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State of the Program for August 20th, 2021
 
In the News

Classic Cube:  Ryan Saxe made this one, the twist is the fast mana comes at a cost!  You can see a discussion of the cards and the archetypes 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
September 15th, 2021
Constructed Leagues End
Ends September 14th, 2021
Sealed Leagues End
Ends September 15th, 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 18th:  Ryan Saxe's Classic Cube
August 25th:  Legacy Cube Featuring Adventures in the Forgotten Realms

August 21: Pioneer Qualifier 
August 21: Vintage Showcase Qualifier
August 22: Modern Horizons 2 Qualifier
August 22: Legacy Showcase Qualifier
 
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:  The 6-0 decks from the Arena decklist dumps are either the greatest troll job in the game or are secret bangers.  I am not sure where this Simic deck ranks but it has 22 lands, all basic, a whole bunch of 2 drops in the main and Solve the Equation to search for land ramp I guess.  This game may have finally passed my old self by, but I still love this deck. 


Historic:  One day, in the future, and it for sure won't be today, I'll miss Historic for what it was, before the digital only cards came to the format and arena.  Before the Modern Horizons cards came to the client.  I think for as much as I'll miss Historic, I'll just wish that Wizards of the Coast pooped or got off the pot.  Are you all putting Pioneer on here?  You've told us Modern wasn't coming to the client, why put in the effort to put in Modern only set?  What is the point of Arena besides making money and how does MTGO fit here?


Legacy:  It is good to see Destiny Spinner getting more play now.  It's a really solid body with an outstanding effect on it, and an ability that ends the game stapled on.  A 2/3 for 1G with the can't be countered text would be playable by itself, and it wasn't until recently and it is slowly becoming an multiformat star. 


Modern:  I for sure have a certain deck type, and I get hyperfixated on that particular deck for a couple of weeks and then move on.  Enchantress though is one of those decks that I can't seem to not move on from.  If it's playable, I am gonna try it at least a couple of times. 


Pauper:  It's Bogles, it's the closest I think I am going to get to an Enchantress deck in Pauper.  I tried hard though! 


Pioneer:  I played this a couple of days ago during a stream and did very poorly with it.  I picked the wrong version, I wanted to try the one with Wish in it, and then wanted to try one with Wolfwillow Haven but playing this version turned me off to both of them.  I didn't play it well, I ended up, every time, making the incorrect decision when there was a decision to make, and got hammered for it by every person I played.  Every player in Leagues on MTGO is a stellar player, and then there is me. 

 

 
Winner's Circle

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

AndyAWKWARD has been running incredibly hot with Sultai Ultimatum for weeks now in the Standard events. 

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - Ozymandias - Jeskai Channeler
Saturday Modern - WaToO - Azorius Control
Saturday Pauper - Mamah - ChatterStorm
Saturday Pioneer - _VFS_ - Jeskai Control
Saturday Standard - AndyAWKWARD - Sultai Ultimatum
Saturday Vintage - musasabi

Sunday Legacy - wooop_orc - Jeskai Pyromancer
Sunday Modern - Gerschi - Whirza
Sunday Pauper - Unknowless - Affinity
Sunday Pioneer - hcook725 -Rakdos Aggro
Sunday Standard - AndyAWKWARD - Sultai Ultimatum
Sunday Vintage - Diem4x

Other Event Winners

Modern Showcase Challenge -
Oscar_Franco - Living End
Sealed Modern Horizons 2 Super Qualifier - L3D91


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: Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider came off the list this week.  Alrund's Epiphany also came off. Actually this was a pretty bad week for Kaldheim cards, as Koma, Cosmos Serpent  and Halvar, God of Battle were removed as well. Stormwing Entity was taken off as well.

