Market Watch Top 10: Pendulum Magician Hype

Jason Grabher-Meyer

9/29/2017 11:00:00 AM
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We're back with another Market Watch, and in the wake of a UDS Invitational where Pendulum Magicians won and took five seats in the Top 8 , cards for the deck have stormed the TCGplayer Marketplace.

Pendulum Magicians took no fewer than seven slots in our Top 10 bestseller list this week.

The strategy's success wasn't just limited to the UDS; while Regional Qualifier metagames were wide open and saw a ton of different decks in Top 8 positions, differing builds of Pendulum Magicians did extremely well in Regionals, too. One of the biggest points of variation across the board appears to be the use or nonuse of Mist Valley Apex Avian: Jeff Jones didn't run it in his UDS-winning build , but runner-up Jeremy Mitchell did , and we saw big results across both variants in Regionals.

Meanwhile the rest of the Top 10 belonged entirely to high-value splashable reprints, and one of the hottest new cards in the game, Mistar Boy. A promo in the Code of the Duelist: Special Edition, Mistar Boy has instantly found a place in Top Cut competition as a must-run in Paleozoic Frogs, which wasn't represented in the UDS Top 8 but has already made a big impression on multiple Regional Qualifiers.

So far we've seen Paleozoics Top 8 both with and without Spellbooks , as players seem to finally be embracing the Spellbook of Knowledge draw engine that was so popular in the OCG, but didn't catch on in the TCG until now. Cards for the engine have yet to return to the top of the salescharts, but with several decks running the engine successfully that could pick up.

So with no further ado, let's dive into our Top 10 for the week! These were the bestselling cards from Monday to Friday in the TCGplayer Marketplace.

#10: Wavering Eyes

No surprise to see Wavering Eyes in the Top 10 once again, even as competitors struggle to decide if it's worth playing – both in Pendulum Magicians Main Decked, and as a Side Deck choice for other strategies. It's a tremendously powerful card, but it's a bit risky in a competitive field that's still wide open at the beginning of a new format.

 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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#9: Time Pendulumgraph

The Pendulumgraph trap card is more popular at two-per-deck than Star Pendulumgraph, leading to greater demand. Star Pendulumgraph came in at Number 12 for the week.

 Time Pendulumgraph
$1.95
$0.45
$0.25
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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#8: Astrograph Sorcerer

Offering a ton of versatility and power as well as strong utility played in conjunction with Wavering Eyes, Astrograph Sorcerer seems to be moving from an optional pick in Pendulum Magician decks gone by, to a full-fledged staple for the theme in current competition.

That said, it still didn't put up the same numbers as the must-run three-ofs, indicating some players may still not be running it… Or at least playing it in lower numbers.

 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

The Magician deck is often hailed as more of a Synchro strategy than a Pendulum strategy, and the awesome power of Harmonizing Magician is the reason why. Making one-card plays into PSY-Framelord Omega and Crimson Blader is awesome enough, but add in more demanding options like Beelze of the Diabolic Dragons and Supreme King Dragon Clear Wing and you've got a bonafide tournament terror.

This card is crazy, and it's one of the biggest reasons Pendulum Magicians are dominating right now. It offers such a nutty toolbox that Magicians are coming out on top due to sheer maneuverability, let alone resource efficiency.

 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: Black Fang Magician

Black Fang Magician is a two-of to many Magician players, which is likely why it landed beneath…

 Black Fang Magician
$549.00
$0.82
$0.15
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

Which is a must-run at three per deck in every case I've personally seen.

Low scales. You need them. It's not particularly complicated.

 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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#4: Pot of Desires

CARDS! You need them, too. Drawing two of them for free is, ya know. Good.

Really good.

We've been saying this a lot lately, as the reprinted Pot of Desires continues to be one of the highest selling cards of the year.

 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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#3: Double Iris Magician

It's really no surprise that one of the best Pendulum Magician monsters was the strongest seller from the theme this week. Double Iris Magician searches Pendulumgraphs and helps you beat wins over opposing monsters, and it's been a three-of in all builds of Pendulum Magicians since it was first released. It's fitting to see it at Number 3.

 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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#2: Solemn Strike

Solemn Strike was the Number 1 bestseller in our Monday Market Watch and it stayed strong at Number 2 this week. Emerging as the defining trap card of this format, it appeared in a ton of different strategies in the UDS and the first round of Regionals, and it was only outsold by…

 Solemn Strike
Price N/A
Solemn Strike145917
Set Code of the Duelist
Number COTD-ENSE2
Type Counter Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Super 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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#1: Mistar Boy

Missus Radiant for Water monsters, Mistar Boy's almost singlehandedly responsible for the viability of Paleozoic Frogs as we've seen it. And with multiple Regional Top 8's the first weekend out, interest in that strategy is even higher than most players anticipated.

Code of the Duelist: Special Edition boxes are scarce and still selling over MSRP, starting at $12 in the TCGplayer Marketplace. Meanwhile Mistar Boy's selling for under $1.50 as a single and is in on a declining Price Trend despite the huge demand. The supply is there to meet it, and that's kept it accessible.

 Mistar Boy
Price N/A
Mistar Boy145918
Set Code of the Duelist
Number COTD-ENSE3
Type Link/Effect Monster
Monster Aqua
Attribute WATER 
A / D 1400 /
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

2 WATER monsters
All WATER monsters on the field gain 500 ATK and DEF, also all FIRE monsters on the field lose 400 ATK and DEF. If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can target 1 WATER monster in your GY; add it to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Mistar Boy" once per turn.


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Meanwhile just beyond the Top 10, Zaphion, the Timelord came in Number 11. It's become a big Side Deck pick, and we're even starting to see it in Main Decks as part of an engine with Time Maiden.

Star Pendulumgraph took the Number 12 spot as mentioned earlier, while Timestar Magician took Number 13. Proxy Dragon remained strong at Number 14, while the ongoing SPYRAL hype in the run-up to Circuit Break pushed SPYRAL Resort to Number 15.

And that's it for this week! OTS Championships means there are no North American Regionals this weekend, so we won't have many new developments to go on in Monday's Market Watch. Still, we'll see how these trends develop over the next few days, and we'll be back with another look at the action in the secondary market.

See you then!

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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