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State of the Program for April 15th, 2022
 
In the News

Streets of New Capenna:  Previews are wrapping up for the set soon!  You can find the preview schedule here.  The card image gallery is here.  The variant gallery is here.  The mechanics of the set article is here.

Season 2 MOCS:  Events for this season start in May and last through August.  You can see the full qualifier schedule 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, 27th, 2022
Constructed Leagues End
Ends April 27th, 2022
Sealed Leagues End
Ends April 28th, 2022
Next B&R
Unknown
Neon Dynasty Redemption
Ends Jul 27, 2022



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:

Ongoing - Masters 25 Flashback Draft
 
Upcoming Events on MTGO

April 16 - Vintage Showcase Qualifier
April 17 - Legacy Showcase Qualifier

April 20 -
Kamigawa Remix

Magic Online Format Challenges
These are high stakes events that happen every weekend. They cost 30 Tix / 300 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:

TIME (PT) SATURDAY SUNDAY
12:00 a.m.   Vintage Challenge
2:00 a.m. Pauper Challenge  
4:00 a.m. Legacy Challenge Modern Challenge
6:00 a.m. Standard Challenge Pioneer Challenge
8:00 a.m. Modern Challenge Legacy Challenge
10:00 a.m. Vintage Challenge Pauper Challenge
2:00 p.m. Pioneer Challenge Standard Challenge

 


Cutting Edge Tech

Standard:

Legacy:  Any time I see Children of Korlis in a Legacy deck, I automatically think it's Tin Fins, and then remember that that is a referrence to Sealab 2021.  Honestly though, I think Tin Fins is just any Reanimator Storm Hybrid that is powered by Griselbrand.  This seems to fit the bill. 


Modern: This list is a bit weird to me.  It looks like a combination of the classic Stoneblade deck and the Orzhov Flicker deck.  It looks interesting for sure though. 


Pauper:  I've been playing a lot of Pauper recently, because I enjoy the Gruul Cascade deck.  This deck existed before the Disciple of the Vault ban, and it felt better then.  It's still around now, but uses Jace's Erasure as the win condition.  I feel like this deck really wants some copies of Moment's Peace.  Yeah they can gain a ton of life with Weather the Storm, but that life doesn't matter if they are still swinging for a ton and putting you under so much pressure. 


Pioneer:  Okay, this is really fun and creative and has taken Pioneer by storm for a bit this week. It's consistent, it's caused players to start running Ray of Enfeeblement as an answer to Velomachus Lorehold, and when it does its thing, it's hard for the opponent to come back.  So you use cards like Contingency Plan to fill your grave, one of your Delve creatures, Hooting Mandrills or Tasigur, the Golden Fang to come in to play cheaply and then Neoform it to get the Lorehold Dragon in to play.  It gets a counter which allows you to cast the 6 mana turn spells with its ability.  You continue to attack and take extra turns and then the game is over. 



 
Winner's Circle

The Winner's Circle is where I will recognize winners of the past events on MTGO. 

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - davy2892 - Azorius Delver
Saturday Modern - Breckoroni - Dredge
Saturday Pauper - O_danielakos - Izzet Faeries
Saturday Pioneer - Bullwinkkle6705 - Hidden Strings
Saturday Standard - cftsoc3 - Izzet Dragons
Saturday Vintage - Sprouts

Sunday Legacy - iK1cksquirrels - Tin Fins
Sunday Modern - Daniele123 - Orzhov Stoneblade
Sunday Pauper - Gerschi - Tron Eggs
Sunday Pioneer - hcook725 - Izzet Days
Sunday Standard - Misplacedginger - Orzhov Mid
Sunday Vintage - Dafne17

Other Event Winners


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: Lair of the Hydra is new to list, and I am really said that we apparently never got the D&D module arts for the lands out of Forgotten Realms, nor does it appear that we got the rulebook styles either.  Sad times.  Those extra copies of cards would probably bring prices down a bit maybe? 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Demilich $24.56 $24.69 ($0.13) -1%
Acererak the Archlich $6.21 $6.26 ($0.05) -1%
Old Gnawbone $5.82 $6.07 ($0.25) -4%
Den of the Bugbear $63.74 $61.55 $2.19 4%
Lolth, Spider Queen $10.38 $11.15 ($0.77) -7%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $6.46 $5.73 $0.73 13%
Hall of the Storm Giants $49.28 $31.11 $18.17 58%
Treasure Vault $8.11 $5.99 $2.12 35%
Hive of the Eye Tyrant $23.38 $20.19 $3.19 16%
Werewolf Pack Leader $7.14 $7.00 $0.14 2%
Lair of the Hydra $8.88


