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Aug 14 2020 12:00pm
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State of the Program for August 14th, 2020
 
In the News

Amonkhet Remasted on Arena:  It's been out for a day or so now, but I get to cast Demonic Pact and because of that I am happy. 
 
FNM at Home:  Does not appear to be running on Arena this week as of 8:30 am Eastern Time.  It might be though, so check the client if you want some cosmetic items. 

MOCS Season 3
:  Started on Wednesday. Get your new QPs now!  Season 2 ones will come off the account on the 26th. 

Double Masters Land Change:  Featuring Noah Bradley lands for the limited format seemed strange after cutting ties with him.  They have been changed on MTGO.

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
August 26, 2020
Constructed Leagues End
September 16, 2020
Sealed Leagues End
September 17, 2020
Next B&R Announcement
Unknown
Ikoria Redemption Guarantee
July 29, 2020 Ends September 2nd 2020
Core Set 2021 Redemption
Starts July 22, 2020
Zendikar Rising
Fourth Quarter 2020
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:

Chaos Draft - Until August 26th
 
Magic Online Format Challenges
These are high stakes events that happen every weekend. They cost 25 Tix / 250 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:  This is what I have been playing in Standard.  It's a lot of fun, and it's super nice to be able to play Magic again during your opponent's turn.


Historic:  People try to make Grixis work, and this is the best looking Grixis deck I have seen in a while.  I am super excited to see where Amonkhet Remastered takes us. 


Legacy:

Modern: It is always fun to see the fish folk doing well in formats.


Pauper:

Pioneer:

Vintage:


 
Winner's Circle

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

The site, mtgo.com where I get these results from each week was an incredible mess.  So many Champs and Last Chance events list. 

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - MaxMagicer - Show and Tell
Saturday Modern - Gerschi - Rakdos Prowess
Saturday Pauper - TopGrinder - Izzet Delver
Saturday Pioneer - hodortimebaby - Niv-Mizzet Control
Saturday Standard -  This was probably a showcase challenge. 
Saturday Vintage - Seriously everything about the decklist page on MTGO.com was weird and confusing. 

Sunday Legacy - Stryfo - Snow Lands
Sunday Modern - MissTrigger - Merfolk
Sunday Pauper - saidin.raken - UW Flicker
Sunday Pioneer - D00mwake - Green Devotion
Sunday Standard - Kazaner3000 - Sultai Ramp
Sunday Vintage - Murkyblack11

Other Event Winners

Modern Showcase Challenge - Lavaridge - Temur Rec
Standard Showcase Challenge - O_danielakos - Mono Red
Vintage Showcase Challenge - swengen
Legacy Showcase Challenge - SteFaNoGs - Miracles
Legacy Champs - slow_brz - Temur Delver

These challenges were from two weeks ago, which were not posted due to an error on MTGO.com.  They were posted on the 12th. Most of the winning decks were banned, but if they are gonna posted, I am gonna highlight these winners! 

Modern Challenge - blastoids - Stoneblade
Pauper Challenge - Modern_Monkey - Tron
Pioneer Challenge - trukanshii - Kethis Combo
Pioneer Challenge - MatheusPonciano - Mono Black Aggro
Standard Challenge - McWinSauce - Mono Black Aggro
Standard Challenge - killersuv - Bant Ramp
Vintage Challenge - KillaGerm
Vintage Challenge - ShriekingLeader
Vintage Challenge - killersuv
Double Masters Sealed Qualifier - stainerson

Around the Web

MTGOTraders YouTube:  Did you know that MTGOTraders.com has a YouTube page with videos added Monday, Wednesday and Friday?  Well if not, now you do, and you can find it here

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.

I finally remembered to take cards off that had been banned from the list.  Or moved them around to other formats if they are still legal there.  Goodbye though, Walking Ballista
 
Standard Staples: It is looking like prices are rebounding nicely after the dip from Double Masters.

