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State of the Program for April 2nd, 2021
 
In the News

Kaldheim Championships: Congrats to Arne Huschenbeth for winning the Kaldheim Championship.  You can see his decklists in Cutting Edge Tech from the Standard and Historic event.  For everything else from the championship, check out the event coverage here

Strixhaven Previews: Strixhaven Previews are ongoing now, you can see the regular cards here. You can see the varients here, as well as the Mystic Archieve and the Japanese Alternate Arts of those cards as well.  The set will be previewed through April 2nd, and then we start the Commander previews for Strixhaven on April 5th. 

Jason Felix and the Fan Art:  Wizards of the Coast released a statement in regards to a video that had been going around social media that alleges that Jason Felix traced a piece of fan art for the Mystic Archive version of Crux of Fate in Strixhaven. They are suspending work with Felix until the matter has been brought to a successful conclusion.  You can view the video of the art here.  Jason has apologized for using others arts as well.  You can read that here.

Mystic Archive Mistakes
:  Art has been swapped on the Japanese Alternate art versions of Memory Lapse and Ephemerate.  You can see that here. It does not appear that the correct art will be printed on the cards.  You can see that news bit here.

Strixhaven Product Delays:  Promo Packs for Strixhaven are going to be delayed due to production issues.  In North America, retailers and players can expect them by the end of April, in other regions, by the end of May.  This does not affect Buy-a-Box promos.  In addition to promo packs being delayed, in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand, prereleases will now be held on release day due to shipping delays.  In Thailand, Bundles will be out in mid May.  In the United States and Canada, Draft Boosters and Japanese language Set boosters will be delayed due to production issues.  More are expected after the release date.  You can read about the delays here.

All-Access Weeks:  March 31st to April 14th sees the return of Mythic Event Tokens and the All-Access Weeks!  The token is still 25 dollars, and while it doesn't add any cards to your account it does give you access to most cards on MTGO.  (Some cards like Promos and Secret Lairs aren't included.)  Along with All-Access Weeks, Super Qualifiers come back from April 3 to April 9.  You can see the full schedule here, (or below) and can get info for Super Qualifiers here.
 
Nega-Cube:  Designed by Natalie Weizenbaum the Nega-Cube is a cube that contains cards that are not in the most recent versions of the Moder, Legacy or Vintage Cube.  It's a lower power cube, and you can see read about the archetypes here.  
 
April Fool'sSecret Lair Seals was made by the illustrator for MTGGoldfish.  New Historic was put on Arena, it was a format that played forty card decks with no 4 of maximum.

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 14, 2021
Constructed Leagues End
April 14, 2021
Sealed Leagues End
April 15, 2021
Next B&R
Unknown
Zendikar Rising Redemption
Ends April 7th, 2021
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:

March 31 - April 7 - New Spotlight Cube
April 7 - April 14 - Another new Spotlight Cube

April 3 - Pauper Super Qualifier
April 4 - Vintage Super Qualifier
April 5 - Modern Super Qualifier
April 6 - Pioneer Super Qualifier
April 7 - Standard Super Qualifier
April 8 - Legacy Super Qualifier
April 9 - Modern Super 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: Featuring the decks that Arne Huschenbeth played to the championship this past weekend seems like an absolute no brainer!  Congrats again! 


Historic:  Arne clearly has a wonderful taste in decks. 


Legacy:  It's been a while since I've seen any Food Chain decks in Legacy.  Perhaps nature is finally healing? 


Modern: This deck has made me feel really smooth brained, because I can for the life of me, can't figure out why Mystic Subdual is in the deck.  It's like this is Faerie tempo.  
 

Pauper:  The cascade decks in Pauper are my favorite things in the format right now.  I enjoy them greatly. 


Pioneer:  This Pyre of Heroes looks a lot like what Birthing Pod decks would look like now if there were a creature type restriction on the artifact. 


