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State of the Program for April 10th, 2020
 
In the News

State of MTGO:  This article, from Chris Kiritz will be out Friday on MTGO.com.  Also coming out will be the article about the Ikoria changes on MTGO as well. 

Super Qualifiers:  These events have enhanced prizes, first and second place both pick up invites, and are open to all players.  The schedule will change weekly, so you can see that here.  They have been scheduled through April 16th already.  These cost 40 tickets, 400 play points or 40 QPs to enter.  You can get all the info here. .

FNM at home:  Third one starts today!  Check with your LGS to see if they are participating.  Today's FNM at home is Historic Braw.  You can read about it here.

MagicFest Online:  ChannelFireball has started a weekly tournament series to take the place of paper MagicFests.  They are also selling MagicFests in a Box.  With these local game stores can also benefit whenever you play in one of these or buy a box set.  Entry a code provided to you from your local store and they will get a percentage of the fees collected.  You can read about MagicFest Online here

More Cancellations:  Whole bunch of stuff was canceled last week. You can see the list and changes here.  This includes MagicFests through June 19. 2020. 

Showcase Challenge Weekend:  Remember this weekend, other than Vintage, regular format challenges are not happening. 

Rivals League Gets New Members:  Magic Esports has announced that eight players will be receiving extended invitations to next season’s Rivals League: Corey Burkhart, Kenta Harane, Shintaro Ishimura, Zazhary Kiihne, Joel Larson, Yuta Takahasi, Brent Vos, and Jacob Wilson.

Ban list warning:  The Twitter account said an article was coming on April 13 to talk about a new ban.  They said it would involve Brawl only, and involve an otter.

Ikoria Spoilers:   Tokens are here. Regular cards are here. Variants are here.  The Godzilla cards are something I really like.

Commander 2020 Spoilers:  The image gallery for the Commander 2020 product is here.

Magic Artist Thomas Gianni Passes Away:  We extend our sincerest condolences to the friends and family of Thomas Gianni.  You can view his art 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. Not listed, but important: Wizards offers either one or two online MCQs each weekend, with qualifiers for limited MCQs running the days immediately prior to the MCQ.
 
Upcoming Events
Dates
Scheduled Downtimes
April 15, 2020
Constructed Leagues End
April 15, 2020
Sealed Leagues End
April 16, 2020
Next B&R Announcement
April 13, 2020


Theros: Beyond Death Redem
Starts February 12, 2020
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Redem
Starts May 13, 2020
Redemption guarantee July 29, 2020
Ends September 2, 2020
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
April 16, 2020
Core Set 2021
Zendikar Rising
Third Quarter 2020
Fourth Quarter 2020
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:

Showcase challenges all weekend!
 
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 6:00 am PT
Saturday, 8:00 am PT 
Saturday, 10:00 am PT
Sunday 6:00 am PT
Sunday, 8:00 am PT
Sunday, 10:00 am PT
 


Cutting Edge Tech

Standard: With Ikoria coming out next week, I don't see the need to showcase a format that will be changing.  Next week though, I am going to bring some sweet decks to this section! 

Legacy:  This to me, is a sweet deck with multiple combo finishes, you have the Vampire Hexmage and Dark Depths combo, as well as a Tendrils of Agony combo.  There is also Leyline of the Void and Helm of Obedience and if that isn't enough for you, look at the sideboard and what Karn, the Great Creator can get, that's right, Painter's Servant and Grindstone

What a neat deck!

Modern: Can't believe in 2020 we're calling decks with three Pillage in them Ponza.  It hurts me. 

Well it doesn't but can I be just a little dramatic? 


Pauper: Ban Ghostly Flicker and Ephemerate 2020 Challenge.


Pioneer:  For when you want to play Hearthstone, but get tired of facing the same Demon Hunter deck all the time, just load up mtgo and pick a Teferi, Time Raveler deck.  Sure, you're playing Magic, but when the walker sticks, your opponent isn't.


