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State of the Program for August 21st, 2020
 
In the News

Secret Lair:  Missed the Ooze Secret Lair?  That's okay, because the Secret Lair for August 26th is for everyone's best friend!  Dogs are the feature of the next one, it goes on sale for 24 hours on the 26th, you can pick if they are foil or not foil and feature adorable art for Rest in Peace, Dig Through Time, Ancient Grudge and Lightning Greaves.  You can pick it up here

Yes, Lucy, the dog on Rest in Peace has been confirmed by Wizards of the Coast to still be alive. Thankfully it's not as crushing as Selfless Savior

FNM at Home:  Mastermind is the format.  You have no lands in your deck, and trade the cards in your hand for land tokens or some such stuff.  Earn your cosmetics this weekend! 

CommandFest Online 2:  August 22 and 23rd, try to capture the feeling of playing paper Commander, but over the internet.  Using Spelltable and Discord, the CommandFest features a lot of games, some panels and good time. Check out the info for that here.

Spelltable:  Speaking of Spelltable, the popular app that launched in April, and helped players connect for games of paper Magic over the internet and webcams is joining Wizards of the Coast.  Congrats on the success! 

Unpainted Minis:  Wizkids is releasing a line of unpainted miniatures featuring Magic: The Gathering characters.  They will be launching with a Magic Dungeons and Dragons supplement.  There is no tabletop game for them.  The best part of minis any way is painting them

Bans:  Something in Historic is getting banned on Monday.  Not sure how many cards are going, but I am pretty sure Field of the Dead is one of them.  You can check the tweet 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 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
Showcase Qualifier Weekend

DATE TIME   FORMAT INVITATION
August 22, 2020   10a.m.   Vintage Season 2 Showcase
August 23, 2020   9a.m.   Limited Season 2 Showcase
August 29, 2020    8a.m.   Modern Season 2 Showcase
August 30, 2020   8a.m.   Legacy Season 2 Showcase

 
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:  Looking towards post rotation Standard?  This deck does not lose much at all and has been fairly competitive since it came out of Ikoira. 


Historic:  This list went 4-0 in a recent StarCity Online event, and it's pretty dope.  Taking advantage of Feather, for almost endless spells and the Prowess mechanic, you can take large chunks of life out of the opponent quickly.


Legacy:


Modern:   This is kinda like the Historic deck, but with better mana, better spells and can hit like an actual truck. 


Pauper:  Make sure you listen to Freed from the Real here on PureMTGO!


Pioneer:  Another blitz type deck, pumping your Electrostatic Pummeler and using Temur Battle Rage on it is a fast way to win the game.


Vintage:


 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - TERANO - Dark Depths
Saturday Modern - gazmon48 - Tron
Saturday Pauper - Oscar_Franco - Dimir Monarch
Saturday Pioneer - wkmidori - Temur Rec
Saturday Standard -  Thommimp - Sultai Ramp
Saturday Vintage - DontKnoxTheHustle

Sunday Legacy - r0cknati0n - Bant Snow
Sunday Modern - kbzx - Izzet Prowess
Sunday Pauper - TopGrinder - Snow Delver
Sunday Pioneer - Patxi - Niv Control
Sunday Standard - Edel - Mono Green Aggro
Sunday Vintage - discoverN

Other Event Winners

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.
 
