Market Watch: Dinosaurs – Dinosaurs Everywhere

Jason Grabher-Meyer

4/21/2017 11:00:00 AM
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It's been one week since the release of the new Structure Decks, and with several duelists taking Top 8's last weekend with Dinosaur cards, Dinosmasher's Fury continued to dinosmash the TCGplayer Marketplace.

…Anything can be a verb if you believe, right?

By now the high expectations for the True King Dinosaur deck have been shaping sales trends in the TCGplayer Marketplace for all of April, and with several Top 8 showings in their first weekend out, the incredible crush of demand for the new Dinosaur cards doesn't seem to be slowing down. Actual copies of the Structure Deck are almost impossible to find and are now commanding as much as $20.

Even players who don't intend to run Dinosaurs themselves are snapping them up whenever they can find them, since reprints like Twin Twisters and Quaking Mirror Force can cover the cost of the deck all on their own if you can find it at MSRP. With over 1000 active Yu-Gi-Oh! sellers in the TCGplayer Marketplace stocking cards and competing to offer you the best prices, demand is still outstripping supply.

As supply dwindled and prices got a bit higher this week, we saw some responses to the rising threat of Dinosaurs. Ancient Gears continued to be a popular alternative despite low competitive expectations, and one very weird tech choice ascended to the Top 10 in what was probably an attempt to preempt Dragonic Diagram.

More on that in a bit, but for now let's start the countdown at Number 10.

#10: Babycerasaurus

By now everybody knows the score: the True King Dinosaur deck runs three of these things along with two or three Petiteranodon, fuelling cards like True King Lithosagym, the Disaster and Souleating Oviraptor.

Kyle Colon's early build that Top 8'd the Regional Qualifier in Charlotte last weekend predictably ran a playset, and Babycerasaurus has remained a must-own for anyone looking to play Dinosaurs moving forward.

 Babycerasaurus
$1.22
$0.75
$0.36
Babycerasaurus130123
Set Structure Deck: Dinosmasher's Fury
Number SR04-EN013
Level 2
Type Effect Monster
Monster Dinosaur
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 500 / 500
Rarity Common
Card Text

If this card is destroyed by a card effect and sent to the Graveyard: Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower Dinosaur-Type monster from your Deck.0


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#9: Evolzar Laggia

A must-run for True King Dinosaurs, Evolzar Laggia's reprint in Duelist Saga has kept its Market Price just under five dollars. That's far more accessible than Evolzar Dolkka, but Laggia is on an upward Price Trend and could see more growth as the tournament debut of Maximum Crisis draws closer.

 Evolzar Laggia
$10.94
$2.45
$1.51
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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#8: Blocker' rel="/db/WP-CH.asp?CN=Gate Blocker">Gate Blocker

How badly do players want to shut down Dragonic Diagram? Apparently badly enough to push Blocker' rel="/db/WP-CH.asp?CN=Gate Blocker">Gate Blocker into the Top 10.

Let me preface this by saying it was a surprisingly widespread trend this week; it wasn't just a handful of speculators buying lots of copies. While I've seen zero discussion of Blocker' rel="/db/WP-CH.asp?CN=Gate Blocker">Gate Blocker myself, there are very few Field Spells that are relevant in the next few weeks, so it's a safe bet this was a preemptive move against the True King search card.

Gate Blocker has three effects, but its most relevant ability is its Field Spell negation, keeping a True King Draco player from searching out their True Kings and making them more vulnerable to battle and disruption.

 Gate Blocker
$4.00
$0.41
$0.15
Gate Blocker82599
Set Dragons of Legend
Number DRLG-EN034
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Rock
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 100 / 2000
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

Negate the effects of your opponent's Field Spell Cards. Your opponent cannot place counters on cards on the field. Your opponent cannot target other monsters you control for card effects.


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#7: Petiteranodon

While Kyle Colon's Dinosaur deck skimped on Petiteranodon and played just two copies, many players are still regarding it as a three-of. And at a price point still under two bucks most players want three copies anyways, driving demand.

 Petiteranodon
$2.84
$0.77
$0.45
Petiteranodon130110
Set Structure Deck: Dinosmasher's Fury
Number SR04-EN000
Level 2
Type Effect Monster
Monster Dinosaur
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 500 / 500
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

If this card is destroyed by a card effect and sent to the Graveyard: Special Summon 1 Level 4 or higher Dinosaur-Type monster from your Deck, but it cannot attack this turn.


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#6: Fossil Dig

It searches Dinosaurs.

 Fossil Dig
$1.77
$0.99
$0.27
Fossil Dig130132
Set Structure Deck: Dinosmasher's Fury
Number SR04-EN022
Type Normal 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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#5: Souleating Oviraptor

It also searches Dinosaurs.

