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Hammie’s The State of the Program for August 10th

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

News and Discussion Items:

The Blog this Week: Not a lot this week. M13 Release events continue. MOCS Season 9 is starting. The participation foil is an alternative art Thawing Glaciers. Wizards also notes that there will be a lot of Magic going on at Gencon. Duh – that’s why I’m headed that way shortly.   
 
M13 Release Events Ongoing: The M13 Release will run through August 15th. Wizards will the typical of mix regular drafts and sealed – 14 TIX for a draft (all three types), and 24 TIX for a 6 pack sealed in the release events room, and larger sealed and drafts events in the Scheduled events room. Details here.
 
MOCS Season 7 Recap Video: I missed this initially, but it is worth a note. Rashad Miller created a 12 minute video recapping the Top 8 draft and play from the most recent MOCs Championship. The video is here. On the downside, the format is dead: it was an Avacyn Restored draft. On the up side, the video is well done, and we can only hope Rashad does some of these for the constructed MOCS Champs.
 
Kibler’s Reaction to the New Interface: Another bit of old news I missed the first time around: Brian Kibler was streaming his initial experiences with the new interface, during the Sneak Peak event. The video is here. It is 2 hours, but if you want an overview of the new interface, and want to hear what Brian liked and disliked, it is worth a view. It also includes an interesting Cube draft.
 
Nominations for the 2012 Community Cup Challenge are open: The Community Cup Challenge – the Erik Firborg Memorial Tournament – returns this fall. Wizards is looking for nominations for the community team. The link is here, and details here. Check out my last week’s article for a lot more info on the nomination process, including the MTGO names of a lot of players (you need the names to nominate.)
 
Classic Quarter, et.al., Hosting PRE Series: This year, the Classic Community will hold four league events – each one with open enrollment, Swiss Pairings, and one week for players to play out their match in the round. The four leagues will also serve as qualifiers for an invitational event next year. Details are here. Check out Yawgmoth’s Soap Opera and Keya’s article series for more details. DECKLISTS ARE DUE SATURDAY, AUGUST 11th.
 
HammyBot: HammyBot was created to sell the late Erik Friborg’s MTGO collection to raise money for his widow and son. HammyBot is a great way to get cards while supporting the family of someone who supported the community. Here’s an update on the Bot, plus a note on a cool card that I saw on HammyBot – one I did not buy.
 
            Cards left on HammyBot: 30,913
TIX raised so far: 3,553
            Cool HammyBot card of the week: a playset of Doomsdays.
 

Investment Project Update:

I sold the Thalia, Guardian of Thraben and one Craterhoof Behemoth for a profit. I have 7.5 TIX to spend. What should I buy now?
 

Tournaments:

Thursday Night Magic Online (TNMO) for the upcoming week (August 16th): M13 Draft. This is a chance to try out the new format, for cheap, and score an alternative art (Jace’s Ingenuity) at the same time. Just remember - the price is just 5 TIX, but you don’t keep the cards. If you are interested in keeping new M13 cards next Thursday, consider a release event. They will cost a bit more, but you can keep those nice shiny new M13 cards. 
 
Let’s look at the Constructed Tournaments breakdown for the week of August 1st  through August 7th.   128 constructed events fired this week, which is pretty good considering that the M13 Prerelease events were also running this week. The number of Legacy events went up again. Sweet!   
 
Format
Fired
Format
Fired
Standard
43
Modern
21
Pauper
19
Classic
0
Innistrad Block Const.
39
Legacy
6
         
 FYI: I got the number fired from the list of results, here.    
 

Cutting Edge Tech:

Standard: UW Delver is returning to dominance. Most are UW, but I have played against UB and UWB versions recently. However, at the SCG Open in DC, a Wolf Run deck splashing blue got the win. UW Delver was second. Not much else is doing all that well online, but the BUG Pod list did manage to win out in couple of MTGO events.
 
