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State of the Program for April 23rd, 2021
 
In the News

FNM at Home: Featuring MrBeast:  April 23rd, you can play in the FNM at Home event and play in a preconstructed deck event on the client. From 11am to Noon PT, is when the games matter most apparently. You have to play all the way through, no early concessions in order to be eligible, win or lose. If you played against the YouTuber you'll be contacted and potentially win $25,000.  For all the important information, go here

Strixhaven and Commander 2021 Release Notes:  This one is fairly simple.  It's the notes and official rules for all the cool new stuff in Strixhaven and Commander 2021!  You can check out the important document here

In-Store Play suspensions
:  Lifted in Japan, it will also be lifted in Africa on May 1st.  The next update comes on May 12th

Dr. Lair's Secretorium Superdrop:  It's time for another Superdrop!  From April 26th to May 28th, you can purchase one of, or all of, eight Secret Lairs.  Some of these include the Strixhaven Showcase and Shocklands that were recently spoiled on MTGO. The others are full text basic lands, and hand drawn concert poster style cards.  You can see all the info 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
June 2nd, 2021
Constructed Leagues End
Ends July 7th, 2021
Sealed Leagues End
Ends July 8th, 2021
Next B&R
Unknown
Kaldheim Redemption
Ends June 23, 2021


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:

April 21st - Strixhaven Supreme Draft
April 28th - New Cube
May 5th - Emma Handy's Proliferate Cube returns!
May 12th - Legacy Cube
May 26th - New Cube

April 25th - Time Spiral Remastered Leagues end. 

April 24th - Strixhaven Super Sealed Qualifier
April 25th - Time Spiral Remasted Sealed Qualifier

 
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:   Prismari really does seem like the early leader for popularity in Standard.  I'm not sure how long it's going to stay this way, but score one for the art kids at least? 


Historic:  Historic seems to have turned in to a combo format, take this Grixis Tainted Pact deck for one.  This is a two card combo that revolves around Tainted Pact and Thassa's Oracle.  It's possible to win on turn three in paper, but not on arena, because of the amount of clicks needed to empty your deck with Pact.  It's a fairly consistant deck in the format though, and you can follow the discussion here.


Legacy:  I am so used to this deck having Vampire Hexmage and it's just apparently dropped Black from the deck? 


Modern: I adore this, and the amount of play that Indomitable Creativity is getting across Historic, Modern and Pioneer.  Some decks are getting copies of Primeval Titan or Terror of the Peaks, others are getting Sage of the Falls and The Locust God.  This one getting Velomachus Lorehold and immediately playing an extra turn card should get this deck rolling in regards to never not having another turn! 


PauperFirst Day of Class is an exciting card to have from Strixhaven! 


Pioneer:

Vintage:


 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - Kazuga - Izzet Delver
Saturday Modern - Xerk - Dredge
Saturday Pauper - murilobds - Burn
Saturday Pioneer - Mcleskey - Boros Prowess
Saturday Standard - _Cygnus - Snow White
Saturday Vintage - WhiTe TsaR

Sunday Legacy - mechint - Lands
Sunday Modern - Meltiin - Bring to Light
Sunday Pauper - c_is_for_cookie - Elves
Sunday Pioneer - azatoyellow - Izzet Phoenix
Sunday Standard - ht991122 - Rakdos Aggro
Sunday Vintage - Phill_Hellmuth

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: Six cards from Strixhaven has made the list! Prismari seems to be the most popular school right now, considering four of the new cards are blue and red!
Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $27.59 $32.52 ($4.93) -15%
Bonecrusher Giant $8.56 $8.13 $0.43 5%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $16.27 $19.75 ($3.48) -18%
Shark Typhoon $12.47 $14.23 ($1.76) -12%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $12.21 $11.54 $0.67 6%
Valki, God of Lies $46.53 $42.77 $3.76 9%
Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider $10.89 $10.96 ($0.07) -1%
Goldspan Dragon $16.00 $15.70 $0.30 2%
Alrund's Epiphany $6.75 $7.42 ($0.67) -9%
Esika, God of the Tree $7.23 $8.18 ($0.95) -12%
Koma, Cosmos Serpent $6.33 $6.22 $0.11 2%
Halvar, God of Battle $5.56 $5.54 $0.02 0%
Elder Gargaroth $17.81 $23.37 ($5.56) -24%
Stormwing Entity $6.40 $6.91 ($0.51) -7%
Prismari Command $46.93


