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State of the Program for August 16th, 2023
 
In the News

MTGO Socials: Daybreak has set up forums for MTGO, which you can find here. In addition to the Forums, Daybreak has set up a Discord for MTGO.  You can get the invite here. MTGO has a Twitter account, and can now add an account for Facebook and Instagram

Two-Factor Authentication:  This is in Account Settings.  To turn it on you will be asked for your account password and a 6-digit code sent to the email associated with your account.  You can use either an email or authenticator based system.  This will help keep your accounts secure, you can read about the system here.

Redemption: 
Redemption is up and running!  Remember that redemption runs now until supply is gone. Currently being redeemed is The Brothers' War,  Phyrexia: All Will Be One, and March of the Machine.  As of May 23, 2023, Redemption Tokens are non-refundable!  A limited amount of Dominaria United is back in stock.  You can check the new redemption page here.

Challenge Schedule Changing:  Two Prelims on Friday nights are now becoming small Challenge events.This helps players in the Asia-Pacific region.  Saturday is also getting another Modern Challenge. Both of these are 32 player events. The Saturday 6 a.m. Standard Event is going back to a small event prize structure.   

64 player Single-Elimination Drafts:  Coming back with Vintage cube are large scale 64 player events.  These, of course, Single-Elimination.  Will be Vintage Cube, and start on August 25.

Prize Increases:  Prizes are now being paid out to the top 128 of Showcase Challenges.  Increases are a full regular set to 9-16.  A full regular set for players that finish the Swiss X-2.  33-64 will get 200 play points and 10 Treasure Chests.  65-128 will get 150 play points and 5 treasure chests.  Super Qualifiers are also getting a boost, 33-64 are getting 400 play points and 10 chests.  65-128 is getting 200 play points and 5 chests.  Players that finished that highly in Super Qualifiers since July 30, got a retroactive prize increase as well. 

Commander Masters Survey:  Click the link here to take the Commander Masters survey from Wizards of the Coast.  If you think things are going to fast, getting to expensive, whatever, respectfully let them know at that link.

Vintage Cube: Ryan Spain worked on the new version of the Vintage Cube, with help from Chris Wulf.  They made 108 changes to the cube and you can see the changes they made and the reasoning behind them here!

Patch Notes: You can check out the notes for this update here.

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 30, 2023
Constructed Leagues End
September 5, 2023
Sealed Leagues End
September 5, 2023
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:

Ongoing - Commander Masters and Vintage Cube

August 19 - Standard Showcase Challenge
August 20 - Legacy Showcase Challenge

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) FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
12:00 a.m.     Vintage Challenge
1:00 a.m   Limited 32 Challenge 32 Player Limited 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
12:00 p.m.   Limited Challenge Limited Challenge
2:00 p.m.   Pioneer Challenge Standard Challenge
4:00 p.m. Limited 32 Challenge    
6:00 p.m. Modern 32 Challenge Modern 32 Challenge  

 

Cutting Edge Tech

Standard:  I don't really know what's going on in Standard, but I can't wait for Wilds of Eldraine to come out and shake up the format.  We've had two sets come out since March of the Machine and neither of them effected the format,and that, for some reason, feels weird to me. 


Legacy:

Modern: I love that Tron is using Generous Ent as a way to find a green mana source.  Very smooth move!


Pauper:  This is what I have been playing in the Manatraders series.  It's a fun deck capable of killing early. This came from a 5-0 deck dump.  I adore it. 


Pioneer:  I know I call for Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx to be banned, and I hate that, because it's really Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner and Karn, the Great Creator that make Pioneer Devotion decks so unpleasant. 



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Friday Modern - Cachorrowo - Boros Burn

Saturday Legacy - mephidro - Mono Black Helm
Saturday Modern - Sahakvic - Rakdos Evoke
Saturday Modern - Showcase Challenge
Saturday Pauper - LasVegasChaos - Gruul Cascade
Saturday Pioneer - Misplacedginger - Rakdos Midrange
Saturday Standard - _Batutinha_ - Dimir Midrange
Saturday Vintage - unluckymonkey

Sunday Legacy - xJCloud - Death and Taxes?  Stoneblade?  I don't know what Legacy decks are called
Sunday Modern - _Kovu_ - 4 Color Elementals
Sunday Pauper - discoverN - Mono Blue Delver
Sunday Pioneer - Showcase Challenge
Sunday Standard - Ignotus97 - Esper Control
Sunday Vintage - TeamLeaderNA

Other Event Winners

Modern Showcase Challenge
Pioneer Showcase Challege

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: Liliana of the Veil is back on the list. Invasion of Tarkir and Jin-Gitaxias came off of the list. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Cityscape Leveler $15.22 $12.46 $2.76 22%
The Stone Brain $8.70 $7.86 $0.84 11%
Leyline Binding $11.68 $11.13 $0.55 5%
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse $24.64 $24.08 $0.56 2%
Liliana of the Veil $7.05