Wolf Run Blue
Reid Duke, Winner, SCG Open Washington DC
Creatures
1 Snapcaster Mage
2 Phantasmal Image
2 Frost Titan
4 Primeval Titan
3 Solemn Simulacrum
12 cards

Other Spells
2 Thragtusk
2 Cavern of Souls
4 Temporal Mastery
3 Bonfire of the Damned
1 Blasphemous Act
4 Ponder
4 Farseek
4 Rampant Growth
22 cards
Lands
1 Kessig Wolf Run
4 Hinterland Harbor
1 Inkmoth Nexus
4 Glimmerpost
4 Copperline Gorge
1 Mountain
5 Forest
4 Island
24 cards

kessig wolf run

 

 

UW Delver
Charles Gindy, Second Place, SCG Open, Washington DC
Creatures
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Geist of Saint Traft
3 Hero of Bladehold
4 Snapcaster Mage
15 cards

Other Spells
3 Cavern of Souls
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Gut Shot
3 Mana Leak
2 Mental Misstep
1 Mutagenic Growth
4 Ponder
2 Thought Scour
4 Vapor Snag
24 other spells
27 cards
Lands
4 Glacial Fortress
9 Island
1 Plains
4 Seachrome Coast
18 cards

Gut Shot

 

 
 
Innistrad Block Constructed: ISD Block is looking solved. The winning decks from last week’s PE is pretty close to those I have been posting for the last couple weeks: RG splashing B and/or W for good stuff. 
 
Pauper: It has been a while since I played any Pauper, and have not followed the metagame all that closely, but I did find one new deck. Is mono-white really a thing? 
 
Mono White Aggro
Viniciusc, 4-0, Pauper Daily #4150992 on 08/08/2012
Creatures
2 Benevolent Bodyguard
1 Doomed Traveler
3 Guardian of the Guildpact
4 Icatian Javelineers
4 Kor Skyfisher
2 Leonin Skyhunter
3 Loyal Cathar
4 Razor Golem
4 Squadron Hawk
3 Suture Priest
30 cards

Other Spells
3 Bonesplitter
4 Journey to Nowhere
2 Prismatic Strands
9 cards
Lands
21 Plains
21 cards

Guardian of the Guildpact

 

 

Modern:   For more on Modern, see Blippy’s latest. He knows more about the format than I do.
 
Legacy: StarCity ran a Legacy Open in DC last weekend. The Top 8 was a mix of RUG Delver and Maverick. Not that exciting, so I am leaving up the Doomsday list from last week. Note that Hammybot has Doomsdays…
 
RUG Delver
Travis Gibson, Winner, SCG Legacy Open, Washington DC
Creatures
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Tarmogoyf
3 Grim Lavamancer
4 Nimble Mongoose
15 cards

Other Spells
2 Thought Scour
1 Forked Bolt
4 Spell Pierce
4 Ponder
1 Fire/Ice
4 Daze
4 Brainstorm
3 Force of Will
4 Lightning Bolt
27 cards
Lands
4 Misty Rainforest
4 Scalding Tarn
4 Wasteland
3 Volcanic Island
3 Tropical Island
18 cards

Nimble Mongoose
 

 

 
Classic: no Classic events fired, but since Classic should start paying out in M13 packs – packs that people actually want – that might change. I hope. More importantly, the folks over at Classic Quarter have improved their Classic league offering. This year, they will hold four league events – each one with open enrollment, Swiss Pairings, and one week for players to play out their match in the round. The four leagues will also serve as qualifiers for an invitational event next year. Details are here.
 

Card Prices:  

Notes: All my prices come from MTGOTraders.com. For cards that are available in multiple sets, I am quoting the most recent set’s price. Thus, the price I’m quoting for Primeval Titan is from M12. If I list a card as out of stock, don’t assume you can’t buy it.  MTGOTraders stocks their Bots first, so the MTGOTraders Bots: mtgotradersbot, mtgotradersbot2,mtgotradersbot3, mtgotradersbot4, mtgotradersbot5, CardCaddy and CardWareHouse. These Bots often have the cards in stock even when the online store shows as out. Now, on to prices.
 
Standard prices are all over the place. M13 cards are crashing – for the most part – and Avacyn Restored cards are climbing. It is almost worth drafting Avacyn Restored now – the expected value of busting an AVR pack is about $1.96.  
 
