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State of the Program for August 18th 2017
 
In the News
Hunt for Ixalan Promos Will Involve Geocaching:  Wizards has announced that Ixalan will be about exploration and discovery. To simulate this, Wizards will distribute “trackable game pieces” to magic celebrities, stores, fans and volunteers. People will be finding and tracking these items using geocaching. As items move ad are discovered, they will trigger spoilers, in some manner. Details, such as they are, are here
 
Next Throwback Gauntlet Announced: Randy Buehler has given us the contents of the Lorwyn “mostly tribal” throwback standard gauntlet we can start playing next week. (Joshua's Note:  Due to the issues with the Ravnica gauntlet, we are playing the Lorwyn gauntlet now) The tribes include Elves, Fairies, Merfolk, and Kithkin, plus decks like Doran (with Goyf), Teachings, Cruel Ultimatum, BW Tokens and Skred Red. Details and decklists here.  
 
August MOPR Promo is Fatal Push: Wizards has announced that both the store and event promos for August will be an alt art Fatal Push. Since next month MOPR rewards will change over to a random promo from the list I published last week, Wizards is clearly giving the old program a big send-off.  
 
Ten Million Sanctioned Magic Events: Wizards announced that sanctioned event number 10,000,000 happened recently. These are paper events, sanctioned through Wizards of the Coast. That’s a lot. Wizards supplied some additional info, plus photos, here.
 
 
The Timeline
This is a list of things we have been promised, or we just want to see coming back.   Another good source for dates and times is the calendar and the weekly blog, while the best source for known bugs is the bug blog which appears sporadically on MTGO.com. Most of the major upcoming events we know of are listed.  Not listed, but important: Wizards offers either one or two online PTQs each weekend, with qualifiers running the three days prior to the PTQ.
 
Upcoming Events
Timing
Extended Downtime
Aug. 23rd, Sept. 20th, Oct. 25th
Sealed MOCS Monthly
September 15th, October 8th
Modern MOCS Monthly
August 27th
Standard MOCS Monthly
October 21st
Current Leagues End
September 23rd 
Ixalan release
September 25, 2017
Rivals of Ixalan
January 21, 2018
Core Set Magic 2019
July 20, 2018
Commander 2017 details here.
November 2017 on MTGO
25th Anniversary Edition Masters
March 16, 2018
Next B&R Announcement
August 28, 2017
DTK, ORI, BFZ & OGW Redemption Ends
November 2, 2017
SOI and EMN Redemption Closes
April 28, 2018
 
Flashback, Throwback Standard and CUBE for 2017
Wizards will be offering either a flashback draft league, a flashback Standard gauntlet, a CUBE league or prerelease / Release events each week.   Here’s the schedule so far.
 
Flashback and Such Rotation
Begins
Ends
Ravnica Standard Gauntlet
Cancelled
Cancelled
Tribal Lorwyn Gauntlet
Happening Now!
August 23rd
Flashback draft: TBA
August 30th
September 6th
Worldwake Standard Gauntlet
September 6th
September 13th
Modern Cube
September 13th
September 24th
(break for Ixalan limited)
September 25th
October 25th
 
The new Flashback Leagues are still draft, and still you-keep-the-cards. They are 12 TIX / product plus 2 TIX / 120 Play Points. However, they are no longer single elimination. Now you play until you have three wins or two losses. Prizes are 150 play points for three wins and 70 Play points for 2 wins. The leagues run one week.
 
The Throwback Standard Gauntlet events provide a random choice of prebuilt decks from a past standard environment. These will function like the Pro Tour Gauntlets – you won’t need to own the cards. The entry fee is 10 TIX or 100 Play Points. Prizes are in Play Points: 150 for 3-0, 100 for 2-1, 40 for 1-2 and 10 play points as a bad beats award. 
 
Opinion Section:   Cost of Magic
 
I was thinking a lot about the cost of MTGO cards and decks this week. I want to play some GB Delirium, but I never had any luck opening the cards for that deck. I would have to buy most of the rares and Mythics – totaling around $250 – so I’m having trouble pulling the trigger.   That also has me wondering what the cost of decks was like in years past. Is current Standard more or less expensive?
 
