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State of the Program for April 17th, 2020
 
In the News

Brawl BanLutri, the Spellchaser had been banned in Brawl.  Yorion, Sky Nomad is not able to be used as a Brawl companion, as the deck construction rules state 60.  That wasn't mentioned in the article, I just wanted to say it, because Brawl cameup, and I tried to build a sick UW Brawl deck with it as my companion and was told no. 

Challenge Changes:  Copy and pasted from mtgo.com; Magic Online's Format Challenges now run once on Saturdays and once on Sundays for each Constructed format! On weekends featuring Showcase Challenge events, the Format Challenge that starts at either 6 a.m., 8 a.m., or 10 a.m. Pacific time is pre-empted by the Showcase Challenge—Format Challenges scheduled at other times remain in place. NOTE: The Pauper Challenge is never pre-empted.

Treasure Chest Update:  It's a big one!  Full details on their new contents can be found on the Magic Online Treasure Chest Information page, which is found here.

Japanese Exclusive Godzilla Series Error: Three exclusive Japanese language Godzilla Series were meant to be in Collector's Boosters. Due to an error in communication.  To make up for this, WotC will be printing additional copies to pass out to stores, to pass out to players who are buying Collector's Boosters.  For complete information, please go 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
Not Scheduled
Constructed Leagues End
April 15, 2020
Sealed Leagues End
April 16, 2020
Next B&R Announcement
April 13, 2020
Theros: Beyond Death Redem
Ends June 3, 2020
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
Yesterday!
Core Set 2021
Third Quarter 2020
Zendikar Rising
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:

MTGO.com does not list anything special this week! 
 
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:

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: Last week I said everything would be Standard, and thanks to mtgmelee.com, I have 4 hot Standard lists to share with you! 

Keruga Fires:  Keruga wants everything to cost more than 3 in your starting deck, and Fires does that really well. 

Esper Hero:
Bant Reanimator: 

Temur Yorion: 


 
Winner's Circle

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

I am not doing this this week because the challenge events are showing up multiple times and I know they only happened once a week until this week.  It seems like there is a bug on mtgo.com and their decklist page. 
 

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: Not adding Ikoria to this list yet, but am adding it to the set tracker. 
Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $32.23 $38.93 ($6.70) -17%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $6.79 $9.41 ($2.62) -28%
Questing Beast $7.77 $10.86 ($3.09) -28%
Alela, Artful Provocateur $7.14 $8.18 ($1.04) -13%
Chulane, Teller of Tales $5.39 $6.00 ($0.61) -10%
Fabled Passage $11.27 $15.35 ($4.08) -27%
Bonecrusher Giant $4.60 $5.04 ($0.44) -9%
Embercleave $5.15 $6.24 ($1.09) -17%
The Great Henge $4.26 $6.75 ($2.49) -37%
Arclight Phoenix $5.99 $4.57 $1.42 31%
Assassin's Trophy $9.66 $7.29 $2.37 33%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $16.65 $14.57 $2.08 14%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $6.66 $8.75 ($2.09) -24%
Leyline of the Void $8.63 $9.65 ($1.02) -11%
Vivien, Arkbow Ranger $17.77 $32.27 ($14.50) -45%
Ajani, Strength of the Pride $7.36 $7.04 $0.32 5%
Cavalier of Thorns $5.71 $7.58 ($1.87) -25%
Lotus Field $4.72 $4.61 $0.11 2%
Cavalier of Flame $4.95 $5.00 ($0.05) -1%
Deputy of Detention $5.80 $6.01 ($0.21) -3%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $5.48 $4.54 $0.94 21%
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath $48.28 $50.27 ($1.99) -4%
Heliod, Sun-Crowned $9.15 $10.94 ($1.79) -16%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $12.74 $15.27 ($2.53) -17%
Ox of Agonas $3.64 $4.57 ($0.93) -20%
Klothys, God of Destiny $5.66