Standard & Block Cards
Price
In Stock?
Last Week
Change
% Change
$21.00
Y
$20.48
$0.52
3%
$7.47
Y
$9.85
($2.38)
-24%
$10.64
Y
$11.62
($0.98)
-8%
$23.25
N
$23.86
($0.61)
-3%
$9.50
Y
$6.40
$3.10
48%
$45.47
Y
$33.26
$12.21
37%
$15.78
Y
$14.25
$1.53
11%
$12.62
Y
$12.46
$0.16
1%
$7.99
Y
$6.62
$1.37
21%
$15.38
Y
$15.95
($0.57)
-4%
$12.54
Y
$13.72
($1.18)
-9%
$3.96
Y
$5.35
($1.39)
-26%
$20.47
Y
$24.25
($3.78)
-16%
$17.42
Y
$17.88
($0.46)
-3%
$9.94
Y
$7.25
$2.69
37%
$9.28
Y
$8.90
$0.38
4%
$7.34
Y
$9.14
($1.80)
-20%
$8.24
Y
$7.48
$0.76
10%
$15.53
Y
$15.00
$0.53
4%
$11.84
Y
$14.35
($2.51)
-17%
$13.52
Y
$18.67
($5.15)
-28%
$11.67
Y
$9.18
$2.49
27%
$9.80
Y
$9.42
$0.38
4%
$9.62
N
$12.88
($3.26)
-25%
$3.20
Y
$9.41
($6.21)
-66%
$9.85
Y
$10.30
($0.45)
-4%
$9.05
Y
$12.21
($3.16)
-26%
$14.31
Y
$13.21
$1.10
8%
Modern prices are adjusting – but pretty stable. A few cards are up, a few cards are down. Kiki-Jiki, though, has crashed. 
 
Modern Cards
Price
In Stock?
Last Week
Change
% Change
$13.00
Y
$13.23
($0.23)
-2%
$7.04
Y
$6.84
$0.20
3%
$24.60
Y
$20.19
$4.41
22%
$25.78
Y
$24.89
$0.89
4%
$6.74
N
$6.27
$0.47
7%
$4.46
Y
$4.30
$0.16
4%
$8.96
Y
$9.34
($0.38)
-4%
$12.63
Y
$12.63
$0.00
0%
$59.58
Y
$57.63
$1.95
3%
$15.59
Y
$13.78
$1.81
13%
$10.40
Y
$10.00
$0.40
4%
$14.04
Y
$14.78
($0.74)
-5%
$22.40
Y
$23.93
($1.53)
-6%
$13.39
Y
$15.32
($1.93)
-13%
$28.25
Y
$25.44
$2.81
11%
$11.66
Y
$16.22
($4.56)
-28%
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
$14.67
Y
$14.67
$0.00
0%
Force of Will is dropping again, but overall prices are generally flat. The impact of the Invasion block drafts is continuing to be felt. 
 
Legacy / Classic Cards
Price
In Stock?
Last Week
Change
% Change
$113.08
Y
$102.42
$10.66
10%
$97.58
Y
$97.58
$0.00
0%
Vampiric Tutor
$44.47
Y
$44.47
$0.00
0%
$29.43
Y
$29.43
$0.00
0%
$39.54
Y
$40.60
($1.06)
-3%
$34.27
Y
$34.27
$0.00
0%
$37.87
Y
$37.87
$0.00
0%
$33.88
Y
$35.05
($1.17)
-3%
$20.07
Y
$20.82
($0.75)
-4%
$26.51
Y
$30.00
($3.49)
-12%
$27.48
Y
$25.21
$2.27
9%
$13.36
Y
$13.36
$0.00
0%
$19.00
Y
$19.00
$0.00
0%
$25.84
Y
$28.00
($2.16)
-8%
$19.65
Y
$19.65
$0.00
0%
$36.54
Y
$36.54
$0.00
0%
$12.57
Y
$12.57
$0.00
0%
$15.24
Y
$15.24
$0.00
0%
$15.75
Y
$15.75
$0.00
0%
$7.84
Y
$8.52
($0.68)
-8%
$11.46
Y
$11.46
$0.00
0%
$26.22
Y
$26.22
$0.00
0%
$17.95
Y
$17.95
$0.00
0%
(Phyrexian Dreadnought)
$15.46
Y
$15.46
$0.00
0%
$43.84
N
$43.84
$0.00
0%
Pauper prices are, as always, bouncing around a bit. 
 
