Market Watch: Dinos Smash The Marketplace

Jason Grabher-Meyer

4/14/2017 11:00:00 AM
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Dinosmasher's Fury releases today, and anticipation for the True King Dinosaur deck pushed at least eight cards into this week's Top 10 countdown.

Welcome to our latest Friday Market Watch, where we look at the bestselling cards from the past week, Monday to Friday. We order our Top 10 according to sheer sales volume – the number of cards sold – so we get to see big deck trends in the making, as well as player responses to upcoming releases and news from overseas.

This week it was all about the advent of the True King Dinosaur deck, even though the strategy doesn't become fully playable until Draconic Diagram arrives in Maximum Crisis. A strong Paleozoic Frog pick persisted too, while a surprising tech choice made the cut.

Let's dive right in and see what impact the new Structure Deck made!

#10: True King Bahrastos, the Fathomer

The True King Dinosaur deck runs as many as three different True King monsters, with Bahrastos being the least popular in the builds that are topping tournaments overseas. With that in mind it's easy to understand why it dinged the Number 10 spot this week.

 True King Bahrastos, the Fathomer
$6.50
$3.85
$2.50
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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#9: Denglong, First of the Yang Zing

Denglong's been on a slow, steady burn with repeat Top 10 showings over the past couple of weeks, since it's a staple in the True King Dinosaur strategy; it's played at least as a singleton in virtually every build. Combined with some recent success from Yang Zings, it's currently the hottest Synchro going.

 Denglong, First of the Yang Zing
$15.00
$3.52
$2.25
Denglong, First of the Yang Zing124746
Set Invasion: Vengeance
Number INOV-EN048
Level 5
Type Synchro/Tuner/Effect Monster
Monster Wyrm
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 0 / 2800
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters
If this card is Special Summoned: You can add 1 "Yang Zing" card from your Deck to your hand. Once per turn: You can send 1 Wyrm-Type monster from your Deck to the Graveyard; this card's Level becomes the sent monster's. If this face-up card leaves the field: You can Special Summon 1 "Yang Zing" monster from your Deck. You can only Special Summon "Denglong, First of the Yang Zing(s)" once per turn.


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#8: Lost Wind

Paleozoic Frogs took a beating at YCS Denver, scoring only three seats in the Top 32 as the most-hated-on deck in the tournament. The field was stacked against Paleozoics with tons of Side Decks built to beat it, but the strategy's poor performance could result in more opportunities down the line as it falls in the list of competitive priorities. While Lost Wind lost some steam as a result, it was still a big buy.

 Lost Wind
$3.98
$1.75
$0.85
Lost Wind127323
Set Raging Tempest
Number RATE-EN068
Type Normal Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Rare
Card Text

Target 1 face-up Special Summoned monster on the field; it has its effects negated, also its original ATK is halved. If a monster is Special Summoned from your opponent's Extra Deck, while this card is in the Graveyard (except during the Damage Step): You can Set this card, but banish it when it leaves the field.


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#7: Evolzar Laggia

True King Dinosaur decks all run one Evolzar Laggia, and while it hasn't seen big sales lately, the market clearly corrected itself this week, as Laggia surged to Number 7.

 Evolzar Laggia
$12.11
$3.89
$1.70
Evolzar Laggia129662
Set Duelist Saga
Number DUSA-EN088
Level 4
Type Xyz/Effect Monster
Monster Dragon
Attribute FIRE 
A / D 2400 / 2000
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

2 Level 4 Dinosaur-Type monsters
During either player's turn, 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 if you do, destroy that card.


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#6: Jurrac Aeolo

As a necessary three-of in True King Dinos, Jurrac Aeolo wasn't reprinted in Dinosmasher's Fury, and that drove it to repeat sellouts in the TCGplayer Marketplace over the past month. With savvy sellers restocking in time for the Structure Deck release, demand was there to meet the fresh supply.

 Jurrac Aeolo
$32.99
$10.65
$8.99
Jurrac Aeolo81229
Set Duel Terminal 4
Number DT04-EN027
Level 1
Type Tuner Monster
Monster Dinosaur
Attribute FIRE 
A / D 200 / 200
Rarity Common
Card Text

During your Main Phase, you can Tribute this card to select and Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower Jurrac monster from your Graveyard, except Jurrac Aeolo.


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#5: Evolzar Dolkka

Like Evolzar Laggia, Evolzar Dolkka's a one-of staple for True King Dinosaurs. And aso like Laggia, Dolkka hadn't seen big sales over the past several weeks. Players were looking to shore up their deck needs this week, and speculators may have been stocking up a bit too.