Well, here are some approximate prices for decks in the current metagame, using MTGOTraders prices as of earlier this week. 
·       GB Constrictor   $330
·       Ramunap Red   $190
·       Mono-Black Zombies   $200
·       Mardu Vehicles    $335
·       Temur Energy   $200
 
So it looks like I’m considering buying into one of the most expensive decks around. I guess that’s why I still haven’t bought the cards, despite looking longingly at the archetype for months.
 
For comparison, let’s look at prices from years past. I’m pulling bits from my old State of the Program articles. I’ll look at prices for decks and cards from August of various years. 
 
August 17, 2011:
 
 

Most Expensive Cards
Price
Set
Last Week
$ 124.00
MED 1
# 1
$ 96.00
Mirage
# 2
$ 78.00
Future Sight
# 5
$ 75.24
Apocalypse
# 3
$ 68.00
Visions
# 4
$ 49.00
Tempest
# 6
$ 44.50
Apocalypse
# 8
$ 44.00
Weatherlight
# 9
$ 40.00
Odyssey
# 10
$ 34.95
Worldwake
# 7

And costs of sample decks. I used to feature one deck, and price that deck out as well. I stopped pricing the decks a while back, but here they are. I had links to some of these decks, but the links are dead. Illusions had Phantasmal Bear, Phantasmal Image and Lord of the Unreal – and no, I don’t remember it either.
 
·       Illusions cost $108 on August 17th
·       UB Control cost $185 on August 10th.
·       Night Shift cost $210 on August 2nd.
·       Birthing Pod cost $182 on July 27th.
·       Post-Jace Caw Blade cost $240 on July 20th.
·       Tempered Steel cost $151 on July 13th.
·       UB Tezzeret control cost $299 on July 5th . 
·       Elves cost $163 on July 1st. 
 
Article from August 12, 2012:
 
Here’s the “Good Stuff Table” from that article. (Wow, I’ve been doing the Good Stuff since 2012!) I also premiered the big number back then – but I calculated the cost of owning one copy of every non-foil card, but double counted all duplicates.   I dug up the original price data and calculated the big number without duplicates: it was $5,065 for a single, $20,260 for a playset of everything.   Back then, the list of non-foil cards on MTGO ran about 17,250. That list has grown by over 5,000 cards now.
 
(note: the current interface for uploading articles found this table indigestible.  Good news - the new website is going into beta, so might not be a problem forever.)
 
Article from August 2013
 
The Big number back in 2013 was $23,600.   Not sure if I was excluding duplicates back then. The process and formulas I used to snip them are fairly easy, but I don’t remember when I learned them, and when I upgraded to a version of Excel that included those capabilities.
 
The Good Stuff table had Lion’s Eye Diamond at $136.05, and Force of Will and Rishadan Port tied at $85.17. Wasteland was next at $68.44. However, the list of Standard cards is probably more relevant. Here’s the Standard table from 2013. 
 
Standard & Block Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$7.74
$7.93
($0.19)
-2%
$14.00
$13.31
$0.69
5%
$9.44
$9.28
$0.16
2%
$25.70
$26.26
($0.56)
-2%
$6.12
$5.61
$0.51
9%
$6.65
$6.33
$0.32
5%
$16.54
$15.26
$1.28
8%
$20.99
$21.84
($0.85)
-4%
$8.99
$6.95
$2.04
29%
$12.80
$11.37
$1.43
13%
$9.64
$10.56
($0.92)
-9%
$8.41
$8.93
($0.52)
-6%
$27.73
$24.91
$2.82
11%
$15.97
$15.23
$0.74
5%
$5.72
$6.47
($0.75)
-12%
$17.43
$16.86
$0.57
3%
$9.72
$10.26
($0.54)
-5%
$51.36
$46.13
$5.23
11%
$6.00
$6.56
($0.56)
-9%
$10.03
$10.61
($0.58)
-5%
$8.89
$9.45
($0.56)
-6%
$6.95
$6.97
($0.02)
0%
$8.54
$9.05
($0.51)
-6%
$7.51
$9.17
($1.66)
-18%
$5.54
$6.28
($0.74)
-12%
$10.27
$11.44
($1.17)
-10%
$37.92
$39.58
($1.66)
-4%
$6.15
$7.44
($1.29)
-17%
$3.71
$3.17
$0.54
17%
$26.91
$28.17
($1.26)
-4%
$39.24
$38.22
$1.02
3%
Liliana of the Veil has never been exactly cheap.
 
