Market Watch Top 10: Cyberse Link's Biggest Hits

Jason Grabher-Meyer

11/6/2017 11:00:00 AM
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Welcome back to another Monday Market Watch!

Regional Qualifiers in the soon-to-be-gone format had one last hurrah this weekend in venues like Lubbock Texas and Fayetteville Arkansas, but the biggest force in the TCGplayer Marketplace was the Friday release of Structure Deck: Cyberse Link. Introducing new Link Monsters and featuring some really big reprints, Cyberse Link occupied half of the Top 10 bestsellers list over the weekend.

Results have been slow to emerge from the latest Regionals, and early Top 8 profiles featured decks like True Dracos, but the Pendulum Magician hype surrounding the latest F&L List update would not be denied this weekend. Last week we saw four cards for Pendulum Magicians in the Top 10, plus Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir – a splashable card for sure, but a top pick in multiples for Magicians nonetheless.

This week two Pendulum Magician cards bottomed out the Top 10, while Bagooska made the cut as well, and Harmonizing Magician narrowly missed the cut at Number 11. Beyond that, the remaining bestseller was one you can probably guess, as demand for Pot of Desires remained consistently high.

It's a pretty basic list this time around, so let's get right into it.

#10: Double Iris Magician

It was almost surprising to see Double Iris Magician not make the Top 10 in last week's Monday to Friday sales period, as one of the most important cards for the Pendulum Magician theme – an absolute staple at three per deck. But that course was corrected over the weekend, as Double Iris Magician spiked in sales.

 Double Iris Magician
$2.66
$1.31
$0.10
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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#9: Astrograph Sorcerer

Falling from Number 6 last week, Astrograph Sorcerer remains a perpetual top seller for Pendulum Magicians, despite seeing play in variable numbers, and despite being abandoned during the reign of SPYRALS in favor of hand traps. It's not quite as good as it was before, since it combos well with Wavering Eyes and that card probably won't see Main Deck play in a more diversified format – at least for a while – but it's still tremendously powerful and offers a level of interference that makes it valuable in the eyes of most Magician players.

 Astrograph Sorcerer
$3.40
$2.35
$1.17
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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#8: Solemn Strike

Down from Number 5, there's really no mystery here as Solemn Strike remains a tremendously popular card. Now often available for under five bucks thanks to its Code of the Duelist: Special Edition reprint, it's been huge ever since it was reissued. It's an especially attractive card in the more open competitive field we can expect to see over the next couple of weeks.

 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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#7: Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir

Number 2 last week, Bagooska effectively retained its position in the Top 10 if we ignore the new cards and reprints from Cyberse Link. As far as pre-Cyberse Link cards go, it was outpaced only by the same card that beat it in sales last week.

I don't think it's much of a spoiler to say that predictably, that card was Pot of Desires.

 Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir
$5.97
$2.99
$0.25
Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir148403
Set Circuit Break
Number CIBR-EN097
Level 4
Type Xyz/Effect Monster
Monster Fiend
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 2100 / 2000
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

2 Level 4 monsters
Once per turn, during your Standby Phase, detach 1 material from this card. If you cannot, destroy it. This Attack Position card cannot be destroyed by your opponent's card effects. Your opponent cannot target this Attack Position card with card effects. While this card is in face-up Defense Position, change all face-up monsters on the field to Defense Position, also negate the activated effects of monsters that were in Defense Position when that effect was activated.


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#6: Storming Mirror Force

Over on the Cyberse Link front, Storming Mirror Force sold in big numbers even though it was just reprinted in the Legendary Dragon Decks a few weeks ago. This one's a bit tricky to understand, since it was only a dollar in that reprinting, while Cyberse Link dropped it to 50 cents. Will it see tournament play? That's unclear, but it's worth keeping an eye out for.

 Storming Mirror Force
$3.55
$1.39
$1.00
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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#5: Glow-Up Bulb

Glow-Up Bulb was a different story. Its most affordable printing was in Premium Gold: Return of the Bling, where it's been locked at seven to eight dollars for a very long time. Reprinted in SDCL and now costing about 50 cents, Glow-Up Bulb is newly accessible to a generation of players who missed it the first time around and never had much reason to throw down the money to own it. It's one of the most talked-about reprints in the set.

