Market Watch: True Kings, Kaijus, Twin Twisters And More

Jason Grabher-Meyer

5/1/2017 11:02:00 AM
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Players got their first taste of Maximum Crisis over the weekend at the MACR Sneak Peaks, and that made for some big shifts in the TCGplayer Marketplace. True Kings and Ancient Gears both took a bit of a slide, as a number of generic splashables trended upwards and a handful of engine-driving cards saw more action.

The cards that trended this weekend from Friday to Monday could assume bigger roles in tournaments next weekend as Maximum Crisis goes legal, so with no further ado, here are the Top 10 bestselling cards of the past three days.

#10: Twin Twisters

Reprinted in Dinosmasher's Fury, Twin Twisters has been a near-staple of our Top 10 countdowns since its $10 price tag got slashed in half by dinosaur claws. While the Super Rare copies managed to maintain their value for a few weeks, the Common has now drive down the foil copies to nearly the same value, with Supers available for less than six bucks as of this writing.

 Twin Twisters
$6.32
$5.20
$4.50
Twin Twisters130134
Set Structure Deck: Dinosmasher's Fury
Number SR04-EN024
Type Quick-Play Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Common
Card Text

Discard 1 card, then target up to 2 Spell/Trap Cards on the field; destroy them.


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#9: True King Bahrastos, the Fathomer

While True King Agnimazud, the Vanisher fell from the Top 10 over the weekend, True King Bahrastos, the Fathomer hung in at the Number 9 spot, still an obvious pick for True King Dinosaurs moving forward.

 True King Bahrastos, the Fathomer
$7.21
$2.34
$0.75
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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#8: Ancient Gear Howitzer

After a shockingly long run with multiple cards in the Top 5 for weeks, Ancient Gears fell in sales this week, leaving nothing but Ancient Gear Howitzer in the Top 10. It was a long time coming: Ancient Gears have done zilch, zip, nada in actual competition. And while their accessible price point made them an attractive option for a while, that was bound to run short.

 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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#7: Interrupted Kaiju Slumber

Kaijus have trended upward a bit in competition the past couple weeks, in part due to the use of Dogoran as a searchable staple in True King Dinosaurs, and partly in other strategies. We've seen Kaijus played to Top Cut finishes in Zoodiacs, Invoked Windwitches, Infernoids, and everything in between since the new format took effect, and that's likely to continue with MACR added to the cardpool.

No mysteries here; it's one of the most splashable, powerful spell cards in the game, and after being one of the bestselling cards of 2016 it's a common sight in 2017 competition so far.

 Interrupted Kaiju Slumber
$4.99
$2.98
$2.00
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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#6: Lost Wind

Now recognized as one of the most powerful trap cards in competition, Lost Wind surged this week as players braced for Maximum Crisis. Whether that reflects enthusiasm for Lost Wind on the whole or a resurgence of interest in Paleozoic Frogs, is up in the air.

 Lost Wind
$2.50
$1.52
$0.09
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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#5: Instant Fusion

Back in the Top 10 once again, Instant Fusion seems destined to become one of 2017's all-time bestselling cards. It's barely left the Market Watch spotlight since it was reprinted in Fusion Enforcers, and until the seemingly inevitable Forbidding of Elder Entity Norden, it seems as if that situation won't change.

 Instant Fusion
$5.20
$2.16
$0.99
Instant Fusion127833
Set Fusion Enforcers
Number FUEN-EN042
Type Normal Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Pay 1000 LP; Special Summon 1 Level 5 or lower Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, but it cannot attack, also is destroyed during the End Phase. (This Special Summon is treated as a Fusion Summon.) You can only activate 1 "Instant Fusion" per turn.


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#4: X-Saber Palomuro

Palomuro's been simmering in the background of competition for a few weeks now, seeing light play – often Side Decked – largely to open up combos for Naturia Beast. It also carries with it a number of hand disruption plays, some of which can loop. If there was a specific reason for it to spike over the weekend, I'm not entirely sure what it was, but let me know down in the comments.

 X-Saber Palomuro
$2.67
$0.56
$0.09
X-Saber Palomuro35040
Set The Shining Darkness
Number TSHD-EN093
Level 1
Type Tuner Monster
Monster Reptile
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 200 / 300
Rarity Common
Card Text

When another Saber monster you control is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard, you can pay 500 Life Points to Special Summon this card from the Graveyard.


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#3: Evolzar Dolkka

True King Dinosaurs! Hotter than ever!

Evolzar Dolkka! Hotter than ever!

COINCIDENCE? I think not…

 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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#2: Gem-Knight Lazuli

Brilliant Fusion continues to gain steam as an enabler for Rank 4 strategies, largely Zoodiacs, where it's been played in this format to help overcome the loss of the deck's third Zoodiac Ratpier.

With the arrival of Zoodiac Chakanine a lot of those issues will be alleviated, and the new strategies to power the deck along through its biggest plays – stuff like Brilliant Fusion – get even better as a result. It's sort of surprising to see Lazuli this high in the Top 10, but with cards like Megalosmasher X seeing more play in competition there are more opportunities than usual to put Lazuli to work.

 Gem-Knight Lazuli
$7.95
$3.14
$1.00
Gem-Knight Lazuli68071
Set Hidden Arsenal 7: Knight of Stars
Number HA07-EN039
Level 1
Type Effect Monster
Monster Rock
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 600 / 100
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

If this card is sent to the Graveyard by a card effect: You can target 1 Normal Monster in your Graveyard; add that target to your hand.


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#1: True King Lithosagym, the Disaster

And of course, the three-of centerpiece of the True King Dinosaur deck once again reigns supreme. At this point, the only thing that can knock True King Lithosagym, the Disaster out of the Top 10 is the release of Maximum Crisis, but I honestly wouldn't be surprised if we saw it keep some position in the Top 10 in next Monday's Market Watch.

 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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What else sold well over the weekend? Zoodiac Thoroughblade hit Number 11 off the hype for True Draco Zoodiacs, while Ancient Gear Hunting Hound fell all the way to Number 12. Evolzar Laggia plunged to Number 13, and Galaxy Cyclone surged to the Number 14 position – watch out for that card in tournaments this weekend, as we may see a bit more of it moving forward.

Join us on Friday as Maximum Crisis goes legal for tournament competition! Presales may not get any MACR cards into the Top 10 for the week, but it's vaguely possible, and in the meantime we'll see which cards players are picking up last minute in the wake of the Sneak Peeks.

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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