August 15th 2014:
 
In the news that week: Premier events were cancelled – replaced with more Dailies. And MOCS and PTQs returned that week – they had been on hiatus because the client kept crashing. Not a good time for MTGO.   
 
My opinion section that month was about the transition from V3 of the MTGO client to V4. This was not a good time for Magic Online, and the prices of cards reflect this. Magic lost a ton of players during that time. That said, here are the Standard money cards from August, 2014.
 
Standard & Block Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$9.06
$9.70
($0.64)
-7%
$6.56
$7.07
($0.51)
-7%
$17.98
$14.00
$3.98
28%
$16.96
$16.57
$0.39
2%
$6.98
$7.33
($0.35)
-5%
$9.55
$9.40
$0.15
2%
$7.64
$7.83
($0.19)
-2%
$15.72
$16.32
($0.60)
-4%
$7.28
$9.50
($2.22)
-23%
$10.24
$11.08
($0.84)
-8%
$7.00
$6.40
$0.60
9%
$10.67
$9.10
$1.57
17%
$12.63
$12.30
$0.33
3%
$23.22
$19.57
$3.65
19%
$22.76
$22.00
$0.76
3%
$10.47
$10.49
($0.02)
0%
$18.05
$16.57
$1.48
9%
$9.79
$9.49
$0.30
3%
$5.77
$5.13
$0.64
12%
$27.61
$26.39
$1.22
5%
$9.94
$9.86
$0.08
1%

August 21st 2015:

A year later, and players were still salty about V4 and MTGO. However, things were getting better. Wizards had not only announced leagues, the constructed versions were to roll out a month later.   The new Mulligan rule (scry on mulligan) had been trialed at the Pro Tour, and was being made universal. And one of my news items was titled “Play Points Arrive – Death of MTGO Fails to Happen.”  
 
 

Standard & Block Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$10.27
$6.16
$4.11
67%
$7.79
$7.14
$0.65
9%
$22.55
$22.19
$0.36
2%
$9.15
$7.83
$1.32
17%
$14.12
$10.22
$3.90
38%
$7.43
$4.83
$2.60
54%
$16.91
$19.30
($2.39)
-12%
$10.31
$7.47
$2.84
38%
$6.84
$4.78
$2.06
43%
$8.89
$6.54
$2.35
36%
$26.45
$25.66
$0.79
3%
$19.21
$21.42
($2.21)
-10%
$7.67
$6.65
$1.02
15%
$10.72
$7.82
$2.90
37%
$9.02
$8.02
$1.00
12%
$14.27
$13.88
$0.39
3%
$6.94
$6.55
$0.39
6%
$5.68
$5.81
($0.13)
-2%
$10.58
$6.79
$3.79
56%
$13.53
$13.54
($0.01)
0%
$12.28
$8.74
$3.54
41%
$7.26
$6.22
$1.04
17%
$9.55
$9.01
$0.54
6%

 
The big number, as of summer of 2015, was $24,060.  The big number seems to be holding fairly constant over time.
 
August 19th 2016
 
By 2016, MTO was in a much better place. Instead of articles about the failing client or premier events being cancelled because the client could not support them, the news last year lead off with the announcement that the MOCS was being capped at 1,024 players, and the prize pool raised.   The Standard money cards looked like this.
 
