The former deck-to-beat prior to the release of SPYRAL Double Helix,Pendulum Magicians lost little to nothing in the update, and afterdisappearing from the top tables at YCS Dallas
The result was a resurgence of Magician cards from Monday to Friday, withPendulum Magicians taking four spots in the Top 10 as players flocked(back) to the deck. In addition, Youtube-driven hype pushed a potentialfloodgate hit back into the Top 10 once again; two cards saw continueddemand in the wake of Set Rotation's Limiting; and three flexiblepower-cards rounded out the Top 10.
It's a pretty simple list this time around, so let's get right into it.After, we'll look at the cards that rounded out the Number 11 to Number 15spots to see what other decks are top candidates in the eyes of thesecondary market.
First up, the pepertually popular…
#10: Duelist Alliance
It's a three-of. It's wildly powerful. It used to be really expensive.Duelist Alliance has been a huge pick since it was reissued inLegendary Dragon Decks, dropping Pendulum Magicians into the reachof many budget players. If there's one big factor pushing PendulumMagicians in the refreshed format aside from their previous track record,it's the deck's ease of access due to recent reprints.
#9: Black Fang Magician
Also back in the Top 10, the sometimes-two-of, sometimes-three-of BlackFang Magician.
Demand for Black Fang tends to grow and recede like the tides, perhapsbecause some players under-purchase it and then decide they want a playsetafter all. For what it's worth, it's definitely seen more Top 32 play infull playsets over the past weeks than as a two-of. Regardless, if historyrepeats itself we won't see it on the Top 10 by Monday.
#8: Quiet Life
Is Quiet Life worth playing? Is its popularity just a product of Yugitubehype? At a market price of often less than 25 cents, that question mightnot matter to the people snapping up their copies.
Quiet Life was one of the biggest cards from Circuit Break when itfirst hit retail, and it was back this week as opinions differed on whatthe next big strategies might be. Initially popularized to fight SPYRALS'pattern of mixing Normal Summons and Special Summons, it seems effectiveagainst almost everything, which begs the question of what exactly can playit.
A deck that can run Quiet Life may see a big benefit using it, but as ofnow it has zero proven efficacy and may be a tough sell in a format whereTwin Twisters has stolen significant tableshare from Cosmic Cyclone.
#7: Purple Poison Magician
As one of the most important Pendulum Magician Scales, Purple PoisonMagician always soars in demand when the strategy spikes. Demand may be alittle higher than usual now too,after Oscar Renderos stole the spotlight at the YCS Dallas STS publicevent with a buildthat used Purple Poison Magician as a 2000+ DEF dark for Full Force Virus.
#6: Astrograph Sorcerer
All ofthe Pendulum Magician decksI've seenfrom the Top 32 of YCS Londondropped Astrograph Sorcerer to make room for the hand traps needed to stopSPYRALS, but with SPYRALS now slowed by the F&L update, it could betime for a comeback. Astrograph Sorcerer plays better in metagames where itcan be combo'd with Wavering Eyes, but even without it, the Sorcerer's abig beatstick that clogs the field and works wonders toward building wins,adding body and longevity to your position.
It's straight-up boss-y-ness has always made it a big seller too, and atsome point we have to recognize that curb appeal is a factor. It's animpressive card that does impressive things, and it's not surprising to seeit on top of the Pendulum pile this week.
#5: Solemn Strike
A consistent winner since its reprinting inCode of the Duelist: Special Edition, Solemn Strike is nolonger a barrier to entryfor competition, now readily accessible to budget players.
It stuck its landing at the $5-$6 mark for going on a month and a half, andit's especially attractive as a generic backrow option in undefinedformats. Like the one we're now in. Not much explanation needed – like Potof Desires, Solemn Strike's a must-own at three; the kind of card that justdoesn't get printed often, and remains viable for years.
#4: Destrudo the Lost Dragon's Frisson
With Set Rotation now far more difficult to play, and with just one copyoffering much lower reliability, we can probably expect more players to runDestrudo in an effort to see their Field Spells consistently.
While the hefty LP cost of its ability made Destrudo a point of debatecoming out of YCS Dallas, its sheer power level in combination with DragonRavine and Ancient Fairy Dragon can't be ignored, and the sustained demandcontinues to suggest that we'll see more of it in tournament competition.
…And yet, Destrudo was outsold by "Slower Terraforming: The Trap Card." Thehefty interest in Metaverse made some sense when duelistssuspected that Terraforming could be on the chopping block for November,but now that we know it's safe until at least January, the surge ofinterest seems to be the result of a sort of spiral effect: as more copiesof Metaverse are sold, the more expensive it gets, and at a Market Price of75 cents it has all the symptoms of a hot Rare card that could easilydouble in value.
On one hand, it's tempting to make statements like, "This card is nowherenear as important as cards in similar positions, like D/D Savant Thomas."But on the other, the long-sustained price point for that card was neverjustified with tournament results either: Different Dimension Demonsvirtually never panned out in Regional Top Cuts, let alone YCS tournaments.So it's possible that Metaverse could fall into a similar category of hypeand continue to rise in price.
But if it does, it's likely more the product of cascading hype than actualtournament potential.
#2: Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir
Meanwhile, the huge appeal of Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir will likelybe more than justified, as Pendulum Magicians begin to run multiple copies.It's another huge factor in the competitive potential of Pendulums, and oneof the most powerful Rank 4's ever printed. Bagooska was moving units whenit was being played in SPYRALS alone – a deck where it was usuallyunplayable in the first place. Now that Pendulum Magicians are poised totake center stage? It's going to be way bigger.
#1: Pot of Desires
And once again, Pot of Desires was on top. When a wildly powerful cardslides from 80 dollars to three bucks, a card-of-the-year candidate isborn. Pot of Desires has been the single most popular card on TCGplayersince its reprinting, and time and again, we see that demand just doesn'tslow down. With no Limiting or Forbidding in sight, Pot of Desires is goingto continue to be a staple for any deck that can run it; and any deck thatcan't run it, isn't going to see play.
So what else saw big sales beyond the Top 10? Pendulum Magicians continueddown the line, with Harmonizing Magician coming in at Number 13. EvenlyMatched took the Number 12 spot, and Proxy Dragon took Number 15; twostrong, splashable picks that almost any player wants to own. EvenlyMatched is especially notable, still sitting at a price point over 60dollars and garnering more praise as players figure out how best to use it.
Finally, perhaps the biggest surprise this week and the most importanttakeaway: Trickstar Candina and Trickstar Light Stage took the Number 11and Number 14 spots, demonstrating a strong runner-up position forTrickstars that many might not have anticipated. If you're going to beplaying in tournaments the next couple of weeks, Trickstars are definitelya matchup you'll want to prepare for.
We also saw very high niche interest in Artifact Lancea – a card that soldin huge numbers, but only to a small group of buyers. That's likely aresponse to the rising interest in Evenly Matched, with Lancea shuts downplayed independently or as part of an Artifact engine with Artifact Sanctumand potentially Artifact Scythe. Right now that demand is clearly comingfrom speculators trying to get ahead of the market, but the move isunderstandable – it's a great card to pick up and could become a commonsight in competition this winter.
That's it for now, but join us on Monday to see the market responses toRegional results in the new format. See you then!