 Glow-Up Bulb
$18.61
$11.57
$8.00
Glow-Up Bulb93927
Set Legendary Collection 5D's
Number LC5D-EN092
Level 1
Type Tuner Monster
Monster Plant
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 100 / 100
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

You can send the top card of your Deck to the Graveyard and Special Summon this card from the Graveyard. You can only use this effect once per Duel.


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#4: Dimensional Barrier

But of course, Glow-Up Bulb's got nothing on Dimensional Barrier. Fading from tournament competition with the rise of SPYRALS, it's back in full force now that decks like Pendulum Magicians are bolstered by the F&L List Update, just in time for its reprinting. While both previous Secret Rare versions were down to about $5-$6 previously, Cyberse Link brings Barrier down to $2.50, making it an easy pick for anyone who didn't have their playset yet, or wants another because they own multiple decks.

It's one of the most powerful trap cards of all time, and it's never been more affordable.

 Dimensional Barrier
$9.74
$5.09
$4.00
Dimensional Barrier141659
Set 2017 Mega-Tins Mega Pack
Number MP17-EN163
Type Normal Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

Declare 1 monster card type (Ritual, Fusion, Synchro, Xyz, or Pendulum); for the rest of this turn, neither player can Special Summon monsters of the declared type, also negate the effects of all monsters of that type while they are on the field. You can only activate 1 "Dimensional Barrier" per turn.


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#3: Pot of Desires

By the same Token, Pot of Desires is one of the most powerful spell cards of all time, and it too has never been more affordable. A likely pick for the bestselling card of the year, it's played in basically everything but SPYRALS, and the back-to-back wins from that strategy at YCS Dallas and YCS London did nothing to slow demand for it.

Now that SPYRAL's been placed in check the demand continues.

 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: Tri-Gate Wizard

That said, Pot of Desires was outsold by the biggest NEW card from Cyberse Link, Tri-Gate Wizard. Long a staple of SPYRALS in the OCG, where it contributes to an even deadlier controlling board than anything we've had to deal with here, Tri-Gate Wizard is relatively easy to Summon as a Link 3, with its second and third effects being powerful control abilities that shape the field and cut your opponent off from their options.

The slowing of SPYRALS and the Limiting of Blackwing - Gofu the Vague Shadow makes Tri-Gate Wizard a bit less of a threat, but it's still the pick of the litter from the new Link Monsters, and well deserving of the Number 2 spot. It was outsold only by…

 Tri-Gate Wizard
$3.99
$2.05
$0.71
Tri-Gate Wizard149347
Set Structure Deck: Cyberse Link
Number SDCL-EN042
Type Link/Effect Monster
Monster Cyberse
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 2200 /
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

2+ monsters, except Tokens
This card gains these effects based on the number of monsters co-linked to this card.
• 1+: If a monster co-linked to this card battles your opponent's monster, any battle damage it inflicts to your opponent is doubled.
• 2+: Once per turn: You can target 1 card on the field; banish it.
• 3: Once per turn, when a card or effect is activated (Quick Effect): You can negate the activation, and if you do, banish that card.


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#1: Cosmic Cyclone

…Which makes sense, as an essentially must-own card that was well into the double digit price range. Historically a choice removal option against Pendulum themes and anything True Draco, any competitive player should own a playset, and now that you can get three of them for under seven bucks total it's an instant hit.

Will we see more Cosmic Cyclone in upcoming tournament play? That depends on how things shake out. But strategies that have inherent weaknesses to it need to be more careful than before, as there's no longer any barrier to owning it.

 Cosmic Cyclone
$11.99
$6.99
$5.28
Cosmic Cyclone141498
Set 2017 Mega-Tins Mega Pack
Number MP17-EN105
Type Quick-Play Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

Pay 1000 LP, then target 1 Spell/Trap Card on the field; banish it.


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And that's it for this Market Watch! We'll be back on Friday with another update, where we'll see the response to Regional trends, as well as market reactions to new reveals from the OCG's LINK VRANS Pack and the remainder of the fallout from Structure Deck: Cyberse Link.

We'll see you then!

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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