It's been a while since I last made a post, so I thought I'd cover the new structure deck that is now available in the TCG.
For all of you who have been keeping an eye on the OCG, you will know that Hyperion Agents have been very successful since their release. Mid game Trishulas followed up by a themed Dark Armed Dragon and Vanity's Fiend on steroids makes for a powerful archetype.
However, call me a sceptic. but I don't think this archetype will do as well in the TCG. It's the Gravekeeper factor all over again. What I mean by that is the deck's reliance on money cards not included in the deck, namely Archlord Kristya, Pot of Duality, Trishula and Solemn Warning. In the OCG Kristya, Warning and Trishula are all available as commons in the structure deck, DREV and their gold series respectively. Additionally, PoD is a super rare in the OCG as opposed to secret rare. This means PoD is in greater supply and consequently costs less.
After a quick look on Troll & Toad, Archlord Kristya goes for $79.99 each, Pot of Duality goes for $133.99 each, Solemn Warning goes for $97.99 (in minimum rarity) and Trishula goes for $59.99.
So let's do some maths.
3x Structure deck = $30
2x Archlord Kristya = $160
3x Pot of Duality = $400
2x Solemn Warning = $200
1x Trishula = $60
Roughly adding up to $850.
It will cost a lot less to make in the UK & European meta, mainly because we don't overvalue stuff that drastically. That, or T&D like to rip people off.
As you can see, Agents are hardly the budget deck. One could try to run it without Kristyas or PoDs, but in all honesty they have no chance of winning anything without them.
If you have that sort of money, you're better off building GKs. They cost less and are more powerful on the whole. On that note, GKs existing in the TCG meta will really hurt Agents. Valley locking down the GY weakens the deck substantially, probably costing an Agent player game 1 at least. I'm sure one or two will top a YCS, but will probably only top with an experienced or non-budget player.
That was my opinion. As always, I want to here other people's opinions. Leave a comment with your thoughts.