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State of the Program for August 19th 2016

 

In the News:

Prizes for Sunday’s MOCS Increased: Due to the strong turnouts, the player cap for this Sunday’s MOCS has been raised to 1,024, and the prize pool has been increased. Draft sets down to 128th, and everyone gets a promo Lightning Bolt. Note that if attendance exceeds 512, the event will run 10 rounds, cut to Top 8.   That’s a long day. 

MOCS and MOPR Promos Announced: The Event promo for September will be an alt art Flaying Tendrils. The store promo will be an alt art Identity Thief. 

 
Extended Downtime August 24thTournaments close at 5am PT, System down from 8am to noon PT. A bunch of bugs are to be stomped.

 

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 MTGO calendar and the weekly blog, while the best source for known bugs is the Known Issues List. For quick reference, here are some major upcoming events.   In addition, there are either one or two online PTQs each weekend, with qualifiers running the three days prior to the PTQ.

 

Item: date and notes

 

Power Nine Challenge: Last Saturday of the month, at 11am Pacific.  Next one August 27th.
Legacy Challenge: Second Saturday of the month, at 11am Pacific. Next one September 10th.
No Downtime on these Dates: August 31st, September 14th, October 12th, November 2nd, 9th and 30th and December 14th
Eldritch Moon Championship Finals - Limited: Saturday, August 27. Details here.
Eldritch Moon Championship Finals - Standard: Sunday, September 2. Details here
League End Dates: all current leagues end October 5th. 
Duel Decks: Nissa vs. Ob Nixilus: paper release September 2016.
Kaladesh Prerelease: October 7-10, on sale October 10th. Product code KLD.
From the Vault Lore: releases online October 10, 2016.
Commander 2016: paper release November 2016. No MTGO release, but key cards will be released online within another product.
Aether Revolt: January 2017 release

 

Flashback Schedule:

Flashback drafts are 10Tix / 100 Play Points / 2 Tix plus product, not Phantom, single elim and pay out in play points: 200 for first, 100 for second, 50 for third and fourth. 

 

Triple Zendikar: August 17 to August 24
2 Zendikar, Worldwake: August 24 to August 31
Triple Rise of the Eldrazi: August 31 to September 7
Triple Magic 2011: September 7 to September 14
Triple Scars of Mirrodin: September 14 to September 21
Mirrodin Besieged, 2 Scars of Mirrodin: September 21 to September 28
New Phyrexia, Mirrodin Besieged, Scars of Mirrodin: September 28 to October 5
(pause for Kaladesh release events)
Triple Innistrad: October 26 to November 2
Dark Ascension, 2 Innistrad: November 2 to November 9
Triple Magic 2012: November 9 to November 16
Triple Avacyn Restored: November 16 to November 23
Triple Magic 2013: November 23 to November 30
Triple Return to Ravnica: November 30 to December 7
Triple Gatecrash: December 7 to December 14
Dragon’s Maze, Gatecrash, Return to Ravnica: December 14 to December 21 

 

Flashback This Week: Flashback drafts resume next Wednesday with triple Zendikar. The money cards in that format are the fetchlands, plus Bloodghast, Mindbreak Trap, Eldrazi Monument and Pyromancer Ascension. When Worldwake hits, next Wednesday, watch out for (Celestial Colonade), Avenger of ZendikarCreeping Tar Pit and (Death’s Shadow).   Jace, the Mind Sculptor is down to just $6.50. Remember when that card was $100?   That was a few reprints ago. More importantly, back then the best decks ran four copies. Now it appears in ones and twos in a couple Eternal format decks.  

 

Judge Question of the Week:

I have been training new judges for many years, and part of that training involves setting out scenarios and problems that teach various parts of the rules. They start simple – i.e. a creature with trample is blocked by a creature with protection – and get harder as they go. The goal is to determine what areas of the rules I need to teach, and what my candidate already knows. And to have some fun. Here we go.   Easy one this week.

 

You cast Arc Trail targeting your opponent's Precursor Golem for two damage and one of his four 3/3 Golem tokens for the remaining one damage. What happens? Do any or all of his Golems die?   

 

Precursor Golem, Arc Trail, 3/3 Golem Token       

 

As always, there are no relevant cards or situations not mentioned. Pyroclasm was not cast earlier this turn, and Kira, the Great Glass Spinner is not in play. The answer is at the end of the article. 