 

Standard Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$16.93
$19.97
($3.04)
-15%
$8.50
$13.46
($4.96)
-37%
$14.30
$15.44
($1.14)
-7%
$11.87
$18.48
($6.61)
-36%
$16.58
$17.10
($0.52)
-3%
$6.34
Under $5
$12.15
$15.27
($3.12)
-20%
$33.92
$46.23
($12.31)
-27%
$23.78
$23.88
($0.10)
0%
$20.19
$13.21
$6.98
53%
$43.81
$41.71
$2.10
5%
$11.39
$14.09
($2.70)
-19%
$6.57
$5.44
$1.13
21%
$17.15
$19.83
($2.68)
-14%
Sylvan Advocate
$6.22
$4.86
$1.36
28%
$6.01
$5.78
$0.23
4%

 
This was quite a down week. The Pro Tour had shaken the metagame to its core, but the GPs the following weekend seemed to reset the status quo ante. The big number, that week, was a whopping $29,000, up over $3,000 from the week before.  That’s quite a week.  And at that time, Rishadan Port was $240 each, Black Lotus was about $120 and Liliana was just under $100.  
 
So what does all this tell me? Not a lot. It looks like Standard on MTGO has always revolved around a dozen or so chase cards, and those cards typically range in value from $5 to $20, with a couple that can peak near $40. This is nothing new. I guess I am just noticing it more, at the moment, because I want to buy the most expensive deck in the format. If I was trying to put together the UR Riddleform deck, I probably would not have thought about prices.
 
The tables showing prices from Standards past does bring another point to mind. I am thinking about buying a Standard deck, composed of Standard cards. Most Standard cards lose a lot of value when they rotate, and many of the cards in the GB Delirium build will be rotating soon. I should probably think about that, and make sure I am buying cards that will hold their value. Some do – and some gain. I just want to make sure I am buying cards like Collected Company  ($7.79 in 2015 Standard, $21.52 now) and not Bonfire of the Damned ($25.70 in the day, $2.28 now.)    
 
Cutting Edge Tech
Standard: The GPs last weekend were Modern, but we had a Standard PTQ online.   Here’s the winning deck.
 
 
Modern: We had two Modern GPs last weekend, one in Birmingham and one in Sao Paolo. The metagame was fairly diverse, with the Top 8s including Burn, Jeskai Control, Grixis Shadow, Bant Knightfall, Bant Humans, Titanshift, Counters Company, Abzan Midrange, BG Tron, Lantern Control, and BG Rock. 
Burn
Loic Le Briand, Winner, GP Birmingham - 75 Cards Total
Creature
4 Goblin Guide
4 Monastery Swiftspear
8 cards

Instant
4 Boros Charm
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Lightning Helix
4 Searing Blaze
4 Skullcrack
20 cards
Sorcery
4 Lava Spike
4 Rift Bolt
8 cards

Artifact
4 Shrine of Burning Rage
4 cards
Land
4 Arid Mesa
3 Bloodstained Mire
3 Inspiring Vantage
3 Mountain
2 Sacred Foundry
1 Stomping Ground
4 Wooded Foothills
20 cards
 


Sideboard
4 Destructive Revelry
2 Grim Lavamancer
2 Kor Firewalker
2 Path to Exile
3 Relic of Progenitus
2 Shattering Spree
15 cards
 
Pauper: I generally don’t feature Pauper decks, because I so rarely see anything outside the typical metagame. I also don’t play all that much – what time I have is usually draft, or sealed, or some other format. Plus I had to mouse over Flurry of Horns.   It’s been a long time since I have seen that played. 
 
RG Flurry of Minotaurs
TROHCK, 5-0 Pauper League - 75 Cards Total
Instant
4 Accumulated Knowledge
4 Counterspell
2 Dispel
1 Disrupt
3 Exclude
3 Lightning Bolt
17 cards
Sorcery
2 Deep Analysis
4 Firebolt
3 Flame Slash
4 Flurry of Horns
4 Pieces of the Puzzle
4 Preordain
21 cards
Land
7 Island
4 Izzet Boilerworks
1 Lonely Sandbar
6 Mountain
4 Swiftwater Cliffs
22 cards
 

Sideboard
1 Dispel
1 Electrickery
3 Gorilla Shaman
3 Hydroblast
4 Pyroblast
1 Staggershock
2 Swirling Sandstorm
15 cards
Legacy: The last big Legacy event was the 300 player MKM Legacy Series in Prague. That was a couple weeks ago now, but until we get something new...
 
