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State of the Program for August 1st 2014

 

In the News:

MOCS and PTQs are Back!:  Wizards has announced the return of Premier events, including MOCS and PTQs. The MOCS are returning pretty much as they were before the hiatus. The PTQs will be different, and be structured much like paper PTQs (see below.) Like paper, there will be preliminary PTQs which award invites to the Finals PTQ. Only the Final PTQ will award Pro Tour invites. Details here, and in the articles linked to in that article.  The PTQ cycles will start at the end of the month.
 
Large Events Guidelines:  Wizards has released a set of guidelines explaining what will happen when Murphy (the Murphy’s Law guy) attacks in MOCS and PTQ Finals events.   Short version: Wizards built new tools, they tested the tools, and they will use the tools to save everything even remotely savable.   If saving it causes delays, you get some product. If something causes a crash and it can’t be saved (unlikely, but nothing is impossible) then new event, same time next week, for everyone at x-2 or better. The Guidelines are here.
 
Changes to Paper Organized Play: Wizards has announced a number of changes to organized play. The biggest is that PTQs have gone from one step to two steps, with store level PTQs feeding regional PTQs. Store level PTQs do not give invites to the Pro Tour, but to the Regional PTQs, which give invites to the Top 8 players. Grand Prix have also been increased both in number and payout. Finally, the Pro Player club has been tweaked. Details here.
 
Show and Tell is Next MOCS Promo: Another high priced promo. Based on past experience, that should knock the price down about a third. Event promo is Prognostic Sphinx. Store event promo is an alt art Bile Blight.
 
Community Cup Challenge Team Announced: Well, sort of. We have names, twitter handles and pictures, but no MTGO names, forum handles or bios. I guess if you know who they are, you know. If not – maybe we will get more info later. (I recognize six of them.) Photos here.
 
Constructed Queues (other than Legacy and Vintage) Now Pay Out in M15 Packs: All Modern, Standard, Momir Vig and Pauper queues are now paying out M15 packs. Legacy and Vintage will continue to pay out in VMA packs.
 
PureMTGO Teaches SCG How It’s Done: SCG recently announced that they will also be updating articles around noon. Pure has been doing that since forever (or at least since April – and it is noon my time, 11am EDT.) 
 
Various Queues Retired: With the arrival of M15 events, a number of queues have been retired as of last Wednesday’s downtime. These include all M14 queues.  (Boo!  I still have 15 packs that I didn’t have time to burn through.) VMA 4-3-2-2 and on demand Sealed Swiss queues have also ended.   In addition, all Theros block constructed events are gone. 
 

The Timeline:

This is a list of things we have been promised, or just want to see coming back.   Another good source for dates and times is the MTGO calendar. Here’s what we know, want or are tracking. I also created another list for notable bugs. If you know of one that has not been fixed (and you or someone has filed a bug report) please let me know.
 
Item (date it will return) and notes
·         Online PTQs & MOCS: AUGUST! Latest update is here.
·         Leagues (2014) Wizards has promised that leagues will return this year. Details here.
·         Duel Decks: Speed vs. Cunning (10/6/2014) Details here.
·         Khans of Tarkir: (October) Prerelease Oct. 3-6. Details here.
·         Commander 2014: (11/21/2014) Details here.
 