Teferi, Time Raveler $54.77 $64.98 ($10.21) -16%
Finale of Devastation $7.19 $7.83 ($0.64) -8%
Karn, the Great Creator $28.03 $46.36 ($18.33) -40%
Dreadhorde Arcanist $17.19 $15.00 $2.19 15%
Blast Zone $15.36 $16.23 ($0.87) -5%
Gideon Blackblade $3.53 $5.77 ($2.24) -39%
Niv-Mizzet Reborn $8.04 $9.91 ($1.87) -19%
Jace, Wielder of Mysteries $7.53 $12.88 ($5.35) -42%
Nissa, Who Shakes the World $3.85 $6.17 ($2.32) -38%
Modern StaplesExotic Orchard jumped on the list this week.  Grafdigger's Cage also joined the list.

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Grinding Station $2.54 $5.22 ($2.68) -51%
Engineered Explosives $6.62 $9.94 ($3.32) -33%
Auriok Champion $6.45 $5.59 $0.86 15%
Cavern of Souls $20.55 $16.49 $4.06 25%
Noble Hierarch $8.17 $8.39 ($0.22) -3%
Exotic Orchard $6.63


Mishra's Bauble $26.01 $30.35 ($4.34) -14%
Grafdigger's Cage $5.44


Aether Vial $14.74 $10.46 $4.28 41%
Trinisphere $8.91 $9.29 ($0.38) -4%
Horizon Canopy $12.49 $11.33 $1.16 10%
Tarmogoyf $8.12 $6.56 $1.56 24%
Magus of the Moon $9.67 $6.38 $3.29 52%
Liliana of the Veil $12.97 $17.25 ($4.28) -25%
Snapcaster Mage $5.78 $4.58 $1.20 26%
Polluted Delta $8.83 $8.19 $0.64 8%
Wooded Foothills $7.52 $6.27 $1.25 20%
Flooded Strand $4.56 $5.33 ($0.77) -14%
Bloodstained Mire $6.66 $5.08 $1.58 31%
Windswept Heath $4.75 $4.00 $0.75 19%
Thoughtseize $17.38 $17.11 $0.27 2%
Cryptic Command $5.73 $5.43 $0.30 6%
Field of the Dead $12.00 $10.00 $2.00 20%
Force of Negation $49.08 $61.00 ($11.92) -20%
Wrenn and Six $78.07 $101.16 ($23.09) -23%
Prismatic Vista $9.81 $14.21 ($4.40) -31%
Sunbaked Canyon $11.62 $17.70 ($6.08) -34%
Seasoned Pyromancer $23.11 $28.76 ($5.65) -20%
Fiery Islet $7.16 $10.26 ($3.10) -30%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $16.47 $29.19 ($12.72) -44%
Hexdrinker $4.88 $12.15 ($7.27) -60%
Plague Engineer $11.01 $20.27 ($9.26) -46%
Force of Vigor $8.21 $13.45 ($5.24) -39%
Collector Ouphe $7.43 $12.08 ($4.65) -38%
Nurturing Peatland $4.36 $8.91 ($4.55) -51%
Ice-Fang Coatl $17.53 $26.50 ($8.97) -34%
Giver of Runes $4.40 $8.13 ($3.73) -46%
Ranger-Captain of Eos $5.47 $7.55 ($2.08) -28%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $2.77 $5.62 ($2.85) -51%
Echo of Eons $3.51 $4.08 ($0.57) -14%
Waterlogged Grove $4.33 $5.15 ($0.82) -16%
Archmage's Charm $4.36 $8.12 ($3.76) -46%
Chalice of the Void $10.76 $14.01 ($3.25) -23%
Oblivion Stone $5.04


Karn Liberated $8.87 $8.91 ($0.04) 0%
Surgical Extraction $14.44 $14.63 ($0.19) -1%
Dismember $9.35 $4.95 $4.40 89%
Beast Within $5.24


