Market Watch Top 10: Pendulum Evolution Arrives!

Jason Grabher-Meyer

6/26/2017 11:02:00 AM
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The Pendulum Evolution booster set arrived on Friday, and instantly demolished the TCGplayer Marketplace.

This is our Market Watch countdown, where every Monday and Friday we tally the sales from over 1000 active Yu-Gi-Oh! sellers in the TCGplayer Marketplace and show you the bestselling cards from the last few days. We generate our lists by number of cards sold, so even though hot new cards from sets just like PEVO may not be more than a few dollars, we can tell you when they're selling like hotcakes. It's stuff you couldn't see on your own if you were just looking for price spikes, and in times like these it's even more relevant than usual.

The new version of the Pendulum Magician deck made an immediate impact on tournament competition, instantly topping the European WCQ. That linked list might only be a Top 64 finish, but it's more than a lot of players were expecting from the revamped strategy. With enthusiasm for the strategy bolstered by the fresh Top Cut finish, the entire Top 10 this weekend were all cards from Pendulum Evolution.

Looking beyond the Top 10, the handful of cards that made waves on the salescharts were directly related to Pendulum Evolution. We'll talk about those in a bit, but for now let's look at the Top 10 from the weekend.

#10: White Wing Magician

Not all of the new cards from Pendulum Evolution are seeing immediate tournament play, and White Wing Magician's one of the new Magician cards that's not seeing use yet. The most popular of the new Pendulums have monster effects that create desirable, even trades of card economy, and White Wing Magician simply doesn't. Its Pendulum Effect isn't good enough to make it viable, at least for the moment, and that's unlikely to change.

But it's new, and it's an affordable Ultra Rare, so it seems as if that was enough to push it to the Top 10 position.

 White Wing Magician
$2.90
$0.41
$0.15
White Wing Magician134952
Set Pendulum Evolution
Number PEVO-EN005
Level 4
Type Pendulum/Tuner/Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute WIND 
A / D 1600 / 1400
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : Once per turn, when an activated card or effect resolves that targets a DARK Spellcaster-Type monster you control, negate that effect, then destroy this card.
Monster Effect : (This card is always treated as a "Synchro Dragon" card.) If this Pendulum Summoned card is used for a Synchro Summon, banish it.


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#9: Pendulum Call

Previously a three to four dollar card in its original Structure Deck printing, Pendulum Call made a repeat appearance in Pendulum Evolution and has been available for as little as $1.25 in the TCGplayer Marketplace the past while as a result. As a must-run in Pendulum Magicians, now far more affordable thanks to the reprint, its appeal is obvious. The Top Cut build from the European WCQ predictably ran three.

 Pendulum Call
$4.97
$4.92
$3.70
Pendulum Call134983
Set Pendulum Evolution
Number PEVO-EN036
Type Normal Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Discard 1 card; add 2 "Magician" Pendulum Monsters with different names from your Deck to your hand, also, until the end of your opponent's next turn after this card resolves, "Magician" cards in your Pendulum Zones cannot be destroyed by card effects. You can only activate 1 "Pendulum Call" per turn. You cannot activate this card if you activated a "Magician" monster's Pendulum Effect this turn.


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#8: Time Pendulumgraph

The viability of Time Pendulumgraph seems questionable; Tobias Altin remarked that he might drop it after it underperformed for him at Euros. It's searchable with Duelist Alliance and Double Iris Magician, but both cards generally have better stuff to grab; as it stands, Time Pendulumgraph just feels a bit narrow, and a bit too slow for what it does. Still, it was a popular pick over the weekend with no critical consensus yet about which of the new PEVO cards are actually necessary for competitive builds.

 Time Pendulumgraph
$1.95
$0.52
$0.40
Time Pendulumgraph134955
Set Pendulum Evolution
Number PEVO-EN008
Type Continuous Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Your opponent cannot target Spellcaster-Type monsters you control with Trap Cards or effects. You can only use the following effect of "Time Pendulumgraph" once per turn. You can target 1 "Magician" Pendulum Monster Card in your Monster Zone or Pendulum Zone, and 1 card your opponent controls; destroy them. Then, if this effect did not destroy 2 cards, you can send 1 card on the field to the Graveyard.


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#7: Timestar Magician

A repeatable search effect on legs, Timestar Magician fills gaps in your combo sequences, puts pressure on the field, protects your existing cards, and even lets you reuse cards for added longevity. That's not amazing, but it's enough to earn Timestar one-of status in Pendulum Magicians, solving problems and building momentum for little to no risk.

