Market Watch Top 10: Samurais Still On Top

Jason Grabher-Meyer

11/24/2017 11:00:00 AM
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Welcome back! On Monday we saw Six Samurai crowned as the big winners from Spirit Warriors, massively outselling the newer themes from that release. Samurai took nine of the spots in our Top 10 countdown, arguably all ten.

Fast forward five days and Samurai are still leading the pack, though a couple off-theme picks emerged to take high rankings. One of them isn't surprising – it might be the year's most popular “draw 2” spell… maybe… The other non-Sam card indicates a clear push for one of the format's biggest competitive themes, in the wake of an impressive showing at YCS San Diego.

With no further ado, let's get right into the Top 10 to discuss what's changed, what hasn't, and what it says about player perceptions of new cards and current trends.

#10: Shien's Smoke Signal

Just like Monday, Shien's Smoke Signal kicked things off at Number 10. The new Six Samurai builds run Kagemusha of the Six Samurai, Legendary Six Samurai – Kageki, Secret Six Samurai – Fuma, Secret Six Samurai – Genba, and Secret Six Samurai – Hatsume. They're all played for different purposes, and they're all searchable with this card. It's an obvious must-run.

 Shien's Smoke Signal
$0.99
$0.24
$0.05
Shien's Smoke Signal152406
Set Spirit Warriors
Number SPWA-EN015
Type Normal Spell
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Add 1 Level 3 or lower "Six Samurai" monster from your Deck to your hand.


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The Wizards Duel 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $0.05
CerisedeCommerce 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.10
wickedcomics 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.10
Davis Cards & Games 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $0.10
A Sassins Guild 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.10
IDeal808 1st Edition - Near Mint 57 $0.12
GameTimeCC 1st Edition - Near Mint 24 $0.16
TCGWarehouse 1st Edition - Near Mint 5 $0.17
SCS CardShop 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.17
Card Guru 1st Edition - Lightly Played 2 $0.17

#9: Shien's Dojo

Shien's Dojo saw some notable sales over the weekend, but the past few days have seen more discussion about its new status in the strategy. While Dojo was once little more than a curiosity, it's a great fit for the deck today, since it helps you put together those all-important Legendary Six Samurai – Shi En plays and it's easier to use with all the new Special Summon effects.

Seeing Shien's Dojo pop into the Top 10 is important, because it suggests that more players are coming to understand what the new Six Samurai decks do – namely Summon a Shi En, get it out of the Extra Monster Zone, revive it to a Main Monster Zone, and then make another Shi En. The trends here are becoming more refined, which is interesting because it indicates a more competitive mindset toward a deck no one is expecting to see in serious competition.

Food for thought.

 Shien's Dojo
$3.79
$0.69
$0.25
Shien's Dojo152458
Set Spirit Warriors
Number SPWA-EN049
Type Continuous Spell
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Each time a "Six Samurai" monster(s) is Normal or Special Summoned, place 1 Bushido Counter on this card. You can send this card to the GY; Special Summon 1 "Six Samurai" or "Shien" Effect Monster from your Main Deck, whose Level is less than or equal to the number of Bushido Counters on this card.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Cyber Sales 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.25
LinsYugiShop 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.32
Warblade 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.35
Untapped Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.35
Duel Monsters Pro 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.40
FizzlesGoods 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.50
IDeal808 1st Edition - Near Mint 43 $0.59
The Sage's Shoppe 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.60
Anime Pavilion 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.60
Spell Bound 1st Edition - Near Mint 4 $0.66

#8: Asceticism of the Six Samurai

Similar to Shien's Dojo, Asceticism's even more important today than it was in the past, since again, it helps you make those Shi En Summons. Since Legendary Six Samurai – Kageki and Secret Six Samurai – Fuma both have a base ATK of 200, Normal Summoning a Kageki gives you the chance to chain to its effect and bring out a Fuma before you resolve Kageki's Special Summon and boost its attack points.

Asceticism has always been about speed, but it now offers more range and more contribution to the strategy's core goals.