 Evolzar Dolkka
$10.00
$4.07
$2.00
Evolzar Dolkka60268
Set 2012 Collectors Tin
Number CT09-EN001
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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#4: True King Agnimazud, the Vanisher

The next most important True King for the True King Dinosaur deck, Agnimazud's seen a lot of action the past while, often played in multiples by those who choose to run it – which is really most Dino duelists. It's been a strong seller for a while, but now it's on a huge upward price trend pushing twenty dollars.

 True King Agnimazud, the Vanisher
$23.00
$12.19
$6.99
True King Agnimazud, the Vanisher121282
Set The Dark Illusion
Number TDIL-EN025
Level 9
Type Effect Monster
Monster Wyrm
Attribute FIRE 
A / D 2900 / 1900
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 FIRE monster, and if you do, Special Summon this card, and if you do that, you can banish 1 monster from your opponent's field or Graveyard, if both the destroyed monsters were FIRE. If this card is destroyed by card effect: You can add 1 non-FIRE Wyrm-Type monster from your Graveyard to your hand. You can only use each effect of "True King Agnimazud, the Vanisher" once per turn.


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#3: Intercept

This is the one big mystery of our Top 10 this week. There's nothing I'm aware of in the Dinosmasher's Fury card pool that could drive demand for Intercept, leaving True Dracos as the next obvious culprit.

The problem? The biggest and baddest of the True Dracos require more than one Tribute, which means Intercept doesn't apply to them. That leaves Majesty Maiden, the True Dracomage; Dinomite Knuckle, the True Dracofighter, and Ignis Heat, the True Dracowarrior as the only notable True Dracos you can Intercept. And there are far better answers to those cards.

So were True Dracos the reason behind the spike of interest in Intercept? If they were, it's not a great one. But if there's more than we're seeing to this, let us know down in the Comments.

 Intercept
$3.89
$1.99
$1.99
Intercept27574
Set The Duelist Genesis
Number TDGS-EN076
Type Counter Trap
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Activate only when a monster is successfully Tribute Summoned with exactly 1 Tribute. Control of that monster is switched.


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#2: Dogoran, the Mad Flame Kaiju

Kaijus have continued to be huge sellers in the TCGplayer Marketplace even despite the momentary doubts that were brought about by the Semi-Limiting of Interrupted Kaiju Slumber. This week, it was Dogoran, the Mad Flame Kaiju that benefitted most from that enthusiasm, as it's become the de facto pick in – you guessed it – True King Dinosaurs.

Just as Radian, the Multidimensional Kaiju is often favored in decks running Allure of Darkness, Dogoran's become more popular overseas for its synergy with True King Agnimazud, the Vanisher, and the fact that it's a Dinosaur. That spiked demand this week.

 Dogoran, the Mad Flame Kaiju
$6.39
$3.88
$3.40
Dogoran, the Mad Flame Kaiju122395
Set 2016 Mega-Tins Mega Pack
Number MP16-EN098
Level 8
Type Effect Monster
Monster Dinosaur
Attribute FIRE 
A / D 3000 / 1200
Rarity Rare
Card Text

You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) to your opponent's side of the field in Attack Position, by Tributing 1 monster they control. If your opponent controls a "Kaiju" monster, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand) in Attack Position. You can only control 1 "Kaiju" monster. Once per turn: You can remove 3 Kaiju Counters from anywhere on the field; destroy all monsters your opponent controls. This card cannot attack the turn you activate this effect.


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#1: True King Lithosagym, the Disaster

By this point it should be no surprise that the Number 1 bestselling card in the TCGplayer Marketplace this week was – once again – True King Lithosagym, the Disaster. A staple three-of in True King Dinosaurs, it's easy to summon in a deck packed with Earth monsters and triggers the effects of Babycerasaurus and Petiteranodon, both of which are integral to the True King Dinosaur player's success.

 True King Lithosagym, the Disaster
$7.28
$3.00
$2.00
True King Lithosagym, the Disaster127273
Set Raging Tempest
Number RATE-EN019
Level 9
Type Effect Monster
Monster Wyrm
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 2500 / 2300
Rarity Super 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 an EARTH monster, and if you do, Special Summon this card, and if you do that, and both destroyed monsters were EARTH, you can also look at your opponent's Extra Deck and banish up to 3 monsters from it with different names. If this card is destroyed by card effect: You can Special Summon 1 non-EARTH Wyrm-Type monster from your Graveyard. You can only use each effect of "True King Lithosagym, the Disaster" once per turn.


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That was it for the week! Now the big question for the weekend is this: without Draconic Diagram, will the new Dinosaur cards make an impact? We'll find out, once we see the results from Regionals in Charlotte North Carolina and Ft. Worth Texas.

Join us Monday to see what Dinosmasher's Fury accomplishes over the weekend, and what effect its long-awaited arrival will have on the TCGplayer Marketplace.

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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