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State of the Program for April 30th, 2021
 
In the News

Pioneer Cube:  Tom LaPille made the Pioneer Cube, and you can read about it here

Secret Lair Issues:  Turns out that there were production issues that kept Heliod from joining the Valentines Day Secret Lair that the God was supposed to be a part of.  WotC has ordered an expediated print of them, and will get them to the people that ordered them as soon as possible.  To apologize for the mistake, WotC will also include five extra copies of the Goblin Token with the Heliod shipment and gave effected customers a 20 dollar off coupon for another Secret Lair. 
 

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 2ne, 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 28th - Pioneer Cube
May 5th - Emma Handy's Proliferate Cube returns!
May 12th - Legacy Cube
May 26th - New Cube

April 30th - Strixhaven Sealed Super Qualifier
May 1st - Pioneer Super Qualifier
May 1st - Modern Showcase Qualifier
May 2nd - Legacy Showcase Qualifier
May 3rd - Modern 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: I spent the past couple of days updating my decks on MTGO.  I don't actually play Standard on there because Arena has taken that spot, but while looking for Modern, Pauper and Pioneer decks I saw what felt like a lot more Strixhaven cards seeing play in those formats than they are in Standard right now.  Beyond the Prismari stuff, it's been a struggle for me to find Strixhaven cards in a Standard list.  The best decks in the format, stuff like Naya Adventures, Temr Adventures or Dimir Rogues didn't add anything from the set and other decks like Prismari Dragons seem to be on the tier below them.  Maybe the problem isn't with Strixhaven, but with Throne of Eldraine.  The possibility that I am missing the contributions of the set in stuff like Silverquill Humans or Winota decks exists as well. 


Historic:  Historic was shaken up the most from the newest set. While it added Strixhaven, getting most of the Archive as new to the format cards is what really "helped" Historic out. A "preprint" from Modern Horizons 2 shines in this Marvel build.


LegacyExpressive Iteration is an interesting card to see for me in this Delver list. 


Modern: Elite Spellbinder was a card that I thought would fit in to Humans or Death and Taxes quite nicely.  It's done pretty well in this Modern build so far!


PauperThrilling Discovery is something I am really happy about reaching Pauper.  It feels like there has been a small effort in recent sets to help Pauper out a bit more. 


Pioneer:  There is a lot of Strixhaven hanging out in this Pioneer deck! 

Vintage: Someone said on Twitter that Sedgemoor Witch was the new Monastery Mentor.  Heck if you get on the site and search for the witch you see a lot of people excited about it in Historic, Legacy, Modern and Vintage.  Seems to be a fine card!



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - TrincoTeq - Elves
Saturday Modern - hoveydw - Mono Red Prowess
Saturday Pauper - Pucione - Wall Combo
Saturday Pioneer - claudioh - Bring to Niv
Saturday Standard -  Thommimp - Sultai Midrange
Saturday Vintage - MaxMagicer

Sunday Legacy - HJ_Kaiser - Temur Delver
Sunday Modern - Laplasjan - Gruul Pillage
Sunday Pauper - HouseOfManaMTG - Wall Cascade
Sunday Pioneer - onewaygarden - Rakdos Arcanist
Sunday Standard - Graciasportanto - Naya Adventures
Sunday Vintage - ecobaronen

Other Event Winners

Time Spiral Remastered Sealed Qualifier - Phill_Hellmuth
Strixhaven Sealed Qualifier - CReactor


