Market Watch Top 10: Magicians Rule Again

Jason Grabher-Meyer

12/25/2017 11:00:00 AM
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Seems like people just can't get enough Magicians.

While the holiday weekend likely saw skewed action in the TCGplayer Marketplace, the big trend of the past few weeks continued to grow – Pendulum Magicians effectively took five spots in the Top 10 from Friday to Monday.

While that trend first emerged off the back of a respectable recovery for the Pendulum Magician theme at YCS Buenos Aires, it was bolstered by the release new of Heavymetalfoes Electrumite , and now seems to be strengthened by the recent logged success of Supreme King Magician variants in the OCG . Abyss Actors were a speculative hit outside the Top 10, and the Supreme King decks commonly run Abyss Actor – Curtain Raiser, offering some correlation between the trends.

Beyond the perfect storm of Magician hype we also saw renewed enthusiasm for some competitive staples, and a darkhorse pick that topped the charts earlier this month. There weren't many surprises here due to Regionals being on a holiday hiatus, so let's dive right in and talk about the bestselling cards of the weekend.

#10: Cosmic Cyclone

Possibly the most popular backrow hate in the last Regional Qualifiers of 2017, Cosmic Cyclone is flexible spot removal that shines in matchups like True Dracos and Pendulum Magicians. Did the latter help push Cyclone into the Top 10 again? That's up in the air, but our next stop in the Top 10 countdown is the first of five Magician-centric cards, so it's anybody's guess.

 Cosmic Cyclone
$4.77
$3.25
$1.71
Cosmic Cyclone149334
Set Structure Deck: Cyberse Link
Number SDCL-EN029
Type Quick-Play Spell
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Common
Card Text

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


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
thechanman 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $1.71
MXPcollectibles 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $1.84
TeamGuyaneseGamer 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.85
HarbingerGamesStore 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.85
CompetitiveCardShack 1st Edition - Near Mint 7 $2.83
Dolly's Toys & Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 6 $2.83
The Bat Cave 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $2.87
Creaky Owl Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $2.91
Gorilla Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $2.95
MemeKingsCabin 1st Edition - Lightly Played 2 $2.96

#9: Double Iris Magician

Down a couple spots after its push to Number 7 last week, Double Iris Magician remains a must-run pillar of all Pendulum Magician variants, even as the OCG versions continue to split into three different builds. It's highly unlikely that Pendulum Magicians will take a hit on any January F&L List, so with multiple variants on the horizon, and one dominant version here in the TCG, demand for Double Iris remained pretty steady.

 Double Iris Magician
$7.99
$0.60
$0.18
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.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Ziege Games 1st Edition - Moderately Played 1 $0.15
Ziege Games 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $0.18
Bemani Lounge 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.20
Top Table Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.20
ClevelandCardResale 1st Edition - Near Mint 10 $0.20
NCoastCollectorsMall 1st Edition - Near Mint 4 $0.20
TGS Trades 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.20
Geekified Mind 1st Edition - Near Mint 18 $0.22
Jumpman 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.23
DaPlanet 1st Edition - Near Mint 11 $0.24

#8: Decode Talker

Back in the Top 10 after not making the cut last week, Decode Talker keeps getting more credit for being a general Link Monster beatstick, and while it was once a common singleton it's starting to see play in multiples. It's incredibly solid as an attacker, a disruptor, and a step for Link climbing, so it's no surprise to see players still buying copies as Starter Deck: Link Strike fades into memory and players decide to spend their sealed product dollars elsewhere.

 Decode Talker
$6.93
$4.00
$2.62
Decode Talker138065
Set Starter Deck: Link Strike
Number YS17-EN041
Type Link/Effect Monster
Monster Cyberse
Attribute DARK 
A / D 2300 /
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

2+ Effect Monsters
Gains 500 ATK for each monster it points to. When your opponent activates a card or effect that targets a card(s) you control (Quick Effect): You can Tribute 1 monster this card points to; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
TeamGuyaneseGamer 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $2.62
Altera Exchange 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $2.90
Copacetic Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $2.99
RealGudDeals 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $3.10
Decent Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $3.25
Fulkamania Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $3.50
Davis Cards & Games 1st Edition - Moderately Played 2 $3.50
TheCardWard 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $3.57
Legacy Defined Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $3.60
Resource Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $3.61

#7: Cosmic Compass

Back in the Top 10 once again, Cosmic Compass is an Earth-friendly Token-generating Machine that works with Machine Duplication, and can fill your field with useful Token Monsters… provided your opponent has a full field themselves. We've yet to see any competitive success from the Compass, but this isn't the first time it's been a strong seller, especially after some Yugitube hype that followed its first push into the Top 10.