Vintage: Montolio took down the latest Vintage Daily. If you have been following Vintage on MTGO for a while, you know what he brought to the table.   
 
 
Card Prices
 
Note: all my prices come from the fine folks at MTGOTraders.com. These are retail prices, and generally the price of the lowest priced, actively traded version. (Prices for some rare promo versions are not updated when not in stock, so I skip those.)   You can get these cards at MTGOTraders.com web store, or from their bots: MTGOTradersBot(#) (they have bots 1-10), CardCaddy and CardWareHouse, or sell cards to MTGOTradersBuyBot(#) (they have buybots 1-4). I have bought cards from MTGOTraders for over a decade now, and have never been overcharged or disappointed.
 
Standard staples: Standard prices are down this week, pretty much across the board. People seem to be down on black this week. 
 

Standard Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$42.73
$40.15
$2.58
6%
$9.31
$14.17
($4.86)
-34%
$6.27
$6.19
$0.08
1%
$7.54
$11.59
($4.05)
-35%
$6.53
$11.91
($5.38)
-45%
$8.67
$7.95
$0.72
9%
$10.51
$10.66
($0.15)
-1%
$25.02
$25.85
($0.83)
-3%
$12.06
$17.23
($5.17)
-30%
$35.56
$46.90
($11.34)
-24%
$5.85
$6.47
($0.62)
-10%
Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh
$7.69
$6.63
$1.06
16%
$13.82
$12.47
$1.35
11%
$10.90
$11.05
($0.15)
-1%
$8.62
$8.00
$0.62
8%
The Scarab God
$9.36
$6.69
$2.67
40%
$10.99
$17.45
($6.46)
-37%
$19.01
$20.84
($1.83)
-9%
$5.13
$5.87
($0.74)
-13%
$12.22
$11.76
$0.46
4%
$8.47
$8.58
($0.11)
-1%

Modern staples:  Modern prices are pretty quiet again this week.
 

Modern Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$18.30
$19.42
($1.12)
-6%
$20.27
$20.23
$0.04
0%
$24.11
$20.68
$3.43
17%
$41.36
$37.20
$4.16
11%
$29.16
$31.40
($2.24)
-7%
$21.52
$21.30
$0.22
1%
$25.85
$25.32
$0.53
2%
$37.31
$36.99
$0.32
1%
$36.75
$36.64
$0.11
0%
$22.25
$21.41
$0.84
4%
$37.86
$39.19
($1.33)
-3%
$39.10
$35.52
$3.58
10%
$66.75
$72.20
($5.45)
-8%
$13.77
$17.34
($3.57)
-21%
$53.82
$51.48
$2.34
5%
$22.23
$22.16
$0.07
0%
$25.67
$26.82
($1.15)
-4%
$31.16
$32.22
($1.06)
-3%
$27.25
$26.12
$1.13
4%
$26.08
$26.81
($0.73)
-3%

Legacy and Vintage: Prices are slightly down this week overall, but not a lot. Nothing too surprising – this sort of churn just happens. 
 

Legacy / Vintage Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$49.63
$56.32
($6.69)
-12%
$41.67
$41.02
$0.65
2%
$85.79
$81.01
$4.78
6%
$33.00
$33.42
($0.42)
-1%
$38.18
$38.06
$0.12
0%
$29.00
$29.25
($0.25)
-1%
$44.04
$39.35
$4.69
12%
$22.33
$24.03
($1.70)
-7%
$30.59
$25.95
$4.64
18%
$41.93
$41.93
$0.00
0%
$58.77
$57.43
$1.34
2%
$50.52
$49.53
$0.99
2%
$146.88
$146.88
$0.00
0%
$32.41
$36.18
($3.77)
-10%
$47.63
$56.52
($8.89)
-16%
$29.06
$30.78
($1.72)
-6%
$20.20
$18.91
$1.29
7%
$48.01
$47.53
$0.48
1%

* A significantly cheaper promo version of Rishadan Port is available, but I do not include promos prices on the table. MTGO has over 900 promo cards on the list, and occasionally those cards are sold out for months at a time, so their prices do not reflect the market price. I tried checking numbers in stock, but 900+ is too many.   
 
