In our last Market Watch we saw news from theOCG Jump Festa Live Streamand the product information it revealed making an immediate impact, as newcards fromFlames of Destructionskyrocketed demand for cards like Wind-Ups. That hype proved a littleshortlived, as the market returned to previous trends from Monday toFriday.
The two big winners this week were familiar, but perhaps for slightlydifferent reasons: Trickstars and Magicians were the two big standoutsamongst a sea of generic splashables, and both themes are seeing someaction in the OCG. Trickstars have some new cards and some reprints on theway, while Supreme King Magicians – a variant of what we'd call PendulumMagicians here – have
Meanwhile both decks continue to top Regionals, arguably gaining somemomentum this month – especially Pendulum Magicians, on the rise after acomeback showing
So where did that leave the Top 10? Let's dive in and find out!
#10: Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit
Ghost Ogre was missing from the Top 10 over the weekend, but it reemergedthis week as more players started seeing it topping Regionals inconjunction with Emergency Teleport. A late-season tech innovation,Emergency Teleport's being played as a fourth Ghost Ogre played withdifferent timing, and often for a different purpose; namely SynchroSummoning.
#9: Solemn Strike
Another Rebound from last week, Solemn Strike is back in the Top 10, whereit's spent most of its time since its reissuing as a Super Rare promo inCode of the Duelist: Special Edition. Not much of a surprise here:as the "Go Second" play ethos has started to expand from SPYRALs into deckslike Trickstars and True Draco Invoked, the pressure to run big Turn 1defense and flexible disruption heightens for the decks aiming to go first.
That's kept Solemn Strike a big pick for weeks, and it's unlikely to slipfrom the Top 10 again any time soon.
#8: Proxy Dragon
Another splashable staple that usually ranks a bit higher than Number 8,Proxy Dragon's stock continues to remain steady as more and more decksbecome increasingly invested in Link Summoning. We've seen Proxy Dragon gofrom a common one-of in Extra Decks to seeing more play in multiples, andthat's kept demand high.
#7: Double Iris Magician
Magicians were once again the big winners this week, putting in some strongperformances in Regional Qualifiers and looking impressive in overseasmetagames. Double Iris Magician remains one of the most respected lynchpinsof the Pendulum Magician game plan, and when demand spikes for the theme,Double Iris is always one of the big benefactors.
#6: Missus Radiant
Repopularized with the adoption of Scapegoat into widespread tournamentcompetition, Missus Radiant's still one of the best two-down-arrow LinkMonsters in the game. Scapegoat's now ubiquitous in Trickstars andregularly appears in other strategies, keeping Missus Radiant a hot pick inthe TCGplayer Marketplace.
#5: The Winged Dragon of Ra – Sphere Mode
Still huge despite a relatively niche role as a Side Deck pick against bigfirst-turn setup decks like SPYRALs, The Winged Dragon of Ra – Sphere Modewas once again massively popular. While its average Market Price hasremained fairly steady at about $3 since itsCircuit Break: Special Edition reprint, supply is actually dryingup here on TCGplayer.
Whether demand is sufficient to create a price spike in a buyout situationis up in the air, but regardless, a lot of late adopters are clearly tryingto get theirs before that question becomes relevant.
#4: Astrograph Sorcerer
As we often see, the rise in demand for Pendulum Magicians launchedAstrograph Sorcerer to higher sales than almost anything else in the deck –always interesting, since Astrograph's no longer seeing play in themajority of Top 8 builds. While it's made some return to the top tables inthe last two weekends of Regionals, Astrograph's appeal still seems to berooted at least partially in casual tastes, as it has That Boss MonsterFeeling that can often push sales.
That said, Wavering Eyes has been seeing an uptick in play in PendulumMagician lists, and that makes Astrograph Sorcerer a little stronger. We'llhave to see how the card trends in upcoming tournaments, but it's going tobe tough to gauge with Regionals on hiatus for the next two weeks.
#3: Eater of Millions
A big pick on and off since becoming a staple for Tricksatrs, Eater ofMillions put in huge numbers this week, albeit a big chunk of sales went tosingle buyers – likely speculators more than tournament players. Eater ofMillions is interesting in that some weeks it's been bought up by hugenumbers of individual players, and other weeks we're clearly seeingpatterns that suggest vendors are stocking up. Who's doing the buying seemsto vary day to day.
Still available in deep supply, the Raging Tempest original isonly 5 to 15 cents a piece right now, making it an attractive long shot betfor the coming months. We know Trickstars are getting more printed supportand likely more reprints, so the long term logic is clear.
#2: Pot of Desires
Yup! This was one of the weeks where Pot of Desires actually fell from theNumber 1 spot. The winner, you ask?
#1: Harmonizing Magician
It's Harmonizing Magician! Outselling Astrograph Sorcerer, the spike ofdemand for Harmonizing Magician suggests actual tournament players… andthose at least concerned with tournament play… were out in force this weekto snag their copies.
What else was big this week? Sales for Wind-Ups plummeted in the wake ofthe weekend, but that could be owed to short supply – Wind-Up Rat sold outin the Marketplace and more than doubled in price. Wind-Up Factory sold indroves though, to a limited number of buyers suggesting vendors andspeculators.
We also saw big niche sales of Six Samurai cards, especially Asceticism ofthe Six Samurai and Legendary Six Samurai – Shi En. Both cards are likelyto be focal points of an updated Six Samurai strategy, if we ever see onematerialize here in TCG competition.
That's it for this week, but we'll be back on Monday with a holiday editionof Market Watch. See you then!