 Cosmic Compass
$4.99
$2.97
$1.25
Cosmic Compass39236
Set Storm of Ragnarok
Number STOR-EN001
Level 1
Type Effect Monster
Monster Machine
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 100 / 300
Rarity Common
Card Text

When this card is Normal Summoned, you can Special Summon a number of "Compass Tokens" (Machine-Type/EARTH/Level 1/ATK 0/DEF 0) up to the number of monsters your opponent controls.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Tim trading cards Unlimited - Lightly Played 1 $1.00
MBAcollectibles Unlimited - Moderately Played 1 $1.00
Kenthus Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.25
Dolly's Toys & Games 1st Edition - Lightly Played 4 $1.61
Card Cornucopia 1st Edition - Damaged 1 $1.77
Dolly's Toys & Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $1.79
Amazing Discoveries 1st Edition - Moderately Played 2 $2.09
Amazing Discoveries 1st Edition - Lightly Played 4 $2.13
WeLitXD Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $2.20
OblivionGamesTampa 1st Edition - Near Mint 14 $2.23

#6: Purple Poison Magician

Another must-run in all conceivable Pendulum Magician variants, Purple Poison Magician's interesting in part for its 2100 DEF, which some Top Cut players have used to run Full Force Virus in a handful of tournament successes. Cool stuff.

 Purple Poison Magician
$2.17
$0.67
$0.39
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.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Enticing Name 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.39
ClevelandCardResale 1st Edition - Near Mint 6 $0.39
Bemani Lounge 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.40
Unlucky Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.40
Geekified Mind 1st Edition - Near Mint 9 $0.40
Cardshtuff 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.40
IDeal808 1st Edition - Near Mint 7 $0.40
EvolutionGaming Inc 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.42
Jumpman 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.42
MrCarrotsPlace 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.45

#5: Astrograph Sorcerer

Down a spot from last week's Number 4 finish, Astrograph Sorcerer finished out the Regional season making a few returns to Top Cut play after it was cut from the standard Pendulum Magician list for weeks. It's difficult to say what drove it back into decks, and the lack of Regional Qualifiers makes it extra tough to tell if players are succeeding with it, but the steady sales indicate a great deal of interest in the card.

Definitely expect to see it in at least some of your Pendulum Magician matchups moving forward.

 Astrograph Sorcerer
$4.95
$3.22
$1.76
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.)


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
simplyugi 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.76
Sunshine Games 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $2.00
Cards Garcia 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $2.20
ClevelandCardResale 1st Edition - Near Mint 5 $2.39
Phoenixmendoza 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $2.50
MrCarrotsPlace 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $2.59
Legacy Defined Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $2.69
Dolly's Toys & Games 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $2.71
Han Perfect Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 10 $2.74
Resource Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $2.74

#4: Wisdom-Eye Magician

Arguably one of the best search cards of the modern era, Wisdom-Eye Magician is a hand-fixing powerhouse that also loads your Extra Deck and helps trigger key effects as needed. Roll in a Level of 4 and a respectable 1500 ATK, and you've got a defining card that's been a Magician-must-play since its debut in Master of Pendulum.

