Hey guys and gals,
You all continue to crush my expectations when I check how many views these articles/blogs/whatever get and I can't thank you enough. But let's get into this week's article!
1. The Current Trend
The Banlist caused Raigeki and Glow-Up Bulb to skyrocket in price. You already know this.
This week, Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss jumped from its already high price of $60 to the astronomical price of $90 because of the Burning Abyss Tuner being spoiled. The new Tuner is crazy, as most of you know already. I really think BA is going to be able to compete with Shaddoll and Qliphort after New Challengers.
2. Speculation Targets
I've spent the past week picking up the Yang Zing monsters. With the exception of Chiwen and Baxia, none of them are more than $2 and in case you weren't aware, the deck is getting three new monsters in New Challengers.
Let's start with the least impressive of the three:
Taotie, Shadow of the Yang Zing
2200 ATK/0 DEF
When this card you control is destroyed by battle or card effect and sent to your Graveyard: You can Special Summon 1 "Yang Zing" monster from your Deck in Defense Position, except "Taotie, Shadow of the Yang Zing". You can only use this effect of "Taotie, Shadow of the Yang Zing" once per turn. Once per turn, during your opponent's Main Phase or Battle Phase, you can: Immediately after this effect resolves, Synchro Summon 1 Synchro Monster using only "Yang Zing" monsters you control (this is a Quick Effect). Control of a face-up Synchro Monster that used this card as a Synchro Material cannot switch.
This card has the standard Yang Zing floater effect, but it's level 5 and it has 2200 ATK, the same attack as Shaddoll Winda. It's secondary effect of not letting the control of the Synchro it's used to make change seems pretty good too in case Number 11: Big Eye or Evilswarm Bahamut are relevant.
Then we have the new Tuner monster:
Jiaotu, Darkness of the Yang Zing
0 ATK/2000 DEF
When this card you control is destroyed by battle or card effect and sent to your Graveyard: You can Special Summon 1 "Yang Zing" monster from your Deck in Attack Position, except "Jiaotu, Darkness of the Yang Zing". If you control no other monsters: You can send 2 "Yang Zing" cards from your hand to the Graveyard; Special Summon 1 "Yang Zing" monster with 0 ATK and 1 "Yang Zing" monster with 0 DEF from your Deck, but banish them during the End Phase. You can only use 1 "Jiaotu, Darkness of the Yang Zing" effect per turn, and only once that turn.
It lets you drop additional monsters to make easier Synchro plays so that you can make the following monster.
Now, let's talk about the card that you should care about:
Yazi, Wickedness of the Yang Zing
2600 ATK/2100 DEF
1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters
Your opponent cannot target this card with card effects. You can target 1 "Yang Zing" monster you control and 1 card your opponent controls; destroy them. You can only use this effect of "Yazi, Wickedness of the Yang Zing" once per turn. When this card you control is destroyed by battle or card effect and sent to your Graveyard: You can Special Summon 1 Wyrm-Type monster from your Deck in Defense Position. You can only use this effect of "Yazi, Wickedness of the Yang Zing" once per turn.
This card is bananas! Level 7 untargetable Scrap Dragon! Oh my! Now think about this. You make it using Chiwen, Bixi, and Suanni. It's got 3100 ATK, your opponent can't target it, it's unaffected by Traps, and it's SCRAP DRAGON! Why would you ever make Leo? I'm not saying that Yang Zing will be Tier 0 or anything, merely that people will want to play this deck and the Hype Train is a real thing. I'm currently staying away from Path though, because at $25ish, there's not much money to make, but if you can buy the baby Yang Zings for $.50 or $1.00, do it. It's not like they can go down in price.
3. What to Dump
For the second week in a row, I don't really have any cards that I would want to move except for Raigeki, unless you have Dante's and don't plan on playing the deck or you think they will drop. I personally don't think they'll drop too hard.
I want to do a little bit of a progress report to see how well I've been providing you all with advice on what to buy/sell.
Buy: Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon
Sell: Batteryman cards
Odd-Eyes were $15 at the time across the board. Now the Secret Rare copies are $23+ and the Ultimate Rare versions are $35+. I think we did alright.
Batteryman commons have gone down in the meantime with Micro-Cell averaging $2.50 and Fuel Cell hovering around $5.50.
Buy: Volcanic Shell Ultimate Rare
Sell: Outstanding Dog Marron
Shells were right around $4.50 and are now just under $10 per.
Marron was $7-8 and now it's less than $5 from DR1.
Sell: Nothing really
Mistake was $5 for the Shadow Spectres version and $3 for the Mega Pack version. The SHSP copy gained $3 in the past week while the MP14 stayed the same.
Please continue to tell me what you think, what you like, or how you think these articles could improve.
Keep the juice flowing,