Blightstep Pathway $18.56 $15.60 $2.96 19%
Hengegate Pathway $13.62 $14.41 ($0.79) -5%
Esika's Chariot $9.68 $6.00 $3.68 61%
Bloodthirsty Adversary $7.68 $8.09 ($0.41) -5%
Wrenn and Seven $22.31 $24.63 ($2.32) -9%
Lier, Disciple of the Drowned $8.04 $8.39 ($0.35) -4%
The Meathook Massacre $54.80 $53.76 $1.04 2%
Intrepid Adversary $9.12 $9.59 ($0.47) -5%
Memory Deluge $17.06 $11.54 $5.52 48%
Brutal Cathar $18.51 $16.47 $2.04 12%
Haunted Ridge $9.23 $9.56 ($0.33) -3%
Graveyard Trespasser $17.50 $9.50 $8.00 84%
Boseiju, Who Endures $29.82 $29.95 ($0.13) 0%
Hidetsugu Consumes All $13.82 $18.57 ($4.75) -26%
Kairo Shizuki $8.59 $7.95 $0.64 8%
March of Otherworldly Light $13.22 $13.30 ($0.08) -1%
Otawara, Soaring City $7.46 $9.55 ($2.09) -22%
The Wandering Emperor $57.38 $63.42 ($6.04) -10%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $7.31


Prismari Command $5.13 $5.92 ($0.79) -13%
Elite Spellbinder $6.36 $5.66 $0.70 12%
Witherbloom Command $4.82 $5.11 ($0.29) -6%
Chandra, Dressed to Kill $25.88 $20.91 $4.97 24%
Cemetery Gatekeeper $14.98 $16.73 ($1.75) -10%
Cultivator Colossus $40.47 $39.03 $1.44 4%
Sorin the Mirthless $30.60 $31.37 ($0.77) -2%
Hallowed Haunting $10.84 $11.10 ($0.26) -2%
Stormcarved Coast $9.73


Skyclave Apparition $10.46 $10.24 $0.22 2%
Shatterskull Smashing $6.77 $5.71 $1.06 19%
Roiling Vortex $9.69 $10.17 ($0.48) -5%
Agadeem's Awakening $6.67 $6.66 $0.01 0%
Turntimber Symbiosis $9.28 $9.36 ($0.08) -1%
Branchloft Pathway 11.05 10.26 $0.79 8%
Riverglide Pathway 13.17 8.02 $5.15 64%
Modern Staples: A lot of Modern Horizons 2 stuff is back on the list. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $9.87 $13.31 ($3.44) -26%
Cavern of Souls $14.11 $14.40 ($0.29) -2%
Mishra's Bauble $24.93 $22.05 $2.88 13%
Aether Vial $6.79 $7.02 ($0.23) -3%
Magus of the Moon $5.60 $5.61 ($0.01) 0%
Liliana of the Veil $15.29 $15.42 ($0.13) -1%
Polluted Delta $9.11 $11.24 ($2.13) -19%
Wooded Foothills $5.25 $6.41 ($1.16) -18%
Flooded Strand $9.66 $8.48 $1.18 14%
Bloodstained Mire $6.48 $5.91 $0.57 10%
Windswept Heath $5.17 $5.43 ($0.26) -5%
Thoughtseize $13.29 $13.29 $0.00 0%
Elvish Reclaimer $6.11 $8.97 ($2.86) -32%
Force of Negation $41.30 $50.24 ($8.94) -18%
Wrenn and Six $56.70 $61.16 ($4.46) -7%
Prismatic Vista $6.95 $6.68 $0.27 4%
Sunbaked Canyon $18.90 $21.90 ($3.00) -14%
Seasoned Pyromancer $24.88 $26.25 ($1.37) -5%
Fiery Islet $6.50 $6.32 $0.18 3%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $7.54 $5.99 $1.55 26%
Force of Vigor $42.13 $51.24 ($9.11) -18%
Flusterstorm $14.43 $13.96 $0.47 3%
Archmage's Charm $17.91 $18.17 ($0.26) -1%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $7.90 $7.44 $0.46 6%
Archon of Cruelty $10.92 $11.40 ($0.48) -4%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $75.27 $73.89 $1.38 2%
Urza's Saga $55.01 $55.26 ($0.25) 0%
Solitude $54.80 $51.56 $3.24 6%
Endurance $71.13 $61.60 $9.53 15%
Grief $15.13 $14.45 $0.68 5%
Murktide Regent $34.52 $30.30 $4.22 14%
Fury $27.23 $34.20 ($6.97) -20%
Esper Sentinel $9.35 $8.76 $0.59 7%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $10.36 $8.26 $2.10 25%
Tourach, Dread Cantor $9.37


