Market Watch Top 10: The Structure Deck Arrives!

Jason Grabher-Meyer

1/22/2018 11:00:00 AM
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The new Structure Deck: Wave of Light released on Friday, and the result was a big shakeup in the TCGplayer Marketplace over the weekend.

Five cards from the Structure made the Top 10 bestseller list from Friday to Monday morning. While the highest value card from the release is currently the reprint of Ties of the Brethren, Solemn Warning and four of the release's new cards topped the charts.

From there the remaining Top 10 cards were a predictable mix of format staples playable in almost any deck, and a couple of Pendulum Magicians.

For weeks now we've seen Pendulum Magician sales bolstered by decent TCG performances, OCG success across three distinct variants (including a Supreme King version), and the upcoming release of Heavymetalfoes Electrumite in Extreme Force. And while Pendulum Magicians almost fell short of the Top 32 at YCS Melbourne entirely, the OCG decks and Electrumite are keeping the hype train rolling.

With those three factors as our focus, let's count down the Top 10 biggest cards in the TCGplayer Marketplace for the weekend!

#10: Rebirth of Parshath

The first new entry from Structure Deck: Wave of Light, Rebirth of Parshath is a flexible Counter Trap that eliminates opposing cards without sending them to the graveyard – that's huge nowadays, with some of the biggest decks in the game having so many ways to use yarded cards.

And while Rebirth costs 1000 LP and a discard, also requiring you to have another Counter Trap in your hand to activate it, it can Special Summon a card like Avenging Knight Parshath Neo-Parshath the Sky Paladin, or the new Sacred Arch-Airknight Parshath straight from your Deck. It's not as conditional as it sounds, and it's a surprisingly good fit for tournaments these days despite the dwindling viability of most trap cards.

 Rebirth of Parshath
$1.44
$0.97
$0.50
Rebirth of Parshath156021
Set Structure Deck: Wave of Light
Number SR05-EN031
Type Counter Trap
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

When a Spell/Trap Card, or monster effect, is activated: Reveal 1 Counter Trap in your hand, then discard 1 card and pay 1000 LP; negate the activation, and if you do, shuffle that card into the Deck. Then, you can Special Summon 1 "Parshath" monster from your Deck or Extra Deck.


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#9: Power Angel Valkyria

Another of the new entrants, Power Angel Valkyria's a less complicated card in the vein of Harvest Angel of Wisdom and the classic Bountiful Artemis, searching you a Light Fairy from your deck when you negate the activation of a spell or trap card, or the effect of a monster.

It's certainly attractive for a deck running Counter Traps, but it also works with other forms of negation as well, most prominently hand traps like Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring and Effect Veiler.

Cyber Dragon Infinity gets even better. Decode Talker's a flexible option. Evolzar Dolkka and Evolzar Laggia get more impressive. Fire King Avatar Arvata. Herald of Perfection's a great pick. Infernoid Devyaty and Infernoid Onuncu could love it. Kozmos. Legendary Six Samurai – Shi En. Mist Valley Apex Avian. There are a lot of cards that could be compatible.

Power Angel Valkyria has a lot of potential, but mashing it into a deck that can make the most of its effect may prove challenging. In the mean time, it's a pretty killer Counter Fairy card as intended.

 Power Angel Valkyria
$1.70
$0.83
$0.50
Power Angel Valkyria155993
Set Structure Deck: Wave of Light
Number SR05-EN003
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Fairy
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1800 / 1050
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

If you negate the activation of a Spell/Trap Card, or monster effect: Add 1 LIGHT Fairy monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Power Angel Valkyria" once per turn.


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#8: Solemn Warning

We may be seeing a trend away from Solemn Warning and Solemn Strike in tournament play, but the new reprint has dropped Warning's price below the $1 mark and that always sparks interest in such a high-powered, highly-splashable card.

Players and collectors bought it up by the fistful as soon as it hit on Friday, to the surprise of basically no one.

 Solemn Warning
$3.61
$1.75
$0.95
Solemn Warning156027
Set Structure Deck: Wave of Light
Number SR05-EN037
Type Counter Trap
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Common
Card Text

When a monster(s) would be Summoned, OR when a Spell/Trap Card, or monster effect, is activated that includes an effect that Special Summons a monster(s): Pay 2000 LP; negate the Summon or activation, and if you do, destroy that card.


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#7: Solemn Strike

Speak of the devil: even as players consider the impact of Floodgate Trap Hole and Bottomless Trap Hole in the wake of YCS Melbourne, Solemn Strike continues to be a top seller. The perception of how trap cards are played will need to change tremendously before demand for Strike will die down; it's a universally good card even when tournament trends are effectively stacked against it.

