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State of the Program for March 9th 2018
 
In the News
Masters 25 Coming Soon: You can start drafting Masters 25 on March 16th. Phantom drafts will be 10 Event TIX, or 25 TIX for you keep all the nice card drafts.
 
Treasure Chest Update: Wizards is updating the lists of curated cards in Treasure Chests. Some of the cards that can be opened in Masters 25 are being removed (at least for now.)   Many other cards are being added. In addition, Wizards is introducing special “prestige” avatars as rare drops (1% chance) in treasure chests. Details here.
 
Butakov Wins Second MTGO Championship: Previous MTGO Champ Dmitriy Butakov did it again. He piloted Bogles to the win last weekend.   Coverage of the event is here. All 23 Modern decklists are here. The format was pretty varied: 7 Jund, 2 5color Zoo, 3 Bogles, 2 Grixis Control, 2 RB Hollow One, 2 Burn and five one-offs. 
 
A Reminder from Wizards: Lee Sharpe tweeted this reminder last week.
Here are the situations where it is OK for you to play on a #MTGO account registered to another person:
– The account was created for you when you were a minor and was registered by your parent or then-guardian.
That's the entire list. #WotCStaff
 
Magic 25th Anniversary Events: Wizards has announced Beta and Unlimited Rochester Drafts at several major events this summer, including GP Vegas and GenCon. You will need to win a qualifying tournament to play, but should be amazing to watch. Also, Wizards will be providing cake at these events. No word yet about any digital cake for us online players.
 
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. 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
Dates
Scheduled Downtimes
March 14th, March 28th (extended)
Constructed Leagues End
April 18, 2018
Sealed Leagues End
April 23, 2018
Core Set Magic  2019
July 13, 2018
25th Anniversary Edition Masters
March 16, 2018
Next B&R Announcement
April 16, 2018
SOI and EMN Redemption Ends
April 28, 2018
Ixalan Redemption Ends
May 23, 2018
Rivals of Ixalan Redemption Ends
May 23, 2018

 
WotC Covered Events
Wizards will be streaming a number of events next year, including all four Pro Tours, the Magic Championship and World Magic Cup, along with 35 Grand Prix. Since Wizards does not schedule premier events on prerelease weekends and certain holidays, that means they will be streaming an event nearly every weekend. Here’s the schedule we have so far.
·       March 10–11: Grand Prix Madrid
·       April 6–8: Grand Prix Seattle (double-GP weekend)
·       April 14–15: Grand Prix Memphis
·       April 28–29: Grand Prix Bologna
·       May 5–6: Grand Prix Dallas
·       May 11–13: Grand Prix Birmingham (double-GP weekend)
·       May 26–27: Grand Prix Washington, DC
·       June 1–3: Pro Tour Dominaria in Richmond, Virginia
·       June 9–10: Grand Prix Copenhagen
·       June 15–17: Grand Prix Las Vegas (double-GP weekend)
·       June 23–24: Grand Prix Pittsburgh
·       July 7–8: Grand Prix São Paulo
·       July 21–22: Grand Prix Sacramento
·       July 28–29: Grand Prix Minneapolis
·       Aug. 3–5: Pro Tour 25th Anniversary in Minneapolis, Minnesota
·       Aug. 11–12: Grand Prix Brussels
·       Aug. 18–19: Grand Prix Los Angeles
·       Aug. 25–26: Grand Prix Prague
·       Aug. 31–Sept. 2: Grand Prix Richmond (double-GP weekend)
·       Sept. 8–9: Grand Prix Detroit
·       Sept. 15–16: Grand Prix Stockholm
·       Weekend of Sept. 23–24: 2018 Magic World Championship and Team Series Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada (exact event dates TBD)
·       Oct. 6–7: Grand Prix Montreal
·       Oct. 13–14: Grand Prix Denver
·       Oct. 27–28: Grand Prix Lille
·       Nov. 3–4: Grand Prix Atlanta
·       Nov. 9–11: Pro Tour "Spaghetti" in Atlanta
·       Nov. 17–18: Grand Prix Milwaukee
·       Dec. 8–9: Grand Prix Liverpool
·       Dec. 14–16: World Magic Cup in Barcelona, Spain
 
2018 Magic Online Championship Series and other events
Complete details, including schedule, rules, and which online events qualify you for which online or paper events is here.   In addition, Wizards will be offering these special formats:
·       February 28–March 16: Legacy Cube
·       March 16–April 4: Masters 25
·       April 4–20: Modern Cube
 
Magic Online Format Challenges
These are high stakes events that happen every weekend.   They cost 25 Tix / 250 play points, and last a number of rounds based on participation (assume 5-8), plus a single elimination Top 8. Details, including prize payouts, are here. Start times are:
 

Event Type
Start Time
Saturday, 8:00 am PT
Saturday, 10:00 am PT
Saturday, 12:00 pm PT
Sunday, 8:00 am PT
Sunday, 10:00 am PT

 
Opinion Section:  Treasure Chests
Wizards has revised the list of “curated” cards that can appear in Treasure Chests. The new list is here.
 
