Market Watch: Raging Tempest, D/D/Dís, and Ghost Ogre

Jason Grabher-Meyer

2/3/2017 11:00:00 AM
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Welcome to the latest in our regular series of Friday Market Watches!

For the uninitiated, every Market Watch sees us count down the Top 10 bestselling cards by volume for the last four days. Instead of going by value or rarity or price spikes, we look at the sheer number of cards sold. Doing so lets us see big trends that wouldn't present as price spikes, like when a common or regular rare moves thousands of copies indicating that players are flocking to a related deck. We can also spot hot new tech picks, side deck options, and see player responses to overseas news, practically in real time.

Cool stuff, right?

The Raging Tempest Sneak Peek is this weekend, and as expected, the set's arrival was a huge factor shaping sales this week. But with Different Dimension Demons starting to top Regionals in Europe, the most popular D/D/D cards kept up their strong sales, while a trending hand trap took the Number 1 spot. Let's dive right in and look at which cards sold the most copies this week, from Monday to Friday

#10: Manticore of Darkness

A low key pick in Zoodiac variants like Predaplants and Madolche, Manticore of Darkness has reared its head pretty consistently as a niche tech card seen in OCG deck lists over the past weeks. It flew under the radar for a lot of TCG competitors, but with Zoodiacs' arrival now imminent, a lot of people snapped up their copies this week.

While the nonfoils are still widely available, the Dark Revelation Volume 2 Super Rare is up to thirteen bucks, while the Invasion of Chaos Ultra Rare is almost $20.

 Manticore of Darkness
$5.69
$4.38
$3.49
Manticore of Darkness23154
Set Invasion of Chaos
Number IOC-067
Level 6
Type Effect Monster
Monster Beast Warrior
Attribute FIRE 
A / D 2300 / 1000
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Effect: During the End Phase of the turn this card is sent to the Graveyard, send 1 Beast, Beast-Warrior or Winged Beast-Type Monster Card from your hand or your side of the field to the Graveyard to Special Summon this card from the Graveyard.


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#9: My Body as a Shield

Drastically more popular in the OCG, My Body as a Shield is being played as both a Main Deck and Side Deck pick in two's and three's. It counters Zoodiac Drident, acting as a more aggressive Forbidden Chalice when you're stuck going second against Zoodiacs; while Chalice is a more cost effective answer, it won't destroy Zoodiac Drident, while My Body as a Shield Will.

It also stops a wider range of threats, including Raigeki, Dark Hole, Interrupted Kaiju Slumber, and Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit. And it's faster than trap-based alternatives like Starlight Road and Solemn Strike (the former of which won't stop Drident anyways). Utility is a key factor here, and the flexibility of My Body as a Shield drove big sales this week.

While non-foils are still readily available for under a dollar, Gold Rare copies are becoming scarce, and the Duel Terminal printing is $15 or more.

 My Body as a Shield
$13.97
$5.40
$3.90
My Body as a Shield81372
Set Duel Terminal 5
Number DT05-EN041
Type Quick-Play Spell
Monster NULL
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Common
Card Text

When your opponent activates a card that has an effect which destroys 1 or more monster(s) on the field, pay 1500 Life Points to negate the activation of that card and destroy it.


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#8: Fairy Tail - Snow

A number of Zoodiac and Infernoid builds run Fairy Tail Ė Snow once Raging Tempest arrives, and while we've seen it in the Top 10 before, many times, the hype surrounding those two decks drove obvious demand. No surprise here Ė it's a great card that's about to get even better, and as a short print common it's already over the $2 mark.

We really could have used that Special Edition reprinting of The Dark Illusion.

 Fairy Tail - Snow
$3.42
$1.76
$0.73
Fairy Tail - Snow121299
Set The Dark Illusion
Number TDIL-EN042
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1850 / 1000
Rarity Short Print
Card Text

If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; change it to face-down Defense Position. During either player's turn, if this card is in your Graveyard: You can banish 7 other cards from your hand, field, and/or Graveyard; Special Summon this card.


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#7: Infernoid Decatron

Kelly wrote about the impact Raging Tempest will have on Infernoids a couple weeks ago, and the gist is that in the OCG, Infernoids were one of the few strategies to survive, and in some cases embrace and incorporate, Zoodiacs. That Grass Looks Greener creates an entirely new way to approach the strategy, and it's driven the Clash of Rebellions Super Rare to about six bucks and climbing.