Vintage:


 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - otaba - Aluren
Saturday Modern - Aluren85 - Eldrazi Tron
Saturday Pauper - Brivenix - Izzet Snow
Saturday Pioneer - canepis16 - Dimir Control
Saturday Standard -  _Tia93_ - Dimir Rogues
Saturday Vintage - duke12

Sunday Legacy - trunk132 - Snow Bant
Sunday Modern - Justodeangelo - Heliod Company
Sunday Pauper - nathansteuer - Jund Cascade
Sunday Pioneer - dani_tb - Dimir Control
Sunday Standard - hcook725 - Gruul Adventures
Sunday Vintage - Venom1

Other Event Winners

Standard Champ Qual -
bolov0 - Snow Red
Sealed Kaldheim Champ Qual -
mahzinha_linda


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: Nothing new was added here. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $35.49 $29.81 $5.68 19%
Bonecrusher Giant $10.33 $8.71 $1.62 19%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $15.41 $10.42 $4.99 48%
The Great Henge $3.49 $5.23 ($1.74) -33%
Shark Typhoon $13.08 $14.76 ($1.68) -11%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $12.42 $15.47 ($3.05) -20%
Ketria Triome $3.50 $4.75 ($1.25) -26%
Valki, God of Lies $40.08 $46.18 ($6.10) -13%
Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider $10.08 $11.48 ($1.40) -12%
Goldspan Dragon $14.92 $17.62 ($2.70) -15%
Alrund's Epiphany $9.43 $7.49 $1.94 26%
Terror of the Peaks $2.75 $5.36 ($2.61) -49%
Elder Gargaroth $25.69 $27.93 ($2.24) -8%
Liliana, Waker of the Dead $4.38 $7.26 ($2.88) -40%
Stormwing Entity $5.91 $4.88 $1.03 21%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 17.66 21.26 ($3.60) -17%
Klothys, God of Destiny 13.18 11.28 $1.90 17%
Heliod, Sun-Crowned 5.81 5.64 $0.17 3%
Ox of Agonas 13.78 13.27 $0.51 4%
Scourge of the Skyclaves $54.03 $39.01 $15.02 39%
Turntimber Symbiosis $12.55 $10.91 $1.64 15%
Agadeem's Awakening $8.26 $9.54 ($1.28) -13%
Skyclave Apparition $36.21 $30.90 $5.31 17%
Shatterskull Smashing $8.38 $10.65 ($2.27) -21%
Modern StaplesCryptic Command is back on the list this week.  Modern Horizons saw four new cards added to the list.  Hexdrinker, Ice-Fang Coatl, Nurturing Peatland, Silent Clearing all came to the list this week.

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $37.41 $43.59 ($6.18) -14%
Steelshaper's Gift $12.09 $12.26 ($0.17) -1%
Engineered Explosives $8.48 $5.91 $2.57 43%
Cavern of Souls $22.66 $24.46 ($1.80) -7%
Mishra's Bauble $19.74 $14.17 $5.57 39%
Noble Hierarch $4.67 $6.26 ($1.59) -25%
Aether Vial $19.28 $16.42 $2.86 17%
Trinisphere $6.18 $5.79 $0.39 7%
Horizon Canopy $13.13 $14.50 ($1.37) -9%
Tarmogoyf $8.38 $7.80 $0.58 7%
Liliana of the Veil $18.27 $13.66 $4.61 34%
Snapcaster Mage $6.25 $5.96 $0.29 5%
Polluted Delta $15.92 $10.75 $5.17 48%
Wooded Foothills $10.29 $9.76 $0.53 5%
Flooded Strand $7.92 $6.98 $0.94 13%
Bloodstained Mire $8.49 $7.99 $0.50 6%
Windswept Heath $7.77 $9.99 ($2.22) -22%
Thoughtseize $11.83 $10.88 $0.95 9%
Cryptic Command $6.45


Elvish Reclaimer $11.02 $12.39 ($1.37) -11%
Force of Negation $89.51 $82.33 $7.18 9%
Wrenn and Six $62.72 $55.31 $7.41 13%
Prismatic Vista $13.55 $13.73 ($0.18) -1%
Sunbaked Canyon $15.11 $15.05 $0.06 0%
Seasoned Pyromancer $37.12 $35.26 $1.86 5%
Fiery Islet $9.85 $10.28 ($0.43) -4%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $7.98 $9.35 ($1.37) -15%
Plague Engineer $14.05 $12.27 $1.78 15%
Force of Vigor $14.47 $13.86 $0.61 4%
Giver of Runes $6.77 $7.84 ($1.07) -14%
Flusterstorm $6.49 $9.79 ($3.30) -34%
Archmage's Charm $8.79 $6.02 $2.77 46%
Ranger-Captain of Eos $7.25 $7.77 ($0.52) -7%
Hexdrinker $38.15