Standard Staples: A couple of cards fell off this week, and I have spent so much time playing Historic that I tried to move Winota over to the Pioneer list, because my brain thought it was banned in Standard. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $28.56 $25.47 $3.09 12%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $5.53 $6.27 ($0.74) -12%
Questing Beast $8.41 $8.19 $0.22 3%
Alela, Artful Provocateur $6.45 $6.42 $0.03 0%
Bonecrusher Giant $5.88 $6.01 ($0.13) -2%
Assassin's Trophy $7.21 $7.69 ($0.48) -6%
Fiend Artisan $10.68 $13.18 ($2.50) -19%
Vivien, Monsters' Advocate $6.32 $6.73 ($0.41) -6%
General Kudro of Drannith $16.77 $17.77 ($1.00) -6%
Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast $7.87 $7.82 $0.05 1%
Luminous Broodmoth $5.30 $6.38 ($1.08) -17%
Winota, Joiner of Forces $15.53 $15.89 ($0.36) -2%
Shark Typhoon $16.31 $16.45 ($0.14) -1%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $12.35 $9.51 $2.84 30%
Leyline of the Void $5.35 $6.50 ($1.15) -18%
Vivien, Arkbow Ranger $10.55 $11.37 ($0.82) -7%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $6.28 $6.13 $0.15 2%
Elvish Reclaimer $10.43 $6.77 $3.66 54%
Teferi, Master of Time $20.27 $21.72 ($1.45) -7%
Terror of the Peaks $7.74 $7.63 $0.11 1%
Liliana, Waker of the Dead $9.70 $9.85 ($0.15) -2%
Elder Gargaroth $31.26 $24.67 $6.59 27%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper 7.59 7.01 $0.58 8%
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath 72.09 80.81 ($8.72) -11%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 10.42 9.79 $0.63 6%
Klothys, God of Destiny 12.28 13.37 ($1.09) -8%
Finale of Devastation 8.24 7.63 $0.61 8%
Karn, the Great Creator 39.3 30.58 $8.72 29%
Dreadhorde Arcanist 12.28 10.18 $2.10 21%
Blast Zone 12.16 10.64 $1.52 14%
Modern Staples:
Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $7.74 $7.07 $0.67 9%
Cavern of Souls $24.90 $21.67 $3.23 15%
Mishra's Bauble $7.98 $7.54 $0.44 6%
Aether Vial $22.63 $17.41 $5.22 30%
Horizon Canopy $8.66 $10.54 ($1.88) -18%
Tarmogoyf $9.03 $8.45 $0.58 7%
Magus of the Moon $4.42 $5.26 ($0.84) -16%
Liliana of the Veil $13.81 $13.87 ($0.06) 0%
Polluted Delta $8.32 $8.35 ($0.03) 0%
Wooded Foothills $7.30 $6.40 $0.90 14%
Flooded Strand $5.03 $5.47 ($0.44) -8%
Bloodstained Mire $9.91 $10.82 ($0.91) -8%
Windswept Heath $4.74 $4.24 $0.50 12%
Thoughtseize $11.56 $10.36 $1.20 12%
Cryptic Command $4.10 $5.17 ($1.07) -21%
Field of the Dead $10.18 $9.16 $1.02 11%
Force of Negation $88.99 $83.48 $5.51 7%
Wrenn and Six $69.42 $70.44 ($1.02) -1%
Prismatic Vista $11.35 $10.23 $1.12 11%
Sunbaked Canyon $16.77 $15.45 $1.32 9%
Seasoned Pyromancer $41.39 $40.32 $1.07 3%
Fiery Islet $13.80 $13.76 $0.04 0%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $12.28 $10.72 $1.56 15%
Hexdrinker $4.93 $5.56 ($0.63) -11%
Plague Engineer $14.06 $12.85 $1.21 9%
Force of Vigor $12.09 $12.42 ($0.33) -3%
Collector Ouphe $6.93 $5.16 $1.77 34%
Nurturing Peatland $7.48 $8.48 ($1.00) -12%
Ice-Fang Coatl $9.09 $9.23 ($0.14) -2%
Giver of Runes $6.10 $7.32 ($1.22) -17%
Archmage's Charm $4.49 $5.11 ($0.62) -12%
Flusterstorm $6.30 $6.33 ($0.03) 0%
Chalice of the Void $16.28 $15.69 $0.59 4%
Karn Liberated $5.50 $5.63 ($0.13) -2%
Surgical Extraction $13.65 $12.91 $0.74 6%
Dismember $6.13 $6.88 ($0.75) -11%
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn $5.67 $5.46 $0.21 4%
Ensnaring Bridge $8.99 $9.08 ($0.09) -1%
Gemstone Mine $11.14 $10.34 $0.80 8%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $8.78 $10.95 ($2.17) -20%
Scalding Tarn $15.96 $13.83 $2.13 15%
Verdant Catacombs $15.35 $15.57 ($0.22) -1%
Misty Rainforest $16.75 $12.96 $3.79 29%
Arid Mesa $7.30 $5.59 $1.71 31%
Marsh Flats $4.29 $3.41 $0.88 26%
Eternal Staples
Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Dark Depths $6.06 $5.36 $0.70 13%
Oko, Thief of Crowns $20.94 $20.57 $0.37 2%
City of Traitors $25.40 $28.69 ($3.29) -11%
Monastery Mentor $6.50 $7.04 ($0.54) -8%
Force of Will $43.60 $33.16 $10.44 31%
Karakas $5.69 $6.72 ($1.03) -15%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $20.96 $24.98 ($4.02) -16%
Land Tax $12.84 $15.31 ($2.47) -16%
Demonic Tutor $6.44 $7.96 ($1.52) -19%
Unmask $6.50 $7.96 ($1.46) -18%
Misdirection $18.56 $23.37 ($4.81) -21%
Rishadan Port $5.75 $6.01 ($0.26) -4%
Entomb $6.23 $6.63 ($0.40) -6%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $62.48 $65.57 ($3.09) -5%
Mox Opal $5.10 $5.36 ($0.26) -5%
Mox Diamond $19.12 $20.51 ($1.39) -7%
Grindstone $12.56 $13.83 ($1.27) -9%
Wasteland $30.24 $25.90 $4.34 17%
Ancient Tomb $20.97 $21.34 ($0.37) -2%
Lotus Petal $21.79 $14.53 $7.26 50%
Earthcraft $5.76 $7.52 ($1.76) -23%
Academy Rector $11.07 $10.77 $0.30 3%
Grim Monolith $14.09 $14.75 ($0.66) -4%
Exploration $15.98 $16.92 ($0.94) -6%
Gaea's Cradle $22.27 $25.48 ($3.21) -13%
Carpet of Flowers $39.70 $36.57 $3.13 9%
Gilded Drake $16.26 $19.46 ($3.20) -16%
Show and Tell $4.06 $5.23 ($1.17) -22%
Black Lotus $10.26 $11.54 ($1.28) -11%
Tropical Island $9.65 $10.13 ($0.48) -5%
Volcanic Island $12.84 $9.70 $3.14 32%
Underground Sea $9.59 $10.79 ($1.20) -11%
Sol Ring $7.23 $7.89 ($0.66) -8%
Null Rod $8.64 $10.59 ($1.95) -18%
Doomsday $8.12 $7.82 $0.30 4%
Mindbreak Trap $8.61 $9.07 ($0.46) -5%
Pioneer Staples:  This week I wanted to present a look at Pioneer that was just cards 5 and up.  There is an incredible lack of lands that are specific to Pioneer on this table.  They will be back next week. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Soul-Scar Mage $11.35 $8.63 $2.72 32%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $7.72 $9.57 ($1.85) -19%
Collected Company $11.96 $8.88 $3.08 35%
Liliana, the Last Hope $9.10 $11.17 ($2.07) -19%
Collective Brutality $8.50 $8.98 ($0.48) -5%
Emrakul, the Promised End $4.51 $7.71 ($3.20) -42%
Mana Confluence $8.33 $9.69 ($1.36) -14%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $10.42 $9.92 $0.50 5%
Chandra, Torch of Defiance $6.13 $7.50 ($1.37) -18%
Thought-Knot Seer $7.85 $9.68 ($1.83) -19%
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet $6.03 $6.36 ($0.33) -5%
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy $18.94 $8.09 $10.85 134%
Rest in Peace $5.10 $5.61 ($0.51) -9%
Teferi, Time Raveler 34.17 35.22 ($1.05) -3%
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
Core Set 2020 $185.75 $181.03 $4.72 3%
Core Set 2021 $126.22 $126.09 $0.13 0%
Core Set 2021 Booster $3.04 $2.56 $0.48 19%
Guilds of Ravnica $43.04 $42.39 $0.65 2%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $120.89 $130.46 ($9.57) -7%
Modern Horizons $372.56 $362.08 $10.48 3%
Ravnica Allegiances $60.08 $57.54 $2.54 4%
Theros Beyond Death $139.45 $147.85 ($8.40) -6%
Throne of Eldraine $153.99 $147.43 $6.56 4%
Treasure Chest $2.42 $2.53 ($0.11) -4%
War of the Spark $152.30 $140.42 $11.88 8%
Double Masters $156.99 $140.73 $16.26 12%


