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State of the Program for April 1st, 2022
 
In the News

Organized Play:  On Thursday, Wizards of the Coast announced the return of the Pro Tour!  It looks like a mishmash of some of the old systems.  It included Regional Championship Qualifier, Regional Championships, the Pro Tour, and Worlds.  It does not appear to include Grand Prix anymore.  You can qualifiy with MTGO play, and news about that will be out later in April.  You can read the document for 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. 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
Crimson Vow Redemption 
Ends April 6th, 2022
Neon Dynasty Redemption

Begins March 9th, 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 - Super Jump!
 
Upcoming Events on MTGO

April 2 - Vintage Showcase Challenge
April 3 - Legacy Showcase Challenge
April 3 - 6 MOCS Last Chance Events 


April 13 - Masters 25 Flashback Draft
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:   We're not used to combo decks in Standard winning as soon as turn 1 any more, and I thought we left that behind with the rotation of Urza's Block.  However, they must have missed Exodia construct cards.  Sure sometimes you draw your entire deck taking a long time to play a game by yourself but if this deck clicks it more than makes up for high rate of failure on turn 1.  Also make sure you check out the winning animation when you get all of the Exodia cards in your hand!  It's super cool! 


Legacy:  Simple enough, play tamers, control the board and finish them off with multiple attacks from the hybrids.  A very powerful deck to be sure. 


Modern: It appears that we're back to getting a new set and rotating Modern.  Gengar V is a powerful attacker, knocking out a fair amount of creatures in it's path for three Dark Energy.  Sure you put damage counters on it, but if you're drawing prize cards who really cares about that? 


Pauper:  Do you think a deck with Locke, Terra and Shiva, Lady of Frost is going to be bad?  No way, put up those mountains, it's time for a new Ice Age! 


Pioneer:  Good ole Priest control, it's been gosh 9 years it feels like, since we last saw Priest play a part of the metagame, but thankfully, Pioneer has made sure the popular archetype has been reborn.  Make sure you check out the hero of this deck, Xerandaal, Shade Servitor who has a nice bit of damage attached to their ability. 



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - ReformedPaolo - Izzet Delver
Saturday Modern - Showcase Challenge
Saturday Pauper - HouseOfManaMTG - Boros Metalcraft
Saturday Pioneer - _against_ - Mardu Greasefang
Saturday Standard - Hamuda - Naya Runes
Saturday Vintage - Diem4x

Sunday Legacy - IsolatedSystem - Noodle Taxes
Sunday Modern - XlperTxT - Mardu Ephemerate
Sunday Pauper - NotGood - Azorius Flicker
Sunday Pioneer - Showcase Challenge
Sunday Standard - cftsoc3 - Izzet Dragons
Sunday Vintage - Butakov

Other Event Winners

Modern Super Qualifier
Pioneer Showcase Challenge - Lukas261997 - Azorius Control
Sealed Super Qualifier
Modern Showcase Challenge - musasabi - The Rock
Pioneer Super Qualifier


