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State of the Program for August 27th, 2021
 
In the News

Legacy Cube:  We have some new additions to the Legacy Cube thanks to updates from Adventures in the Forgotten Realms.  You can check out the card list here

Announcement Day:  We got the much beloved stream of new products that Wizards of the Coast will be coming out for the rest of 2021 and all of 2022.  30,000 people watched the stream and saw stuff like Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty, a cyberpunk set.  Streets of New Capenna is a set centered on organized crime.  Dominaria United kicks off the 30th anniversary of the game, and the last set of the year, The Brothers' War sees us stay on Dominara but during the conflict of Urza and Mishra. We're getting new Secret Lairs, the two previewed themes are for Fortnite and Street Fighter.  The previous theme sees reprints, the latter, new cards.  A Modern legal Lord of the Rings set has people talking about Legacy using past tense. Warhammer 40k still has their commander decks coming.  We're getting a Commander Legends set in Baldur's Gate, a new Double Masters a Jumpstart and an Unset.  You can check out everything that happened in the stream here

Secret Lairs:  They have a new drop on sale right now.  Math is for Blockers features some creatures that in order are digits of Pi and the gemetric art of Alexandre Chaudret.  Kamigawa Ink features five legends from the block featuring traditional Japanese brushwork from JungShan.  Teferi's Time Trouble gives you 3 planeswalkers in old frame and text.  This one not coming to MTGO hurts, but apparently between Commander 2021, Forgotten Realms Commander and just in general not giving value to the Secret Lair drops offering codes for cards online is not happening.  This one would have really helped keep the costs down on some 40 dollar cards.  Johannes Voss and Thomas Baxa both have artist series as well.  You can check out the sets 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 25th:  Legacy Cube Featuring Adventures in the Forgotten Realms

August 28th:  Modern Horizons 2 Sealed
August 29th:  Modern Horizons 2 Sealed
 
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:   I like the idea The Book of Exalted Deeds being an incredible Magic card even when sideboards are allowed.  This deck looks like a ton of fun!


Historic:  Apparently the combo involves Tome of the Infinite conjuring a spell and you casting it, untapping everything with Paradox Engine.  You repeat that until you get enough copies of Lightning Bolt to win I guess?


Legacy:  No one know if this is Belcher or Oops all Spells after game two, what a fantastic idea here! 


Pauper:  It's been a while since we last saw a Serpentine Curve deck in Pauper.  I think it's still brave to not be on one of the big 3. 


Pioneer:  Another combo deck that involves a lot of spells being cast and permanents untapping. 





 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - ZYURYO - Jeskai Tempo
Saturday Modern - Bullwinkkle6705 - Temur Jund Aggro
Saturday Pauper - larkblue - Chatterstorm
Saturday Pioneer - Phill_Hellmuth - Hidden Grasp
Saturday Standard -  Venom1 - Dimir Control
Saturday Vintage - NumotTheNummy

Sunday Legacy - maxbv - Lands
Sunday Modern - swff - Izzet Tempo
Sunday Pauper - Oscar_Franco - Dimir Aquaduct
Sunday Pioneer - LBBL - Bant Company
Sunday Standard - Bielzito - Gruul Aggro
Sunday Vintage - discoverN

Other Event Winners

Pioneer Premier Event - kasa - Jund Sacrifice
 


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: Nothing changed, cardwise to the Standard list this week.