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $25.47 $17.49 $7.98 46%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $6.27 $7.80 ($1.53) -20%
Questing Beast $8.19 $6.59 $1.60 24%
Alela, Artful Provocateur $6.42 $6.33 $0.09 1%
Bonecrusher Giant $6.01 $5.67 $0.34 6%
Assassin's Trophy $7.69 $5.34 $2.35 44%
Fiend Artisan $13.18 $15.13 ($1.95) -13%
Vivien, Monsters' Advocate $6.73 $6.52 $0.21 3%
Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy $4.97 $4.33 $0.64 15%
General Kudro of Drannith $17.77 $16.24 $1.53 9%
Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast $7.82 $7.54 $0.28 4%
Luminous Broodmoth $6.38 $6.97 ($0.59) -8%
Winota, Joiner of Forces $15.89 $7.03 $8.86 126%
Shark Typhoon $16.45 $8.44 $8.01 95%
Rielle, the Everwise $4.38 $5.61 ($1.23) -22%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $9.51 $6.26 $3.25 52%
Leyline of the Void $6.50 $6.88 ($0.38) -6%
Vivien, Arkbow Ranger $11.37 $4.47 $6.90 154%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $6.13 $6.68 ($0.55) -8%
Elvish Reclaimer $6.77


Teferi, Master of Time $21.72 $20.17 $1.55 8%
Terror of the Peaks $7.63 $6.69 $0.94 14%
Liliana, Waker of the Dead $9.85 $6.38 $3.47 54%
Elder Gargaroth $24.67 $13.40 $11.27 84%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper 7.01 7.82 ($0.81) -10%
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath 80.81 55.64 $25.17 45%
Heliod, Sun-Crowned 4.4 7.02 ($2.62) -37%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 9.79 9.06 $0.73 8%
Klothys, God of Destiny 13.37 9.81 $3.56 36%
Finale of Devastation 7.63 6.9 $0.73 11%
Karn, the Great Creator 30.58 34.37 ($3.79) -11%
Dreadhorde Arcanist 10.18 9.61 $0.57 6%
Blast Zone 10.64 13.5 ($2.86) -21%
Modern Staples:  Double Masters has had a bit of an effect on Modern prices it seems.  Engineered Explosives came off the list, thanks to the Double Masters reprint.

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $7.07 $7.89 ($0.82) -10%
Cavern of Souls $21.67 $27.49 ($5.82) -21%
Noble Hierarch $4.33 $5.65 ($1.32) -23%
Mishra's Bauble $7.54 $22.47 ($14.93) -66%
Aether Vial $17.41 $15.42 $1.99 13%
Trinisphere $4.46 $6.02 ($1.56) -26%
Horizon Canopy $10.54 $10.59 ($0.05) 0%
Tarmogoyf $8.45 $7.74 $0.71 9%
Magus of the Moon $5.26 $5.07 $0.19 4%
Liliana of the Veil $13.87 $13.51 $0.36 3%
Polluted Delta $8.35 $8.87 ($0.52) -6%
Wooded Foothills $6.40 $8.23 ($1.83) -22%
Flooded Strand $5.47 $4.85 $0.62 13%
Bloodstained Mire $10.82 $10.82 $0.00 0%
Windswept Heath $4.24 $6.01 ($1.77) -29%
Thoughtseize $10.36 $8.58 $1.78 21%
Cryptic Command $5.17 $5.46 ($0.29) -5%
Auntie's Hovel $2.36 $5.70 ($3.34) -59%
Field of the Dead $9.16 $8.05 $1.11 14%
City of Brass $3.85 $5.57 ($1.72) -31%
Force of Negation $83.48 $89.19 ($5.71) -6%
Wrenn and Six $70.44 $84.21 ($13.77) -16%
Prismatic Vista $10.23 $11.55 ($1.32) -11%
Sunbaked Canyon $15.45 $13.97 $1.48 11%
Seasoned Pyromancer $40.32 $41.38 ($1.06) -3%
Fiery Islet $13.76 $14.42 ($0.66) -5%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $10.72 $12.56 ($1.84) -15%
Hexdrinker $5.56 $6.37 ($0.81) -13%
Plague Engineer $12.85 $11.29 $1.56 14%
Force of Vigor $12.42 $10.62 $1.80 17%
Collector Ouphe $5.16 $5.67 ($0.51) -9%
Nurturing Peatland $8.48 $5.85 $2.63 45%
Ice-Fang Coatl $9.23 $10.00 ($0.77) -8%
Giver of Runes $7.32 $6.61 $0.71 11%
Archmage's Charm $5.11 $4.98 $0.13 3%
Flusterstorm $6.33 $6.15 $0.18 3%
Chalice of the Void $15.69 $12.98 $2.71 21%
Karn Liberated $5.63 $4.88 $0.75 15%
Surgical Extraction $12.91 $12.73 $0.18 1%
Dismember $6.88 $7.08 ($0.20) -3%
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn $5.46


