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State of the Program for August 13th, 2021
 
In the News

Temur Cube:  It's been up for a couple of days on MTGO, but you can read about it and see the cardlist here

Modern Horizons 2: This news is from last time.  Draft and Sealed leagues are back and are scheduled to run until September 9th, when Innistrad: Midnight Hunt comes to MTGO.  Also the four limited premier events are switching from Forgotten Realms to Modern Horizons 2 based formats. 

Super Qualifiers:  Saturday is for Limited, while Sunday's is for Modern. 
 

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
September 8th, 2021
Constructed Leagues End
Ends September 7th, 2021
Sealed Leagues End
Ends September 8th, 2021
Next B&R
Unknown
D&D Redemption
Begins August 11, 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:

August 11th:  Ellie Rice's Temur Cube
August 18th:  Ryan Saxe's Classic Cube
August 25th:  Legacy Cube Featuring Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
 
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:  Sometimes when you're doing an incredibly poor job of being adult on an early Thursday morning, you get to be awake when what looks like an incredibly fun deck cross your twitter feed. This Orzhov snow deck by Charizard_James Rutherford was retweeted by Robert Taylor around 3 am, which was just about the time I was digging in headfirst into a bowl of ice cream.  Following Robert is great, because not only do you get to see some sweet lists, but you also get concise breakdowns of events on MTGMelee.  Anyways, this Orzhov list looks to learn in the early game and take advantage of Blood on the Snow to clear the board and bring back something neat.  James was kind enough to tweet a deck tracker for the matchups, and made a video for it, which you can see here


Historic: While Jumpstart Historic Horizons is taking a few more weeks to come out, we are still playing with a dead format.  I'm not excited to have so many Modern cards added to the format, and am even less excited for the digital only ones, I just wish Wizards of the Coast would figure out the purpose of Arena and stick to it, but it doesn't really matter what I want, because what I want out of digital Magic is just a nicer looking MTGO.  Besides I am not the target audience for Arena, and I am okay with that.  Anyways, here is a Dragons list from the last deck dump.  It has Tiamat in it. 


Legacy:  I take a week off, don't pay any attention at all to Magic, and suddenly Minotaur tribal is in Legacy?  I need to Didgeridoo myself a favor and see how much fun it is play this deck myself right? 


ModernHardened Scales is a fun artifact based aggro deck that hits hard and fast.  It takes full advantage of some of the toys from Modern Horizons 2 gave us, but maybe it misses Mox Opal just a bit still? 


Pauper:  It's nice to see the Inside Out combo deck still kinda doing work in Pauper, despite well, everything about the format. 


Pioneer:  Is it really bad if we do a second Dragon deck this week?





 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - Not Reported
Saturday Modern - starfall - Hammertime
Saturday Pauper - Oscar_Franco - Dimir Control
Saturday Pioneer - DarkestMage - Azorius Ensoul
Saturday Standard -  rastaf - Gruul Adventures
Saturday Vintage - Showcase Challenge

Sunday Legacy - Showcase Challenge
Sunday Modern - Voltzwagon - Living End
Sunday Pauper - Misplacedginger - Dimir Control
Sunday Pioneer - Chefen - Bant Spirits
Sunday Standard - Rooney56 - Naya Adventures
Sunday Vintage - Tsubasa_Cat

Other Event Winners

Legacy Showcase
- nathansteuer - Izzet Delver
Vintage Showcase -
Ozymandias


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:   A lot of cards from Forgotten Realms came on the list after my week away. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Demilich $20.01 $21.62 ($1.61) -7%
The Book of Exalted Deeds $9.40 $9.40 $0.00 0%
Acererak the Archlich $14.87 $11.49 $3.38 29%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $13.14 $8.23 $4.91 60%
Iymrith, Desert Doom $5.08 $4.85 $0.23 5%
Minsc, Beloved Ranger $7.80