Galazeth Prismari $13.26


Magma Opus $6.25


Elite Spellbinder $6.13


Professor Onyx $5.74


Rowan, Scholar of Sparks $5.31


Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 11.49 13.5 ($2.01) -15%
Klothys, God of Destiny 9.68 10.63 ($0.95) -9%
Ox of Agonas 8.45 8.48 ($0.03) 0%
Scourge of the Skyclaves $44.21 $49.76 ($5.55) -11%
Turntimber Symbiosis $13.09 $13.55 ($0.46) -3%
Agadeem's Awakening $7.85 $8.92 ($1.07) -12%
Skyclave Apparition $27.68 $32.14 ($4.46) -14%
Shatterskull Smashing $6.84 $6.83 $0.01 0%
Modern Staples:  Nothing new here this week. 
Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $22.90 $28.33 ($5.43) -19%
Steelshaper's Gift $13.98 $14.50 ($0.52) -4%
Engineered Explosives $6.92 $8.45 ($1.53) -18%
Cavern of Souls $19.63 $23.74 ($4.11) -17%
Mishra's Bauble $16.49 $14.32 $2.17 15%
Noble Hierarch $5.69 $5.92 ($0.23) -4%
Aether Vial $15.10 $15.37 ($0.27) -2%
Trinisphere $5.52 $5.09 $0.43 8%
Horizon Canopy $9.28 $8.94 $0.34 4%
Tarmogoyf $5.74 $6.51 ($0.77) -12%
Liliana of the Veil $14.88 $17.20 ($2.32) -13%
Snapcaster Mage $5.59 $5.59 $0.00 0%
Polluted Delta $10.41 $15.40 ($4.99) -32%
Wooded Foothills $9.88 $11.13 ($1.25) -11%
Flooded Strand $8.09 $5.91 $2.18 37%
Bloodstained Mire $8.90 $8.47 $0.43 5%
Windswept Heath $7.83 $7.45 $0.38 5%
Thoughtseize $8.06 $9.17 ($1.11) -12%
Cryptic Command $6.31 $6.01 $0.30 5%
Elvish Reclaimer $11.14 $10.14 $1.00 10%
Force of Negation $78.99 $84.57 ($5.58) -7%
Wrenn and Six $66.59 $70.58 ($3.99) -6%
Prismatic Vista $14.46 $10.23 $4.23 41%
Sunbaked Canyon $20.80 $18.07 $2.73 15%
Seasoned Pyromancer $29.43 $32.96 ($3.53) -11%
Fiery Islet $12.09 $14.36 ($2.27) -16%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $6.50 $7.03 ($0.53) -8%
Plague Engineer $11.30 $9.69 $1.61 17%
Force of Vigor $13.65 $19.19 ($5.54) -29%
Giver of Runes $7.03 $6.47 $0.56 9%
Flusterstorm $7.61 $7.13 $0.48 7%
Archmage's Charm $11.07 $8.11 $2.96 36%
Ranger-Captain of Eos $6.80 $6.90 ($0.10) -1%
Hexdrinker $30.11 $27.89 $2.22 8%
Ice-Fang Coatl $6.25 $9.71 ($3.46) -36%
Nurturing Peatland $5.05 $5.30 ($0.25) -5%
Silent Clearing $5.12 $5.29 ($0.17) -3%
Kaya's Guile $9.26 $10.31 ($1.05) -10%
Chalice of the Void $8.10 $8.62 ($0.52) -6%
Surgical Extraction $15.63 $17.71 ($2.08) -12%
Karn Liberated $8.62 $8.67 ($0.05) -1%
Dismember $5.26 $5.77 ($0.51) -9%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $10.24 $10.62 ($0.38) -4%
Wurmcoil Engine $6.70 $7.11 ($0.41) -6%
Ensnaring Bridge $8.83 $9.60 ($0.77) -8%
Teferi, Time Raveler $31.85 $37.04 ($5.19) -14%
Gemstone Mine $12.60 $12.72 ($0.12) -1%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $11.34 $12.35 ($1.01) -8%
Scalding Tarn $17.71 $17.86 ($0.15) -1%
Verdant Catacombs $23.63 $23.98 ($0.35) -1%
Misty Rainforest $19.07 $20.79 ($1.72) -8%
Arid Mesa $11.17 $9.13 $2.04 22%
Marsh Flats $4.07 $4.74 ($0.67) -14%
Eternal StaplesJeweled Lotus was added to the list this week, because it started to make the rounds on the internet that it was broken in Legacy.  It's no Goblin Charbelcher so I'll take everyone else's word for it! In addition to that Lotus, we have two pieces of the Power 9 coming on to the list for the first time in a long time.  Mox Jet and Mox Sapphire both crossed the five dollar mark recently. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Hullbreacher $91.13 $86.90 $4.23 5%
Opposition Agent $36.61 $34.34 $2.27 7%
Jeweled Lotus $19.77


