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State of the Program for August 26th, 2022
 
In the News

Dominaria United Previews:  *This is from last week* The big news of the week is that previews for the newest Standard set have begun in full.  Sagas are coming back with the Read Ahead mechanic.  Enlist is fixed banding, Stun counters keep things tapped down, Domain and Kicker are coming back.  Here is how to collect the set.  This page is where to find previews, and here are the main set, variant and Commander preview pages. 

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 31, 2022
Constructed Leagues End
Ends August 31, 2022
Sealed Leagues End
Ends September 1, 2022
Next B&R
Unknown
New Capenna Redemption
Ends October 12, 2022



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 - Vintage Cube

August 27 - Pioneer Super Qualifier
August 28 - Modern 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
We're looking at the most popular decks in the last 90 days, according to MTGGoldfish, this week

Standard
:

Legacy:

Modern:

Pauper:

Pioneer:


 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - _INF_ - Izzet Delver
Saturday Modern - ziyanghuakai - 4 Color Yorion
Saturday Pauper - Cherryxman - Rakdos Burn
Saturday Pioneer - remf - Bant Spirts
Saturday Standard -  panza_quiroga - Mono Green Snow
Saturday Vintage - MaxMagicer

Sunday Legacy - LuisMJ
Sunday Modern - Gitaxian11 - Hammer Time
Sunday Pauper - PauloCabral_Br - Rakdos Burn
Sunday Pioneer - arturetges - Bant Spirits 
Sunday Standard - bradyoo - Hinata
Sunday Vintage - abr_

Other Event Winners

Saturday Sealed Double Masters 2022 Block MOCS

Sunday Sealed Double Masters 2022 Block MOCS


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 lot of cards are going to be moving to the Pioneer list next week.  Prices are down among most rotating stuff, but with Pioneer being as popular as it is, I can't imagine prices go down much for it.  Darkbore Pathway new to the list this week, will be off of the Standard side next week.  Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord and Leyline of Sanctity are back off the list.  Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset is new to the list, but I think that's more because of Pioneer play right now.  Hidetsugu Consumes All came off the list.  Sorin the Mirthless came back on.  For the final time Sea Gate Restoration is on the list. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Den of the Bugbear $33.05 $40.65 -$7.60 -18.70%
Hall of the Storm Giants $16.46 $15.77 $0.69 4.38%
Hive of the Eye Tyrant $9.29 $9.93 -$0.64 -6.45%
Lair of the Hydra $5.74 $7.34 -$1.60 -21.80%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $9.58 $10.19 -$0.61 -5.99%
Werewolf Pack Leader $4.00 $5.30 -$1.30 -24.53%
Blightstep Pathway $12.22 $13.88 -$1.66 -11.96%
Hengegate Pathway $13.59 $15.08 -$1.49 -9.88%
Darkbore Pathway $7.12


The Meathook Massacre $15.34 $13.15 $2.19 16.65%
Memory Deluge $10.88 $9.79 $1.09 11.13%
Haunted Ridge $15.61 $16.85 -$1.24 -7.36%
Graveyard Trespasser $41.84 $51.70 -$9.86 -19.07%
Brutal Cathar $11.35 $11.31 $0.04 0.35%
Deserted Beach $8.38 $7.89 $0.49 6.21%
Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset $9.13


Adeline, Resplendent Cathar $10.03 $10.05 -$0.02 -0.20%
Boseiju, Who Endures $56.22 $57.20 -$0.98 -1.71%
March of Otherworldly Light $5.82 $6.55 -$0.73 -11.15%
Otawara, Soaring City $12.96 $12.94 $0.02 0.15%
The Wandering Emperor $43.06 $50.03 -$6.97 -13.93%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $40.85 $42.58 -$1.73 -4.06%
Ob Nixilis, the Adversary $19.96 $12.04 $7.92 65.78%
Ledger Shredder $27.57 $35.81 -$8.24 -23.01%
Unlicensed Hearse $30.96 $36.27 -$5.31 -14.64%
Prismari Command $10.22 $10.89 -$0.67 -6.15%
Witherbloom Command $14.28 $14.50 -$0.22 -1.52%
Chandra, Dressed to Kill $7.96 $9.34 -$1.38 -14.78%
Cultivator Colossus $10.29 $10.91 -$0.62 -5.68%
Stormcarved Coast $8.55 $8.31 $0.24 2.89%
Sorin the Mirthless $6.32