Bugs Needing a Good Stomping:
A ton of bugs got stomped last downtime. Here’s what I have been told still doesn’t work. Let me know what needs to be added.
·         Trading Tickets: move all tickets to trade binder does not work if there are any tickets already in the binder. (remove all TIX from the trade binder and it works.)
·         Gifts Ungiven: choosing just two cards will mean one ends up in your hand. Both should be in the graveyard. Fix expected 8/6.
·         (Descendants’ Path) forces you to cast the revealed creature to move the game forward.
·         Tangle Wire only requires tapping two permanents, regardless of the number of fading counters on it. Fix expected 8/6.
·         (Burning of Xiyne) has the same problem. Fix expected 8/6.
·         Athreos, God of Passage prompts opponents to pay 3 life or 3 mana – should only be 3 life. Trying to pay 3 mana will eat 3 mana AND 3 life.
·         Daring Thief inspired trigger is still bugged, but only for certain special cases. In most circumstances, it works.
·         Soul of Shandalar shows too many targets. Clicking an invalid target corrects this.
·         Gather Specimens is bugged. 
·         Mortis Dogs is bugged.
·         Thopter Assembly is bugged.
·         Cursed Scroll does not show what card was named. (May be fixed now.)
·         Floodtide Serpent was bugged. Reportedly fixed now.
·         Balance is reportedly bugged. Haven’t confirmed.
·         Curse of Misfortunes is bugged
·         Tomorrow, Asura’s Familiar reportedly restarts the game when its ability is activated.
·         Wish lists don’t save correctly in the new client. You may have multiple versions.
·         Dual land text boxes don’t display correctly. (A ton of display issues persist.)

 

Ten Step Program

I am going to be making a list of ten things I want fixed in the new client each week. I will also submit the list each week using the official email link: MagicOnlineFeedback@wizards.com I recommend that everyone who has thoughts about improvements do the same. Wizards wants and needs feedback. Just be polite. Wizards knows people are upset, and shouting about it just makes you look irrational and inane.  
 
These are not in any order, and do not represent my highest priority fixes. The fixes I want most are probably the binder view and a better collection system, but I have written about those many times before. I also recognize that multiplayer is totally busted but I’ll let someone else work on that.
 
Ten Things to Fix in MTGO’s New Client
1.      Move Chat Warning Pop-up or Chat Entry Window: V3 had the chat on the right side. After a few years of getting used to that, so I tend to dock the chat on the right. Every time I chat with my opponent, I get a pop-up that says “[opponent] is chatting with you.” That pop-up covers the area in which I can type chat. If I wait for that pop=up to disappear, then mouse over to that area, the pop-up comes back. I have to close it manually, at which point another pop-up appears saying “[opponent] sent you a message.” 
2.      Move “Play First” or “Mulligan”: I have been having some Internet issues (joys of rural living) and the lag is annoying. I clicked on the Play First button and nothing happened for 5 seconds. I clicked it again, and instantly mulliganned to six. Never saw my seven card hand. This was a problem on V3, until Wizards fixed that. It might be nostalgic if I hadn’t hated this problem last time around, too.
3.      Don’t show us New Player events if we can’t play in them.  Add a yes/no box, like Phantom, to show or no show them. Let us choose not to see them.
4.      Either show the prize structure or remove the “Prize Structure” in the Game Details box.
5.      Add info to the Event Details Screen:  It should say “Round X of Y (plus top 8 is applicable), 11/16 matches completed, round started 27:11 ago”
6.      It should not say “Game 3 in-progress” after game three ends. First, make it work. Second, remove the inappropriate hyphen. I can send you a style guide, if that helps. 
7.      Not really a bug, but how do I: move my chat. I docked it on the right. How do I move it to the other side to get away from the pop-up?
8.      Not really a bug, but how do I: watch my replays?   I have some, but they are all from months to years ago, and don’t work.   
9.      Fix the Deck Editor: I simply wanted to see how many M15 packs I had left. It took 5 minutes and the game locked up four times. No crashes, but that annoying spinning blue circle. And when I have changed to other products, show only packs and TIX, it should not stall whenever I try to scroll. 
10. Fix the Rarity Sort: I don’t care if Fyndhorn Elves was printed with a red-gold symbol in some FTV set, it is not a Mythic.
 

Cutting Edge Tech:

Standard: The biggest event last weekend was the SCG Open in Kansas City. It featured the best public tech. (We will see the best secret tech this weekend at the Pro Tour.) The Top 16 decklists are here. The winning deck actually featured some M15 cards – like Sunblade Elf.
 