At first I thought I was going to be able to write a rant about all the cards that had no value in the list. Some of this might be just me. I’m somewhat risk averse, and I have much stronger memories of losses than wins. It’s one reason I don’t gamble. I don’t like to play the booster box game, and I don’t get much of a thrill out of opening packs anymore.
 
I remember the disappointment of opening dreck in Treasure Chests, but not opening anything good. For example, the TC I earned playing the precons last week had a couple useless commons and 30 Play Points. I was disappointed. But when I thought about that later, I realized that 30 play points was about $3, so this wasn’t actually bad. It was just my expectation of getting nothing of value was so strong it was clouding my judgment.
 
When I first looked at the list of cards being added to the curated list, and I had a negative reaction. I own many of these cards, and I don’t play them very often. I assumed that they had little value. However, when I started checking actual prices, I discovered that a lot of these cards were actually in demand. They were not bulk rares.  I just perceived them as such, because I was looking at them through a highly Pete-centric lens. Looked at clearly, most of the cards being added to the list were in short enough supply to jack the prices up. Looked at clearly, cards like Horn of Greed belong on the list.   
 
The list of cards in Masters 25 took me the same way initially, but it also reprints a lot of cards that need to be reprinted. So will the Challenger decks. Reprints need to happen.
 
I have been playing competitive Magic, and other games, for over 20 years now. I have seen a lot of formats, and games, come and go. One sure way of killing a game or format is to make it too expensive to get into the game. This has happened with the Reserve List and Vintage. It has also happened with games like Dreamblade – a very cool Wizards miniatures game.  And Spoils.  And many, many others.  Modern is affordable in large part because Wizards printed Modern Masters. Eternal Masters has helped keep Legacy alive, despite the reserve list. Wizards has shown an ability to reprint just enough product to keep prices from spiking, while not tanking them. The exceptions – times when Wizards has screwed up a reprint – are few and far between.   Chronicles was a problem, decades ago, but it was the first mass reprint. Wizards learned from that mistake. Vintage Masters was also over-released, but that was because when Wizards wanted to shut off the flow, we players rebelled. (Also, Wizards’ statements about Vintage Masters were really badly worded.) And then there’s the Reserve List. However, when Wizards can manage reprints, chase cards are reasonably expensive, not insane. For example, Tarmogoyf is $50 or so. Black Lotus, which cannot be reprinted in paper, is $7,500 for the worst copy available.  
 
Wizards is getting pretty good at managing the supply of cards – at least those they can manage.
 
 
Cutting Edge Tech
Standard: The Standard MOCS Top 8 included six distinct archetypes. The format seems to be holding up well.   Here’s the winner.

 


Modern
: The MTGO Champs was a multi-format event, featuring Limited and Modern. The eventual winner was running a Boggles deck. The most interesting deck, however, was the control deck that Guillaume Matignon brought to the event.

 

 

Pauper
: The Pauper Challenge last weekend had five archetypes in the Top 8. This was one of the few not running (Ash Barrens). Ash Barrens is expensive, but Masters 25 should help with that.
 

Legacy
: SCG ran a Legacy Open last weekend and over 700 players attended. The Top 32 decklists are here. The Top 8 included Elves, Miracles, Lands, Eldrazi – and four Grixis Delver builds. Next week we will have a team trios GP, with Legacy being one of the formats. Should be fun.
 
 
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 mixed; overall slightly down. Most of these adjustments are minor.
 

Standard Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
(Carnage Tyrant)
$16.80
$13.63
$3.17
23%
(Chandra, Torch of Defiance)
$25.70
$25.66
$0.04
0%
(Glint-Sleeve Siphoner)
$7.68
$6.85
$0.83
12%
(Gideon of the Trials)
$7.60
$7.67
($0.07)
-1%
(Hazoret the Fervent)
$11.50
$12.53
($1.03)
-8%
(Jadelight Ranger)
$3.59
$6.28
($2.69)
-43%
(Rekindling Phoenix)
$30.09
$36.34
($6.25)
-17%
(Scavenger Grounds)
$3.87
$6.46
($2.59)
-40%
(Spirebluff Canal)
$5.75
$5.91
($0.16)
-3%
(The Scarab God)
$38.28
$35.94
$2.34
7%
(Torrential Gearhulk)
$15.13
$15.62
($0.49)
-3%
(Vraska, Relic Seeker)
$7.49
$7.92
($0.43)
-5%
(Vraska's Contempt)
$5.82
$8.17
($2.35)
-29%
(Walking Ballista)
$17.65
$14.63
$3.02
21%

Modern staples:  Modern is getting back on track. A few card prices appear to have been affected by speculation, but their prices seem to be recovering. Overall, we are up this week. 
 