Nissa, Resurgent Animist $23.56 $23.49 $0.07 0%
Pia Nalaar, Consul of Revival $7.79 $7.52 $0.27 4%
Memory Deluge $10.64 $10.78 -$0.14 -1%
Sheoldred $5.59 $5.41 $0.18 3%
Urabrask $7.49 $7.76 -$0.27 -3%
Invasion of Gobakhan $10.09 $12.72 -$2.63 -21%
Elesh Norn $5.34 $6.04 -$0.70 -12%
Vorinclex $11.76 $13.17 -$1.41 -11%
Boseiju, Who Endures $35.04 $28.69 $6.35 22%
Otawara, Soaring City $8.04 $7.25 $0.79 11%
The Wandering Emperor $6.57 $7.10 -$0.53 -7%
Atraxa, Grand Unifier $8.78 $7.30 $1.48 20%
Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines $9.83 $8.88 $0.95 11%
Jace, the Perfected Mind $6.13 $5.50 $0.63 11%
Ledger Shredder $8.64 $6.65 $1.99 30%
Unlicensed Hearse $7.74 $7.25 $0.49 7%
Wedding Announcement $16.49 $19.57 -$3.08 -16%
Modern Staples:

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $12.77 $10.51 $2.26 22%
Blood Moon $5.46 $5.79 -$0.33 -6%
Cavern of Souls $4.65 $5.32 -$0.67 -13%
Orvar, the All-Form $9.40 $9.41 -$0.01 0%
Polluted Delta $12.28 $21.06 -$8.78 -42%
Wooded Foothills $6.74 $5.75 $0.99 17%
Flooded Strand $7.48 $5.18 $2.30 44%
Bloodstained Mire $6.76 $5.99 $0.77 13%
Windswept Heath $4.37 $4.47 -$0.10 -2%
Thoughtseize $7.09 $7.44 -$0.35 -5%
The One Ring $82.84 $100.26 -$17.42 -17%
Orcish Bowmasters $29.56 $39.91 -$10.35 -26%
Force of Negation $31.12 $26.79 $4.33 16%
Wrenn and Six $14.32 $12.41 $1.91 15%
Sunbaked Canyon $11.38 $15.87 -$4.49 -28%
Seasoned Pyromancer $5.42 $6.95 -$1.53 -22%
Force of Vigor $13.63 $15.39 -$1.76 -11%
Flusterstorm $11.60 $7.90 $3.70 47%
Archon of Cruelty $6.88 $6.08 $0.80 13%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $7.29 $5.94 $1.35 23%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $23.48 $24.23 -$0.75 -3%
Urza's Saga $33.50 $23.76 $9.74 41%
Solitude $15.93 $15.26 $0.67 4%
Endurance $21.84 $26.00 -$4.16 -16%
Grief $40.06 $37.33 $2.73 7%
Murktide Regent $17.44 $24.87 -$7.43 -30%
Fury $25.17 $31.08 -$5.91 -19%
Esper Sentinel $5.54 $4.33 $1.21 28%
Subtlety $34.02 $40.48 -$6.46 -16%
Chalice of the Void $19.37 $20.40 -$1.03 -5%
Dismember $5.92 $6.43 -$0.51 -8%
Teferi, Time Raveler $13.04 $11.20 $1.84 16%
Scalding Tarn $7.12 $5.83 $1.29 22%
Verdant Catacombs $2.79 $2.65 $0.14 5%
Misty Rainforest $5.85 $5.87 -$0.02 0%
Arid Mesa $2.35 $1.94 $0.41 21%
Marsh Flats $1.16 $1.21 -$0.05 -4%
Eternal StaplesCreative Technique is new to the list. Summon Undead is new to the list as well.  It's up to $8.26, so I assume Pauper has gotten to it!  Daze is off of the list.  Entomb is back on the list.  Stifle  is also back on the list. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Creative Technique $45.00


Avenging Hunter $8.06 $7.16 $0.90 13%
Kenku Artificer $19.71 $18.77 $0.94 5%
Summon Undead $8.26


Goliath Paladin $5.18 $7.40 ($2.22) -30%
Displacer Kitten $4.69 $5.61 ($0.92) -16%
Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes $7.57 $6.35 $1.22 19%
Seasoned Dungeoneer $9.33 $9.38 ($0.05) -1%
Caves of Chaos Adventurer $8.35 $6.73 $1.62 24%
Hullbreacher $7.52 $8.91 ($1.39) -16%
Opposition Agent $12.79 $9.93 $2.86 29%
City of Traitors $11.88 $14.13 ($2.25) -16%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $13.95 $14.51 ($0.56) -4%
Helm of Obedience $8.96 $8.39 $0.57 7%
Force of Will $29.06 $29.21 ($0.15) -1%
Urza's Bauble $10.46 $9.29 $1.17 13%
Hydroblast $7.28 $6.73 $0.55 8%
Pyroblast $8.57 $8.26 $0.31 4%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $8.40 $8.34 $0.06 1%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $9.05 $8.57 $0.48 6%
Unmask $14.06 $17.52 ($3.46) -20%
Misdirection $10.54 $11.08 ($0.54) -5%
Snuff Out $15.06 $13.38 $1.68 13%
Entomb $5.59


