Market Watch Top 10: Legendary Dragon Decks Fallout

Jason Grabher-Meyer

10/13/2017 11:00:00 AM
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After coming out swinging last Friday, the Legendary Dragon Decks release made a bigger impact than some predicted in our last Market Watch.

Four days later, that set's still having a profound effect on the TCGplayer Marketplace. The current kings of the secondary market were back on top this week - Pot of Desires and Solemn Strike – but four of the Top 10 were still placed there by the LEDD launch.

Meanwhile we saw a few responses to recent Regional action and trends from YCS Guadalajara this past weekend, and at least one surge of sales that seems to be looking ahead to new cards from Circuit Break.

And so we embark upon another Market Watch column. If this series is new to you, a quick recap: every Monday and Friday we count down the Top 10 bestsellers in the TCG by sheer volume of cards sold. That means rarity and card value aren't a factor; we're going off the number of cards moved.

That's cool because it gives you perspective on sales trends that are usually impossible to spot if you're just looking for price spikes. When thousands of players are picking up key commons for new strategies, or niche tech picks to tackle big decks, that information can be tremendously useful for you as a collector, speculator, or tournament player.

So let's get into it! Here are the Top 10 bestselling cards this week, from Monday to Friday.

#10: Marshalling Field

The F.A. theme gets new support in Circuit Break, and it's been a deck-to-watch in the minds of some players for a while now. The F.A. can do impressive things with Marshalling Field, even though it can be a risky brick draw, and it looks like a lot of players – and maybe speculators – may have decided to pick up copies this week.

Is Marshalling Field used for anything else? Let me know down in the Comments if you think there's something else going on with this one.

 Marshalling Field
$4.04
$2.93
$2.28
Marshalling Field97867
Set World Superstars
Number WSUP-EN025
Type Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

You cannot Special Summon monsters, except Machine-Type monsters. Once per turn: You can declare a Level from 5 to 9; all Level 5 or higher Machine-Type monsters you control become that Level. If a Machine-Type Xyz Monster(s) you control would be destroyed, you can send this card to the Graveyard instead. If this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: You can add 1 "Rank-Up-Magic Argent Chaos Force" from your Deck or Graveyard to your hand.


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#9: Storming Mirror Force

Storming Mirror Force saw some Regional and YCS success this past weekend; apparently enough to drive it to the Number 9 position. A non-targeting, non-destroying mass removal option is attractive in a number of situations, and “Pendulums freaking everywhere” is one of those cases. With Storming Mirror Force just getting a budget reprint in LEDD, it's an attractive pickup for anyone who didn't have their playset.

 Storming Mirror Force
$3.00
$1.01
$0.59
Storming Mirror Force147051
Set Legendary Dragon Decks
Number LEDD-ENB22
Type Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Common
Card Text

When an opponent's monster declares an attack: Return all your opponent's Attack Position monsters to the hand.


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#8: Duelist Alliance

Speaking of cards that benefitted from a Legendary Dragon Decks reprint, Duelist Alliance is now available to budget players, making the top deck in competition much more accessible. It's no surprise to see a three-of must-run in that kind of strategy selling this well.

 Duelist Alliance
$2.48
$1.44
$0.99
Duelist Alliance147080
Set Legendary Dragon Decks
Number LEDD-ENC17
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Common
Card Text

If there is a card in the Pendulum Zone: Add 1 "Pendulum" Pendulum Monster or "Pendulum" Spell/Trap from your Deck to your hand. You can only activate 1 "Duelist Alliance" per turn.


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#7: Astrograph Sorcerer

Pendulum Magicians: still winning tournaments.

 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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#6: Performapal Odd-Eyes Dissolver

The sudden demand for Performapal Odd-Eyes Dissolver is more interesting. On one hand, Odd-Eyes Arc Pendulum Dragon may be generating more interest in Performapal Odd-Eyes Dissolver and Odd-Eyes decks in general. But that deck's unproven so far in tournaments; are Pendulum Magician players interested in this for some reason? Did someone run Performapal Gatlinghoul? Or is casual Odd-Eyes interest really enough to kick off a buying frenzy.

It's a weird situation no matter the cause.

 Performapal Odd-Eyes Dissolver
$1.97
$0.99
$0.05
Performapal Odd-Eyes Dissolver136792
Set Battles of Legend: Light's Revenge
Number BLLR-EN003
Level 8
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute DARK 
A / D 2000 / 2600
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : Once per turn: You can Fusion Summon 1 Dragon Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using monsters from your hand or field as Fusion Materials.
Monster Effect : At the start of the Damage Step, if your Pendulum Monster battles an opponent's monster: You can Special Summon this card from your hand, and if you do, your monster cannot be destroyed by that battle. You can only use this effect of "Performapal Odd-Eyes Dissolver" once per turn. During your Main Phase: You can Fusion Summon 1 Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using this card you control as Fusion Material, as well as other monsters you control or cards in your Pendulum Zones.