Modern Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$25.03
$19.33
$5.70
29%
$25.82
$25.17
$0.65
3%
$26.48
$23.46
$3.02
13%
$23.32
$17.84
$5.48
31%
(Collective Brutality)
$29.92
$35.02
($5.10)
-15%
$16.35
$17.13
($0.78)
-5%
$34.21
$30.79
$3.42
11%
$23.79
$27.62
($3.83)
-14%
$27.12
$23.52
$3.60
15%
$36.64
$34.53
$2.11
6%
$43.04
$44.31
($1.27)
-3%
$29.62
$25.80
$3.82
15%
$70.26
$73.71
($3.45)
-5%
$74.94
$67.74
$7.20
11%
(Liliana, the Last Hope)
$52.26
$51.27
$0.99
2%
$50.30
$48.45
$1.85
4%
$23.19
$26.09
($2.90)
-11%
$27.40
$26.72
$0.68
3%
$20.56
$15.72
$4.84
31%
$35.05
$31.76
$3.29
10%
$52.72
$47.09
$5.63
12%

Legacy and Vintage: Legacy and Vintage are generally pretty quiet this week. A few cards to be reprinted in Masters 25 are dropping, as you would expect, but not by much. Masters 25 is only going to be available for a couple weeks, and many players will play Phantom events. I don’t except that it will have much impact over the long term.
 

Legacy / Vintage Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$33.48
$31.90
$1.58
5%
$20.66
$19.50
$1.16
6%
$20.53
$19.42
$1.11
6%
$28.70
$22.74
$5.96
26%
$18.68
$20.05
($1.37)
-7%
$33.33
$36.67
($3.34)
-9%
$35.76
$33.82
$1.94
6%
(Leovold, Emissary of Trest)
$20.85
$25.62
($4.77)
-19%
$40.52
$40.52
$0.00
0%
$15.84
$20.29
($4.45)
-22%
$28.19
$31.26
($3.07)
-10%
$28.18
$26.51
$1.67
6%
$89.62
$76.62
$13.00
17%
$15.64
$15.43
$0.21
1%
$16.67
$16.62
$0.05
0%
$31.37
$32.01
($0.64)
-2%

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 pack. I’ll keep tracking these because they are interesting (at least to me).   
 

Complete Set
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
Aether Revolt
$76.94
$72.73
$4.21
6%
Amonkhet
$74.81
$76.77
($1.96)
-3%
Ixalan
$76.49
$73.47
$3.02
4%
Hour of Devastation
$72.16
$73.94
($1.78)
-2%
Kaladesh
$96.84
$99.58
($2.74)
-3%
Rivals of Ixalan
$83.30
$87.82
($4.52)
-5%
Treasure Chest
$2.51
$2.47
$0.04
2%
Ixalan Booster
$4.15
$3.96
$0.19
5%
Rivals of Ixalan Booster
$2.65
$2.60
$0.05
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.  Jace, TMS is still in fourth place, while Force of Will is climbing. The bad art, bad frame power I paid over $500 fro? Off the table almost completely.
 

