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Jul 14 2017 12:00pm
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State of the Program for July 14th 2017
 
In the News
Hour of Devastation Almost Here: Hour of Devastation drafts will be live Monday. Details on Hour of Devastation event are here.
 
Changes to Posts of 5-0 Decklists:  Wizards will be changing how they post decklists from the competitive leagues. They had been posting the ten random decklists for each format. Beginning this week, they will be posting just five, randomly selected from decks going the 5-0 in each competitive league. Wizards is doing this in an attempt to slow down the rate at which formats are “solved.” The full explanation is here.
 
July MOPR Promos Announced: Wizards has shown us the promos cards for this month. The store promo is an alt art Reverse Engineer, which is kinda meh. I have never seen that card played outside of limited. The Event promo, on the other hand, is Sterling Grove. This was once a very expensive staple in various Enchantress decks, and still sees play in some Commander builds. Every once in a while Wizards prints something that makes this sort of effect very useful, so this promo is probably worth hanging onto.
 
Best Note from This Week’s Bug Blog: This week’s build fixed a number of bugs. The best fix, IMHO, is that “Grinning Ignus can now correctly only grin at sorcery speed.” Nice to see that the folks at Wizards have a sense of humor.
 
Strange Bug Hitting MTGO: In the first couple days after the new set, something (possibly involving CRTL-Z) could set some very strange behavior. The game would vanish, then play itself out from the start at super speed until it got back to where players were at. I watched this happen at least twice in a row to one streamer. Hopefully Wizards quashes that bug soon.
 
Team Draft Super League: This week in TDSL, the pros battled the streamers, with Team CFB up against Team Limited Resources. Marshall Sutcliffe opened a bomb and beat LSV, in battle of the Limited Resources co-hosts. The amateurs started out 3-1 in the event, which requires five victories to win. I won’t spoil the ending. You can watch it 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
No Downtime
July 19th
Extended Downtime
July 26th, August 23rd
Sealed MOCS Monthly
July 22nd, September 15th, October 8th
Modern MOCS Monthly
August 27th
Standard MOCS Monthly
August 11th, 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
None announced – play some HOU
 
 
 
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:   Having New Sets on MTGO Fast is Great!
 
I started a big long article on this, but I’ll just include the TL:DR version.
 
Having the new sets available to draft and play on MTGO immediately after the paper prerelease is amazing. 
 
I love it.
 
Well done Wizards.
 
I could waste another 2,000 words saying that in more detail, but I’d rather draft HOU. And now I can.
 
Cutting Edge Tech
Standard: I’m writing this a couple of days after the paper prerelease, and I already have decklists featuring Hour of Devastation cards. That’s amazing, and unprecedented. It’s early times and Wizards is choosing 5-0 decks at random, so we don’t know whether this deck is actually good. It runs a bunch of solid cards, and it looks cool. And it did go 5-0.
BR Planeswalker Control
MICHAI, 5-0, Competitive Standard League - 75 Cards Total
Creature
2 Glorybringer
3 Goblin Dark-Dwellers
2 Gonti, Lord of Luxury
2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
7 cards

Instant
3 (Abrade)
4 Fatal Push
1 (Hour of Glory)
3 Magma Spray
7 cards
Sorcery
4 (Doomfall)
2 Live Fast
2 Never/Return
2 cards

Planeswalker
3 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
2 Liliana, the Last Hope
1 Liliana, Death's Majesty
5 cards
Land
4 Aether Hub
4 Canyon Slough
2 Evolving Wilds
1 (Endless Sands)
4 Foreboding Ruins
4 Mountain
3 Smoldering Marsh
4 Swamp
21 cards
 


Sideboard
1 (Bontu's Last Reckoning)
2 (Chandra's Defeat)
3 (Dreamstealer)
2 (Hour of Devastation)
1 (Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh)
1 Ob Nixilis Reignited
2 Painful Truths
3 Scarab Feast
15 cards
 

Modern: No new cards in the Modern decks chosen at random this week, so here’s something I haven’t seen for a while.   

 

1V1 Commander: The format has seen some big changes. The 1v1 and multiplayer Commander B&R lists have been split, and Wizards has taken steps to limit blue’s dominance. We have post-change decklists. Let’s see what Commanders and colors are being played.

 
Winning Commanders:
·       The Gitrog Monster   (GB)
·       Karador, Ghost Chieftain   (GWB)
·       Kraum, Ludevc's Opus and Tymna the Weaver (UR and WB)
·       Leovold, Emissary of Trest   (URG)
·       Breya, Etherium Shaper (WUBR)
 
Legacy:  This week’s Legacy league had five 5-0 decks, chosen at random. Three were some variant of Delver deck; it was probably tricky to find ten different cards (one of the new criteria for choosing decks.) One was ANT (Ad Nauseam Tendrils) and the last was a BUG deck with Leovold. (Technically, it is a Grixis splashing green for Leovold and Abrupt Decay, but I like my name better.)
  

Vintage: Vintage Dailies are firing on MTGO. This week the winning deck was a classic – Shops with Golems.