Skyclave Apparition $6.68 $7.16 -$0.48 -6.70%
Shatterskull Smashing $11.77 $11.95 -$0.18 -1.51%
Roiling Vortex $11.78 $12.44 -$0.66 -5.31%
Agadeem's Awakening $6.12 $6.09 $0.03 0.56%
Turntimber Symbiosis $6.51 $6.57 -$0.06 -0.91%
Riverglide Pathway $6.46 $7.86 -$1.40 -17.81%
Sea Gate Restoration $6.58


Modern StaplesPrismatic Vista is off the list.
 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $13.42 $14.04 -$0.62 -4%
Steelshaper's Gift $7.50 $9.06 -$1.56 -17%
Cavern of Souls $11.53 $9.31 $2.22 24%
Mishra's Bauble $19.34 $21.48 -$2.14 -10%
Magus of the Moon $7.76 $7.98 -$0.22 -3%
Liliana of the Veil $23.93 $23.75 $0.18 1%
Polluted Delta $8.08 $9.12 -$1.04 -11%
Wooded Foothills $6.72 $5.34 $1.38 26%
Flooded Strand $7.70 $7.73 -$0.03 0%
Bloodstained Mire $6.63 $5.22 $1.41 27%
Windswept Heath $4.81 $4.56 $0.25 5%
Thoughtseize $11.00 $10.48 $0.52 5%
Force of Negation $19.64 $17.52 $2.12 12%
Wrenn and Six $40.70 $40.85 -$0.15 0%
Sunbaked Canyon $11.63 $10.36 $1.27 12%
Seasoned Pyromancer $13.21 $12.40 $0.81 7%
Force of Vigor $32.88 $31.86 $1.02 3%
Flusterstorm $30.16 $31.47 -$1.31 -4%
Archmage's Charm $6.72 $6.98 -$0.26 -4%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $7.07 $7.92 -$0.85 -11%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $5.29 $5.54 -$0.25 -5%
Archon of Cruelty $13.83 $13.71 $0.12 1%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $33.82 $32.31 $1.51 5%
Urza's Saga $54.04 $60.81 -$6.77 -11%
Solitude $37.57 $41.71 -$4.14 -10%
Endurance $69.81 $77.78 -$7.97 -10%
Grief $20.95 $15.82 $5.13 32%
Murktide Regent $21.66 $21.33 $0.33 2%
Fury $31.42 $28.37 $3.05 11%
Esper Sentinel $9.10 $9.81 -$0.71 -7%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $6.66 $7.43 -$0.77 -10%
Tourach, Dread Cantor $5.50 $9.23 -$3.73 -40%
Subtlety $22.37 $19.03 $3.34 18%
Chalice of the Void $23.55 $19.59 $3.96 20%
Puresteel Paladin $4.87 $5.48 -$0.61 -11%
Ensnaring Bridge $6.52 $7.17 -$0.65 -9%
Teferi, Time Raveler $26.18 $25.89 $0.29 1%
Gemstone Mine $6.87 $6.68 $0.19 3%
Scalding Tarn $5.56 $5.69 -$0.13 -2%
Verdant Catacombs $2.77 $3.26 -$0.49 -15%
Misty Rainforest $5.26 $5.04 $0.22 4%
Arid Mesa $3.02 $2.71 $0.31 11%
Marsh Flats $1.75 $1.34 $0.41 31%

