Market Watch: Abyss Actors Arrive In Style

Jason Grabher-Meyer

11/25/2016 11:02:00 AM
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What a difference four days can make.

When we last checked in with the TCGplayer marketplace on Monday, it was dominated by Darlords and True Kings. Four days later, the highest-selling cards from Monday to Friday are almost entirely different: while two of the weekend's biggest movers continued on in high positions, the escalating pricetags on the Darklords combined with withering supply saw them fall from grace a second time, replaced in our Top 10 by the one group of monsters that were notably missing on Monday.

Yes, with Darklords practically sold out, the new Abyss Actors were the next big get for countless duelists. While Abyss Actors have virtually no competitive history in the Asian OCG, they're new and extremely affordable at the moment; none of the cards have a Market Price of more than 50 cents. You can pick up a whole Abyss Actor deck really easily right now, and with future support like Dandy Supporting Actor and Twinkle Littlestar still a ways off, now's a good time to snag your Abyss Actors if you think you might want them in the future.

All in all, Abyss Actors took six of the slots in our Top 10 countdown for the week, with two more slots going to Destiny HERO's, one more captured by an old classic now reborn as Darklord support, and a fan-favorite “Draw 2” closing out the list.

Here's what the latest Top 10 looked like.

#10: Abyss Actor – Sassy Rookie

The Abyss Actors capitalize on some specific fundamentals of the Pendulum Summoning mechanic: they reward you for fielding multiple Abyss Actors, offering effects that get more powerful the more Abyss Actors you control, or by letting you tribute them to do things. You're also encouraged to use your Abyss Actors to chump Block Attacks, and as monster removal, manipulating ATK to get over opposing monsters. They use Normal Spells called Abyss Scripts to build off those mechanics, and they have several effects that search or reuse them.

Sassy Rookie embodies that chump blocking angle: its Pendulum Effect helps you keep field presence by protecting an Abyss Actor; it has to be destroyed twice to go down in battle; and if your opponent DOES destroy it, you Special Summon a Level 4 or lower Abyss Actor in its place, straight from your deck. At 1700 ATK it's a solid attacker, and it works well with effects that reward you for tributing away Abyss Actors to boost attack points.

Sassy Rookie's final effect lets you destroy an opposing monster if it's destroyed in the Pendulum Zone, so you can use its Pendulum Effect to keep one of your Pendulum Monsters on the table, destroy Sassy Rookie in the process, and then pop an opposing monster for a slanted 1-for-1. Then you can Pendulum Summon Sassy Rookie back later. It's a very solid card for the theme that hits all the marks and helps you keep your defense up, but it's too slow for speedier builds that want to try for a Turn 2 win.

Still, it's a worthy Number 10.

 Abyss Actor - Sassy Rookie
$1.00
$0.22
$0.09
Abyss Actor - Sassy Rookie125275
Set Destiny Soldiers
Number DESO-EN019
Level 4
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Fiend
Attribute DARK 
A / D 1700 / 1000
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : If an "Abyss Actor" monster(s) you control would be destroyed by battle or an opponent's card effect, you can destroy this card instead.
Monster Effect : The first time this card would be destroyed by battle or card effect each turn, it is not destroyed. If this card is destroyed by battle, or if this card in its owner's Monster Zone is destroyed by an opponent's card effect: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower "Abyss Actor" monster from your Deck, except "Abyss Actor - Sassy Rookie". If this card in the Pendulum Zone is destroyed: You can target 1 Level 4 or lower monster your opponent controls; destroy it.


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#9: Archlord Kristya

Archlord Kristya made waves in Regionals this week, Top 8'ing in Darklord decks like this one piloted by Adrian Campos. With Darklord Ixchel, Darklord Nasten, and Trade-In filling your graveyard with Fairies, and revival effects pulling them back out, Archlord Kristya's incredibly easy to Special Summon. Vanity's Emptiness wins games, and Vanity's Emptiness on a 2800 ATK pair of legs wins them even faster.

No surprise here, as the reprint of Kristya in Destiny Soldiers made it even easier to get.

 Archlord Kristya
$2.70
$0.28
$0.10
Archlord Kristya125306
Set Destiny Soldiers
Number DESO-EN050
Level 8
Type Effect Monster
Monster Fairy
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 2800 / 2300
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

If you have exactly 4 Fairy-Type monsters in your Graveyard, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand). When you do: Target 1 Fairy-Type monster in your Graveyard; add that target to your hand. Neither player can Special Summon monsters. If this face-up card would be sent from the field to the Graveyard, it returns to the top of the Deck, instead.


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#8: Destiny Draw

Another fresh foil reprint, Destiny Draw was a must-buy for nostalgia-driven D-HERO fans, who showed up in droves this week. While there are no competitive decks running Destiny Draw at the moment, it's a powerful draw card that's always been strong in a vacuum. It's always smart to own a playset.