Emrakul, the Aeons Torn $5.56 $5.02 $0.54 11%
Ensnaring Bridge $10.85 $9.87 $0.98 10%
Gemstone Mine $10.47 $11.96 ($1.49) -12%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $16.37 $16.59 ($0.22) -1%
Amulet of Vigor $4.82 $6.50 ($1.68) -26%
Scalding Tarn $13.40 $12.82 $0.58 5%
Verdant Catacombs $16.79 $10.59 $6.20 59%
Misty Rainforest $19.29 $19.05 $0.24 1%
Arid Mesa $4.94 $3.81 $1.13 30%
Marsh Flats $3.02 $2.84 $0.18 6%
Eternal Staples:  Whole bunch of cards added to the list this week, they might be driven by Commander, they might not be. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Dark Depths $7.26 $7.88 ($0.62) -8%
Oko, Thief of Crowns $21.86 $20.12 $1.74 9%
City of Traitors $32.79 $27.02 $5.77 21%
Monastery Mentor $10.24 $11.80 ($1.56) -13%
Cunning Wish $4.01 $5.86 ($1.85) -32%
Force of Will $52.11 $32.55 $19.56 60%
Elvish Spirit Guide $12.91


Karakas $6.93


The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $25.19


Land Tax $13.70 $10.85 $2.85 26%
Demonic Tutor $7.07


Mishra's Workshop $5.59


Unmask $11.38 $12.19 ($0.81) -7%
Misdirection $12.47 $10.20 $2.27 22%
Entomb $10.88 $6.77 $4.11 61%
Orim's Chant $3.57 $5.46 ($1.89) -35%
True-Name Nemesis $4.20 $4.71 ($0.51) -11%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $29.97 $30.89 ($0.92) -3%
Mox Opal $6.59 $6.31 $0.28 4%
Mox Diamond $39.24 $35.45 $3.79 11%
Altar of Dementia $4.17 $5.37 ($1.20) -22%
Grindstone $15.00 $13.22 $1.78 13%
Wasteland $36.93 $24.51 $12.42 51%
Ancient Tomb $27.55 $22.69 $4.86 21%
Lotus Petal $15.89 $16.09 ($0.20) -1%
Earthcraft $8.85 $7.89 $0.96 12%
Academy Rector $9.63 $7.32 $2.31 32%
Grim Monolith $22.61 $18.31 $4.30 23%
Exploration $16.62 $16.12 $0.50 3%
Gaea's Cradle $17.59 $15.76 $1.83 12%
Carpet of Flowers $14.11 $13.96 $0.15 1%
Gilded Drake $13.50 $6.07 $7.43 122%
Time Spiral $5.93 $5.95 ($0.02) 0%
Show and Tell $10.54


Black Lotus $5.66 $5.45 $0.21 4%
Volcanic Island $9.72 $9.26 $0.46 5%
Underground Sea $11.81 $9.44 $2.37 25%
Sol Ring $21.07 $14.45 $6.62 46%
Null Rod $11.30 $10.81 $0.49 5%
Pioneer StaplesMox Amber came on to the list.

