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State of the Program for August 25th 2017
 
In the News
B&R Announcement Monday: The next B&R announcement will be on Monday. Current leagues are scheduled to end on Wednesday. If there are changes to the B&R list in any of these formats, the leagues will be ended and relaunched, with the new B&R lists on Wednesday. For constructed formats with no changes, the leagues will simply be extended until September 20th
 
Geocaching for Ixalan:  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
 
Vintage League Coming Soon: Vintage League is finally here. It has taken a long time. Until now, Vintage Dailies had been the primary way of playing the granddaddy of all formats, but that only worked if you had that big a block of time. Now – a League! Time to dust off (metaphorically) my Vintage decks. Details on the League are here. The League launches  next Wednesday.
 
Worldwake Throwback Standard Coming Soon: Randy Buehler has given us the contents of the Worldwake Throwback Gauntlet. The article, and decklists, are here. So if you have missed Jund against Caw-Blade, or really like Eldrazi Conscription, get ready for the queue. It starts August 30th.
 
Prize Payouts Added to Client: Up to now, if you wanted to check the prize payout of a league or queue, you had to check the website. With last downtime, clicking the “View Prizes” button in the client will launch a pop-up with event and prize details. Nice. 
 
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
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
Tribal Lorwyn Gauntlet
August 23rd
August 30th
Worldwake Standard Gauntlet
August 30th
September 6th
     
Modern Cube
September 6th
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:   Vintage
 
I have a strange history with Vintage. I bought my first set of power over 15 years ago, and at one point both Ingrid and I owned sets of Power. We played Vintage at Gencon, SCG Vintage Opens, GP sides and so forth. Over time, however, the cost of the decks kept rising and the number of sanctioned paper Vintage events kept dropping. After not playing paper Vintage for five straight years, we sold our power a while back. Online Vintage has slowly grown, and I have been waiting for leagues for a long time. I have not had enough time free to play in a Daily for a couple years. 
 
Now the league is finally here, and I expect to play.
 
Vintage has a reputation for broken plays and first turn kills.   The broken plays part is true, but the first turn kills are rare. In the first Vintage Super League, the first turn one kill, IRC, happened in week 4. A few decks that aim for turn one kills exist, but they tend to be easy to beat with sideboard cards, and are vulnerable to cards like Force of Will and Flusterstorm. They are not that widely played.
 
A more common first turn “kill” is a Shops deck playing lock pieces that price the opponent out of the game.   This happens a lot – and happened a lot more before Lodestone Golem was restricted.  Nowadays Shops is more about artifact creatures and beatdown, but first turns with Workshop, Chalice on zero, Sphere of Resistance followed by another Sphere of Resistance on turn two still result in games in which the opponent plays nothing at all.  Hopefully, I won’t spend too much time on the wrong side of those games. 
 
Cutting Edge Tech
Standard: GP Denver, last weekend, was a Standard GP.   Temur Energy was the big deck, putting three copies into the Top 8, and two into the finals.  The finals, BTWW, was a 75 card mirror.  Ramnup Red also made a comeback, with mono-black zombies and UW Monument rounding out the T8. Here’s the winning deck.
 
Temur Energy
Brad Nelson, Winner, and Brian Braun-Duin, Second Place GP Denver - 75 Cards Total
Creature
1 Rhonas the Indomitable
3 Glorybringer
4 Rogue Refiner
4 Servant of the Conduit
4 Bristling Hydra
4 Whirler Virtuoso
4 Longtusk Cub
24 cards

Instant
2 Abrade
4 Harnessed Lightning
2 Magma Spray
8 cards
Sorcery
4 Attune with Aether
4 cards

Artifact
2 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
2 cards
Land
3 Sheltered Thicket
2 Spirebluff Canal
4 Botanical Sanctum
4 Aether Hub
1 Game Trail
1 Lumbering Falls
1 Island
4 Forest
2 Mountain
22 cards
 


Sideboard
1 Abrade
2 Confiscation Coup
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
2 Tireless Tracker
2 Chandra, Flamecaller
2 Radiant Flames
4 Negate
15 cards

Modern:
 We had two Modern GPs two weeks ago: one in Birmingham and one in Sao Paolo. I featured the winning deck from Birmingham last week, so here’s the winner from GP Sao Paulo. Note the Retreat to Coralhelm/ Knight of the Reliquary combo. 
 