Dauthi Voidwalker $7.61


Profane Tutor $5.97


Ignoble Hierarch $5.74


Subtlety $5.66


Chalice of the Void $14.56 $13.07 $1.49 11%
Surgical Extraction $8.51 $8.17 $0.34 4%
Karn Liberated $6.54 $5.89 $0.65 11%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $8.80 $8.82 ($0.02) 0%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $6.44 $6.35 $0.09 1%
Ensnaring Bridge $8.13 $7.95 $0.18 2%
Teferi, Time Raveler $39.73 $39.26 $0.47 1%
Gemstone Mine $11.92 $12.03 ($0.11) -1%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $4.88 $5.10 ($0.22) -4%
Scalding Tarn $5.92 $6.85 ($0.93) -14%
Verdant Catacombs $4.04 $3.89 $0.15 4%
Misty Rainforest $6.11 $6.00 $0.11 2%
Arid Mesa $2.39 $3.08 ($0.69) -22%
Marsh Flats $1.76 $1.60 $0.16 10%
Eternal StaplesMox Opal is back on the list.  I forgot that was banned in Modern for a second. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Hullbreacher $62.30 $68.17 ($5.87) -9%
Opposition Agent $25.62 $25.12 $0.50 2%
Jeweled Lotus $30.03 $29.56 $0.47 2%
City of Traitors $14.41 $13.48 $0.93 7%
Allosaurus Shepherd $31.38 $32.90 ($1.52) -5%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $15.43 $15.51 ($0.08) -1%
Force of Will $53.25 $55.70 ($2.45) -4%
Karakas $11.52 $11.74 ($0.22) -2%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $21.05 $20.37 $0.68 3%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $6.53 $6.53 $0.00 0%
Enlightened Tutor $8.15 $8.09 $0.06 1%
Lion's Eye Diamond $6.28 $5.41 $0.87 16%
Unmask $13.30 $12.71 $0.59 5%
Misdirection $14.14 $14.28 ($0.14) -1%
Rishadan Port $10.86 $10.74 $0.12 1%
Snuff Out $19.88 $19.27 $0.61 3%
Submerge $13.26 $11.49 $1.77 15%
Daze $10.39 $9.09 $1.30 14%
Kappa Cannoneer $48.38 $54.78 ($6.40) -12%
Entomb $14.08 $14.08 $0.00 0%
Retrofitter Foundry $16.97 $16.17 $0.80 5%
Recruiter of the Guard $10.00 $12.84 ($2.84) -22%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $6.74 $6.56 $0.18 3%
Mox Opal $5.27


Mox Diamond $39.95 $36.11 $3.84 11%
Wasteland $32.64 $28.03 $4.61 16%
Ancient Tomb $21.70 $17.32 $4.38 25%
Lotus Petal $47.21 $37.85 $9.36 25%
Grindstone $6.82 $7.05 ($0.23) -3%
Grim Monolith $9.95 $8.69 $1.26 14%
Goblin Welder $5.61 $5.32 $0.29 5%
Meltdown $45.68 $38.95 $6.73 17%
Exploration $20.01 $19.22 $0.79 4%
Gaea's Cradle $24.16 $24.07 $0.09 0%
Carpet of Flowers $28.14 $25.37 $2.77 11%
Gilded Drake $11.00 $10.28 $0.72 7%
Show and Tell $7.95 $5.97 $1.98 33%
Black Lotus $12.88 $10.83 $2.05 19%
Volcanic Island $8.64 $7.26 $1.38 19%
Underground Sea $8.30 $7.84 $0.46 6%
Null Rod $8.24 $8.35 ($0.11) -1%
Doomsday $25.21 $25.71 ($0.50) -2%
Paradigm Shift $10.99 $11.04 ($0.05) 0%
Pioneer StaplesSteam Vents joins the list this week.  Valki, God of Lies has fallen off.  In it's place, but not really, is Cavalier of ThornsKalitas, Traiter of Ghet is back on and Day's Undoing, pushed heavily by Narset in a fun Izzet Control build has popped up this week. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $5.74 $5.53 $0.21 4%
Collected Company $6.43 $5.19 $1.24 24%
Kolaghan's Command $5.08 $4.20 $0.88 21%
Brazen Borrower $48.74 $35.36 $13.38 38%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $9.68 $6.84 $2.84 42%
Bonecrusher Giant $13.88 $28.02 ($14.14) -50%
Castle Locthwain $5.70 $8.74 ($3.04) -35%
Arclight Phoenix $12.55 $14.03 ($1.48) -11%
Steam Vents $5.87