 

Cutting Edge Tech:

Standard: We had two Standard Grand Prix last weekend. GP Rimini was all about the Bant Company, with six copies in the Top 8. The other two T8 decks were both Fevered Visions. GP Rimini coverage is here. GP Portland had a slightly more interesting Top 8, with Grixis Cat Pact battling against PT staples Temur Emerge, BW Control, Jund Delirium and BG Delirium, plus three copies of Bant Company. Coverage of GP Portland is here. I’m going to feature the Cat Pact deck, since everyone and their brother seem to be taking the deck for spin.

 

Grixis Cat Pact
Chris Bothelho, Top 8, GP Portland
Creatures
0 cards

Other Spells
2 Liliana, the Last Hope
3 Dark Petition
2 Harmless Offering
3 Languish
3 Radiant Flames
3 Anticipate
1 Clash of Wills
2 Disperse
1 Fiery Impulse
2 Grasp of Darkness
1 Silumgar's Command
4 Demonic Pact
4 Oath of Chandra
3 Oath of Jace
3 Choked Estuary
2 Foreboding Ruins
30 cards
Lands
2 Evolving Wilds
1 Island
1 Mountain
4 Shivan Reef
4 Smoldering Marsh
3 Sunken Hollow
6 Swamp
21 cards

Demonic Pact

 

Modern: SCG ran a Modern Open in Syracuse last weekend. Dredge took it down – but a slightly different Dredge than when I last featured it.

 

Dredge
Ross Merriam, Winner, SCG Modern Open
Creatures
4 Bloodghast
4 Narcomoeba
4 Greater Gargadon
4 Golgari Grave-Troll
1 Golgari Thug
3 Stinkweed Imp
20 cards

Other Spells
1 Haunted Dead
4 Insolent Neonate
4 Prized Amalgam
4 Faithless Looting
3 Shriekhorn
4 Bridge from Below
1 Conflagrate
12 cards
Lands
2 Mana Confluence
1 Copperline Gorge
2 Arid Mesa
2 Dakmor Salvage
2 Blood Crypt
2 Stomping Ground
1 Steam Vents
2 Wooded Foothills
3 Bloodstained Mire
2 Mountain
19 cards

Shriekhorn

 

Legacy

 

 

Vintage: VSL is in the first playoff round.   Paul Reitz brought a Spirits deck to a matchup against Efro’s Oath deck. That seems an impossible matchup, but Paul won decisively. The videos, which are excellent, are 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 over a decade now, and have never been overcharged or disappointed. 

 

Standard staples: Standard was mixed this week. The Pro Tour seemed to show that Bant Company was dead, but last week’s GPs have shown that might have been a premature judgement. Card prices are bouncing around as people adjust to the shifting metagame.     

 

Standard Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$16.93
$19.97
($3.04)
-15%
$8.50
$13.46
($4.96)
-37%
$14.30
$15.44
($1.14)
-7%
$11.87
$18.48
($6.61)
-36%
$16.58
$17.10
($0.52)
-3%
$6.34
$12.15
$15.27
($3.12)
-20%
$33.92
$46.23
($12.31)
-27%
$23.78
$23.88
($0.10)
0%
$20.19
$13.21
$6.98
53%
$43.81
$41.71
$2.10
5%
$11.39
$14.09
($2.70)
-19%
$6.57
$5.44
$1.13
21%
$17.15
$19.83
($2.68)
-14%
Sylvan Advocate
$6.22
$4.86
$1.36
28%
$6.01
$5.78
$0.23
4%

 

Modern staples:  Modern recovered a bit more this week. Overall, the format’s staples have shown some slight uptick in value.  

 

Modern Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$32.86
$28.50
$4.36
15%
$22.97
$22.22
$0.75
3%
$21.97
$21.26
$0.71
3%
$25.97
$27.19
($1.22)
-4%
$36.30
$34.23
$2.07
6%
$28.44
$28.36
$0.08
0%
$18.86
$18.36
$0.50
3%
$33.14
$27.24
$5.90
22%
$30.52
$30.38
$0.14
0%
$29.72
$29.78
($0.06)
0%
$31.12
$30.23
$0.89
3%
$29.61
$31.59
($1.98)
-6%
$98.18
$106.79
($8.61)
-8%
$26.59
$25.42
$1.17
5%
$31.15
$31.24
($0.09)
0%
$28.51
$25.64
$2.87
11%
$56.04
$51.82
$4.22
8%
$42.21
$40.56
$1.65
4%

 

Legacy and Vintage: Legacy and Vintage are pretty quiet this week. Nothing really interesting, except for Force of Will. That jumped big time. 