 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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#6: Purple Poison Magician

One of just two Pendulum Magician cards to make the cut this week, Purple Poison Magician's still a must-run at three just like every previous week. As noted above, Magicians almost missed the Top Cut at Melbourne entirely, but since the deck still placed one competitor into the Top 32 and Australian YCS tournaments get a bit of short shrift from North American players anyways, there wasn't a ton of damage done there.

Barring a sudden F&L List drop, it seems we're destined to see more Magicians back in the Top 10 come Friday.

 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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#5: Proxy Dragon

Proving to be an enduring draw due to its must-run status in almost any Link Summoning deck, Proxy Dragon's still one of the most popular cards in the game week-to-week, with nothing to replace it on the horizon. Almost nobody's trying to compete without at least owning a copy, and for good reason.

 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: The Sanctum of Parshath

The second-highest selling card from Wave of Light this weekend, The Sanctum of Parshath is a re-envisioned The Sanctuary in the Sky. It supports everything from classics like The Agent of Mystery – Earth and Master Hyperion, to new stuff in the Structure Deck, one of which we'll discuss momentarily.

It also buffs all your Fairies by a respectable 300 ATK and DEF – pretty awesome given the stats of many of the Counter Fairy theme's key Level 4's – and it gives a much-needed reload effect that stacks your deck and keeps you from running out of steam.

Like so many Field Spells these days, The Sanctum of Parshath is well designed and diversified across a range of effects that keep its utility high. While it won't immediately replace itself with another card via a search or recursion effect, its protection may singlehandedly keep backrow-heavy Fairy decks viable, and it's well matched with lots of other free plusses of card economy in the strategy.

Such as…

 The Sanctum of Parshath
$1.47
$0.99
$0.80
The Sanctum of Parshath156015
Set Structure Deck: Wave of Light
Number SR05-EN025
Type Continuous Spell
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

This card's name becomes "The Sanctuary in the Sky" while on the field or in the GY. Fairy monsters on the field gain 300 ATK/DEF. Set Spells/Traps cannot be targeted by, or destroyed by, card effects. Once per turn: You can target a total of 3 Fairy monsters and/or Counter Traps with different names in your GY; place them on top of your Deck in any order.


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#3: Minerva, Scholar of the Sky

Immediately spiking to 2200 ATK with the first activation of its effect, Minerva, Scholar of the Sky provides free card economy with a killer search effect. The age-old problem with Counter Fairy decks was that even if you were raking in free cards with Bountiful Artemis, you had to kind of just hope that you'd draw into Counter Traps that match whatever your opponent was going to try next.

Minerva doesn't solve that problem 100% of the time, since it can't search the same Counter Trap as the one you activated, and you can't always know for sure what your opponent's next move will be. But it's the closest thing you could hope for when you're looking for a sure thing, rewarding matchup knowledge and skilled reads with a wide range of answers that can create rolling momentum.

It even triggers off your opponent's Counter Traps, so if they happen to be running Solemn Strike or Solemn Warning you might be able to punish them for it. Cool stuff.

 Minerva, Scholar of the Sky
$1.25
$0.27
$0.05
Minerva, Scholar of the Sky155992
Set Structure Deck: Wave of Light
Number SR05-EN002
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Fairy
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1700 / 400
Rarity Common
Card Text

Each time a Counter Trap Card is activated, this card gains 500 ATK immediately after it resolves, also, if "The Sanctuary in the Sky" is on the field, add 1 Counter Trap with a different name from that activated card from your GY to your hand.


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#2: Astrograph Sorcerer

Once again, Astrograph Sorcerer continued to sell in huge numbers over the weekend as the flashiest of the Pendulum Magicians, even if it sees less play than the theme's other monsters. Now approaching the $4 mark in its average Market Price, it's still maintaining an upward Price Trend though there are now about 100 more copies in the Marketplace than there were on Friday.

About a third of the current stock is currently listed at or above $6, so we're clearly starting to see people banking on a spike.

 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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#1: Pot of Desires

And finally, Pot of Desires was once again on top! Drawing two cards: still amazing, just like it was last week and the week before that.

…And the week before that.

……Aaaaaaand the week before that.

 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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That's it for the weekend, but join us again on Friday as we find out which cards from Structure Deck: Wave of Light have legs enough to carry them through the week. Will Magicians regain their lost spots? Will Counter Fairies continue selling strongly? And what reactions will we see to Regional Qualifiers and the recent ARGCS in Richmond?

We'll have those answers and more on Friday. We'll see you then.

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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