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$1.00
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Destiny Draw125270
Set Destiny Soldiers
Number DESO-EN014
Type Normal Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Discard 1 "Destiny HERO" card; draw 2 cards.


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#7: Abyss Actor – Leading Lady

Leading Lady's ATK tricks aren't much to write home about, but its search effects are solid, getting you to smaller Abyss Actors when you take damage: namely Abyss Actor – Extras and Abyss Actor – Funky Comedian. Extras is often played as a three-of for its ability to set you up with Abyss Actor – Wild Hope, arguably the most important card in the deck, while Funky Comedian is a one-of that's largely worth playing because Leading Lady can search it.

Abyss Actor – Leading Lady's monster effect fetches an Abyss Script from your deck when it's destroyed as a monster, giving easy access to the deck's key spell card…

 Abyss Actor - Leading Lady
$4.50
$0.68
$0.25
Abyss Actor - Leading Lady125277
Set Destiny Soldiers
Number DESO-EN021
Level 4
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Fiend
Attribute DARK 
A / D 1500 / 1000
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : Once per turn, when you take battle damage from an opponent's attacking monster: You can activate 1 of these effects;
- That opponent's monster loses ATK equal to the battle damage you took (even if this card leaves the field).
- Add 1 face-up "Abyss Actor" Pendulum Monster from your Extra Deck to your hand with ATK less than or equal to the damage you took.
Monster Effect : Once per turn, when battle damage is inflicted: You can target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; it loses ATK equal to that battle damage. When this card is destroyed by battle, or if this card in its owner's Monster Zone is destroyed by an opponent's card effect: You can Set 1 "Abyss Script" Spell Card directly from your Deck.


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#6:Abyss Script – Rise of the Abyss King

Rise of the Abyss King is searchable mass removal, and you can use it to clear entire fields – monsters, spells, and traps. Controlling one of the theme's two boss monsters keeps your opponent from responding; your destruction's guaranteed to stick, and as a bonus there's a ridiculously punishing effect if you set Rise of the Abyss King and your opponent destroys it.

This thing's a must-run at three in pretty much all builds, so it makes sense that it sold so well.

 Abyss Script - Rise of the Abyss King
$2.50
$0.83
$0.30
Abyss Script - Rise of the Abyss King125283
Set Destiny Soldiers
Number DESO-EN027
Type Normal Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

Target face-up cards on the field, up to the number of Attack Position "Abyss Actor" monsters with different names you control; destroy them. If you control a Level 7 or higher "Abyss Actor" monster, your opponent cannot activate cards or effects in response to this card's activation. If this Set card in its owner's control is destroyed by an opponent's card effect, and you have a face-up "Abyss Actor" Pendulum Monster in your Extra Deck: You can add up to 2 "Abyss Actor" cards and/or "Abyss Script" Spell Cards with different names from your Deck to your hand.


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#5: Abyss Actor - Superstar

Speaking of those boss monsters, Abyss Actor – Superstar is the smaller of the two, and the easier one to Pendulum Summon thanks to its Level. As a Pendulum Spell, Superstar ensures you never run out of Rise of the Abyss Kings: your opponent always has to be aware of the threat of mass removal.

As a monster it packs a 2500 ATK punch and it searches Abyss Scripts straight from your deck for free. It's another three-of.

 Abyss Actor - Superstar
$4.50
$0.75
$0.45
Abyss Actor - Superstar125274
Set Destiny Soldiers
Number DESO-EN018
Level 7
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Fiend
Attribute DARK 
A / D 2500 / 1800
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : Once per turn: You can Tribute 1 "Abyss Actor" monster, then target 1 "Abyss Script" Spell Card in your Graveyard; add it to your hand.
Monster Effect : When Normal or Special Summoned, your opponent's Spell/Trap Cards and effects cannot be activated. Once per turn: You can Set 1 "Abyss Script" Spell Card directly from your Deck, but it is sent to the Graveyard during the End Phase.


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#4: Abyss Actor – Evil Heel

A little tougher to play, but nearly as important to the strategy, Abyss Actor – Evil Heel is a bigger beatstick that specializes in thumping damage through monsters by reducing their ATK. You'll generally use Abyss Actor – Wild Hope to make your Pendulum Scale big enough to Summon Evil Heel, but once you jump through those hoops it deals a ton of damage. It also comes with the side benefit of resetting used Abyss Scripts when it hammers through a monster.