Ensnaring Bridge $9.08 $9.07 $0.01 0%
Gemstone Mine $10.34 $9.93 $0.41 4%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $10.95 $12.71 ($1.76) -14%
Scalding Tarn $13.83 $17.83 ($4.00) -22%
Verdant Catacombs $15.57 $17.17 ($1.60) -9%
Misty Rainforest $12.96 $14.09 ($1.13) -8%
Arid Mesa $5.59 $6.14 ($0.55) -9%
Marsh Flats $3.41 $4.00 ($0.59) -15%
Eternal Staples:   
Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Dark Depths $5.36 $5.54 ($0.18) -3%
Oko, Thief of Crowns $20.57 $20.56 $0.01 0%
City of Traitors $28.69 $24.86 $3.83 15%
Monastery Mentor $7.04 $5.89 $1.15 20%
Force of Will $33.16 $27.50 $5.66 21%
Karakas $6.72 $7.38 ($0.66) -9%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $24.98 $29.52 ($4.54) -15%
Land Tax $15.31 $18.82 ($3.51) -19%
Demonic Tutor $7.96 $9.19 ($1.23) -13%
Mishra's Workshop $3.40 $6.64 ($3.24) -49%
Unmask $7.96 $9.54 ($1.58) -17%
Misdirection $23.37 $25.32 ($1.95) -8%
Rishadan Port $6.01 $8.55 ($2.54) -30%
Entomb $6.63 $8.41 ($1.78) -21%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $65.57 $54.31 $11.26 21%
Mox Opal $5.36 $5.44 ($0.08) -1%
Mox Diamond $20.51 $17.25 $3.26 19%
Grindstone $13.83 $15.94 ($2.11) -13%
Wasteland $25.90 $24.80 $1.10 4%
Ancient Tomb $21.34 $21.88 ($0.54) -2%
Lotus Petal $14.53 $14.57 ($0.04) 0%
Earthcraft $7.52 $9.50 ($1.98) -21%
Academy Rector $10.77 $14.42 ($3.65) -25%
Grim Monolith $14.75 $18.95 ($4.20) -22%
Exploration $16.92 $20.32 ($3.40) -17%
Gaea's Cradle $25.48 $27.08 ($1.60) -6%
Carpet of Flowers $36.57 $19.95 $16.62 83%
Gilded Drake $19.46 $21.34 ($1.88) -9%
Show and Tell $5.23 $6.00 ($0.77) -13%
Black Lotus $11.54 $11.43 $0.11 1%
Tropical Island $10.13 $12.05 ($1.92) -16%
Volcanic Island $9.70 $7.39 $2.31 31%
Underground Sea $10.79 $10.23 $0.56 5%
Sol Ring $7.89 $8.22 ($0.33) -4%
Null Rod $10.59 $12.79 ($2.20) -17%
Doomsday $7.82 $9.07 ($1.25) -14%
Mindbreak Trap $9.07 $7.06 $2.01 28%
Pioneer Staples
Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Soul-Scar Mage $8.63 $7.73 $0.90 12%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $9.57 $6.03 $3.54 59%
Collected Company $8.88 $6.77 $2.11 31%
Liliana, the Last Hope $11.17 $6.77 $4.40 65%
Collective Brutality $8.98 $8.79 $0.19 2%
Emrakul, the Promised End $7.71 $3.50 $4.21 120%
Breeding Pool $3.48 $2.33 $1.15 49%
Stomping Ground $3.12 $2.69 $0.43 16%
Godless Shrine $1.13 $1.11 $0.02 2%
Sacred Foundry $0.95 $0.71 $0.24 34%
Watery Grave $0.35 $0.93 ($0.58) -62%
Mana Confluence $9.69 $7.41 $2.28 31%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $9.92 $8.25 $1.67 20%
Chandra, Torch of Defiance $7.50 $5.41 $2.09 39%
Mutavault $5.75 $3.77 $1.98 53%
Thought-Knot Seer $9.68 $7.70 $1.98 26%
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet $6.36