 

Legacy / Vintage Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$36.09
$35.63
$0.46
1%
$120.28
$119.69
$0.59
0%
$36.24
$33.64
$2.60
8%
$36.41
$33.51
$2.90
9%
$28.81
$28.91
($0.10)
0%
$46.91
$47.95
($1.04)
-2%
$37.98
$39.33
($1.35)
-3%
$41.01
$27.03
$13.98
52%
$45.62
$45.82
($0.20)
0%
$33.18
$32.36
$0.82
3%
$85.02
$84.91
$0.11
0%
$31.97
$34.35
($2.38)
-7%
$55.20
$54.51
$0.69
1%
$236.84
$236.84
$0.00
0%
$52.02
$51.86
$0.16
0%
$51.63
$51.30
$0.33
1%
$31.39
$31.02
$0.37
1%
$36.54
$36.20
$0.34
1%

 

Set Redemption: You can redeem complete sets on MTGO. You need to purchase a redemption voucher from the store for $25. During the next downtime, Wizards removes a complete set from your account and sends you the same set in paper. 

 

Complete Set
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
Battle for Zendikar
$59.97
$58.13
$1.84
3%
Dragons of Tarkir
$66.12
$65.65
$0.47
1%
Eldritch Moon
$117.24
$138.81
($21.57)
-16%
Magic Origins
$92.05
$114.09
($22.04)
-19%
Oath of the Gatewatch
$105.52
$98.75
$6.77
7%
Shadows over Innistrad
$72.59
$80.14
($7.55)
-9%

 

 The Good Stuff:

The following is a list of all the non-promo, non-foil cards on MTGO that retail for more than $25 per card.   These are the big ticket items in the world of MTGO. The list looks pretty much like it did two or three weeks ago – but the prices are all shifted back up a bit.  

 

Name
Set
Rarity
 Price
Rishadan Port
 MM
Rare
 $ 236.84
Black Lotus
 VMA
Bonus
 $ 120.28
Liliana of the Veil
 ISD
Mythic Rare
 $   98.18
Misdirection
 MM
Rare
 $  85.02
Tarmogoyf
 FUT
Rare
 $   56.04
Mox Sapphire
 VMA
Bonus
 $   55.20
Show and Tell
 UZ
Rare
 $   52.02
Tarmogoyf
 MMA
Mythic Rare
 $   51.96
Tarmogoyf
 MM2
Mythic Rare
 $   51.92
Tangle Wire
 NE
Rare
 $   51.63
Exploration
 UZ
Rare
 $   46.97
Gaea's Cradle
 UZ
Rare
 $   45.62
Liliana, the Last Hope
 EMN
Mythic Rare
 $   43.81
Wasteland
 TPR
Rare
 $   43.50
Voice of Resurgence
 DGM
Mythic Rare
 $   42.21
Wasteland
 TE
Uncommon
 $   41.73
Force of Will
 MED
Rare
 $   41.01
Engineered Explosives
 MMA
Rare
 $   40.89
Food Chain
 MM
Rare
 $   37.98
Engineered Explosives
 5DN
Rare
 $   37.28
Wasteland
 EMA
Rare
 $   36.54
Containment Priest
 PZ1
Rare
 $   36.41
Cavern of Souls
 AVR
Rare
 $   36.30
City of Traitors
 EX
Rare
 $   36.24
Volcanic Island
 ME3
Rare
 $   36.24
Ancestral Recall
 VMA
Bonus
 $   36.09
Unmask
 MM
Rare
 $   35.97
Underground Sea
 ME4
Rare
 $   35.15
Jace& Vryn's Prodigy
 ORI
Mythic Rare
 $   33.92
Volcanic Island
 ME4
Rare
 $   33.91
Infernal Tutor
 DIS
Rare
 $   33.18
Ensnaring Bridge
 ST
Rare
 $   33.14
Lion's Eye Diamond
 MI
Rare
 $   33.13
Ancestral Vision
 DD2
Rare
 $   32.86
Mox Jet
 VMA
Bonus
 $   31.97
True-Name Nemesis
 PZ1
Mythic Rare
 $   31.94
Ancestral Vision
 TSP
Rare
 $   31.76
Time Walk
 VMA
Bonus
 $   31.39
Containment Priest
 C14
Rare
 $   31.20
Scalding Tarn
 ZEN
Rare
 $   31.15
Horizon Canopy
 FUT
Rare
 $   31.12
Moat
 MED
Rare
 $   30.93
Griselbrand
 AVR
Mythic Rare
 $   30.52
Grove of the Burnwillows
 FUT
Rare
 $   29.72
Inkmoth Nexus
 MBS
Rare
 $   29.61
Underground Sea
 ME2
Rare
 $   29.53
City of Traitors
 TPR
Rare
 $   29.31
Doomsday
 WL
Rare
 $   28.81
Force of Will
 EMA
Mythic Rare
 $   28.73
Scapeshift
 MOR
Rare
 $   28.51
Celestial Colonnade
 WWK
Rare
 $   28.44
Undiscovered Paradise
 VI
Rare
 $   28.03
Back to Basics
 UZ
Rare
 $   28.02
Force of Will
 VMA
Rare
 $   27.83
Blood Moon
 8ED
Rare
 $   27.46
Blood Moon
 9ED
Rare
 $   27.35
Mox Ruby
 VMA
Bonus
 $   27.34
Mox Opal
 MM2
Mythic Rare
 $   26.90
Mox Emerald
 VMA
Bonus
 $   26.62
Mox Opal
 SOM
Mythic Rare
 $   26.59
Blood Moon
 MMA
Rare
 $   25.97
Ensnaring Bridge
 8ED
Rare
 $   25.91
Ensnaring Bridge
 7E
Rare
 $   25.88
Mox Pearl
 VMA
Bonus
 $   25.53