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: Four new cards from Strixhaven made it on to the list.  Sedgemoor Witch is seeing some Vintage play (Hope you checked out Cutting Edge Tech!) and the others are seeing smaller amounts of play.  Looking forward to seeing what people do with Velomachus Lorehold in the near future! 
Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $25.14 $27.59 ($2.45) -9%
Bonecrusher Giant $8.90 $8.56 $0.34 4%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $12.66 $16.27 ($3.61) -22%
Shark Typhoon $9.57 $12.47 ($2.90) -23%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $13.44 $12.21 $1.23 10%
Valki, God of Lies $51.36 $46.53 $4.83 10%
Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider $12.13 $10.89 $1.24 11%
Goldspan Dragon $16.18 $16.00 $0.18 1%
Alrund's Epiphany $6.46 $6.75 ($0.29) -4%
Esika, God of the Tree $6.16 $7.23 ($1.07) -15%
Koma, Cosmos Serpent $6.39 $6.33 $0.06 1%
Halvar, God of Battle $4.95 $5.56 ($0.61) -11%
Elder Gargaroth $14.47 $17.81 ($3.34) -19%
Stormwing Entity $5.79 $6.40 ($0.61) -10%
Prismari Command $14.82 $46.93 ($32.11) -68%
Galazeth Prismari $6.38 $13.26 ($6.88) -52%
Magma Opus $10.18 $6.25 $3.93 63%
Elite Spellbinder $5.85 $6.13 ($0.28) -5%
Professor Onyx $8.53 $5.74 $2.79 49%
Sedgemoor Witch $8.09