Ebondeath, Dracolich $6.46


Old Gnawbone $6.38


Tiamat $5.32


Xanathar, Guild Kingpin $5.26


Brazen Borrower $29.97 $28.27 $1.70 6%
Bonecrusher Giant $7.99 $7.37 $0.62 8%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $10.08 $5.62 $4.46 79%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $15.60 $12.85 $2.75 21%
Shark Typhoon $6.37 $7.45 ($1.08) -14%
Raugrin Triome $6.20 $5.42 $0.78 14%
Valki, God of Lies $23.72 $47.63 ($23.91) -50%
Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider $4.35 $6.82 ($2.47) -36%
Goldspan Dragon $9.64 $10.04 ($0.40) -4%
Alrund's Epiphany $2.91 $6.23 ($3.32) -53%
Koma, Cosmos Serpent $4.34 $5.46 ($1.12) -21%
Halvar, God of Battle $3.38 $6.33 ($2.95) -47%
Stormwing Entity $1.82 $4.29 ($2.47) -58%
Prismari Command $23.29 $14.44 $8.85 61%
Magma Opus $7.16 $7.09 $0.07 1%
Professor Onyx $8.34 $7.96 $0.38 5%
Velomachus Lorehold $13.93 $12.90 $1.03 8%
Beledros Witherbloom $6.40 $6.18 $0.22 4%
Extus, Oriq Overlord $7.42 $7.17 $0.25 3%
Galazeth Prismari $5.73 $5.64 $0.09 2%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 7.07 6.33 $0.74 12%
Scourge of the Skyclaves $11.13 $15.14 ($4.01) -26%
Skyclave Apparition $15.72 $20.46 ($4.74) -23%
Modern Staples:
Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $5.08 $5.93 ($0.85) -14%
Steelshaper's Gift $9.38 $12.12 ($2.74) -23%
Engineered Explosives $35.72 $27.50 $8.22 30%
Cavern of Souls $16.61 $14.91 $1.70 11%
Mishra's Bauble $36.11 $36.38 ($0.27) -1%
Aether Vial $11.36 $14.88 ($3.52) -24%
Horizon Canopy $10.46 $6.93 $3.53 51%
Shattering Spree $5.68


Liliana of the Veil $10.10 $14.16 ($4.06) -29%
Snapcaster Mage $5.50


Polluted Delta $13.84 $10.65 $3.19 30%
Wooded Foothills $7.70 $10.96 ($3.26) -30%
Flooded Strand $10.13 $8.66 $1.47 17%
Bloodstained Mire $7.54 $9.05 ($1.51) -17%
Windswept Heath $7.03 $8.54 ($1.51) -18%
Thoughtseize $8.02 $8.02 $0.00 0%
Elvish Reclaimer $4.51 $5.22 ($0.71) -14%
Inkmoth Nexus $5.82


