Market Watch: Pendulum Domination Launch Day

Jason Grabher-Meyer

1/20/2017 11:00:00 AM
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Welcome back to another Friday Market Watch, and welcome to the apex of the Different Dimension Demon hype!

Structure Deck: Pendulum Domination released in Japan in December of 2015, taking over thirteen months to finally arrive here in the TCG as our slightly tweaked Pendulum Domination Structure Deck. And for months the momentum has been building: a Regional Qualifier Top 8 here, a Market Watch Top 10 there, all indicating the enthusiasm for D/D/D's just beneath the surface.

A week ago today we saw the home stretch begin, as the must-play D/D/D cards not included in the Structure Deck began to sell out in the TCGplayer Marketplace: D/D Swirl Slime, D/D Necro Slime, D/D/D Flame King Genghis, and D/D Savant Thomas were selling strong, even when the past weekend brought news of the upcoming Structure Deck R: Tyranno's Rage, sending players, collectors, and speculators all scrambling to gather classic Dino Rabbit cards.

And now we're here, on the day of the release for what might be the most anticipated Structure Deck of all time. With the biggest complimenting cards unavailable at times over the past four days, did D/D/D's dominate the marketplace once again?

Let's find out.

#10: Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit

First up, Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit returned to the Top 10 for the first time in weeks; seemingly inevitable as a series of strategies like Yang Zing Metalfoes and even some bizarrely awesome combo decks proliferated in its absence. Impending threats in the immediate run combined with those proven rogue strategies to drive demand for the now-classic hand trap, and a handful of inspiring successes in last weekend's Regionals might have tipped the fervor to a breaking point.

 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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#9: Blue-Eyes White Dragon

New versions of Blue-Eyes White Dragon are always sure to sell upon release, and the new Gold Rare version from Movie Pack: Gold Edition was seemingly no exception. Blue-Eyes decks have continued to remain a solid deck on the competitive fringe of late, but the chief factor here was probably just the cyclical interest in a new printing, which we see reliably every time.

 Blue-Eyes White Dragon
$3.49
$1.67
$1.00
Blue-Eyes White Dragon120957
Set The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Pack
Number MVP1-EN055
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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#8: Evolzar Dolkka

The announcement of cards like Soul-Devouring Oviraptor and Petiranodon from the OCG's upcoming Tyranno's Rage rocketed Evolzar Dolkka to the Number 1 spot in Monday's Market Watch, but a shortage of supply meant it could only reach Number 8 from Monday on forward. It remains sold out today, as shortages continue.

 Evolzar Dolkka
$10.27
$6.93
$4.31
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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#7: Evolzar Laggia

Dolkka's partner in crime, Evolzar Laggia, fell from Number 2 to Number 7 for the same reason – there just weren't enough to sell any more copies. With new Special Summon effects that can help supplement Rescue Rabbit, the hype was tremendous for the classic Dino Rabbit Xyz Monsters. There's not much to say: while Tyranno's Rage will deliver a new boss monster in Ultimate Conductor Tyranno, it works extremely well with the Dino Rabbit style of play; it doesn't at all work against it.

That's kept the demand for Evolzar Laggia and Evolzar Dolkka high, as we get ready to see Dinosaurs return to serious competition.

 Evolzar Laggia (UTR)
$18.79
$8.80
$4.49
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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#6: Duza the Meteor Cubic Vessel

While Duza came in hot off its release in Movie Pack: Gold Edition, taking the Number 5 spot on Monday, it actually held strong throughout the week. We may see more interest in Cubics than many would've predicted, even if it just materializes at the local level. A lot of people are picking up their copies of the theme's big enabler.

#5: D/D/D Flame King Genghis

And now we get to the no-brainers. D/D/D Flame King Genghis is a must-run at two copies or more in most D/D/D decks, and since it wasn't reprinted in the Pendulum Domination Structure Deck, everyone and their mother's buying up copies for the past two weeks and counting. A hit upon its initial release, Flame King Genghis took off again at the start of the year, and continues to register again and again at the mid-point of our Top 10 countdowns.