Standard Legal Sets: This table tracks the cost of a single copy of every card in each Standard legal set, plus Treasure Chests and the current booster packs. I’ll keep tracking these because they are interesting (at least to me).  
 

Complete Set
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
Aether Revolt
$73.48
$72.30
$1.18
2%
Amonkhet
$73.98
$72.21
$1.77
2%
Battle for Zendikar
$30.71
$40.09
($9.38)
-23%
Eldritch Moon
$75.08
$101.03
($25.95)
-26%
Hour of Devastation
$54.00
$48.23
$5.77
12%
Kaladesh
$134.09
$128.13
$5.96
5%
Oath of the Gatewatch
$94.21
$111.85
($17.64)
-16%
Shadows over Innistrad
$39.76
$43.79
($4.03)
-9%
Treasure Chest
$2.29
$2.22
$0.07
3%
Amonkhet Booster
$1.98
$2.02
($0.04)
-2%
Hour of Devastation
$3.94
$3.99
($0.05)
-1%

 
The Good Stuff
 
The following is a list of all the non-promo, non-foil cards on MTGO that retail for more than $25 per card. These are the big ticket items in the world of MTGO. Pretty similar to last week, but I took Rishadan Port off the list. The Mercadian Masques version is super-expensive, and the promo version is in stock. Besides, the sell price of the Masques version hasn’t changed in over a month. 
 

Name
Set
Rarity
 Price
Exploration
 UZ
Rare
 $   85.79
Liliana of the Veil
 ISD
Mythic Rare
 $   66.91
Liliana of the Veil
 MM3
Mythic Rare
 $   66.75
Mystic Confluence
 PZ1
Rare
 $   58.77
Wasteland
 TE
Uncommon
 $   58.24
Mox Opal
 MS2
Bonus
 $   54.83
Wasteland
 TPR
Rare
 $   54.77
Mox Opal
 SOM
Mythic Rare
 $   53.91
Mox Opal
 MM2
Mythic Rare
 $   53.82
Horizon Canopy
 EXP
Mythic Rare
 $   52.32
Mox Diamond
 ST
Rare
 $   52.20
Wasteland
 EXP
Mythic Rare
 $   52.07
Mox Diamond
 V10
Mythic Rare
 $   50.75
Mox Diamond
 TPR
Mythic Rare
 $   50.52
True-Name Nemesis
 PZ1
Mythic Rare
 $   49.64
Black Lotus
 VMA
Bonus
 $   49.63
Wasteland
 EMA
Rare
 $   48.01
True-Name Nemesis
 C13
Rare
 $   47.63
Force of Will
 MED
Rare
 $   44.61
Infernal Tutor
 DIS
Rare
 $   44.04
Dark Depths
 CSP
Rare
 $   43.06
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
 KLD
Mythic Rare
 $   42.73
Chalice of the Void
 MS2
Bonus
 $   42.34
Misdirection
 MM
Rare
 $   41.93
Dark Depths
 V16
Mythic Rare
 $   41.67
Chalice of the Void
 MMA
Rare
 $   41.66
Chalice of the Void
 MRD
Rare
 $   41.36
Karn Liberated
 NPH
Mythic Rare
 $   39.90
Karn Liberated
 MM2
Mythic Rare
 $   39.10
Force of Will
 EMA
Mythic Rare
 $   38.77
Gaea's Cradle
 UZ
Rare
 $   38.18
Horizon Canopy
 FUT
Rare
 $   37.86
Engineered Explosives
 MMA
Rare
 $   37.73
Engineered Explosives
 MS2
Bonus
 $   37.71
Ensnaring Bridge
 7E
Rare
 $   37.40
Engineered Explosives
 5DN
Rare
 $   37.31
Ensnaring Bridge
 8ED
Rare
 $   37.10
Ensnaring Bridge
 ST
Rare
 $   37.06
Ensnaring Bridge
 MS2
Bonus
 $   36.75
Unmask
 V16
Mythic Rare
 $   36.07
Liliana, the Last Hope
 EMN
Mythic Rare
 $   35.56
Force of Will
 MS3
Special
 $   33.39
Force of Will
 VMA
Rare
 $   33.00
Underground Sea
 ME2
Rare
 $   32.55
Show and Tell
 UZ
Rare
 $   32.41
Scalding Tarn
 EXP
Mythic Rare
 $   31.97
Scapeshift
 MOR
Rare
 $   31.16
Underground Sea
 ME4
Rare
 $   30.67
Leovold, Emissary of Trest
 PZ2
Mythic Rare
 $   30.59
Volcanic Island
 ME3
Rare
 $   30.06
Tarmogoyf
 FUT
Rare
 $   29.44
Celestial Colonnade
 WWK
Rare
 $   29.16
Unmask
 MM
Rare
 $   29.06
Grim Monolith
 UL
Rare
 $   29.00
Containment Priest
 PZ1
Rare
 $   28.41
City of Traitors
 EX
Rare
 $   28.35
Tempt with Discovery
 C13
Rare
 $   27.76
City of Traitors
 TPR
Rare
 $   27.69
Tarmogoyf
 MM3
Mythic Rare
 $   27.60
Surgical Extraction
 MM2
Rare
 $   27.50
Gorilla Shaman
 ALL
Common
 $   27.32
Surgical Extraction
 NPH
Rare
 $   27.25
Underground Sea
 VMA
Rare
 $   27.17
Volcanic Island
 ME4
Rare
 $   27.14
Scalding Tarn
 MM3
Rare
 $   26.46
Tarmogoyf
 MM2
Mythic Rare
 $   26.39
Tarmogoyf
 MMA
Mythic Rare
 $   26.08
Eidolon of the Great Revel
 JOU
Rare
 $   25.85
Scalding Tarn
 ZEN
Rare
 $   25.67
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
 OGW
Mythic Rare
 $   25.02