Force of Negation $72.89 $75.09 ($2.20) -3%
Wrenn and Six $62.46 $73.67 ($11.21) -15%
Prismatic Vista $12.66 $11.53 $1.13 10%
Sunbaked Canyon $15.97 $13.51 $2.46 18%
Seasoned Pyromancer $24.20 $22.23 $1.97 9%
Fiery Islet $11.99 $13.09 ($1.10) -8%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $8.12 $9.46 ($1.34) -14%
Plague Engineer $5.63 $5.85 ($0.22) -4%
Force of Vigor $52.34 $32.54 $19.80 61%
Giver of Runes $7.55 $4.56 $2.99 66%
Flusterstorm $24.03 $11.73 $12.30 105%
Archmage's Charm $23.69 $17.82 $5.87 33%
Hexdrinker $3.88 $5.13 ($1.25) -24%
Ice-Fang Coatl $6.08 $4.09 $1.99 49%
Silent Clearing $8.48 $6.99 $1.49 21%
Kaya's Guile $7.63 $5.34 $2.29 43%
On Thin Ice $2.53 $5.93 ($3.40) -57%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $110.21 $105.52 $4.69 4%
Urza's Saga $48.37 $39.88 $8.49 21%
Solitude $21.08 $22.54 ($1.46) -6%
Endurance $69.66 $49.54 $20.12 41%
Grief $15.39 $15.90 ($0.51) -3%
Dauthi Voidwalker $5.03 $5.77 ($0.74) -13%
Murktide Regent $34.71 $25.33 $9.38 37%
Ignoble Hierarch $4.53 $5.39 ($0.86) -16%
Subtlety $5.06 $6.68 ($1.62) -24%
Sanctum Prelate $9.85 $9.05 $0.80 9%
Fury $19.19 $16.13 $3.06 19%
Chalice of the Void $35.55 $31.98 $3.57 11%
Surgical Extraction $13.04 $13.78 ($0.74) -5%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $14.46 $14.44 $0.02 0%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $11.32 $10.12 $1.20 12%
Ensnaring Bridge $8.09 $28.86 ($20.77) -72%
Teferi, Time Raveler $40.88 $46.47 ($5.59) -12%
Gemstone Mine $6.89 $8.84 ($1.95) -22%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $7.43 $8.61 ($1.18) -14%
Scalding Tarn $10.42 $10.83 ($0.41) -4%
Verdant Catacombs $6.31 $6.73 ($0.42) -6%
Misty Rainforest $6.53 $6.68 ($0.15) -2%
Arid Mesa $3.24 $3.59 ($0.35) -10%
Marsh Flats $2.62 $2.72 ($0.10) -4%
Eternal Staples
Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Hullbreacher $40.81 $29.93 $10.88 36%
Opposition Agent $17.02 $19.46 ($2.44) -13%
Jeweled Lotus $16.20 $14.63 $1.57 11%
City of Traitors $18.21 $19.97 ($1.76) -9%
Allosaurus Shepherd $32.50 $22.59 $9.91 44%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $7.45 $6.82 $0.63 9%
Force of Will $49.71 $45.81 $3.90 9%
Karakas $9.10 $10.73 ($1.63) -15%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $19.69 $20.41 ($0.72) -4%
Demonic Tutor $9.99 $14.25 ($4.26) -30%
Food Chain $8.55 $10.45 ($1.90) -18%
Unmask $6.60 $8.62 ($2.02) -23%
Misdirection $13.37 $13.43 ($0.06) 0%
Rishadan Port $12.74 $14.58 ($1.84) -13%
Snuff Out $11.18 $15.94 ($4.76) -30%
Submerge $13.84 $13.94 ($0.10) -1%
Daze $11.00 $11.17 ($0.17) -2%
Entomb $6.48 $6.50 ($0.02) 0%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $14.91 $16.69 ($1.78) -11%
Stifle $5.07 $8.56 ($3.49) -41%
Mox Diamond $25.86 $28.86 ($3.00) -10%
Wasteland $31.12 $30.24 $0.88 3%
Ancient Tomb $15.60 $18.88 ($3.28) -17%
Lotus Petal $29.42 $25.71 $3.71 14%
Grim Monolith $9.50 $10.66 ($1.16) -11%
Exploration $15.45 $15.71 ($0.26) -2%
Gaea's Cradle $39.86 $46.69 ($6.83) -15%
Carpet of Flowers $25.12 $23.38 $1.74 7%
Gilded Drake $10.59 $9.44 $1.15 12%
Black Lotus $7.84 $10.50 ($2.66) -25%
Tropical Island $5.99 $7.67 ($1.68) -22%
Volcanic Island $12.08 $8.97 $3.11 35%
Underground Sea $10.18 $8.58 $1.60 19%
Null Rod $15.57 $14.52 $1.05 7%
Doomsday $18.07 $18.09 ($0.02) 0%
Paradigm Shift $9.88 $10.88 ($1.00) -9%
Mindbreak Trap $9.18 $8.19 $0.99 12%
Pioneer Staples:  The Pioneer list might have grown by a card, but that might also be negated by one card falling under the limit. 
Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $5.41


Collected Company $5.18 $5.47 ($0.29) -5%
Kolaghan's Command $4.57 $5.86 ($1.29) -22%
Collective Brutality $3.88 $5.21 ($1.33) -26%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $5.84 $6.62 ($0.78) -12%
Youthful Valkyrie $7.39 $6.64 $0.75 11%
Spirebluff Canal $5.87 $8.24 ($2.37) -29%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $13.90 $11.83 $2.07 17%
Karn, the Great Creator $35.38 $28.07 $7.31 26%
Blast Zone $8.77 $7.10 $1.67 24%
Finale of Devastation $8.93 $6.47 $2.46 38%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $36.17 $23.69 $12.48 53%
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!