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Demilich $17.79 $20.01 ($2.22) -11%
The Book of Exalted Deeds $9.40 $9.40 $0.00 0%
Acererak the Archlich $17.40 $14.87 $2.53 17%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $12.69 $13.14 ($0.45) -3%
Iymrith, Desert Doom $5.08 $5.08 $0.00 0%
Minsc, Beloved Ranger $8.61 $7.80 $0.81 10%
Ebondeath, Dracolich $6.56 $6.46 $0.10 2%
Old Gnawbone $7.18 $6.38 $0.80 13%
Tiamat $5.25 $5.32 ($0.07) -1%
Xanathar, Guild Kingpin $5.36 $5.26 $0.10 2%
Brazen Borrower $26.57 $29.97 ($3.40) -11%
Bonecrusher Giant $5.70 $7.99 ($2.29) -29%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $12.11 $10.08 $2.03 20%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $17.98 $15.60 $2.38 15%
Shark Typhoon $7.32 $6.37 $0.95 15%
Raugrin Triome $6.89 $6.20 $0.69 11%
Valki, God of Lies $21.49 $23.72 ($2.23) -9%
Goldspan Dragon $9.86 $9.64 $0.22 2%
Prismari Command $24.34 $23.29 $1.05 5%
Magma Opus $7.13 $7.16 ($0.03) 0%
Professor Onyx $8.19 $8.34 ($0.15) -2%
Velomachus Lorehold $13.47 $13.93 ($0.46) -3%
Beledros Witherbloom $6.41 $6.40 $0.01 0%
Extus, Oriq Overlord $7.33 $7.42 ($0.09) -1%
Galazeth Prismari $5.73 $5.73 $0.00 0%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $7.31 $7.07 $0.24 3%
Scourge of the Skyclaves $10.93 $11.13 ($0.20) -2%
Skyclave Apparition $18.20 $15.72 $2.48 16%
Modern Staples: Karn Liberated is on the list this week. 
Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $4.31 $5.08 ($0.77) -15%
Steelshaper's Gift $7.03 $9.38 ($2.35) -25%
Engineered Explosives $37.51 $35.72 $1.79 5%
Cavern of Souls $17.57 $16.61 $0.96 6%
Mishra's Bauble $38.96 $36.11 $2.85 8%
Aether Vial $12.00 $11.36 $0.64 6%
Horizon Canopy $6.40 $10.46 ($4.06) -39%
Shattering Spree $3.95 $5.68 ($1.73) -30%
Liliana of the Veil $10.29 $10.10 $0.19 2%
Snapcaster Mage $4.24 $5.50 ($1.26) -23%
Polluted Delta $13.26 $13.84 ($0.58) -4%
Wooded Foothills $8.76 $7.70 $1.06 14%
Flooded Strand $8.07 $10.13 ($2.06) -20%
Bloodstained Mire $7.27 $7.54 ($0.27) -4%
Windswept Heath $7.03 $7.03 $0.00 0%
Thoughtseize $7.54 $8.02 ($0.48) -6%
Elvish Reclaimer $5.00 $4.51 $0.49 11%
Inkmoth Nexus $6.98 $5.82 $1.16 20%
Force of Negation $70.16 $72.89 ($2.73) -4%
Wrenn and Six $51.82 $62.46 ($10.64) -17%
Prismatic Vista $12.13 $12.66 ($0.53) -4%
Sunbaked Canyon $14.98 $15.97 ($0.99) -6%
Seasoned Pyromancer $24.09 $24.20 ($0.11) 0%
Fiery Islet $12.67 $11.99 $0.68 6%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $9.54 $8.12 $1.42 17%
Plague Engineer $4.75 $5.63 ($0.88) -16%
Force of Vigor $40.96 $52.34 ($11.38) -22%
Giver of Runes $5.08 $7.55 ($2.47) -33%
Flusterstorm $30.76 $24.03 $6.73 28%
Archmage's Charm $24.37 $23.69 $0.68 3%
Ice-Fang Coatl $3.53 $6.08 ($2.55) -42%
Silent Clearing $10.17 $8.48 $1.69 20%
Kaya's Guile $8.12 $7.63 $0.49 6%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $102.85 $110.21 ($7.36) -7%
Urza's Saga $44.19 $48.37 ($4.18) -9%
Solitude $26.52 $21.08 $5.44 26%
Endurance $71.02 $69.66 $1.36 2%
Grief $16.02 $15.39 $0.63 4%
Dauthi Voidwalker $4.40 $5.03 ($0.63) -13%
Murktide Regent $27.58 $34.71 ($7.13) -21%
Subtlety $4.09 $5.06 ($0.97) -19%
Sanctum Prelate $9.85 $9.85 $0.00 0%
Fury $16.20 $19.19 ($2.99) -16%
Chalice of the Void $31.92 $35.55 ($3.63) -10%
Surgical Extraction $12.80 $13.04 ($0.24) -2%
Karn Liberated $5.89


Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $14.95 $14.46 $0.49 3%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $12.57 $11.32 $1.25 11%
Ensnaring Bridge $8.40 $8.09 $0.31 4%
Teferi, Time Raveler $41.35 $40.88 $0.47 1%
Gemstone Mine $9.42 $6.89 $2.53 37%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $5.93 $7.43 ($1.50) -20%
Scalding Tarn $9.22 $10.42 ($1.20) -12%
Verdant Catacombs $5.12 $6.31 ($1.19) -19%
Misty Rainforest $6.35 $6.53 ($0.18) -3%
Arid Mesa $3.88 $3.24 $0.64 20%
Marsh Flats $2.18 $2.62 ($0.44) -17%

Eternal Staples

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Hullbreacher $47.95 $40.81 $7.14 17%
Opposition Agent $18.36 $17.02 $1.34 8%
Jeweled Lotus $16.53 $16.20 $0.33 2%
City of Traitors $19.08 $18.21 $0.87 5%
Allosaurus Shepherd $32.22 $32.50 ($0.28) -1%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $10.00 $7.45 $2.55 34%
Force of Will $54.59 $49.71 $4.88 10%
Karakas $7.96 $9.10 ($1.14) -13%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $20.01 $19.69 $0.32 2%
Demonic Tutor $8.25 $9.99 ($1.74) -17%
Food Chain $6.37 $8.55 ($2.18) -25%
Unmask $5.42 $6.60 ($1.18) -18%
Misdirection $13.28 $13.37 ($0.09) -1%
Rishadan Port $8.61 $12.74 ($4.13) -32%
Snuff Out $12.78 $11.18 $1.60 14%
Submerge $13.03 $13.84 ($0.81) -6%
Daze $11.99 $11.00 $0.99 9%
Entomb $5.98 $6.48 ($0.50) -8%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $14.02 $14.91 ($0.89) -6%
Stifle $4.89 $5.07 ($0.18) -4%
Mox Diamond $21.99 $25.86 ($3.87) -15%
Wasteland $29.34 $31.12 ($1.78) -6%
Ancient Tomb $14.64 $15.60 ($0.96) -6%
Lotus Petal $33.34 $29.42 $3.92 13%
Grim Monolith $9.88 $9.50 $0.38 4%
Exploration $13.00 $15.45 ($2.45) -16%
Gaea's Cradle $38.61 $39.86 ($1.25) -3%
Carpet of Flowers $23.14 $25.12 ($1.98) -8%
Gilded Drake $9.93 $10.59 ($0.66) -6%
Black Lotus $8.54 $7.84 $0.70 9%
Tropical Island $7.21 $5.99 $1.22 20%
Volcanic Island $11.18 $12.08 ($0.90) -7%
Underground Sea $11.02 $10.18 $0.84 8%
Null Rod $14.94 $15.57 ($0.63) -4%
Doomsday $18.64 $18.07 $0.57 3%
Paradigm Shift $9.18 $9.88 ($0.70) -7%
Mindbreak Trap $9.31 $9.18 $0.13 1%

Pioneer Staples

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $6.12 $5.41 $0.71 13%
Collected Company $7.11 $5.18 $1.93 37%
Kolaghan's Command $4.99 $4.57 $0.42 9%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $8.08 $5.84 $2.24 38%
Youthful Valkyrie $8.71 $7.39 $1.32 18%
Spirebluff Canal $5.41 $5.87 ($0.46) -8%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $15.73 $13.90 $1.83 13%
Karn, the Great Creator $31.89 $35.38 ($3.49) -10%
Blast Zone $7.41 $8.77 ($1.36) -16%
Finale of Devastation $9.33 $8.93 $0.40 4%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $36.91 $36.17 $0.74 2%