Vintage: There is only six walkers in this deck and I have no idea what to actually call this. 



 
Winner's Circle

The Winner's Circle is where I will recognize winners of the past events on MTGO.  I apologize to the players I missed last week. 

Challenge Winners

Legacy - MM_17 - Bant Snow
Modern - Mordekaiser - Bring to Niv
Pauper - RClint21 - Tron
Pioneer - mahzinha_linda - Mono Black Aggro
Standard -  Dazai - UW Control
Vintage - GGoggles - Urza

Around the Web

MTGOTraders YouTube:  Did you know that MTGOTraders.com has a YouTube page with videos added Monday, Wednesday and Friday?  Well if not, now you do, and you can find it here

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 a decade and a half now, and have never been overcharged or disappointed.
 
Standard Staples:

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $30.09 $38.93 ($8.84) -23%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $7.61 $9.41 ($1.80) -19%
Questing Beast $7.67 $10.86 ($3.19) -29%
Alela, Artful Provocateur $7.16 $8.18 ($1.02) -12%
Chulane, Teller of Tales $5.43 $6.00 ($0.57) -10%
Fabled Passage $9.04 $15.35 ($6.31) -41%
Bonecrusher Giant $5.48 $5.04 $0.44 9%
Embercleave $5.51 $6.24 ($0.73) -12%
The Great Henge $4.82 $6.75 ($1.93) -29%
Arclight Phoenix $5.07 $4.57 $0.50 11%
Assassin's Trophy $7.99 $7.29 $0.70 10%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $15.31 $14.57 $0.74 5%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $8.51 $8.75 ($0.24) -3%
Leyline of the Void $10.19 $9.65 $0.54 6%
Vivien, Arkbow Ranger $22.27 $32.27 ($10.00) -31%
Ajani, Strength of the Pride $7.66 $7.04 $0.62 9%
Cavalier of Thorns $6.70 $7.58 ($0.88) -12%
Lotus Field $4.98 $4.61 $0.37 8%
Cavalier of Flame $5.06 $5.00 $0.06 1%
Grafdigger's Cage $6.52


Deputy of Detention $5.57 $6.01 ($0.44) -7%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $4.48 $4.54 ($0.06) -1%
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath $47.42 $50.27 ($2.85) -6%
Heliod, Sun-Crowned $7.82 $10.94 ($3.12) -29%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $10.64 $15.27 ($4.63) -30%
Ox of Agonas $3.42 $4.57 ($1.15) -25%
Teferi, Time Raveler $52.29 $64.98 ($12.69) -20%
Finale of Devastation $7.05 $7.83 ($0.78) -10%
Karn, the Great Creator $34.70 $46.36 ($11.66) -25%
Dreadhorde Arcanist $14.80 $15.00 ($0.20) -1%
Blast Zone $15.05 $16.23 ($1.18) -7%
Gideon Blackblade $4.28 $5.77 ($1.49) -26%
Niv-Mizzet Reborn $7.87 $9.91 ($2.04) -21%
Jace, Wielder of Mysteries $7.61 $12.88 ($5.27) -41%
Nissa, Who Shakes the World $3.55 $6.17 ($2.62) -42%
Modern Staples:

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Grinding Station $3.20 $5.22 ($2.02) -39%
Engineered Explosives $6.90 $9.94 ($3.04) -31%
Auriok Champion $5.90 $5.59 $0.31 6%
Cavern of Souls $15.65 $16.49 ($0.84) -5%
Noble Hierarch $8.02 $8.39 ($0.37) -4%
Mishra's Bauble $26.33 $30.35 ($4.02) -13%
Aether Vial $13.56 $10.46 $3.10 30%
Trinisphere $8.92 $9.29 ($0.37) -4%
Horizon Canopy $11.40 $11.33 $0.07 1%
Tarmogoyf $8.61 $6.56 $2.05 31%
Magus of the Moon $14.01 $6.38 $7.63 120%
Liliana of the Veil $17.40 $17.25 $0.15 1%
Snapcaster Mage $4.63 $4.58 $0.05 1%
Polluted Delta $10.35 $8.19 $2.16 26%
Wooded Foothills $8.12 $6.27 $1.85 30%
Flooded Strand $5.16 $5.33 ($0.17) -3%
Bloodstained Mire $6.64 $5.08 $1.56 31%
Windswept Heath $4.50 $4.00 $0.50 13%
Thoughtseize $16.97 $17.11 ($0.14) -1%
Cryptic Command $5.84 $5.43 $0.41 8%
Field of the Dead $10.83 $10.00 $0.83 8%
Force of Negation $58.86 $61.00 ($2.14) -4%
Wrenn and Six $90.25 $101.16 ($10.91) -11%
Prismatic Vista $14.41 $14.21 $0.20 1%
Sunbaked Canyon $11.06 $17.70 ($6.64) -38%
Seasoned Pyromancer $24.53 $28.76 ($4.23) -15%
Fiery Islet $9.20 $10.26 ($1.06) -10%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $20.81 $29.19 ($8.38) -29%
Hexdrinker $7.14 $12.15 ($5.01) -41%
Plague Engineer $13.40 $20.27 ($6.87) -34%
Force of Vigor $9.66 $13.45 ($3.79) -28%
Collector Ouphe $8.20 $12.08 ($3.88) -32%
Nurturing Peatland $4.87 $8.91 ($4.04) -45%
Ice-Fang Coatl $27.65 $26.50 $1.15 4%
Giver of Runes $5.20 $8.13 ($2.93) -36%
Ranger-Captain of Eos $6.07 $7.55 ($1.48) -20%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $3.91 $5.62 ($1.71) -30%
Echo of Eons $2.79 $4.08 ($1.29) -32%
Waterlogged Grove $4.34 $5.15 ($0.81) -16%
Archmage's Charm $5.17 $8.12 ($2.95) -36%
Chalice of the Void $11.98 $14.01 ($2.03) -14%
Karn Liberated $8.47 $8.91 ($0.44) -5%
Surgical Extraction $14.32 $14.63 ($0.31) -2%
Dismember $8.41 $4.95 $3.46 70%
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn $5.30 $5.02 $0.28 6%
Ensnaring Bridge $11.20 $9.87 $1.33 13%
Gemstone Mine $12.00 $11.96 $0.04 0%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $17.99 $16.59 $1.40 8%
Amulet of Vigor $2.61 $6.50 ($3.89) -60%
Scalding Tarn $12.25 $12.82 ($0.57) -4%
Verdant Catacombs $16.46 $10.59 $5.87 55%
Misty Rainforest $21.28 $19.05 $2.23 12%
Arid Mesa $3.81 $3.81 $0.00 0%
Marsh Flats $3.18 $2.84 $0.34 12%
Eternal Staples:  Whole bunch of new stuff on the list here, not sure if it's seeing eternal play, or if because Commander stuff has popped off recently.
 
Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Dark Depths $5.72 $7.88 ($2.16) -27%
Oko, Thief of Crowns $21.86 $20.12 $1.74 9%
City of Traitors $27.54 $27.02 $0.52 2%
Monastery Mentor $12.71 $11.80 $0.91 8%
Cunning Wish $4.92 $5.86 ($0.94) -16%
Elvish Spirit Guide $10.06


Force of Will $52.48 $32.55 $19.93 61%
Land Tax $11.87 $10.85 $1.02 9%
Demonic Tutor $5.91