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Demilich $17.17 $17.79 ($0.62) -3%
The Book of Exalted Deeds $9.77 $9.40 $0.37 4%
Acererak the Archlich $19.73 $17.40 $2.33 13%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $9.62 $12.69 ($3.07) -24%
Iymrith, Desert Doom $5.31 $5.08 $0.23 5%
Minsc, Beloved Ranger $9.20 $8.61 $0.59 7%
Ebondeath, Dracolich $6.70 $6.56 $0.14 2%
Old Gnawbone $8.65 $7.18 $1.47 20%
Tiamat $5.43 $5.25 $0.18 3%
Xanathar, Guild Kingpin $5.70 $5.36 $0.34 6%
Brazen Borrower $22.95 $26.57 ($3.62) -14%
Bonecrusher Giant $6.51 $5.70 $0.81 14%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $13.67 $12.11 $1.56 13%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $18.09 $17.98 $0.11 1%
Shark Typhoon $9.99 $7.32 $2.67 36%
Raugrin Triome $7.09 $6.89 $0.20 3%
Valki, God of Lies $20.35 $21.49 ($1.14) -5%
Goldspan Dragon $9.82 $9.86 ($0.04) 0%
Prismari Command $26.35 $24.34 $2.01 8%
Magma Opus $7.33 $7.13 $0.20 3%
Professor Onyx $8.50 $8.19 $0.31 4%
Velomachus Lorehold $13.57 $13.47 $0.10 1%
Beledros Witherbloom $6.70 $6.41 $0.29 5%
Extus, Oriq Overlord $7.67 $7.33 $0.34 5%
Galazeth Prismari $5.91 $5.73 $0.18 3%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $8.48 $7.31 $1.17 16%
Scourge of the Skyclaves $10.39 $10.93 ($0.54) -5%
Skyclave Apparition $19.30 $18.20 $1.10 6%
Modern StaplesShattering Spree fell off the list this week.  Snapcaster Mage also fell off.  Plague Engineer came off.  Ice-Fang Coatl shared the same fate.  Dauthi Voidwalker can't decide if it is staying on or off.  Subtlety made it very well known that they were leaving. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $6.68 $4.31 $2.37 55%
Steelshaper's Gift $5.74 $7.03 ($1.29) -18%
Engineered Explosives $36.18 $37.51 ($1.33) -4%
Cavern of Souls $18.73 $17.57 $1.16 7%
Mishra's Bauble $33.24 $38.96 ($5.72) -15%
Aether Vial $12.85 $12.00 $0.85 7%
Horizon Canopy $7.16 $6.40 $0.76 12%
Liliana of the Veil $14.33 $10.29 $4.04 39%
Polluted Delta $9.96 $13.26 ($3.30) -25%
Wooded Foothills $8.66 $8.76 ($0.10) -1%
Flooded Strand $9.63 $8.07 $1.56 19%
Bloodstained Mire $9.42 $7.27 $2.15 30%
Windswept Heath $6.61 $7.03 ($0.42) -6%
Thoughtseize $8.02 $7.54 $0.48 6%
Elvish Reclaimer $5.94 $5.00 $0.94 19%
Inkmoth Nexus $5.04 $6.98 ($1.94) -28%
Force of Negation $69.94 $70.16 ($0.22) 0%
Wrenn and Six $57.61 $51.82 $5.79 11%
Prismatic Vista $9.64 $12.13 ($2.49) -21%
Sunbaked Canyon $19.88 $14.98 $4.90 33%
Seasoned Pyromancer $22.46 $24.09 ($1.63) -7%
Fiery Islet $12.05 $12.67 ($0.62) -5%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $8.80 $9.54 ($0.74) -8%
Force of Vigor $42.76 $40.96 $1.80 4%
Giver of Runes $5.52 $5.08 $0.44 9%
Flusterstorm $35.61 $30.76 $4.85 16%
Archmage's Charm $24.73 $24.37 $0.36 1%
Silent Clearing $6.98 $10.17 ($3.19) -31%
Kaya's Guile $4.76 $8.12 ($3.36) -41%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $105.44 $102.85 $2.59 3%
Urza's Saga $39.57 $44.19 ($4.62) -10%
Solitude $19.88 $26.52 ($6.64) -25%
Endurance $57.58 $71.02 ($13.44) -19%
Grief $11.74 $16.02 ($4.28) -27%
Murktide Regent $23.29 $27.58 ($4.29) -16%
Sanctum Prelate $9.85 $9.85 $0.00 0%
Fury $15.47 $16.20 ($0.73) -5%
Chalice of the Void $37.24 $31.92 $5.32 17%
Surgical Extraction $12.25 $12.80 ($0.55) -4%