 Wisdom-Eye Magician
$9.95
$2.99
$1.24
Wisdom-Eye Magician134964
Set Pendulum Evolution
Number PEVO-EN017
Level 4
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1500 / 1500
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : If you have a "Magician" or "Performapal" card in your other Pendulum Zone: You can destroy this card, and if you do, place 1 "Magician" Pendulum Monster from your Deck in your Pendulum Zone, except "Wisdom-Eye Magician".
Monster Effect : You can discard this card, then target 1 card in your Pendulum Zone, whose current Pendulum Scale is different from its original Pendulum Scale; its Pendulum Scale becomes its original Pendulum Scale until the end of this turn.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Syracusegaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.24
ClevelandCardResale 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $1.25
Steel City CCG 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.25
Geekified Mind 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.35
EvolutionGaming Inc 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.48
Apex Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 6 $1.49
BZStoreOnline 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.50
UltimateCardsTcg 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $1.59
Card Cornucopia 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $1.73
Kirwan's Game Store 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.79

#3: Wavering Eyes

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the week, Wavering Eyes reentered the Top 10 at Number 3, suggesting both a rising interest in its use in Magician decks, as well as the possible use of it in Side Decks to counter Magician Pendulums as well. It's impossible to tell how much of the incredible demand is due to each of those two factors, but if you're running Pendulum Magicians yourself you have to at least expect to see it in the mirror match.

 Wavering Eyes
$4.00
$1.32
$0.48
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.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
RoyalMizzou 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.48
Cardmonstergamez 1st Edition - Damaged 3 $0.48
Cardshtuff Unlimited - Near Mint 3 $0.50
Cardmonstergamez Unlimited - Lightly Played 1 $0.60
PrivateCardSoldier Unlimited - Near Mint 3 $0.66
Buis Card Place Unlimited - Moderately Played 1 $0.70
Card Cornucopia Unlimited - Lightly Played 1 $0.75
Cardmonstergamez 1st Edition - Lightly Played 65 $0.79
Absolve Gaming 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $0.79
Card Cornucopia 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $0.83

#2: Pot of Desires

Knocked down to Number 2 by Harmonizing Magician last week, the bestselling card of the year lost its Number 1 spot once again: this time, to Proxy Dragon.

 Pot of Desires
$33.99
$21.85
$19.93
Pot of Desires121323
Set The Dark Illusion
Number TDIL-EN066
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Secret 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.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Buis Card Place 1st Edition - Heavily Played 1 $17.00
XtremeGames 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $19.93
Collector Store LLC 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $19.99
Labol Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $20.00
Mystic Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $20.97
OverdoseGaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 6 $20.97
Extramint 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $20.98
Opolentia TCG 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $20.98
Amazing Games TCG 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $20.99
The Pig Pen 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $21.01

#1: Proxy Dragon

Yes, climbing from Number 8 last week, Proxy Dragon took the Number 1 spot. While it's occupied slots in the Top 5 pretty reliably for weeks, this weekend saw the biggest sales of Proxy Dragon in months, and it's not totally clear why that is. Is it lapsed and returning players getting ready for the 2018 season? Was it simply a stutter in demand for other cards over the awkward holiday weekend?

We'll likely never know, but it's interesting to see Proxy Dragon selling so massively. We do know that several Top Cut decks this month moved from single Proxies to running two, but will that trend carry through into the new year? We'll have to wait and find out.

 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.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Main Card TCG Limited - Lightly Played 1 $0.50
thechanman Limited - Near Mint 1 $0.65
Columbus Card Shop Limited - Near Mint 7 $0.69
ygosinglesallday Limited - Near Mint 2 $0.70
Johns Entertainment Limited - Near Mint 1 $0.70
ZLinked Gaming Limited - Near Mint 1 $0.70
Friendly City Games Limited - Lightly Played 1 $0.70
KrakenPacksTCG Limited - Near Mint 1 $0.73
Opolentia TCG Limited - Near Mint 46 $0.73
MajorJusticeTrades Limited - Near Mint 4 $0.75

And that's it for Market Watch this week! Regional Qualifiers are still a ways off, with a single Regional in Wisconsin on January 6th, leading into half a dozen more slated for the following two weeks.

That said, Regional Qualifiers for North America are now scheduled into the Extreme Force season and listed to April, so if you haven't checked that out yet, give it a look and see if there are some Regionals headed your way . We'll be back on Friday with another Market Watch Top 10, and we'll see you then.

-Jason Grabher-Meyer



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