Mana Vault $6.56


Unmask $7.19 $12.19 ($5.00) -41%
Misdirection $7.19 $10.20 ($3.01) -30%
Entomb $9.08 $6.77 $2.31 34%
Orim's Chant $3.96 $5.46 ($1.50) -27%
True-Name Nemesis $3.86 $4.71 ($0.85) -18%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $36.40 $30.89 $5.51 18%
Mox Opal $6.46 $6.31 $0.15 2%
Mox Diamond $41.72 $35.45 $6.27 18%
Altar of Dementia $4.56 $5.37 ($0.81) -15%
Grindstone $14.02 $13.22 $0.80 6%
Wasteland $38.82 $24.51 $14.31 58%
Ancient Tomb $28.13 $22.69 $5.44 24%
Lotus Petal $15.70 $16.09 ($0.39) -2%
Earthcraft $8.58 $7.89 $0.69 9%
Academy Rector $8.49 $7.32 $1.17 16%
Grim Monolith $19.01 $18.31 $0.70 4%
Exploration $16.86 $16.12 $0.74 5%
Gaea's Cradle $16.51 $15.76 $0.75 5%
Carpet of Flowers $15.62 $13.96 $1.66 12%
Gilded Drake $9.99 $6.07 $3.92 65%
Time Spiral $5.94 $5.95 ($0.01) 0%
Show and Tell $8.49


Black Lotus $6.36 $5.45 $0.91 17%
Volcanic Island $7.68 $9.26 ($1.58) -17%
Underground Sea $10.17 $9.44 $0.73 8%
Tropical Island $12.27


Sol Ring $20.53 $14.45 $6.08 42%
Null Rod $11.09 $10.81 $0.28 3%
Pioneer Staples
Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Walking Ballista $10.53 $12.51 ($1.98) -16%
Soul-Scar Mage $7.61 $8.67 ($1.06) -12%
Liliana's Influence $8.77 $8.77 $0.00 0%
Gideon of the Trials $8.40 $8.94 ($0.54) -6%
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar $4.69 $6.62 ($1.93) -29%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $12.52 $7.48 $5.04 67%
Collected Company $9.89 $13.27 ($3.38) -25%
Liliana, the Last Hope $9.38 $10.30 ($0.92) -9%
Collective Brutality $7.32 $6.28 $1.04 17%
Emrakul, the Promised End $9.64 $8.07 $1.57 19%
Spell Queller $4.71 $5.38 ($0.67) -12%
Selfless Spirit $3.47 $4.78 ($1.31) -27%
Breeding Pool $5.64 $4.83 $0.81 17%
Stomping Ground $4.99 $3.53 $1.46 41%
Godless Shrine $1.62 $1.38 $0.24 17%
Sacred Foundry $0.84 $0.71 $0.13 18%
Watery Grave $1.02 $1.17 ($0.15) -13%
Mana Confluence $9.86 $13.03 ($3.17) -24%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $11.87 $8.76 $3.11 36%
Chandra, Torch of Defiance $5.76 $5.66 $0.10 2%
Botanical Sanctum $6.10 $5.29 $0.81 15%
Spirebluff Canal $4.77 $5.60 ($0.83) -15%
Scavenging Ooze $9.54 $7.12 $2.42 34%
Mutavault $12.39 $10.19 $2.20 22%
Goblin Rabblemaster $6.71 $8.51 ($1.80) -21%
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet $6.90 $8.75 ($1.85) -21%
Thought-Knot Seer $7.69 $7.17 $0.52 7%
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy $13.21 $14.52 ($1.31) -9%
Rest in Peace $9.52 $10.59 ($1.07) -10%
Supreme Verdict $4.82 $3.69 $1.13 31%
Hallowed Fountain $1.70 $1.71 ($0.01) -1%
Steam Vents $1.87 $2.00 ($0.13) -6%
Blood Crypt $1.65 $2.02 ($0.37) -18%
Overgrown Tomb $0.89 $0.93 ($0.04) -4%
Abrupt Decay $7.28 $6.01 $1.27 21%
Temple Garden $1.02 $1.25 ($0.23) -18%
Tireless Tracker $4.61 $5.37 ($0.76) -14%
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).  This is being kept as a small tribute to Pete!

