Market Watch Top 10: MOAR Magicians

Jason Grabher-Meyer

1/13/2018 11:00:00 AM
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Welcome back to another Friday Market Watch!

…And another week of domination in the TCGplayer Marketplace for Pendulum Magicians. While 60-Card decks rallied a bit last weekend, not much really changed the balance of the current Big 3 decks : SPYRAL still leads in most tournaments, with Trickstars scoring some upsets and Pendulum Magicians a solid contender.

That said, every week where we don't see an F&L List seems to lend more momentum to Pendulum Magicians, as Heavymetalfoes Electrumite draws closer and players start to consider the very real possibility that we may not see a new Advanced Format until well after the release of Extreme Force. Cheap to invest in, Pendulum Magicians are becoming both a strong bet for both the final days of this format, AND the early days of the next one, and that's definitely feeding demand.

Nobody wants to place their chips on SPYRALs at this point if the haven't already; the deck's either going to get checked in the coming weeks, or ruined entirely. Trickstars are pretty easy to build and are unlikely to see major hits, if any adjustments at all, but the cost of entry is three Trickstar Reincarnations, currently clocking in at $20 each. Not a king's ransom, but far more expensive than anything in the Pendulum Magician Main Deck. Even the two biggest must-plays in the Magician Extra Deck - Tornado Dragon and PSY-Framelord Omega – pale by comparison, and lots of duelists already own those cards since they're so splashable.

So where did that leave us this week? Well, it left us with a Top 10 in the TCGplayer Marketplace with at least seven cards that were directly placed there by Pendulum Magicians.

#10: Anti-Spell Fragrance

Want to beat Pendulums? Flip this thing.

That's a bit of a simplification, but Anti-Spell Fragrance is a great floodgate against basically all three of the top strategies right now. And while that also makes it tricky to play in those decks, it IS doable, and offbeat rogues like Burning Abyss that happen to be less affected by it are currently riding it to victory on several notable occasions.

 Anti-Spell Fragrance
$5.95
$3.84
$1.75
Anti-Spell Fragrance136867
Set Battles of Legend: Light's Revenge
Number BLLR-EN078
Type Continuous Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Both players must Set Spell Cards before activating them, and cannot activate them until their next turn after Setting them.


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#9: Black Fang Magician

Yup, it's Black Fang Magician, alright. We recently talked about the fact that the demand for Black Fang seems to have an inconsistent relationship to its actual place in the deck: some weeks it ranks below the majority of the Pendulum Magician deck's three-ofs, while other weeks it surges past them. That's weird for a card that's often just a two-of, and I suggested previously that it could indicate the difference between a week where demand for Magicians was guided by speculators (who may be attracted to Black Fang for its lower price point and better growth potential) or by actual players (who would need it, but wouldn't need as many copies as say, Double Iris Magician or Wisdom-Eye Magician).

If that theory holds any water then this week's Top 10 might suggest higher player demand for Pendulum Magician cards, since it sat below a whopping five other cards the deck plays more copies of.

 Black Fang Magician
$1.79
$0.65
$0.28
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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#8: Double Iris Magician

Double Iris Magician is one of them, a staple must at three-per-deck that searches other staples, makes OTK's, and serves as a valuable Scale in a pinch. There's not much to say here: it does everything, and it even has a respectable ATK to boot.

 Double Iris Magician
$7.99
$0.74
$0.25
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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#7: Wavering Eyes

While Wavering Eyes fell out of fashion during the SPYRAL takeover, you only need to look as far as last week's ARGCS or the Regional Qualifier in Guadalajara to see the Rebound. Wavering Eyes was sided by all of the Top 16 Pendulum Magician players at the Circuit Series, while it was a Main Deck pick for both Top 8 Pendulum duelists in Mexico.

As more players start playing Pendulum Magicians, Wavering Eyes becomes a better card for the mirror match, and even for Side Decking in other strategies. After laying dormant for weeks the continued success in both the TCG and OCG, combined with the high expectations for the deck moving forward, has bolstered the demand for Wavering accordingly.

 Wavering Eyes
$4.99
$0.52
$0.10
Wavering Eyes100444
Set Crossed Souls: Advanced Edition
Number CROS-ENAE3
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
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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#6: Abyss Actor – Curtain Raiser

Speaking of Pendulum Magicians in the OCG, Abyss Actor – Curtain Raiser still isn't a successful card here in the Americas and Europe, but it continues to be a common pick in Asian Magician builds. That once again popped it into the Top 10, as players try to prepare for whatever direction the deck might take over the next month, and speculators try to cash in.