GW Aggro
Scott Lipp, Winner, SCG Standard Open Kansas City
Creatures
3 Boon Satyr
4 Fleecemane Lion
3 Soldier of the Pantheon
4 Voice of Resurgence
4 Experiment One
3 Loxodon Smiter
21 cards

Other Spells
3 Sunblade Elf
3 Banishing Light
4 Advent of the Wurm
3 Selesnya Charm
2 Ajani, Caller of the Pride
12 cards
 
Lands
4 Mana Confluence
4 Temple Garden
8 Plains
8 Forest
24 cards

Fleecemane Lion
 
Modern: It’s PTQ season. We also had a Modern GP. The PTQ coverage and Top 8 decklists are here. The winner was – Junk, a/k/a Jund with white, etc.
 
 
Legacy: The SCG Legacy Open was in Kansas City last weekend. The winning deck was Death and Taxes (think white weenie with some tricks), but I’ve featured Death and Taxes a few times. The second place was RUG Delver. The third place deck was interesting: OmniTell. Yes, the deck really does win with a card that costs 8UUUU. 
 
OmniTell
Chris Allen, Third Place, SCG Legacy Open Kansas City
Creatures
1 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
1 cards

Other Spells
4 Enter the Infinite
4 Omniscience
4 Preordain
4 Ponder
4 Pact of Negation
3 Cunning Wish
4 Brainstorm
4 Show and Tell
1 City of Traitors
3 Dream Halls
1 Intuition
4 Force of Will
39 cards
 
Lands
1 Scalding Tarn
4 Misty Rainforest
1 Flooded Strand
9 Island
4 Ancient Tomb
19 cards

Enter the Infinite
 
Vintage:  Vintage events have been firing pretty regularly online. Several of the Dailies have been large enough to have multiple 4-0 finishers. This one had just one.
 
Control Oath
oRS, 4-0, Vintage Daily #7313491 on 07/29/2014
Creatures
0 cards

Other Spells
2 Griselbrand
1 Abrupt Decay
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Black Lotus
1 Brainstorm
1 Demonic Tutor
4 Force of Will
1 Gaea's Blessing
1 Gifts Ungiven
1 Imperial Seal
3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Mana Crypt
3 Mana Drain
3 Mental Misstep
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mystical Tutor
4 Oath of Druids
1 Ponder
1 Sol Ring
2 Spell Pierce
1 Thoughtseize
1 Time Vault
1 Time Walk
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Voltaic Key
1 Yawgmoth's Will
36 cards
 
Lands
4 Forbidden Orchard
1 Island
1 Library of Alexandria
4 Misty Rainforest
1 Tolarian Academy
2 Tropical Island
3 Underground Sea
16 cards

Oath of Druids
 

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).
 
Standard staples: Standard prices are up, partly based on an increase in cards for new decks, and partly since fewer people are drafting Theros. Third set rares are increasing in price, as they always do when the M set arrives. Mana Confluence is already climbing. If you speculate for the long term, this might be a card to buy.        
 

Standard & Block Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$9.18
$9.77
($0.59)
-6%
$7.99
new
n/a
n/a
$10.57
$11.05
($0.48)
-4%
$17.17
$15.17
$2.00
13%
$4.74
$8.26
($3.52)
-43%
$9.06
$8.48
$0.58
7%
$8.23
$8.91
($0.68)
-8%
$14.44
$14.48
($0.04)
0%
(Garrukk, Apex Predator)
$10.24
new
n/a
n/a
$9.74
$7.72
$2.02
26%
$6.20
$7.32
($1.12)
-15%
$8.80
$8.97
($0.17)
-2%
$9.29
$7.87
$1.42
18%
$16.34
$14.32
$2.02
14%
$15.37
new
n/a
n/a
$11.35
$8.93
$2.42
27%
$12.47
$17.13
($4.66)
-27%
$10.13
$9.68
$0.45
5%
(Thasssa, God of the Sea)
$6.17
new
n/a
n/a
$23.62
$23.50
$0.12
1%
$6.14
$5.13
$1.01
20%

Modern staples: Modern cards are pretty stable this week, but that probably won’t last. With Modern Masters drafts restarting, I would expect those prices to drop a bit, but it hasn’t happened to any noticeable extent so far.   
 