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 Week Change % Change
Forgotten Realms $162.84 $160.19 $2.65 2%
Forgotten Realms Booster Pack $3.27 $3.29 ($0.02) -1%
Core Set 2021 $40.86 $41.65 ($0.79) -2%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $52.20 $48.73 $3.47 7%
Kaldheim $119.77 $122.67 ($2.90) -2%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $136.79 $135.33 $1.46 1%
Theros Beyond Death $75.38 $74.11 $1.27 2%
Throne of Eldraine $110.25 $115.41 ($5.16) -4%
Treasure Chest $2.42 $2.41 $0.01 0%
Zendikar Rising $108.23 $103.05 $5.18 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 170.36
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 112.47
Karakas UBT Mythic 107.31
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 97.46
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 93.33
Mox Jet 1E Rare 92.76
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 92.6
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 80.67
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 79.95
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 70.16
Endurance MH2 Mythic 69.66
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 67.77
Time Walk 1E Rare 65.12
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 64.92
Force of Will MED Rare 54.59
Jeska's Will CMR Rare 53.73
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 53.47
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 51.82
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 50.18
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 48.86
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 48.16
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 47.95
Wasteland EXP Mythic 46.23
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 45.97
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 44.63
Engineered Explosives UBT Mythic 43.93
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 42.93
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 41.35
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 40.96
Engineered Explosives UMA Rare 40.62
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 40.34
Engineered Explosives 2XM Rare 40.2
Chalice of the Void TSR Bonus 40.08
Engineered Explosives MMA Rare 39.39
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon 38.96
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 38.61
Engineered Explosives MS2 Bonus 38.49
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 38.24
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 38.01
Chalice of the Void A25 Mythic 37.97
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 37.85
Engineered Explosives 5DN Rare 37.51
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 37.26
Lotus Petal MS2 Bonus 37.16
Mishra's Bauble 2XM Uncommon 37.15
Flusterstorm IMA Rare 37.12
Omnath, Locus of Creation ZNR Mythic 36.91
Chalice of the Void MMA Rare 36.22
Ignoble Hierarch MH2 Rare 36.08
Dauthi Voidwalker MH2 Rare 36.07
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 35.89
Force of Will EMA Mythic 35.44
Force of Will VMA Rare 35.4
Retrofitter Foundry PZ2 Rare 35.37
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 35.36
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 35.26
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 35.21
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 35.14
Flusterstorm VMA Rare 34.46
Chalice of the Void MS2 Bonus 33.58
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 33.36
Lotus Petal TE Common 33.34
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 32.47
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 32.26
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 32.22
Chalice of the Void MRD Rare 31.92
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 31.89
Lotus Petal TPR Uncommon 31.84
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 31.71
Flusterstorm CMD Rare 31.38
Flusterstorm MH1 Rare 30.76
Wasteland TPR Rare 30.66
Verdant Catacombs EXP Mythic 30.61
Flusterstorm PZ1 Rare 30.61
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 30.5
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 29.84
Timetwister 1E Rare 29.69
Wasteland TE Uncommon 29.34
Reanimate UBT Mythic 28.63
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 28.28
Murktide Regent MH2 Mythic 27.99
Scalding Tarn EXP Mythic 27.96
Solitude MH2 Mythic 27.79
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 27.4
Scalding Tarn MH2 Rare 27.08
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 26.83
Verdant Catacombs MH2 Rare 26.78
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 26.57
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 26.57
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 25.85
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic 25.68
Wasteland EMA Rare 25.52
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 $26,036.  Last week it was $25,695.  A small gain of $304 is still a gain right? 
 
In Closing

Gosh what a slow week it was!  The prices were done on Thursday this week, and I played a lot of Boyfriend Dungeon.  It's a dungeon crawling dating simulator where you date the weapons, so it's like Persona, but for swords instead. 

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