Last week we saw the first big hits from Rise of the Duelist, looking at the preorder period before the set's official release.
At the time, the big winners from ROTD were Infernoble Knights, Fluffals and Dogmatika, with Infernobles putting 3 cards into the Top 10, Fluffals placing 2, and Dogmatika pushing a single on-theme card into a best-selling position along with Elder Entity N'tss and Shaddoll Schism; two cards that weren't designed for Dogmatika, but that earned staple status for some key combos.
This week the Top 10's different. Infernobles were still hot – pun intended – but instead of Infernoble Knight Ogier, Infernoble Knight Oliver and Fire Flint Lady, we saw big demand for 2 slightly pricier cards. Fluffal fell from the Top 10 entirely with Frightfur Cruel Whale sinking to Number 11, but Melffy rose to take their place, scoring 3 spots in our countdown. Meanwhile 4 cards from Dogmatika made the cut, while demand exploded for Shaddoll Schism.
The overall impression is that many players spent the week committing to the two big strategies from Rise of the Duelist, Infernobles and Dogmatika. While Nadir Servant emerged as one of the most expensive cards in the release, the remaining Dogmatika Secret Rares are way more affordable and people were picking them up without hesitation. Infernoble Knight - Renaud from Toon Chaos is still north of $30, but everything else in the Infernoble ranks is dirt cheap as Immortal Phoenix Gearfried hovers around $25.
What were the Top 10 most-sold Yu-Gi-Oh cards on TCGplayer this week?
Let's show you.
More expensive than Dogmatika Maximus and Titaniklad the Ash Dragon, Dogmatika Fleurdelis, the Knighted is appearing at varying levels of use in Dogmatika decks. I've seen pure and Invoked Dogmatika builds running anywhere from 1 copy to 3, and if you're playing an Eldlich Dogmatika variant you may not run any at all.
Dogmatika Fleurdelis, the Knighted is an easy Special Summon if you control a Fusion Monster by way of Shaddolls or Invoked, and its effects lets you bring it down on either player's turn for an added surprise factor. Since you make that Special Summon at Quick Effect speed, Dogmatika Fleurdelis, the Knighted negation ability is that much more effective, offering a chainable negate to stop the effects of a face-up monster. The ATK boost is solid too, especially on top of that base 2500 ATK.
I'm kind of surprised to see Dogmatika Fleurdelis, the Knighted this expensive, while Dogmatika Maximus hovers around 18 dollars. Player preference for each swings pretty wildly between different versions of the deck, but once we have a consensus build that might change. I wouldn't be surprised if Dogmatika Fleurdelis, the Knighted dropped in price a bit over time.
Loukas wrote a great article on Melffy this week, quickly emerging as an underdog budget pick. There was very little demand for Melffy before the set dropped, but now we saw two of their core lineup selling like hotcakes all week long. As a new theme that thrives in big numbers, all of the Melffy monsters have a place – most in multiples. But the two that won out in sheer sales did so for similar reasons.
All four Melffy Effect Monsters in the Main Deck can flee to your hand when threatened, but each one triggers a different effect when they do. Melffy Fenny lets you Special Summon another Beast from your hand, good for bringing out big beaters; Melffy Pony retrieves a Level 2 or lower Beast from your graveyard, adding it to your hand for later.
Melffy Puppy's different: when it scurries to safety it Special Summons a Level 2 or lower Beast straight from your deck. Unlike Melffy Fenny which needs a matching monster in your hand, or Melffy Pony which requires a card in the graveyard, Melffy Puppy pure profit, anytime anywhere. That makes it an important 3-of in any Melffy build, and the same reasoning led to big demand for our next hit.
Like Melffy Puppy, Melffy Catty delivers an immediate payoff when it hops away, no preamble required: it searches a Beast from your deck to your hand, no restrictions. Combined with Rescue Cat and Rescue Rabbit, as well as the incremental card economy of Melffy Hide-and-Seek, these cards let you accrue a ton of card advantage to leverage into big summons and big effects. The Melffy core's dirt cheap right now, and players are clearly responding to it as an alternative to big-money decks.