Modern Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$12.49
$12.49
$0.00
0%
$36.37
$37.92
($1.55)
-4%
$12.03
$11.40
$0.63
6%
$20.98
$20.35
$0.63
3%
$14.42
$14.98
($0.56)
-4%
$16.90
$15.94
$0.96
6%
$20.83
$21.26
($0.43)
-2%
$7.87
$7.87
$0.00
0%
$32.79
$31.00
$1.79
6%
$11.20
$10.61
$0.59
6%
$26.72
$24.00
$2.72
11%
$15.64
$14.05
$1.59
11%
$56.94
$53.51
$3.43
6%
$31.61
$33.15
($1.54)
-5%
$97.89
$90.85
$7.04
8%
$29.35
$29.35
$0.00
0%
$71.54
$66.64
$4.90
7%
$35.08
$34.62
$0.46
1%
$17.27
$17.27
$0.00
0%
$17.12
$16.23
$0.89
5%
$36.83
$46.61
($9.78)
-21%
$17.59
$14.31
$3.28
23%
$19.69
$16.51
$3.18
19%
$13.61
$12.38
$1.23
10%
$84.90
$83.90
$1.00
1%
$56.89
$52.44
$4.45
8%

Legacy / Vintage: Legacy and Vintage prices were pretty stable this week. Power prices have steadied, but are still slightly down since people are still drafting VMA. The rest is pretty much unchanged.   These prices were pulled before Show and Tell was named as a MOCS promo, so we will see the resulting drop starting next week.
 

Legacy / Classic Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$82.87
$82.74
$0.13
0%
$199.75
$192.45
$7.30
4%
$48.23
$48.23
$0.00
0%
$17.86
$17.86
$0.00
0%
$25.29
$25.29
$0.00
0%
$29.17
$28.60
$0.57
2%
$39.90
$44.03
($4.13)
-9%
$61.74
$58.91
$2.83
5%
$25.95
$25.95
$0.00
0%
$18.00
$17.39
$0.61
4%
$14.47
$12.70
$1.77
14%
$12.52
$13.45
($0.93)
-7%
$84.80
$84.80
$0.00
0%
$9.16
$9.57
($0.41)
-4%
$60.60
$61.42
($0.82)
-1%
$52.60
$56.49
($3.89)
-7%
$90.38
$91.95
($1.57)
-2%
$15.78
$15.78
$0.00
0%
$85.85
$79.28
$6.57
8%
$136.40
$136.40
$0.00
0%
$78.65
$78.65
$0.00
0%
$34.51
$34.51
$0.00
0%
$58.56
$64.73
($6.17)
-10%
$29.62
$28.12
$1.50
5%
$22.24
$22.24
$0.00
0%
Underground Sea 
$17.64
$16.60
$1.04
6%
$153.56
$142.08
$11.48
8%

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.   For those of you who redeem, here are the retail prices of one of everything set currently available in the store.   The M15 prices are brand new – expect them to fluctuate.
 

Complete Set
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
Born of the Gods
$57.41
$55.11
$2.30
4%
Dragon's Maze
$41.01
$41.01
$0.00
0%
Gatecrash
$60.63
$65.65
($5.02)
-8%
Journey into Nix
$69.55
$68.45
$1.10
2%
M14
$86.54
$80.95
$5.59
7%
M15
$105.79
n/a
n/a
n/a
Return to Ravnica
$89.94
$97.96
($8.02)
-8%
Theros
$101.35
$98.37
$2.98
3%

 

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. Black Lotus continues to lead the pack, but Wasteland and Rishadan Port are not that far behind.   Rishadan Port is a weird one, and not that heavily played. Wasteland, on the other hand, is a staple in both Legacy and Vintage. Paper prices are also really, really high. Wizards will reprint it – they have to.   From the Vault Wasteland? Who knows – but right now a Tempest block uncommon is worth almost three Time Walks. On the plus side, Wizards announced Show and Tell will be a MOCS promo next month.
 