 

 

 
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 all over the place again this week. I’ve added Hour of Devastation to the table, but there aren’t many cards worth very much. I expect I will trim the table soon, but I’m going to wait a while until the metagame begins to define itself.
 

Standard Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$6.83
$8.78
($1.95)
-22%
$23.02
$21.49
$1.53
7%
$14.18
$17.79
($3.61)
-20%
$4.97
$5.72
($0.75)
-13%
$14.36
$16.99
($2.63)
-15%
$6.97
$6.88
$0.09
1%
$14.89
$14.69
$0.20
1%
$15.28
$15.65
($0.37)
-2%
(Hour of Devastation)
$9.26
n/a
n/a
n/a
$10.59
$9.77
$0.82
8%
$14.83
$13.11
$1.72
13%
$34.82
$36.38
($1.56)
-4%
$10.37
$10.04
$0.33
3%
(Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh)
$13.59
n/a
n/a
n/a
$8.35
$12.35
($4.00)
-32%
$6.38
$8.15
($1.77)
-22%
$6.14
$8.33
($2.19)
-26%
$9.11
$6.50
$2.61
40%
(The Scarab God)
$7.49
n/a
n/a
n/a
$9.93
$10.57
($0.64)
-6%
$5.26
$7.20
($1.94)
-27%
$26.62
$22.85
$3.77
16%
$9.96
$6.72
$3.24
48%
$8.83
$6.69
$2.14
32%
$8.38
$8.18
$0.20
2%

Modern staples:  Modern prices are generally down this week, almost across the board. Horizon Canopy is still doing well, along with Scapeshift.
 

Modern Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$21.85
$25.58
($3.73)
-15%
$23.24
$23.38
($0.14)
-1%
$15.70
$16.60
($0.90)
-5%
$21.19
$24.44
($3.25)
-13%
$46.19
$52.15
($5.96)
-11%
$17.59
$25.53
($7.94)
-31%
$23.72
$28.75
($5.03)
-17%
$36.66
$38.00
($1.34)
-4%
$32.95
$34.01
($1.06)
-3%
$19.38
$19.18
$0.20
1%
$24.27
$25.32
($1.05)
-4%
$49.81
$46.63
$3.18
7%
$41.80
$39.01
$2.79
7%
$70.63
$69.97
$0.66
1%
$54.41
$49.72
$4.69
9%
$13.77
$14.41
($0.64)
-4%
$21.18
$24.57
($3.39)
-14%
$24.24
$25.09
($0.85)
-3%
$30.64
$26.56
$4.08
15%
$25.21
$27.74
($2.53)
-9%
$29.99
$30.52
($0.53)
-2%

Legacy and Vintage: Prices are generally down across the board. Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy was soaring last week, so it took a specific hit, plus the overall drop.  Doomsday is the most dramatic. It is a new Invocation and very tough to play, but it was over $50 a few months ago.
 

Legacy / Vintage Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$45.72
$47.88
($2.16)
-5%
$7.74
$17.50
($9.76)
-56%
$73.13
$75.16
($2.03)
-3%
$27.97
$32.28
($4.31)
-13%
$38.56
$40.93
($2.37)
-6%
$39.80
$41.66
($1.86)
-4%
$30.17
$30.44
($0.27)
-1%
$33.44
$34.17
($0.73)
-2%
$32.49
$47.23
($14.74)
-31%
$39.46
$38.10
$1.36
4%
$42.02
$42.16
($0.14)
0%
$59.53
$62.53
($3.00)
-5%
$147.58
$146.29
$1.29
1%
$46.00
$54.31
($8.31)
-15%
$62.47
$58.14
$4.33
7%
$35.36
$35.89
($0.53)
-1%
$21.03
$22.68
($1.65)
-7%
$48.80
$52.13
($3.33)
-6%

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).  I’ve added Hour of Devastation, but these are very preliminary numbers.
 

Complete Set
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
Aether Revolt
$69.66
$74.63
($4.97)
-7%
Amonkhet
$63.12
$73.04
($9.92)
-14%
Battle for Zendikar
$47.51
$49.27
($1.76)
-4%
Eldritch Moon
$99.89
$113.02
($13.13)
-12%
Hour of Devastation
$100.59
n/a
n/a
n/a
Kaladesh
$108.60
$108.72
($0.12)
0%
Oath of the Gatewatch
$83.45
$86.48
($3.03)
-4%
Shadows over Innistrad
$60.07
$70.10
($10.03)
-14%
Treasure Chest
$2.45
$2.36
$0.09
4%
Amonkhet Booster
$1.51
$2.70
($1.19)
-44%
Hour of Devastation
$4.26
n/a
n/a
n/a

 
 
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. The list shrunk a bit this week, to reflect the widespread price drops in all formats. 
 