I think this strategy's largely more concerned with using its Rank 4 opportunities for Performage Trapeze Magician to make fast wins, but Timestar Magician can definitely play a roll in those plays. You definitely want to have it, and despite one-of status it still dinged the Number 7 slot.

 Timestar Magician
$3.90
$0.74
$0.41
Timestar Magician134956
Set Pendulum Evolution
Number PEVO-EN009
Level 4
Type Xyz/Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute DARK 
A / D 2400 / 1200
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

2 Level 4 "Magician" Pendulum Monsters
Must first be Xyz Summoned with the above Xyz Materials. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; add to your hand, 1 DARK Spellcaster-Type monster from your Deck, Graveyard, or face-up from your Extra Deck. Once per turn, if a Pendulum Monster Card(s) in your Monster Zone or Pendulum Zone would be destroyed by battle or card effect, you can send 1 Spellcaster-Type monster from your Deck to the Graveyard instead.


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#6: Black Fang Magician

The first of the new three-ofs in the Pendulum Magician deck, Black Fang Magician's a solid beatstick, a high Scale, self-replaces when destroyed, and pops itself as a battle trick to beat bigger monsters or push additional damage. It combos with anything that destroys it including itself, and the number of hats it wears in this strategy is downright impressive.

The demand here is really easy to understand. It's a great card for its theme.

 Black Fang Magician
$1.98
$1.12
$0.50
Black Fang Magician134951
Set Pendulum Evolution
Number PEVO-EN004
Level 4
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute DARK 
A / D 1700 / 800
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : Once per turn: You can target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; its ATK becomes half its current ATK (until the end of this turn), then destroy this card.
Monster Effect : (This card is always treated as an "Xyz Dragon" card.) If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can target 1 DARK Spellcaster-Type monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon it.


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#5: Purple Poison Magician

Much of the same can be said for the low Scale Purple Poison Magician. Wielding a more aggressive 1-for-1 trade effect, Poison lacks the ATK of Black Fang, but packs a better damage pushing ability on the Pendulum Effect side. There's not much to say here: it fills a lot of very clear roles in the strategy and helps the Pendulum Magician deck make those fast wins that I think a lot of players aren't really anticipating right now.

 Purple Poison Magician
$2.00
$1.20
$0.50
Purple Poison Magician134953
Set Pendulum Evolution
Number PEVO-EN006
Level 4
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute DARK 
A / D 1200 / 2100
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : Once per turn, if your DARK Spellcaster-Type monster battles, before damage calculation: You can activate this effect; that monster gains 1200 ATK (until the end of the Damage Step), then destroy this card.
Monster Effect : (This card is always treated as a "Fusion Dragon" card.) If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can target 1 face-up card on the field; destroy it.


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#4: Star Pendulumgraph

Star Pendulumgraph combos with lots of cards in this strategy that have self-destroying effects to replace those cards and turn them into instant plusses of card economy. Wisdom-Eye Magician, Purple Poison Magician, Black Fang Magician, and Double Iris Magician can all leverage it, so if it sticks around for a second trigger you start raking in card advantage and building combos really fast. It's easy to search, and it quickly turns symmetrical moves into highly advantageous ones.

I doubt you'd want to play more than one copy, so it's kind of weird to see it outsell stuff like Poison and Black Fang, but it's clearly worth playing. It's really good support that works with a lot of key cards.

 Star Pendulumgraph
$1.90
$0.75
$0.42
Star Pendulumgraph134954
Set Pendulum Evolution
Number PEVO-EN007
Type Continuous Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Your opponent cannot target Spellcaster-Type monsters you control with Spell Cards or effects. If a face-up "Magician" Pendulum Monster Card(s) leaves your Monster Zone or Pendulum Zone: Add 1 "Magician" Pendulum Monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Star Pendulumgraph" once per turn.


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#3: Harmonizing Magician

Pendulum Summon Harmonizing Magician and instantly make a Rank 4 Xyz or Level 8 Synchro Monster? Yes please.

While I wouldn't necessarily label Harmonizing Magician “free card advantage” on its own, it creates big plays on a really easy, really efficient basis, and it serves as the root of the Pendulum Magician strategy's versatility. The Extra Deck for this theme is really diverse, and Harmonizing Magician is the biggest reason for that; it makes the deck a little more unpredictable and gives you the tools you need to outplay strategies that are more front-loaded on their power curve.

