it was revealed that no TCG territory but Europe would be getting The Dark Illusion: Special Edition.

Thomas wound up going from 25 cents to over two dollars, meaning some big payoffs for a select few who likely purchased hundreds of copies. Demand still rages on, even with dwindled supply and a higher price point. You must have this card to play D/D/D's, and it's going to get harder to find before it gets any easier.

 D/D Savant Thomas
$4.31
$2.26
$1.00
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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#3: Kabazauls

Operating somewhere on the level of Sabersaurus, Kabazauls is necessary for that Bahamut Shark into Toadally Awesome play, and it's a bit tougher to find: it was first printed way back in Pharaonic Guardian in 2003; reprinted in Dark Revelation Volume 1 in 2005, which was difficult to buy in many regions; reprinted again in Dinosaur's Rage in 2006; issued as a near-meaningless Duelist League promo; and then printed one more time in Legendary Collection 4, where it was a Secret Rare of all things.

That higher level of scarcity made it a bigger seller than Sabersaurus, and by a notable margin. There are still plenty of copies left in the Marketplace, but the Secret Rare is virtually gone, and the stock of non-foils isn't as deep as it might look. This one could easily see a sellout by the time we get the Structure stateside, making it a hot prospect for anyone looking for long term growth.

 Kabazauls
$5.95
$1.80
$0.50
Kabazauls71686
Set Legendary Collection 4: Joey's World
Number LCJW-EN142
Level 4
Type Normal Monster
Monster Dinosaur
Attribute WATER 
A / D 1700 / 1500
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

A huge monster in the shape of a hippopotamus. The sneezing from his gigantic body is so fierce that people mistake it for a hurricane.


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#2: Evolzar Laggia

And finally, the last two entries in the weekend's countdown should come as no surprise! Evolzar Laggia was only printed twice, first in Photon Shockwave in 2011, then once again as a Collectible Tin promo in 2012. And while there were lots of Tins released, that still makes for relatively few Laggias out there, especially the Ultimate Rare original.

That Ultimate Rare is entirely sold out as of this writing, skyrocketing from $4 to somewhere around $22. Collector's Tin and PHSW Ultra Rares got cleaned out too, with only non-mint copies remaining. With average Market Prices of less than $1.50, and a ton of upside potential, they were an immediate get for anyone interested in the new Dinosaur deck.

 Evolzar Laggia (UTR)
$28.88
$16.45
$14.00
Evolzar Laggia (UTR)58388
Set Photon Shockwave
Number PHSW-EN043
Level 4
Type Xyz/Effect Monster
Monster Dragon
Attribute FIRE 
A / D 2400 / 2000
Rarity Ultimate Rare
Card Text

2 Level 4 Dinosaur-Type monsters
When a monster(s) would be Normal or Special Summoned, OR a Spell/Trap Card is activated: You can detach 2 Xyz Materials from this card; negate the Summon or activation, and destroy that card.


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#1: Evolzar Dolkka

Which leads us to our Number 1 for the weekend, Evolzar Dolkka! Even rarer than Evolzar Laggia, it was only issued as a Secret Rare in Photon Shockwave before being reprinted in the Collectible Tins from 2012. Essentially sold out in both of its printings, the original Secret Rare went from a buck-fifty to more than $20 overnight, while the Collector's Tin version is nowhere to be found in the TCGplayer Marketplace.

Dolkka's effect was huge when it was first released, adding to the expected power of Evolzar Laggia. But it could be even more relevant today, in an era where monsters truly rule the roost and their effects determine the outcome of largely every game played. The appeal here was no mystery.

 Evolzar Dolkka
$17.89
$8.92
$6.99
Evolzar Dolkka57346
Set Photon Shockwave
Number PHSW-EN086
Level 4
Type Xyz/Effect Monster
Monster Dinosaur
Attribute FIRE 
A / D 2300 / 1700
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

2 Level 4 Dinosaur-Type monsters // When an Effect Monster’s effect activates: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; negate the activation and destroy it.


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That's it for today, but check back with us on Friday when we see the fallout of these two releases, and we take a look at the state of the Marketplace on launch day for Pendulum Domination!

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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