Card
Rarity
Set
 Price
Black Lotus
B
VMA
 $ 199.75
Wasteland
U
TE
 $ 153.56
Rishadan Port
R
MM
 $ 136.40
Liliana of the Veil
M
ISD
 $    97.89
Mox Sapphire
B
VMA
 $    90.38
Tarmogoyf
R
FUT
 $    88.17
Polluted Delta
R
ONS
 $    85.85
Tarmogoyf
M
MMA
 $    84.90
Misdirection
R
MM
 $    84.80
Ancestral Recall
B
VMA
 $    82.87
Show and Tell
R
UZ
 $    78.65
Mox Opal
M
SOM
 $    71.54
Hurkyl's Recall
R
10E
 $    61.74
Mox Jet
B
VMA
 $    60.60
Flooded Strand
R
ONS
 $    59.54
Time Walk
B
VMA
 $    58.56
Vendilion Clique
R
MOR
 $    58.06
Griselbrand
M
AVR
 $    56.94
Vendilion Clique
M
MMA
 $    56.89
Mox Emerald
B
VMA
 $    55.65
Mox Ruby
B
VMA
 $    54.00
Mox Pearl
B
VMA
 $    52.60
City of Traitors
R
EX
 $    48.23
Force of Will
R
MED
 $    45.76
Misty Rainforest
R
ZEN
 $    43.60
Tangle Wire
R
NE
 $    43.50
Batterskull
M
NPH
 $    40.13
Gaea's Cradle
R
UZ
 $    39.90
Toxic Deluge
R
C13
 $    38.00
Scalding Tarn
R
ZEN
 $    36.83
Noble Hierarch
R
CON
 $    35.08
Sneak Attack
R
UZ
 $    34.51
Lion's Eye Diamond
R
MI
 $    33.73
Dark Confidant
M
MMA
 $    33.69
Undiscovered Paradise
R
VI
 $    33.30
Dark Confidant
R
RAV
 $    32.79
Karn Liberated
M
NPH
 $    31.61
Infernal Tutor
R
DIS
 $    29.71
True-Name Nemesis
R
C13
 $    29.62
Linvala, Keeper of Silence
M
ROE
 $    29.35
Force of Will
R
VMA
 $    29.17
Tundra
R
ME2
 $    28.18
Tundra
R
ME4
 $    27.88
Craterhoof Behemoth
M
AVR
 $    27.53
Fulminator Mage
R
SHM
 $    26.72
Intuition
R
TE
 $    25.95
Tezzeret the Seeker
M
ALA
 $    25.52
Dark Depths
R
CSP
 $    25.29

The big number is the retail price of a playset (4 copies) of every card available on MTGO. Assuming you bought the least expensive version available, the cost of owning a playset of every card on MTGO you can own is $ 24,780. That’s up about $350 from where we were last week.
 

Weekly Highlights:

I played a number of prerelease queues last weekend, burning through 6 hunt packs (the five free ones plus one that was refunded when a bug knocked me out my first event: game one didn’t fire, and I didn’t realize it until I had timed out.) Other than that one bug and a problem with the Internet connection on my end, the client worked quite well. Other than the collection screen, which is enough of a pain that I have not built any constructed decks at all, the only problems I am having are just getting used to small changes and the appearance. It looks different, and I find I hate change. Now get off my lawn.     
 
 As for M15, I have very mixed feelings. I have done the six sealed, plus a number of drafts. Maybe it is just me, but I have seen an awful lot of bombs deciding games. I have actually beaten a Nissa, and a couple of the Souls, but the odds are so stacked against that happening. Maybe it is just me, or maybe it is just that the only bomb I have ever opened was the Resolute Angel. That’s less a bomb that something to make your opponent groan. I have beaten an opponent who played it, gaining 16 life, but it was not a fun match.  I have never opened a Soul of Anywhere, but have scooped to a number of them.  It will be interesting to see what the Pro Tour shows – whether the pros have the same problems with the format.    
 