Karn Liberated $5.60 $5.89 ($0.29) -5%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $15.16 $14.95 $0.21 1%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $12.40 $12.57 ($0.17) -1%
Ensnaring Bridge $8.59 $8.40 $0.19 2%
Teferi, Time Raveler $40.17 $41.35 ($1.18) -3%
Gemstone Mine $9.88 $9.42 $0.46 5%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $5.11 $5.93 ($0.82) -14%
Scalding Tarn $8.24 $9.22 ($0.98) -11%
Verdant Catacombs $5.50 $5.12 $0.38 7%
Misty Rainforest $5.58 $6.35 ($0.77) -12%
Arid Mesa $3.34 $3.88 ($0.54) -14%
Marsh Flats $2.22 $2.18 $0.04 2%
Eternal Staples
Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Hullbreacher $55.08 $47.95 $7.13 15%
Opposition Agent $17.91 $18.36 ($0.45) -2%
Jeweled Lotus $16.40 $16.53 ($0.13) -1%
City of Traitors $19.93 $19.08 $0.85 4%
Allosaurus Shepherd $41.94 $32.22 $9.72 30%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $9.82 $10.00 ($0.18) -2%
Force of Will $50.29 $54.59 ($4.30) -8%
Karakas $9.13 $7.96 $1.17 15%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $18.79 $20.01 ($1.22) -6%
Demonic Tutor $7.68 $8.25 ($0.57) -7%
Food Chain $5.69 $6.37 ($0.68) -11%
Unmask $7.39 $5.42 $1.97 36%
Misdirection $13.30 $13.28 $0.02 0%
Rishadan Port $8.95 $8.61 $0.34 4%
Snuff Out $13.15 $12.78 $0.37 3%
Submerge $12.60 $13.03 ($0.43) -3%
Daze $11.74 $11.99 ($0.25) -2%
Entomb $6.23 $5.98 $0.25 4%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $13.31 $14.02 ($0.71) -5%
Stifle $5.19 $4.89 $0.30 6%
Mox Diamond $22.45 $21.99 $0.46 2%
Wasteland $28.51 $29.34 ($0.83) -3%
Ancient Tomb $13.20 $14.64 ($1.44) -10%
Lotus Petal $31.84 $33.34 ($1.50) -4%
Grim Monolith $10.43 $9.88 $0.55 6%
Exploration $12.40 $13.00 ($0.60) -5%
Gaea's Cradle $38.53 $38.61 ($0.08) 0%
Carpet of Flowers $16.09 $23.14 ($7.05) -30%
Gilded Drake $10.43 $9.93 $0.50 5%
Black Lotus $10.03 $8.54 $1.49 17%
Tropical Island $4.93 $7.21 ($2.28) -32%
Volcanic Island $8.45 $11.18 ($2.73) -24%
Underground Sea $8.12 $11.02 ($2.90) -26%
Null Rod $14.94 $14.94 $0.00 0%
Doomsday $18.67 $18.64 $0.03 0%
Paradigm Shift $9.18 $9.18 $0.00 0%
Mindbreak Trap $7.56 $9.31 ($1.75) -19%
Pioneer StaplesKolaghan's Command is off the list again. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $7.27 $6.12 $1.15 19%
Collected Company $5.18 $7.11 ($1.93) -27%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $7.70 $8.08 ($0.38) -5%
Youthful Valkyrie $8.90 $8.71 $0.19 2%
Spirebluff Canal $5.02 $5.41 ($0.39) -7%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $16.33 $15.73 $0.60 4%
Karn, the Great Creator $27.60 $31.89 ($4.29) -13%
Blast Zone $6.24 $7.41 ($1.17) -16%
Finale of Devastation $9.71 $9.33 $0.38 4%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $34.93 $36.91 ($1.98) -5%
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 $166.89 $162.84 $4.05 2%
Forgotten Realms Booster Pack $3.34 $3.27 $0.07 2%
Core Set 2021 $39.59 $40.86 ($1.27) -3%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $54.62 $52.20 $2.42 5%
Kaldheim $116.69 $119.77 ($3.08) -3%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $143.65 $136.79 $6.86 5%
Theros Beyond Death $76.93 $75.38 $1.55 2%
Throne of Eldraine $110.18 $110.25 ($0.07) 0%
Treasure Chest $2.44 $2.42 $0.02 1%
Zendikar Rising $107.28 $108.23 ($0.95) -1%