 Abyss Actor - Curtain Raiser
$2.99
$0.99
$0.31
Abyss Actor - Curtain Raiser136801
Set Battles of Legend: Light's Revenge
Number BLLR-EN012
Level 4
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Fiend
Attribute DARK 
A / D 1100 / 1000
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : If you control no monsters: You can Special Summon this card from your Pendulum Zone. You can only use this effect of "Abyss Actor - Curtain Raiser" once per Duel.
Monster Effect : Gains 1100 ATK if you control no other monsters. Once per turn: You can send 1 "Abyss Script" Spell from your Deck to the GY; add 1 face-up "Abyss Actor" Pendulum Monster from your Extra Deck to your hand.


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#5: Proxy Dragon

Proxy Dragon's been a regular sight in our most recent Market Watches, and for good reason: it's one of the most useful Link Monsters in the game, and there's nothing coming to steal its place as the best Link 2 generic Left and Right Arrow monster in the game.

…Sorry, did I say “best”? I meant “only” Link 2 generic Left and Right Arrow monster in the game. While Ib the World Chalice Priestess sees a good amount of play and Binary Sorceress… exists… neither of them have the sheer flexibility of Proxy Dragon, since you can't Summon either of them with matching Tokens.

If you don't own Proxy Dragon, you probably need to get on that.

 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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#4: Oracle of Zefra

If you missed it, Zefras are BLOWING UP in the OCG right now , and combined with some recent success with Set Rotation in TCG tournaments, demand for Oracle of Zefra exploded this week.

There are fewer copies of the Super Rare printing on TCGplayer than you might think, and the Secret Rare looks pretty vulnerable to buyouts given the current listed stock; there's a lot of perceived opportunity here for speculators, and a lot of pressure for players to own their copies should Zefras do well here in the TCG.

 Oracle of Zefra
$3.98
$2.79
$1.45
Oracle of Zefra134997
Set Pendulum Evolution
Number PEVO-EN050
Type Field Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

When this card is activated: Add 1 "Zefra" monster from your Deck to your hand. When you Ritual Summon using a "Zefra" monster, or Special Summon using a "Zefra" monster as Material, you can activate these effects depending on the monster Summoned, once per turn per effect.

  • Ritual: Shuffle 1 monster on the field into the Deck.
  • Fusion: Special Summon 1 monster from your hand.
  • Synchro: Choose 1 monster from your Deck and place it on top of your Deck.
  • Xyz: Draw 1 card, then discard 1 card.

You can only activate 1 "Oracle of Zefra" per turn.


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#3: Pot of Desires

Pot of Desires at Number 3?! Now you KNOW Magicians are taking over.

 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: Purple Poison Magician

Yup, Purple Poison Magician beat out Pot of Desires, the bestselling card of the year in 2017 as well as… well, most of 2018 until now, too. A must-run at three, Purple Poison's a useful low Scale that's just a staple of the Pendulum Magician strategy.

 Purple Poison Magician
$2.17
$0.88
$0.50
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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#1: Astrograph Sorcerer

And finally, Astrograph Sorcerer outsold everything else this week. While its competitive viability has been in question for a very long time, Sorcerer was mained in four of the five Top Cut lists we saw this week , from Guadalajara and Las Vegas. The only Top Cut finisher who didn't run it was Garon Williams at the ARGCS , who opted for a second Oafdragon Magician and a full package of three Mist Valley Apex Avian instead.

Walter Jule topped with two Apex Avians as well , so keep an eye on that card moving forward.

 Astrograph Sorcerer
$5.18
$4.20
$3.35
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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And that was it for this week! Out of more than a thousand active Yu-Gi-Oh! sellers in the TCGplayer Marketplace, these ten cards were the most sold from Monday to Friday, and with sustained success in the OCG, continued play in the TCG, and a much-hyped support card coming in Extreme Force, there's really nothing to slow the Pendulum Magician trend.

At this point the sheer number of people who seem to be preparing to switch for the next format may start becoming a factor in determining the look of that format, similar to what we suspect we may have seen with Dinosaurs last time around.

When will we SEE the new F&L List? That's anybody's guess, but we'll be bringing you twice-weekly Market Watches while we wait for it, including another installment on Monday.

See you then!

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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