PRJ
 
“one million words” on MTGO
 
This series is an ongoing tribute to Erik “Hamtastic” Friborg.
 
HammyBot Still Running: HammyBot was set up to sell off Erik Friborg’s collection, with all proceeds going to his wife and son. So far, HammyBot has raised over $8,000, but there are over 24,000 cards left in the collection. Those cards are being sold at 10% below retail price. Erik died three years ago, so HammyBot does not include any standard legal sets, but it includes a ton of Masters Edition and Vintage cards, and some nice Modern bargains. 
 

23 Comments

“Prize Structure” in the Game Details box by pcjr at Fri, 08/01/2014 - 12:48
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You listed "Either show the prize structure or remove the “Prize Structure” in the Game Details box." Last I checked, it was a link you could click on to display the prize structure (in your web browser). So, simply removing it would suck. Ideally, the prize structure would be listed right there. But, this could get kind of long for certain types of events...

That Oath list (featuring the by Bazaar of Baghdad at Fri, 08/01/2014 - 13:06
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That Oath list (featuring the Oath of Druids pic, no less) through me for a loop when it said Creatures = 0. :)

hmm by one million words at Fri, 08/01/2014 - 13:23
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Apparently Griselbrand is a draw seven spell, not a creature...

well,l i will say the client by cavegoat at Fri, 08/01/2014 - 13:12
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well,l i will say the client hasnt sucked for me as much as i thought a few weeks ago when i was forced into it, but i am still not pleased. the trading and collection search still suck.

thrilled to be able to draft though, too bad i cant find the same bots i had credits with to buy more packs, but hey, thats the way it is sometimes.

i also found m15 to basic set fun, nothing too out of the ordinary. but if you want to pass me two cones of flames, well then you can expect to be burned....

Standard Pauper legality bug by gwyned at Fri, 08/01/2014 - 13:18
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The Standard Pauper format has a legality bug that displays Uncommons previously printed as Commons as legal, but won't let you actually join a game with these illegal cards. Worse, there's no way to view which cards are causing the problem; instead, you just get this error message: "Sorry, we were unable to join you to this event. Please try again later. This is not a legal deck. Internal deck code: DECKY"

This bug also impacts classic by Phanderus at Sat, 08/02/2014 - 11:25
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This bug also impacts classic pauper with the promo versions of Blue Elemental Blast. These were released as a common for promos, but are not legal in pauper.

It also used to occur with Kird Ape and Sinkhole, but it looks like the promo versions of those have been updated to uncommon/rare since I checked last.

I am pretty sure Ponder is by Cownose at Fri, 08/01/2014 - 14:18
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I am pretty sure Ponder is still bugged. When you tell it not to shuffle the cards back in it randomly shuffles them sometimes (and then sometimes it doesn't). Between Ponder, Tangle Wire, and Gifts being bugged Vintage is basically unplayable...thanks WotC.

I played a M15 draft and by doc_brietz at Fri, 08/01/2014 - 14:51
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I played a M15 draft and ALMOST had the guy beat....he was at 2 life. Resolute Angel happened and I lost.
I love playing the card but hate playing against it. At least there is an answer to the pair of "your life is now 10" cards. I like that they are willing to print answers to problem cards.

1 Release the Ants??? by ScionOfJustice at Fri, 08/01/2014 - 15:07
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1 Release the Ants???

And as far as the Junk deck goes, it is interesting that the only main deck white card in it is 3 Lingering Souls.