I think the last time I did this table, there is a really good chance that I added in the Commander stuff from Kaldheim into its numbers as well.  I can't really explain the set losing 40 dollars outside of that.  Of course I did notice that Valki, God of Lies dropped $23.91, so maybe I didn't mess up! 

Complete Set Price Last Week Change % Change
Forgotten Realms $160.19 $146.40 $13.79 9%
Forgotten Realms Booster Pack $3.29 $3.35 ($0.06) -2%
Core Set 2021 $41.65 $43.79 ($2.14) -5%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $48.73 $45.81 $2.92 6%
Kaldheim $122.67 $165.07 ($42.40) -26%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $135.33 $122.56 $12.77 10%
Theros Beyond Death $74.11 $74.26 ($0.15) 0%
Throne of Eldraine $115.41 $117.49 ($2.08) -2%
Treasure Chest $2.41 $2.56 ($0.15) -6%
Zendikar Rising $103.05 $95.13 $7.92 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 172.35
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 114.32
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 113.91
Karakas UBT Mythic 107.31
Mox Jet 1E Rare 94.69
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 91.88
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 91.24
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 78.72
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 77.5
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 72.89
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 67.45
Endurance MH2 Mythic 67.38
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 66.16
Time Walk 1E Rare 64.33
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 62.46
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 52.34
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 51.32
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 50.18
Force of Will MED Rare 49.71
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 49.07
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 48.7
Wasteland EXP Mythic 46.23
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 45.97
Dauthi Voidwalker MH2 Rare 44.6
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 43.07
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 42.93
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 41.91
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 40.88
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 40.81
Ignoble Hierarch MH2 Rare 40.64
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 40.34
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 39.86
Engineered Explosives UMA Rare 39.28
Chalice of the Void A25 Mythic 38.49
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 37.85
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 37.52
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 37.26
Chalice of the Void TSR Bonus 37.01
Mishra's Bauble 2XM Uncommon 36.92
Chalice of the Void MS2 Bonus 36.67
Engineered Explosives MMA Rare 36.5
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 36.4
Engineered Explosives UBT Mythic 36.38
Omnath, Locus of Creation ZNR Mythic 36.17
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon 36.11
Engineered Explosives MS2 Bonus 35.98
Chalice of the Void MMA Rare 35.97
Engineered Explosives 5DN Rare 35.72
Chalice of the Void MRD Rare 35.55
Engineered Explosives 2XM Rare 35.45
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 35.38
Jeska's Will CMR Rare 35.32
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 35.23
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 34.82
Force of Will EMA Mythic 34.27
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 33.58
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 33.42
Murktide Regent MH2 Mythic 33.23
Force of Will VMA Rare 32.57
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 32.5
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 32.47
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 31.71
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 31.64
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 31.27
Retrofitter Foundry PZ2 Rare 31.12
Wasteland TE Uncommon 31.12
Verdant Catacombs EXP Mythic 31.1
Lotus Petal MS2 Bonus 31.1
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 30.5
Timetwister 1E Rare 30.22
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 29.97
Wasteland TPR Rare 29.97
Lotus Petal TE Common 29.42
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 29.26
Lotus Petal TPR Uncommon 29.05
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 28.28
Scalding Tarn EXP Mythic 27.96
Reanimate UBT Mythic 27.86
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 27.4
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 26.76
Verdant Catacombs MH2 Rare 26.68
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 26.6
Wasteland EMA Rare 26.58
Mox Diamond ST Rare 25.86
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic 25.68
Wooded Foothills ZNE Mythic 25.18
Carpet of Flowers UZ Uncommon 25.12
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 $25,695.  Last week, despite me not writing anything, Pete got it done, because he is the actual best, it was $26,417.  Down $722, but not down bad. 
 
In Closing

I have basically lost all control and my sleeping patterns have gotten out of hand.  I woke up to finish this article at 10 am on Friday morning, and the next thing I know I'm still in bed and it's 2 in the afternoon. That is why it and the rest of Friday's content went up late!  It is not like I am doing anything important while I am not sleeping, I am just not sleeping. 

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