Ice-Fang Coatl $7.81


Nurturing Peatland $6.32


Silent Clearing $5.86


Chalice of the Void $9.65 $13.32 ($3.67) -28%
Surgical Extraction $21.36 $20.56 $0.80 4%
Karn Liberated $6.54 $7.14 ($0.60) -8%
Dismember $5.98 $7.15 ($1.17) -16%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $9.96 $7.31 $2.65 36%
Wurmcoil Engine $6.29 $6.18 $0.11 2%
Ensnaring Bridge $10.49 $8.68 $1.81 21%
Teferi, Time Raveler $38.15 $37.84 $0.31 1%
Gemstone Mine $11.06 $10.06 $1.00 10%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $11.32 $11.09 $0.23 2%
Scalding Tarn $22.71 $19.37 $3.34 17%
Verdant Catacombs $26.37 $18.61 $7.76 42%
Misty Rainforest $17.83 $16.15 $1.68 10%
Arid Mesa $10.15 $8.79 $1.36 15%
Marsh Flats $5.31 $4.22 $1.09 26%
Eternal Staples:  I guess I forgot that Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath is still legal in Legacy, so it's been added to the Eternal list. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Hullbreacher $104.45 $113.07 ($8.62) -8%
Opposition Agent $25.82 $33.34 ($7.52) -23%
Dark Depths $6.44 $5.44 $1.00 18%
City of Traitors $38.60 $35.08 $3.52 10%
Sphere of Resistance $9.12 $7.25 $1.87 26%
Monastery Mentor $10.55 $9.51 $1.04 11%
Allosaurus Shepherd $49.15 $47.44 $1.71 4%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $8.41 $9.93 ($1.52) -15%
Force of Will $73.86 $59.87 $13.99 23%
Karakas $8.07 $7.07 $1.00 14%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $48.22 $41.38 $6.84 17%
Demonic Tutor $16.43 $14.95 $1.48 10%
Unmask $12.85 $10.38 $2.47 24%
Misdirection $11.36 $11.41 ($0.05) 0%
Rishadan Port $15.06 $10.35 $4.71 46%
Submerge $9.00 $4.71 $4.29 91%
Daze $12.02 $8.50 $3.52 41%
Entomb $7.62 $6.46 $1.16 18%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $72.00 $54.34 $17.66 32%
Mox Diamond $30.62 $19.83 $10.79 54%
Wasteland $60.94 $57.91 $3.03 5%
Ancient Tomb $25.64 $24.74 $0.90 4%
Lotus Petal $22.26 $18.75 $3.51 19%
Earthcraft $9.17 $9.79 ($0.62) -6%
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath $7.74


Grim Monolith $11.98 $11.76 $0.22 2%
Exploration $12.13 $8.28 $3.85 46%
Gaea's Cradle $16.50 $18.34 ($1.84) -10%
Carpet of Flowers $57.77 $25.58 $32.19 126%
Gilded Drake $11.76 $9.29 $2.47 27%
Black Lotus $23.35 $18.22 $5.13 28%
Tropical Island $15.39 $10.20 $5.19 51%
Volcanic Island $10.88 $9.97 $0.91 9%
Underground Sea $15.24 $16.14 ($0.90) -6%
Sol Ring $4.74 $5.03 ($0.29) -6%
Null Rod $9.18 $8.93 $0.25 3%
Doomsday $22.50 $20.88 $1.62 8%
Paradigm Shift $10.46 $9.99 $0.47 5%
Mindbreak Trap $12.48 $14.73 ($2.25) -15%
Pioneer StaplesSpirebluff Canal is new to the list this week.  Lotus Field has jumped back on as well.  Kozilek's Return is back on the list as well. Dreadhorde Arcanist has fallen off the list here. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Soul-Scar Mage $7.18 $7.14 $0.04 1%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $8.28 $10.77 ($2.49) -23%
Collected Company $8.97 $12.20 ($3.23) -26%
Kolaghan's Command $6.64 $5.19 $1.45 28%
Liliana, the Last Hope $4.67 $6.75 ($2.08) -31%
Collective Brutality $8.85 $5.52 $3.33 60%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $8.53 $10.36 ($1.83) -18%
Mana Confluence $5.08 $5.49 ($0.41) -7%
Spirebluff Canal $7.55


Golos, Tireless Pilgrim $9.68 $5.44 $4.24 78%
Lotus Field $7.74


Thought-Knot Seer $5.88 $5.11 $0.77 15%
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet $4.11 $5.36 ($1.25) -23%
Kozilek's Return $8.35


Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $7.17 $5.43 $1.74 32%
Rest in Peace $5.30


