Market Watch Top 10: The New Format

Jason Grabher-Meyer

9/25/2017 11:00:00 AM
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The first Regional weekend of the new Advanced Format is over, and so is the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational! Now, we have our first look at the highest-selling cards of the new era of competition, as players react to news about the most successful strategies.

The Top 8 of the Ultimate Duelist Series consisted of Trickstars, ABC-Dragon Buster, and True Dracos with one seat each, and then a whopping five duelists playing Pendulum Magicians… including eventual winner, our new Ultimate Duelist Jeff Jones! That kicked off huge demand for Pendulum Magicians on Sunday, but a TON of other decks topped Regionals as well, and those strategies had some influence in the TCGplayer Marketplace too.

On top of that, no fewer than three of the four promo cards from the Code of the Duelist: Special Edition release made the Top 10. You can probably guess which card didn't make it, but spoiler: it was Cyberse Beacon.

The first hit of the weekend was one of those very promos, so let's dive right into the countdown with the tenth highest-selling card across the TCGplayer Marketplace, from Friday to Monday morning.

#10: Skull Meister

The long-maligned, occasional Top Cut-making hand trap saw an uptick in popularity after some recent tournament success, and a Special Edition reprint that took it from 20+ dollars to about a buck-fifty. With an effect that actually makes it comparable or better than Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring in some matchups, Skull Meister could prove to be relevant as competition moves forward.

We've already seen it topping Regionals this past weekend, so it's definitely something to keep in the back of your mind.

 Skull Meister
$25.97
$10.78
$5.19
Skull Meister38615
Set Starstrike Blast
Number STBL-EN081
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Fiend
Attribute DARK 
A / D 1700 / 400
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

During either player's turn, when a card effect is activated in your opponent's Graveyard, you can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard to negate the effect.


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#9: Double Iris Magician

The next five cards in the Top 10 are all here because of Pendulum Magicians. The tale of the Top 8 at the UDS in Kissimee Florida got around fast, and Pendulum Magician lists that topped Regionals are still trickling in. Keep an eye on the Deck Archive in the next day or two as we continue to add more decks from the weekend.

 Double Iris Magician
$2.24
$1.00
$0.66
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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#8: Astrograph Sorcerer

While Astrograph Sorcerer was an optional card that wasn't always played in Top Cut Pendulum Magicians in the past, it's now emerging as a must-run, thanks in large part to its interaction with Wavering Eyes. Destroying two or more Pendulums with Wavering lets your search Astrograph Sorcerer, while also providing the destruction needed to Special Summon it and trigger its own search effect. Hayden Maker talked about that play coming off his Top 8 in St. Louis .

Two free searches and a free beatstick is pretty good when it's rolled into the activation of what may be the best card in the game, not to mention all the other uses for Astrograph.

 Astrograph Sorcerer
$6.80
$4.19
$2.34
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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#7: Harmonizing Magician

A crazy Level 4 Tuner in a strategy that only seems to have become even more focused on Synchro Summons, Harmonizing Magician is the gateway to a wealth of Synchro Monsters, the most mundane being PSY-Framelord Omega and Ignister Prominence, the Blasting Dracoslayer. From there it just gets crazier, with monsters like Beelze of the Diabolic Dragons, Enlightment Paladin, and Supreme King Dragon Clear Wing in the mix.

The Pendulum Magician deck powers out some amazing Synchros, almost entirely thanks to Harmonizing Magician, and often fields them for a single card. Crazy stuff.

 Harmonizing Magician
$3.02
$1.83
$0.91
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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#6: Purple Poison Magician

The deck's go-to low Scale is an obvious three-of, and it sold appropriately over the weekend. It's tough to imagine not running a full playset.

 Purple Poison Magician
$1.95
$0.90
$0.40
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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#5: Wavering Eyes

And finally, the card that's making it all happen: Wavering Eyes was down from the Number 1 spot last week, but still hung tight at Number 5 after accomplishing some frightening and not-at-all unpredictable things at the UDS Invitational. This is a format-shaping card, and a must-own as both a current play, and a potential counter if competition comes to that point.