Complete Set Price Last Week Change % Change
Core Set 2020 $220.23 $220.71 ($0.48) 0%
Guilds of Ravnica $52.02 $50.71 $1.31 3%
Modern Horizons $349.03 $427.00 ($77.97) -18%
Ravnica Allegiances $60.98 $56.54 $4.44 8%
Theros Beyond Death $107.29 $151.65 ($44.36) -29%
Theros Beyond Death Booster $3.19 $3.30 ($0.11) -3%
Throne of Eldraine $151.05 $174.39 ($23.34) -13%
Treasure Chest $2.19 $2.05 $0.14 7%
War of the Spark $191.08 $226.98 ($35.90) -16%

The Good Stuff
The following is a list of all the non-foil, non-promo cards on MTGO that retail for more than $25 per card. These are the big ticket items in the world of MTGO.  The list is interesting, at the least. This is interesting to me because a lot of these cards have been reprinted more than once, and they are still commanding a high price. 
Black Lotus 1E Rare 203.67
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 90.25
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 80.22
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 75.02
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 72.2
Lord Windgrace PZ2 Mythic 71.95
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 68.86
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 65.1
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 62.93
Mox Jet 1E Rare 61.04
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 58.86
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 53.19
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 52.52
Force of Will MED Rare 52.48
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 52.29
Dark Depths V16 Mythic 48.41
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath THB Mythic 47.42
Unmask V16 Mythic 46.24
Time Walk 1E Rare 45.78
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 43.56
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 43.54
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 42.06
Mox Diamond ST Rare 41.72
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 41.29
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 40.12
Tuvasa the Sunlit PZ2 Mythic 39.56
Force of Will VMA Rare 39.27
Wasteland TE Uncommon 38.82
Karakas UBT Mythic 38.41
Expropriate PZ2 Mythic 38.39
Force of Will EMA Mythic 37.66
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow PZ2 Rare 36.4
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 35.91
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 34.7
Wasteland TPR Rare 34.08
Timetwister 1E Rare 34
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 31.89
Tarmogoyf UBT Mythic 30.36
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 30.09
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 29.89
Ancient Tomb UBT Mythic 29.73
Dockside Extortionist C19 Rare 29.64
Ancient Tomb UMA Rare 29.01
Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer PZ2 Mythic 28.82
Ancient Tomb TE Uncommon 28.13
Ice-Fang Coatl MH1 Rare 27.65
City of Traitors EX Rare 27.54
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 26.87
Ancient Tomb EXP Mythic 26.79
Estrid, the Masked PZ2 Mythic 26.46
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon 26.33
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 26.23
Mana Confluence EXP Mythic 26
Misty Rainforest EXP Mythic 25.72
Wasteland EXP Mythic 25.57
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 25.13
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 a number that I cannot figure out still. I have actually asked Pete to do this for me, because Open Office is weird, and I have no idea what I am doing, and I am pretty close to just being a dog in a labcoat.

Nevermind, ignore all of that, Pete got it done for me, because he is just the dang best. The big number this week is $24,469.88.  The last time I had a number to report, back on March 20th, the number was $22,580.  We've got an increase of $1,889.88.  Next week, I am forecasting another increase because well, a new set will be on the client!
 
In Closing

I actually started to write this on Wednesday, right before a tornado watch was issued.  I stopped writing after it was.  just felt like maybe writing these are a jynx or something. Got a ton of wind last night, a little bit of hail, and a driving rain.  It was loud wind, the kind that roars, and would have maybe been good kite flying weather if not for the lightning and such. Spent a lot of time on Animal Crossing this week, as well as playing a lot of Commander on MTGO.  Siona, Captain of the Pyleas and Shielded by Faith is a pretty dope combo. 

I mean I had fun. 

Not sure if anyone else did. 

This series is an ongoing tribute to Erik “Hamtastic” Friborg.