This weekend we saw some familiar background trends press to the top of thesales charts, as well as a couple of curveballs.

The past few Market Watch columns have shown us several cards on an upwardtrajectory, all of which have had a ripple effect on the secondary market.Scapegoat, popularized in Trickstars, has escalated demand for severaldifferent cards by making Link Monsters more accessible. The rise of EvenlyMatched and Go-Second Spyral decks have created more demand for cards thatbeat them, or that help secure Turn 1 fields to capitalize on a higherchance to go first. And the reveal of upcoming cards fromExtreme Force combined with results from YCS Buenos Aires have inturn boosted interest in Pendulum Magicians.

Those trends have ebbed and flowed in the impression they've made on salespatterns, but in general the impact of each has been widening for weeks,encompassing more and more cards. That's created a diverse pool of decks inRegional Top Cuts, and a frankly surprisingly healthy competitivelandscape.

So what happened this weekend? Let's dive right into the numbers, andexamine the Top 10 bestselling cards from Friday to Monday.

#10: Link Spider

Recent weeks have seen an uptick of play in Scapegoat, as well as LinkSpider and Missus Radiant to match. While Scapegoat reached its peak a weekand a half ago, alongside a Top 10 showing from Missus Radiant, this is thefirst time in a while that Spider's made the cut.

Naturally, it was accompanied by…

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#9: Missus Radiant

Reprising its Number 9 showing from a week ago, Missus Radiant rose to theTop 10 once again this past weekend. Despite the rising interest inPendulum Magicians, it doesn't appear as if Trickstars are slowing down,and other decks are experimenting with the Scapegoat engine.

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#8: Cosmic Compass

Previously a big seller to a very narrow audience of speculators, CosmicCompass sold to a much wider base of players over the weekend, officiallytaking the Number 8 spot in our countdown. A relatively obscure common fromStorm of Ragnarok, it's a Link Summoning powerhouse and may owesome of its momentum to the arrival of Linkuriboh, which started appearingin SHONEN JUMP subscriber mailboxes last week.

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#7: Gold Sarcophagus

Reprinted in Structure Deck: Cyberse Link and recently played in awealth of banish-heavy Top Cut 60-card decks for synergy with Giant Rex,Gold Sarcophagus is now a one-card Special Summoning engine granting younearly free Material for Xyz and Synchro plays. While some of the renewedinterest in this card might be due to speculators – it's rarely been moreaffordable than it is now – some of that interest might demonstrate actualcompetitive trends, with more players gravitating toward Lightsworn Zombiesand Lightsworn Infernoids.

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#6: Solemn Strike

Still a backrow mainstay for decks that aim to go first, Solemn Strike ishuge for Trickstars and sees play in all sorts of different strategiesbeyond it. Even while more players flock to Evenly Matched, Solemn Strikeis a common Main Deck pick and sees ample Side Deck play as well.

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#5: Wavering Eyes

Last week we saw the announcement of Heavymetalfoes Electrumite bolsterinterest in Pendulum Magicians, and two weeks of solid tournamentperformance for that strategy has continued to elevate that deck'scompetitive standing. That's led to a renewed interest in Wavering Eyesthis week, so be on the lookout for it if you're piloting Pendulumsyourself. You're going to run into more players ready to side it againstyou.

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#4: Honest

With Trickstars a competitive mainstay this format, the reprint of Honestin Spirit Warriors has seen players snagging copies to play, andspeculators stocking up by the dozens. Honest is a perennially powerfulcard that can become viable at the drop of a hat, and it's no surprise tosee it bouncing on and off the Top 10 list when it's playable and wildlyaffordable.

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#3: Proxy Dragon

Proxy Dragon's been one of the bestselling cards of the year, generally amust-run for any strategy running Link Monsters. With a solid effect, twosideways Link Arrows, and easy Link Summoning Materials, Proxy Dragon's oneof the best Link Monsters in the game.

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#2: Pot of Desires

Speaking of bestselling cards of the year, Pot of Desires is still headedto take that title, though this week it dropped to Number 2. That wasbecause of a huge upswing in demand for…

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#1: The Winged Dragon of Ra – Sphere Mode

Kelly wrote a great article yesterday that talked about the rising playvalue of cards like Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju and Lava Golem, and TheWinged Dragon of Ra – Sphere Mode operates on a similar premise, but justgoes wider, taking out three monsters instead of one or two.

With nothing but a high value printing inDuelist Pack: Battle City and a much more accessible reprint inCircuit Break: Special Edition, Sphere Mode nearly sold out overthe course of the weekend. As of this writing only four vendors still hadit in stock in the TCGplayer Marketplace, with fewer than 50 copies betweenthem. And while that has yet to create a price spike above the current $3mark, it's difficult to predict the impact of a total buyout.

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That's it for today, but we'll return on Friday once more results from thelatest Regional Qualifiers are more publicized.

Until then, keep an eye on theDeck Archive as we post more Top 8 listsand near-miss strategies from events in Phoenix, Kissimmee, Shreveport, St.Louis and more. This format continues to grow and progress, and sales dataremains one of the best ways to advance your understanding of the game'strajectory.

-Jason Grabher-Meyer