 Asceticism of the Six Samurai
$2.31
$1.55
$0.78
Asceticism of the Six Samurai152457
Set Spirit Warriors
Number SPWA-EN048
Type Quick-Play Spell
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Target 1 "Six Samurai" monster you control; Special Summon 1 "Six Samurai" monster from your Deck with the same ATK but a different name, and if you do, destroy it during the End Phase of this turn.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Top Deck TCG 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.78
Team Rampengu 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.79
ThePlugTCG 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.80
KrakenPacksTCG 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.80
Divine Dragon Gaming 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $0.80
Warblade 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.91
Collectible Corner 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $0.94
IDeal808 1st Edition - Near Mint 55 $0.95
Vegas Premier Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 10 $0.97
CoreTCG 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.99

#7: Secret Six Samurai - Kizaru

We spoke at length about Kizaru last week, but the power level of this card bears repeating: at 1900 ATK it's a strong beat stick that helps forward your goal of rushing the field, and its search effect lets you put together your best combos – whichever ones you need at the time – on the fly and for a plus of card economy. While Kizaru's Earth attribute keeps you from using it to search Legendary Six Samurai – Kizan or Grandmaster of the Six Samurai, it's a great way to find anything else you might need.

It's especially good fetching Legendary Six Samurai – Enishi to answer opposing threats and walls; a card you can't search with Shien's Smoke Signal, and that plays a huge role in creating OTK's and fending off threats in new modern builds.

 Secret Six Samurai - Kizaru
$6.03
$3.53
$1.49
Secret Six Samurai - Kizaru152399
Set Spirit Warriors
Number SPWA-EN005
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Warrior
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1900 / 1000
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

When this card is Special Summoned: You can add from your Deck to your hand, 1 "Six Samurai" monster with a different Attribute from every monster you control. If exactly 1 "Six Samurai" monster you control (and no other cards) would be destroyed by card effect, you can banish this card from your GY instead.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Plagues Payplace 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $1.49
Dice Addiction Pro 1st Edition - Lightly Played 2 $2.46
Duel Monsters Pro 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $2.50
Collector's Cache 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $2.75
TenSeCrush 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $2.99
Midgard Hobby Center 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $3.00
Game Goblins 1st Edition - Lightly Played 3 $3.04
ZLinked Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $3.10
Galactic Toys Store 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $3.12
Buds Place 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $3.14

#6: Pot of Desires

Back in the Top 10, Pot of Desires is still the biggest card of the year in terms of sheer sales numbers; it's only getting more popular as it starts to creep into decks that weren't running it before. The difference between opening hands where you start with Desires and opening hands where you don't are huge, and that continues to motivate players to try and fit it into everything they can.

 Pot of Desires
Price N/A
Pot of Desires141277
Set 2017 Mega-Tins
Number CT14-EN004
Type Normal Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Banish 10 cards from the top of your Deck, face-down; draw 2 cards. You can only activate 1 "Pot of Desires" per turn.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Underground Elites Limited - Near Mint 1 $3.71
Buds Place Limited - Lightly Played 2 $3.73
helixs Limited - Lightly Played 1 $3.77
superbrothers Limited - Lightly Played 2 $4.00
Duel Monsters Pro Limited - Near Mint 4 $4.10
CompetitiveCardShack Limited - Near Mint 1 $4.11
Buds Place Limited - Near Mint 2 $4.14
Neverland Games Limited - Near Mint 1 $4.22
Collector's Cache Limited - Near Mint 3 $4.25
Gators Limited - Lightly Played 1 $4.27

#5: Legendary Six Samurai - Kizan

Kizan dropped from the Number 1 spot over the weekend all the way to Number 5, which is a little weird since it's such a three-of must in most builds. If that suggests a dip in enthusiasm for the card that would be a bit strange, but it might just suggest that the top new Samurai from Spirit Warriors actually undersold their potential over the weekend, coming into their own this week.