 Wavering Eyes
$2.75
$1.50
$0.77
Wavering Eyes102485
Set Clash of Rebellions
Number CORE-EN066
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Common
Card Text

Destroy as many cards in each player's Pendulum Zones as possible, then apply these effects, in sequence, depending on the number of cards destroyed by this effect.
- 1 or more: Inflict 500 damage to your opponent.
- 2 or more: You can add 1 Pendulum Monster from your Main Deck to your hand.
- 3 or more: You can banish 1 card on the field.
- 4: You can add 1 "Wavering Eyes" from your Deck to your hand.


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#4: Proxy Dragon

Proxy Dragon was trading off against Pot of Desires as the Number 1 and Number 2 bestselling cards for weeks after both appeared in the 2017 Mega-Tins

 Proxy Dragon
Price N/A
Proxy Dragon141276
Set 2017 Mega-Tins
Number CT14-EN003
Type Link/Effect Monster
Monster Cyberse
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1400 /
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

2 monsters
If a card(s) you control would be destroyed by battle or card effect, you can destroy 1 of your monsters this card points to, instead.


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#3: Pot of Desires

…And both cards have remained wildly popular even through the format change.

Again, with the first weekend of competition offering a huge, wide open field of deck choices, generic splashable cards like Proxy Dragon and Pot of Desires are some of the most attractive cards in the game. There are very few decks that don't want to play Pot of Desires these days.

 Pot of Desires
Price N/A
Pot of Desires141277
Set 2017 Mega-Tins
Number CT14-EN004
Type Normal Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Banish 10 cards from the top of your Deck, face-down; draw 2 cards. You can only activate 1 "Pot of Desires" per turn.


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#2: Mistar Boy

But Mistar Boy outsold them both! Seemingly custom-made for Paleozoic Frogs, we already saw Mistar Boy carry at least one player to a Top 8 finish in Regional Qualifiers . With Rescue Rabbit back at three-per-deck Mistar Boy's just too good; a Missus Radiant for Water decks that lets you reuse cards like Spellbook Magician of Prophecy.

Mistar Boy does ridiculous stuff right now, and with that top hat and monocle, it looks good doing it.

#1: Solemn Strike

Finally, the bestselling card of the weekend is no surprise whatsoever, as the Code of the Duelist: Special Edition reprint brought Solemn Strike from nearly twenty dollars to seven. That's still an insanely high price point for a Special Edition reprint, but a lot of top decks from the weekend are running more traps than we usually saw last format, and Solemn Strike appears to be the most popular.

With an MSRP of $9.99, Code of the Duelist: Special Editions are actually selling for twelve dollars and up here at TCGplayer. The massive demand for Solemn Strike is one of the biggest reasons that's happening, and it might not slow down any time soon.

 Solemn Strike
$16.29
$10.77
$7.44
Solemn Strike122528
Set 2016 Mega-Tins Mega Pack
Number MP16-EN231
Type Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

When a monster(s) would be Special Summoned, or a monster effect is activated: Pay 1500 LP; negate the Summon or activation, and if you do, destroy that card.


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What else was hot? The Spellbook draw engine of Spellbook Magician of Prophecy, Spellbook of Secrets, and Spellbook of Knowledge finally started seeing serious play this weekend, and that drove Knowledge to the Number 11 spot.

Black Fang Magician and Time Pendulumgraph took Number 12 and Number 13, showing that the enthusiasm for Pendulum Magicians runs deep, while Missus Radiant and Denko Sekka rounded out the Top 15.

Pendulum Magicians are definitely the story of the weekend in the TCGplayer Marketplace so far, but the interest in Code of the Duelist: Special Edition is almost unique, while we have some strong market indicators showing that a lot of players are considering Paleozoic Frogs and the Spellbook draw engine. Watch for all of those trends at your locals.

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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