Anything that searches dinosaurs in a reasonably competitive fashion is obviously selling in droves right now, and Souleating Oviraptor's one of the driving forces making True King Dinosaurs so viable, and it's really no surprise to see it selling so strongly. Clocking in at about $3.50 in average Market Price, Oviraptor's gently trending upward as the supply of Dinosmasher's Fury cards keeps getting scarcer.

 Souleating Oviraptor
$3.99
$2.04
$1.75
Souleating Oviraptor130112
Set Structure Deck: Dinosmasher's Fury
Number SR04-EN002
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Dinosaur
Attribute DARK 
A / D 1800 / 500
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can take 1 Dinosaur-Type monster from your Deck, and either add it to your hand or send it to the Graveyard. You can target 1 other Level 4 or lower Dinosaur-Type monster on the field; destroy it, then Special Summon 1 Dinosaur-Type monster from your Graveyard in Defense Position. You can only use each effect of "Souleating Oviraptor" once per turn.


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#4: Evolzar Dolkka

Recovering from buyouts over the weekend, Evolzar Dolkka was available at a much more manageable five dollars for most of the week, and that kept sales of the True King Dinosaur staple strong. The fact that a card you only play one of could rank this high for several weeks is strong testament to the number of duelists that are going to be playing Dinosaurs once Maximum Crisis goes legal.

 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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#3: Ancient Gear Howitzer

It doesn't search Dinosaur cards.

After last week's surprising rush of enthusiasm for Ancient Gear monsters, not one, but two cards in service of the theme managed to crack the Top 5. Ancient Gear Howitzer is a fast 1000 burn damage – 1600 total if you Summon it with Ancient Gear Hunting Hound – and it's easy to Summon since it demands only two Fusion Materials. Its recruiting effect is one of the most brutal tricks in the Ancient Gear playbook, and it's a fundamental pillar of the strategy.

That was enough to push it to the Number 3 position, even though Ancient Gears aren't expected to be hugely competitive.

 Ancient Gear Howitzer
$1.21
$0.21
$0.07
Ancient Gear Howitzer127297
Set Raging Tempest
Number RATE-EN042
Level 8
Type Fusion/Effect Monster
Monster Machine
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1000 / 1800
Rarity Common
Card Text

2 "Ancient Gear" monsters
Unaffected by other cards' effects. During your Main Phase: You can inflict 1000 damage to your opponent. You can only use this effect of "Ancient Gear Howitzer" once per turn. If this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard: You can Special Summon 1 "Ancient Gear" monster from your Deck, ignoring its Summoning conditions.


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#2: True King Lithosagym, the Disaster

Perhaps the biggest surprise on the countdown this week, True King Lithosagym did NOT take the Number 1 spot as most probably expected. Cost might have been a factor; Lithosagym's on a huge upward price trend and currently holds an average Market Price of nearly six bucks. And while it's hugely important moving forward, demand is slowing since many players already picked up their copies weeks ago. Meanwhile supply is slipping and prices keep getting higher.

So what was the bestselling card of the week in Lithosagym's place?

 True King Lithosagym, the Disaster
$5.93
$2.41
$0.50
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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#1: Ancient Gear Hunting Hound

As prices continued to rise on Dinosaur cards throughout the week and the Dinosmasher's Fury Structure Deck rose to nearly $20, demand surged for Ancient Gear monsters, especially Ancient Gear Hunting Hound. A tremendous enabler for the strategy that makes all your Fusion Summons easier, Hunting Hound helps make the consolidation-driven strategy that much easier to approach, and players responded by snapping it up in huge quantities.

Is this just a casual trend? In the past we've seen that buy patterns during the week tend to be less angled toward tournament play, while weekend sales indicate more competitive buyers. But regardless, the sheer volume of sales means it wouldn't be surprising if we start to see Ancient Gears creeping up in tournaments here and there.

We'll have to see how the theme does over the weekend. A couple Top 8's could spark an avalanche of interest

 Ancient Gear Hunting Hound
$1.28
$0.25
$0.06
Ancient Gear Hunting Hound127263
Set Raging Tempest
Number RATE-EN013
Level 3
Type Effect Monster
Monster Machine
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1000 / 1000
Rarity Common
Card Text

If this card is Normal Summoned: Inflict 600 damage to your opponent. If this card attacks, your opponent cannot activate Spell/Trap Cards until the end of the Damage Step. Once per turn: You can Fusion Summon 1 "Ancient Gear" Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using monsters from your hand or field as Fusion Materials.


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What else was big this week?

Ultimate Conductor Tyranno nearly made the Top 10 at Number 11; Ancient Gear Giant clocked in at Number 12; the reprints of Twin Twisters and Quaking Mirror Force took them to Number 13 and 14 respectively; and Lost World was the 15th highest-selling card in the TCGplayer Marketplace.

Will the Dinosaur fervor hold through the weekend? Are Ancient Gears a flash in the pan? And will Blocker' rel="/db/WP-CH.asp?CN=Gate Blocker">Gate Blocker ever be spoken of again by anyone, ever.

Join us on Monday to find out.

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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