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 $122.08
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic $106.88
Karakas UBT Mythic $106.12
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic $95.26
Mox Jet 1E Rare $92.76
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic $92.60
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic $84.75
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare $80.77
Force of Negation MH1 Rare $69.94
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare $67.77
Time Walk 1E Rare $65.02
Mox Emerald 1E Rare $64.92
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic $57.61
Endurance MH2 Mythic $56.34
Hullbreacher CMR Rare $55.08
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic $53.39
Force of Will MED Rare $50.29
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common $50.18
Mox Pearl 1E Rare $48.86
Dark Depths UBT Mythic $48.16
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic $45.97
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic $44.63
Wasteland EXP Mythic $44.25
Jeska's Will CMR Rare $43.67
Mox Ruby 1E Rare $42.93
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare $42.76
Engineered Explosives UBT Mythic $42.02
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic $41.94
Chalice of the Void TSR Bonus $40.68
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common $40.34
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare $40.17
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon $39.75
Engineered Explosives MS2 Bonus $39.45
Chalice of the Void MMA Rare $38.68
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare $38.53
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare $38.47
Flusterstorm IMA Rare $38.05
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic $37.85
Engineered Explosives UMA Rare $37.62
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic $37.26
Chalice of the Void MRD Rare $37.24
Chalice of the Void A25 Mythic $36.81
Force of Will MS3 Mythic $36.68
Chalice of the Void MS2 Bonus $36.37
Retrofitter Foundry PZ2 Rare $36.23
Engineered Explosives 5DN Rare $36.18
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic $35.81
Flusterstorm MH1 Rare $35.61
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic $35.23
Engineered Explosives MMA Rare $34.95
Omnath, Locus of Creation ZNR Mythic $34.93
Force of Will 2XM Mythic $34.83
Flusterstorm PZ1 Rare $33.73
Engineered Explosives 2XM Rare $33.41
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon $33.24
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic $33.23
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic $33.13
Mishra's Bauble 2XM Uncommon $32.57
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic $32.47
Flusterstorm CMD Rare $31.89
Lotus Petal TE Common $31.84
Ignoble Hierarch MH2 Rare $31.80
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common $31.71
Wasteland ZNE Mythic $31.53
Flusterstorm VMA Rare $31.24
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic $30.82
Force of Will EMA Mythic $30.68
Verdant Catacombs EXP Mythic $30.61
Lotus Petal MS2 Bonus $30.57
Mana Vault UBT Mythic $30.54
Wasteland TPR Rare $30.00
Timetwister 1E Rare $29.69
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic $29.64
Lotus Petal TPR Uncommon $29.38
Dauthi Voidwalker MH2 Rare $29.20
Verdant Catacombs MH2 Rare $29.09
Reanimate UBT Mythic $28.63
Wasteland TE Uncommon $28.51
Wasteland EMA Rare $28.41
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic $28.28
Scalding Tarn MH2 Rare $28.26
Misty Rainforest MH2 Rare $27.73
Force of Will VMA Rare $27.63
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare $27.60
Scalding Tarn EXP Mythic $27.59
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic $27.40
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic $26.83
Prismari Command STX Rare $26.38
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic $25.97
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic $25.68
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre UBT Mythic $25.21
Scalding Tarn ZNE Mythic $25.03
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 $25,900.  Last week it was $26,036. We lost a little bit but not too much, looks like $136. 
 
In Closing

Prices were done on Thursday.  Some stuff came up and this is the first weekend I will have had my son in a month, so I am looking really forward to that! 

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