Adamancipators: still not any cheaper than they were last week.
That's really the story this time around! Adamancipators are becoming the deck of choice for many players currently playtesting amongst themselves, or competing online. As the deck matures we're starting to see secondary market trends reflect that: demand for the theme's core cards is trending down a bit because the early adopters have their decks build, and the holdouts hoping to see Adamancipator Researcher collapse to a lower price point are still holding out. Those cards remain highly popular, but the majority of them slid a bit this week from Monday to Friday morning.
Now, with Adamancipator players experimenting to find more builds that could have an edge, interest is trending up in supporting cards that expand the deck's reach. Two big new cards arrived in the Top 10, and if you read the title of this article you know what they are: Mecha Phantom Beast Auroradon and this card, kicking off our Top 10 Countdown…
#10 - Martial Metal Marcher
By far the most interesting card on this week's list, freakin' Martial Metal Marcher gets us started at Number 10.
Why? Well, that's debatable. On one hand we've seen ambitious Adamancipator players trying to run Crystron Quariongandrax, which this is brilliant for since it comes out off Crystron Halqifibrax and provides both of the Tuners you need for Quariongandrax's Synchro materials. If you bring back a Level 2 Adamancipator Tuner, you just need any Level 4 non-Tuner to make your big boss and clear your opponent's field and graveyard of their most troublesome cards.
On the other hand, it's also seeing experimentation with Linkross coming in Eternity Code, since it makes multiple Link Tokens at Level 1. You can do stuff like Mathematician to load Jet Synchron, pitch a card to revive it, make Crystron Halqifibrax for a Scrap Worm, make Halq into Linkross for two Tokens, make Martial Metal Archer to bring back Scrap Worm, Link Linkross and Scrap Worm into Scrap Wyvern, Wyvern for Scrap Golem to bring back Worm again, and then make Curious, the Lightsworn Dominion with your three monters of matching Attribute and different Types.
There's a lot going on with Martial Metal Marcher right now, and I'm eager to see if Crystron Quariongandrax winds up being popular in Adamancipators as a result. Where else it could end up is anybody's guess.
#9 - Adamancipator Signs
Adamancipators and Eldlich continue to have similar win rates in online trackers, and sustained success has led key cards for Adamancipators like Gogogo Gigas, Adamancipator Researcher, Adamancipator Risen – Leonite and this card, Adamancipator Signs to retain value. Signs fell from Number 6 last week to Number 9 now. The players who were holding out for key Adamancipator cards to become more affordable are still waiting, and that led to a bit of a downward shift in demand for some of the pricier Adamancipator staples this week.
#8 - Gogogo Gigas
Still holding comfortably at about the $8 mark, Gogogo Gigas slipped down the charts a bit too, but it remained strong for a card approaching ten bucks, as Adamancipators continue to use the card to great effect. It's difficult to speculate as to what will happen with Adamancipator cards in the coming months; on one hand, we may be seeing lower supply on the secondary market since stores are closed and many may not be selling online. That could create lower supply now on secondary, with a possible upswing of supply when life starts returning to normal. At the same time though, you have to think that some segment of the playerbase isn't buying right now either, which means any additional supply could be mitigated by the return of those players.
Regardless, Gogogo Gigas is definitely a card to watch and may not be finished climbing in price.
#7 - Onomatopickup
Onomatopaira's the go-to searcher for Gogogo Adamancipators, as you saw in Loukas' article yesterday. Onomatopickup searches that, thinning the deck and making the Gogogo engine wildly consistent; as a rare that's only appeared in Magical Hero so far, demand has been high for Onomatopickup while it seems lots of players already had Onomatopaira from Legacy of the Valiant, or snagged the reprint common without having to resort to the secondary market. Pickup jumped two spots from Number 9 to Number 7.