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 218.78
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 108.8
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 89.7
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 88.99
Mox Jet 1E Rare 76.97
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 75.38
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 74.89
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 73.35
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath THB Mythic 72.09
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 70.71
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 69.42
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 65.78
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 62.53
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow PZ2 Rare 62.48
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 60.09
Time Walk 1E Rare 56.41
Karakas UBT Mythic 53.69
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 52.09
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 51.42
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 48.37
Timetwister 1E Rare 44.48
Force of Will MED Rare 43.6
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 41.83
Seasoned Pyromancer MH1 Mythic 41.39
Carpet of Flowers UZ Uncommon 39.7
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 39.3
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 35.91
Lord Windgrace PZ2 Mythic 34.93
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 34.65
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 34.17
Tarmogoyf UBT Mythic 32.23
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 31.52
Elder Gargaroth M21 Mythic 31.26
Wasteland TE Uncommon 30.24
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 30.17
Ancient Tomb UBT Mythic 29.96
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 29.46
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 28.83
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 28.56
Force of Will VMA Rare 28.14
Misty Rainforest EXP Mythic 28.05
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 28
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 27.04
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 26.79
Cavern of Souls MM3 Mythic 26.67
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 26.41
Force of Will EMA Mythic 25.93
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 25.49
City of Traitors EX Rare 25.4
Leovold, Emissary of Trest UBT Mythic 25.33
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

It was a struggle to write the article this week.  I got caught up in Mom coming home from the hospital, making sure she rests and such.  With that, I'm glad she's home.  I've just been busier than normal. 

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