 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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#4: D/D Savant Thomas

Once again, if you missed our last couple Market Watches and aren't familiar with the situation, most TCG territories never saw a second printing of The Dark Illusion, as The Dark Illusion Special Edition was a European-only release. That means while certain D/D cards – such as those in Dimension of Chaos – were re-released in the 2016 Mega-Pack, D/D Savant Thomas never was. The result was a 25 cent card climbing to over $2, an ascent that reached its culmination last week.

But with demand high, hundreds of more copies still emerged from the woodwork. That meant while Savant Thomas couldn't reach Number 1 again, it managed to hang onto the Top 4.

 D/D Savant Thomas
$4.25
$1.52
$0.64
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: Crystron Phoenix

Crystron Phoenix managed to land smack-dab between the four big Different Dimension Demon cards, as a popular pick late to hit the D/D/D zeitgeist: it likely made the list this week since you can Synchro Summon it with Formula Synchron and D/D/D Gust King Alexander. With boss monster stats, Crystron Phoenix's real appeal may be its spell and trap banishing ability; an effect that's particularly attractive right now with traps coming back into vogue and Paleozoic Frogs dominating tournaments.

 Crystron Phoenix
$6.99
$0.74
$0.09
Crystron Phoenix124744
Set Invasion: Vengeance
Number INOV-EN046
Level 9
Type Synchro/Effect Monster
Monster Machine
Attribute WATER 
A / D 2800 / 2000
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

1 Tuner Synchro Monster + 1 or more non-Tuner Synchro Monsters
If this card is Synchro Summoned: You can banish all Spell and Trap Cards your opponent controls and in their Graveyard. If this Synchro Summoned card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can target 1 other monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon it.


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#2: D/D Necro Slime

And finally, while the sudden crush of Dinosaur monsters forced them out of the Top 10 over the weekend, the two Fusion-enabling Slime cards absent from Pendulum Domination reached new heights, as D/D Necro Slime took the Number 2 spot…

 D/D Necro Slime
$1.63
$0.59
$0.36
D/D Necro Slime107642
Set Dimension of Chaos
Number DOCS-EN012
Level 1
Type Effect Monster
Monster Fiend
Attribute DARK 
A / D 300 / 300
Rarity Common
Card Text

If this card is in your Graveyard: You can Fusion Summon 1 "D/D/D" Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, by banishing Fusion Materials listed on it from your Graveyard, including this card. You can only use this effect of "D/D Necro Slime" once per turn.


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#1: D/D Swirl Slime

…And D/D Swirl Slime made it all the way to Number 1. This one might've been a matter of sheer numbers. As commons that managed to make the reprint deadline for the 2016 Mega-Pack, Necro Slime and Swirl Slime were far more abundant than D/D/D Flame King Genghis and the already-poached-for-weeks D/D Savant Thomas.

Regardless, the explosive level of sales for all four cards this week are evidence of one final push for Different Dimension Demons, which are sure to make a tremendous impact this weekend.

 D/D Swirl Slime
$1.66
$0.57
$0.21
D/D Swirl Slime107641
Set Dimension of Chaos
Number DOCS-EN011
Level 2
Type Effect Monster
Monster Fiend
Attribute DARK 
A / D 200 / 200
Rarity Common
Card Text

If this card is in your hand: You can Fusion Summon 1 "D/D/D" Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using monsters from your hand as Fusion Materials, including this card. You can banish this card from your Graveyard; Special Summon 1 "D/D" monster from your hand. You can only use each effect of "D/D Swirl Slime" once per turn.


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Join us again Monday, when we'll see the fallout from that first tournament weekend! Will Different Dimension Demons continue to sell so strongly? Will interest flag if tournament results fail to materialize, or could the devastated supply open the floor to new challengers anyways?

We'll find out, in our Monday Market Watch.

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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