#6 - Mecha Phantom Beast Auroradon
Mecha Phantom Beast Auroradon's in an interesting position right now. The card had considerable hype before it was released and before we saw the current Advanced Format, and a lot of the enthusiasm for it survived. TCGplayer affiliate MBT Yu-Gi-Oh! has some great videos showing what Auroradon's capable of in a dedicated combo build, and if you're not familiar with those plays I'd recommend checking out his latest Ten Minute Testing episode on the topic to get a really good idea.
But all that said, dedicated MPB Turbo decks aren't seeing a ton of discussion right now. Instead, we ARE seeing Mecha Phantom Beast Auroradon appearing in Adamancipators with reportedly mixed results. Everything Adamancipator's hot right now and a lot of players are only just learning what Auroradon can do, so the surge of demand this week makes sense as people play catch-up and look to experiment with new Adamancipator tech.
#5 - Dodododwarf Gogogoglove
Up from Number 8 and working hand in hand with Gogogo Gigas, Dodododwarf Gogogoglove is fast becoming a fixture of Adamancipator decks as the competitive field seems to be settling on the Gogogo variant as a consensus build.
That was a pun. Gogogoglove.
Going "hand in hand."
…I can do this all day.
#4 - Crystron Halqifibrax
Still 25 bucks and still totally amazing, I'm calling it now; Crystron Halqifibrax goes to 40 once Regionals are back.
#3 - Adamancipator Risen - Dragite
Number 3 last week and Number 3 again, Dragite's starting to see play not just in Adamancipators, but also in other decks that can place a Water monster into the graveyard to fuel its negation ability. We saw Sam playing an Atlantean Mermail deck to do that just yesterday , but realistically Dragite can go anywhere you run Crystron Halqifibrax if you can maneuver to keep Halqifibrax in the graveyard. A little tricky given its banish ability, but not impossible.
#2 - Upstart Goblin
The only thing people like more than consistency in competitive play is consistency with foil, and the fact that the cheapest printing of Upstart Goblin's currently a Super Rare has made it a hot pick. On one hand, lots of players are snagging copies to play; this is only the third time Upstart's ever been offered as a foil, and it hasn't been reprinted since Legendary Collection 3 back in 2012, so there's a whole generation of players who might not own it.
On the other hand, an affordable foil of Upstart Goblin might not remain affordable for very long, and lots of players are grabbing a few extras to speculate on it; if you're buying cards already, grabbing a few of these to fill out your cart can be pretty attractive for the long term growth potential.
#1 - Solemn Judgment
And finally, the OG negation trap's back on top once again, after dipping to Number 5 last week. With early adopters having completed their Adamancipator and Eldlich decks, it's no surprise to see two highly splashable generic cards on top, as players are left to wonder what competition's going to look like by the time tournaments are back. Like Upstart Goblin, Solemn Judgment hasn't seen many meaningful reprints the last few years; it was reissued in January for the Lost Art Promotion, but that's a drop in the bucket and a relatively scarce printing. It was an Ultimate Rare in OTS Tournament Pack 12 back in December too, but again, that doesn't help the average player just looking for a playset. Battles of Legend: Relentless Revenge gave us an Ultra Rare midway through 2018, but it's still twice the price of the newest version from Secret Slayers and from there you're looking at 2012 and 2013 printings.
Again, lots of newer players just don't own this thing, and they're making up for lost time now. The fact that most decks would want to run three copies if they're going to run it at all puts demand way above the Limited Upstart Goblin.
Looking beyond the Top 10, Adamancipator Seeker came in at Number 11, Utopic Onomatopeeia took Number 14, and Adamancipator Analyzer clinched the Number 15 slot. Aside from Adamancipator cards we saw Union Carrier at Number 12 and Madolche Puddingcess Chocolat-a-la-Mode at lucky 13.
As always, we'll be back with more Market Updates on Facebook and Twitter on Monday. Be sure to check back tomorrow; we'll have a really great article from Doug about simple questions that can help you grow as a competitor. It's must-read stuff, so don't miss it. Until then, thanks for reading and enjoy the weekend!