Legacy:
 The Legacy Challenge had a red control deck finishing both second and third last weekend. This is a mana control deck, with Blood Moon, Magus of the Moon, Chalice and Trinisphere, plus some big red monsters to actually win the game.
 
Blood Moon of the Dragon Control
Sammy13, Second Place, Legacy Challenge - 75 Cards Total
Creature
2 Thundermaw Hellkite
4 Simian Spirit Guide
2 Magus of the Moon
1 Glorybringer
9 cards

Sorcery
3 Rolling Earthquake
4 Fiery Confluence
1 Bonfire of the Damned
8 cards
Artifact
4 Trinisphere
3 Chrome Mox
4 Chalice of the Void
11 cards

Enchantment
4 Blood Moon
4 cards
Planeswalker
3 Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker
2 Koth of the Hammer
4 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
9 cards

Land
11 Mountain
2 Crystal Vein
2 City of Traitors
4 Ancient Tomb
19 cards
 

Sideboard
4 Scab-Clan Berserker
2 Knollspine Invocation
4 Ensnaring Bridge
4 Chaos Warp
1 Chandra, Flamecaller
15 cards
 
Vintage: Vintage Leagues are starting shortly. To get you started, here are a couple decklists from last weekend’s MTGFirst Vintage 2k.   Combine these with the Shops list I featured last week and you have a decent overview of the Vintage metagame.   Note that I am including Dredge more because it is a budget option. Dredge (about 135 TIX) is very good if opponents skimp on their graveyard hate, but can have issues if they don’t.
 
 
Mentor
 
Dredge
Dredge
Chris Cornwell, 5-8th Place, MTGFirst Vintage 2k - 75 Cards Total
Creature
4 Stinkweed Imp
4 Narcomoeba
3 Ichorid
2 Golgari Thug
4 Golgari Grave-Troll
1 Dragonlord Kolaghan
4 Bloodghast
22 cards

Instant
4 Mindbreak Trap
4 Mental Misstep
8 cards
Sorcery
2 Dread Return
4 Cabal Therapy
6 cards

Artifact
4 Serum Powder
4 cards
Enchantment
4 Bridge from Below
4 cards

Land
2 Undiscovered Paradise
4 Petrified Field
4 Mana Confluence
2 Dakmor Salvage
4 Bazaar of Baghdad
16 cards
 

Sideboard
1 Wispmare
4 Nature's Claim
4 Leyline of the Void
3 Ingot Chewer
3 Cabal Pit
15 cards
 
 
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 a lot this week, pretty much across the board. . 
 

Standard Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$43.14
$42.73
$0.41
1%
$13.44
$9.31
$4.13
44%
$5.22
$6.27
($1.05)
-17%
$5.12
$7.54
($2.42)
-32%
$6.89
$6.53
$0.36
6%
$8.42
$8.67
($0.25)
-3%
$8.96
$10.51
($1.55)
-15%
$10.09
$25.02
($14.93)
-60%
$5.23
$12.06
($6.83)
-57%
$26.58
$35.56
($8.98)
-25%
$7.94
$5.85
$2.09
36%
$7.28
$7.69
($0.41)
-5%
$7.38
$13.82
($6.44)
-47%
$6.29
$10.90
($4.61)
-42%
$10.11
$8.62
$1.49
17%
$11.42
$9.36
$2.06
22%
$9.02
$10.99
($1.97)
-18%
$19.37
$19.01
$0.36
2%
$4.65
$5.13
($0.48)
-9%
$12.72
$12.22
$0.50
4%
$5.81
$8.47
($2.66)
-31%

Modern staples:  Modern prices are pretty quiet again this week. Mishra’s Bauble will probably drop off the list next week – Death Shadow lists are not playing it much anymore.
 