Karn, the Great Creator $47.60 $40.54 $7.06 17%
Blast Zone $8.96 $7.21 $1.75 24%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $15.91 $26.42 ($10.51) -40%
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 $75.19 $80.84 ($5.65) -7%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $58.23 $66.72 ($8.49) -13%
Kaldheim $137.89 $140.93 ($3.04) -2%
Kaldheim Booster $2.99 $3.21 ($0.22) -7%
Theros Beyond Death $110.46 $106.98 $3.48 3%
Throne of Eldraine $151.82 $137.80 $14.02 10%
Treasure Chest $2.40 $2.41 ($0.01) 0%
Zendikar Rising $126.71 $165.36 ($38.65) -23%


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 200.48
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 103.99
Karakas UBT Mythic 92.45
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 91.59
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 89.51
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 89.44
Mox Jet 1E Rare 75.82
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 74.88
Force of Will MED Rare 73.86
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow PZ2 Rare 72
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 70.71
Time Walk 1E Rare 68.47
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 62.72
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 61.74
Wasteland TE Uncommon 60.94
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 57.83
Carpet of Flowers UZ Uncommon 57.77
Wasteland EMA Rare 54.95
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 54.09
Scourge of the Skyclaves ZNR Mythic 54.03
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 53.35
Wasteland EXP Mythic 52.99
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 52.54
Force of Will VMA Rare 52.42
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 50.53
Wasteland TPR Rare 49.93
Force of Will EMA Mythic 49.92
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 49.15
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale ME3 Rare 48.22
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 47.61
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 47.6
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 47.1
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 46.51
Auriok Champion IMA Rare 45.61
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 45.39
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 42.12
Verdant Catacombs ZNE Mythic 41.94
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 40.51
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 39.84
City of Traitors EX Rare 38.6
Hexdrinker MH1 Mythic 38.15
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 38.15
Auriok Champion 5DN Rare 37.41
Seasoned Pyromancer MH1 Mythic 37.12
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 36.55
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 35.49
Underground Sea ME2 Rare 35.47
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 35.47
Timetwister 1E Rare 35.35
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 33.95
Ethereal Forager C20 Rare 33.86
Underground Sea ME4 Rare 32.37
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 32.37
Misty Rainforest ZNE Mythic 32.37
Wooded Foothills ZNE Mythic 32.35
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 32.18
Scalding Tarn ZNE Mythic 31.01
Verdant Catacombs EXP Mythic 30.9
Mox Diamond ST Rare 30.62
Verdant Catacombs MM3 Rare 29.72
Ancient Tomb ZNE Mythic 28.8
Scalding Tarn EXP Mythic 28.72
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 28.39
Cavern of Souls MM3 Mythic 28.11
Polluted Delta ZNE Mythic 27.27
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 26.41
Verdant Catacombs ZEN Rare 26.37
Lord Windgrace PZ2 Mythic 26.32
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 26.18
Ancient Tomb EXP Mythic 26.04
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 25.76
Elder Gargaroth M21 Mythic 25.69
Ancient Tomb TE Uncommon 25.64
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 25.61
Estrid's Invocation PZ2 Rare 25.59
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic 25.57
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 25.23
City of Traitors TPR Rare 25.05
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 25.01
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 25
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 $29,335.  Last week Pete sent me the number as well, just in case I needed it, and it was $28,418.  We've gained a bit in the week that followed, going up $917.
 
In Closing

In case you don't follow me on Twitter, or PureMTGO on Twitter, and come here the past two Friday afternoons expecting to see a new State of the Program and not seeing one, you wouldn't have known that I had Covid.  That is where I have been the past couple of weeks.  I had a mild case, as did my ex wife, and my son who also had it was under the weather for a couple of days.  We're all much better now, I'm still recovering a bit, but it was the most sick I have ever been in my 40 years of life.  This virus is no joke, and has led to me and my mother being quarantined by the health department until April 6th.  I've missed a weekend with my son, but I should be able to get my next weekend with him next week.  I never had issues with my lungs during this, coughing was mild at best, but the aches and pains and fatigue that I felt for 16 days was unbelivably bad. 

Thankfully my mother got the vaccine for it before I caught it.  I did wear a mask and isolate from her to keep her safe as possible. 

Get your vaccine, wear your mask, wash your hands, be safe, this virus is not a lot of fun to go through. 

When I wasn't asleep I was playing Final Fantasy Record Keeper or AFK Arena.  I wasn't getting out of bed or trying to sit up for anything. 

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