Shark Typhoon $9.14 $9.85 ($0.71) -7%
Raugrin Triome $10.51 $13.32 ($2.81) -21%
Ketria Triome $7.37 $10.74 ($3.37) -31%
Winota, Joiner of Forces $16.11 $14.37 $1.74 12%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $13.90 $15.59 ($1.69) -11%
Mana Confluence $16.45 $7.77 $8.68 112%
Inspiring Vantage $5.03 $5.54 ($0.51) -9%
Spirebluff Canal $19.58 $17.00 $2.58 15%
Chandra, Torch of Defiance $7.10 $8.87 ($1.77) -20%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $13.30 $9.70 $3.60 37%
Lotus Field $19.54 $15.06 $4.48 30%
Golos, Tireless Pilgrim $5.75 $9.13 ($3.38) -37%
Leyline of Sanctity $5.42 $5.15 $0.27 5%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $17.28 $7.84 $9.44 120%
Cavalier of Thorns $5.03


Liliana, Waker of the Dead $5.25 $5.21 $0.04 1%
Kalitas, Traiter of Ghet $7.00


Day's Undoing $10.68


Rest in Peace $10.89 $9.17 $1.72 19%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $7.44 $7.70 ($0.26) -3%
Karn, the Great Creator $42.89 $41.60 $1.29 3%
Finale of Devastation $15.44 $10.33 $5.11 49%
Blast Zone $6.77 $7.15 ($0.38) -5%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $29.50 $28.09 $1.41 5%
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 Time Change % Change
Forgotten Realms $267.05 $238.48 $28.57 12%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $195.18 $187.78 $7.40 4%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $237.65 $220.02 $17.63 8%
Kaldheim $108.15 $93.80 $14.35 15%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $153.34 $165.18 ($11.84) -7%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Booster $3.19 $3.18 $0.01 0%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $57.44 $58.24 ($0.80) -1%
Treasure Chest $2.48 $2.44 $0.04 2%
Zendikar Rising $141.53 $124.37 $17.16 14%


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 232.07
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 126.95
Mox Jet 1E Rare 121.26
Karakas UBT Mythic 119.77
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 118.27
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 113.75
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 108.75
Time Walk 1E Rare 84.56
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 82.13
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 75.66
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 75.27
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 72.02
Endurance MH2 Mythic 71.13
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 68.82
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 64.75
Den of the Bugbear AFR Rare 63.74
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 62.3
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 59.08
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 57.93
The Wandering Emperor NEO Mythic 57.38
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 56.7
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 55.13
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 55.01
Solitude MH2 Mythic 54.8
The Meathook Massacre MID Mythic 54.8
Force of Will MED Rare 53.25
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 52.41
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 50.92
Hall of Storm Giants AFR Rare 49.28
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 48.74
Kappa Cannoneer NEC Rare 48.38
Lotus Petal TE Common 47.21
Meltdown UZ Uncommon 45.68
Lotus Petal MS2 Bonus 44.58
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 44.46
Lotus Petal TPR Uncommon 43.28
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 42.89
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 42.13
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 41.95
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 41.37
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 41.3
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 40.97
Cultivator Colossus VOW Mythic 40.47
Mox Diamond ST Rare 39.95
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 39.82
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 39.73
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 37.55
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 36.97
Murktide Regent MH2 Mythic 34.52
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 33.84
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 33.69
Reanimate UBT Mythic 32.85
Wasteland TE Uncommon 32.64
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 31.89
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 31.38
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 31.3
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 31.13
Timetwister 1E Rare 31.03
Sorin the Mirthless VOW Mythic 30.6
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 30.51
Jeweled Lotus CMR Mythic 30.03
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 29.82
Omnath, Locus of Creation ZNR Mythic 29.5
Force of Will EMA Mythic 29.35
Force of Will VMA Rare 28.75
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 28.61
Carpet of Flowers UZ Uncommon 28.14
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 27.94
Engineered Explosives UBT Mythic 27.72
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 27.68
Aether Gale C14 Rare 27.26
Fury MH2 Mythic 27.23
Wasteland TPR Rare 27.15
Cleansing Screech PZ2 Common 27.05
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 26.67
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 26.37
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre UBT Mythic 26.18
Chandra, Dressed to Kill VOW Mythic 25.88
Pramikon, Sky Rampart C19 Mythic 25.72
Opposition Agent CMR Rare 25.62
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 25.51
Wasteland EXP Mythic 25.46
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 25.43
Chalice of the Void TSR Bonus 25.39
Doomsday WL Rare 25.21
Unmask V16 Mythic 25.15
Eternal Witness UBT Mythic 25.04
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 $30,945.  Last week it was $30,107.  This is a gain of $838 dollars. 
 
In Closing

I played a lot of Magic this week, less Fortnite and just had a great week after spending the last week with my son.  I also cut my hair.  I was less better at that than I was at everything else this week. 

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