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#5: Dark Magician the Dragon Knight

Almost surprisingly, the only new LEDD card that disappeared from the Top 10 was Chimeratech Megafleet Dragon. Dark Magician the Dragon Knight – almost inarguably a much more casual card – continued to sell so well that it took the Number 5 spot. That's likely a mix of hardcore nostalgia and actual competitive hope for Dark Magician decks.

At the same time, we do tend to see more sales patterns suggesting casual buying trends during the week, whereas competitive trends kick in earlier and generally show more impact over the weekend. A massive number of buys from more casual players – and vendors looking to cater to them – would explain a lot of the action in this week's Top 10.

 Dark Magician the Dragon Knight
$6.29
$4.20
$3.46
Dark Magician the Dragon Knight146748
Set Legendary Dragon Decks
Number LEDD-ENA00
Level 8
Type Fusion/Effect Monster
Monster Dragon
Attribute DARK 
A / D 3000 / 2500
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

"Dark Magician" + 1 Dragon monster
This card's name becomes "Dark Magician" while on the field or in the GY. Your opponent cannot target Spells/Traps you control with card effects, also they cannot be destroyed by your opponent's card effects.


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#4: Odd-Eyes Arc Pendulum Dragon

Case in point: Odd-Eyes Arc Pendulum Dragon. The sheer popularity of this card over the past four days might be enough to explain the demand for Performapal Odd-Eyes Dissolver.

 Odd-Eyes Arc Pendulum Dragon
$3.99
$3.25
$1.48
Odd-Eyes Arc Pendulum Dragon147062
Set Legendary Dragon Decks
Number LEDD-ENC00
Level 7
Type Pendulum/Normal Monster
Monster Dragon
Attribute DARK 
A / D 2700 / 2000
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect: If an "Odd-Eyes" card(s) you control is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can Special Summon 1 "Odd-Eyes" monster from your hand, Deck, or GY. You can only use this effect of "Odd-Eyes Arc Pendulum Dragon" once per turn.
Monster Effect: Made from miracles, this valiant and beautiful dragon has gleaming eyes that reflect an arc drawn in the sky.


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#3: Illusion Magician' rel="/db/WP-CH.asp?CN=Apprentice Illusion Magician">Apprentice Illusion Magician

Meanwhile, the number one pull from Legendary Dragon Decks continued to lead the pack. Illusion Magician' rel="/db/WP-CH.asp?CN=Apprentice Illusion Magician">Apprentice Illusion Magician was a massive money card in its original SHONEN JUMP printing, and it sits at a Venn diagram intersection between Dark Magician nostalgia, competitive potential, and sheer waifu appeal. It's a recipe that might keep Apprentice Illusion Magician in the Top 10 for weeks, minus the initial sales period when Circuit Break is released.

 Apprentice Illusion Magician
$21.09
$10.34
$7.99
Apprentice Illusion Magician146751
Set Legendary Dragon Decks
Number LEDD-ENA03
Level 6
Type Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute DARK 
A / D 2000 / 1700
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) by discarding 1 card. If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can add 1 "Dark Magician" from your Deck to your hand. During damage calculation, if your other DARK Spellcaster monster battles an opponent's monster (Quick Effect): You can send this card from your hand or face-up from your field to the GY; that monster you control gains 2000 ATK/DEF during that damage calculation only.


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#2: Pot of Desires

Nothing is slowing down Pot of Desires. It's largely treated as a must-run in competition right now, it's another former money card turned budget pull, and demand for it has remained high despite all the people that have picked up their copies. I'm really not sure how long that demand's going to last, but it could easily wind up being a matter of months rather than weeks at this point.

 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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#1: Solemn Strike

And finally, Solemn Strike's still a go-to trap card in current competition; nothing that happened at YCS Guadalajara or in Regional competition changed that over the weekend. It's still available for under five bucks too, and it's still in massive supply on TCGplayer; until that supply dips we're likely bound to see sustained demand.

 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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That's it for this week! Circuit Break Sneak Peeks start tomorrow, but the new cards won't be available for pre-sale in the TCGplayer Marketplace until mid-week. That means we'll only begin to see them creeping into the Market Watch Top 10 on Friday, but that may give us early insight into the biggest cards from the set – and player response to new competitive opportunities.

What are YOUR bets for the top sellers in Circuit Break? Since we rank our Top 10's by sheer volume of cards sold, some of the obvious Secret Rare picks may not actually be in big enough supply to make an immediate, visible impact.

Let me know your predictions down in the Comments, and best of luck at YOUR Sneak Peeks!

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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