Eternal StaplesMox Opal came back on to the list. 
 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Displacer Kitten $24.23 $31.16 ($6.93) -22%
Hullbreacher $19.78 $19.65 $0.13 1%
Opposition Agent $31.07 $31.30 ($0.23) -1%
Jeweled Lotus $26.59 $26.99 ($0.40) -1%
City of Traitors $13.86 $13.86 $0.00 0%
Sphere of Resistance $5.50 $5.34 $0.16 3%
Allosaurus Shepherd $8.03 $8.23 ($0.20) -2%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $29.20 $25.71 $3.49 14%
Helm of Obedience $18.78 $18.35 $0.43 2%
Force of Will $47.72 $47.83 ($0.11) 0%
Karakas $8.35 $8.19 $0.16 2%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $14.06 $14.84 ($0.78) -5%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $7.48 $6.60 $0.88 13%
Enlightened Tutor $8.15 $7.97 $0.18 2%
Unmask $16.89 $18.41 ($1.52) -8%
Misdirection $13.66 $13.66 $0.00 0%
Rishadan Port $10.56 $11.53 ($0.97) -8%
Snuff Out $15.14 $15.74 ($0.60) -4%
Submerge $7.91 $7.52 $0.39 5%
Daze $10.51 $9.23 $1.28 14%
Entomb $7.81 $7.02 $0.79 11%
Retrofitter Foundry $9.18 $7.73 $1.45 19%
Recruiter of the Guard $13.61 $14.77 ($1.16) -8%
Mox Opal $5.24


Mox Diamond $32.15 $32.50 ($0.35) -1%
Wasteland $28.14 $24.78 $3.36 14%
Ancient Tomb $19.16 $19.06 $0.10 1%
Lotus Petal $35.42 $36.81 ($1.39) -4%
Grindstone $7.55 $7.70 ($0.15) -2%
Grim Monolith $11.77 $12.53 ($0.76) -6%
Goblin Welder $5.13 $5.47 ($0.34) -6%
Meltdown $33.42 $34.69 ($1.27) -4%
Exploration $12.09 $15.10 ($3.01) -20%
Gaea's Cradle $25.04 $24.61 $0.43 2%
Carpet of Flowers $18.56 $16.06 $2.50 16%
Gilded Drake $11.89 $11.64 $0.25 2%
Show and Tell $8.75 $8.43 $0.32 4%
Black Lotus $10.74 $11.31 ($0.57) -5%
Volcanic Island $8.85 $9.10 ($0.25) -3%
Underground Sea $6.53 $7.04 ($0.51) -7%
Null Rod $9.99 $9.60 $0.39 4%
Doomsday $17.55 $18.97 ($1.42) -7%
Paradigm Shift $11.13 $11.10 $0.03 0%

Pioneer StaplesTasha's Hideous Laughter probably isn't making it to the list next week.  In fact I'm not really sure why it was on the Standard list outside of some fringe Mill decks that never really picked up.  Korvold, Fae-Cursed King entered the list.  Shark Typhoon and Fiend Artisan are back on the list as well.  Mana Confluence has been readded.  

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Collected Company $7.90 $9.20 ($1.30) -14%
Brazen Borrower $33.58 $32.85 $0.73 2%
Bonecrusher Giant $11.04 $11.18 ($0.14) -1%
Castle Locthwain $6.11 $4.64 $1.47 32%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $5.71


Emrakul, the Promised End $6.65 $6.69 ($0.04) -1%
Arclight Phoenix $5.80 $7.59 ($1.79) -24%
Shark Typhoon $8.90


Fiend Artisan $5.01


Eidolon of the Great Revel $11.26 $10.73 $0.53 5%
Mana Confluence $5.25


Spirebluff Canal $8.24 $9.57 ($1.33) -14%
Inspiring Vantage $4.54 $5.19 ($0.65) -13%
Lotus Field $5.74 $6.17 ($0.43) -7%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $8.23 $9.06 ($0.83) -9%
Cavalier of Thorns $51.41 $62.05 ($10.64) -17%
Day's Undoing $5.15


Rest in Peace $6.22 $4.35 $1.87 43%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $6.56 $6.69 ($0.13) -2%
Karn, the Great Creator $48.50 $52.83 ($4.33) -8%
Finale of Devastation $8.20 $8.35 ($0.15) -2%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $28.80 $30.02 ($1.22) -4%

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!

This is the last week of the rotating sets on the table! 
 

