Market Watch: D/D/Ds, Goyos, And Ties Of The Brethren

Jason Grabher-Meyer

1/23/2017 11:02:00 AM
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Welcome to the first Market Watch in the wake of Pendulum Domination.

On Friday we saw the release of the long-awaited Different Dimension Structure Deck, and expectations were high for immediate tournament results. Results that as far as we know, failed to materialize over the weekend. Check out the Deck Archive: while it was a small weekend for Regional Qualifier competition, with just two Regionals in North America, no Top 8 D/D/D decks have been logged yet.

But the potential stumble out of the gates failed to kill D/D/D's momentum in the TCGplayer Marketplace, with Different Dimension Demons once again capturing more than half of the Top 10. The bestselling cards of the weekend were a mix of D/D/D must-runs, as well as a big pick made in anticipation of Raging Tempest, a returning tournament powerhouse from 2016, and a few outliers that saw tremendous niche interest from smaller groups of buyers.

Let's get started!

#10: Worm Prince

Kicking off the weekend's list, a lot of Worm cards made a sudden appearance as top picks for a very limited audience. Worm Prince was the most popular of the bunch, leaving me to scratch my head and throw it out to anyone who has theories down in the Comments.

I've been out of commission for four days due to some Unspeakable Stomach Illnesses you'd rather not hear about, but so far I haven't found any announcement of say, a Structure Deck R: Worms Get Gud type product.

 Worm Prince
$1.99
$0.24
$0.11
Worm Prince35736
Set Hidden Arsenal 2
Number HA02-EN053
Level 6
Type Effect Monster
Monster Reptile
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 2200 / 400
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

If this card destroys an opponent's monster by battle, you can add 1 Reptile-Type Worm monster from your Deck to your hand. If you don't control at least 1 other Reptile-Type Worm monster, destroy this card during the End Phase.


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#9: Darklord Nurse Reficule

Darklord Nurse Reficule has sold in impressive numbers before. Every few weeks since its renaming as a Darklord monster we've seen surges of interest, usually from small groups of buyers, and in the last four days that surge was enough to take the oldschool burn card to the Number 9 position.

 Darklord Nurse Reficule
$3.50
$0.38
$0.14
Darklord Nurse Reficule125304
Set Destiny Soldiers
Number DESO-EN048
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Fairy
Attribute DARK 
A / D 1400 / 600
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Any effect that would make your opponent gain LP inflicts the same amount of damage to them, instead.


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#8: Cursed Bamboo Sword

Curveball Number 3: a relatively small number of buyers stocked up on tons of Cursed Bamboo Sword over the weekend. It's unclear why, but there's a certain amount of random speculation in the Marketplace that bubbles to the surface some times and this could easily be that kind of situation. In fact it's really tough to imagine it being anything else.

 Cursed Bamboo Sword
$1.24
$0.25
$0.12
Cursed Bamboo Sword94590
Set The New Challengers
Number NECH-EN068
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Common
Card Text

You can Tribute 1 face-up Level 5 or higher Normal Summoned/Set monster, then target 1 face-up The equipped monster gains 0 ATK. You can target 1 "Bamboo Sword" card you control, except this card; return it to the hand, and if you do, the equipped monster can attack your opponent directly this turn. You can only use this effect of "Cursed Bamboo Sword" once per turn. If this card is sent to the Graveyard: You can add 1 "Bamboo Sword" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Cursed Bamboo Sword".


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#7: D/D/D Gust King Alexander

It's kind of surprising that we didn't see a big run on D/D/D Gust King Alexander until now. It's never hit the Top 10 before, and as a lynchpin card for several important play sequences in the D/D/D deck, Alexander's far and away a must-play. With D/D/D Flame King Genghis a common sight in our Top 10's, you'd think Alexander would've seen more love. This one feels like a market correction as people get more familiar with how the strategy works.

 D/D/D Gust King Alexander
$3.00
$0.36
$0.10
D/D/D Gust King Alexander122295
Set 2016 Mega-Tins
Number CT13-EN010
Level 7
Type Synchro/Effect Monster
Monster Fiend
Attribute WIND 
A / D 2500 / 2000
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

1 "D/D" Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters
If another "D/D" monster(s) is Normal or Special Summoned to your field, while you control this face-up card (except during the Damage Step): You can target 1 Level 4 or lower "D/D" monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon it. You can only use this effect of "D/D/D Gust King Alexander" once per turn.