Vanishing Verse $6.40


Velomachus Lorehold $6.37


Beledros Witherbloom $6.14


Rowan, Scholar of Sparks $5.67 $5.31 $0.36 7%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 9.81 11.49 ($1.68) -15%
Klothys, God of Destiny 10.29 9.68 $0.61 6%
Ox of Agonas 7.48 8.45 ($0.97) -11%
Scourge of the Skyclaves $40.46 $44.21 ($3.75) -8%
Turntimber Symbiosis $11.86 $13.09 ($1.23) -9%
Agadeem's Awakening $7.34 $7.85 ($0.51) -6%
Skyclave Apparition $23.38 $27.68 ($4.30) -16%
Shatterskull Smashing $6.21 $6.84 ($0.63) -9%
Modern Staples:  A couple of cards fell under the 5 dollar mark in Modern this week, but it's a bit to early to take them off. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $20.09 $22.90 ($2.81) -12%
Steelshaper's Gift $12.11 $13.98 ($1.87) -13%
Engineered Explosives $6.96 $6.92 $0.04 1%
Cavern of Souls $22.70 $19.63 $3.07 16%
Mishra's Bauble $16.26 $16.49 ($0.23) -1%
Noble Hierarch $5.80 $5.69 $0.11 2%
Aether Vial $15.98 $15.10 $0.88 6%
Trinisphere $5.14 $5.52 ($0.38) -7%
Horizon Canopy $10.81 $9.28 $1.53 16%
Tarmogoyf $7.08 $5.74 $1.34 23%
Liliana of the Veil $11.85 $14.88 ($3.03) -20%
Snapcaster Mage $5.01 $5.59 ($0.58) -10%
Polluted Delta $13.72 $10.41 $3.31 32%
Wooded Foothills $10.77 $9.88 $0.89 9%
Flooded Strand $8.04 $8.09 ($0.05) -1%
Bloodstained Mire $8.79 $8.90 ($0.11) -1%
Windswept Heath $8.51 $7.83 $0.68 9%
Thoughtseize $7.83 $8.06 ($0.23) -3%
Cryptic Command $5.86 $6.31 ($0.45) -7%
Elvish Reclaimer $11.33 $11.14 $0.19 2%
Force of Negation $75.73 $78.99 ($3.26) -4%
Wrenn and Six $58.54 $66.59 ($8.05) -12%
Prismatic Vista $11.85 $14.46 ($2.61) -18%
Sunbaked Canyon $19.56 $20.80 ($1.24) -6%
Seasoned Pyromancer $33.69 $29.43 $4.26 14%
Fiery Islet $10.10 $12.09 ($1.99) -16%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $6.47 $6.50 ($0.03) 0%
Plague Engineer $11.53 $11.30 $0.23 2%
Force of Vigor $15.44 $13.65 $1.79 13%
Giver of Runes $6.60 $7.03 ($0.43) -6%
Flusterstorm $8.00 $7.61 $0.39 5%
Archmage's Charm $12.05 $11.07 $0.98 9%
Ranger-Captain of Eos $6.78 $6.80 ($0.02) 0%
Hexdrinker $24.20 $30.11 ($5.91) -20%
Ice-Fang Coatl $7.49 $6.25 $1.24 20%
Nurturing Peatland $4.52 $5.05 ($0.53) -10%
Silent Clearing $4.90 $5.12 ($0.22) -4%
Kaya's Guile $6.88 $9.26 ($2.38) -26%
Chalice of the Void $10.10 $8.10 $2.00 25%
Surgical Extraction $14.58 $15.63 ($1.05) -7%
Karn Liberated $6.98 $8.62 ($1.64) -19%
Dismember $4.57 $5.26 ($0.69) -13%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $10.30 $10.24 $0.06 1%
Wurmcoil Engine $6.50 $6.70 ($0.20) -3%
Ensnaring Bridge $8.95 $8.83 $0.12 1%
Teferi, Time Raveler $33.83 $31.85 $1.98 6%
Gemstone Mine $11.19 $12.60 ($1.41) -11%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $10.53 $11.34 ($0.81) -7%
Scalding Tarn $19.31 $17.71 $1.60 9%
Verdant Catacombs $19.25 $23.63 ($4.38) -19%
Misty Rainforest $214.00 $19.07 $194.93 1022%
Arid Mesa $10.89 $11.17 ($0.28) -3%
Marsh Flats $5.31 $4.07 $1.24 30%
Eternal Staples:  Same goes this week with the Eternal staples.  Nothing falling out yet, but they might be soon
Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Hullbreacher $75.25 $91.13 ($15.88) -17%
Opposition Agent $37.39 $36.61 $0.78 2%
Jeweled Lotus $17.48 $19.77 ($2.29) -12%
Dark Depths $5.49 $5.35 $0.14 3%
City of Traitors $45.90 $40.90 $5.00 12%
Sphere of Resistance $6.49 $7.99 ($1.50) -19%
Monastery Mentor $8.71 $9.05 ($0.34) -4%
Allosaurus Shepherd $30.23 $31.52 ($1.29) -4%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $6.83 $7.39 ($0.56) -8%
Force of Will $73.49 $70.19 $3.30 5%
Karakas $11.25 $9.90 $1.35 14%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $48.14 $49.61 ($1.47) -3%
Demonic Tutor $16.73 $16.52 $0.21 1%
Unmask $11.37 $12.48 ($1.11) -9%
Misdirection $11.08 $11.13 ($0.05) 0%
Rishadan Port $19.64 $17.85 $1.79 10%
Snuff Out $12.33 $12.44 ($0.11) -1%
Submerge $21.23 $20.38 $0.85 4%
Daze $14.33 $13.76 $0.57 4%
Entomb $8.45 $8.59 ($0.14) -2%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $49.79 $46.10 $3.69 8%
Mox Diamond $35.27 $34.21 $1.06 3%
Wasteland $80.38 $68.37 $12.01 18%
Ancient Tomb $22.49 $24.51 ($2.02) -8%
Lotus Petal $23.91 $25.37 ($1.46) -6%
Earthcraft $6.26 $7.33 ($1.07) -15%
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath $7.12 $6.58 $0.54 8%
Grim Monolith $19.23 $19.27 ($0.04) 0%
Exploration $12.87 $13.31 ($0.44) -3%
Gaea's Cradle $24.43 $20.56 $3.87 19%
Carpet of Flowers $33.28 $33.31 ($0.03) 0%
Gilded Drake $13.50 $13.61 ($0.11) -1%
Black Lotus $14.49 $18.44 ($3.95) -21%
Tropical Island $12.13 $12.26 ($0.13) -1%
Volcanic Island $12.78 $9.23 $3.55 38%
Underground Sea $15.05 $16.92 ($1.87) -11%
Mox Jet $5.31 $5.53 ($0.22) -4%
Mox Sapphire $4.88 $5.33 ($0.45) -8%
Null Rod $10.42 $9.36 $1.06 11%
Doomsday $25.64 $25.12 $0.52 2%
Paradigm Shift $11.37 $11.59 ($0.22) -2%
Mindbreak Trap $8.67 $11.26 ($2.59) -23%
Pioneer Staples:  There seems to have been a dip downward in all the formats this week. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Soul-Scar Mage $7.65 $6.11 $1.54 25%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $7.38 $10.52 ($3.14) -30%
Collected Company $8.31 $7.33 $0.98 13%
Kolaghan's Command $4.84 $5.26 ($0.42) -8%
Liliana, the Last Hope $6.53 $6.19 $0.34 5%
Collective Brutality $4.51 $5.07 ($0.56) -11%
Assassin's Trophy $4.46 $5.51 ($1.05) -19%
Arclight Phoenix $5.60 $5.28 $0.32 6%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $6.78 $7.18 ($0.40) -6%
Spirebluff Canal $5.58 $4.84 $0.74 15%
Golos, Tireless Pilgrim $6.85 $7.31 ($0.46) -6%
Kozilek's Return $7.38 $6.42 $0.96 15%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $7.07 $7.21 ($0.14) -2%
Karn, the Great Creator $43.50 $36.06 $7.44 21%
Blast Zone $12.73 $8.18 $4.55 56%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $16.63 $15.72 $0.91 6%
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 $56.79 $62.83 ($6.04) -10%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $48.81 $53.72 ($4.91) -9%
Kaldheim $169.86 $162.53 $7.33 5%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $137.52 $146.26 ($8.74) -6%
Strixhaven: School of Mages Booster $3.23 $3.29 ($0.06) -2%
Theros Beyond Death $94.41 $92.58 $1.83 2%
Throne of Eldraine $134.51 $137.71 ($3.20) -2%
Treasure Chest $2.49 $2.48 $0.01 0%
Zendikar Rising $134.23 $145.40 ($11.17) -8%