Name
Set
Rarity
 Price
Rishadan Port
 MM
Rare
 $ 147.58
Exploration
 UZ
Rare
 $   73.13
Liliana of the Veil
 MM3
Mythic Rare
 $   70.91
Liliana of the Veil
 ISD
Mythic Rare
 $   70.63
True-Name Nemesis
 PZ1
Mythic Rare
 $   62.86
True-Name Nemesis
 C13
Rare
 $   62.47
Wasteland
 TE
Uncommon
 $   59.80
Wasteland
 EXP
Mythic Rare
 $   59.57
Mystic Confluence
 PZ1
Rare
 $   59.53
Mox Opal
 MS2
Bonus
 $   57.11
Wasteland
 TPR
Rare
 $   56.57
Mox Opal
 SOM
Mythic Rare
 $   55.30
Mox Opal
 MM2
Mythic Rare
 $   54.41
Chalice of the Void
 MS2
Bonus
 $   53.97
Horizon Canopy
 EXP
Mythic Rare
 $   50.84
Force of Will
 EMA
Mythic Rare
 $   50.26
Horizon Canopy
 FUT
Rare
 $   49.81
Force of Will
 MED
Rare
 $   49.07
Chalice of the Void
 MRD
Rare
 $   48.94
Wasteland
 EMA
Rare
 $   48.80
Chalice of the Void
 MMA
Rare
 $   46.19
Show and Tell
 UZ
Rare
 $   46.00
Black Lotus
 VMA
Bonus
 $   45.72
Mox Diamond
 ST
Rare
 $   45.24
Karn Liberated
 MM2
Mythic Rare
 $   42.45
Mox Diamond
 TPR
Mythic Rare
 $   42.38
Misdirection
 MM
Rare
 $   42.02
Mox Diamond
 V10
Mythic Rare
 $   41.90
Karn Liberated
 NPH
Mythic Rare
 $   41.80
Force of Will
 MS3
Special
 $   40.20
Gaea's Cradle
 UZ
Rare
 $   39.80
Leovold, Emissary of Trest
 PZ2
Mythic Rare
 $   39.46
Ensnaring Bridge
 MS2
Bonus
 $   39.16
Force of Will
 VMA
Rare
 $   38.56
Unmask
 V16
Mythic Rare
 $   37.89
Engineered Explosives
 5DN
Rare
 $   37.79
Engineered Explosives
 MS2
Bonus
 $   36.92
Engineered Explosives
 MMA
Rare
 $   36.66
Ensnaring Bridge
 ST
Rare
 $   35.55
Unmask
 MM
Rare
 $   35.36
Dark Depths
 CSP
Rare
 $   35.07
Liliana, the Last Hope
 EMN
Mythic Rare
 $   34.82
Ensnaring Bridge
 7E
Rare
 $   34.42
Infernal Tutor
 DIS
Rare
 $   33.44
Ensnaring Bridge
 8ED
Rare
 $   32.95
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy
 ORI
Mythic Rare
 $   32.49
Underground Sea
 ME2
Rare
 $   31.27
Tarmogoyf
 MM2
Mythic Rare
 $   31.23
Tarmogoyf
 FUT
Rare
 $   31.21
Tarmogoyf
 MMA
Mythic Rare
 $   30.87
Scapeshift
 MOR
Rare
 $   30.64
Grim Monolith
 UL
Rare
 $   30.17
Tarmogoyf
 MM3
Mythic Rare
 $   29.99
Scalding Tarn
 EXP
Mythic Rare
 $   29.96
Celestial Colonnade
 WWK
Rare
 $   29.76
Dark Depths
 V16
Mythic Rare
 $   29.75
Underground Sea
 ME4
Rare
 $   28.89
Volcanic Island
 ME3
Rare
 $   28.73
City of Traitors
 TPR
Rare
 $   28.62
Containment Priest
 PZ1
Rare
 $   28.50
City of Traitors
 EX
Rare
 $   28.39
Containment Priest
 C14
Rare
 $   28.31
Food Chain
 MM
Rare
 $   27.97
Gorilla Shaman
 ALL
Common
 $   27.30
Torrential Gearhulk
 MS2
Bonus
 $   27.28
Volcanic Island
 ME4
Rare
 $   26.98
Torrential Gearhulk
 KLD
Mythic Rare
 $   26.62
Ancestral Vision
 DD2
Rare
 $   26.20
Tempt with Discovery
 C13
Rare
 $   25.94
Surgical Extraction
 NPH
Rare
 $   25.70
Scalding Tarn
 MM3
Rare
 $   25.53
Surgical Extraction
 MM2
Rare
 $   25.21

 
* 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.   
 
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 $ 23,830. That’s down $290 from last week, despite adding in the cards in Hour of Devastation.   Ouch.
 
Weekly Highlights
One article worth checking out this week is Melissa DeTora’s discussion of the changes the Future Future League wrought on Hour of Devastation. A number of key cards were developed specifically to impact Standard. You can read about it here.
 
I also joined both a sealed league and couple of drafts, and expect to join more. I love having the new set on MTGO immediately. Sure beats waiting 2-3 weeks after the paper folks are already playing.
 
 
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.  

2 Comments

So, my understanding is that by xger at Fri, 07/14/2017 - 13:43
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So, my understanding is that when MTGO replays a game, it is attempting to recover from a fatal error. Essentially, it reboots the game in an attempt to prevent its complete loss. Now, if that is triggered with undo, there is something fishy going on.

will be live by Sensei at Fri, 07/14/2017 - 14:47
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"will be live" = "have been live since"