Did someone say "big-money decks"? The dueling world may be undecided as to how many copies of Dogmatika Maximus is correct to play, but the frequent singleton appears in dupes and trips in lots of builds floating around the internet and that, combined with a lower price point than Dogmatika Fleurdelis, the Knighted, landed it squarely at lucky Number 7.
Like Dogmatika Fleurdelis, the Knighted, Dogmatika Maximus becomes incredibly easy to Special Summon when you combine it with Shaddolls and Invoked, and it's integral in setting up combos that thrive on a loaded graveyard. The fact that it also harasses your opponent's Extra Deck is almost just a side attraction: you're running this to abuse stuff like El Shaddoll Apkallone, Elder Entity N'tss and Titaniklad the Ash Dragon, exploiting their graveyard effects.
And of course, Dogmatika can't function without Dogmatika Ecclesia, the Virtuous. A powerful search card, there are lots of ways to play Ecclesia but the best may be that End Phase Special Summon off Titaniklad the Ash Dragon. Lots of Dogmatika turns end on that Titaniklad the Ash Dragon effect into Ecclesia to search and set up Dogmatika Fleurdelis, the Knighted, scoring that chainable negation on your opponent's following turn. But all in all, Ecclesia's a driving consistency card that keeps the deck on track no matter what variant you choose to play.
Back on the cuddly side of things, Melffy of the Forest was an even bigger mover than Melffy Catty and Melffy Puppy, despite Ultra Rare status and a significantly higher price tag. An easy summon off Rescue Cat or Rescue Rabbit, it's an instant search for any Melffy card – monster or otherwise – and its effect turns all your passive Melffy scampers into defense and negation once per turn.
Melffy of the Forest can be a surprisingly frustrating card to go up against, especially when it's backing up stuff like Naturia Beast. It's a bit of a shock to see it so high up this week, but interest in Melffy is clearly a real thing.
From here we hit the 2 Infernoble cards that made this week's Top 10, starting with Infernoble Arms - Durendal. Effectively 3 more copies of Reinforcement of the Army for Infernobles, it helps make the strategy reliable while extending many of the deck's combos . Combined with Heritage of the Chalice, the Infernobles are an especially consistent deck that delivers time and time again.
Classic Infernoble Knight end boards often revolve around two cards: Borreload Savage Dragon, and Infernoble Knight Emperor Charles. Not only is Infernoble Knight Emperor Charles effect begging for abuse with Smoke Grenade of the Thief, the fact that it walls up so hard with Infernoble Knight Ogier and Infernoble Knight Oliver puts it over the top. It's very common to see an Infernoble player run just one copy of Infernoble Knight Emperor Charles, but it's going so cheap right now that players may be buying more copies than they need.
The same can be said for Titaniklad the Ash Dragon; current builds may only run one copy, but as an $11 Secret Rare it seems Titaniklad the Ash Dragon attracting multi-card purchases, on what's probably a "just-in-case" basis. It's an integral part of the Dogmatika deck, but it's likely the accessible price that drove it to outpace Dogmatika Maximus and Dogmatika Fleurdelis, the Knighted in sheer number of orders.
And finally, the Number 1 best-selling card this week on TCGplayer was Shaddoll Schism. Again, this is an off-theme card coopted by Dogmatika to cheat Extra Deck monsters into play, because the Dogmatika are literally too high on their pious horse to sully their hands with their own Fusion Monsters. Search it with El Shaddoll Apkallone, snag it with El Shaddoll Construct, and you can set it for a free El Shaddoll Winda using materials from your graveyard the following turn.
The fact that Shaddoll Schism has a non-targeting, non-destroying removal effect thrown in when your opponent controls a monster of matching attribute is just an extra kick in the butt. Is this getting played in Shaddolls? Are Shaddolls even a thing anymore? Probably not, because Dogmatika just play it better.
Looking past the Top 10, Frightfur Cruel Whale was chasing Dogmatika Fleurdelis, the Knighted all week long to land at Number 11. Fluffal Dolphin accompanied it at Number 15 as demand for Fluffals slid. Elder Entity N'tss wound up at Number 12 thanks to its use in Dogmatika, Infernoble Knight Ogier tumbled from Number 2 last week, and Chaos Ruler, the Chaotic Magical Dragon finished out at Number 14.
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