Price could be a factor too – while Kizan was mega-cheap and was thus an easy grab, it was outpaced this week by pricier samurai cards as more players committed to the deck.

 Legendary Six Samurai - Kizan
$1.91
$0.49
$0.24
Legendary Six Samurai - Kizan152402
Set Spirit Warriors
Number SPWA-EN010
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Warrior
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1800 / 500
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

If you control a "Six Samurai" monster with a different name, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand). While you control 2 or more other "Six Samurai" monsters, this card gains 300 ATK and DEF.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
FSGCards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.24
Card Guru 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.24
Collector Edition 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.25
fresh games 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.25
TCGWarehouse 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.26
adventuresON 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.29
Cardhype 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.32
D20 Hobbies 1st Edition - Lightly Played 2 $0.35
Top Deck TCG 1st Edition - Near Mint 10 $0.35
Prof Bonds Emporium 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.36

#4: Secret Six Samurai - Hatsume

Case in point? Secret Six Samurai – Hatsume hit Number 4 this week, despite an average Market Price of $2.25. Hatsume's an incredible card for the theme that makes it easy to revive Legendary Six Samurai – Shi En to a Main Monster Zone, creating those all-important double Shi En set-ups. As a Level 3 it's easily searched, and Tunes to Genba or Kagemusha to make your second Shi En as a followup.

It's irreplaceable, and its necessity kept demand strong as Hatsume's price fluctuated, trending up and down.

 Secret Six Samurai - Hatsume
$5.18
$3.43
$1.50
Secret Six Samurai - Hatsume152397
Set Spirit Warriors
Number SPWA-EN003
Level 3
Type Effect Monster
Monster Warrior
Attribute WATER 
A / D 1600 / 1500
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

You can banish 2 "Six Samurai" monsters from your GY and/or face-up from your field, then target 1 "Six Samurai" monster in your GY, except "Secret Six Samurai - Hatsume"; Special Summon it. You can only use this effect of "Secret Six Samurai - Hatsume" once per turn. If exactly 1 "Six Samurai" monster you control (and no other cards) would be destroyed by card effect, you can banish this card from your GY instead.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Midgard Hobby Center 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.50
DavidNJames 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.61
TCGfinest 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.95
Nerd Clips 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $2.23
Dice Addiction Pro 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $2.25
TheOneStopShop 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $2.38
Buds Place 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $2.61
Collectible Corner 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $2.90
The Dragon's Table 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $2.92
Island Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $2.93

#3: Secret Six Samurai - Fuma

Continuing on with another, even pricier card, Secret Six Samurai – Fuma outsold Hatsume and surprisingly sits at a higher value. With an average market price over the $4 mark and a current available price of almost six bucks, Fuma's nearly sold out in the TCGplayer Marketplace after a massive push drove it to Number 3 this week.

Arguably the most important Tuner in the deck, Fuma also blocks attacks, keeps you on the field through destruction effects, and searches Enishi to the field to free up your offense. It's a versatile card that's likely best played in pairs, but with numbers like these we might see people running a full three copies. Watch out for it.

 Secret Six Samurai - Fuma
$13.70
$7.38
$4.79
Secret Six Samurai - Fuma152392
Set Spirit Warriors
Number SPWA-EN001
Level 1
Type Tuner/Effect Monster
Monster Warrior
Attribute WIND 
A / D 200 / 1800
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can Special Summon 1 "Six Samurai" monster from your Deck, except "Secret Six Samurai - Fuma". If exactly 1 "Six Samurai" monster you control (and no other cards) would be destroyed by card effect, you can banish this card from your GY instead.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
The Six Colors 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $3.01
DavidNJames 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $4.79
Nerd Clips 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $5.51
Duel Monsters Pro 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $6.20
Collector's Cache 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $6.49
Legacy Defined Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $6.59
EoT Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $6.99
Top Table Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 9 $7.01
Play to Win Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $7.07
TCG Universe 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $7.09

#2: Honest

The one deck-specific pick that wasn't tied to Samurai, Honest saw massive sales all week long, probably for two reasons. First, Trickstars did exceedingly well at YCS San Diego, and the fallout has been a slow acceptance as the format's biggest contender for the runner-up position.