 Abyss Actor - Evil Heel
$2.00
$0.55
$0.25
Abyss Actor - Evil Heel125272
Set Destiny Soldiers
Number DESO-EN016
Level 8
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Fiend
Attribute DARK 
A / D 3000 / 2000
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : Once per turn: You can Tribute 1 "Abyss Actor" monster, then target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; it loses ATK equal to the original ATK of the Tributed monster, until the end of this turn (even if this card leaves the field).
Monster Effect : If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; it loses 1000 ATK for each "Abyss Actor" monster you currently control, until the end of this turn. When this card destroys an opponent's monster by battle: You can target 1 "Abyss Script" Spell Card in your Graveyard; Set that card


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#3: Abyss Actor – Wild Hope

And finally, the most important monster for the Abyss Actor strategy was the highest-selling card for the theme. Abyss Actor – Wild Hope has decent ATK, which can jump by a few hundred attack points thanks to its buff ability. If it's destroyed, even by your own effect, you can search another Abyss Actor from your deck. You'll get that search whether Wild Hope was destroyed as a monster or a Pendulum Spell.

Which is good, because Wild Hope's real value is in the Pendulum Zone. As a Scale 2 monster it takes care of the low end of your needs, and its effect converts your other Pendulum Spell to a Scale 9 – big enough to Pendulum Summon anything the deck might run, including Abyss Actor – Evil Heel.

Combined with Abyss Actors Back Stage, Wild Hope's basically a cannon that loads on Turn 1 and fires on Turn 2, launching fistfuls of Pendulum Monsters straight at your opponent. It's the center of the strategy, and the reason why Abyss Actors can win so quickly. If the deck has a chance at being competitive it all revolves around this card.

 Abyss Actor - Wild Hope
$3.50
$1.29
$0.49
Abyss Actor - Wild Hope125278
Set Destiny Soldiers
Number DESO-EN022
Level 4
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Fiend
Attribute DARK 
A / D 1600 / 1200
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : Once per turn: You can target 1 "Abyss Actor" card in your other Pendulum Zone; its Pendulum Scale becomes 9 until the end of this turn, also you cannot Special Summon monsters for the rest of this turn, except "Abyss Actor" monsters (even if this card leaves the field).
Monster Effect : Once per turn: You can make this card gain 100 ATK for each "Abyss Actor" monster you currently control with different names, until the end of this turn. If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can add 1 "Abyss Actor" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Abyss Actor - Wild Hope". You can only use this effect of "Abyss Actor - Wild Hope" once per turn.


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#2: Allure of Darkness

Transitioning back into more mainstream territory, Allure of Darkness is a big card for Abyss Actors, as well as Darklords, Burning Abyss, Phantom Knights, Kozmos, Dark Synchro, and countless other strategies, all of which are tournament viable.

It's a must-own that a lot of returning players and new duelists don't have, it was just reprinted as a shiny Super Rare, and it just barely slipped from the Number 1 spot it occupied over the weekend.

 Allure of Darkness
$8.27
$5.20
$3.49
Allure of Darkness125300
Set Destiny Soldiers
Number DESO-EN044
Type Normal Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Draw 2 cards, then banish 1 DARK monster from your hand, or, if you do not have any in your hand, send your entire hand to the Graveyard.


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#1: Destiny Hero - Malicious

And finally, fan favorite status, nostalgia, and a legitimate role in fringe competitive decks like Dark Synchro powered Destiny HERO – Malicious to the Number 1 spot this week. Powered by the new Destiny HERO support and benefiting from renewed interest due to its combo potential with Pot of Acquisitiveness, Malicious hasn't been this hot in years, kicking it from Number 3 bestseller status over the weekend to even bigger demand from Monday to Friday.

Malicious' reign probably won't last the weekend, and it may not filter into competitive results outside of a couple more Dark Synchro decks in Top Cuts, but any showing at YCS Anaheim this weekend could give it a longer lifespan in the Top 10.

 Destiny HERO - Malicious
$2.50
$0.80
$0.49
Destiny HERO - Malicious125266
Set Destiny Soldiers
Number DESO-EN010
Level 6
Type Effect Monster
Monster Warrior
Attribute DARK 
A / D 800 / 800
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

You can banish this card from your Graveyard; Special Summon 1 "Destiny HERO - Malicious" from your Deck.


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Looking further down the salescharts it's practically Abyss Actors all the way down, with Abyss Actor – Funky Comedian, Abyss Actors Back Stage, Abyss Actor – Extras, and the remaining Abyss Scrypts all charting for the week.

Ultimaya Tzolkin clocked in at Number 12 after seeing a resurgence in Metalfoes, Trade-In fell from Number 4 on Monday to Number 16, and D-HERO's like Destiny HERO – Dogma, Destiny HERO – Plasma, and Destiny HERO – Drilldark saw some notable interest as well. Fairy Tail Snow rounded out the bestsellers list.

We'll be back on Monday in the wake of YCS Anaheim, so don't miss our next Market Watch! The Championship main event is sure to swerve the direction of competition, and with it the secondary market, so get ready for some shifts and some surprises.

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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