Name
Set
Rarity
 Price
Black Lotus
 1E
Rare
 $   98.55
True-Name Nemesis
 C13
Rare
 $   90.82
True-Name Nemesis
 PZ1
Mythic Rare
 $   89.62
Liliana of the Veil
 MM3
Mythic Rare
 $   76.56
Liliana of the Veil
 ISD
Mythic Rare
 $   74.94
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
 WWK
Mythic Rare
 $   71.31
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
 EMA
Mythic Rare
 $   70.91
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
 VMA
Mythic Rare
 $   70.26
Force of Will
 MED
Rare
 $   63.16
Mox Sapphire
 1E
Rare
 $   57.70
Tarmogoyf
 MMA
Mythic Rare
 $   56.09
Tarmogoyf
 FUT
Rare
 $   55.93
Mox Opal
 SOM
Mythic Rare
 $   54.17
Mox Emerald
 1E
Rare
 $   53.90
Mox Opal
 MM2
Mythic Rare
 $   53.77
Tarmogoyf
 MM2
Mythic Rare
 $   53.04
Tarmogoyf
 MM3
Mythic Rare
 $   52.72
Liliana, the Last Hope
 EMN
Mythic Rare
 $   52.26
Ancestral Recall
 1E
Rare
 $  51.68
Mox Ruby
 1E
Rare
 $   51.42
Mox Opal
 MS2
Bonus
 $   50.36
Mox Diamond
 TPR
Mythic Rare
 $   47.65
Karn Liberated
 NPH
Mythic Rare
 $   47.29
Wasteland
 TE
Uncommon
 $   45.92
Karn Liberated
 MM2
Mythic Rare
 $   43.04
Wasteland
 TPR
Rare
 $   42.98
Mox Jet
 1E
Rare
 $   41.00
Misdirection
 MM
Rare
 $   40.52
The Scarab God
 HOU
Mythic Rare
 $   38.28
The Scarab God
 MS3
Special
 $   38.00
Force of Will
 EMA
Mythic Rare
 $   37.50
Dark Depths
 V16
Mythic Rare
 $   37.38
Mox Pearl
 1E
Rare
 $   37.36
Wasteland
 EXP
Mythic Rare
 $   37.26
Horizon Canopy
 IMA
Rare
 $   36.88
Horizon Canopy
 EXP
Mythic Rare
 $   36.71
Horizon Canopy
 FUT
Rare
 $   36.64
Force of Will
 MS3
Special
 $   36.62
Unmask
 V16
Mythic Rare
 $   35.88
Force of Will
 VMA
Rare
 $   35.76
Surgical Extraction
 MM2
Rare
 $   35.11
Surgical Extraction
 NPH
Rare
 $   35.05
Engineered Explosives
 5DN
Rare
 $   35.04
Engineered Explosives
 MS2
Bonus
 $   34.32
Engineered Explosives
 MMA
Rare
 $   34.21
Time Walk
 1E
Rare
 $   34.19
Black Lotus
 VMA
Bonus
 $   33.48
Exploration
 UZ
Rare
 $   33.33
Underground Sea
 ME2
Rare
 $   32.40
Wasteland
 EMA
Rare
 $   31.37
Containment Priest
 PZ1
Rare
 $   30.81
Containment Priest
 C14
Rare
 $   30.51
Underground Sea
 ME4
Rare
 $   30.35
Rekindling Phoenix
 RIX
Mythic Rare
 $   30.09
Collective Brutality
 EMN
Rare
 $   29.92
Kolaghan's Command
 DTK
Rare
 $   29.62
Ensnaring Bridge
 7E
Rare
 $   29.01
Dark Depths
 CSP
Rare
 $   28.70
Fulminator Mage
 SHM
Rare
 $   28.48
Scalding Tarn
 EXP
Mythic Rare
 $   28.45
Scalding Tarn
 MM3
Rare
 $   28.44
Rishadan Port
 MM
Rare
 $   28.19
Show and Tell
 UZ
Rare
 $   28.18
Blood Moon
 9ED
Rare
 $   27.93
Scalding Tarn
 ZEN
Rare
 $   27.44
Cavern of Souls
 MM3
Mythic Rare
 $   27.37
Noble Hierarch
 MM2
Rare
 $   27.24
Gorilla Shaman
 ALL
Common
 $   27.19
Blood Moon
 MS3
Special
 $   27.15
Fulminator Mage
 MM2
Rare
 $   27.12
Blood Moon
 8ED
Rare
 $   26.98
Celestial Colonnade
 WWK
Rare
 $   26.48
Blood Moon
 MMA
Rare
 $   26.31
Cavern of Souls
 AVR
Rare
 $   25.82
Ensnaring Bridge
 8ED
Rare
 $   25.78
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
 KLD
Mythic Rare
 $   25.70
Blood Moon
 MM3
Rare
 $   25.03

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 $ 21,090. That’s up a full $645 from last week.
 
Weekly Highlights
I’m editing this during a break at work, because there is no chance I will get home anytime soon. No Magic at all this week. I did manage to get together with friends one evening, to play an RPG. The ability to mindlessly kill orcs and monsters was a needed break. 
 
Maybe this weekend I can get time to watch the MTGO Champs and play some Magic. That was last weekend’s plan – but that plan did not survive contact with my workload.
 
 
PRJ
 
“One Million Words” on MTGO
 
 
This series is an ongoing tribute to Erik “Hamtastic” Friborg.
 

1 Comments

re by Hearts at Tue, 03/13/2018 - 10:16
Hearts's picture

I have seen people play mtgo accounts they do not own, should I report them ?

And what will wotc do about it ?