Retrofitter Foundry $7.59 $6.18 $1.41 23%
Stifle $6.12


Mox Diamond $45.22 $43.35 $1.87 4%
Wasteland $12.34 $11.60 $0.74 6%
Ancient Tomb $13.84 $13.10 $0.74 6%
Lotus Petal $12.24 $11.06 $1.18 11%
Grindstone $15.19 $13.83 $1.36 10%
Powder Keg $14.33 $13.53 $0.80 6%
Grim Monolith $15.83 $17.46 ($1.63) -9%
Gaea's Cradle $22.99 $22.52 $0.47 2%
Gilded Drake $8.83 $8.87 ($0.04) 0%
Show and Tell $18.93 $19.61 ($0.68) -3%
Black Lotus $13.58 $14.86 ($1.28) -9%
Volcanic Island $10.80 $12.48 ($1.68) -13%
Underground Sea $18.22 $16.40 $1.82 11%
Null Rod $22.17 $23.02 ($0.85) -4%
Doomsday $14.58 $15.28 ($0.70) -5%
Paradigm Shift $12.10 $12.10 $0.00 0%
Pioneer StaplesDen of the Bugbear came off the list.  Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger is also gone.  Castle Locthwain is off the list. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Lair of the Hydra $4.55 $5.02 -$0.47 -9.36%
Brazen Borrower $8.05 $7.20 $0.85 11.81%
Shark Typhoon $5.88 $6.92 -$1.04 -15.03%
Mana Confluence $4.74 $5.80 -$1.06 -18.28%
Blightstep Pathway $7.93 $9.18 -$1.25 -13.62%
Hengegate Pathway $6.02 $6.54

Spirebluff Canal $7.46 $5.20 $2.26 43.46%
Inspiring Vantage $5.59 $4.63 $0.96 20.73%
Lotus Field $17.06 $18.92 -$1.86 -9.83%
Cavalier of Thorns $6.72 $5.53

The Meathook Massacre $13.86 $14.57 -$0.71 -4.87%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $26.16 $26.12 $0.04 0.15%
Magma Opus $5.65 $6.19 -$0.54 -8.72%
Karn, the Great Creator $14.53 $12.05 $2.48 20.58%
Emeria's Call $25.11 $21.03 $4.08 19.40%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $4.87 $5.35 -$0.48 -8.97%
Skyclave Apparition $7.01 $7.04 -$0.03 -0.43%
Sea Gate Restoration $13.32 $13.96 -$0.64 -4.58%
Roiling Vortex $21.14 $17.85 $3.29 18.43%
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 Time Change % Change
The Brothers' War $81.58 $76.01 $5.57 7%
Dominaria United $86.52 $68.36 $18.16 27%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $52.08 $55.46 ($3.38) -6%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $73.94 $73.03 $0.91 1%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $99.44 $92.27 $7.17 8%
March of the Machine $141.89 $154.43 ($12.54) -8%
March of the Machine Booster $1.93 $1.99 ($0.06) -3%
Phyrexia: All Will Be One $176.77 $163.84 $12.93 8%
Streets of New Capenna $42.30 $39.96 $2.34 6%
Treasure Chest Booster $2.50 $2.37 $0.13 5%

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 265.22
Mox Jet 1E Rare 117.58
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 99.43
The One Ring LTR Mythic 82.84
The One Ring LTR Mythic 82.5
The One Ring LTR Mythic 79.75
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 74.67
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 72.4
Time Walk 1E Rare 70.86
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 60.62
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 57.78
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 55.91
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 54.59
Karakas UBT Mythic 46.44
Mox Diamond ST Rare 45.22
Creative Technique C21 Rare 45
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 43.39
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 42.57
Timetwister 1E Rare 40.81
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 40.3
Grief MH2 Mythic 40.06
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 39.7
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 39.49
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 35.04
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 33.58
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 33.04
Subtlety MH2 Mythic 32.7
Breath of Fire PZ2 Common 31.63
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 30.86
Reanimate UBT Mythic 30.43
Force of Negation 2X2 Rare 30.24
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 29.84
Fury MH2 Mythic 29.58
Orcish Bowmasters LTR Rare 29.56
Force of Will MED Rare 29.06
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 28.52
Orcish Bowmasters LTR Rare 28.45
Chalice of the Void TSR Bonus 28.22
Armored Whirl Turtle PZ2 Common 27.88
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse ONE Promo 27.1
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MUL Mythic 26.56
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker NEO Rare 26.16
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 25.91
Underground Sea ME2 Rare 25.68
Polluted Delta ONS Rare 25.57
Chalice of the Void A25 Mythic 25.52
Emeria's Call ZNR Mythic 25.11
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

I spent the week playing Fortnite, Pauper, the Game Boy Pokemon TCG and Blossom Tales. It hasn't been a bad week, I just really dreaded writing the column.  I also bought a Vintage deck that I intend to play on MTGO but probably never will. 

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