Complete Set Price Last Time Change % Change
Forgotten Realms $112.20 $123.92 ($11.72) -9%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $82.92 $83.39 ($0.47) -1%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $185.90 $192.71 ($6.81) -4%
Kaldheim $86.60 $96.08 ($9.48) -10%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $180.04 $190.49 ($10.45) -5%
Streets of New Capenna $114.86 $114.89 ($0.03) 0%
Streets of New Capenna Booster $2.79 $2.80 ($0.01) 0%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $50.51 $52.82 ($2.31) -4%
Treasure Chest $2.38 $2.34 $0.04 2%
Zendikar Rising $119.63 $127.31 ($7.68) -6%

 

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 256.82
Mox Jet 1E Rare 128.45
Karakas UBT Mythic 118.15
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 116.3
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 115.43
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 113.6
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 101.04
Time Walk 1E Rare 88.39
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 87.07
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 75.4
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 71.07
Endurance MH2 Mythic 69.81
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 65.77
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 63.88
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 62.02
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 57.71
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 56.86
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 56.22
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 54.04
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 53.94
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 53.53
Cavalier of Thorns M20 Mythic 51.41
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 51.13
Ancient Copper Dragon CLB Mythic 49.45
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 48.5
Aether Gale C14 Rare 48.26
Force of Will MED Rare 47.73
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 45.21
The Wandering Emperor NEO Mythic 43.06
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 43.01
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 43.01
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 42.74
Wrenn and Six 2X2 Mythic 42.73
Graveyard Trespasser MID Rare 41.84
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 41.5
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 41.13
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker NEO Rare 40.85
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 40.7
Jeska's Will CMR Rare 39.77
Solitude MH2 Mythic 37.57
Lotus Petal MS2 Bonus 36.05
Chalice of the Void TSR Bonus 35.63
Lotus Petal TE Common 35.42
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 35.28
Lotus Petal TPR Uncommon 35.15
Flusterstorm CMD Rare 34.26
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 34.26
Flusterstorm IMA Rare 34
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 33.82
Scalding Tarn ZNE Mythic 33.76
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 33.58
Meltdown UZ Uncommon 33.42
Timetwister 1E Rare 33.41
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 33.11
Den of the Bugbear AFR Rare 33.05
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 32.88
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 32.29
Reanimate UBT Mythic 32.28
Mox Diamond ST Rare 32.15
Fury MH2 Mythic 31.42
Flusterstorm PZ1 Rare 31.34
Opposition Agent CMR Rare 31.07
Unlicensed Hearse SNC Rare 30.96
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 30.46
Flusterstorm MH1 Rare 30.16
Flusterstorm VMA Rare 30.16
Cleansing Screech PZ2 Common 29.81
Pramikon, Sky Rampart C19 Mythic 29.53
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 29.45
Force of Will VMA Rare 29.44
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 29.38
Muxus, Goblin Grandee JMP Rare 29.2
Liliana of the Veil UMA Mythic 29.1
Omnath, Locus of Creation ZNR Mythic 28.8
Force of Will EMA Mythic 28.53
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 28.29
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 28.23
Wasteland TE Uncommon 28.14
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 27.78
Ledger Shredder SNC Rare 27.57
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 27.5
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 27.31
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon MS4 Mythic 26.94
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre UBT Mythic 26.88
Jeweled Lotus CMR Mythic 26.59
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 26.18
Seeds of Innocence MI Rare 26
Ancient Tomb ZNE Mythic 25.88
Polluted Delta ZNE Mythic 25.84
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 25.34
Polluted Delta EXP Mythic 25.04
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 25.04
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 $28,001.  Last week is was $28,200.  Lost $199 in the week, but I'm sure the new stuff will make up for that. 
 
In Closing

Spent a lot of the week's free time on exploring the champions in the PvE side of things on Runeterra. Was going to do the same thing for Hearthstone, but they have what I feel is the worst solo mode.  In addition to this, I was doing the Dragon Ball quests on Fortnite for me, my son and my nephew.    Getting ready for rotation though! 


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