Dark Depths $5.35 $6.45 ($1.10) -17%
City of Traitors $40.90 $35.94 $4.96 14%
Sphere of Resistance $7.99 $8.42 ($0.43) -5%
Monastery Mentor $9.05 $7.82 $1.23 16%
Allosaurus Shepherd $31.52 $42.07 ($10.55) -25%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $7.39 $8.25 ($0.86) -10%
Force of Will $70.19 $66.46 $3.73 6%
Karakas $9.90 $8.68 $1.22 14%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $49.61 $49.79 ($0.18) 0%
Demonic Tutor $16.52 $17.07 ($0.55) -3%
Unmask $12.48 $13.60 ($1.12) -8%
Misdirection $11.13 $11.12 $0.01 0%
Rishadan Port $17.85 $15.27 $2.58 17%
Snuff Out $12.44 $13.20 ($0.76) -6%
Submerge $20.38 $14.85 $5.53 37%
Daze $13.76 $12.70 $1.06 8%
Entomb $8.59 $8.55 $0.04 0%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $46.10 $43.87 $2.23 5%
Mox Diamond $34.21 $32.59 $1.62 5%
Wasteland $68.37 $60.70 $7.67 13%
Ancient Tomb $24.51 $25.39 ($0.88) -3%
Lotus Petal $25.37 $25.00 $0.37 1%
Earthcraft $7.33 $8.61 ($1.28) -15%
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath $6.58 $7.77 ($1.19) -15%
Grim Monolith $19.27 $20.04 ($0.77) -4%
Exploration $13.31 $11.89 $1.42 12%
Gaea's Cradle $20.56 $21.24 ($0.68) -3%
Carpet of Flowers $33.31 $45.48 ($12.17) -27%
Gilded Drake $13.61 $12.89 $0.72 6%
Black Lotus $18.44 $19.62 ($1.18) -6%
Tropical Island $12.26 $10.23 $2.03 20%
Volcanic Island $9.23 $10.04 ($0.81) -8%
Underground Sea $16.92 $16.62 $0.30 2%
Mox Jet $5.53