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 seems to be really chill this week.  It seems like it's in a good, fair place right now, but the previews to the new set are really charming! 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Demilich $24.69 $24.69 $0.00 0%
Acererak the Archlich $6.26 $6.26 $0.00 0%
Old Gnawbone $8.36 $8.36 $0.00 0%
Den of the Bugbear $26.82 $26.82 $0.00 0%
Lolth, Spider Queen $13.55 $13.55 $0.00 0%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $5.86 $5.86 $0.00 0%
Hall of the Storm Giants $12.55 $12.55 $0.00 0%
Treasure Vault $5.08 $5.08 $0.00 0%
Hive of the Eye Tyrant $10.17 $10.17 $0.00 0%
Werewolf Pack Leader $5.31 $5.31 $0.00 0%
Hengegate Pathway $8.32 $8.32 $0.00 0%
Valki, God of Lies $5.22 $5.22 $0.00 0%
Bloodthirsty Adversary $8.76 $8.76 $0.00 0%
Wrenn and Seven $24.47 $24.47 $0.00 0%
Lier, Disciple of the Drowned $9.20 $9.20 $0.00 0%
The Meathook Massacre $52.20 $52.20 $0.00 0%
Intrepid Adversary $11.72 $11.72 $0.00 0%
Memory Deluge $7.76 $7.76 $0.00 0%
Brutal Cathar $6.50 $6.50 $0.00 0%
Boseiju, Who Endures $31.55 $31.55 $0.00 0%
Hidetsugu Consumes All $31.32 $31.32 $0.00 0%
Kairo Shizuki $7.82 $7.82 $0.00 0%
March of Otherworldly Light $14.26 $14.26 $0.00 0%
Otawara, Soaring City $6.48 $6.48 $0.00 0%
The Wandering Emperor $36.87 $36.87 $0.00 0%
Prismari Command $8.08 $8.08 $0.00 0%
Chandra, Dressed to Kill $15.00 $15.00 $0.00 0%
Cemetery Gatekeeper $18.18 $18.18 $0.00 0%
Cultivator Colossus $35.10 $35.10 $0.00 0%
Sorin the Mirthless $31.96 $31.96 $0.00 0%
Avabruck Caretaker $4.99 $4.99 $0.00 0%
Hallowed Haunting $11.04 $11.04 $0.00 0%
Skyclave Apparition $10.64 $10.64 $0.00 0%
Shatterskull Smashing $6.47 $6.47 $0.00 0%
Roiling Vortex $7.90 $7.90 $0.00 0%
Agadeem's Awakening $6.23 $6.23 $0.00 0%
Sea Gate Restoration $5.55 $5.55 $0.00 0%
Emeria's Call $5.02 $5.02 $0.00 0%
Turntimber Symbiosis $7.95 $7.95 $0.00 0%
Modern Staples:  If you're playing tabletop Magic one of the promo cards for premier play is Lava Spike, it looks super good. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $16.55 $16.55 $0.00 0%
Cavern of Souls $18.22 $18.22 $0.00 0%
Mishra's Bauble $29.95 $29.95 $0.00 0%
Aether Vial $7.55 $7.55 $0.00 0%
Liliana of the Veil $18.13 $18.13 $0.00 0%
Polluted Delta $11.37 $11.37 $0.00 0%
Wooded Foothills $6.11 $6.11 $0.00 0%
Flooded Strand $10.97 $10.97 $0.00 0%
Bloodstained Mire $7.48 $7.48 $0.00 0%
Windswept Heath $6.56 $6.56 $0.00 0%
Thoughtseize $10.88 $10.88 $0.00 0%
Elvish Reclaimer $8.15 $8.15 $0.00 0%
Inkmoth Nexus $3.12 $3.12 $0.00 0%
Force of Negation $42.56 $42.56 $0.00 0%
Wrenn and Six $60.99 $60.99 $0.00 0%
Prismatic Vista $6.91 $6.91 $0.00 0%
Sunbaked Canyon $19.65 $19.65 $0.00 0%
Seasoned Pyromancer $27.75 $27.75 $0.00 0%
Fiery Islet $6.62 $6.62 $0.00 0%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $7.88 $7.88 $0.00 0%
Force of Vigor $59.21 $59.21 $0.00 0%
Flusterstorm $14.11 $14.11 $0.00 0%
Archmage's Charm $23.99 $23.99 $0.00 0%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $6.38 $6.38 $0.00 0%
Archon of Cruelty $7.45 $7.45 $0.00 0%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $78.66 $78.66 $0.00 0%
Urza's Saga $58.27 $58.27 $0.00 0%
Solitude $49.17 $49.17 $0.00 0%
Endurance $66.92 $66.92 $0.00 0%
Grief $12.18 $12.18 $0.00 0%
Murktide Regent $34.01 $34.01 $0.00 0%
Sanctum Prelate $3.79 $3.79 $0.00 0%
Fury $25.29 $25.29 $0.00 0%
Esper Sentinel $8.89 $8.89 $0.00 0%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $10.36 $10.36 $0.00 0%
Chalice of the Void $16.09 $16.09 $0.00 0%
Surgical Extraction $8.52 $8.52 $0.00 0%
Karn Liberated $5.56 $5.56 $0.00 0%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $8.28 $8.28 $0.00 0%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $6.73 $6.73 $0.00 0%
Ensnaring Bridge $8.12 $8.12 $0.00 0%
Teferi, Time Raveler $36.77 $36.77 $0.00 0%
Gemstone Mine $9.55 $9.55 $0.00 0%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $6.10 $6.10 $0.00 0%
Scalding Tarn $6.88 $6.88 $0.00 0%
Verdant Catacombs $4.04 $4.04 $0.00 0%
Misty Rainforest $5.80 $5.80 $0.00 0%
Arid Mesa $3.15 $3.15 $0.00 0%
Marsh Flats $1.89 $1.89 $0.00 0%
Eternal Staples