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 159.49
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
Wasteland TE Uncommon 80.38
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 75.73
Mox Jet 1E Rare 75.39
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 75.25
Force of Will MED Rare 73.49
Time Walk 1E Rare 68.36
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 67.84
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 65.75
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 64.98
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 64.03
Wasteland TPR Rare 62.74
Wasteland EXP Mythic 61.85
Verdant Catacombs ZNE Mythic 59.46
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 58.54
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 54.54
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 54.16
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 54.09
Wasteland EMA Rare 51.94
Valki, God of Lies KHM Mythic 51.36
Ethereal Forager C20 Rare 50.89
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow PZ2 Rare 49.79
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale ME3 Rare 48.14
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 46.79
City of Traitors EX Rare 45.9
Force of Will VMA Rare 45.88
City of Traitors TPR Rare 44.11
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 43.88
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 43.67
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 43.5
Force of Will EMA Mythic 43.16
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 42.74
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 42.61
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 42.6
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 41.43
Scourge of the Skyclaves ZNR Mythic 40.46
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 40.25
Underground Sea ME4 Rare 38.78
Underground Sea ME2 Rare 37.94
Opposition Agent CMR Rare 37.39
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 35.77
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 35.47
Mox Diamond ST Rare 35.27
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 34.93
Verdant Catacombs EXP Mythic 34.75
Timetwister 1E Rare 34.66
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 34.34
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 34.32
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 33.83
Seasoned Pyromancer MH1 Mythic 33.69
Carpet of Flowers UZ Uncommon 33.28
Wooded Foothills ZNE Mythic 31.97
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 31.71
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 31.27
Ancient Tomb ZNE Mythic 30.69
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 30.23
Auriok Champion IMA Rare 29.62
Scalding Tarn EXP Mythic 29.6
Scalding Tarn ZNE Mythic 28.81
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 28.21
Misty Rainforest ZNE Mythic 28.02
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 27.02
Cavern of Souls MM3 Mythic 26.86
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 26.41
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 26.41
Ancient Tomb EXP Mythic 26.08
Jeska's Will CMR Rare 26.03
Lotus Petal MS2 Bonus 25.82
Doomsday WL Rare 25.64
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic 25.57
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 25.29
Misty Rainforest EXP Mythic 25.19
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 25.14
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.


 
In Closing

The qualifying rounds for the next Pokemon Players cup are going on now.  You basically have 50 tournaments to climb a leaderboard.  So far I am keeping pace to get an invite, but because I got my Strixhaven and Commander orders in Wednesday, I haven't played any since Tuesday.  Gonna spend a lot of time on Pokemon this weekend I think.

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