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Walking Ballista $16.46 $12.51 $3.95 32%
Soul-Scar Mage $5.40 $8.67 ($3.27) -38%
Liliana's Influence $8.92 $8.77 $0.15 2%
Gideon of the Trials $8.43 $8.94 ($0.51) -6%
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar $5.48 $6.62 ($1.14) -17%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $11.49 $7.48 $4.01 54%
Mox Amber $5.10
$5.10
Collected Company $13.39 $13.27 $0.12 1%
Liliana, the Last Hope $8.16 $10.30 ($2.14) -21%
Collective Brutality $8.46 $6.28 $2.18 35%
Emrakul, the Promised End $8.03 $8.07 ($0.04) 0%
Spell Queller $2.83 $5.38 ($2.55) -47%
Selfless Spirit $2.92 $4.78 ($1.86) -39%
Breeding Pool $5.84 $4.83 $1.01 21%
Stomping Ground $4.04 $3.53 $0.51 14%
Godless Shrine $2.13 $1.38 $0.75 54%
Sacred Foundry $0.99 $0.71 $0.28 39%
Watery Grave $0.90 $1.17 ($0.27) -23%
Mana Confluence $9.19 $13.03 ($3.84) -29%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $9.56 $8.76 $0.80 9%
Chandra, Torch of Defiance $6.93 $5.66 $1.27 22%
Botanical Sanctum $5.00 $5.29 ($0.29) -5%
Spirebluff Canal $3.31 $5.60 ($2.29) -41%
Scavenging Ooze $9.02 $7.12 $1.90 27%
Mutavault $10.41 $10.19 $0.22 2%
Goblin Rabblemaster $5.70 $8.51 ($2.81) -33%
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet $6.32 $8.75 ($2.43) -28%
Thought-Knot Seer $9.36 $7.17 $2.19 31%
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy $15.33 $14.52 $0.81 6%
Rest in Peace $7.70 $10.59 ($2.89) -27%
Supreme Verdict $3.89 $3.69 $0.20 5%
Hallowed Fountain $2.08 $1.71 $0.37 22%
Steam Vents $2.21 $2.00 $0.21 11%
Blood Crypt $1.98 $2.02 ($0.04) -2%
Overgrown Tomb $0.98 $0.93 $0.05 5%
Abrupt Decay $7.44 $6.01 $1.43 24%
Temple Garden $1.25 $1.25 $0.00 0%
Tireless Tracker $4.57 $5.37 ($0.80) -15%
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 $212.85 $220.71 ($7.86) -4%
Guilds of Ravnica $56.46 $50.71 $5.75 11%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $206.43


Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Booster $3.62


Modern Horizons $299.08 $427.00 ($127.92) -30%
Ravnica Allegiances $63.43 $56.54 $6.89 12%
Theros Beyond Death $119.78 $151.65 ($31.87) -21%
Theros Beyond Death Booster $2.29 $3.30 ($1.01) -31%
Throne of Eldraine $156.78 $174.39 ($17.61) -10%
Treasure Chest $2.28 $2.05 $0.23 11%
War of the Spark $190.07 $226.98 ($36.91) -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 207.81
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 80.22
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 78.07
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 77.2
Lord Windgrace PZ2 Mythic 73.75
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 72.02
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 68.86
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 62.85
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 62.62
Mox Jet 1E Rare 58.42
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 54.77
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 53.98
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 52.52
Force of Will MED Rare 52.11
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 49.08
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath THB Mythic 48.28
Dark Depths V16 Mythic 48.03
Unmask V16 Mythic 46.43
Time Walk 1E Rare 45.78
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 44.35
Force of Will VMA Rare 43.81
Force of Will EMA Mythic 43.62
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 43.56
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 43.54
Tuvasa the Sunlit PZ2 Mythic 42.25
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 42.16
Karakas UBT Mythic 41.3
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 41.29
Mox Diamond ST Rare 39.24
Expropriate PZ2 Mythic 37.22
Wasteland TE Uncommon 36.93
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 35.91
Wasteland TPR Rare 34.28
Timetwister 1E Rare 34
City of Traitors EX Rare 32.79
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 32.23
Dockside Extortionist C19 Rare 31.7
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 30.77
Tarmogoyf UBT Mythic 30.36
Ancient Tomb UBT Mythic 30.09
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow PZ2 Rare 29.97
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 29.89
Ancient Tomb UMA Rare 29.25
Ancient Tomb EXP Mythic 28.92
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 28.03
Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer PZ2 Mythic 27.86
Ancient Tomb TE Uncommon 27.55
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 27.49
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 26.24
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 26.23
Wasteland EXP Mythic 26.04
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon 26.01
Misty Rainforest EXP Mythic 25.72
Estrid, the Masked PZ2 Mythic 25.21
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale ME3 Rare 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 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 not being reported because of the Ikoria prices.  A lot of them are just placeholders for right now. 
 
In Closing

I streamed the early access event for 11 hours, which was a lot, and it really threw off my routine for the rest of the week.  I'm writing the last couple of sections of this right before deadline.  I enjoyed myself, but I went hard, and really messed up my sleep pattern for it.  Next time, I'll be more responsible. 

Nah, I'll probably try to go longer!

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