Modern Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$15.98
$18.30
($2.32)
-13%
$17.98
$20.27
($2.29)
-11%
$24.81
$24.11
$0.70
3%
$41.10
$41.36
($0.26)
-1%
$22.41
$29.16
($6.75)
-23%
$27.10
$21.52
$5.58
26%
$20.46
$25.85
($5.39)
-21%
$36.58
$37.31
($0.73)
-2%
$34.46
$36.75
($2.29)
-6%
$21.33
$22.25
($0.92)
-4%
$34.36
$37.86
($3.50)
-9%
$40.22
$39.10
$1.12
3%
$70.61
$66.75
$3.86
6%
$11.28
$13.77
($2.49)
-18%
$53.91
$53.82
$0.09
0%
$21.64
$22.23
($0.59)
-3%
$26.81
$25.67
$1.14
4%
$33.81
$31.16
$2.65
9%
$26.46
$27.25
($0.79)
-3%
$26.14
$26.08
$0.06
0%

Legacy and Vintage: Legacy prices are quiet. Vintage prices have jumped, due to the announcement of the Vintage League.
 

Legacy / Vintage Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$65.02
$49.63
$15.39
31%
$41.67
$41.67
$0.00
0%
$87.71
$85.79
$1.92
2%
$30.20
$33.00
($2.80)
-8%
$38.07
$38.18
($0.11)
0%
$27.21
$29.00
($1.79)
-6%
$38.11
$44.04
($5.93)
-13%
$22.46
$22.33
$0.13
1%
$29.41
$30.59
($1.18)
-4%
$41.93
$41.93
$0.00
0%
$59.00
$58.77
$0.23
0%
$50.35
$50.52
($0.17)
0%
$28.79
$15.00
$13.79
92%
$144.23
$146.88
($2.65)
-2%
$28.28
$32.41
($4.13)
-13%
$45.45
$47.63
($2.18)
-5%
$28.78
$29.06
($0.28)
-1%
$20.73
$20.20
$0.53
3%
$47.40
$48.01
($0.61)
-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
$69.23
$73.48
($4.25)
-6%
Amonkhet
$76.50
$73.98
$2.52
3%
Battle for Zendikar
$25.88
$30.71
($4.83)
-16%
Eldritch Moon
$69.09
$75.08
($5.99)
-8%
Hour of Devastation
$54.16
$54.00
$0.16
0%
Kaladesh
$140.62
$134.09
$6.53
5%
Oath of the Gatewatch
$55.20
$94.21
($39.01)
-41%
Shadows over Innistrad
$35.90
$39.76
($3.86)
-10%
Treasure Chest
$2.35
$2.29
$0.06
3%
Amonkhet Booster
$2.16
$1.98
$0.18
9%
Hour of Devastation
$3.88
$3.94
($0.06)
-2%

 
 
