Welcome to the first Market Watch in the wake of Pendulum Domination.

On Friday we saw the release of the long-awaited Different Dimension Structure Deck, and expectations were high for immediate tournament results. Results that as far as we know, failed to materialize over the weekend. Check out the Deck Archive: while it was a small weekend for Regional Qualifier competition, with just two Regionals in North America, no Top 8 D/D/D decks have been logged yet.

But the potential stumble out of the gates failed to kill D/D/D's momentum in the TCGplayer Marketplace, with Different Dimension Demons once again capturing more than half of the Top 10. The bestselling cards of the weekend were a mix of D/D/D must-runs, as well as a big pick made in anticipation of Raging Tempest, a returning tournament powerhouse from 2016, and a few outliers that saw tremendous niche interest from smaller groups of buyers.

Let's get started!

#10: Worm Prince

Kicking off the weekend's list, a lot of Worm cards made a sudden appearance as top picks for a very limited audience. Worm Prince was the most popular of the bunch, leaving me to scratch my head and throw it out to anyone who has theories down in the Comments.

I've been out of commission for four days due to some Unspeakable Stomach Illnesses you'd rather not hear about, but so far I haven't found any announcement of say, a Structure Deck R: Worms Get Gud type product.

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#9: Darklord Nurse Reficule

Darklord Nurse Reficule has sold in impressive numbers before. Every few weeks since its renaming as a "Darklord" monster we've seen surges of interest, usually from small groups of buyers, and in the last four days that surge was enough to take the oldschool burn card to the Number 9 position.

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#8: Cursed Bamboo Sword

Curveball Number 3: a relatively small number of buyers stocked up on tons of Cursed Bamboo Sword over the weekend. It's unclear why, but there's a certain amount of random speculation in the Marketplace that bubbles to the surface some times and this could easily be that kind of situation. In fact it's really tough to imagine it being anything else.

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#7: D/D/D Gust King Alexander

It's kind of surprising that we didn't see a big run on D/D/D Gust King Alexander until now. It's never hit the Top 10 before, and as a lynchpin card for several important play sequences in the D/D/D deck, Alexander's far and away a must-play. With D/D/D Flame King Genghis a common sight in our Top 10's, you'd think Alexander would've seen more love. This one feels like a market correction as people get more familiar with how the strategy works.

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#6: Ties of the Brethren

Two entirely different decks managed to Top 8 Regionals this past weekend with Ties of the Brethren, and while we've seen it top before in Majespecters, it's a pretty new addition in Star Seraph Rituals, which we haven't seen Top 8 in weeks in any form, let alone one powered by Ties. The entire Top 8 from that Nevada Regional was basically amazing, so give that a look if you haven't already hit the Deck Archive this week.

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#5: D/D/D Flame King Genghis

It's back, and still going strong! As a must-run in multiples in new versions of D/D/D's, Flame King Genghis continues to be a top seller occupying a reliable post mid-way up the Top 10. A key enabler both on the field and on its way off the table, it's sold strongly since its debut in the 2016 Mega-Tins, hitting the ground running back in September, fading a bit, and then roaring back to life in the new year.

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#4: D/D Swirl Slime

We've seen D/D Swirl Slime sell in droves for weeks now, so it's no surprise to see that it's still holding onto a position in the Top 10. Integral to any competitive D/D/D deck, Swirl Slime wasn't reprinted in Pendulum Domination and as such remains a hot pick.

At this point I'm a broken record repeating that.

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#3: D/D Savant Thomas

Speaking of broken records, "We didn't get The Dark Illusion Special Edition anywhere but Europe, so D/D Savant Thomas never got a reprint, and as such, has seen huge speculation coupled with huge player demand."

But you probably already knew!

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#2: D/D Necro Slime

And finally, D/D Necro Slime completes the list of Different Dimension Demon cards that have been selling by the bushel lately. It'll be interesting to see what happens to that long-term demand moving forward. There's still time for big D/D/D results to materialize from the weekend, but if they don't, and it turns out the deck flopped out of the gates, we might see a very different looking Market Watch on Friday.

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#1: Goyo Defender

Speaking of! Goyo Defender rocketed to the top of the Top 10 this week, as players realized en masse that it's part of some ridiculous Zoodiac combos that start with Speedroid Terrortop and end with fields like M-X-Saber Invoker, Zoodiac Drancia, and Naturia Beast, by way of the now-sold-out Shiba-Warrior Taro.

Goyo Defender itself is still under the $1 mark, but with Taro pushing twenty bucks and Defender almost sold out at the time of this writing, it could wind up seeing a comparable price to other premium Rare cards (think D/D Savant Thomas). Emanating from Breakers of Shadow, Goyo Defender has yet to see a reprint, so it could easily become a big prospect in the run-up to Raging Tempest.

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That's it for this week! Join us again on Friday to see how the market responds to the tournament results this weekend and the building hype about Zoodiacs, in our next Market Watch!

-Jason Grabher-Meyer