 
The big number is the retail price of a playset (4 copies) of every card available on MTGO. Assuming you bought the least expensive versions available, the cost of owning a playset of every card on MTGO is approximately $ 23,155. That’s down about $150 from last week.
 
Weekly Highlights
 
GenCon is this week. For the first time in over a decade, Ingrid and I are skipping it. Gencon has just gotten too big. Hotels sell out, the show is expensive, and the crowds are just too big. Worse yet, the events now fill the entire convention center (which is gigantic) and all of the conference rooms in all of the surrounding hotels. Going from one event to another can involve a 30 minute walk, some of it outside (and Indianapolis in August is no picnic.)   It just made more dollars and sense not to go.   But I’m missing it right now.
 
On the plus side, will have time to get a few drafts in, both paper and MTGO, this weekend. I may even break down and buy that GB deck.
 
 
PRJ
 
“One Million Words” on MTGO
 
 
This series is an ongoing tribute to Erik “Hamtastic” Friborg.
 
HammyBot Super Sale: HammyBot was set up to sell off Erik Friborg’s collection, with all proceeds going to his wife and son. So far, HammyBot has raised over $8,000, but there are a lot of cards left in the collection. Those cards are being sold at MTGOTrader’s Buy Price.  

 

5 Comments

Wut? by Sensei at Fri, 08/18/2017 - 17:41
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Why take Port off the list? Why not just replace with PRM R.P.?

Fixed a hidden section that by JXClaytor at Fri, 08/18/2017 - 23:26
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Fixed a hidden section that was showing a wall of html, thanks to Paul for the assist!

Thanks by one million words at Tue, 08/22/2017 - 15:28
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I spent hours trying to get rid of that, but I couldn't. Thanks to both of you.

It was hidden in table code, by JXClaytor at Tue, 08/22/2017 - 21:02
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It was hidden in table code, and when I was able to find that it was super easy. Paul helped out a ton.

Happy to be of service. :) by Paul Leicht at Tue, 08/22/2017 - 23:32
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Happy to be of service. :)