 

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 $ 29,000.  That’s up a gigantic $3,065 from last weeks, which has me wondering if I screwed up a calculation somewhere. 

 

Weekly Highlights:

This was the first weekend where I did not have to travel for work or Magic. I managed to get a number of drafts in, along with some league play. I tried playing in the Pro Tour Gauntlet, but nothing ever fired during the times I was online.
 
I watched several good videos this week.  The VSL playoffs were really good; the only bad game was one where Oath of Druids hit turn one on the play, against a creature deck.  The other games were long and complex.  If you want something lighter, check out Paul Cheon's video blog from the PT.  It provides a nice peek behind the scenes, both on the lives of the pros and the production of the PT itself.  

 

PRJ 

 

“One Million Words” and “3MWords” on MTGO 

 

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

 

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9 Comments

The card hover program is by JXClaytor at Fri, 08/19/2016 - 12:27
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The card hover program is still running, when it is done, I will update the article accordingly :D

But Force of Will did not by Claw at Fri, 08/19/2016 - 13:27
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But Force of Will did not jump?

Heh by Sensei at Sat, 08/20/2016 - 02:38
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Heh

Well not the one linked below by Paul Leicht at Sat, 08/20/2016 - 21:54
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Well not the one linked below that sentence but the ME1 version did...doubled in fact. But the jump was from May of this year. In the interim it has declined slightly from it's most recent high of 44.xx to 40.xx

judge's question by laffyFleur at Fri, 08/19/2016 - 17:53
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am i the only one not seeing an answer to the judge's question?

and as long as there appears to be no answer, does the question in some way hinge on the statement that you target "your opponent's Precursor Golem for two damage and one of his four 3/3 Golem tokens for one damage" when Prescusor Golem creates only TWO tokens (ie, are there supposed to be two extras there for some reason)? I can't imagine this could affect the answer.

my answer is that nothing dies, because Precursor Golem reads "an instant or sorcery that targets only a single Golem," and no matter how you slice it, Arc Trail is an instant or sorcery that targets two golems. if I'm following, if the opponent had another creature type in play, say an Elf, and that was used for Arc Trail's second target, then the first Arc Trail damage would multiply to the other golems, but they still wouldn't die just because it's not enough damage.

The 'Only' prevents the by AJ_Impy at Fri, 08/19/2016 - 18:02
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The 'Only' prevents the target an elf trick from working.

it's funny, now that you say by laffyFleur at Fri, 08/19/2016 - 20:00
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it's funny, now that you say that, i hadn't even seen it. language can be so ambiguous. "only a single Golem" can be parsed accurately as "exactly one Golem, and anything else," or "exactly one Golem and nothing else." In English at least. i have no idea how judges are supposed to deal with these ambiguities or how the rules deal with these ambiguities. One of the judge's questions quite a while ago hinged on a similar ambiguity and I couldn't quite follow the reasoning there (I forget the specifics). But I am a linguist by training and finding multiple perhaps non-canonical but "legal" parsings of sentences is ordinary business for me & I obviously did it in this case...

re by Hearts at Sat, 08/20/2016 - 12:01
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The difference between mtg and rest-of-life is that wotc intends for mtg to be ambiguous.

Swiss by Sensei at Sat, 08/20/2016 - 02:39
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The swiss WILL be 11 rounds

http://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/products/magic-online/swiss-pairings

Also, not sure comparing the price of last week's Vintage Master's FoW to this week's Master's Edition counts as 'jumping big time'