Jace, Vryn's Prodigy $8.09 $8.90 ($0.81) -9%
Rest in Peace $5.61 $5.58 $0.03 1%
Hallowed Fountain $1.68 $1.71 ($0.03) -2%
Steam Vents $2.45 $2.31 $0.14 6%
Blood Crypt $1.86 $2.29 ($0.43) -19%
Overgrown Tomb $0.63 $0.59 $0.04 7%
Temple Garden $1.00 $0.96 $0.04 4%
Teferi, Time Raveler 35.22 29.18 $6.04 21%
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 also started to track Double Masters this week, just for fun!

Complete Set Price Last Week Change % Change
Core Set 2020 $181.03 $164.31 $16.72 10%
Core Set 2021 $126.09 $124.07 $2.02 2%
Core Set 2021 Booster $2.56 $3.12 ($0.56) -18%
Guilds of Ravnica $42.39 $39.44 $2.95 7%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $130.46 $113.41 $17.05 15%
Modern Horizons $362.08 $382.23 ($20.15) -5%
Ravnica Allegiances $57.54 $55.06 $2.48 5%
Theros Beyond Death $147.85 $123.58 $24.27 20%
Throne of Eldraine $147.43 $130.38 $17.05 13%
Treasure Chest $2.53 $2.84 ($0.31) -11%
War of the Spark $140.42 $136.70 $3.72 3%
Double Masters $140.73




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 216.57
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 108.8
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 83.48
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath THB Mythic 80.81
Mox Jet 1E Rare 76.59
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 76.03
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 75.38
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 72.75
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 72.61
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 70.44
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 68.95
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow PZ2 Rare 65.57
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 63.52
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 61.89
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 60.09
Time Walk 1E Rare 56.41
Karakas UBT Mythic 52.37
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 52.09
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 49.73
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 48.37
Timetwister 1E Rare 44.48
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 41.83
Seasoned Pyromancer MH1 Mythic 40.32
Carpet of Flowers UZ Uncommon 36.57
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 35.91
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 35.22
Lord Windgrace PZ2 Mythic 33.89
Force of Will MED Rare 33.16
Tarmogoyf UBT Mythic 32.23
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 31.52
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 30.58
Ancient Tomb UBT Mythic 30.49
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 30.17
City of Traitors TPR Rare 30.12
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 28.84
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 28.83
City of Traitors EX Rare 28.69
Cavern of Souls MM3 Mythic 28.53
Misty Rainforest EXP Mythic 27.87
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 27.73
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 27.56
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 27.04
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 26.41
Force of Will VMA Rare 26.29
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 26.12
Wasteland TE Uncommon 25.9
Force of Will EMA Mythic 25.62
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 25.48
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 25.47
Leovold, Emissary of Trest UBT Mythic 25.33
Gaddock Teeg UBT Mythic 25.26
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 $24,780.  Last week the number was $25,035.  It is not as big of a loss from last week, but a nice rebound from being down $1,600. 
 
In Closing

I would like to thank Pete for stepping in to cover for me last week on short notice.  It has been an incredibly rough two weeks for me and my family.  Last Monday my mother had a heart attack that saw her placed on a ventilator for 3 days.  She doesn't have any memories of that.  She came home earlier this week, but turns out she had been released to early, and she was taken back to the hospital on Wednesday with fluid around her heart and lungs. They have already dealt with a ton of that and she feels so much better, but there is still a lot of fluid and we're not sure when she is coming back home.  She's awake, alert, talking and eating, so things are going better there at least.

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