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Hullbreacher $70.83 $70.83 $0.00 0%
Opposition Agent $24.41 $24.41 $0.00 0%
Jeweled Lotus $28.93 $28.93 $0.00 0%
City of Traitors $13.79 $13.79 $0.00 0%
Allosaurus Shepherd $25.42 $25.42 $0.00 0%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $15.00 $15.00 $0.00 0%
Force of Will $59.76 $59.76 $0.00 0%
Karakas $12.66 $12.66 $0.00 0%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $20.14 $20.14 $0.00 0%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $6.53 $6.53 $0.00 0%
Unmask $16.18 $16.18 $0.00 0%
Misdirection $13.96 $13.96 $0.00 0%
Rishadan Port $9.94 $9.94 $0.00 0%
Snuff Out $16.94 $16.94 $0.00 0%
Submerge $9.51 $9.51 $0.00 0%
Daze $8.69 $8.69 $0.00 0%
Kappa Cannoneer $77.73 $77.73 $0.00 0%
Entomb $14.70 $14.70 $0.00 0%
Retrofitter Foundry $14.31 $14.31 $0.00 0%
Recruiter of the Guard $14.31 $14.31 $0.00 0%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $9.72 $9.72 $0.00 0%
Mox Diamond $39.01 $39.01 $0.00 0%
Wasteland $27.34 $27.34 $0.00 0%
Ancient Tomb $17.22 $17.22 $0.00 0%
Lotus Petal $28.43 $28.43 $0.00 0%
Grim Monolith $8.49 $8.49 $0.00 0%
Meltdown $26.77 $26.77 $0.00 0%
Exploration $19.92 $19.92 $0.00 0%
Gaea's Cradle $21.83 $21.83 $0.00 0%
Carpet of Flowers $24.15 $24.15 $0.00 0%
Gilded Drake $10.15 $10.15 $0.00 0%
Show and Tell $6.88 $6.88 $0.00 0%
Black Lotus $11.88 $11.88 $0.00 0%
Volcanic Island $7.74 $7.74 $0.00 0%
Underground Sea $9.17 $9.17 $0.00 0%
Null Rod $8.10 $8.10 $0.00 0%
Doomsday $25.73 $25.73 $0.00 0%
Paradigm Shift $10.68 $10.68 $0.00 0%
Pioneer Staples:  With the organized play announcement of Pioneer coming to the tabletop Pro Tour, I expect the cards and the format to beging to explode in popularity soon. The first round of Regional Championships is Pioneer, and the first Pro Tour will include the format as well.