It's also a high Scale with a cute Pendulum Effect that continues the concept of pushing extra damage, albeit in smaller quantities than other new Pendulum Magicians. Still, we'll take it. I'll never turn my nose up at free bonus effects.

 Harmonizing Magician
$2.47
$1.48
$1.00
Harmonizing Magician134957
Set Pendulum Evolution
Number PEVO-EN010
Level 4
Type Pendulum/Tuner/Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute DARK 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : All monsters you control gain 100 ATK and DEF for each face-up "Magician" Pendulum Monster with different names in your Extra Deck.
Monster Effect : Cannot be Special Summoned from the Extra Deck. Cannot be used as Material for a Fusion, Synchro, or Xyz Summon, unless all other Materials are "Magician" Pendulum Monsters. When this card is Pendulum Summoned from the hand: You can Special Summon 1 "Magician" Pendulum Monster from your Deck in Defense Position, except "Harmonizing Magician", but it has its effects negated, also banish it when it leaves the field. You can only use this effect of "Harmonizing Magician" once per turn.


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#2: Double Iris Magician

One more high Scale, Double Iris Magician is a mid-level beater with a decent search ability and a Pendulum Effect that can work well with the other damage-boosting Pendulum Effects in the strategy. It's a very solid Pendulum Summon in the mid-game, and the way it sets up Star Pendulumgraph can give it some very specific roles in strong play sequences. I'm not sure it quite measures up to some of the other new Pendulum Magicians, but it's kind of moot since you're likely to run three copies of all of them. There's really no point in splitting hairs here.

 Double Iris Magician
$1.99
$1.33
$1.00
Double Iris Magician134950
Set Pendulum Evolution
Number PEVO-EN003
Level 4
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute DARK 
A / D 1500 / 1000
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : Once per turn: You can target 1 DARK Spellcaster-Type monster you control; apply this effect to it, then destroy this card. Once applied, double any battle damage that monster inflicts to your opponent this turn if it battles an opponent's monster.
Monster Effect : (This card is always treated as a "Pendulum Dragon" card.) If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can add 1 "Pendulumgraph" card from your Deck to your hand.


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#1: Astrograph Sorcerer

What's interesting is that all those tournament-proven cards were outsold by the likely overcomplicated Astrograph Sorcerer, which didn't factor into the Top 64 showing at Euros. Is Astrograph Sorcerer necessary? Or is its popularity just evidence that this release was a bigger hit with casual players than competitive-minded players.

We'll need to see more tournament results to answer that question, but for now I don't think Pendulum Magicians actually need it, and I'm eager to see where the card goes moving forward.

 Astrograph Sorcerer
$3.09
$1.35
$0.94
Astrograph Sorcerer134948
Set Pendulum Evolution
Number PEVO-EN001
Level 7
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute DARK 
A / D 2500 / 2000
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : During your Main Phase: You can destroy this card, and if you do, take 1 "Stargazer Magician" from your hand or Deck, and either place it in your Pendulum Zone or Special Summon it. You can only use this effect of "Astrograph Sorcerer" once per turn.
Monster Effect : If a card(s) you control is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can Special Summon this card from your hand, then you can choose 1 monster in the Graveyard, Extra Deck, or that is banished, and that was destroyed this turn, and add 1 monster with the same name from your Deck to your hand. You can banish this card you control, plus 4 monsters from your hand, field, and/or Graveyard (1 each with "Pendulum Dragon", "Xyz Dragon", "Synchro Dragon", and "Fusion Dragon" in their names); Special Summon 1 "Supreme King Z-ARC" from your Extra Deck. (This is treated as a Fusion Summon.)


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Beyond the Top 10, we saw Performapal Skullcrobat Joker at Number 11; Chronograph Sorcerer at Number 12; and Wisdom-Eye Magician, at Number 13; while Dragonpit Magician and Dragonpulse Magician rounded out the Top 15.

The two cards not from Pendulum Evolution that saw notable demand this weekend were Duelist Alliance and Supreme King Z-ARC. No surprises there, as Duelist Alliance is necessary for the Pendulum Magician deck, while Supreme King Z-ARC benefits from the release.

How long will demand for PEVO singles continue? We'll find out on Friday, when we're back with our next Market Watch.

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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