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#6: Ties of the Brethren

Two entirely different decks managed to Top 8 Regionals this past weekend with Ties of the Brethren, and while we've seen it top before in Majespecters, it's a pretty new addition in Star Seraph Rituals, which we haven't seen Top 8 in weeks in any form, let alone one powered by Ties. The entire Top 8 from that Nevada Regional was basically amazing, so give that a look if you haven't already hit the Deck Archive this week.

 Ties of the Brethren
$10.00
$4.29
$2.12
Ties of the Brethren123485
Set Legendary Decks II
Number LDK2-ENY02
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Pay 2000 LP, then target 1 Level 4 or lower monster you control; for the rest of this turn after this card resolves, you cannot Special Summon monsters, also Special Summon 2 monsters from your Deck, with the same Type, Attribute, and Level as that monster, but with different names from each other and that monster. You cannot conduct your Battle Phase the turn you activate this card.


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#5: D/D/D Flame King Genghis

It's back, and still going strong! As a must-run in multiples in new versions of D/D/D's, Flame King Genghis continues to be a top seller occupying a reliable post mid-way up the Top 10. A key enabler both on the field and on its way off the table, it's sold strongly since its debut in the 2016 Mega-Tins, hitting the ground running back in September, fading a bit, and then roaring back to life in the new year.

 D/D/D Flame King Genghis
$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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#4: D/D Swirl Slime

We've seen D/D Swirl Slime sell in droves for weeks now, so it's no surprise to see that it's still holding onto a position in the Top 10. Integral to any competitive D/D/D deck, Swirl Slime wasn't reprinted in Pendulum Domination and as such remains a hot pick.

At this point I'm a broken record repeating that.

 D/D Swirl Slime
$2.25
$1.25
$0.39
D/D Swirl Slime122411
Set 2016 Mega-Tins Mega Pack
Number MP16-EN114
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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#3: D/D Savant Thomas

Speaking of broken records, We didn't get The Dark Illusion Special Edition anywhere but Europe, so D/D Savant Thomas never got a reprint, and as such, has seen huge speculation coupled with huge player demand.

But you probably already knew!

 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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#2: D/D Necro Slime

And finally, D/D Necro Slime completes the list of Different Dimension Demon cards that have been selling by the bushel lately. It'll be interesting to see what happens to that long-term demand moving forward. There's still time for big D/D/D results to materialize from the weekend, but if they don't, and it turns out the deck flopped out of the gates, we might see a very different looking Market Watch on Friday.

 D/D Necro Slime
$1.69
$0.66
$0.39
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: Goyo Defender

Speaking of! Goyo Defender rocketed to the top of the Top 10 this week, as players realized en masse that it's part of some ridiculous Zoodiac combos that start with Speedroid Terrortop and end with fields like M-X-Saber Invoker, Zoodiac Drancia, and Naturia Beast, by way of the now-sold-out Shiba-Warrior Taro.

Goyo Defender itself is still under the $1 mark, but with Taro pushing twenty bucks and Defender almost sold out at the time of this writing, it could wind up seeing a comparable price to other premium Rare cards (think D/D Savant Thomas). Emanating from Breakers of Shadow, Goyo Defender has yet to see a reprint, so it could easily become a big prospect in the run-up to Raging Tempest.

 Goyo Defender
$5.98
$0.76
$0.12
Goyo Defender111149
Set Breakers of Shadow
Number BOSH-EN050
Level 3
Type Synchro/Effect Monster
Monster Warrior
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1000 / 1000
Rarity Rare
Card Text

1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters
Once per turn, if all monsters you control are EARTH Warrior-Type Synchro Monsters (min 1.): You can Special Summon "Goyo Defender" from your Extra Deck. When this card is targeted for an attack: You can make this card gain 1000 ATK for each EARTH Warrior-Type Synchro Monster you control (other than this card), until the end of the Damage Step.


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That's it for this week! Join us again on Friday to see how the market responds to the tournament results this weekend and the building hype about Zoodiacs, in our next Market Watch!

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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