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $7.08 $7.08 $0.00 0%
Collected Company $5.32 $5.32 $0.00 0%
Kolaghan's Command $5.81 $5.81 $0.00 0%
Brazen Borrower $24.86 $24.86 $0.00 0%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $6.77 $6.77 $0.00 0%
Bonecrusher Giant $5.91 $5.91 $0.00 0%
Arclight Phoenix $6.11 $6.11 $0.00 0%
Shark Typhoon $7.46 $7.46 $0.00 0%
Raugrin Triome $6.31 $6.31 $0.00 0%
Ketria Triome $6.71 $6.71 $0.00 0%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $13.88 $13.88 $0.00 0%
Mana Confluence $6.36 $6.36 $0.00 0%
Inspiring Vantage $3.69 $3.69 $0.00 0%
Spirebluff Canal $12.59 $12.59 $0.00 0%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $5.24 $5.24 $0.00 0%
Lotus Field $11.33 $11.33 $0.00 0%
Liliana, Waker of the Dead $5.38 $5.38 $0.00 0%
Rest in Peace $5.36 $5.36 $0.00 0%
Karn, the Great Creator $46.75 $46.75 $0.00 0%
Finale of Devastation $7.32 $7.32 $0.00 0%
Blast Zone $5.71 $5.71 $0.00 0%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $30.44 $30.44 $0.00 0%

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 $179.13 $179.13 $0.00 0%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $179.89 $179.89 $0.00 0%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $186.60 $186.60 $0.00 0%
Kaldheim $69.82 $69.82 $0.00 0%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $150.12 $150.12 $0.00 0%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Booster $3.10 $3.10 $0.00 0%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $55.43 $55.43 $0.00 0%
Treasure Chest $2.49 $2.49 $0.00 0%
Zendikar Rising $109.92 $109.92 $0.00 0%


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 241.21
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 128.2
Mox Jet 1E Rare 125.23
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 121.75
Karakas UBT Mythic 118.74
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 113.75
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 109.12
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 86.99
Time Walk 1E Rare 85.38
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 81.09
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 77.66
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 74.61
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 69.39
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 69.35
Endurance MH2 Mythic 68.43
Kappa Cannoneer NEC Rare 65.85
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 61.79
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 59.64
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 59.19
Force of Will MED Rare 57.73
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 57.67
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 57.21
The Meathook Massacre MID Mythic 52.78
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 52.51
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 49.96
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 49.92
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 49.77
Solitude MH2 Mythic 46.16
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 44.33
The Wandering Emperor NEO Mythic 43.08
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 41.04
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 40.79
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 39.55
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 39.01
Lotus Petal TE Common 38.21
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 37.51
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 37.23
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 36.79
Mox Diamond ST Rare 36.49
Cultivator Colossus VOW Mythic 36.44
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 35.26
Lotus Petal MS2 Bonus 35.07
Lotus Petal TPR Uncommon 34.75
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 33.98
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 33.69
Reanimate UBT Mythic 33.52
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 33.06
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 32.74
Fury MH2 Mythic 32.7
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 32.14
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 32.04
Meltdown UZ Uncommon 31.96
Sorin the Mirthless VOW Mythic 31.82
Timetwister 1E Rare 31.52
Edgar Markov PZ2 Mythic 31.33
Anje's Ravager C19 Rare 31.03
Force of Will VMA Rare 30.88
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 30.76
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 29.93
Wasteland TPR Rare 29.91
Omnath, Locus of Creation ZNR Mythic 29.91
Seasoned Pyromancer MH1 Mythic 29.71
Liliana of the Veil MM3 Mythic 29.64
Jeweled Lotus CMR Mythic 29.41
Murktide Regent MH2 Mythic 29.29
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 29.18
Force of Will EMA Mythic 29.1
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 28.98
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 28.6
Liliana of the Veil ISD Mythic 28.4
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 27.95
Engineered Explosives UBT Mythic 27.72
Wasteland TE Uncommon 27.47
Aether Gale C14 Rare 26.95
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 26.59
Den of the Bugbear AFR Rare 26.56
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 26.45
Wasteland EXP Mythic 26.09
Wasteland EMA Rare 26.02
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 25.86
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre UBT Mythic 25.82
Cleansing Screech PZ2 Common 25.73
Unmask V16 Mythic 25.66
Doomsday WL Rare 25.43
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 25.41
Hidetsugu Consumes All NEO Mythic 25.07
Opposition Agent CMR Rare 25.04
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 $29,263.  The number last week was $29,538.  Another small loss, this time of $275. 
 
In Closing

This is the best version of this column that I think I have ever written. 

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