 Infernoid Decatron
$12.99
$5.81
$4.50
Infernoid Decatron102453
Set Clash of Rebellions
Number CORE-EN039
Level 1
Type Tuner/Effect Monster
Monster Fiend
Attribute FIRE 
A / D 500 / 200
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can send 1 "Infernoid" monster from your Deck to the Graveyard, except "Infernoid Decatron", and if you do, increase this card's Level by the Level of the sent monster, and if you do that, this card's name becomes that monster's, and replace this effect with that monster's original effects.


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#6: D/D/D Flame King Genghis

With the first taste of logged Top 8 success, the slowly sinking demand for Different Dimension Demon cards Rebounded in the last days before Raging Tempest! Two notable Regional lists emerged from Europe, one piloted by Anthony Allsopp in England, the other played by Vlad Baranovskis in Ireland, running three copies and two copies of D/D/D Flame King Genghis respectively.

That's no surprise, as Flame King Genghis has been a staple for all builds of the strategy since its debut last September. But while D/D/D's started to slide from the Top 10 over the last weekend, they're back in the top half of the Top 10 now, despite the impending release of Zoodiacs.

 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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#5: D/D Savant Thomas

Yup! D/D Savant Thomas, still pushing four bucks! The two Top Cut lists we saw were split between three copies and two copies, but regardless it's effectively a must-own at three just to have the option, and that's kept demand high despite the notable price tag. The speculators back in November and December really struck gold on this one.

 D/D Savant Thomas
$4.25
$0.86
$0.20
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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#4: D/D Swirl Slime

#3: D/D Necro Slime

The Summon-enabling Fusion helpers have been some of the most sought-after cards in the Different Dimension Demons arsenal, since they missed reprinting in Pendulum Domination but are definitive three-ofs in nearly every build floating around the internet.

The deck's long play sequences and big set-ups are often tremendously dependent on D/D Swirl Slime and D/D Necro Slime, and while Necro Slime is still available from a few sources in the TCGplayer Marketplace, D/D Swirl Slime was entirely sold out at the time of this writing. That approachable price point, that existed for so long, may finally be over and done with.

 D/D Necro Slime
$1.63
$0.45
$0.19
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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#2: Interrupted Kaiju Slumber

Kaiju were even bigger than usual through January, and with so many OCG decks relying on Interrupted Kaiju Slumber as part of a field-clearing contingency plan going second, Slumber's been selling more and more copies. It's still readily available with no sellout in sight, and it's been on a downward price trend this week despite the huge demand, but it's still over $3.

If you don't own Interrupted Kaiju Slumber yet, now's the time to get your copies. It's going to become a must-own over the coming weeks and it's likely not going to get any more affordable than it is now.

 Interrupted Kaiju Slumber
$4.99
$2.17
$1.00
Interrupted Kaiju Slumber111188
Set Breakers of Shadow
Number BOSH-EN089
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Destroy as many monsters on the field as possible, then Special Summon in Attack Position, 2 "Kaiju" monsters with different names from your Deck (1 on each side), but they cannot change their battle positions, and must attack, if able. During your Main Phase, except the turn this card was sent to the Graveyard: You can banish this card from your Graveyard; add 1 "Kaiju" monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only activate 1 "Interrupted Kaiju Slumber" per turn.


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#1: Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit

Just over half of all the Top Cut decks we've logged in the Deck Archive over the last two weekends were running Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit. That's huge, and it's a huge departure from that card's comparatively obscure status back in December. With the advent of Raging Tempest it only becomes even more important, and that drove massive demand for Ghost Ogre this week.

Super Rare and Gold Rare copies are about $5 as of this writing, with both sitting in potential sellout territory by this time next week. Meanwhile supply of the Secret Rare is drying up; it's currently available at twenty-five bucks, but copies in the TCGplayer Marketplace are listed for as much as $50 and it won't be long before those are the only copies left.

If you still need Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit, grab your Super Rares or Gold Rares before they disappear. This card's arguably more important than Interrupted Kaiju Slumber, and like Slumber, it's not going to get any cheaper in the next 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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It was a big week in the TCGplayer Marketplace with a ton of action in the run-up to Raging Tempest, and the sort of surprising turnaround on Different Dimension Demons. Next week we'll see the retail release of Raging Tempest, but until then we've still got one more Market Watch on Monday before RATE turns the whole Marketplace on its head.

We'll see you then!

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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