It's the klill card by one million words at Fri, 08/01/2014 - 15:12
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You can cast it, with buyback, repeatedly with Enter the Infinite

That deck first cast by romellos at Fri, 08/01/2014 - 15:18
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That deck first cast Omniscience/Dream Hall, then Enter the Infinite for free and put a card with high CMC to top of your library. And after that you can fetch Release the Ants with Cunning Wish and finish your opponent with endless Release the Ants. A little wierd but that why it is there.

Well, it's not even white... by walkerdog at Fri, 08/01/2014 - 15:35
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That's there to be pitched for Lil of the Veil as much as it is to be cast. The White is pretty much a negligible splash for SB options.

I did not recognize one CCC by Paul Leicht at Fri, 08/01/2014 - 15:57
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I did not recognize one CCC team member for this year. Not surprising. We had our time in the sun. Now it is time for those who aren't MTGO players to have theirs. This however means I won't be writing about it or rooting for the team, or caring at all about it much less writing/singing songs about it. I think WOTC has done an outstanding job. Of alienating its MTGO community.

I know quite a few of them, by AJ_Impy at Sat, 08/02/2014 - 03:03
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I know quite a few of them, and know of others. Writers, podcasters, streamers, a judge and the focal point of Team Panda. I do not feel alienated.

Then I guess it's just me by Paul Leicht at Sat, 08/02/2014 - 03:44
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Then I guess it's just me *shrugs* nothing new there.

Boss Ross heading to the CCC. by The D.K. at Fri, 08/01/2014 - 16:26
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Kinda happy to see Boss (Tom) Ross heading to the Community Cup. He is one of the better mono-red players these days. Of course that's not all he plays, but when he wants to go into a major event with a <$50 deck, he can still take that thing down. He won two separate SCG events with "Boss Sligh", an insanely fast RDW that usually kills on T4 but has enough resiliency and reach to last until T7 or so if need be.

I thought it was just me that by Joe Fiorini at Fri, 08/01/2014 - 23:17
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I thought it was just me that got the ol' spinning blue circle of annoyance.
I got a new laptop, thinking it was my computer that was the problem. I wish.
And having a forced mulligan SUCKS. Especially when you catch a glimpse of a sweet hand.....

To move chat by hoogamaphone at Sat, 08/02/2014 - 10:17
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I'm pretty sure that in order to move the chat window, you can drag the tab. If you drag far enough, it will undock. Then you can dock it somewhere else.

grammar... by eksiii at Sun, 08/03/2014 - 10:21
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Terrific article, as always.

I can see how "in-progress" is correct, if it's being used as an adjective for "game." It is akin to writing, "Game 3 half-done." It's not elegant, but if they're not trying to make it a sentence of sorts, it doesn't bother me.

I think it's ludicrous that the collection sorter considers lands to have color. That's my latest pet peeve.

:I think it's ludicrous that by longtimegone at Sun, 08/03/2014 - 18:19
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:I think it's ludicrous that the collection sorter considers lands to have color. That's my latest pet peeve.

How is this not an upgrade? It makes it much easier to locate all your lands that produce a given color, just click Land for type, and the color you want.

Toxic Deluge? by Adam_the_Mentat at Sun, 08/03/2014 - 22:08
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Toxic Deluge, at $38.00 is $8 more than the actual deck it comes in, and since Oloro is worth around 8 bucks, it's a sweet deal. It's like the new Flusterstorm. What deck is it being used in that it is so sought after?

It's not any one specific by TheKidsArentAlright at Mon, 08/04/2014 - 14:30
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It's not any one specific deck. Deluge is the de facto board sweeper in Vintage right now. Pretty much all of the U/B/x decks aside from Oath (because, you know, puking a Griselbrand up wins anyway) are running 1-2 copies in the 75.

Price changes from V3 to V4 by Ikoma_Aze at Tue, 08/05/2014 - 09:14
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Pete

Not sure if I've missed it, or whether you have (when you had a "week off"), but did you ever show the price changes for the week in which V3 was turned off?

I think data for that particular week would be the most interesting of all the weeks you've been including this feature.

Thanks as usual for the great articles. :-)