Pauper Cards
Price
In Stock?
Last Week
Change
% Change
$3.22
Y
$3.22
$0.00
0%
$1.48
Y
$1.88
($0.40)
-21%
$0.40
Y
$0.36
$0.04
11%
$2.39
Y
$2.39
$0.00
0%
$1.33
Y
$1.65
($0.32)
-19%
$3.29
Y
$4.26
($0.97)
-23%
$4.66
Y
$4.42
$0.24
5%
$8.28
Y
$7.00
$1.28
18%
$0.64
Y
$3.68
($3.04)
-83%
$7.88
Y
$8.11
($0.23)
-3%
$1.00
Y
$0.52
$0.48
92%
$3.81
Y
$3.81
$0.00
0%
$4.70
N
$4.47
$0.23
5%
$2.50
Y
$3.19
($0.69)
-22%
$2.66
Y
$1.79
$0.87
49%
$1.68
N
$1.68
$0.00
0%
$1.58
Y
$1.35
$0.23
17%
$0.95
Y
$0.95
$0.00
0%

The Good Stuff:

This is this week’s list of the non-foil, non-premium cards on MTGO that cost more than $25 each. That’s over $100 per playset. (okay, a playset of Vampiric Tutors is technically one in any sanctioned format, but I don’t care.)  Here’s this week’s list of MTGO gold:
 
Card
Rarity
Set
Price
Force of Will
R
MED
 $ 113.08
Lion's Eye Diamond
R
MI
 $    97.58
Tarmogoyf
R
FUT
 $    59.58
Bonfire of the Damned
M
AVR
 $    45.47
Vampiric Tutor
R
VI
 $    44.47
Rishadan Port
R
MM
 $    43.84
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
M
WWK
 $    39.54
Null Rod
R
WL
 $    37.87
Gaea's Cradle
R
UZ
 $    36.54
Wasteland
U
TE
 $    34.27
Vindicate
R
AP
 $    33.88
Misdirection
R
MM
 $    33.24
Underground Sea
R
ME4
 $    29.43
Scavenging Ooze
R
CMD
 $    28.43
Underground Sea
R
ME2
 $    28.36
Mutavault
R
MOR
 $    28.25
Show and Tell
R
UZ
 $    27.48
Figure of Destiny
R
PRM
 $    27.27
Tangle Wire
R
NE
 $    26.22
Hallowed Fountain
R
DIS
 $    25.78
Vedalken Shackles
R
5DN
 $    25.67
Pernicious Deed
R
AP
 $    25.54
Tundra
R
ME4
 $    25.35
And the big number: $7,761. That is what it would cost to buy one copy of every non-foil card worth $0.05 or more on MTGO, at retail, from MTGOtraders.com as of last Wednesday. This number includes duplicates – for example, the big number includes the prices of half a dozen different Jace Berelens. The big number is up, slightly, since last week. 
 

Weekly Highlights:

On vacation with family this week. Not much Magic being played.
 
PRJ
 
“one million words” on MTGO. 
 

 

 

8 Comments

Classic PRE by enderfall at Fri, 08/10/2012 - 13:45
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For anyone interested, I have provided a (fairly) comprehensive list of all the decks in Classic. I'm missing a few decks, but this should be a great start for anyone looking to jump back into Classic for this tournament.

http://www.mtgoacademy.com/unlocking-the-vault-30-upping-the-ante/

great stuff man was looking by JustSin at Fri, 08/10/2012 - 16:38
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great stuff man was looking for something like that if I get time to join in!

Just so no one gets confused, by joekewwl at Sat, 08/11/2012 - 11:53
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Just so no one gets confused, the voting stage of the CCC for this year is closed. I hope everyone got their votes in.

$45 bonfire is crazy! That by Psychobabble at Sun, 08/12/2012 - 20:26
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$45 bonfire is crazy! That card is so hot, it's funny looking at some of the speculation from back in the day about the card eg. the starcitygames article which pegs it as a $10 card, along with Tibalt! The other card I can't believe atm is gut shot, it's incredible that an UNCOMMON with only 2 months left in standard is trading at almost 5tix. If you have a stash of those you're laughing atm.

If anyone's interested in doing some short term speculation, watch out for quirion dryad. It's selling out all over the place and realistically is worth at least 0.8 tix maybe more, with people experimenting with a phyrexian-heavy UG delver build (got featured on the mothership and went 4-0 in a daily recently). Hinterland harbor is also one of the few M13 duals that's got any value atm, I'm guessing on the back of that deck.

Hinterland Harbor isn't in by Paul Leicht at Mon, 08/13/2012 - 00:27
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Hinterland Harbor isn't in M13 but Innestrad.

oops, that makes more sense by Psychobabble at Mon, 08/13/2012 - 01:21
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oops, that makes more sense then.

a by ImBrianFellows at Wed, 08/15/2012 - 18:30
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Something like by Paul Leicht at Wed, 08/15/2012 - 18:31
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Something like this:

http://www.starcitygames.com/magic/legacy/24323_Revisiting_Zombies_In_Le...
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