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 put Rishadan Port on the list again. 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
Rishadan Port *
 MM
Rare
 $ 144.23
Exploration
 UZ
Rare
 $    87.71
Liliana of the Veil
 MM3
Mythic Rare
 $    70.61
Liliana of the Veil
 ISD
Mythic Rare
 $    70.56
Black Lotus
 VMA
Bonus
 $    65.02
Mystic Confluence
 PZ1
Rare
 $    59.00
Mox Opal
 MM2
Mythic Rare
 $    56.63
Wasteland
 TE
Uncommon
 $    56.50
Mox Opal
 MS2
Bonus
 $    56.37
Mox Opal
 SOM
Mythic Rare
 $    53.91
Mox Diamond
 ST
Rare
 $    52.92
Mox Diamond
 TPR
Mythic Rare
 $    50.52
Mox Diamond
 V10
Mythic Rare
 $    50.35
Wasteland
 TPR
Rare
 $    49.81
Horizon Canopy
 EXP
Mythic Rare
 $    49.75
Wasteland
 EXP
Mythic Rare
 $    49.17
Wasteland
 EMA
Rare
 $    47.40
True-Name Nemesis
 C13
Rare
 $    45.94
Chalice of the Void
 MS2
Bonus
 $    45.56
True-Name Nemesis
 PZ1
Mythic Rare
 $    45.45
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
 KLD
Mythic Rare
 $    43.14
Force of Will
 MED
Rare
 $    43.07
Misdirection
 MM
Rare
 $    41.93
Dark Depths
 CSP
Rare
 $    41.71
Dark Depths
 V16
Mythic Rare
 $    41.67
Chalice of the Void
 MRD
Rare
 $    41.61
Chalice of the Void
 MMA
Rare
 $    41.10
Karn Liberated
 NPH
Mythic Rare
 $    40.72
Karn Liberated
 MM2
Mythic Rare
 $    40.22
Infernal Tutor
 DIS
Rare
 $    38.11
Ensnaring Bridge
 ST
Rare
 $    38.07
Gaea's Cradle
 UZ
Rare
 $    38.07
Ensnaring Bridge
 7E
Rare
 $    37.37
Engineered Explosives
 5DN
Rare
 $    37.11
Engineered Explosives
 MS2
Bonus
 $    36.78
Engineered Explosives
 MMA
Rare
 $    36.58
Unmask
 V16
Mythic Rare
 $    36.07
Ensnaring Bridge
 MS2
Bonus
 $    35.83
Ensnaring Bridge
 8ED
Rare
 $    34.46
Horizon Canopy
 FUT
Rare
 $    34.36
Scapeshift
 MOR
Rare
 $    33.81
Force of Will
 EMA
Mythic Rare
 $    33.74
Scalding Tarn
 EXP
Mythic Rare
 $    32.18
Force of Will
 VMA
Rare
 $    31.40
Underground Sea
 ME2
Rare
 $    31.19
Underground Sea
 ME4
Rare
 $    30.69
Force of Will
 MS3
Special
 $    30.20
Volcanic Island
 ME3
Rare
 $    29.80
Leovold, Emissary of Trest
 PZ2
Mythic Rare
 $    29.41
Mox Sapphire
 VMA
Bonus
 $    28.79
Unmask
 MM
Rare
 $    28.78
Containment Priest
 PZ1
Rare
 $    28.71
Tarmogoyf
 FUT
Rare
 $    28.61
Tempt with Discovery
 C13
Rare
 $    28.50
Scalding Tarn
 MM3
Rare
 $    28.39
City of Traitors
 EX
Rare
 $    28.32
Show and Tell
 UZ
Rare
 $    28.28
Gorilla Shaman
 ALL
Common
 $    27.32
Grim Monolith
 UL
Rare
 $    27.21
City of Traitors
 TPR
Rare
 $    27.15
Collected Company
 DTK
Rare
 $    27.10
Surgical Extraction
 NPH
Rare
 $    27.10
Tarmogoyf
 MMA
Mythic Rare
 $    27.07
Tarmogoyf
 MM3
Mythic Rare
 $    26.82
Scalding Tarn
 ZEN
Rare
 $   26.81
Liliana, the Last Hope
 EMN
Mythic Rare
 $    26.58
Surgical Extraction
 MM2
Rare
 $    26.46
Volcanic Island
 ME4
Rare
 $    26.20
Tarmogoyf
 MM2
Mythic Rare
 $    26.14
Cavern of Souls
 MM3
Mythic Rare
 $    26.12
Underground Sea
 VMA
Rare
 $    25.95
Mox Ruby
 VMA
Bonus
 $    25.19

 
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 $ 23,015. That’s down about $140 from last week.
 
Weekly Highlights
 
I am going to be running Magic events at Geek.kon in Madison this weekend. Stop by if you are in the area. Other than that, I may be polishing up my Vintage decks. The Vintage League will be starting soon, and I intend to provide my share of free wins while I shake the rust off.
 
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

re by Hearts at Fri, 08/25/2017 - 11:15
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WotC want to have scouting in mtg, they changed the rule from "not allowed" to "allowed" in the rules documents.

Accurate prizes by Sensei at Fri, 08/25/2017 - 13:10
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3 wins: 240 Play Points
2 wins: 80 Play Points

Which section is this in? by JXClaytor at Sun, 08/27/2017 - 01:25
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Which section is this in?

Mistake in article by Dawwy at Sat, 08/26/2017 - 15:00
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There seems to be a mistake in the article - the description for "Game Restart Bug Fixed" in "In the News" doesn't really match the title.

retitled, thank you. by JXClaytor at Sun, 08/27/2017 - 01:26
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retitled, thank you.