But beyond that, we also saw a very cool build from the Honolulu Regional Qualifier a few days ago, where Ashley Velasco topped with Ties of the Brethren. Ties let her Special Summon Barrier Statue of the Heavens and Honest as needed, bouncing the latter back to her hand to secure the field and deal more damage on later turns. That may have helped boost demand for Honest in particular, which is really the question since demand for the core Trickstar monsters didn't see any notable spike this week.

Check out Velasco's build if you're curious ; with Ties of the Brethren and the new Trickstar Narkissus, it was quite a different beast that's really worth a look.

 Honest
$42.11
$20.05
$12.36
Honest26695
Set Light of Destruction
Number LODT-EN001
Type Fairy / Effect
Attribute Light 
A / D 1100 / 1900
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

During your Main Phase, you can return this card from the field to it's owner's hand. During either player's Damage Step, when a face-up LIGHT monster you control battles, you can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard to have that monster gain ATK equal to the ATK of the opponent's monster it is battling, until the End Phase.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
BestDealsForCards Unlimited - Damaged 1 $5.99
BestDealsForCards 1st Edition - Damaged 1 $7.00
BestDealsForCards Unlimited - Moderately Played 1 $7.40
SuperGamesInc Unlimited - Moderately Played 1 $8.69
Epik Cards & Games Unlimited - Lightly Played 1 $9.95
Yugioh Black Market Unlimited - Lightly Played 1 $9.95
PhantasmGaming 1st Edition - Damaged 1 $9.97
SuperGamesInc Unlimited - Lightly Played 1 $9.99
Collector's Cache Unlimited - Lightly Played 1 $11.58
Treasures 1st Edition - Moderately Played 1 $11.99

#1: Six Samurai United

And finally, while we're used to seeing a different “draw 2” spell in this space, Six Samurai United outsold not just Pot of Desires, but everything else in the TCGplayer Marketplace as well.

Part of the demand here is probably for the Spirit Warrior reprint: the only foil printing the card's ever seen outside of Gold Rare, and the much more costly Turbo Pack: Booster Five Super Rare (currently a whopping thirty dollars). The SPWA Super Rare costs literally one one-hundredth of that, currently available for about 30 cents. For Six Samurai devotees who didn't want to break the bank, the foil reissuing is a huge opportunity to correct a big omission from their collection.

None of the budget versions are on a rising price trend right now, and there doesn't appear to be any sort of attempt to create a buyout. So why did United spike so much this week, outperforming other three-of's like Smoke Signal? That's a mystery, but regardless, it bespeaks a tremendous enthusiasm for Six Samurai.

 Six Samurai United
$3.31
$0.34
$0.24
Six Samurai United152404
Set Spirit Warriors
Number SPWA-EN013
Type Continuous Spell
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Each time a "Six Samurai" monster(s) is Normal or Special Summoned, place 1 Bushido Counter on this card (max. 2). You can send this card to the GY; draw 1 card for each Bushido Counter on this card.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
XtremeGames 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.24
Geekified Mind 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.24
Four Horsemen 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.24
YugiSellerz 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.25
Ambrosinis Card Shop 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.25
IDeal808 1st Edition - Near Mint 26 $0.25
Enticing Name 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.25
CompetitiveCardShack 1st Edition - Near Mint 14 $0.26
TCGWarehouse 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.27
Prof Bonds Emporium 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.29

That's it for this week! We're in an interesting situation, where the Thanksgiving weekend has left us with no Regional Qualifiers over the weekend in the U.S. The only two Regionals in North America are in Winnipeg, Moncton, and Grand Prairie, all in Canada, and all historically under-reported.

That means we won't get to see if Six Samurai actually manage some Regional showings for another week. Will the theme continue to sell strongly over the weekend?

We'll find out on Monday, when we return with another Market Watch.

Thanks for reading.

-Jason Grabher-Meyer



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