Mox Sapphire $5.33


Null Rod $9.36 $9.46 ($0.10) -1%
Doomsday $25.12 $25.46 ($0.34) -1%
Paradigm Shift $11.59 $11.09 $0.50 5%
Mindbreak Trap $11.26 $10.94 $0.32 3%
Pioneer Staples:  Two cards came off this week, Lotus Field and Thought-Knot Seer are gone. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Soul-Scar Mage $6.11 $7.05 ($0.94) -13%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $10.52 $17.12 ($6.60) -39%
Collected Company $7.33 $8.13 ($0.80) -10%
Kolaghan's Command $5.26 $5.02 $0.24 5%
Liliana, the Last Hope $6.19 $5.35 $0.84 16%
Collective Brutality $5.07 $5.34 ($0.27) -5%
Assassin's Trophy $5.51 $5.63 ($0.12) -2%
Arclight Phoenix $5.28 $5.05 $0.23 5%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $7.18 $8.03 ($0.85) -11%
Spirebluff Canal $4.84 $6.90 ($2.06) -30%
Golos, Tireless Pilgrim $7.31 $8.98 ($1.67) -19%
Kozilek's Return $6.42 $6.92 ($0.50) -7%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $7.21 $8.82 ($1.61) -18%
Karn, the Great Creator $36.06 $32.24 $3.82 12%
Blast Zone $8.18 $8.82 ($0.64) -7%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $15.72 $15.27 $0.45 3%
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 2021 $62.83 $71.94 ($9.11) -13%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $53.72 $56.00 ($2.28) -4%
Kaldheim $162.53 $160.27 $2.26 1%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $146.26 $154.44 ($8.18) -5%
Strixhaven: School of Mages Booster $3.29 $3.43 ($0.14) -4%
Theros Beyond Death $92.58 $99.17 ($6.59) -7%
Throne of Eldraine $137.71 $148.83 ($11.12) -7%
Treasure Chest $2.48 $2.46 $0.02 1%
Zendikar Rising $145.40 $158.91 ($13.51) -9%


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 156.05
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 104.85
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 91.95
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 91.59
Karakas UBT Mythic 91.51
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 91.13
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 78.99
Mox Jet 1E Rare 75.39
Force of Will MED Rare 70.19
Wasteland TE Uncommon 68.37
Time Walk 1E Rare 67.43
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 66.59
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 66.26
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 65.67
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 64.98
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 63.15
Wasteland EXP Mythic 61.58
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 54.71
Wasteland TPR Rare 54.51
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 54.09
Wasteland EMA Rare 52.64
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 52.44
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 51.86
Verdant Catacombs ZNE Mythic 50.99
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale ME3 Rare 49.61
Prismari Command STX Rare 46.93
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 46.88
Valki, God of Lies KHM Mythic 46.53
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow PZ2 Rare 46.1
Ethereal Forager C20 Rare 45.51
Force of Will EMA Mythic 44.94
Scourge of the Skyclaves ZNR Mythic 44.21
Force of Will VMA Rare 43.92
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 43.88
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 43.67
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 41.81
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 41.43
City of Traitors EX Rare 40.9
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 40.66
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 40.25
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 39.84
City of Traitors TPR Rare 38.57
Underground Sea ME4 Rare 36.96
Opposition Agent CMR Rare 36.61
Auriok Champion IMA Rare 36.55
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 36.06
Underground Sea ME2 Rare 35.78
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 35.47
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 35.36
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 35.01
Scalding Tarn ZNE Mythic 34.93
Timetwister 1E Rare 34.9
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 34.34
Mox Diamond ST Rare 34.21
Verdant Catacombs EXP Mythic 34.05
Carpet of Flowers UZ Uncommon 33.31
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 32.32
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 32.18
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 31.85
Ancient Tomb ZNE Mythic 31.61
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 31.52
Wooded Foothills ZNE Mythic 31.15
Misty Rainforest ZNE Mythic 30.44
Hexdrinker MH1 Mythic 30.11
Scalding Tarn EXP Mythic 29.6
Seasoned Pyromancer MH1 Mythic 29.43
Polluted Delta ONS Rare 28.5
Polluted Delta ZNE Mythic 28.22
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 28.21
Skyclave Apparition ZNR Rare 27.68
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 27.59
Cavern of Souls MM3 Mythic 27.08
Lotus Petal MS2 Bonus 26.86
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 26.41
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 26.41
Ancient Tomb EXP Mythic 26.08
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic 25.57
Lotus Petal TPR Uncommon 25.55
Lotus Petal TE Common 25.37
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 25.29
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 25.23
Misty Rainforest EXP Mythic 25.19
Doomsday WL Rare 25.12
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 25.07
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 $28,210. Last week it was $29,570.  This the second consecutive slide of the Big number.  Went down $760. 
 
In Closing

I turn 41 on Sunday, and that is just a marvelous number I think.  Soon after, my son turns 14, and that's less marvelous.  Not because he's solidly a teenager, but because he's getting older, and I want him to stay young forever, like I think most parents do for their kids.  It's amazing how quickly 14 years went by. 

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